Configuration Manager 1602 on Windows 2008 R2 & SQL 2008 R2–Upgrading to Windows 2012 R2 & SQL 2014

Here’s the Scenario.  You’re running ConfigMgr 2012 R2 or 1511 on the following: Operating System: Windows 2008 R2 SQL Server: SQL 2008 R2 Configuration Manager Version: If you’re currently running Configuration Manager 2012 R2 (with or without SP1) with co-located SQL 2008 or higher on your CAS or Primaries, you must first do an in-place…


Configuration Manager 1511 to 1602 upgrade walkthrough

Configuration Manager build 1602 has been released! First things first…  Read through the upgrade checklist at https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/mt691556.aspx.  Additionally, here are some scenarios to streamline your installation https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/mt703292.aspx.  First things first, you MUST be running build 1511 in order to upgrade to build 1602.  If you are currently running ConfigMgr 2012 R2 SP1, you’ll first need…


ConfigMgr Powershell scripts presented at Houston PFE Tech Day

As promised during #HoustonTechDay, I have uploaded the Powershell scripts that I presented.  Disclaimer: All of my scripts are a continual “work in progress” so please always test in a lab to determine if you get the desired results.  As such, if you do find any bugs, issues, or have some ideas for enhancing these…


Use Configuration Manager 2012 Compliance Settings to check for the existence of a PKI certificate

I recently had a request for a way to determine if a specific PKI certificate was installed on clients or not.  To accomplish this task, I decided the easiest method would be to create a simple PowerShell script which would check for the existence of the certificate, and then use the infinitely powerful Compliance Settings…


Inventorying and Reporting Scanners, Digital Cameras, and Webcams connected to Configuration Manager 2012 Clients

  Similar to one of my past blog posts on how to go about collecting network adapter driver information including which are wireless versus wired adapters, you can also collect things like Scanners, Digital Cameras, and WebCams which are attached to your clients. The registry key for these “Imaging Devices” is located in the registry…


Translate “Content_" folders into plain English in the 2012 ConfigMgr Content Library

Understanding and troubleshooting the new content library in Configuration Manager 2012 can be daunting at first.  In ConfigMgr 2007, packages followed a standard XXXYYYYY package ID format, so you could look in your \SMSPKGX$ directory and know which package was which. With the introduction of applications in Configuration Manager 2012, applications and packagaes are now…


System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager Toolkit & SDK Released

We’re pleased to announce the online release of the System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager Toolkit & SDK! Download the toolkit from: http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=36213 Here is a summary of the changes and contents of the R2 Toolkit:   Server Based Tools  * DP Job Manager – A tool that helps troubleshoot and manage ongoing content distribution…


Inventorying and Reporting Network Adapter Driver details, and how to report only the wireless type (with bonus mini-primer on SQL Report Builder) in Configuration Manager 2012

I occasionally get a question where someone wants to report on some seemingly simple piece of client information which seems, initially, to be a “no-brainer.”  Of course you can pull that information, just look,    umm,     I thought for sure that information was in here somewhere.  There’s no possible way that it isn’t, I clearly must…


Upgrading to System Center Configuration Manager 2012 R2

What’s new in Configuration Manager 2012 R2 I won’t go into great detail of what’s new since it’s fully outlined in detail at http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dn236351.aspx And here’s the latest documentation library, newly updated for 2012 R2 http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/gg682041.aspx However, some of the more welcome and exciting new features for me are: New ‘Certificate registration point” role provides…


Using Configuration Manager Automatic Client Upgrade to upgrade to the latest System Center Endpoint Protection Client

Update 8/4/2015 – Your voice has been heard!!!  Great news – after upgrading to R2 SP1 with CU1, automatic client upgrades will also install cumulative updates!!  Check it out!  http://blogs.technet.com/b/configmgrteam/archive/2015/08/04/automatically-updating-the-configuration-manager-client.aspx.  If you aren't yet up to R2 SP1 with CU1, the below still applies to you until you get there. The Configuration Manager Automatic Client Upgrade feature…