Reminder: Latest Improvements to the Simplified Servicing for Windows 7 and Windows 8.1

Applies to: System Center Configuration Manager (all supported versions) As previously announced, the Windows team has made some modifications to the servicing model for Windows 7 SP1, Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2012, and Windows Server 2012 R2 to further simplify update deployment. Beginning with March 2017, the Security Only Quality Update… Read more

Guide to Understanding and Troubleshooting Content Distribution in Microsoft Configuration Manager

Hi everyone, I wanted to take a minute and let you know about a new guide/troubleshooter we have available that will help you understand and troubleshoot all aspects of content distribution in Microsoft Configuration Manager (ConfigMgr 2012, ConfigMgr 2012 R2 and current branch). The guide helps administrators understand the content distribution process and serves to… Read more

Hotfix: Task sequences or programs have an incorrect status in System Center 2012 Configuration Manager

After the Microsoft System Center 2012 Configuration Manager (ConfigMgr 2012 or ConfigMgr 2012 R2) Client Service (Ccmexec.exe) is restarted, the status of task sequences or programs may incorrectly switch from Waiting for the next available maintenance schedule to Waiting to install in Software Center. This issue occurs only for packages that have a maintenance window… Read more

New hotfix: Package content is not distributed in System Center 2012 Configuration Manager

In System Center 2012 Configuration Manager (ConfigMgr 2012 and ConfigMgr 2012 R2) you may experience the following symptoms related to content distribution: – Content distribution fails when many distribution points (typically more than 75) are updated at the same time. When this occurs, the HTTPUrl value for Package Status will be blank and the locationservices.log… Read more

KB: Product updates are not downloaded in System Center Configuration Manager current branch

When a Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager (ConfigMgr 1511 or ConfigMgr 1602) site is installed to a directory that has a path that is longer than 68 characters, software that’s available from the Updates and Servicing node in the administrator console may not be downloaded. This problem affects software such as individual hotfixes and new… Read more

Support Tip: How to use the Microsoft Configuration Manager client logs to track required applications

Hi everyone, Buz Brodin here. Recently I worked on a problem where a customer reported that sometimes App-V applications (shortcuts on desktops) that were deployed to users logged in to a Citrix server never appeared for some of the users, or they did appear but showed up rather slowly (within two hours or so). For… Read more

New Configuration Manager extension Now Available: Support for Win32 MSI apps via MDM

Author: Mahyar Ghadiali, Senior Program Manager, Enterprise Client and Mobility A scenario we hear about from customers is that the IT Pro wants to deploy MSI apps to MDM managed Windows devices (devices that do not run the Configuration Manager client…(read more)… Read more

ConfigMgr 2012 support tip: Migrating an application to a new hierarchy creates new Content ID

~ John Philpott Hi everyone, John Philpott here with a quick tip for you on an issue where applications may get a new content ID after migrating to a new System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager Service Pack 1 (SP1) environment. The Scenario You are migrating your current System Center 2012 Configuration Manager infrastructure to… Read more

Windows 10 ADK and Configuration Manager

Author: Aaron Czechowski, Senior Program Manager, Enterprise Client and Mobility The Windows Assessment and Deployment Kit (ADK) for Windows 10 is now officially available on the Microsoft Hardware Dev Center . (Scroll to the bottom of the page to…(read more)… Read more

Tips for troubleshooting application deployment problems in ConfigMgr 2012 and ConfigMgr 2012 R2

[Note: Most of this content also applies to¬†Configuration Manager Current Branch] When we take a look at the typical problems with application deployment, they tend to fall into one of two categories: Application download failures and problems where application deployment compliance gets stuck at 0%. If you happen to run into either of these issues,… Read more