ToolTip: Collection Commander

Collection Commander Hey there, today I’d like to talk about an awesome tool called Collection Commander. If you’re working with Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager you probably know Client Center. Now Client Center is also a very cool tool, but it only allows you to work on one client. Collection Commander allows you to do things on multiple clients at the same time. Oh and before I forget, Collection Commander is created by System Center Read More …

ToolTip: ImpelLaunch

If you are using Windows Intune, this little FREE utility from Impeltec might be of interest to you. ImpelLaunch was created to overcome the following Application deployment challenges when deploying Software with Windows Intune. . For Windows clients you can only Windows Intune – Adding Software Packages with a. EXE, MSI or .APPX file extension. Distribute Applications which source files are already stored on a local network share Allow the Windows Intune Agent that runs Read More …

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 …

ConfigMgr 2012 Script for Incremental Collection threshold

As described within the ConfigMgr 2012 Best Practices Wiki on TechNet it’s recommended to keep the number of collections with incremental updates enabled to around 200, this to prevent evaluation delays. So I thought it might be a good idea to keep an eye on collections with incremental updates enabled within our infrastructure using a PowerShell script. The property RefreshType within the SMS_Collection WMI class defines how Configuration Manager refreshes the collection. According to the Read More …

ConfigMgr 2012 Script to retrieve source path locations

Here’s a PowerShell script we recently wrote to show the source path location for all the content that we put into ConfigMgr. The Script lists all the content source paths for the following CM objects. Applications Driver Packages Drivers Boot Images OS Images Software Update Package Groups Packages The output is as shown in the example below. before executing the script, connect to your site.

Thanks to Claude Henchoz for helping me out with Read More …

Configuration Manager – DCM Import Error

While importing a Configuration Manager Configuration Baseline within our lab infrastructure  that I had previously exported from our production environment I received the following error: “The following files could not be imported because they contain incorrect or missing configuration data: …..CAB – The cab file references missing content or contains a circular reference” This configuration baseline contains several configuration items, but sadly the error message doesn’t provide a clear message about which item causes a Read More …

TechEd 2013 Hands-On Labs

The issue with learning new stuff is that often you have to spend a lot of time in getting a test environment up and running before you can actually start testing out things. I was therefore very pleased to see that Microsoft has made the Hands-On labs from TechEd 2013 available online. The Hands-On labs are prepared within less than 30 seconds. Awesome! Below a list of Hands-on labs now available for Windows Client, Access Read More …

SCCM 2012 SP1 Client Settings only configurable within the Default Client Settings

While preparing and documenting the System Center Configuration Manager 2012 SP1 Client settings for our clients and servers I noticed that there are a few settings that cannot be configured within custom client settings meaning they can only be configured within the Default Settings. The following table lists the settings I identified as only configurable within the Default Client Settings. Agent Setting Compliance Settings Schedule compliance evaluation Hardware Inventory Maximum custom MIF File Size in Read More …