ConfigMgrDogs top 5 posts of 2016

Configuration Manager 1511, 1602, 1606 (Current Branch) Supported Configurations Update to Supersedence Behaviour for Security Only and Security Monthly Quality Rollup Updates Windows Update Error 80072ee2 (WSUS) Microsoft Intune Co-existence with MDM for Office 365 Changes to Software Updates on Down Level Operating Systems for ConfigMgr Admins… Read more

Intune and Configuration Manager UserVoice Launched

Hello All, Very brief post today. The ConfigMgr and Intune team has formally released their own UserVoice pages to receive feedback and bugs from customers and the field. For any potential bugs, we still suggest raising a Premier Support call, as these are often the fastest and most reliable way of getting bug… Read more

20 Years Of SMS/Configuration Manager

On the 7th of November 1994, a little product called Systems Management Server (SMS) 1.0 was released. Since that date, there have been four major revisions (SMS 2.0, SMS 2003, ConfigMgr 2007 and ConfigMgr 2012), three Service Packs (ConfigMgr 2007 SP1 & SP2, ConfigMgr 2012 SP1), three Rx releases (ConfigMgr 2007 R2 & R3, ConfigMgr… Read more

ConfigMgr 2012 Windows Update Client Process

Hi Gang! So I provided this information to one of my customers recently, and Georgy said it would be quite helpful for you dedicated ConfigMgrDogs readers too, so here it is. This is a high-level view of the Windows Update process from a ConfigMgr clients view utilizing a SUP (Software Update Point). The Software Update… Read more

How NOIDMIFs can extend your Hardware Inventory

ConfigMgr hardware inventory is a very important and widely used feature. We use it to collect all sorts of information, from hardware info such as disk configuration, amount of RAM, etc. Hardware Inventory is also used to query the Add/Remove Programs to see what software is installed on a machine. All hardware being queried by… Read more

Trace32.exe/CMTrace.exe Hidden Features

So I posted this on my blog ages ago, but for some reason it didn’t make the migration over to our new Technet ConfigMgrDogs blog, so thought I should repost as a new entry. I still find it staggering how many customers I visit who had no idea about these features! Trace32’s Error Lookup… Read more

ConfigMgr 2012 Content Library Overview

Content Management in ConfigMgr 2012 has completely changed to what we did in SCCM 2007. When you distribute content to a Distribution Point in ConfigMgr 2012, a check is done against the Content Library to confirm that any of the source files being referenced in your application/package do not already exist in the Content Library…. Read more

Collection Membership Rule based on Client Status Message

Quick post today. Here’s a t-sql query to update a collection based on a specific Client Status Message. I’m sure you can think of many reasons why this would be handy. SELECT SMS_R_SYSTEM.ResourceID, SMS_R_SYSTEM.ResourceType, SMS_R_SYSTEM.Name, SMS_R_SYSTEM.SMSUniqueIdentifier, SMS_R_SYSTEM.ResourceDomainORWorkgroup, SMS_R_SYSTEM.Client FROM sms_R_System JOIN sms_statusmessage ON sms_R_System.netbios_name0 = sms_statusmessage.machinename JOIN sms_StatMsgInsStrings ON sms_statusmessage.RecordID = sms_StatMsgInsStrings.RecordID WHERE sms_statusmessage.messageid =… Read more

Include/Exclude Collections Rule

My last post on ConfigMgr 2012 Collections (I promise!). I wanted to go over Include and Exclude Collection Rules. Include and Exclude collection rules are a new feature in ConfigMgr 2012 and I think you’ll find them most useful. They basically allow us to add or remove resources from a collection without having to write… Read more

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… Read more