Permissions to Create a collection

I had a customer doing some custom permission setting in System Center 2012 Configuration Manager the other week and after adding folks to a few existing security roles all was good except that these limited rights users could not create collections.  If you have looked at all the possible perms in ConfigMgr 2012 you may…

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DP converts, but content fails

I hit an odd issue with a customer recently that was not easy to figure out or troubleshoot so I would like to share the problem and solution in hopes that others can avoid the pain we had to go through.   The issue is, in general, very straight forward.  The customer had  several existing…

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404 for Driver packages, can’t find content.

Driver management has never been a fun aspect of Configuration Manager.  It is one of those necessary evils to enable a bigger solution of great OS deployment.  Done according to product design it consists of 3 general steps: Import drivers into driver catalog Add drivers to driver packages Add boot critical drivers to WinPE images…

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An easier way to create packages and programs

Today’s tip is one which many folks already know, but surprisingly many folks, even those who have used the product for a long time, have some how missed.  Due to some work I put into this many years ago it holds a special little place in my ConfigMgr admin heart. If you use any version…

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Fast policy evaluation only for new machines

10/13/14 – updated to add restart info Many of my customers are in similar situations where they do not include application deployment in their OS imaging process but instead rely on Configuration Manager to deploy apps after the OS is up and running.  The biggest complaint I hear is about how slow ConfigMgr is to…

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Block accidental task sequence execution

There are several tips on how to stop accidental deployment of task sequences (one of my favorite links is to a blog post by Frank Rojas).  One of my customers had come up with a fairly good idea on this topic I wanted to share also. Like programs, a task sequence can be set to…

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Application Catalog not working for everyone?

Today’s post isn’t a tip or trick per se, but rather an issue that is not well documented that I hit with a customer. When you install ConfigMgr 2012 you will notice that .NET 4.0 is a pre-req.  If, after installing the site, you decide you want to want to put the Application Catalog Website…

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How do I get the right permissions in ConfigMgr 2012?

If you are new to System Center 2012 Configuration Manager and learning the new Role Based Authentication (RBA) model you may not initially grasp the concept that you grant a user a role and scope to define their security access.  I find this gets people a little confused some times.  The role is the set…

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Clean-up your inboxes!

One of the things I often get asked to do is to look over ConfigMgr 2007 installs and provide feedback on any issues I see.  One of the things I look at is the folders in \Microsoft Configuration Manager\Inboxes.  These folders contain all the activity of ConfigMgr and typically consist of files which are coming…

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Memory trick to finding your laptops

I was working with a customer once and we were looking for a good way to separate laptops from desktops within Configuration Manager when we hit upon this little known “memory” trick that I wanted to share. Often times people use the Win32_SystemEnclosure class and look up the chassis type.  While this is a good,…

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