Configuration Manager 2012 R2 toolkit released

Microsoft recently updated the toolkit for Configuration Manager 2012 to R2. Among many interesting tools you can find some new ones:

  • DP Job Manager – This tool provides a simple overview of packages being transferred to Distribution Points. A lifesafer for us that has switched to remote DPs
  • Collection Evaluation Viewer – A tool that assists in troubleshooting collection evaluation related issues by viewing collection evaluation details.
  • Content Library Explorer – Allows you to find packages on in SCCMContentLib and figure out if any of them are invalid.

Nice stuff.

See more at http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=36213

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Update for Configuration Manager 2012 R2–Slow OSD performance

The recently released R2 version of Configuration Manager 2012 has suffered from slow performance while downloadning in WinPE. See this thread for more information:

http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/4c72ae27-198f-4751-b0d6-340a11b52bd4/insanely-slow-os-download-in-2012-r2-winpe?forum=configmanagerosd&prof=required

The problem – according to the thread above is the refresh rate of the progressbar. A hotfix has been released that solves this issue as well as an issue for PXE boot points on site servers.

See http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2905002 for more information and to download the hotfix

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OSD–Failed to run task sequence – 0x80070570

Today, I experienced this error while trying out a updated task sequence. The problem was simply that OSD was unable to create some folders on the C: drive. Format C: solved the problem. One of the few times where format actually solved my problem.

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System Center Service Manager Connector 3.0 for Exchange

Microsoft has recently released an updated version of the Service Manager Exchange connector. The connector allows Service Manager to monitor one or more Exchange mailboxes and create/update various work items in Service Manager.

The new version supports Service Manager 2012 SP1 CU2 and is not supported on earlier versions.

Besides the actual connector a deployment guide is available. See more at http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=38791

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WMI crashes on Windows Server 2003

On our Windows Server 2003 servers we have seen crashes in WMI (wmiprvse.exe) failing in msvcr90.dll after applying Configuration Manager 2012 SP1.

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Configuration Manager 2012 Pull Distribution Point

One of the new features introduced with Service Pack 1 for Configuration Manager 2012 is pull distribution points. While a traditional distribution point is force feed its contents by distribution manager and package transfer manager from the parent site a pull distribution point will pull down the content itself.

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Handy tool for updating private computers

Like many other people in our industry I find myself supporting a number of friends and familiy members with their computers and applications.

Installing security updates from Microsoft is pretty easy and causes almost no problems. I wish the same could be said about updates to Java, Adobe Reader and other apps. Each has their own mechanism for detecting new updates, each uses its own installer and many of the installers want to sneak in additional software.

I came across http://ninite.com/ 

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