Identifying (and Counting) Computers Sending BADMIF Files

Yesterday, a customer asked me to look for trends within his BADMIFs folder and tell him if there were specific computers that were repeat offenders.  This blog is about what I did to solve that request.  Hopefully it will prove helpful for those of you who need to do the same thing. What are BADMIFs?…

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Hardware Inventory – In-Depth (Part 1)

This week I worked with a customer who asked me several in-depth questions related to Hardware Inventory.  I thought it might be useful to put my findings into this blog entry for the benefit of others who might find them beneficial.  I want to start by thanking my colleague Clint who took the time to…

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AD DS: Group Policy Basics – Part 3: How Clients Process GPOs

So now that we've investigated the structure of a GPO and looked at how clients know which GPOs to apply, it's time to look at how they apply them.  For a client to know which GPOs are assigned to it, and in which order it should apply them, the client needs to check several things:…

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AD DS: Group Policy Basics – Part 2: Understanding Which GPOs to Apply

In the previous post, I talked about the structure of a GPO.  Now, I'll turn to the question of what a client does in order to apply the settings that we've configured in our GPOs.  The processing of GPOs is initiated from the client side rather than being pushed from your Domain Controllers.  As such,…

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AD DS: Group Policy Basics – Part 1: Understanding the Structure of a Group Policy Object

Below is the first of a 3-part series I did outlining the basics of Group Policy Objects.  I did this series previously on another blog for Windows Server 2008 and have decided to update it for Windows Server 2012.  Much of the technology has not changed between 2008 and 2012 but where there are changes,…

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AD DS: Identifying Attributes That Are Members of the Partial Attribute Set in Active Directory

This is the second post that I’m bringing over from my previous TechNet blog.  Even though it references a Windows Server 2008 forest, the techniques are the same, so I have had to do very little editing.  Everything shown below works equally well in both Windows Server 2008/R2 and Windows Server 2012/R2.  Again, I hope…

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AD DS: Global Catalogs and the Partial Attribute Set

Today, I am to revise and re-post some older technical articles that I put together on another TechNet blog which I have since retired.  In the interest of consolidating the posts so that they can be found at a single location, I am re-posting here, with updates/modifications as appropriate.  I hope you enjoy them! In…

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Refreshing State Messages in System Center Configuration Manager 2012

Recently, I worked with a customer who reported that his clients were not reporting accurate data in their ConfigMgr compliance reports.  Though the clients showed the correct settings when we looked at them directly, these settings were not reflected correctly in the compliance reports.  This is an issue that has been dealt with in the…

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Working with Distribution Point Jobs in Configuration Manager 2012

Recently, we had a case in which a customer needed to find out how to prioritize his ConfigMgr packages so that certain ones would be distributed before others that were also distributing at the same time.  There is other information out there about this and a very good blog from the System Center team which…

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Verifying a Distribution Point Has Installed Successfully

When installing the DP role in Configuration Manager 2012, the most traditional way to verify the role has installed is to look on the site server at distmgr.log.  While this is certainly useful, there are other ways to verify DP installation that I’ll go through in this article.  Monitoring One of the nice things in…

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