Robert Marshall's Blog

 

Home for my ConfigMgr and Industry related ramblings

 

Owner of SMSMarshall Ltd, active Enterprise Management MVP

    • Thu, Feb 23 2017

    LogLauncher 3.1

    I’ve released a point release for LogLauncher, it contains the following: Custom Locations now works on remote scans, instead of just local scans Progressive search implemented in the Log View, begin typing the log name to see it Monitoring in progress notifications introduced, red text in bottom left and applications title bar text changed to alert that monitoring it taking place The Product or Category being monitored...
    • Mon, Feb 20 2017

    LogLauncher V3.0

    A lot of my free time of late has been going into many things, one of which was redoing LogLauncher with modern ribbon look, and adding in some much needed functionality. Just a moment ago I updated the TechNet Gallery with V3.0, here’s what it looks like now: It has some strong features: Get at all ConfigMgr\SCCM logs easily, quickly Visualise changes to SCCM\ConfigMgr logs over time using the monitoring feature Open...
    • Sun, Dec 18 2016

    ConfigMgr Technical Preview 1612–Features–Recognise Deployment-blocking executables

    I needed a brief moment to think of a suitable way to describe the feature for this posts title, as its pre-release name is Prevent installation of an application if a specified program is running , not as catchy as its in-console name of Installer Handling , which I decided not to use as it isn’t descriptive enough, and may not be the final name for the feature, and decided upon Recognise Deployment-blocking executables...
    • Sun, Dec 11 2016

    Another “life made easy” tool

    Finished up coding Version 2 of the Log Launcher in readiness for a weekend release. Weekends are not the best time to release tools I’ve found, but heck why sit on it a whole weekend waiting for Monday I wrote this tool for the ...
    • Sun, Oct 16 2016

    ConfigMgr Current Branch and Long Term Servicing Branch–LTSB or not to LTSB

    Put simply, literally just a handful of customers will be opting to install System Center Configuration Manager Long-Term Service Branch. For 99% of the rest of us, Current Branch is the install base that should be chosen. It’s where the action is at. A recent Enterprise Mobility blog post on TechNet Blogs, described the Current Branch (CB) and Long-Term Service Branch (LTSB) ‘servicing’ models: If I was to have to distil...
    • Fri, Sep 30 2016

    ConfigMgr Boundary Groups revisited

    System Center Configuration Manager Technical Preview Build 1609 was just released, and one of the most exciting enhancements, as an architect, is the redefinition of how a Boundary Group behaves. Note that there is a bug with Boundary Groups ...
    • Tue, Sep 20 2016

    ConfigMgr Port Checker–CheckPort

    Finding that I often do quick port tests related to ConfigMgr installations @ customer sites, and my traditional approach was to use TELNET and NETSTAT together, checking for ports marked as SYN (no synchronisation packet came back) as an indicator that the port is blocked or not being listened on, so I thought, why don’t I write a new (extensible) Tcp port checker to do the job for me. Falling back to the classic Tcp...
    • Tue, Aug 23 2016

    ConfigMgr Technical Preview 1608 – Bag of awesomeness

    Hey you! ConfigMgr Current Branch Technical Preview build 1608 has released . I highly recommend building a lab VM to host a technical preview build, seeketh out a guide from Niall Brady and others on how to setup the Technical Preview, having one so you can check out impending features is the way to be super cool and be up on the latest product developments. Here’s a run down of the features available for tire kicking...
    • Tue, Aug 9 2016

    ConfigMgr and the Cloud Proxy Point

    Technical Preview 5 using Build 1606 or 1607 let's you play around with the new Cloud Proxy feature, and I thought I’d run up a guide on this awesome feature to help others reach out to play with it a bit more easily, as it is a very enabling architectural element for us to have in the design toolkit and worth checking out. I found the release notes to be a little short on a few details when I got this guide underway...
    • Sun, Jul 31 2016

    Push-based Replica Management Point

    I decided a while back that when I finally set about to publically document the pathway to enable a new type of Replica Management Point in ConfigMgr, that I wouldn’t go into much detail explaining what a Replica Management Point is, or ...
    • Thu, Jul 14 2016

    I Am Back!

