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  • WMUG Event - A Day with Wally Mead covering ConfigMgr 2012 RTM and SP1 on 10th of November 2012

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    WMUG has done it again! We're very proud to announce that Wally Mead is coming back to the UK, and to WMUG on the 10th of November 2012, to present across a day on System Center 2012 Configuration Manager RTM and mostly SP1. Wally is one of...
  • Send an email when OS deployment is completed successfully

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    I had a client ask me if it was possible to ‘make’ ConfigMgr 2012 send an email when a workstation has finished building. They are using ConfigMgr 2012 to deploy their build. I have done this before using a VB script, but thought I would...
  • The error was : %%1274 Group Policy and ConfigMgr Client

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    I was working with a client who wanted to use Group Policy to install the ConfigMgr client. They had created the Group Policy with the client installation settings and had CCMSETUP.MSI as an Assigned Application. Unfortunately the client was not getting...
  • Server 2012 and VMware Workstation 8.0.4 build-744019

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    With the release of Windows Server 2012 to TechNet and MSDN I started the job of rebuilding my home lab (Hyper-V) and my demo setup on my laptop (Windows 7 and VMware Workstation) Server 2012 installed fine on VMware until I installed the VMware tools...
  • Build and Capture Windows 8 Consumer Preview with ConfigMgr 2012 - Sysprep'ing the machine failed, hr=d0000004

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    Normally I use MDT to perform the build and capture task. I thought I would try ConfigMgr 2012 to build and capture Windows 8 Consumer Preview Build 8250. I created a simple task sequence which comprised of the following steps Restart in Windows PE Partition...
  • ConfigMgr 2012 and Report Builder 2.0 is not installed

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    You are running ConfigMgr 2012 RTM and SQL 2008 R2. You navigate to the Reports Node and right click, selecting ‘Create Report’ You receive the following error This is because you have installed SQL 2008 R2 which ships with Report Builder 3.0…..By default...
  • Patch Management–Hide Client Software Notifications

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    One of the problems I often encounter when implementing patch management solutions for clients is they often require different settings on clients that are managed by the same primary site server. Recently I was asked to hide all the software update deployments...
  • ConfigMgr WSUS scan fails on server running DPM - Maximum request length exceeded

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    I was setting up patch management for a client recently using ConfigMgr 2007 SP2 with R3 and WSUS. Everything was working fine apart from their DPM server was not returning a status of compliant. After reviewing the client side windows update agent log...
  • The Configuration Manager console crashes when you try to create a Reporting Service report in System Center Configuration Manager 2007 R3 - System.Collections.Generic.KeyNotFoundException

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    Recently I upgraded my ConfigMgr hierarchy to R3 – went very smoothly….so I thought anyway. Later on I tried to create a reporting services report on my central site server and received the following error in the admin console GUI System.Collections.Generic...
  • Interactive command prompt under the system context and Server 2008

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    I had a rather anxious phone call from a DBA friend today He had a production SQL 2008 server running in Window Authentication mode, someone had removed the main admin login. He was getting quite upset as he could not see any possible way to add...
  • Installation not acceptable by client execmgr

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    I had a phone call from a friend today, he could not get an advertisement to run. He emailed me over the execmgr.log, this is what I could see Creating mandatory request for advert AA120134, program Installation, package AA120234 execmgr 21/1/2011...
  • Installing and configuring WebDAV

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    When installing and configuring WebDAV, WebDAV may not configure correctly This means that clients cannot install using 'Client Push Installation' below is the fix 1. Open %windir%\system32\inetserv\config\applicationhost.config in notepad 2....
  • Call of Duty Black Ops Woods Outfit

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    If you bought the prestige edition of COD Black Ops , you will get a free Woods Outfit for your Avatar. There has been lots of questions about how to put this outfit on. The answer is very simple. Go to the avatar section under the 'suits' it...
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  • Query based collections in ConfigMgr 2007 may fail to refresh after being modified

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    Consider the following System Center Configuration Manager 2007 scenario: 1. You create a query based collection. 2. You update and refresh that collection and it works correctly. 3. You go to the properties of that collection and edit the query it uses...
  • Announcing the Configuration Manager v.Next Community Evaluation Program

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    The Microsoft® Configuration Manager team is pleased to announce that applications are now being accepted for participation in the Configuration Manager v.Next Community Evaluation Program (CEP). The goal of this program is to provide early adopters a...
  • How to create a custom default user profile in Windows Vista or newer OS when using ConfigMgr 2007 OSD

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    Found this great article today written by the Configuration Manager Support Team. When building a Windows Vista or newer reference image (Windows 7, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2008 R2), to create a custom Default User profile based on modifications...
  • Installing and Configuring the System Center Configuration Manager Dashboard

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    If any of you are thinking about utilising dashboards for ConfigMgr then read on. There is a new TechNet Virtual Lab: Installing and Configuring the System Center Configuration Manager Dashboard After completing this lab, you will be better able to install...
  • Microsoft software licensing changes: What they mean for your business

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    NEWS Changes to Microsoft's software pricing and licensing could have a big impact on IT departments. This is according to analysts at Forrester Research, who have identified five changes that could affect CIOs who are planning new purchases or simply...
  • Citrix Connector for System Center Configuration Manager 2007

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    Citrix® XenApp™ 6 introduces integration with Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager 2007 R2 giving organizations a single, integrated view and management of all applications across the enterprise including on-demand apps by XenApp. The Citrix...
  • The Machine SID Duplication Myth

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    Extract from Mark Russinovich’s blog On November 3 2009, Sysinternals retired NewSID , a utility that changes a computers machine Security Identifier (machine SID). I wrote NewSID in 1997 (its original name was NTSID) because the only tool available at...
  • Unattended.xml and Custom Variables

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    I was asked a question today about using custom variables (collection variables) with the unattended.xml. As an example I have used the section of an unattended.xml I use for InputLocale, SystemLocale, UILanguage and UserLocale InputLocale -   ...
  • Springboard Series Windows 7 IT Pro Work Template: Windows 7 Deployment Plan

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    Brief Description The Windows 7 Deployment Plan is a high-level checklist of milestones and tasks, with examples of deliverables, for each part of the Windows 7 deployment process. Overview The Windows 7 Deployment Plan can be used as a broad checklist...
  • The tax system explained in beer!

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    Suppose that, every day, ten men go out for beer and the bill for all ten comes to £100. If they paid their bill the way we pay our taxes, it would go something like this... * The first four men (the poorest) would pay nothing * The fifth would pay £1...
  • Alert - McAfee Update Causing Windows XP Machines to Shut Down

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    Microsoft has been made aware of an issue with a McAfee DAT file update - released Wednesday, April 21, 2010 - that has been causing stability issues on Windows XP client systems. The symptom is caused by a false-positive detection on a core Windows file...