ConfigMgr Administrator - Keeping the Distribution Point (DP) servers Lights On

A Day in the Life of a ConfigMgr Administrator: Part 2

Keeping the Distribution Point (DP) servers Lights On Point-of-View: from a ConfigMgr Administrator to his Manager, discussing how he/she spends their day managing a ConfigMgr environment. This is the second part of my three-part story that details what we did in our company (in a previous life) to help reduce the DP server management nightmare. Part one of this story can be found by clicking here. So a little background first; we’ve got 140 Distribution Points in our ConfigMgr environme [...]

Better Understanding ConfigMgr 2012 Security Controls

Better Understanding ConfigMgr 2012 Security Controls

Many of the solutions we build and provide here at 1E have the option to be integrated with Microsoft’s System Center 2012 Configuration Manager. That kind of work quickly leads to working with SCCM security. In talking with many people about ConfigMgr 2012 security I’ve found that there can be a number of misconceptions or incomplete understandings. ConfigMgr 2012 security is a very broad topic, so to be clear I’m only talking about some core concepts that apply to the SCCM console, an [...]

ConfigMgr Administrator - Keeping the Distribution Point (DP) servers Lights On

A Day in the Life of a ConfigMgr Administrator: Part 1

Keeping the Distribution Point (DP) servers Lights On Point-of-View: from a ConfigMgr Administrator to his Manager, discussing how he/she spends their day managing a ConfigMgr environment. I had a real difficult time the other day trying to explain to my manager what I spent the entire day working on. Well… one of our ConfigMgr Distribution Point servers had a heart-attack. This came out of the blue, it wasn’t like it had been on life support or anything like that. In fact, it was only b [...]

How to add computers listed in a text file to a device collection

How to add computers listed in a text file to a device collection

Using the new ConfigMgr 2012 PowerShell cmdlets, there are three different ways to add computers to a device collection. Just like in the console, you can add computers via a direct membership rule (Add-CMDeviceCollectionMembershipRule), a query membership rule (Add-CMDeviceCollectionQueryMembershipRule) and also an include collection membership rule (Add-CMDeviceCollectionIncludeMembershipRule). In order to use these cmdlets, the collection already needs to be created. In my previous post on [...]

Global Conditions

Using Global Conditions

Global Conditions are a new and powerful way to define requirements for AppModel Application installs BEFORE being made available to devices and users for installation. One such use-case is when deploying software or plug-ins that integrate with the ConfigMgr console. 1E Nomad AdminUI Extension integrates with the console -and in-fact -, the MSI installer will check to see if the console is installed on the computer before continuing with the install. The traditional method would be to create [...]

OSInformation-Before

How to fix a Compliance Baseline that will not import successfully

You have Compliance Items all set up in an environment, all added into a nice baseline that is deployed out to your estate and all is good in the world.  You decide that you want to export the baseline into CAB file for any number of reasons.  You want to send it to a buddy at another company so he can benefit from your excellent work.  Or maybe you are a consultant who wants to save the good work you have done so that you can make it a part of the value you provide to your customers going [...]

ConfigMgr

AD GPOs or ConfigMgr 2012 Compliance and Settings?

I just finished setting up ConfigMgr 2012 for a client.  As part of the project we also implemented Nomad and PXE Everywhere.  There are several settings in those products that have been set up as Configuration Items in ConfigMgr and aggregated into Configuration Baselines for each product.  These baselines check several registry configuration settings related to the products, the services for each, license status, and other things.  Noncompliant items are automatically remediated (if you [...]

ConfigMgr 2012 Application Catalog Redirection Issue causing you to pull your hair out?

ConfigMgr 2012 Application Catalog Redirection Issue

I certainly hope you're having a good day, and if you are having problems with the ConfigMgr 2012 Application Catalog getting stuck in a continuous redirection loop I hope this post helps to make your day even better :-) I recently installed the ConfigMgr 2012 Application Catalog and then realized that I had not installed the prerequisite WCF components on the server that would be hosting the catalog. I installed the WCF feature as required and toggled the Site Component Manager. The logs ind [...]

Configuration Manager 2012 SP1 WOL Proxy Feature Overview

Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager 2012 SP1 includes a new feature named WOL Proxy. ConfigMgr (or SCCM) has had a wake-on-LAN solution since ConfigMgr 2007 for appropriately flagged deployments. ConfigMgr WOL runs in one of two modes: subnet-directed broadcast or unicast. ConfigMgr customers found that unicast did not work once the clients’ routers had dropped their MAC address (typically after 4 hours). Subnet-directed broadcasts only worked if routers were set to propagate subne [...]

How to delete multiple Packages using PowerShell with ConfigMgr 2012 SP1

How many times have you had the need to delete multiple packages in a ConfigMgr test site?  In order to do this, you right-click on the package and select Delete.  You get presented a welcome screen, then you are asked if you want to see more information.  If you select no, then you are presented a summary screen, progress and then a completion screen (in which you need to click close).  That is something like six clicks just to delete a package.  In addition, you cannot multi-select a bu [...]