KB: Configuration Manager clients reinstall every five hours because of a recurring retry task and may cause an inadvertent client upgrade

A Microsoft System Center 2012 or System Center 2012 R2 client installation (CCMSetup) initially fails and causes a client retry task to be registered in Windows Task Scheduler. After the client installation succeeds, the retry task is not deleted as expected. Therefore, the clients continue to reinstall every five hours. In this situation, if you upgrade the System Center… Read more

Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager now supports macOS Sierra (version 10.12)

We are proud to announce that the current branch of Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager (version 1610) now supports macOS Sierra (version 10.12) with version 5.0.8466.1 or later of the Configuration Manager Mac client. You can download the latest Mac client for Configuration Manager here. For details on how to upgrade the Configuration Manager Mac… Read more

KB: Software Metering Agent fails with "Software Metering failed to start PrepDriver" in mtrmgr.log

After you install the Convenience rollup update for Windows 7 SP1 and Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 (3125574) and the System Center Configuration Manager client, the Software Metering Agent fails, and the following error message is recorded in the mtrmgr.log file: Software Metering failed to start PrepDriver This error can occur if you install rollup… Read more

KB: Client piloting package fails after site expansion in Configuration Manager

Consider the following scenario: You’re running Configuration Manager current branch, version 1511 through 1606, or version 1610 LTSB. Your old primary site was being used for client piloting. You perform site expansion. In this scenario, the Configuration Manager Client Piloting Package fails. When this occurs, you receive a status message stating that Distribution Manager failed… Read more

KB: No IUSR account access after you install the ConfigMgr client on a server running a multicast DP

When the Configuration Manager client is installed on, or uninstalled from, a server that’s running a multicast distribution point (DP), the IUSR account permission is removed from CCM/SMS_CCM folder. This causes multicast to stop working. Additionally, you may receive the following error message: Call to HttpSendRequestSync failed for port 80 with status code 401, text:… Read more

KB: Configuration Manager clients are automatically upgraded after installation of CU1

Here’s a quick tip on an issue you might run into after upgrading to ConfigMgr 2012 R2 SP1 Cumulative Update 1. When the upgrade is complete, you may find that your Configuration Manager clients are automatically upgraded to the Service Pack 1 client version. This is a known issue in which the Configuration Manager Client… Read more

Using a custom certificate store for Configuration Manager client authentication certificates

Author: Ray Rosen, Microsoft Premier Field Engineering Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) is used in varying degrees in different organizations, and since System Center Configuration Manager 2007, it has been leveraged to support Internet Based Client Management. PKI is also an option to identify systems, as the Discovery Data Manager automatically approves clients when a PKI… Read more

Hotfix: Mac inventory data isn’t processed in System Center Configuration Manager

Inventory data that’s received from a Mac client computer may not be processed as expected on a Configuration Manager (ConfigMgr 2012) site server. Additionally, an error message similar to the following is logged in the SMS_DM.log file: Send status message: DMPMSG_ERROR_CLIENT_CERTIFICATE_PROBLEMAn existing device CN=User_name needs to re-register. This error is generated even though the client… Read more

Updated client setup is available for Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager version 1511

An updated client setup file (ccmsetup.exe) is available for Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager version 1511. This update resolves the following issues: When you migrate clients from Configuration Manager 2007 to System Center Configuration Manager version 1511, an unexpected restart occurs if the target client has a version of the .NET Framework that’s earlier than… Read more