SCCM Firewall ports required by clients

SCCM Firewall ports and network ports must be defined if you want manage clients across multiple networks. Configuration Manager to properly manage clients if some ports are not been defined and opened to allow for traffic to flow properly. Typical symptoms of failed network connectivity can be clients stuck with old configuration manager client, trouble to patch and deploy software. Here is a copy of my cheat-sheet that I use (or send to the network technicians) to make sure all required traffic is let through. Read More

CCMSetup Install Switches

CCMSetup Install Switches

With this post I want to explain the CCMSetup install switches as I get asked a lot how and when to use them. The Configuration Manager client is installed by launching ccmsetup.exe. This happens to all client installations, even if client push installation from the Configuration Manager console and task sequence installations with the setup windows and configuration manager step. Read More

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. Read More

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. Read More

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. Read More

sccm performance tuning

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

sccm performance tuningThis 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. Read More

Surface Pro 3 Work Computer

Review – Surface Pro 3 Work Computer

I have used a Microsoft Surface Pro 3 work computer for almost more than a year now. My desk at the office have a docking station with a keyboard, mouse and headset with microphone connected. I also have two 24″ monitors connected in addition to the screen of the Surface. The docking station for the Surface Pro 3 only have 1 mini display port but a USB 3.0 graphics adapter was all I needed to set up the second monitor. My Surface is not joined to the domain and is treated as bring your own device.

Here are my experience with my Surface Pro 3 work computer.

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Inplace Upgrade Configuration Manager 2012 R2 SP1 to Current Branch – Step by Step

How to upgrade Configuration Manager 2012 R2 SP1 to Current Branch. This guide is based on my experiences after upgrading several ConfigMgr installations to Current Branch and is a step-by-step guide with everything you need to know to perform a successful upgrade.

This guide applies to the following Configuration Manager 2012 versions:

  • SCCM 2012 SP1
  • SCCM 2012 SP2
  • SCCM 2012 R2
  • SCCM 2012 R2 SP1

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