SQL Server Tools ANS

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A couple of days ago I saw a quite strange behavior at a customers SCCM Primary Site Server. The system kept trying to install a SQL server feature. The customer were using SCCM 2012 R2 together with SQL Server 2012 SP1 running on Windows Server 2012 R2, in other words...

Move Configuration Manager 2012 Database

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I got a question from a partner firm that experienced problems with one of their SCCM installations after they moved the database files used by Configuration Manager. They were unable to save changes to applications, when they tried they received an error and while looking in the log files they...

New Version of Session Downloader

I’ve uploaded a new version of Session Downloader (v0.6.5) adding support for a couple of new events such as the Visual Studio 2013 Launch event as well as TechEd New Zealand. This tool has been really popular and that makes me glad. If you have any requests for new features,...

ConfigMgr 2012 R2 Toolkit Available

As an early holiday gift the Toolkit for ConfigMgr 2012 R2 have been released to the web. The toolkit contains tools like PolicySpy, ClientSpy and Content Library Explorer. You can download the toolkit from Microsoft here. The toolkit is provided in an MSI format which makes it very easy to...

Install ConfigMgr in Windows Azure

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While it is perfectly possible it might just not be such a good idea to install ConfigMgr on an Extra Small VM in Windows Azure. I recently went through the installation and it took quite some time as you can see. In a normal case when an installation of a...

NetApp hosting SCCM Content Source – A Do Not Thing

I’ll get it out there – I’m not a big fan of NetApp. Why? I’ve never been with an installation where I haven’t seen any problems. And they have always affected me. In a bad way that is. With that out of the way I want to share something that...

Help the Community Size Configuration Manager Installations

My friend and former co-worker Johan Arwidmark have started a great task that really can only be done with the help of the community. He have started to gather real world data from storage solutions hosting the Configuration Manager installation. I urge you to go and visit his site and...

Configuration Manager 2012 R2 Update

For some time there has been a known issue with OSD when using PXE in Configuration Manager 2012 R2. Last Friday (8th of November 2013) Microsoft released a hotfix. The scenario is that when you enable a boot image to be distributed to PXE enabled distribution points, the WDS service...

Configuration Manager 2012 R2 Visio Stencils

Looking to create a good looking visio drawing of your awesome Configuration Manager environment? You can download these stencils by Jean-Sébastien Duchêne.   /Tim

Presenting on Nordic System Center Summit

I’ve been chosen to present on Nordic System Center Summit 2013 in Oslo, Norway and Stockholm, Sweden. I’ll be talking about how the IT department must transform from a No-saying organization to a Yes-saying organization that allows and helps it users to be mobile while being secure. If you have...

Hosting WordPress on Azure? Watch Out For ClearDB!

Some time ago I moved this blog to Windows Azure from a swedish hoster. Everything have worked out pretty well until a couple of days ago when I tried to upgrade the site to WordPress 3.7.1. Until a few hours ago I was unable to write new posts, manage comments...

Clear Device User Affinity in Configuration Manager 2012 R2

A couple of days ago I got a question on how one would go ahead and clear all Device/User affinity in a Configuration Manager 2012 Site. There are some PowerShell methods that we can utilize for our script to do this. It is quite simple “for-each” actually but of course...

Deploy .Net Framework 3.5.1 as an App using Configuration Manager 2012 R2

Even thou .Net Framework 4 and even 4.5 have been released there are still alot of applications out there that require .Net Framework version 2.0, 3.0 and 3.5. For all of those applications we need to include .Net Framework 3.5.1 in our OS images that we distribute to our clients...

When installation of Assessment and Deployment Kit stalls

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At a customer today I noticed something odd. On a brand new server the installation of Assessment and Deployment Kit took a bit too long to install. When I checked the installation I noticed that it was more or less stuck in the ‘Acquiring’ state which really means that it...

Unhandled error returned by ZTIDiskpart: Object required (424)

When you do OS deployment one crucial thing is to always know where your data is and what you can format with peace at mind. One of my customers had a bit of a problem when they were about to deploy new server with Windows Server 2012. Two new Task...