I’m happy to announce version 0.7.0 of the PowerShell script that increased our patch compliance to 99%. This version includes a new fix for downloads stuck at 0% in software center, and current patchlevel are now displayed in the database.
Articles by Anders Rodland
A customer wanted a collection with all their HP EliteBook 840 G3 computers. I could always search the Intenet and find some queries that works, but I wanted to find out myself what fields to use and create the collection query myself. This blog post explain the process of creating your own WQL queries for SCCM collections from scratch using PowerShell.
New version of ConfigMgr Client Health (0.6.8). Changes include better testing on SCCM agent, bug fixes in the script and the right click tool to start the health check remotely.
I’m happy to announce version 0.6.7 of ConfigMgr Client Health is released. This version contains minor bug fixes and a right click tool for the Configuration Manager console to remotely start the client health check on your devices.
ADK 1703 missing tabs in SCCM. I ran into a weird issue today after upgrading one of our customers to ADK 1703. We previously upgraded SCCM to version 1702 but choose to wait with ADK because of the driver signing issue. When we finally upgraded ADK to 1703 and created a new boot image, the tabs in SCCM to service the new 1703 boot image where missing and I could not add any drivers or optional components with the console.
How to deploy .NET Framework 4.7 with SCCM. This step-by-step guide will hold your hand through the entire process from downloading the .Net Framework, creating the application and deployment types in SCCM with silent installer, and deploying .Net Framework 4.7 to a collection of computers
How to create SCCM Boot Image using DISM. This is a step-by-step guide where we create a boot image to be used with Configuration Manager from scratch using only Windows Assesment and Deployment Kit and DISM.
Today I passed the 70-695 certification exam “Deploying Windows Desktops and Enterprise Apps”, and became MCSE: Mobility. You need 700 points to pass, and I got a score of 800. This is my take on the exam and tips on what to focus on.
ConfigMgr Client Health finally supports logging to a SQL database. It automatically fixes Windows computers to ensure they can patch, and significantly increase patch compliance. Run SQL queries on the database to view the state of your clients.
Today I upgraded a customer to SCCM 1702, but I ran into an issue that made things difficult. For some reason, they had a SCCM upgrade stuck checking prerequisites. A previous hotfix that was not installed had been in this state for a very long time and blocked all upgrades for them. Restarting SMS_Executive service or even rebooting the server did not fix this, and the option to upgrade was not available as SCCM thought some other upgrade was running a prerequisite check. This is how I fixed it.
Today’s blog post explains how to mange BIOS settings with SCCM compliance settings. We will create a configuration item to enable LAN / WLAN switching in BIOS on HP Elitebook G2 and G3 computers. I will also show how you can list out every BIOS setting in Powershell so you can create a BIOS configuration baseline that works for your environment.
This guide explains how to run a Powershell script with arguments as a scheduled task and how to deploy it with group policy.
I recently discovered some computers that had a folder named “C:\_SMSTaskSequence”. This indicates that a previous task sequence failed, as a task sequence that completes successfully will clean up after itself and not leave junk behind. So I wanted to know how many where affected, and I wanted our helpdesk technicians to investigate the computers.
Yesterday I passed the exam 70-698 Installing and Configuring Windows 10. With that I received my MCSA Windows 10 as I previously passed the exam 70-697 Configuring Windows Devices.
I have just released version 0.5.3 of my client health check script and I’m happy to announce that ConfigMgr Client Health finally supports logging to a file share. This update also includes a rewrite of the code to make it much cleaner to read and understand.
How to deploy .NET Framework 4.6.2 with SCCM. Easy step by step guide with pictures explaining how to create the application in Configuration Manager. One of our customers that was still on .NET Framework 4.5.2 experienced problems with the December 2016 patches from Microsoft, one patch simply would not install and reported an error. Upgrading the customer to .NET Framework 4.6.2 solved their problem and all updates installed successfully. There was no reason why they didn’t upgrade, they where just that some applications would stop working and hesitated. So after upgrading them I decided to write this guide.
This blog post explains how you can use global conditions in SCCM to reduce your administrative load. Global conditions are rules that defines business or technical conditions that you can use for application deployments.
How to deploy Windows Management Framework 5.1 with SCCM. Microsoft released Windows Management Framework 5.1 in January 2017, and with it comes PowerShell 5.1 that includes new featues and cmdlets. This blog post covers how you can deploy Windows Management Framework 5.1 with SCCM.
This post explains how to work with ODBC connections in Powershell. Powershell 4 introduced new cmdlets that make it very easy to create and manage ODBC connections. We use the .NET assembly system.data.odbc.odbcconnection to use ODBC connections present on the system to query the database.
Today I released version 0.5.0 of my tool that automatically fixes broken SCCM clients. This version includes three new features and some minor bugfixes.