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…

Configuration Manager Application Approval Engine – Demonstration Videos

Short Introduction Videos: I will be adding videos to this section as they are created. Simple Functionality – demonstration of CMAAE in action. [View:–3rw:0:0] Configuration: – Simple configuration. [View:] Delegation (This is Important) – demonstration of delegation configuration. [View:] Detection and Notification Runbook – Configuration of the included detection and notification sample Runbook. [View:]

Configuration Manager Application Approval Engine – Detailed Documentation

 Index: Introduction:Configuration Manager Application Approval Engine Overview:CMAAE Portal Installation and Core Configuration:Delegation:Detection and Notification Overview:Sample Detection and Notification Runbook:Sample Detection and Notification PowerShell Script:Post Approval Automaton Overview:Sample Post Approval Automation Runbook:Sample Post Approval Automation PowerShell Script: Disclaimer: The Configuration Manager Application Approval Engine is designed as a sample solution and is not intended for ‘out…

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 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 PowerShell Tuesdays: Creating and Distributing a Package / Program:

I have long been a crusty old VBScript kind of guy, that just the way it is. I’ve been knocking out ‘short’ 300 line scripts for 10 plus years. In that time I have also gone through a few epic multi thousand line monstrosity scripts,,,, now that’s living. Many years ago at the Microsoft Management…


Configuration Manager 2012 SP1 – Move a Distribution Point Content Library Between Drives

Here we are, week two of the New Year, and the goodies just keep coming. In case you missed it the Configuration Manager 2012 SP1 Toolkit has been released and with it brings a whole batch of goodness. Some of the tools included are the usual suspects (PolicySpy.exe, runmetersumm.exe, etc.) and then there are a…


System Center 2012 Configuration Application Request / Approval – Deep Dive and Automation

Introduction – Approaching my ten-year of systems management using SMS / Configuration Manager I can reflect back on many scripts, applications, and in some circumstances full systems I’ve implemented in order to facilitate a ‘self-service / approval friendly’ software delivery mechanism. SMS/Configuration Manager has always worked great as the delivery mechanism, however has historically lacked…