I have a lab environment with System Center using Hyper-V on my Windows 8 laptop. This is how I compact the virtual disks using powershell when they get too big. Read More
Today I did some work for a customer who had already installed configuration manager, but they had not set up deployment. I enabled PXE on the distribution point but the clients did not get a repsonse when trying to pxe boot. The first place I check is the SMSPXE.LOG to see what happends but the file did not exist.
The new server manager in Windows Server 2012 can also manage Windows Server 2008. This is how you set it up in 3 simple steps:
Windows Server 2008 with SP2 and Windows Server 2008 R2 with SP1
- Install .NET Framework 4.0 (Download from Microsoft)
- Install Windows Management Framework 3.0 (Download from Microsoft)
- Run the following command in powershell to enable and configure Windows Management Framework “winrm quickconfig“
MDT 2012 Deployment Workbench on Windows Server 2012 will fail with the following error: “powershell is required to use the deployment workbench” The reason for this error is the execution policy in powershell.
Solution: Run the following command from powershell Read More
Microsoft have released a nice tool which help you create WMI queries. WMI Code Creator 1.0 is a powerful tool to create WMI queries without little or no programming skills. I use this frequently to retrieve the model name from computers that I need to target specific driver packages.
My colleage at Atea, Oddvar Håland Moe, have written a script that dumps the password of the network access account from the boot image in plain text. This is why you never enable command line support in your boot images on a production network. Anyone will be able to retrieve the password during PXE boot / OS deployment. Read More
When I first heard about this neat trick I thought it was a joke. But it’s not. It works and it’s awesome. GodMode is a special control panel that includes all windows settings from one windows. No more jumping between several windows to do stuff.
How to enable God Mode in Windows 8, Windows 7 and Windows Vista.
These log files are useful to troubleshoot the errors with the configuration manager client.
Log files on server.
- ccm.log – Client push installation log file.
- chmgr.log – Client health manager log file.
- cidm.log – Changes to the client settings by the Client Install Data Manager (CIDM).
Log files on client.
- ccmsetup.log – Installation, client health, client upgrade and client removal. Very useful to troubleshoot client installation errors.
- ccmrepair.log – Repeair activites by the client.
- client.msi.log – Logs from the installation process of client.msi application.
Also check out this TechNet article for more information about log files sin System Center Configuration Manager 2012.
When you install a distribution point, you specify which drive it should use. When this drive is full, the distribution point will automatically start using another drive.
For drives where you don’t want any packages from the distribution point, create an empty file with the name “NO_SMS_ON_DRIVE.SMS” and place it in the root of the drives.
This trick works on both SCCM 2007 and SCCM 2012.
In this guide for System Center Configuration Manager 2012 I will show how to create a limiting device collection structure. We start with All Systems as root, and create one collection for all servers and one for all workstations.
Windows 8 is getting closer release. One of the new cool features I look forward to is Windows To Go. It is Windows 8 installed on a usb stick and works as a live-usb installation. This can be used to test Windows 8 in your environment without messing up your installation. But it has much more potential than that.