Collection of computers missing an application / software title in Configuration Manager

A question that I see a lot is how can you create a device collection of machines that don't have a particular piece of software installed? This task is much easier in Configuration Manager 2012 since we can make use of the include and exclude collection rules. In Configuration Manager 2007, you would need to…


How do deploy Company Portal App to Windows 8 in Configuration Manager

Overview: In this post, I’m going to go through the process to deploy the Company Portal Application to Windows 8/8.1 clients. The Company Portal app essentially allows you to install available deployments to users from the application directly (Like the application catalog website). Prerequisites: Must be running ConfigMgr 2012 R2 site Application Catalog Web Service…


Build and Capture in HTTPS only ConfigMgr 2012 R2 Environment

I often run into customers that have HTTPS only Configuration Manager 2012 environments. This will make communication between client to site system servers more secure, but it does bring a new set of challenges regarding certificates. There was a good post my James Bannan about provisioning a certificate into the build and capture machine (Workgroup…


Enable Debug and Verbose Logging in Windows PE in Configuration Manager 2012

Overview: In this post, I’m going to show an easy method to enable Debug and Verbose logging within the Windows PE portion of a task sequence. When troubleshooting a task sequence with the default logging, the logs may be overwritten and lost due to log size and max log history. Enabling Debug and/or verbose logging…


Minimum Permissions Needed To Perform Client Push In Configuration Manager 2012

Overview: A question that seems to come up in the forums a lot is “What Permissions Are Required To Allow An User To Push The Configuration Manager Client?”. In this post, I’m going to walk through the process of delegating the minimal permissions needed to perform “Client Push” on a resource in Configuration Manager 2012….


Using RBA To Separate Servers And Workstations In Configuration Manager 2012

Overview: A question I see come up a lot is how can I Delegate permissions for my Server Team to only see/manage servers and my Desktop Team to only see/manage desktops in Configuration Manager? In Configuration Manager 2007, the best option was to have two completely different Configuration Managers sites(One site for servers and one…


Deploying System Center Endpoint Protection to Mac OS X using Configuration Manager

Overview: In this post, I’m going to talk about the process I took to package and deploy the Mac Endpoint Protection client using Configuration Manager 2012 SP1. My Environment: CM12PS1.CONTOSO.LOCAL = Standalone Primary Site Server (HTTPS Only) Justins-MacBook-Pro.local = Mac OS X Client not domain joined Steps to Take: The first thing you will need…