• Tue, Sep 23 2014

    New ConfigMgr book – Advanced Deployment

    I thought I would share the news that there is a new Configuration Manager book in town and I understand that it will be available within the next few days. My friend and colleague Martyn Coupland has spent much of his time in the last 12 months or so writing his debut into the world of authoring – Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager Advanced Deployment. Having chatted with Martyn in recent months about this...
    • Fri, Sep 12 2014

    System Center Orchestrator AV exclusions

    I was asked recently about antivirus/antimalware exclusions for Orchestrator and after some digging it seems Microsoft do not publish such a thing. So after bouncing the question around to a few experienced people I have drawn up this initial list and added it to the TechNet Wiki . I also updated the generic AV exclusion wiki page which is worth checking out if you haven’t already seen it. This is a first effort and hopefully...
    • Tue, Sep 9 2014

    Bulk changing Configuration Manager & SCEP policy priorities

    This is one that has caused me unnecessary effort in the past when working on migrations with customers. There is a limitation in the Configuration Manager 2012 console whereby if you want to amend the priority of either a client settings or endpoint protection policy your only option is to right click or hit the ribbon and either increase or decrease priority. Your other option is to use PowerShell with the Set-CMClientSetting...
    • Fri, Jun 20 2014

    Microsoft VDI and RDS in Server 2012 R2

    This week I delivered a couple of sessions for Microsoft on Microsoft VDI/RDS as part of their People Centric IT Road show which WMUG hosted the Reading session. I thought it only right that I should therefore share some of that information with those who couldn’t attend, that and it’s a subject I don’t often write about but is pretty cool and often forgotten about. So what is Microsoft VDI and RDS? Well VDI is a fairly...
    • Fri, Jun 20 2014

    Configuration Manager 2012 Security Role ID

    Here’s a snippet I wrote a little while ago but realised I hadn’t shared it with WMUG. I’ve been using powershell with Configuration Manager recently and I’ve been looking at security roles. If you’re looking to create your own security roles with powershell and you don’t already have a template, you’ll first need to copy one of the existing roles to get started. To do this you need to know the role ID for the source...
    • Mon, May 12 2014

    Configuration Manager 2012 Console Parameters

    It seems not everyone is aware that there are a handful of command line parameters available for the ConfigMgr console executable. They are listed here on the MSDN Library and can be used for advanced troubleshooting, maybe some scripting or even if you just want to take a look around. So if you want to run them you should fire up a command prompt or even edit your shortcut and run the ConfigMgr console executable follow...
    • Mon, Mar 31 2014

    Free online training from Microsoft MVP’s

    If you have not heard about this one then you should definitely go check it out. On 31st March and 1st April Microsoft are publishing a series of videos where UK and Ireland MVP’s take you through different components of the Cloud OS. This incorporates Windows Server, Windows Client, Azure and System Center but includes pearls of wisdom from the UK and Ireland’s finest along the way. The schedule is below, get yourself...
    • Wed, Mar 19 2014

    Configuration Manager DP Configuration Status and Content Validation

    I was working with a customer recently on a new Configuration Manager 2012 R2 implementation and we started to come across some content mismatches between the content library and the distribution point. This is nothing new to Configuration Manager and there is lots documented about this from 2007 and 2012 version of the product. One particular issue we had was to do with the Distribution Point Configuration Status falsely...
    • Wed, Jan 15 2014

    Failed to find CCM_SoftwareDistribution object - Driver Packages

    Inspired by this blog post from 2011, I set about fixing my customers new ConfigMgr 2012 R2 implementation today. The situation is this: An OSD Task sequence references a driver package (or several) and upon starting the task sequence it fails to run with no specific message. However when you check the SMSTS.log file you see the following: Failed to find CCM_SoftwareDistribution object for AdvertID="AB1201A2"...
    • Mon, Dec 16 2013

    WMUG event location

    We want to hear from you again. Where would be your preferable location for a WMUG event? Join in the poll on our LinkedIn group page - http://www.linkedin.com/groups?gid=118888 If you’re not already a group member then get yourself added and you can keep up to date with what’s going on at WMUG.
    • Thu, Dec 12 2013

    Adding an SMS Provider with MP Replica in existence

    I’ve been implementing a Configuration Manager 2012 R2 environment this week and stumbled across a few ‘quirks’ which I thought I would share. To set the picture, lets say we have 2 servers – 1 Primary Site Server with a local SQL installation and a second server which will have Management Point, Replicated DB and SMS provider. Now I previously installed the management point and database replica on Server 2 and configured...
    • Wed, Dec 11 2013

    ConfigMgr 2012 SP1/R2 BgbServer.log - Error in FirewallDetection

    Just a quick post this - If you find yourself using the BgbServer.log file in System Center Configuration Manager 2012 SP1 or R2 and you come across this error: ERROR: Error in FirewallDetection. Exception: Creating an instance of the COM component with CLSID {304CE942-6E39-40D8-943A-B913C40C9CD4} from the IClassFactory failed due to the following error: 800706d9 There are no more endpoints available from the endpoint...
    • Thu, Nov 28 2013

    Kreyos Smart Watch – WP8 Compatible

    This is a slightly off topic blog post for me but interesting all the same, although some may say that’s a matter of opinion. I’m sure most of you have heard about smart watches but I wonder how much people actually know about their capabilities or even how they work. Very simply, they hook up to your phone using bluetooth and allow you to perform limited functions of your phone such as read and write text messages, emails...
    • Fri, Nov 22 2013

