IIS Virtual Directories for Configuration Manager and WSUS

Overview: Jason Sandy’s and I presented at the Midwest Management Summit on IBCM using reverse proxy (TMG 2010) with SSL bridging. In most cases you will want to create multiple rules to direct traffic for logging purposes, someone asked to make the virtual directories available that I was using for my TMG rules in the…

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Management Point Affinity Added in ConfigMgr 2012 R2 CU3

Overview: Update: In Configuration Manager 2012 SP2/SP1 R2 this feature can now be implemented using boundary groups and doesn’t require this registry method. You can enable this feature in the Hierarchy Settings on the site: A common request the product group has received is to provide a way to define management point affinity for a…

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ConfigMgr Console Cannot Connect To The Site

Background: I was recently working with a customer that kept getting running into an issue after installing the ConfigMgr 2012 R2 console where it would fail to connect to the site with the following error. This is obviously pretty generic error there could be many things. In my case, we where seeing some error in…

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Set Local Computer Description During Configuration Manager Task Sequence

Scenario: I was working with a customer that wanted to set the Computer Description field during a task sequence. You can get this to work with standalone MDT by editing a few configuration files. How to Set Computer Description: I was unable to find a built in variable to accomplish this in ConfigMgr OSD like…

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Copy CMTrace.exe into the Full Windows OS in a task sequence

\Scenario: I often work with customers using operating system deployment. We usually end up using CMTrace.exe (Log viewing tool for ConfigMgr 2012) to troubleshoot or understand what's happening in the background. This is really easy to do in WinPE (Windows PE) portion of a task sequence since CMTrace.exe is built into the boot image in…

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PXE Boot Gotcha’s in a Configuration Manager 2012 Hierarchy – No Advertisements Found

Scenario: I was recently working with a customer who had a CAS and 9 primary sites. We were noticing machines were receiving abortpxe when attempting to PXE boot. This happens when the machine PXE booting does not have a OSD task sequence targeted to it. The interesting thing was there was a OSD task sequence…

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Uninstalling all previous versions of Java runtime environment using application supersedence in Configuration Manager

Scenario: I have customers ask me sometimes how application supersedence works and one of the more common questions that I get around supersedence is customers who want to move up to a new major version of Java runtime environment. A major version upgrade of Java runtime environment will not remove an older major versions that’s…

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Installing a secondary site in Configuration Manager 2012

Overview: In this post, I'm going to go through the process of installing a secondary site in a Configuration Manager 2012 SP1 site. My Environment: CM12.CONTOSO.LOCAL = CM Primary Site Server (Sitecode is PRI) CM12DEN.CONTOSO.LOCAL = This will be the new Secondary Site Server (Sitecode will be DEN) AD Security Group Names All CM Servers…

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SCUP Error – %1 is not a valid Win32 application

I came across an interesting error when trying to create a self signing certificate from the SCUP console on Windows Server 2012. The error would say something like this "Unable to perform the requested operation on the update server.  This can happen when you try to perform certain functions remotely that require SSL.  %1 is…

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Configuration Manager 2007 to 2012 Migration

Overview: In this post, I'm going to do a walk-through of setting up a migration from Configuration Manager 2007 to Configuration Manager 2012 and the process to migrate a package. Lab Environment CM07.CONTOSO.LOCAL = My Configuration Manager 2007 Site Server and database CM12.CONTOSO.LOCAL = My Configuration Manager 2012 Site Server and database I will be…

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