How to find SCCM duplicate computer objects

One of the many tasks an SCCM admin faces is checking for ConfigMgr duplicate computer records. There are many ways that we can get duplicate records, but here are the three most common: Duplicate MAC Addresses. I normally see this in environments where VDI is common. Generally, a VDI admin has duplicated machines without giving…


Troubleshooting Applicability Rules with SCUP Based Updates

Minfang, a tester on our SCUP team, wrote this great blog article on how to troubleshoot applicability rules when writing your own software updates.  Check it out here: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/minfangl/archive/2011/10/26/troubleshoot-detection-logic-issue-for-updates-created-by-system-center-update-publisher-2011.aspx


Exchange & The Autodiscover Web Service

In the Exchange 2003 world and below, those administrators looking to automate and control the behaviour of MAPI profiles on user’s desktops quickly became familiar with tools like: ORK (Office Resource Kit) .PRF Files .OPS files (from the Office Profile wizard) PROFGEN PRFPATCH ExProfRe For a refresher on such joys  of .PRF files etc. take…


Windows 7 Deployment – Interview

Dieses Mal gibt es Werbung in eigener Sache. Ich wurde von Armin Wegner (Services Account Manager) zum Thema Deployment interviewt. Dieses Interview wurde auf einigen Seiten veröffentlicht und nun auch auf meinen Blog eingestellt. Armin Wegner, Microsoft Premier Services: Ralf, wie lange bist du schon bei Microsoft und welche Aufgaben hast du im Speziellen? RE:…


System Center Updates Publisher Signing Certificate Requirements & Step-by-Step Guide

Special thank you goes out to Minfang Lv, our SCUP Lead Tester, who wrote this step by step guide to creating your own signing certificate. System Center Update Publisher 2011 is an application that can be used with System Center Configuration Manager to deploy 3rd party software updates: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/systemcenter/bb741049 . To have the ability to…


SCUP 2011 Installation & Configuration Guide

Kent Agerlund, ConfigMgr MVP, wrote a great getting starting guide to System Center Updates Publisher 2011 up on his blog.  Check it out here: http://blog.coretech.dk/kea/the-complete-scup-2011-installation-and-configuration-guide/


Where do I find Configuration Packs?

I get the question a lot of where do I find all the available Configuration Packs.  Well System Center has a new site that allows for you to quickly and easily find content for Configuration Manager and find all Configuration Packs.  The new site is Microsoft System Center Marketplace which can be found here: http://systemcenter.pinpoint.microsoft.com….


Getting Started with Updates Publisher 2011

Now that Updates Publisher 2011 has released, you may ask yourself what do I need to do to install and configure.  Here is a high level to do list to help you get started. Download Updates Publisher 2011 from here.  Note that Updates Publisher 2011 supports both ConfigMgr 2007 and ConfigMgr 2012 Beta2. Download the…


SCCM 2012 Beta 2: setupdl.exe doesn’t launch

Had an annoying one this afternoon. While trying to install the new (ish) SCCM 2012 Beta 2 the Updated Prerequisite Components wizard wouldn’t download the prereqs. I was able to run the setupdl.exe manually, but still when providing the prereq path to the Updated Prerequisite Components wizards it would still fail. <04-28-2011 14:38:50> INFO: setupdl.exe:…


A couple of blog posts from one of our MVPs

Kent Agerlund, one of our Configuration Manager MVPs, has posted a few blog articles regarding System Center Updates Publisher recently.  Check them out below… SCUP 4.5 A-Z Guide – http://blog.coretech.dk/kea/complete-scup-4-5-guide/ SCUP 2011 – Notes from the Introduction to System Center Updates Publisher 2011 session at MMS – http://blog.coretech.dk/kea/first-look-at-system-center-update-publisher-2011/