Troubleshooting PXE boot issues in Configuration Manager 2012

A very short one from me today, we recently published an interactive tutorial in troubleshooting PXE. Choose to get straight down to it or go through an overview and background of PXE first: Rob York Premier Field Engineer


Monitoring Database Replication Efficiency in Configuration Manager 2012

In this blog post I want to look at DRS replication within System Center Configuration Manager and discuss some impacts that can be seen in a busy site.  If you are running a single site environment, then this article is not for you.  If you run a CAS and multiple primary sites then you might…


Secondary Sites and SQL Server Express 2012

Lately, I’ve been helping my customer plan for a ConfigMgr 2012 upgrade from SP1 to R2.  After a particularly troubled initial upgrade from RTM to SP1 a couple of years ago, I was emphasising how important it was to give the pre-upgrade checklist its due diligence.  Most of the items on the list are fairly…


How To Auto Uninstall User Device Affinity Applications in Configuration Manager 2012

Before Christmas, a colleague came to me with a customer scenario where they were leveraging User Device Affinity to pre-deploy software installations to users, however they were looking for a method to automatically uninstall the software when either a user’s device affinity changed or the application was revoked. The application virtualisation white paper discusses methods…


CM TechDay Additional Content

Hi All, This post is meant as a reference to additional content for those that attended our TechDay on System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager last week.  That said, the resources below may be generally useful for anyone working on Configuration Manager. First up we have Ricky Simpson's network bandwidth testing sessions script references: To…


Managing Updates and Revisions in your System Center 2012 Virtual Machine Manager environment

Managing Updates and Revisions in your Virtual Machine Manager Environment I’ve recently spent some time at one of my favourite* customers (* they have a freezer full of free ice creams) who happen to have a very large SCVMM environment.  One of the admin headaches they have is ensuring their environment has the latest patches and Service…


ConfigMgr 2012: Tracking Application Model installations on clients

I frequently get customers asking me how to track and troubleshoot Application model based installs on clients within Configuration Manager 2012. This blog post is intended as a quick reference to the log file interaction when an application is being installed. Legacy package and programs are still logged to execmgr.log as with previous versions of…


Deploying Hyper-V Integration Services to VMs using Config Manager and DISM

Hi, my name is Leigh Simmonds and I’m part of the UK PFE System Center team working on Private Cloud projects covering technologies such as Hyper-V, SCVMM and Configuration Manager.  Hyper-V Integration Services often need to be updated when a major update such as a Service Pack is applied at the Host level.  This can…


ConfigMgr 2012: Passing parameters to reports like the good old days

ConfigMgr 2012 uses SQL Server Reporting Services as its reporting engine and this is great because it really improves the control and extensibility you have over your reports, but it can be a little daunting for newcomers to the product.  So a quick one from me today covering a very common reporting question I get…


Unix/Linux Support in ConfigMgr 2012 Updated

The ConfigMgr product team has just released an update to the Unix/Linux client.  This update adds support for AIX, HP-UX, Solaris 11, CentOS, Debian, Oracle Linux and Ubuntu.  It also introduces a new common Open Management Infrastructure CIM server (OMI version, along with simplified common universal agent for cross distro support in Linux and…