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…


How to easily determine what is being inventoried on YOUR Configuration Manager 2012 client’s hardware inventory

One bit of important information that can be a challenge to view in one easy-to-see location is what all is being inventoried during your Configuration Manager 2012 client’s hardware inventory cycle.  You could certainly go into Administration –> Client Settings –> Default Client Settings –> Hardware Inventory –> Set Classes and export this to a…


Sequencing the System Center Configuration Manager 2012 Administrator Console with App-V 5.0

*Update 12/11/2013 – Sequencing the Configuration Manager 2012 Admin console is not officially supported.  Attempt the steps below at your own risk! Hello again folks!  Today I’m going to step you through how to use App-V 5.0 to sequence the Configuration Manager 2012 Administrator Console.  In this example, I’m also installing SP1 and CU1 so…

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Deploying the App-V 5.0 Client Using Configuration Manager 2012 SP1

Whether you’re currently an App-V 4.x shop or just starting to get your feet wet with App-V 5.0, one of the questions you may have is how best to deploy the App-V 5.0 client using Configuration Manager 2012. If you aren’t yet on ConfigMgr 2012 SP1, you’ll need to upgrade to SP1 first (see my…

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Configuration Manager 2012 SP1 All-Inclusive SQL Database Views Listing

Happy MMS 2013 everyone!  Only 2 days, 12 hours, and 20 minutes to go according to the MMS 2013 official countdown clock.  I’m looking forward to seeing all the old faces and meeting some new ones.  I’ll be lab proctoring in the HOL B labs Tuesday from 8:30-11:30, and HOL A labs Wednesday and Thursday…