Blog - Post List
    • Fri, Sep 12 2014

    Peter Egerton: System Center Orchestrator AV exclusions

    I was asked recently about antivirus/antimalware exclusions for Orchestrator and after some digging it seems Microsoft do not publish such a thing. So after bouncing the question around to a few experienced people I have drawn up this initial list and added it to the TechNet Wiki . I also updated the generic AV exclusion wiki page which is worth checking out if you haven’t already seen it. This is a first effort and hopefully...
    • Thu, Sep 11 2014

    Paul Winstanley - SCCMentor: Installing a Remote SUP in SCCM 2012 R2 on Windows Server 2012 R2

    If you have followed my previous blog article for installing a remote SUP in SCCM 2012 R2 you may have noticed that I ran the install on Windows Server 2008. So what's different when you want to install a remote SUP on Server 2012. Read on.... Install Pre-Requisites on the remote SUP server Connect to your remote server allocated for the WSUS role and load Server Manager. Choose Manage>Add Roles and Features...
    • Wed, Sep 10 2014

    Robert - ConfigMgr: Branding devices using Collection Variables, Task Sequences and PowerShell

    Customer asked me to figure out a way to make it easy for them to create\manage a Machine based Environment Variable en-mass, so I came up with something that uses PowerShell, Task Sequences and Collection Variables. Save this script as SysEnvVarBranding.ps1 to a new Package Source Folder location: # Get the Task Sequence Variables $tsenv = New-Object -COMObject Microsoft.SMS.TSEnvironment # Set the Machine Environment...
    • Wed, Sep 10 2014

    Paul Winstanley - SCCMentor: Installing a remote Software Update Point on SCCM 2012 R2

    The following blog runs through the procedure that is required to install a remote SUP in your environment. This could be to off-load site roles from the site server or to scale out. Note that the installation has taken place on a Windows 2008 R2 server. Install the WSUS role on the site server If you don't have the Windows Server Update Service role installed on your site server then open up Server Manager...
    • Tue, Sep 9 2014

    Peter Egerton: Bulk changing Configuration Manager & SCEP policy priorities

    This is one that has caused me unnecessary effort in the past when working on migrations with customers. There is a limitation in the Configuration Manager 2012 console whereby if you want to amend the priority of either a client settings or endpoint protection policy your only option is to right click or hit the ribbon and either increase or decrease priority. Your other option is to use PowerShell with the Set-CMClientSetting...
    • Fri, Aug 29 2014

    Paul Winstanley - SCCMentor: Endpoint Protection Anti-Tamper Remediation (SCEP 2012)

    SCEP 2012 SP1 introduced anti-tamper features into the product. The ability to stop or restart the Microsoft Antimalware Service has been disabled. http://blogs.technet.com/b/mspfe/archive/2013/02/19/anti-tampering-for-the-antimalware-service-in-system-center-endpoint-protection-2012-sp1.aspx What happens though if a user has access to uninstall SCEP from Add/Remove programs? SCCM client actions will run and determine...
    • Mon, Aug 18 2014

    Robert - ConfigMgr: 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 out the Clinic page for Orchestrator here . If you want to attend, check out the events landing page above for further...
    • Fri, Aug 15 2014

    Robert - ConfigMgr: 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-only recording, there are slides containing the introduction, agenda and sign off, as well as at the very end the links...
    • Tue, Aug 12 2014

    Paul Winstanley - SCCMentor: The software change returned error code 0x87d01280

    When attempting to remove App-V application from the Software Center I received the following error. Error code 0x87d01280 means that the application is still in use. Close the application down and attempt to retry the application removal again.
    • Sun, Aug 10 2014

    Robert - ConfigMgr: 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 or indirectly, but I do not want to just sign people up so you’ll have to go through the one time chore of subscribing...
    • Sat, Jul 26 2014

    Robert - ConfigMgr: 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 for ConfigMgr is a real joy, but having to be an apologist because something is missing, although relatively easy...
    • Wed, Jul 16 2014

    Paul Winstanley - SCCMentor: The software change returned error code 0x800702E4 (-2147024156)

    When attempting to install Adobe Reader recently from the Application Catalog the application installation failed. Checking the failure in the Software Center I encountered the following error 'The software change returned error code 0x800702E4 (-2147024156)' I investigated further in the AppEnforce.log and noticed the following error messages relating to the installation. 'CMsiHandler::EnforceApp...
    • Fri, Jul 11 2014

    Paul Winstanley - SCCMentor: Using the SCCM 2012 Application Model to remove CMTrace

    Garth Jones, ECM MVP and general ConfigMgr guru, wrote an excellent piece recently on pushing out the CMTrace log viewer via the SCCM application model. To take full advantage of the SCCM 2012 application model I thought it would be good to embellish the piece with details on how to configure the uninstall aspect of the deployment. It's very simple to implement and gives you full control on install/uninstall...
    • Thu, Jul 10 2014

