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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Configuration Management for the non SCCM admin

DCM was a feature in SCCM 2007 that got renamed to Configuration Management in System Center 2012 Configuration Manager.  IN 2007 It saw little use outside of FEP.  I encourage customers to take another look at it with SCCM 2012. Now it not only monitors settings and reports back on drift, but there is auto-remediation…

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KB2775511 deployment for the SCCM Admin

This week Microsoft rolled out a BIG hotfix (90 hotfixes) rollup for Windows 7 SP1 and Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1.  To better understand all the goodness it gives you check out the AskPFEPlat blog or go to the source of one of the guys who helped put it together, my fellow PFE Jeff Stokes. …

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The best group is a DP group!

There are all kinds of new features in System Center 2012 Configuration Manager (SCCM 2012) and you have probably read about, watched video, or made use of many of them.  As I visit customers I find there is one very cool feature that most folks don’t realize is actually there:  Distribution Point groups Distribution groups…

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“Dial Me In Baby” and the other magical files of Configuration Manager

10/22/14 update – Added archive_reports.sms section Back in the SMS 2.0 days I was doing phone support and I would often have to listen to statements of disbelief when I told customers to create a Dial_Me_in_baby.sms file in order to enable logging to troubleshoot their issues.  While that file is no longer needed (all server…

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Manual removal of the SCCM client

As much as I love it, it may occasionally be necessary to remove the System Center Configuration Manager client.  I recently had a customer who could not get a machine to upgrade from 2007 to 2012 and after attempting many things we did a manual clean down of the client then the 2012 client installed…

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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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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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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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