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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Using Powershell for Packaging Silent Application Installations – Including a Comparison to Equivalent Batch Commands

Deploying software within an enterprise often requires the additional step of packaging the application so that it installs silently and is properly configured to run within the enterprise. This configuration may include many different actions such as combining several different installation source files, adding parameters for proper licensing, or turning off automatic update features. To create an installation package that can…

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