    Robert - ConfigMgr: 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. LocationAware maps Management Points to Boundary Groups, it consists of a Console, an Agent and a Configuration file...
    • Sun, Jul 6 2014

    Robert - ConfigMgr: LinkedIn Phishing attempts

    Keep an eye out for this bunch of LOL on LinkedIn. I received this today. (I wonder who the poor guy is in the picture!) Mr. Robert Marshall , I would start by saying thanks for your response..How is your family doing? I hope okay. My proposal is very important to me so please I want you to take the content of this mail very seriously. All I want is an honest business transaction between us. First of all, I will start...
    • Sat, Jun 28 2014

    Paul Winstanley - SCCMentor: SCCM 2012 R2 Cumulative Update 2 Available

    CU2 is now available from Microsoft. Details available here Once you update to CU2 your version number will change to 5.0.7958.1303. CU2 introduces a bunch of PowerShell changes and these are viewable at the following KB . SCCMentor is proud that, once again, a bug logged with Microsoft Connect has been addressed in a MS update. The bug addressed is: Application Virtualization Modifications to App...
    • Sun, Jun 22 2014

    Robert - ConfigMgr: Where’s Robert been lately?

    Where’s Robert been lately? A good question! The last few months I’ve been working for my company SMSMarshall Ltd, to produce a ConfigMgr related product, coded in C# using Visual Studio 2013, while trying to weave in day to day consultancy work, community activities, family, Baby boy arrived, friends, life. Man, Q1 and Q2 of 2014 really got crazy busy for me. I had the notion of controlling Management Point usage in...
    • Fri, Jun 20 2014

    Peter Egerton: Microsoft VDI and RDS in Server 2012 R2

    This week I delivered a couple of sessions for Microsoft on Microsoft VDI/RDS as part of their People Centric IT Road show which WMUG hosted the Reading session. I thought it only right that I should therefore share some of that information with those who couldn’t attend, that and it’s a subject I don’t often write about but is pretty cool and often forgotten about. So what is Microsoft VDI and RDS? Well VDI is a fairly...
    • Fri, Jun 20 2014

    Peter Egerton: Configuration Manager 2012 Security Role ID

    Here’s a snippet I wrote a little while ago but realised I hadn’t shared it with WMUG. I’ve been using powershell with Configuration Manager recently and I’ve been looking at security roles. If you’re looking to create your own security roles with powershell and you don’t already have a template, you’ll first need to copy one of the existing roles to get started. To do this you need to know the role ID for the source...
    • Fri, Jun 13 2014

    Robert - ConfigMgr: Patch Tuesday–Some patches being reported as incompatible with OSD due to multiple reboots

    I’m seeing several sources reporting that there are a few patches in the latest Patch Tuesday cycle that are not compatible with OSD due to their requirement for multiple reboots. Keep an eye out, here’s a run down, the skinny, from Nash Pherson an ECM MVP colleague: http://myitforum.com/myitforumwp/2014/06/13/another-update-or-two-released-that-breaks-task-sequences-add-it-to-your-to-do-list/
    • Sat, May 31 2014

    Paul Winstanley - SCCMentor: WMUG Hosts : MVP Empower People Centric IT Roadshow

    Join speakers from WMUG and the outstanding MVP community in the UK and Ireland for this FREE event and find out more about: How IT can provide a consistent and personalised experience for users across a wide range of devices. How IT can keep corporate information protected And how the above can be achieved without adding unrealistic cost and complexity to the business? Throughout June 2014, MVPs will...
    • Mon, May 12 2014

    Paul Winstanley - SCCMentor: Reporting Services broken post SCCM 2012 R2 upgrade

    Nothing like trying to get a report out for your customer only to find your recent upgrade to R2 has broken all the reports! Time to investigate. Reports were giving out the following error or similar when accessed: 'An error has occurred during report processing. (rsProcessingAborted) Cannot read the next data row for the dataset Parameter_DataSet_Baseline. (rsErrorReadingNextDataRow) Conversion failed when...
    • Mon, May 12 2014

    Peter Egerton: Configuration Manager 2012 Console Parameters

    It seems not everyone is aware that there are a handful of command line parameters available for the ConfigMgr console executable. They are listed here on the MSDN Library and can be used for advanced troubleshooting, maybe some scripting or even if you just want to take a look around. So if you want to run them you should fire up a command prompt or even edit your shortcut and run the ConfigMgr console executable follow...
    • Tue, May 6 2014

    Paul Winstanley - SCCMentor: Hotfix Package 4 for Microsoft Application Virtualization 5.0 SP2 released

    Microsoft has released Hotfix Package 4 for App-V 5.0SP2. This release is almost like a whole service pack with the amount of fixes that it incorporates. If you are going to upgrade then test your applications prior to pushing out to users. Of interest to readers of the SCCMentor blog is the fix for the following issue 'Unable to unpublish App-V 5 packages with AppData redirected' raised back in October last...