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With Configuration Manager 2012 came a new UI.  It took some getting used to but I, for one, have come to like it over the old MMC interface.  There is one frustration with it that I hear from customers or see them attempting to workaround all the time.  ConfigMgr admins everywhere like to organize their applications,…

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Get more from your queries

Every SCCM admin has figured out how to create a collection with a query rule to dynamically update its membership (you don't just do direct rules I hope).  Most admins have also learned that the columns able to be returned by a collection are limited but if you create a query in the Query node…

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Disabling RBAC during custom report creation

A much anticipated feature of System Center Configuration Manager 2012 (SCCM) was RBA (Role Based Administration, also known as RBAC or Role Based Access Control).  When this functionality was added to reports it was very welcomed, but also made life a little difficult.  When most people, myself included, are working out the syntax of a…

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Which Prestart command will I get?

For those of you doing OS deployments with System Center Configuration Manager 2012 (I bet the same info below applies to the 2007 version but haven't tested it) you may have gotten into prestart commands to run a custom script or perhaps an HTA to better control and customize the deployment process for your environment. …

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To hotfix or not to hotfix, that is the question

Let me start this blog post by making it clear that this is my opinion, not an official stance.  Everyone is entitled to their opinion and this is just mine.  Feel free to ignore it if you like. I often time have discussions with customers about applying hotfixes, and more recently cumulative updates.  The discussion…

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How to manually clean your SCCM server roles off the box

Occasionally it becomes necessary to manually clean off a server of SCCM components.  When that becomes necessary I usually tell customers to just flatten and rebuild the box, but that is not always an option.  In those cases I have this mental list of things I go through to remove all the traces that SCCM/SMS…

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How to get clients to avoid one of your management points

The other week I had a customer asking me how they could keep clients from using a Management Point, yet still have it installed and functional to interact with some 3rd party software they wanted to use.  That question didn’t have a simple answer.  By default an SCCM 2012 client will randomly choose from any…

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Getting started with RBA in System Center Configuration Manager 2012

RBAC, or Role Based Administration, is new with the SCCM 2012 product.  Many customers I encounter are excited with the separation and flexibility it can provide, but daunted by the activity of getting it setup initially.  There are a few handy tricks I share time and again with customers at this stage and I thought…

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Basic content deployment troubleshooting in SCCM 2012

I was recently asked to pull together a general starting point guideline on how to troubleshoot content deployment issues with SCCM 2012.  There is a lot that could go wrong, and the specifics for each scenario are different, but here is what I pulled together as a general starting point.   · Check Status in…

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The easy way to test SQL connectivity

While I can’t say I have to do it all that often, there are occasional times when I need to test connectivity from a machine back to SQL.  The question then comes up, how to easily get that done?  Installing SQL tools is the most obvious, but not always handy and I really don’t want…

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