• Mon, Jul 27 2015

    ConfigMgr Inbox Monitor update coming soon

    Has been a while since I wrote a blog post, I’ll get back into it as I have so much to share. In the meantime, while I build up the ‘momentum’, here’s a shot or two of my Inbox Monitor 1.4.3 tool which is currently being finished off and should be released in a day or two. Key features: Now Multi-threaded, the tool is more responsive during heavy file recursion, grid population and file streaming Logging to a textual...
    • Sat, May 16 2015

    CMStore for ConfigMgr

    Wrote another tool, like I do. So many loose ends such as my programming guides are becoming neglected, will return to them soon, but for now, check this puppy out. This tool, CMStore for ConfigMgr helps you download all the other tools out there, from Microsoft to Community tooling. Currently the store has over 70 entries ranging from Scripts, Executables, documents to full downloads of Microsoft resources. The manifest...
    • Wed, Apr 15 2015

    LocationAware V3 Overview Video

    Made a quick video to show installation, configuration and deployment of LocationAware for ConfigMgr V3, check it out below (Please visit the site to view this video) Should get you up and running in minutes, Enjoy
    • Mon, Apr 13 2015

    RELEASED: LocationAware for ConfigMgr 2012 R2 – Version 3

    I released LocationAware 3.0 today, this marks its transition to a fully free product available to the community for, free! This has to be the biggest project I’ve ever undertaken, the complexity behind authoring an agent (LocationAware Agent), a control module (LocationAware Wizard) as well as an Installer, and making sure it integrates with ConfigMgr has been challenging, and exciting, and worth it. Making this thing...
    • Mon, Apr 13 2015

    UPDATE: LocationAware for ConfigMgr 2012 R2 – Version 3 – Free Edition

    LocationAware V3 for ConfigMgr 2012 R2 has been released - Visit here Made awesome progress, but this project is huge, the biggest I’ve ever developed to be honest, and when I think I’m there I always discover new things to ...
    • Sat, Apr 4 2015

    LocationAware for ConfigMgr 2012 R2 – Version 3 - Free

    LocationAware V3 for ConfigMgr 2012 R2 has been released - Visit here I’ve decided to make LocationAware free at version 3. I’m in the final stages of rounding off the coding on a fully home-brew Wizard-based Console, and making modifications to the Agents behaviour. I decided to roll my own Wizard for the sheer control and flexibility it provides me rather than using the Visual Studio...
    • Wed, Mar 25 2015

    Roll your own MSI for testing with the ConfigMgr 2012 Application Model

    Do you have Visual Studio 2013 installed? Want to roll your own MSI? All you need to do is download the free Visual Studio Installer extension and create a new Visual Studio Installer Project. It’s incredibly simple using the Setup Wizard. If you need an MSI with no licensing restrictions, for demoing the Application Model in ConfigMgr then this is a perfect way to go about it. A step by step guide in the form of a KB...
    • Sun, Feb 22 2015

    Guide to creating your own ConfigMgr tools – Part 3

    In the following series of blog posts I will introduce you to C#, Visual Studio and the ConfigMgr SDK, and show you how to produce your own custom tooling easily. The motivation behind this series of postings is to enable you to create community tools or bespoke tooling to assist you in your day-to-day ConfigMgr role, and thus to enhance the Community overall, as hopefully you’ll produce the very next best tool and we...
    • Mon, Feb 9 2015

    Creating a tool on the weekend and using it at a customer site the next day

    I didn’t actually have a strong-use case for developing the Content Location Request Generator tool, I only wrote it as I was helping a guy along the way with his C# and ConfigMgr 2012 R2 CCM Messaging SDK learning, turns out I actually had a great use-case on the first customer I visit after coding the tool! Customer complained that updated package source does not arrive at ConfigMgr Clients … time to check things out...
    • Sat, Feb 7 2015

    ConfigMgr Tool: Content Location Request Generator Console Edition

    I just finished writing a Console based edition of CLRGen for Windows. You provide command line arguments, an MP name, PackageID and Package Version and get a response, useful for automation via Orchestra etc to test if the Management Point is responding, the XML response could be parsed or detected. Usage Example: Let me know if you find a use for it, give me a shout on Twitter @RobMVP !
    • Sat, Feb 7 2015

    Automating ConfigMgr – Merging a DLL into your Executable

    The last tool I wrote, CLRGen , is based on the ConfigMgr 2012 R2 CCM SDK DLL , and communicating with a Management Point using a HTTP Sender, which is not the same as a ConfigMgr Sender. All very fancy and new stuff, very easily approachable if you have the time, patience and a web browser :-) I thought I’d share a technique I just learnt for compiling an executable that includes an embedded resource, the CCM SDK DLL...
    • Fri, Feb 6 2015

    ConfigMgr Report: Resources that have not requested Policy in the last day

    A customer asked me to write what seemed like a simple report to render health and IP address information for resources within a chosen limiting collection. The two tasks here are to limit by Collection, that’s pretty simple, but to also...
    • Fri, Feb 6 2015

