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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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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A simple trick to make CMTrace even more handy

Part of why I enjoy my job is that working with new people and their different backgrounds and experiences often can lead (or force) me to look at things differently and learn something new in the process.  Recently I was doing some troubleshooting with a customer of mine and we were looking at logs, as…

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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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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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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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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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