Resolving Missing Application State Messages Due to ‘CI Version Info Timed Out’ Errors in Configuration Manager 2012

Problem: Configuration Manager 2012 applications that were previously deployed no longer show as successes when looking at the Monitoring\Deployments section for a particular application. You will most likely see a majority of errors with no state messages there explaining the cause. Environment Issue Seen: System Center Configuration Manager 2012 (up to 1511) Symptoms: Using the…

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Group Policy Printer Deployment Issue with New Profiles when using WSD ports

In the scenario where printers are deployed to machines via group policy either as a deployed printer or as a group policy preference and WSD ports are used an issue has been seen on Windows 7 clients when new profiles are created. In this scenario, when a new profile is created the assigned printer does…

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Offline SharePoint 2016 Beta 2 and earlier issue, when not using prerequisiteinstaller.exe with offline parameters

If you are piloting SharePoint 2016 with the Beta 2 release or earlier and run into this issue be aware of the following resolution (this was the last version I tested at the time of this post): Scenario: You install the prerequisites manually instead of using the prequisiteinstaller.exe. This avoids a known issue with the…

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Setting up a Windows 10 Universal App with No Experience

If you would like to get started with Windows 10 universal apps and don't have much experience, this short guide will show you how to set one up and sideload it on a Windows 10 client. This is very much a beginner's guide to get started. 1. Install a version of Visual Studio 2015 that includes the…

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Bare Metal Restore Using iSCSI with Server 2012/2012R2

If you are using an iSCSI connection to backup your 2012/2012R2 servers you may also want to perform a bare metal restore using iSCSI. If you've ever done a bare metal restore using the Windows Server 2012/2012R2 media the standard process is to boot to the installation DVD matching the OS being restored, click repair, browse through…

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Leveraging copyprofile in Windows 8 deployments and Internet Explorer protected mode

When leveraging the copyprofile=true attribute in an unattend.xml file during a Windows 8 deployment it's important to ensure the default local administrator profile's .\AppData\LocalLow is not present as this temporary data may cause unexpected side effects with Internet Explorer's protected mode. The purpose of the LocalLow folder is to provide protection for the user by…

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ConvertPOLtoDCM – Utility to Convert Group Policy .pol files into Configuration Manager 2012 Compliance CIs

If you are serious about checking compliance in your System Center Configuration Manager 2012 managed environment it may have occurred to you that it would be convenient to convert key group policies into System Center Configuration Manager 2012 Compliance Configuration Items (CIs). The following utility will convert the Registry Policy (.pol) portion of group policies; the…

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Offline USMT 5 and Excluding Local Accounts

Excluding local accounts is a common scenario when migrating profiles and data using USMT. This is a simple task when using online USMT 5 by adding the parameter /ue:%computername%\*. It is a much different situation using offline USMT. Offline USMT is initiated while in WinPE so the context of the current computer is not available. As a result local accounts are evaluated…

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Guidance using OSD with System Center Configuration Manager 2012 highlighting differences from 2007

When switching from using OSD with System Center Configuration Manager 2007 to 2012 there are many changes that you should be aware. This article runs down a list of several important changes in behavior that are good to keep in mind planning your OSD strategy for System Center Configuration Manager 2012. Now that the Configuration Manager 2012…

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Maximizing SCM to create ConfigMgr 2007 and 2012 DCM Baselines

SCM 3.0 is a powerful tool to create System Center Configuration Manager 2007 and 2012 DCM Baselines. However, because SCM can only convert a setting to a corresponding DCM setting if SCM has an associated template the following section will outline an approach that maximizes SCM's effectiveness. If your goal is to convert a custom…

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