    ConfigMgr Tool – Content Location Request Generator

    Recently Gabriel Alicea @ConfigMgrGeek asked me on a Twitter PM if I could help him get a handle on using the ConfigMgr 2012 Client Messaging SDK in C# that is available in the ConfigMgr 2012 R2 SDK , and use it to generate a Content Location Request....
    • Wed, Feb 4 2015

    ConfigMgr 2012 SP1 and R2 CU4 released

    Microsoft released Cumulative Update 4 for ConfigMgr 2012 R2 on the 3rd of February 2015, aligning with the SP1 current Cumulative Update revision number. If you didn’t know, SP1 and R2 are two entirely different code-forks in the System Center 2012 Configuration Manager product and each get their own unique update, with R2 going beyond SP1 in terms of features and functionality, here’s the highlight of the areas that...
    • Tue, Jan 20 2015

    WMUG Clinic - ConfigMgr and Book Authoring – 27 Jan 2015

    Look out, the Windows Management User Group (WMUG) have another Clinic set for the 27th of January 2015 between 8:30PM and 9:30PM GMT. I’m looking forward to this one, as usual we’ll have a fun bunch of guest speakers attending, and the session starts with the subject authoring books , with guest speaker Martyn Coupland answering questions and talking about his experience of writing his own book System Center Configuration...
    • Thu, Jan 1 2015

    Re-awarded MVP for 2015!

    This turned up in my mailbox today, Enterprise Client Management MVP participation renewal email! The year behind us, what a blast, with so much action in the ConfigMgr space, the ECM MVP programme losing Wally Mead but gaining Cathy Moya, the onset of our journey towards Cloud technologies, which Microsoft is upping the Ante on big time, I was busy with custom tooling for ConfigMgr, even found time to write a commercial...
    • Sat, Nov 22 2014

    ConfigMgr Inbox Monitor Updated (1.4.1)

    I’ve only gone and blown the bloody doors off! Well that’s a quote famously uttered by Michael Caine from one of my favourite movies, aging a tad now, like the actor, the Italian Job, which has nothing to do with this posting at all, Saturday humour :-) So, what did I do, well Inbox Monitor got some dev loving, it is now at Version 1.4.1 and includes the following: Ability to connect to a Primary, Secondary or Management...
    • Fri, Nov 21 2014

    Book review – Advanced Deployment by Martyn Coupland

    The problem with reviewing a book is that you, if you’re fair, you need to commit to reviewing all related ones otherwise you’re at risk of being selective and possibly looking a bit biased. I’m guilty of this because to date all I’ve reviewed is Kent Agerlunds master piece “Mastering the Fundamentals”, which, I consider to be the go to book for tooling up on ConfigMgr quickly, a benchmark for all books to aspire to be...
    • Sat, Nov 15 2014

    User State Migration – Preventing Recovery Key loss

    Last night I was nearly out of my famous luck, I’d accidently deleted the wrong Computer Association for an OSD build that had successfully completed on a VIP’s laptop, only to find that some software (Non-MS Disk Encryption) was installe...
    • Sat, Nov 8 2014

    Guide to creating your own ConfigMgr tools – Part 2 Extended

    In the following series of blog posts I will introduce you to C#, Visual Studio and the ConfigMgr SDK, and show you how to produce your own custom tooling easily. The motivation behind this series of postings is to enable you to create community tools or bespoke tooling to assist you in your day-to-day ConfigMgr role, and thus to enhance the Community overall, as hopefully you’ll produce the very next best tool and we...
    • Fri, Oct 31 2014

    Guide to creating your own ConfigMgr tools – Part 2

    In the following series of blog posts I will introduce you to C#, Visual Studio and the ConfigMgr SDK, and show you how to produce your own custom tooling easily. The motivation behind this series of postings is to enable you to create communi...
    • Thu, Oct 30 2014

    SQL Query – Get the last registered IP Address for each Device in a Collection

    I’ve been trying to get this SQL query working for a while now, and only recently managed to put the query together fully, essentially I wanted a list of Devices with their last IP address that are members of a Collection, like this: Device...
    • Sun, Oct 26 2014

    Androidify

    Was so bored last night, spotted Androidify on the App Store and made this! Check it out (if you’re running Android) here Make one yourself, tweet me and WMUG on @RobMVP / @WMUG to share! Disclaimer: Nothing like me!
    • Tue, Oct 21 2014

    Midwest Management Summit – Win a free ticket!

    This is so cool. We've teamed up with the guys from MMS Minnesota to offer a giveaway exclusively to all registered WMUG members. I'm sure you'll already know about the MMS Minnesota event but just in case you haven't, go and check it out here - mms.mnscug.org. It promises to be an awesome event for all System Center enthusiasts with over 100 sessions from some of the best speakers around diving deep on...
    • Fri, Oct 17 2014

    Guide to creating your own ConfigMgr tools – Part 1

    In the following series of blog posts I will introduce you to C#, Visual Studio and the ConfigMgr SDK, and show you how to produce your own custom tooling easily. The motivation behind this series of postings is to enable you to create communi...