Add Distribution Point using Powershell

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Working in large environment with lots of DPs, I don’t like to add my distribution point manually.Since SCCM 2012 SP1 CU1, there’s a new Add-CMDistributionPoint CMDLET to do the dirty work. First you need to add your site system in SCCM using this CMDLET (replace with your server name and site code) New-CMSiteSystemServer -Servername “” -Sitecode PS1 Once run, you’ll see your new site system added to the SCCM console. After, you need to add the DP role using : (replace with your server name and site code) Add-CMDistributionPoint –SiteSystemServerName “” –SiteCode PS1 –MinimumFreeSpaceMB 5000 –CertificateExpirationTimeUtc “Saturday, March 28, 2015 5:55:05 PM” … Read More

Remove Computer from Collection after OSD

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This post is a step-by-step guide on how to remove computer from collection after OSD. If you’re using specific collections for your OSD deployments you certainly knows that the collections are not emptied automatically. After a couple of weeks, you’ll end up with a collection full of systems. The bad news is that there’s nothing built-in the product, the good new is that our friend PowerShell can do this dirty job. To run the script : The imported module needs to be trusted The script must run in x86 mode The computer account must have proper permission (SCCM and DCOM) … Read More

SCCM Slow Distribution Point

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I had an interesting case where OSD deployment and application download were really slow using SCCM 2012 R2. My first thought was to apply KB2905002 which resolve slow OSD deployments. This KB was already applied and still, the download of the .WIM during a task sequence was taking 30 minutes just to download. Application installations in software center that was using the same DP was also experiencing slow installs. Reviewing the SMSTS.log during the OS Deployment had no errors. Looking at the Resource monitor, I saw that the network throughput was around 6 Mbps on a Gb connection… Something was … Read More

SCCM 2012 Internet Based Client Management

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The goal of this post is to describe the steps needed to implement SCCM 2012 Internet based client management Download the step-by-step guide in the download section or directly here. For now on, this blog post won’t be updated. Only the document will be.   In this scenario, SCCM 2012 R2 is installed as a stand-alone primary site. For security reason, a second site server will be installed in the DMZ to response to internet clients requests. Internet clients are laptop and tablets that are sometime on the intranet (work network) and sometime on internet. Assumption : Your primary site server … Read More

SCCM 2012 Role-Based Administration Viewer

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SCCM 2012 R2 comes with 15 built-in roles. For most of you, this is plenty to fulfill your needs. However if you have custom needs, it’s possible to create your own. When creating your first role, you may be lost in all those security rights. Instead of doing your role directly in the console, I suggest to use the Role-based Administration Modelling and Auditing Tool which is available in the SCCM 2012 toolkit. This tool helps administrators to model and audit RBA configurations. It’s graphical, you can compare your custom based role with the built-in ones. You can see right … Read More

Can’t delete Deployment Type

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In SCCM 2012, you try to delete a deployment type and you receive the following error : This deployment type cannot be deleted. To delete this deployment type the following references must be deleted. You want to delete the referring object, you can’t find it because you have previously deleted it. Keep calm and do not cry… This can be resolve easily. The problem is that you created a deployment type, refer in another DT and then delete it. SCCM keeps an history of all changes in applications. Yes, each time you make a modification, SCCM records the change so that … Read More

OSD/MDT Supported Operating Systems

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What OS can you deploy using the different SCCM/MDT version ? Pretty confusing ! One of the best deployment guy (Johan Arwidmark) has release this valuable information : ConfigMgr 2012 SP1 CU3 – Supports deploying the following Operating Systems as OS Images Windows XP SP3 x86 Windows XP SP2 x64 Windows Vista SP2 Windows 7 Windows 8 Windows 8.1 (assuming a custom WinPE 5.0 boot image, and no MDT integration) Windows Embedded Standard 2009 Windows Fundamentals for Legacy PCs (WinFLP) Windows Embedded POSReady 2009 WEPOS 1.1 with SP3 Windows Embedded Standard 7 with SP1 Windows Embedded POSReady 7 Windows Thin … Read More

Replication Errors in SCCM 2012 R2 after Upgrading

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Several customers reported to Microsoft that child primary sites were entering maintenance mode after upgrading the central administration site from System Center 2012 Configuration Manager Service Pack 1 (SP1) with CU2 or CU3 to 2012 R2. Read this post from the SCCM Team blog for all information about this error. In short, there’s a new build available after Nov.14th that will fix the problem for new installation. (The SCCM setup will download the necessary files.) Customer with the problem must run this SQL query (provided from the TN post) : Existing hierarchies that have already upgraded the central administration site but cannot … Read More

Distribution Point with Network Bandwidth Limitation

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This post will explain how SCCM handle Distribution Point Network bandwidth limitation. One of my clients wanted to limit bandwidth on their package distribution. Their reflex was to go in the DP properties and limit the available bandwith. This was the way to go but their interpretation of the rate limit was wrong. This is one misinterpreted (and not well documented) feature of SCCM. Here’s what you see: Most people think “Hey I’ve got a 100Mbps link so let’s put 50% to limit SCCM to 50Mbps”… Wrong ! This is not how it works. I’ve found 2 really good article about it … Read More

3 Useful Powershell Commands

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Here’s 3 useful Powershell commands that you can use to save time. #1 – Clear PXE Cache from your OSD Collection Who likes to clear the PXE cache of deployed computers ? Not me ! Instead of this :   Run this : Clear-CMPxeDeployment -DeviceCollectionId “YourCollectionID” #2 – Unlock an object Instead of this : ZzzzzZz (waiting) Run this : Unlock-CMObject -InputObject $(Get-CMApplication -Name “Application Name”) TIP : You can change “Get-CMApplication” for “Get-CMTaskSequence” if you want to unlock a Task Sequence for exemple. #3 – List which collection has Incremental update enabled Did you know Microsoft supports only 200 collection using … Read More