Configuration Manager Application Approval Engine

Quite some time ago I demonstrated a solution for automating the notification and approval process for System Center Configuration Manager Application requests. I’ve received numerous requests since that time to make the program demonstrated in the demo available for public consumption. Today I will be making the application, the source code, and documentation available for…


MMS2013 Session Now on Channel 9 – Patching a Hyper-V Cluster with Orchestrator / Configuration Manager – Including Downloadable Runbook Exports!!!

Good day all – if you were able to attend MMS2013 hope you had a great time, if not, no worries you are in luck. All MMS2013 sessions should now be available on Channel 9. Check out my session ‘Complex Maintenance Using System Center 2012 Configuration Manager and Orchestrator: Patching a Cluster’ – ….


Determine if CU1 has been applied to a 2012 Configuration Manager 2012 SP1 Site, Admin Console, and Client – Where’s the Versioning?

With System Center 2012 Configuration Manager SP1 CU1 deployments starting to roll, I have received a few inquiries into how to determine if CU1 has been appropriately applied. As a cumulative update is not a major update, the version of your Configuration Manager Site will not be incriminated. That said, both the Configuration Manager Administration…


Determine if a Configuration Manager Distribution Point is a Distribution Point Group Member – PowerShell

As I am working with the 2012 Configuration Manager SP1 (and CU1) PowerShell CMDLETs, the potential for automation around both the management and deployment spaces of Configuration Manager are expanding. That said, I have run against a few automation solution requirements that could not be met using the native PowerShell CMLETs. No worries though – WMI…


System Center 2012 Configuration Manager: Determine Reboot Pending State Using WMI / PowerShell / Orchestrator Runbook

While recently working on a Runbook solution for patching Windows Failover Clusters, I ran into the need of detecting if the Software Update installation process had placed the target system into a reboot pending state. After doing some research, I found many ‘loose’ methods for reboot detection, however nothing concrete. That is, until I happened…


Configuration Manager SP1 PowerShell in Orchestrator Part 2: The Rest of the Story

Well I thought I was Mr. Smarty Pants and had the whole ‘running 2012 Configuration Manager cmdlets from an Orchestrator Run .Net Script activity’ figured out (as documented in this post). As it turns out, there is bit more to the story. Everything documented in the initial post is valid, however as I found out…


Running 2012 Configuration Manager SP1 PowerShell cmdlets from an Orchestrator Run .NET Script activity.

Good day all – Quick blog here.  With the recent release of 2012 Configuration Manager SP1 and the new Configuration Manager PowerShell cmdlets, the stage has been set for over the top Configuration Manager automation. This week I jumped on my first project involving the Configuration Manager PowerShell cmdlets and Orchestrator (Run .NET Script). All is…


Software Metering Deep Dive and Automation Part 2: Use It Or Lose It – The Collections

In the first portion of this multi-blog look at software metering, I discussed how to create a software metering rule, observe on the client both the storage and processing of said rule, and finally discussed the server side summarization and how to manually initiate this summarization. With the metering data collected and summarized it is…