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 resolves SCCM Slow Distribution Point. Distribution Point Definition : Choose a site system server as a distribution point before content can be made available to client computers. Assign a distribution point to at least one boundary group before on-premises client computers can use that distribution point as a content source location. Add the distribution point role to a new site system server, or add it to an existing site system server. This KB was already applied … Read More

SCCM Internet Based Client Management

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The goal of this post is to describe the steps needed to implement SCCM Internet-based client management. With the increasing client working from home, this solution would allow you to manage your client on the internet. The other option would be to install a cloud management gateway (CMG) 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 reasons, a second site server will be installed in the DMZ to respond … Read More

SCCM 2012 : Hardware Inventory ConfigMgr Error Object

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The hardware inventory in SCCM 2012 has been designed for ease of configuration. The integration with the client setting concept also helps in problem solving. I had a problem this week with a client where a specific information was not replicated to the primary after a hardware inventory. My first reaction was to analyze the configuration.mof and confirm that the information was well inventoried in WMI. Everything was perfect. Checking the inventoryagent.log file during a hardware inventory scan found that no WMI query was executed the specific WMI class. I targeted the custom device setting and try to open the hardware inventory console. I get a … 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

SCCM deployment type cannot be deleted

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In SCCM, you try to delete a deployment type and you receive the following error : sccm deployment type cannot be deleted. To delete this deployment type the following references must be deleted. An application has one or more deployment types. These deployment types include the installation files and information that are required to install software on devices. A deployment type also has rules, such as detection methods, and requirements. These rules specify when and how the client installs the software. You want to delete the referring object, you can’t find it because you have previously deleted it. Keep calm … 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

SCCM Distribution Point Network bandwidth limitation

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This post will explain how to handle SCCM 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 bandwidth. 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. Let explain how you should read … 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)

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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

SCCM cmtrace tips : use it like a pro

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Still using Notepad to read SCCM logs files ? 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. We’ll show you a couple of SCCM cmtrace tips. In SCCM, client and site server components record process information in individual log files. You can use the information in these log files to help you troubleshoot issues that might occur. By default, SCCM enables logging for client and server components. For more general information about log files in Configuration Manager, … Read More