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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ConfigMgr 2012 SP2 and R2SP1 – From here to there

With the recent announcement of the latest service pack release for the System Center 2012 Configuration Manager (ConfigMgr) product line (http://blogs.technet.com/b/configmgrteam/archive/2015/05/14/announcing-the-availability-of-sysctr-2012-r2-configmgr-sp1-and-sysctr-2012-configmgr-sp2.aspx) there seems to be a bit of confusion on what to install and in which order.  There is some official documentation available at https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/jj822981.aspx#BKMK_UpgradeVersions.  I'm going to make an attempt to clarify it for everyone…

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Collection creation based on state messages

Back in my System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM) 2007 days I wrote up a blog post about something I did with a customer to create collections based on status messages.  I have referred back to that many times, as have a few of my customers.  Recently I had a similar request, but in this case…

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Export that collection membership

Hi folks.  Today's post is on the topic of one of those "so obvious it hurts" topics.  I will admit that as obvious as it is, it wasn't something I clewed in on right away.  I suspect that for someone new to the System Center 2012 Configuration Manager product it was obvious from the start…

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Fallback DP = no DP

There is a point of confusion currently in the System Center 2012 Configuration Manager product, and that revolves around fallback DP and how they get used. The scenario is this.  You setup a content boundary group associated with 2 distribution points.  You put the content on all of them. You associate the boundary of a machine…

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