PowerShell – Maintenance Windows and ConfigMgr Console Extensions

It’s been awhile and I’ve been having way to much fun with ConfigMgr 2012. I’ve been working for the last year on large deployment and would like to share some of the items that have made my day just a bit easier. This article assumes you are all familiar with the PowerShell cmdLets introduced in…


IP Range Boundary – Configuration Manager 2012

Please read regarding IP Ranges in Configuration Manager 2012.   http://blogs.technet.com/b/configmgrteam/archive/2013/03/01/when-not-to-use-ip-address-ranges-as-boundaries-in-configuration-manager.aspx    


How to query Configuration Manager 2012 XML Data with SQL – XQuery

Sorry, but I had to divert from my Application Model review to discuss XML data in the CM 2012 database. At some point you will start to look at the data and want to generate some custom reports. Perhaps it’s through Report Builder or some killer application / utility that you are working on.  I…


Configuration Manager 2012–Application Model Part 2–Requirements

This is Part 2 of my review of the new Application model in Configuration Manager 2012. In Part 1, I covered Detection, what it is and the options used to detect the presence of an application. Part 2 will cover Requirements. This is a big area to cover! What is a Global Condition? A Global…


Configuration Manager 2012–Application Model Part 1

Dear Application Model, Ever since I laid eyes on you I have been blown away thinking of the all possibilities that you will bring.  Sometimes I wake up at night with nightmares that this is all just but a dream. Pinch me am I awake! You wouldn’t believe the things that I’ve been through over…

Configuration Manager 2012 Offline Documentation

Technical Documentation Download for System Center 2012 Configuration Manager Now you can download the Configuration Manager 2012 documentation in one document. This is very helpful when searching for information. http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=29901

An adventure in the sccmcontentlib – single instance store

Sometimes I have nightmares which are work related. One such nightmare was about Configuration Manager 2012 and it prompted me to write this blog post. In my dream, the telephone rang and it was my Configuration Manager 2012 Distribution point. It kindly told me that one of my packages disappeared for no reason. Geez I…


Role-Based Administration in System Center 2012 Configuration Manager

  by Howard Hoy – MCS Consultant – Portland Oregon March 2012 Delegation of administration in SMS/SCCM/ConfigMgr has always been a challenge. I’ve never seen a company where there wasn’t some type of delegated administration when it comes to management of computers, both Desktop and Server. Many groups just don’t trust one another. This lack of…