Blog - Post List
    • Thu, Dec 11 2014

    Paul Winstanley - SCCMentor: Task Sequence step not applying

    Strange goings on whilst working on a Task Sequence in SCCM 2007. One of the driver packages wasn't applying to the end device. The WMI query checked out ok but the device booted up without any of the drivers applied. Checking the SMSTS.log I noticed that the driver package step was marked as disabled. However looking at the Task Sequence the step wasn't disabled. To remedy the problem, I disabled...
    • Fri, Dec 5 2014

    Paul Winstanley - SCCMentor: Find out a deployment from the Deployment ID

    Via the SCCM Console, the Deployment ID for a deployment is not visible by default. To enable this go into the Monitoring workspace. Right click the menu bar and choose Deployment ID from the list. The Deployment ID's are now visible. Via PowerShell you can use the Get-CMDeployment cmdlet. Entering Get-CMDeployment will return all deployments. You can filter via a specifc ID using the command: Get-CMDeployment...
    • Tue, Nov 25 2014

    Matt White Blog: Hello World!

    Well, hello everyone! it’s pleasure to be blogging here on WMUG… Rob and the team here have been kind enough to let me in and have given me this platform and I plan to use it! So, an introduction is in order… My name is Matt White and I work as a technical architect for a UK systems integrator. I am a systems management specialist, starting with SMS 1.2 back in 1998 and finding my way through to the current status quo...
    • Sat, Nov 22 2014

    Robert - ConfigMgr: 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

    Robert - ConfigMgr: 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

    Robert - ConfigMgr: 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

    Robert - ConfigMgr: 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, Nov 7 2014

    Peter Egerton: Orchestrator Get Group Activity and AD Distinguished Name

    Slightly off from my usual topics but recently I’ve been working more with Orchestrator and although what I am about to tell you is not unknown to people I didn’t find it easy to get the answers from the web so I though I should share. I got a lot of help on this one out of this TechNet thread but information elsewhere didn’t come so easily hence I’m writing this post - https://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US...
    • Wed, Nov 5 2014

    Peter Egerton: PowerShell Invoke-Command pipelines tip

    I was working with Orchestrator recently and needed to implement some PowerShell to remotely manage Microsoft Exchange 2010 so I suppose I have 2 tips on one for you here. If you are trying to use the Exchange Admin Integration Pack you should be awa...
    • Sat, Nov 1 2014

    Paul Winstanley - SCCMentor: Five Minute Mentor - Deploying .exe applications in SCCM 2012

    Here's the first of a series of video blogs on how to get by in SCCM 2012. These snippets are entitled 'Five Minute Mentor' and aim to show you how to do something in ConfigMgr in 5 minutes. I decided to tackle 'Deploying .exe applications' in my video as my blog post Deploying .exe files via SCCM 2012 receives some many hits. It's one of those confusing areas for new users in SCCM as the dropdown...
    • Fri, Oct 31 2014

    Robert - ConfigMgr: 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

    Robert - ConfigMgr: 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...
    • Thu, Oct 30 2014

    Paul Winstanley - SCCMentor: MP not responding to HTTP requests

    Installing a new device recently I noticed that it was reporting as Client = No. The ccmsetup had completed successfully so time to check on what the root cause was. A quick check of the site status within the console confirmed that there were problems. Ugly red crosses next to my Management Point and Application Catalog roles. We do not like to see red crosses! Checking the messages on the management point role...
    • Sun, Oct 26 2014

    Robert - ConfigMgr: 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

    Peter Egerton: WMUG MMS Minnesota ticket Giveaway!!

    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 ...
    • Tue, Oct 21 2014

    Robert - ConfigMgr: 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

    Paul Winstanley - SCCMentor: The Microsoft Software License Terms have not been completely downloaded and cannot be accepted

    I spent some time over the last few days troubleshooting an error in the wsyncmgr.log file. The EULA was not being downloaded to the WSUS content folder and the error 'The Microsoft Software License Terms have not been completely downloaded and c...
    • Fri, Oct 17 2014

    Robert - ConfigMgr: 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...
    • Thu, Oct 16 2014

    Peter Egerton: ConfigMgr 2012 R2 CU3 hotfix for fast device wipe and retire

    On October 8th Microsoft released a hotfix which can be installed over System Center Configuration Manager 2012 R2 CU3 which on the whole seems to have gone un-noticed. The hotfix essentially provides fast channel communication to mobile devices when you send remote wipe or retire commands to an enrolled device. I should be clear that this is a hotfix for ConfigMgr and is used in a unified device management scenario where...
    • Mon, Oct 13 2014

    Paul Winstanley - SCCMentor: SCCM 2007 to 2012 Migration Ports

    I was recently receiving a 'The RPC server is unavailable. (Exception from HRESULT: 0x800706BA)' error message when attempting to configure the migration hierarchy for a SCCM 2007 to 2012 migration. Checking back on the TechNet articles to confirm, the stated ports required for migration are: NetBIOS/SMB – 445 (TCP) RPC (WMI) – 135 (TCP) SQL Server – 1433 (TCP) These ports...
    • Wed, Oct 8 2014

    Robert - ConfigMgr: Handling ConfigMgr related embedded objects in WMI with C#

    Recently, I had to write some C# code to access a bunch of properties that are in an array of embedded objects stored in objects coming back from a WMI query against a ConfigMgr Site server (the SMS Provider really). Isn’t particularly tricky once you figure it out, harder to explain just then, but this did take me a bit of time to crack, and I thought I’d share it with you in case you stumble into the same...
    • Mon, Oct 6 2014

    Paul Winstanley - SCCMentor: ConfigMgr Query Collection for Windows 10 Tech Preview Desktops

    Microsoft surprised us all with the news of the release of the next OS Windows 10 earlier this week. So there we were waiting for Windows 9! The Tech Preview is available to download now. Whilst this release is not officially supported in SCCM 2012, as yet, it is possible to build a Windows 10 device via OSD. Check out Niall Brady's excellent blog article on how to achieve this. So you've installed the O...
    • Mon, Oct 6 2014

    Paul Winstanley - SCCMentor: Cumulative Update 3 for System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager released.

    The latest cumulative update for SCCM 2012 R2 has been released by Microsoft http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2994331/en-us One of the surprise additions to the CU is the ability to configure some form of management point affinity to stop MP rotation. This involves creating a AllowedMPs registry value under the HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\CCM key. The FQDN of your preferred MP is entered in this key. One...
    • Thu, Oct 2 2014

    Peter Egerton: Microsoft Unified Device Management in 3 minutes!

    I recently entered the Microsoft TechEd Challenge competition organised by the Microsoft UK TechNet team and the challenge was to produce a video of around 3 minutes which was innovative and demonstrated a deep technical knowledge of a particular are...
    • Tue, Sep 23 2014

    Peter Egerton: New ConfigMgr book – Advanced Deployment

    I thought I would share the news that there is a new Configuration Manager book in town and I understand that it will be available within the next few days. My friend and colleague Martyn Coupland has spent much of his time in the last 12 months or so writing his debut into the world of authoring – Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager Advanced Deployment. Having chatted with Martyn in recent months about this...