DCM Multiline Operators

I recently had the opportunity to use the One of operator on a CI validation of a registry integer value.  While trying to input the multiple values (1, 3, 4 or 5) using a variety of delimiters (space, comma, semi-colon, etc.), I kept getting a UI error: “Invalid integer. Specify one value per line.”  The…


Secondary site server attempting NTLM anonymous logon

I recently came across a problem that drove me crazy for several hours.  I’ve installed secondary site servers many times and have the setup down pat to work with my usual secure configuration.  The secondary site server installed ok, but then the mpcontrol.log showed entries similar to the following: Attempting to connect to the configured SQL database.***…


TestDBUpgrade on a Named Instance

In a scenario where a hardened SQL named instance (e.g., SQLI1) is used to perform the database (e.g., SMS_P01) upgrade test for a service pack the ConfigMgrSetup.log may contain the following errors: The command line options are /TESTDBUPGRADE SMS_P01…Testing database upgrade on SMS_P01 database, on the sqlsrv01 server.Running test query.***SqlError: [08001][17][Microsoft][ODBC SQL Server Driver][Shared Memory]SQL…

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Explicit rights for Preinst

I recently had to manually remove a secondary site (S01) from a ConfigMgr 2007 SP1 hierarchy.  It deleted ok from the parent site (P01), but since that doesn’t replicate up the hierarchy, I had to go to the Hierarchy Maintenance Tool (Preinst.exe) on the central (C01) site to fully remove it.  However, when logged on…


Debug programs right needed to uninstall ConfigMgr Console

I recently discovered an interesting issue when trying to uninstall the ConfigMgr Console from a Windows Server 2003 system to which the SSLF member server baseline policy is applied.  When running through setup to uninstall the console, all of the components all show the status “Not Started” and the wizard lets you click Next, i.e.,…


PowerShell to change ConfigMgr Client Cache size

Don Hite has a VBS Script To Change A Remote SMS Clients Cache Size, but I wanted to do it with PowerShell:$Cache = Get-WmiObject -namespace root\ccm\SoftMgmtAgent -class CacheConfig$Cache.size = 10240$Cache.InUse = “True”$Cache.Put()Restart-Service ccmexec I added line 3 after trying the size change and the bottom of the Advanced tab on the ConfigMgr control panel was…

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ConfigMgr Software Updates on an Isolated Network

The Windows Server Update Services (WSUS) 3 Deployment Guide documents a process by which update metadata and update content can be transferred from one server to another isolated server.  Since Configuration Manager 2007 relies upon WSUS for the software update plumbing, a similar process can be used to transfer updates to an isolated network for…

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Customizing USMT Estimation with ConfigMgr Task Sequence

One of the advantages of integrating MDT 2008 with ConfigMgr 2007 is a more dynamic state capture process.  The MDT task “Determine Local or Remote” (ZTIUserState.wsf) gives you the ability to estimate the amount of space required for the state store, and then determine whether to store it on the local hard drive or across…

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ConfigMgr 2007 and SCW

The Security Configuration Wizard is new to Windows Server 2003 SP1 and provides very detailed ability to lockdown a server based on the roles, services and applications.  With SMS 2003, the toolkit provided security templates that would allow SMS to function when used in the context of the Enterprise Client (EC) or Specialized Security Limited…


IE7 search providers and ConfigMgr RP

I was doing some research/testing on IE7 search providers today and thought up a neat trick for quicker access to some common ConfigMgr reports.  See Microsoft Support Article ID 918238 for some of the technical details on IE7 search providers.  We strongly recommend the use of GUIDs in the registry for the search providers, but…

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