System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager Toolkit

Hi Everyone, just a very quick note to let you know that the Configuration Manager 2012 R2 Toolkit is available and is definitely worth a look. some of the new tools include CEViewer.exe for viewing collection update stats and DPJobManager a tool to help you monitor, suspend, cancel package distributions to Distribution Points download link…


Understanding ConfigMgr 2012 APP-V Virtual Environments

ConfigMgr 2012 SP1 introduced APP-V Virtual Environments (VE). APP-V VE’s work differently to APP-V 5.0 Connection Groups in a “Full Infrastructure Model” (ie Publishing Server) so we need to do some application mapping before implementing APP-V Virtual Environments. You can think of ConfigMgr VE’s as a “Rule Set” that the ConfigMgr client evaluates when doing…


Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 New Group Policy Settings

Windows 8 RTM For full details, download the following file  Policy Setting Name     Allow all trusted apps to install   Allow deployment operations in special profiles   Block launching desktop apps associated with a file.   Block launching desktop apps associated with a protocol   Block launching desktop apps associated with a file.   Block launching desktop apps associated…


Software Update Compliance Reports – Detection State Unknown

I have been working with a number of customers recently that have had issues running their monthly Software Update compliance reports due to a high number of “DETECTION STATE UNKOWN” results reporting back long after the update deployment has successfully run. As usual the first thing we want to identify is whether it is on…


Windows Server 2012 での最大Lun 数について

こんにちは。Windows プラットフォーム サポートの世古です。 日々のサポート業務の中で、お問い合わせを頂く内容の中から有益な情報をご紹介いたします。   今回は Windows Server 2012 (R2 を含む) における、LUN (論理ユニット番号) の最大数をご紹介いたします。 Windows Server 2012、2008 R2 のサポートする LUN の最大数は、以下の通りに変更されております。   最大数 Windows Server 2016 Windows Server 2012 / 2012 R2 Windows Server 2008 R2 アダプターあたりのバス数 255 255 8 バスあたりのターゲット ID数 128 128 128 ターゲット ID あたりの LUN 数 255 255 255   ご覧の通り、Windows…


Migrating App-V Packages– "OSD file defines incompatible OS requirements”

Ran into an interesting issue while trying to migrate some App-V Applications from ConfigMgr 2007 to 2012 SP1. Most of the App-V packages migrated fine, however a few of them reported an error “OSD file defines incompatible OS requirements” After taking a look at the OSD file, according to this list all of the OS version…


Supported AV clients for SCEP to automatically remove

I’ve just spent a frustrating 10 minutes searching bing/google for the list of the supported anti-virus programs that SCEP (System Center Endpoint Protection) can automatically uninstall. So to save my scalp for a future hair pulling, I thought I’d blog the list so I can find it quickly next time. Hopefully bing/google will index this…


Redistribute Package in Configuration Manager 2012

One pain point with Configuration Manager 2007, was that when a package failed to distribute content to a distribution point after the retry count was exceeded, it was permanently stuck in a distributing state. There was no easy supported method to redistribute that package to a specific Distribution Point. Now in 2012 we have the…


VMQ Deep Dive, 1 of 3

Virtual Machine Queues (VMQ) is an incredibly powerful performance technology introduced in Windows Server 2012. A concern we’ve noticed as Windows Server 2012 is increasingly deployed in datacenter environments is misconceptions about VMQ, and even “tribal knowledge” that disabling VMQ solves networking issues. With a set of three blog posts on VMQ, we are going…


Setting a remote perfmon Windows Server 2012 style…

Applies to: Windows Server 2012 R2 Windows 8.1 Windows Server 2012 Windows 8 My old team had the following blog post Two Minute Drill: LOGMAN.EXE written for Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008 that goes over the “base”* performance counters. With new perfmon counters to troubleshoot performance issues, I decided to write this post that…