June 2016

PowerShell Detection Method for SCCM

There have been a lot of discussion how to write a proper PowerShell detection method and how to tell Configuration Manager if the application was detected. This post explains how a PowerShell detection method for sccm works and what it should return if the applications is detected as installed.

keyboard layout

Set Keyboard Layout in MDT and SCCM Task Sequence

Keyboard layout in boot image is something I change for my customers as we have non-english keyboards in Europe. Both Norwegian and Swedish keyboards have a different key layouts and we also have extra characters in our alphabet. It looks very unprofessional when what you type is different from what is written. This is how we change the keyboard layout in boot image with wpeutil.

ADK 1511

ADK 1511 Hotfix – Automate Manual Steps in Boot Image

Microsoft released a ADK 1511 hotfix earlier this year to fix problem with network connectivity in the boot image. This hotfix provides a file (schema.dat) that you manually need to replace in your boot images, which involves 9 manual steps an a lot of typing. It took too much time to update this for the customers I work with so I wrote a PowerShell script that makes the job easy for me.

Deploy Acrobat Reader DC with SCCM

Deploy Acrobat Reader DC with SCCM

How to deploy Acrobat Reader DC with SCCM using the application model. The installation will be unattended and silent as every good SCCM deployment should be. It also supersedes old versions of Adobe Acrobat Reader to make sure they get uninstalled before we install the new version.

Microsoft SQL Server

Optimize SQL Database

Fragmented indexes in your SQL database can make your application slow down your significantly. And the indexes on SCCM database get fragmented very quickly. Ola Hallengren developed a maintenance solution for SQL that I use on every SQL server I manage, there is a huge performance gain in the SCCM console after optimizing sql database with this solution. This tutorial will go through how to implement his SQL Maintenance Solution and schedule it to run every night.

sccm performance tuning

SCCM Performance Tuning – How to Fix Slow SCCM – Part 1

This series will go through SCCM performance tuning and look at typical issues that may slow down your SCCM server. These are the same guidelines I follow when I install and configure SCCM for my customers. It is my impression that many SCCM installations are done with default settings, and no maintenance tasks are configured on SQL or the server to increase performance.  The result is a horrible slow console to work with. These are things we will look at in this series. When your brakes fail and lock on your car, a bigger engine is not the solution. A hardware upgrade for your SCCM server may not be the solution to a slow and unresponsive SCCM console.