Configure SCCM 2012 to Inventory RAID Controller Drivers

Nicolas PilonHardware Inventory, SCCM, SQL1 Comment

A RAID controller is a device used to manage hard disk drives (HDDs) or solid-state drives (SSDs) in a computer or storage array. It has the ability to access multiple copies of data on multiple physical devices and improve performance with data protection in case of a system failure. We suggest to keep your RAID controller drivers updated to have the latest fixes from the manufacturer. In this post, we will show you how to configure SCCM 2012 to inventory RAID controller drivers to prepare a deployment targeting the affected systems. We will show how to modify SCCM 2012 hardware inventory classes to get this information. … Read More

8 Ways to Monitor Distribution Points in Configuration Manager 2012

Nicolas PilonSCCM11 Comments

Distribution Points are an important part in the infrastructure of SCCM especially if you rely on an inefficient network. Clients must able to reach them to install applications, packages, software updates and operating systems. If you plan to install new distribution points in your organization, refer to our distribution point installation guide in Configuration Manager 2012. Once the installation is completed the work does not stop there, you must be sure to manage and monitor them. Monitoring distribution points daily is required to maintain a high service availability. In this post, we will explain the best ways to monitor distribution … Read More

Multilingual User Interface Pack inventory with SCCM 2012

Nicolas PilonHardware Inventory, SCCM3 Comments

We all use a minimum of one operating system language on our computers.  It may be likely that a company that has many employees may end up with several nationalities. This means, more multilingual user interface (MUI) pack is required in your operating system deployment. When a MUI Pack is installed, the user interface language can be change to one of 33 supported languages. In this post, we will extend hardware inventory in SCCM 2012 to inventory multilingual user interface pack information. Here’s the steps in order to achieve this goal : Custom WMI Class Package Creation Package Deployment Hardware … Read More

Connection can not be made because one already exists

Nicolas PilonSCCM5 Comments

We recently received incidents from the field that latest updates information under a specific site server were not updated even if a software updates scan cycle was enforced. We found out that the problem appears after a series of DNS changes and network modifications. Configuration Manager 2012 communicate software updates scan information using state message from the client to management point and site server. Features that use state message are mainly software updates, desired configuration management, network access protection and the client. You can refer to SCCM state messaging in depth for more details about state message process. Troubleshooting The … Read More

Merging Last Usage of Software Metering with Custom Labels of Asset Intelligence

Nicolas PilonAsset Intelligence, SOFTWARE METERING5 Comments

sccm 2012 software metering reports

Software Metering analyze the usage of any executable files. Asset Intelligence inventory and manage software by using a catalog. So why would we want to merge both? Have a comprehensive view of your software usage in order to save licensing cost. Companies spend lots of money on unused software licences each year. Monitor software usage can save lots of money to your organization. The problem with Software Metering is that it is based on the executable. It does not always mean that the software is installed on a machine. There’s a way to merge software usage with a real installation and … Read More

Create Custom Reports with Labels of Asset Intelligence

Nicolas PilonAsset Intelligence, SCCM, SSRS7 Comments

Usually we use information from Add Remove Programs when it’s time to make software reports. For technical reasons, it’s not always easy to have adequate results. The use of custom labels in Asset Intelligence helps standardize and gather software information. In this post, we will explain how to use the data from custom labels in asset intelligence to create a custom reports. Before starting the reports, make sure the custom labels are set in your environment from how to maximize the use of custom views in Asset Intelligence. Configuration Manager 2012 came with a couple of Asset Intelligence reports but … Read More

How to maximize the use of Asset Intelligence with Labels

Nicolas PilonAsset Intelligence, SCCM6 Comments

Asset Intelligence is a feature in Configuration Manager that allows to identify and manage the inventoried software of your environment. It’s populated by the hardware inventory scan on each client. The catalog contains data about inventoried software and 5 labels can be defined to standardize product name or any useful information in your catalog. Software’s developers are not always following a standard name for their own products. Consequently, the data quality for software reports will be better. In this post, we will show how you can maximize the use of custom labels in Asset Intelligence. We will use Office Visio as an example … Read More

Why should you use Asset Intelligence in SCCM 2012

Nicolas PilonAsset Intelligence, SCCM4 Comments

Did you ever needed to analyze the installed software in your business? For those who experimented it, you know that it’s not an easy task. In SCCM, one of the way to achieve this goal is by using Add Remove Programs but you’ll have to deal with a minimum of customization. The problem is that software companies don’t work in the same direction and not even standardize their own product, Adobe and Microsoft included. You can experiment issues where publisher or product names are different on the same product. You can even have the same executable file version for two different … Read More

Invalid Integer Property Value Out of Range in MP_HINV.log

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We have enabled WMI class WIN32_Volume a few weeks ago. The goal was to inventory Mount Point. Before giving data to client, we have noticed a difference in the result between SQL database and WMI Instances. Problem The majority of mount point in SQL database in SCCM 2012 for v_GS_Volume have NULL to Capacity and FreeSpace columns. Executing the WMI query from the InventoryAgent.log contains no issue and the data is visible locally on the server. This confirms that the problem is not locally on the problematic client. Looking to the next step, the MP_HINV.log on the site server shows error invalid … Read More

Upload RDL File to Report Server

Nicolas PilonSCCM, SSRS57 Comments

There are many way to upload RDL file to report server (SSRS). This post will show how to do it with the web portal. A RDL file is an XML application and a standard proposed by Microsoft for defining reports. Requirements SSRS installed and all running components.  You can refer to install SCCM 2012 Reporting Services Point post. A healthy RDL file. A user account with enough access to upload a report. Please read predefined roles on MSDN for more detailed information. Upload the file We suggest uploading your file into a Test folder before releasing the report in production. The report can be tested … Read More