ConfigMgr 2012 local GPO settings

When configuring ConfigMgr 2012 client settings, notice that some of these settings result in Local Group Policy Settings being applied to the client. If you’re sure that you have not configured any other local GPOs, then a simple way to find out what settings are applied by ConfigMgr is to open the Local Group Policy Editor (gpedit.msc( and filter for configured settings. When configuring the Background Intelligent Transfer Settings within ConfigMgr, the settings are applied Read More …

ToolTip: Bits Monitor

Bits Monitor is a small FREE utility that displays BITS (Background Intelligent Transfer Service) activity. Bits Monitor can be downloaded from here

Group Policy Settings to control BITS Bandwidth usage

I just read the article BITS – More Flexible Bandwidth Limit Policies on the Windows Management Infrastructure Blog which describes how BITS bandwidth usage can be configured through Group Policy settings. For Windows 7 (or computers with BITS 3.5 installed) there are 2 Group Policies that provide more granular control of BITS bandwidth usage during working / non-working days/hours and during scheduled maintenance days/hours. The 2 GPOs can be found under Computer Configuration -> Administrative Read More …

BITSAdmin is deprecated in Windows 7 and 2008 R2

Just recently when I created a script using BITSAdmin, I noticed the following text when running the BITSAdmin executable: BITSADMIN is deprecated and is not guaranteed to be available in future versions of Windows. Administrative tools for the BITS service are now provided by BITS PowerShell cmdlets. So BITS with PowerShell landed on my to-look-at list, but just today I came across Ashley McGlone’s Blog – Big Downloads With Powershell which contains a sample script Read More …

ReadTip: Choosing the right App-V Delivery Model

If you’re planning on deploying App-V, but still busy with thinking of how you will get the virtualized applications to your end users I strongly recommend that you read the whitepaper “Choosing the right App-V Delivery Model” from Ment van der Plas. The document provides an excellent overview of the different App-V delivery scenarios and their pros and cons.

WSUS Client Diagnostic Tool

Having trouble with a client not getting updates from your Windows Update Services Server ? Then have a look at the WSUS Client Diagnostics Tool.  The tool performs various system checks and tests the communication between your client and the WSUS server. The Tool can be downloaded from the Windows Server Update Services Tools and Utilities site at Microsoft TechNet.

ToolTip: Bits GUI Admin

In an earlier post Using BITS for file downloads I wrote about how to use BITS for file transfers. Today I had a BITS related topic at work, so needed a brief refresher and found some additional interesting things. First I came across a TechNet Utility Spotlight article Scripting Trouble-Free downloads with BITS. If you are interested in creating your own BITS based download scripts, read this article and download the provided bitsjob.vbs and bitsjob.cmd Read More …