Blog - Post List
    • Sun, Jan 10 2016

    Robert - ConfigMgr: 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

    Robert - ConfigMgr: 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

    Robert - ConfigMgr: 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

    Robert - ConfigMgr: 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...
    • Thu, Oct 1 2015

    Peter Egerton: Snow Inventory Client Uninstall Failure

    I have been working with a customer recently who is trialling Snow Inventory v3.7.02 and wanted me to add the client into Configuration Manager for them to be able to deploy. There were 2 MSI files provided, one for x86 and one for x64 so I added them into an Application (note the MSI has been renamed from default) which as you will know is quite a simple task. Configuration Manager works out the install and uninstall...
    • Sat, Sep 26 2015

    Robert - ConfigMgr: 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...
    • Tue, Sep 8 2015

    Paul Winstanley: Windows 10 IoT Core - Raspberry Pi connections without a network

    Myself and Peter Egerton ran an 'Introduction to Windows 10 IoT on the Raspberry Pi' session recently at a WMUG event and we had some issues connecting remotely into the Raspberry Pi on the network we were presenting from. Not all was in vain...
    • Sun, Sep 6 2015

    Paul Winstanley: Failed to restore virtual machine state

    I thought I would blog this since, for a moment, I thought I'd lost my DC and ConfigMgr server in my lab (Backups?? Sorry??) Basically when attempting to start up my VM's from a saved state I received the following error message: 'failed ...
    • Fri, Sep 4 2015

    Paul Winstanley: Files for my App-V and Windows 10 IoT WMUG session

    As mentioned at the WMUG event at Microsoft on 24th August, we would be making our slide decks available post the event. Introduction to App-V Integration in ConfigMgr 2012 R2 Windows 10 IoT and Raspberry Pi 2 with an introduction to Blinky If you wa...
    • Mon, Aug 31 2015

    Robert - ConfigMgr: 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

    Robert - ConfigMgr: 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

    Robert - ConfigMgr: 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

    Robert - ConfigMgr: 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

    Robert - ConfigMgr: 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...
    • Sun, Aug 2 2015

    Robert - ConfigMgr: Windows Update Agent – Windows 10 – New logging format

    ConfigMgr 2012 admins running Windows 10 should be learning a bit about what is going on with the Windows 10 Windows Updates Clients new logging feature, Event Tracing for Windows This is how you use to read it, with the WindowsUpdate log: https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/902093 This is how you read it now in Windows 10, from a binary encoded ETL file: https://support.microsoft.com/en-gb/kb/3036646 More info on...
    • Mon, Jul 27 2015

    Robert - ConfigMgr: ConfigMgr Inbox Monitor update coming soon

    Has been a while since I wrote a blog post, I’ll get back into it as I have so much to share. In the meantime, while I build up the ‘momentum’, here’s a shot or two of my Inbox Monitor 1.4.3 tool which is currently being finished off and should be released in a day or two. Key features: Now Multi-threaded, the tool is more responsive during heavy file recursion, grid population and file streaming Logging to a textual...
    • Sun, Jul 26 2015

    Paul Winstanley: Installing Windows 10 IoT Core on a Raspberry Pi 2

    A few months ago I wrote a three-part series on how to get started with Windows 10 IoT on the Raspberry Pi. The process to get the Windows 10 IoT Core image onto the SC card has changed slightly since then so here are the details on how to achi...
    • Wed, Jun 17 2015

    Paul Winstanley: Updated Windows 10 in-place upgrade task sequence for ConfigMgr 2012

    Microsoft has released an updated task sequence for the Windows 10 in-place upgrade within ConfigMgr 2012. Note that ConfigMgr 2012 R2 SP1 is the minimum version we support for Windows 10 in-place upgrade using this TS. If you followed the live ...
    • Sun, Jun 7 2015

    Paul Winstanley: Recover disk space after Windows 10 upgrade

    Once things have settled in with your Windows 10 install you might want to recover the space used by the Windows10.old folder. To do this deleting previous Windows installations has now been incorporated into the Disk Cleanup Utility. After launchin...
    • Sat, May 16 2015

    Robert - ConfigMgr: CMStore for ConfigMgr

    Wrote another tool, like I do. So many loose ends such as my programming guides are becoming neglected, will return to them soon, but for now, check this puppy out. This tool, CMStore for ConfigMgr helps you download all the other tools out there, from Microsoft to Community tooling. Currently the store has over 70 entries ranging from Scripts, Executables, documents to full downloads of Microsoft resources. The manifest...
    • Wed, May 13 2015

    Paul Winstanley: ConfigMgr Store puts all your ConfigMgr apps in one place

    Before I post about this marvellous new application created by fellow WMUG friend Robert Marshall, let me just say that this is the last duplicated post from the SCCMentor web site. All future WMUG posts will be unique and focused on Windows 10 relat...
    • Tue, May 12 2015

    Paul Winstanley: Quickly disable Windows Defender on Windows 10 using PowerShell

    Here's a couple of commands that come in handy if you need to temporarily disable real time monitoring of Windows Defender on the Windows 10 Technical Preview release. At present my Defender is happily monitoring with real-time protection switched on. Fire up a PowerShell window as administrator and run the following command: Set-MpPreference -DisableRealtimeMonitoring $true You'll soon get...
    • Sat, May 9 2015

    Paul Winstanley: Remove partition as part of Windows 10 in-place upgrade with PowerShell

    The Windows 10 in-place upgrade ConfigMgr Task Sequence is going to make the migration to Windows 10 relatively pain free and quick. You can have an upgraded O/S running the latest release within the space of an hour. With support for upgrade for Win...
    • Fri, May 8 2015

    Paul Winstanley: Five Minute Mentor - Update Client Settings Priority in ConfigMgr 2012

    I've finally got round to creating another in my 'Five Minute Mentor' series. The first in the series 'Deploying .exe applications in SCCM 2012' has been very popular so take a look here . This time I've spent five minutes...
    • Wed, May 6 2015

    Peter Egerton: MDT Driver Exporter

    Working for a customer recently I had the task of migrating some task sequences from MDT to Configuration Manager. When looking at drivers, in MDT they have a logical folder structure like so: ​ I needed to re-create this structure in Configuration Manager however they didn't have the driver source any more. So behind the scenes of the workbench it just looks like this: I asked the Architects@smsmarshall.com mailing...