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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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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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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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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Search through everything!!!!!

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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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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Are your new clients working?

I have setup many SCCM installations in my time and once I have all the server side pieces in place I like to kick a few quick tests to make sure it is all working as expected.  Nothing too heavy and cumbersome, but enough to see if you have a good foundation to build from. …

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Digging in on application deployment

I will admit, this is a bit of a lame post on my part.  I just wanted to help spread some awareness of a post my fellow PFE, Jamie Moyer, put up.  When I’m trying to troubleshoot some kind of SCCM 2012 application deployment failure it is useful to reference what a good deployment looks…

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Testing software deployment for a Linux machine

I was recently working with a customer to setup management of their Mac and Linux machines with System Center Configuration Manager 2012 and once we had things up and running we wanted to validate the client communication.  In the windows world I often setup a simple SWDist of something like CMTrace to do this, but…

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Quick tips to improve the accuracy of your metrics for deployments

One of the topics that comes up with a lot of my SCCM customers is how their management is looking at reports of things like updates deployments or software deployments and seeing low success rates.  Getting 100% success is rare in any large deployment but each company should know a reasonable number, say 90% or…

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