• Mon, Aug 31 2015

    Files for my SDK and Development with ConfigMgr 2012 WMUG session

    I promised to upload my session files, and here they are. You’ll find a bunch of files in the downloaded ZIP file I recommend that you start with the Slides, although there isn’t “me” talking over them they are still useful aids, and once you get to the Live Demo slide get busy opening and following the Word document I snagged the two DLL’s from a ConfigMgr 2012 R2 Console installation folder, your usage of them will...
    • Sat, Aug 8 2015

    Win7 download of Win10 – Domain Joined – Unmanaged WUA

    There’s reports that Microsoft Windows 7 devices that are Domain Joined, and have unmanaged WUA\WSUS settings can lead to Win10 being downloaded, wasting about 3GB in the process. If the ConfigMgr Agent is on the device but the Software Updates Management feature is not switched on, the Client will not be configured with WSUS settings, and will result in the download taking place the next time Microsoft Updates is checked...
    • Tue, Aug 4 2015

    Hyper-V and Windows 10

    Have you seen the new stuff we get with Hyper-V in Windows 10 ? Windows PowerShell Direct (Trevor Sullivan PowerShell MVP must be loving that!) Hot add and remove for network adapters and memory (this is very cool as we don’t need a management layer to perform the task,we can do it natively) Production checkpoints (VSS based checkpoints, wow!) Hyper-V Manager improvements (updated management protocol, WS-MAN based) Connected...
    • Mon, Aug 3 2015

    WMUG Event – 24th August – London - Enterprise Client Management for the Modern World

    WMUG has an event lined up, going to be awesome, hopefully see you there! Join WMUG on a day of Enterprise Client Management for the Modern World. Featuring 2 x Microsoft Enterprise Client Management MVPs in Robert Marshall and Gerry Hampson alongside the rest of the WMUG team and our event sponsor Secunia. 24th August – London The agenda will be as follows: Time Subject Speaker 08:30 Registration & Coffee 09:00 Welcome...
    • Sun, Aug 2 2015

    System Center Store

    Every now and then you get to make something really cool, and recently, it was my turn to get a sip of cool when I produced an awesome tool called ConfigMgr Store. A .Net 4.0 based app written in C# that centralised dozens of tools into one interface, making it easy to download tools, scripts and documentation by just ticking them off and clicking a download button. Removes all that hard work to get your toolset together...
    • Sun, Aug 2 2015

    Windows Update Agent – Windows 10 – New logging format

    ConfigMgr 2012 admins running Windows 10 should be learning a bit about what is going on with the Windows 10 Windows Updates Clients new logging feature, Event Tracing for Windows This is how you use to read it, with the WindowsUpdate log: https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/902093 This is how you read it now in Windows 10, from a binary encoded ETL file: https://support.microsoft.com/en-gb/kb/3036646 More info on...
    • 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...