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  • Blog Post: System Center 2012 Configuration Manager R2–Web Applications

    Now that we have System Center 2012 Configuration Manager R2 in our hands, I thought I'd take a walk with guides over some of the many hot spots we've been blessed with in this release. Check out the What’s New in R2 guide for an overview of all the new features and enhancements. Here's...
  • Blog Post: System Center 2012 Configuration Manager R2–New Software Updates specific Maintenance Window

    Handy new enhancement to Maintenance Windows is the Software Updates specific Maintenance Window, which compliments the existing Maintenance Window type (All deployments) and the Task Sequence Maintenance Window type, which, once defined, will install all Software Updates through that defined schedule...
  • Blog Post: ConfigMgr 2012 R2 PowerShell commands

    Here’s the listing of PowerShell commands available in System Center 2012 Configuration Manager R2, returned from Get-Command -module ConfigurationManager | Select Name : Add-CMApplicationCatalogWebServicePoint Add-CMApplicationCatalogWebsitePoint Add-CMAssetIntelligenceSynchronizationPoint Add-CMBoundaryToGroup...
  • Blog Post: System Center 2012 Configuration Manager R2– Virtual Hard Disk feature

    Virtual Hard Disks. It’s a rather odd inclusion in the pantheon of updates that come in System Center 2012 Configuration Manager R2, but curiously, it fits well and opens up a door for creating bespoke VHD’s built directly from custom task sequence. These VHD’s can then be moved by whatever means to...
  • Blog Post: Lab - System Center 2012 Configuration Manager - #1 The Lab

    REPOST - Lab - System Center 2012 Configuration Manager - #1 The Lab NOTE: I had to move a few articles I wrote away from their existing location and on over to this blog, it’s old information now, since we have ConfigMgr 2012 R2! This guide kicks off my tour of System Center 2012 Configuration Manager...
  • Blog Post: Lab - System Center 2012 Configuration Manager - CAS - #2 Do I need one

    NOTE: I had to move a few articles I wrote away from their existing location and on over to this blog, it’s old information now, since we have ConfigMgr 2012 R2! Following on from my previous article on System Center 2012 Configuration Manager where I talked about setting up a good test last, we can...
  • Blog Post: Lab - System Center 2012 Configuration Manager– #3 Setting up the CAS

    NOTE: I had to move a few articles I wrote away from their existing location and on over to this blog, it’s old information now, since we have ConfigMgr 2012 R2! Following on from my previous article for System Center 2012 Configuration Manager where I talked about the pro’s and con’s of having a Central...
  • Blog Post: Lab - System Center 2012 Configuration Manager - #4 Setting up the Primary

    Lab - System Center 2012 Configuration Manager - #4 Setting up the Primary NOTE: I had to move a few articles I wrote away from their existing location and on over to this blog, it’s old information now, since we have ConfigMgr 2012 R2! Following on from my previous article on System Center 2012 Configuration...
  • Blog Post: Lab - System Center 2012 Configuration Manager - #5 MDT 2012

    NOTE: I had to move a few articles I wrote away from their existing location and on over to this blog, it’s old information now, since we have MDT 2013! Here's a quick guide to installing MDT 2012 Update 1 Beta 1. There isn't much to the installation itself, and is intuitive enough not to need...
  • Blog Post: Lab - System Center 2012 Configuration Manager - #6 CMTrace

    NOTE: I had to move a few articles I wrote away from their existing location and on over to this blog, it’s old information now, since we have ConfigMgr 2012 R2! I thought I’d write some stuff about CMTrace, the Configuration Manager free log tracing tool. I still find folks who don’t know how useful...
  • Blog Post: ConfigMgr 2012 R2 hotfix for per-computer task sequence variables

    If you are not seeing this, no point installing, if you are having issues with per-computer task sequence variables, KB2907591 will resolve the issue. What is happening is that for those affected, the task sequence variables defined for newly imported computer records are filtered out during task sequence...
  • Blog Post: WMUG Event - Wally Mead–UK–November-2013

    We had Wally Mead back over for a day covering System Center 2012 Configuration Manager R2 … WMUG produced a newsletter covering the event for those that couldn’t make it. Video will appear on the WMUG website soon, but there’s 6 hours to render into sessions ready for viewing. Stay tuned. http://wmug...
  • Blog Post: And now for something completely different–The CM12R2 Toolkit is here

