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.
This must be the easiest way to install all the OS roles and features when prepearing a new server for SCCM 2012. I tested this on a fresh install of Windows Server 2008 R2 and it works like a charm.
Today I’m happy to say that I got the certification: Administering and Deploying System Center 2012 Configuration Manager.
Windows 8 comes with many integrated hotkeys. Here is a list of the hotkeys currently available in Windows 8 using the Windows key.
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.
Here are some useful WMI queries for SCCM 2012 that you can use to create collections. Copy and paste these into the query statement of the query rule.
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.
These are the prerequisites required to install System Center 2012 Configuration Manager on a fresh installation of Windows 2008 R2.