Trying to install ConfigMgr 2012 RTM? Make sure you have the right SQL…

Now that Configuration Manager 2012 RTM is available, people will certainly start installing it, both in their labs and in production – and will start finding out that the SQL version check in the ConfigMgr installer is looking for some very specific SQL maintenance levels.  (I’ve pulled out plenty of my own hair doing this…

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Inside a Task Sequence

I’ve done a few sessions now where I demonstrated how to put some hooks into a task sequence so that you can single step through the process and “poke around” to see exactly what is going on.  Since I’ve promised to make those scripts available, and will get lots of e-mails from people if I…

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Have you tried the Application Approval Workflow solution accelerator?

System Center 2012 Configure Manager includes an application catalog web site, which allows end users to select the applications that they want to install.  As part of this, they provide the ability to specify that approval is required before the software can be installed, a required feature in most enterprises.  If you aren’t familiar with…

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MDT 2012 New Feature: Monitoring

I was going to do a blog posting talking about how to troubleshoot issues with the new monitoring feature available in MDT 2012 for Lite Touch deployments, but then I realized I’ve not yet done an initial post talking about the feature (although I did mention it in a previous blog posting talking about DaRT…

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MDT 2012 New Feature: Item Sorting

For those of you who have already installed MDT 2012 RC1, you might notice that there is a new behavior in Deployment Workbench:  It will keep the list of items (applications, drivers, OS packages, task sequences) in alphabetical order. Now when you first install MDT 2012 RC1, you might notice that the items aren’t sorted…

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Trying to install ConfigMgr 2012 RC2? Make sure you have the right SQL…

Now that Configuration Manager 2012 RC2 is available, people will certainly start updating their labs – and finding out that the SQL version check in the ConfigMgr installer is looking for some very specific SQL maintenance levels.  (I’ve pulled out plenty of my own hair doing this recently.)  The release notes cover the supported versions:…

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Customizing Wizards with MDT 2012

Many of you have customized the MDT 2010 wizards, and I expect that will be fairly common with MDT 2012 as well – after all, one of the design goals with having HTA-based wizards is to enable customization by creative IT pros.  But the process is going to be slightly different with MDT 2012. First,…

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Creating the ConfigMgr “System Management” Container with PowerShell

One of the steps in the Configuration Manager installation process is to manually create the “System Management” container in Active Directory, then give the ConfigMgr computer account the ability to create objects in it.  Yes, even with Configuration Manager 2012, this is still something that needs to be done manually. So that was this evening’s…

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