    A bag of awesomeness dropped yesterday in the form of the System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager Toolkit . Here’s the payload of tools: Server Based Tools * DP Job Manager - A tool that helps troubleshoot and manage ongoing content distribution jobs to Configuration Manager distribution points....
  • Blog Post: Switzerland–User Group-All day with Wally Mead and Friends

    Another awesome engineer friend of mine is giving his start-up User Group in Switzerland a go with it’s first all day event. The UG is called ConfigMgr.ch, he has an all-day event set for the 13th of Jan 2014 and the main attraction is Wally Mead along with a bunch of excellent speakers! Here’s the complete...
  • Blog Post: Windows 2012 Server Deduplication and ConfigMgr 2012

    Windows Server 2012 brought along a really nice bunch of features, and a lot of work went into Disk Management, we saw Storage Pools, and a feature that I hadn’t check out, Deduplication. Since Windows 2012 we’ve been able to make use of this feature in the data center, Johan Arwidmark reminded me of...
  • Blog Post: New tool–ConfigMgr SwitchMP

    Need to point a Client at a specific MP, or block access to specific MP’s? Not many of us need to pin Clients to a specific MP, it’s not really possible, but is now. Download and instructions here There’s a Q&A feedback tab on that page, if you could give me feedback on your experiences, if it wobbles...
  • Blog Post: Controlling Management Point access during OSD

    *** Update - I wrote a tool called ManageMP that let's you specify MP's to be blocked and on which subnet a client has to be for the block to take place, check it out here I wrote a tool called SwitchMP to force an existing ConfigMgr Client to perform Management Point rotation, and while doing...
  • Blog Post: New tool–ManageMP for WINPE

    Wrote a small tool to do some Management Point blocking during the OSD WINPE build phase. I wanted to block MP’s very early on and using a prestart command like I showed here wasn’t very useful without some kind of conditional logic being applied to do the MP blocking, if you specify an MP then block...
  • Blog Post: System Center 2012 Configuration Manager R2–CU1 as arrived

    Cumulative Update 1 for System Center 20212 Configuration Manager R2 has arrived in the form of KB2938441 . Here’s the enhancements: App-V 5.0 SP2 is now supported Updated Endpoint Protection Client PowerShell changes There’s a list of bugs that have been fixed, some...
  • Blog Post: Server Error in '/OperationsManager' Application and OpsMgr 2012 R2

    I have been working with OpsMgr 2012 recently, and came across the following error when trying to use the OpsMgr web console Server Error in '/OperationsManager' Application The Windows application event log pretty much summed it up Source ASP.NET 4.0.30319.0 ‏ Could not load type 'System...
  • Blog Post: LocationAware–Control Management Point usage

    I’ve written a pretty awesome and cheaply priced product to control System Center 2012 Configuration Manager SP1 and R2 Management Point selection and usage, literally bringing localisation that we have today for Content to Management Points without any burden, overhead or change in the infrastructure...
  • Blog Post: Enhanced Hierarchy functionality

    Some of you may already know or have guessed, controlling Management Point, and now Software Update Point usage has become a bit of a preoccupation of mine. It is a “missing” feature that I’m acutely aware of as an Architect, I have to point out to customers that this gap just has to be lived with. Designing...
  • Blog Post: New ConfigMgr Architects mailing list

    I love designing for ConfigMgr, and to boot I love sharing, so I created a new mailing list dedicated to ConfigMgr design. If you’d like to join up ping an email to architects@smsmarshall.com with SUBSCRIBE in the subject or body, and I'll add you to the list. I know a lot of you already, directly...
  • Blog Post: WMUG Clinic-Service Manager-July-2014

    WMUG hosted a Clinic for July 2014, this time for Service Manager with a bunch of great guys, Sam Erkine, David Scambler, Andreas Baumgarten MVP, Dieter Gasser and Anton Gritsenko MVP. Covered a lot off, worth the listen. Check out the Clinic page for Service Manager here Note: This is an audio...
  • Blog Post: WMUG Clinic–Orchestrator-20-August-2014

    WMUG has another Clinic days away, 20th of August 2014 , this time covering System Center Orchestrator, with a great bunch of knowledgeable guys, with Peter Egerton hosting, and with guest speakers Sam Erskine, Steve Beaumont (MVP), Dieter Gasser, Steve Buchanan (MVP) and Andreas Baumgarten (MVP) Check...