Quick provider overview

Nothing new in this post per se but I wanted to get something up and I recently became aware that this is not a fully understood area of the product. When you install an Admin console it has basic information as coded by the developers, combines that with the name or your primary site server,…

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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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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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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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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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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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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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ConfigMgr Admin permissions

Setting up different levels of Admin UI permissions for SMS or SCCM is not always straight forward and obvious.  It is, however, fairly flexible and granular.  I’m not going to cover how to get console connectivity, as I think that is well covered elsewhere on the internet.  Things like membership in the SMS Admins group…

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