Links for System Center Universe Europe 2015 Inventory Session

60 minutes goes by really quick and it’s very difficult to cover even very targeted topics in that short amount of time. This definitely applied to my Advanced Data Collection session at System Center Universe Europe 2015. To my knowledge the recording will be up on Channel 9 soon but also links with supporting information

The Trouble With Tribbles … I Mean Drivers

Drivers are my least favorite thing to deal with in ConfigMgr — there always seems to be a one-off issue to handle. And now, like tribbles, drivers are multiplying out of control. For those that have updated to service pack 1 of Configuration Manager (ConfigMgr) 2012 R2, you have probably run into this issue already

UI++ XML Builder Script

Per request, I built a PowerShell script to dump all Applications and Packages from a ConfigMgr site into a couple of XML snippets for use with an AppTreee action in UI++. Grab the script on the UI++ page. The first snippet contains all Applications and Packages in the environment; these are placed in a <Software> tag

Service Pack Madness (not)

Today as most have read or heard, the latest service pack for System Center 2012 Configuration Manger dropped. If you haven’t read about it, check out the official announcement: Announcing the availability of System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager SP1 and System Center 2012 Configuration Manager SP2. Also, here’s a great supplemental article on what’s

CCMSETUP and Bypass Traverse Checking

Security is necessary in today’s world, that’s undeniable, but that doesn’t make it fun. At my current customer, most everything was going swimmingly well until I went to deploy the first test client. This was a manual install from the command-line — not that that should make any sort of difference though. So, while watching ccmsetup.log

Certificates for Microsoft Intune

Certificates needed for using Intune and managing devices can be a very confusing topic whether in a hybrid or standalone configuration. If you are unfamiliar with the difference between hybrid and standalone, check out my previous post on this: Comparing the Two Modes of Microsoft Intune. To start with, in reality, Intune itself requires no certificates

UI++ Released

No new major items in this release although a couple of important bugfixes are included along with a number of user requested improvements. Also, after re-writing the AppTree code literally 10 times, inclusions are back. Exclusions are still disabled for now, but I’ll be adding those back shortly. For full details and to download the

Comparing the Two Modes of Microsoft Intune

Microsoft Intune is Microsoft’s cloud based device management solution. It can be deployed in one of two modes depending upon the exact requirements of an organization: stand-alone and hybrid. Before going into the comparison of these two modes, I need to clarify a couple of terms. Device: Any multi-purpose computer used by a user to

SCU2015 Resources

As promised during my Enterprise Security with Configuration Manager session at System Center Universe last Wednesday, here are the two compliance settings scripts (health and remediation) to validate and enforce a specific, non-trivial local admin group membership policy. These were created with a very specific set of rules and requirements in mind (listed on slide 13 of the session

Boot image selection in ConfigMgr

Boot image selection during PXE in System Center 2012 Configuration Manager (ConfigMgr) is something that comes up from time to time in the forums as well as every-day discussions. This can be quite confusing to explain or comprehend in normal language even though it’s truly not that difficult once you get it. The logic for boot