    What do you want to hear about? Get in touch

    We’re making plans for our next WMUG event, the biggest one yet. So we wondered, what do you guys really want to know about? It can be anything related to the System Center product suite and it’s interoperability with other products. Azure, Virtualisation, HA, Design best practices, Intune, Orchestrator or anything else you can come up with. Email me, tweet me, comment on linkedin, carrier pigeon, comment below or whatever...
    • Tue, Oct 15 2013

    Data Protection Manager 2012 Installation Gotcha

    I was installing System Center Data Protection Manager recently in my lab environment and came across a rather annoying little gotcha, if you don’t know it’s there you could be scratching your head for a little while. So here’s the start of the installation procedure… The obligatory splash GUI: The obligatory license agreement: Next Here’s the one to watch out for: When you’re making the connection to your SQL server...
    • Mon, Oct 7 2013

    TrainSignal Giveaway

    We are giving away 30 day TrainSignal subscriptions Monday 7th October to Friday 11th October. Simply follow @wmug on twitter and retweet us! There will be one 30 day subscription given away each day, you may win only once in the week. You will be sent the subscription details by email, twitter private message or post – your choice. Each draw will be made at random each day with the cut off for entries at 8pm each day...
    • Mon, Sep 23 2013

    Configuration Manager 2012 Powershell inventory tool

    First of all I can’t take any credit for putting this script together but I can highly recommend you using it. Friend of WMUG David O’Brien has put together a huge powershell script which will trawl through your Configuration Manager site and output the configuration information into a nicely formatted Word document. The original blog post can be found here - http://www.david-obrien.net/2013/06/20/huge-powershell-inventory...
    • Thu, Sep 19 2013

    Tech Days Online is making a return for Autumn 2013

    The hugely popular Tech Days Online is returning to our computer screens at the beginning of November. If you’re not familiar with this event, in a nutshell it’s an online only event organised and hosted by Microsoft with a whole bunch of great speakers who talk about and demonstrate a whole bunch of the latest Microsoft tech. To give you an idea take a look at the schedule from the event earlier this year - http://www...
    • Tue, Sep 10 2013

    October 18th 2013 – A date to forget?

    To follow on from my previous blog post about the Microsoft 2012 R2 wave of products ( http://wmug.co.uk/wmug/b/peter_egerton/archive/2013/08/18/october-18th-2013-a-date-to-remember.aspx ) which were scheduled for release on October 18th 2013, it seems Microsoft have sprung a surprise on us and released part of the ‘R2 wave’ early. Yesterday (09/09/13) Microsoft made Windows Server 2012 R2 and Windows 8.1 RTM available...
    • Wed, Sep 4 2013

    Microsoft Second Shot is back!

    Pretty much as the title says, Microsoft’s ever popular second shot scheme is back until May 31st 2014. So now is your chance to get started on those exams you’ve been telling yourself to do all summer! If you’re not familiar with second shot it effectively allows you to grab a second shot at your Microsoft exam absolutely free if you fail it first time. What more can you ask for? For full details about the T&C’s...
    • Tue, Sep 3 2013

    TrainSignal Online IT Training – No Brainer!

    SWe’ve teamed up with Trainsignal to offer you the opportunity to trial their excellent online library of IT training videos. Whether you’re interested in Microsoft MCSE or Cisco CCENT, Comptia or VMWare products TrainSignal can help you to learn the products from scratch or simply verify your knowledge for a specific exam. It really has to be seen to be believed. Created by industry leading experts you can be assured...
    • Sun, Aug 18 2013

    October 18th 2013 – A date to remember?

    So it was announced late last week that the R2 wave Windows Server 2012 and System Center 2012 products is to be RTM on October 18th 2013. In parallel to these releases Microsoft is also going live with the long awaited Windows 8.1. This is surely the biggest date in Microsoft’s calendar this year, the success of Windows 8.1 alone will have a big effect on the industry as a whole, I’m sure the likes of Apple and Google...
    • Wed, Jul 24 2013

    Microsoft System Center 2012 SP1 CU3 is now available!

    Cumulative update 3 for System Center 2012 SP1 Configuration Manager has now been made available. Lots of Virtual Machine Manager updates in this rollup and no Configuration Manager fixes this time. http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2836751 Straight from the Microsoft site, these are the issues that are fixed in this update: Issues that are fixed in this update rollup App Controller Update (KB2853227) Issue...
    • Thu, Jul 18 2013

    State Migration Point Disk space notification

    Here’s a real quirky feature I noticed this week which might catch you out if you sometimes scan read messages as I often do. This is in Configuration Manager 2012 SP1 and I am using a State Migration Point configured with a minimum free space setting of 10GB. I noticed every 5 minutes that there was an information message appearing in All Status Messages through the Status Message Viewer: “There is not enough free disk...
    • Tue, Jul 16 2013

    What would you ask an MVP?

    Following my recent interviews at TechEd Europe with Enterprise Client Management MVP’s I thought I would reach out to the community and find out what you would ask an MVP if you had the opportunity? I’m not looking for specific technical issues on how to fix a problem you have – we’re not giving away free consultancy here! It might be technical, non-technical, inquisitive, personal (not too personal!) or whatever else...