Closer to the action

This blog may be quiet for a little bit.  For those who follow it you know I was a Premier Field Engineer (PFE) at Microsoft.  I have elected to take on a new role and I am joining the ConfigMgr product group to help with the deployment of new product functionality and features to Microsoft…

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What release was that in?

In the past I have seen blogs on version numbers matching to ConfigMgr release names and such and those have been handy for various things.  With our new release cadence I’m finding it hard to remember what feature is in a given release, however.  To that end I’m starting a table to look up and…

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Content not lost

Several months back during some winter storm a power outage hit the building where I keep all my lab machines.  Once power was restored I went to bring all my machines back up but found two had been fried in the surge and needed to be replaced.  One of the dead boxes was my file…

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Status message based collection

Long ago as part of a different post I provided a query to make collections based on status messages.  I have since had several customers asking for this ability, making me aware that the blog post was not very discoverable.  Not surprising since the focus of that post was different. My older blog post was done…

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A simple trick to make CMTrace even more handy

Part of why I enjoy my job is that working with new people and their different backgrounds and experiences often can lead (or force) me to look at things differently and learn something new in the process.  Recently I was doing some troubleshooting with a customer of mine and we were looking at logs, as…

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So many site systems!

Here is another little trick that I recently became aware that many folks don't know.  If you run a Configuration Manager/ConfigMgr/SCCM system of decent size you probably have many servers performing variable ConfigMgr roles in your environment.  Then one day you get asked about some role, like distribution points, and you have to remember which servers have…

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Pre-download content before application installation

This is one of those tricks that many of the experienced ConfigMgr/SCCM admins out there already know about but I wanted to spread the knowledge for all those not yet familiar with the trick. The scenario often comes up where there is a need (slow links, network congestion concerns, etc.) to get your application files…

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WQL to SQL

If you want to do any deep troubleshooting with System Center 2012 Configuration Manager (SCCM/ConfigMgr), or even simple custom report creating, one of the main headaches you will hit is figuring out what SQL tables and views are involved with what you are interested in.  Scouring the internet is one way, as is doing a…

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PowerShell failing in a task sequence

I recently worked on an issue with a customer that might affect more of you out there.  They were trying to run a simple PowerShell (POSH) script in a System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager SP1 (SCCM/ConfigMgr) OSD task sequence.  The PS1 script file would run fine outside of the task sequence, but in the task…

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Marked for reinstallation, it will not be started at this time

A few weeks ago my customer hit a situation where their clients were failing to communicate with their primary System Center 2012 Configuration Manager (SCCM/CONFIGMGR) site.  The solution was simple, but the troubleshooting to figure it out wasn't such an easy thing so I wanted to share in hopes that it helps others in the…

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