In-Place Upgrade From Server 2008 R2 to Server 2012 R2 in Configuration Manager

Overview: With the recent release of Configuration Manager 1602, the product group has now added support to perform an in-place upgrade from Server 2008 R2 to Server 2012 R2 on the Site Server. It’s going to be important to get your site server and any site systems running a SUP role to Server 2012 R2…


ConfigMgr Site Restore Fails If Database Has Multiple Database Files

Overview: I recently came across an issue that will cause a ConfigMgr restore to fail. This issue will only apply if you are using the built-in “Backup Site Server” maintenance task and your ConfigMgr database is configured with multiple database files. I was running 15-11, but this will likely affect previous 2012 versions of ConfigMgr….


Prerequisites for Internet-Based Client Management (IBCM) in Configuration Manager

Overview: I often find myself talking to customers about the requirements to setup Internet-Based Client Management (IBCM) in Configuration Manager. There are a decent amount of prerequisites that need to be configured for IBCM. In this post, I’m going to go over the prerequisites and considerations when implementing IBCM. Prerequisites: Public DNS Name You will…


Set Surface Asset Tag During a Configuration Manager Task Sequence

Overview: Update 12/1/2015: Script updated to version 1.1 to add support for Surface Pro 4, Surface 3, and SurfaceBook The August 2014 firmware update for the Surface Pro 3 now allows you to set an asset tag field in the UEFI firmware. Many companies like to have this field set and sometimes use the asset…


Ports Required for a Site System in DMZ in Configuration Manager

Overview: I’m often setting up a site system (MP/DP/SUP) in a DMZ for internet based client management or for managing machines in the DMZ. One of the more common questions around this scenario are the ports required between the Site Server (Internal) and the Site System (DMZ). All the ports for Configuration Manager 2012 are…


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…


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…


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…