    After a long holiday away from blogging, I am back! Over the next few months I plan on overviewing all the cool Technical Preview features, as well as rocking on back to Current Branch to kick the tyres on the super awesome functionality that is bundled. One technology I haven’t covered much outside of work is Intune. I’m really liking how that technology is progressing, and I plan on pushing out a few posts over the...
    • Mon, May 23 2016

    WSUS and KB3159706 - ESD decryption provision

    Be aware, some of my customers and others in the community have been reporting issues once KB3159706 is deployed to their WSUS servers. This is a known issue, and you’ll need to do the manual steps at the end of the KB3159706 article to get your WSUS server operational again. This patch replaces KB3148812 which kind of had some ‘issues’. Here is an example of the kind of whining you’ll get if you connect to WSUS once...
    • Fri, Mar 11 2016

    ConfigMgr Build 1602– Deploy overview

    Today I see that ConfigMgr current Branch B1602 released, I installed it onto 1511 today, and thought I’d put together a brief guide to provide a light overview of the installation process, showing how easy it is now that it is integrated into the product . Configuration Manager as a Service (CaaS) really is kicking in, with the flow of change ramping up. The actual Updates and Servicing feature entirety relies on the...
    • Sat, Mar 5 2016

    ConfigMgr B1511 and On-Premise MDM

    I thought I’d cover On premise Mobile Device Management using ConfigMgr Build 1511. So let’s take a look. The simplified list of the pro’s and con’s of mobile device management versus full client management, laid...
    • Tue, Feb 23 2016

    ConfigMgr–Updates and Servicing - Servicing KB3122637 using the Easy Setup Channel

    Microsoft have just released a hotfix (KB3122637) to resolve an issue around support for the Exchange Connector, that impacts both the older and new version of ConfigMgr. I’ll use this hotfix to demo the Updates and Servicing feature , also known as the Easy Setup Channel, and it really does make an administrators life easier. This is something I’ve wanted for a very long time, to integrate updates so that we don’t have...
    • Sun, Jan 10 2016

    System Center Store–Proxy blocking resolved

    I solved two problems affecting System Center Store this week. System Center Store uses a specific URL to fetch the zipped and encrypted XML Manifest file from the web, this URL (a Microsoft owned domain, SharePoint farm) is rated as Script\Medium risk by BlueCoat, which causes it to be blocked by some companies Proxy servers, depending on how they have configured the categories for blocking. This caused the tool to fail...
    • Tue, Jan 5 2016

    How do I find all these great ConfigMgr free tools

    Some time back I wrote a free content downloader (superb if I don’t say so myself!) that currently contains 141 of the finest tools, scripts and ‘things’ that make us engineers go “Cool”. Key features that make me want to reuse this tool are: No need to have to remember all the web locations for various tooling and content when I visit a customer Takes the clicks and pain out of getting content and tooling, just select...
    • Fri, Jan 1 2016

    MVP Enterprise Management - 2016

    Dear Robert Marshall, Congratulations! We are pleased to present you with the 2016 Microsoft® MVP Award! This award is given to exceptional technical community leaders who actively share their high quality, real world expertise with others. We appreciate your outstanding contributions in Enterprise Mobility technical communities during the past year. Very pleased to be informed that I am an MVP for another year. This...
    • Fri, Dec 18 2015

    Guide to creating your own ConfigMgr tools – Part 4

    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...
    • Sat, Sep 26 2015

    Checking out Visual Studio 2015 and Azure integration

    I’ve been looking at Azure Services for hosting an ASP.NET Application, and wanted to get an understanding of how to set this stuff up. I’m relatively new to wiring things up in Azure, and thought it’d be a good idea to log what I needed to do while going about getting Visual Studio publishing into Azure. Here’s how I did it. I originally set this up last night on my main development machine, my recollection of the steps...
    • 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...