Using import Queries for a Collection Membership Rule

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Did you ever create a bunch of collections that always contains the same 2-3 queries for a membership rule? I hope you’re not using notepad and copy paste the queries all the time. Long enough to get angry! I have a solution for you, use Queries node in Monitoring Overview section. Create the query with a right click. Enter a name and your query. When it will be the time to configure the membership rule of your collection, click on ‘Import Query Statement’ and select the query created. Not a big deal and I don’t use it often but it save me a lot of time … 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

Use SCCM CMTrace like a Pro (Part 2)

Nicolas PilonSCCM4 Comments

What are you doing when you want to troubleshoot SCCM client locally on a computer? Connect your USB card with the cmtrace.exe on it? Copy the executable file from a network directory? Do you want to be smarter? Create an application with a file detection method that will copy the executable file automatically on any SCCM clients. Download the file from Configuration Manager Toolkit. Step 1: Create a script to copy the executable file into the Windows directory Use this command ‘Xcopy /y cmtrace.exe %windir%’ in a cmd file. Enter the cmd file into the application program. Step 2: Add a detection method in the application properties Click on ‘Detection … Read More

Use SCCM CMTRACE like a Pro (Part 1)

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Still using Notepad to read SCCM logs ? I don’t belive you. As a good admin, you are using SCCM CMtrace to read your logs files but I still meet lots of SCCM admins that don’t know these 2 features. Click on Menu / Tool / Error Lookup. This box translate a generic error in something you can understand. Error 2 ?                 Error 5 ? Ok easy one.                 You get it…now go have fun converting those nasty errors ! The second one is the Merge … Read More

Send an Email when OSD Completes a Deployment

Benoit LecoursPowershell, SCCM31 Comments

Did you know that SCCM can take an action when a specific message is generated on the site server? SCCM records everything it does. You are probably familiar with the tons of logs files but SCCM also record everything on the site server itself. A quick look to the Status message shows that there’s tons of available information. Monitoring / System Status / Status Message Queries / All Status Message : As you can see, there’s lots of valuable information in there. Yeah great !… now what ? Using the power of PowerShell, I tell SCCM to send an email each … Read More

No Collection Evaluator Component on a CAS with SCCM 2012

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I was creating a collection directly on the CAS like I do normaly within SCCM 2007 on a central site. The goal was to deploy a script on specific machines. I was having issue with the collection membership when I found that the CAS was having no colleval.log. I decide to look into site server components on the console and got a surprise. In SCCM 2012, collection membership is part of site data so it’s the responsibility of SQL database replication. Data is replicated from primary to CAS. This is why collection evaluator component are on the primary only and the refresh lasted a few minutes longer.

SSRS : SMS_SRS_Reporting_Point Failing with Error Message 7405

Nicolas PilonSCCM, SSRS5 Comments

I was configuring the reporting services on a dedicated server when I received a SMS_SRS_Reporting_Point failing with 7405 on the component status failure message. The error logs from reporting services is : ERROR: Throwing Microsoft.ReportingServices.Diagnostics.Utilities.ItemNotFoundException: , Microsoft.ReportingServices.Diagnostics.Utilities.ItemNotFoundException: The item ‘/ConfigMgr_CAS’ cannot be found.; Cause: The datasource was not in the good directory. Resolution: Move the datasource on the SSRS website to the same place of the component configuration in SCCM 2012. SMS_SRS_Reporting_Point failing with 7405  

KB2905002 Installation and Useful Information

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The first hotfix for SCCM 2012 R2 is out and it’s time to install it. I’ll document a step-by-step installation and gives some useful information. For those of you that are used to update SCCM, you won’t be disorientated. The first thing you need to know is that this hotfix will update the sites servers, the consoles and the clients. This mean that you’ll need to update those after the hotfix installation. Rest assured, the hotfix will create 3 updates packages for you during the installation. Start with the higher site in your hierarchy. You can use the update package that will … Read More