UI++ Released

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I’m still actively working on improving UI++ and adding features and functionality and thus, I bring you version Based on feedback and production testing, I’m happy to call version a final version (and thus no longer in beta). Download the latest version on the UI++ page. What’s New: Updated and reorganized the documentation a bit Added extended App Tree capabilities Default items Required items Hidden items Included items On-demand task sequence variable dump to a text file Large sizes for the Input and AppTree action dialogs Use of…read more

UI++ Updated to version

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That’s right, version of UI++ is ready. This is still considered a beta, beta 2 to be exact, but I’m getting closer to slapping the non-beta label on it. What’s New: Added basic App Tree functionality Added Registry Write capabilities Added Required attribute for user input Updated icons Minor bugfixes Included non-debug exes in download What’s still coming: Advanced AppTree functionality like includes, excludes, hidden, required, and tooltips Folder browsing and selection Desktop injection AD group discovery Application and package mapping based on ARP data and AD group membership


UI++ Open Beta Released

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UI++ (formerly known as OSD++) version has been released. This is the first open beta and available for anyone and everyone to download and use. Years in the making (yes years — I’ve been dragging my feet and getting distracted by work, life, and the World Cup), I’ve finally gotten to the point where UI++ is feature complete enough to release for general use. There are still features on the way and a few bugs I’m sure. The download on the project page contains everything you need to get…read more

Stand-alone Installer Returns

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Not sure if it was my griping, kicking, screaming, and general whining to the right people (let’s just say it was), but someone finally came to their senses on the team that controls the Windows Update Agent (WUA) at Microsoft. Today they released an updated stand-alone installer that can be pushed out by ConfigMgr to update the WUA to the latest version; this is detailed in a blog post released on the ConfigMgr Team Blog and KB2887535. This effectively makes the following two posts on this blog OBE (for now at least):

ConfigMgr Startup Script Updated

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A couple of smaller updates to the startup script including a new feature and a bug fix: – The new feature is the ability to delete a registry value. I added this for a recent engagement involving a divestiture where the former parent company was using the ConfigMgr GPO to assign the client site. Because the GPO for this tattoos the registry instead of being a true policy, I needed an easy way to delete the value. – The bug fix, thanks to Mr. Johan (aka Mr. OSD), is for…read more


Microsoft System Center 2012 Configuration Manager: MVP Experts Panel

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For those that missed TechEd North America 2014, were too busy to attend our session, or want to watch it again, here it is! Direct link: Microsoft System Center 2012 Configuration Manager: MVP Experts Panel Greg Ramsey: @ramseyg Jason Sandys: @jasonsandys Johan Arwidmark: @jarwidmark Kent Agerlund: @Agerlund  

Content Distribution Magic

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Content Distribution Follow-up This post is inspired by a question submitted on my previous post: Content Distribution: The Myth. The question was about how ConfigMgr determines if files are different when deciding whether or not to replicate them to distribution points. Specifically, the requestor wanted to know whether a simple name change to a file would cause ConfigMgr to see the file as a new file and thus not re-replicate it to the distribution points. Hashing ConfigMgr uses a hashing function to determine if the files are different. Hashing algorithms…read more

Content Distribution: The Myth

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A quick post to dispel a common ConfigMgr myth about content distribution. The functionality in question is what happens when you change the source location of a package (or any content since they’re all technically packages on the back-end)? I’ve seen it stated multiple times by multiple folks that ConfigMgr will re-copy all of the files within that source location to your DP(s). This simply isn’t so (and never was even in ConfigMgr 2007). When you change the source location, ConfigMgr does indeed kick-off a DP update for that package…read more

Notes on The Software Update Scan Cycle

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Most of the below information is cobbled together from a couple of TechNet pages, a blog post or two, presentations I’ve seen over the years, conversations I’ve had with others, forum posts and experience — there’s just no one definitive source with a product as big as ConfigMgr that also relies on another full product in this case. And of course, there are always gaps (and sometimes errors) in the actual public documentation. Here are a few of the sources I could dig up though (note that very little has changed as far…read more

We Speak Geek Webinar

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Custom Data Gathering and Use with ConfigMgr, Part 2 This session is a follow-on session from part 1 presented at System Center Universe and will focus on advanced ways to gather and use data within System Center Configuration Manager (ConfigMgr); it will build on the part 1 material including some advanced inventory techniques including the use and creation of data discovery records (DDRs). It will also tackle some of the common challenges and how to overcome them when gathering data from managed systems. BrightTalk Registration Link: