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Cumulative Update 3 for System Center 2012 Configuration Manager Service Pack 1 has been released .

Some of the changes that have been made are related to Powershell, Operating System Deployment Bugs .,SOftware Distribution etc .

To Download : http://support2.microsoft.com/kb/2882125

More Detailed Information can be found here :  http://support2.microsoft.com/kb/2882125

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A few Days back , I was working on Installing SCORCH on Windows 2012 box . As a Prerequisite I had to Install .NEt Framework 3.5 on the server and While I tried to Install it using Server Manager it gave me Error Every time ( As Shown Below ) 

 

.NEt Framework not Getting Installted on Windows 2012 and Windows 2012 R2

.NEt Framework not Getting Installted on Windows 2012 and Windows 2012 R2

 

After a little thought process I found this Solution to the problem .

Enter the Windows 2012 Disc and then Enter the Following Command as an Admin ( You Might get an Error if you try to Execute the Command Using Normal User stating that Elevated User Rights are Required )

 

dism /online /enable-feature /featurename:NetFX3 /all /Source:drive Name :\sources\sxs /LimitAccess

The Drive Name should be the Name of the Drive where you Windows CD is :

After you execute the command :

DISM Execution

 

Now , ON the Ass Server Roles Window Click on Specify an Alternate Source Path and then Enter the same path there (drive Name :\sources\sxs )

 

Install the .NET Framework 3.5 and the issue is solved .

 

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A lot of People have been asking this question on how do we keep our Windows Image as Updated with Patches and not have to create it from the scratch every time around . Let us say that you have created a windows Image and deployed it on some users machine . After two months you have to deploy the OS image again .As apparent , the image is not an updated image with latest patches .In this case you can :

 

1. Recreate the Image from the Scratch with Latest Patches and apply it.

2. Update Image using SCCM Schedule Updates Utility.

3. Using DCIM.

4. Using MDT

 

1. Recreate the Image : In this method you recreate the Image and then capture a reference computer with Latest Patches and then Import it into SCCM. Though simple , the process is time consuming and prone to Issues if Image is not captured properly.

2.Update Image Using Schedule Updates Utility : This will be Wizard Based Process and is applicable to CBS( component Based Servicing) updates and for the following operating systems:

Microsoft Windows Vista SP2 and later Microsoft Windows Server 2008 SP2 and laterMicrosoft Windows 7 SP1 and later Microsoft Windows 2008 R2 SP1 and later.

To use it you have to go to OS Images > Click schedule Updates and follow the Action Items . Note : Updates have to be Synchronized into SCCM.

 

3. Third is Using DCIM . The process is to Copy Image in Temp Folder .Mount Patches into Image and then Reimport Image in SCCM.

4. Fourth Option is to use MDT

 

 


Hello All !!

Today we will discuss about Deploying Windows 8 Using SCCM . Before we start with Lab We must know the requirements/Steps  for this Lab . I have listed them as below :

1. We should have Windows Deployment Service Installed and Configured .

2. Distribution Points in SCCM Must be PXE Configured and Enabled .

3. Boot Images Should be Enabled for Command Line Support and Other Support .

4. Boundary Should be Configured if you want Unknown Computers to be Recognized .

5. Network Access Account Should be Configured 

6. Task Sequence to Capture a Reference Computer

7. Import Operating System.

8. Deploy OS Image 

Step :1 

Install WDS : To Install WDS Using Server manager , Open Server Manager Go to Roles and then Add new Role . Rest Screen Shots below will make things more  Clear :

Deploying Windows 8 Using SCCM Step by Step 1

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After WDS has been Installed , its time to Configure it : Here it goes :

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Once WDS has been Configures , it’s time to Move onto Distribution Points .

Step : 2    Distribution Points in SCCM Must be PXE Configured and Enabled .

To Enable Distribution Point to Support OSd we need to Enable PXE in Distribution Point . Following Screen Shots will make it more clear :

 Distribution Points in SCCM Must be PXE Configured and Enabled 16

Click yes when you are prompted to :

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 Distribution Points in SCCM Must be PXE Configured and Enabled 18

 

Step : 3 Boot Images Should be Enabled for Command Line Support and Other Support

In the below Screen Shots you will see how to Enable Command Line Support for Boot Images .

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OSD Windows 8 Using SCCM 20

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4. Boundary Should be Configured if you want Unknown Computers to be Recognized .

 

Make sure that the Unknown Clients that you are going to do OSD on , are a part of IP range Defined  in Boundary group.

 

5.Network Access Account Should be Configured 

 

To Configure the Network Access Account Create a AD Account and then Bind that Account in SCCM Using Below Steps :

Deploying Windows 8 Using SCCM

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6. Task Sequence to Capture a Reference Computer

Now that you have completed these steps , we need to Import an Image in SCCM . I am skipping this step in this Post . I already Have a WIM on my Server . But we will surely talk about this in future .

 

7. Import Operating System and Distribute on DP:

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8 : Create Task Sequence and Deploy it / Edit it and Deploy It :

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Now , Deploy the Task Sequence :\

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Once you have Completed all these Steps , Go to the Windows Bare Metal System , Start it and Below are the Screen Shots which we get :

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There you GO !! 🙂

 

SCCM Training


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In this post we will talk about a new feature in SCCM which helps us in a way that users can request for a software from the user website in SCCM.

To do the Lab we will have to do the following :

1. Create Roles : Application Catalog Web Service Point and Application Catalog Website 

2. Create an Application

3. Deploy the Application in a way that is can be requested from sccm but with an approval.

 

Step 1 : Create Role : below are the screen shots :

Add Role SCCM 1

 

click Add role :

Add Role SCCM 2

 

Click Next :

Add Role SCCM 3

 

Select first two roles and then Click next

Add Role SCCM 4

 

Click Next

Add Role SCCM 5

 

click Next

Add Role SCCM 6

 

Give Name and then Click next

Add Role SCCM 7

 

Completed Step 1

 

Create Application :

Below Are Screen shots :

Create Application SCCM 1

 

Click Create Application

Create Application SCCM 2

 

Give Location of File:

Click next

Create Application SCCM 3

 

Click Next , Next , Next

Create Application SCCM 4

 

 

Completed step 2

 

Step 3 : Create Deployment for Application

Deploying Application SCCM 1

 

Click Next :

Deploying Application SCCM 2

 

Select distribution Point and click Next

Deploying Application SCCM 3

 

Do not Forget to Check the check box .unless this is checked approval will not come to sccm admin

Deploying Application SCCM 4

 

click next

Deploying Application SCCM 5

 

Now Step 3 is also complete :

Now We need to goto client machine enter the URL : http:/<ServerName>cmapplicationcatalog ( Unless this has been changed ).

request Software 1

 

See the software in the list , click on request

request Software 2

 

submit the request

request Software 3

 

request has been submitted

Now this request will appear in SCCM server and then approve it

request Software 4

 

Go to client machine and the software will get installed

request Software 5

 

 

 

SCCM Training Content


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Module 1: Overview of System Center 2012 Configuration Manager

  • Introduction to System Center 2012 Configuration Manager
  • Overview of System Center 2012 Configuration Manager Architecture
  • Overview of the Configuration Manager Console
  • Tools for Monitoring and Troubleshooting a Configuration Manager Site

Lab : Exploring the Configuration Manager Console

  • Exploring the Configuration Manager Console
  • Searching in the Configuration Manager Console

Lab : Monitoring and Troubleshooting a Configuration Manager Site

  • Configuring Status Summarizers
  • Managing Components by Using Configuration Manager Service Manager
  • Monitoring Site and Component Status
  • Reviewing Log Files by Using Configuration Manager Trace Log Tool

Module 2: Discovering and Organizing Resources

  • Configuring Resource Discovery
  • Configuring Boundaries and Boundary Groups
  • Configuring User and Device Collections
  • Configuring Role-Based Administration

Lab : Configuring Resource Discovery and Boundaries

  • Configuring Active Directory Discovery Methods
  • Configuring Boundaries and Boundary Groups

Lab : Configuring User and Device Collections

  • Creating a Device Collection
  • Creating a User Collection
  • Configuring a Maintenance Window

Lab : Configuring Role-Based Administration

  • Configuring a New Scope for Toronto Administrators
  • Configuring a New Administrative User

Module 3: Managing the Configuration Manager Client

  • Overview of the Configuration Manager Client
  • Deploying the Configuration Manager Client
  • Managing Client Agents
  • Configuring and Monitoring Client Status

Lab : Deploying the Configuration Manager Client

  • Preparing the Site for Client Installation
  • Deploying the Configuration Manager Client by Using Client Push Installation
  • Deploying the Configuration Manager Client by Using Group Policy (Optional)

Lab : Managing Client Settings

  • Configuring Client Settings

Lab : Configuring and Monitoring Client Status

  • Configuring and Monitoring Client Communication and Health Status

Module 4: Managing Inventory and Software Metering

  • Overview of Inventory Collection
  • Configuring Hardware Inventory
  • Configuring Software Inventory
  • Managing Inventory Collection
  • Configuring Asset Intelligence
  • Configuring Software Metering

Lab : Configuring and Managing Inventory Collection

  • Configuring Hardware Inventory
  • Configuring Software Inventory

Lab : Configuring and Managing Asset Intelligence

  • Preparing the Site for Asset Intelligence
  • Configuring Asset Intelligence
  • Customizing Asset Intelligence
  • Viewing Asset Intelligence Reports

Lab : Configuring Software Metering

  • Configuring Software Metering

Module 5: Querying and Reporting Data

  • Introduction to Queries
  • Managing Queries
  • Configuring SQL Server Reporting Services

Lab : Creating and Running Queries

  • Creating Data Queries
  • Creating Subselect Queries
  • Creating Status Message Queries

Lab : Configuring Reporting

  • Configuring a Reporting Services Point

Module 6: Managing Software Deployments by Using Packages and Programs

  • Configuring Software Distribution
  • Configuring Packages and Programs
  • Distributing Content to Distribution Points
  • Deploying Programs to Configuration Manager Clients

Lab : Managing Software Deployment by Using Packages and Programs

  • Preparing the Infrastructure for Software Deployment
  • Creating a Package and Configuring Programs
  • Distributing Content to a Distribution Point
  • Deploying a Program to Configuration Manager Clients

Module 7: Creating and Deploying Applications

  • Overview of Application Management
  • Creating Applications
  • Deploying Applications
  • Configuring the Application Catalog

Lab : Creating and Deploying an Application

  • Creating and Deploying a Required Application
  • Creating and Deploying an Available Application

Lab : Deploying Applications from the Application Catalog

  • Installing and Configuring the Application Catalog
  • Creating and Deploying Applications to the Application Catalog
  • Installing Applications from the Application Catalog

Module 8: Managing Application Deployment

  • Configuring Requirements and Dependencies for Deployment Types
  • Configuring Multiple Deployment Types and User Device Affinity
  • Managing Applications

Lab : Advanced Application Deployment

  • Configuring User Device Affinity
  • Creating Applications with Requirements
  • Deploying Required Applications to Users
  • Creating an Application with Multiple Deployment Types

Lab : Managing Application Supersedence and Removal

  • Using Application Supersedence
  • Uninstalling the Excel Viewer Application

Module 9: Deploying and Managing Software Updates

  • Overview of Software Updates
  • Preparing the Configuration Manager Site for Software Updates
  • Managing Software Updates
  • Configuring Automatic Deployment Rules
  • Monitoring and Troubleshooting Software Updates

Lab : Configuring the Site for Software Updates

  • Configuring and Synchronizing the Software Update Point

Lab : Deploying and Managing Software Updates

  • Determining Software Update Compliance
  • Deploying Software Updates to Clients
  • Configuring Automatic Deployment Rules

Module 10: Implementing Endpoint Protection in Configuration Manager 2012

  • Overview of Endpoint Protection in Configuration Manager
  • Configuring and Monitoring Endpoint Protection Policies

Lab : Implementing Endpoint Protection

  • Configuring the Endpoint Protection Point and Client Settings
  • Configuring and Deploying Endpoint Protection Policies
  • Monitoring Endpoint Protection

Module 11: Managing Operating System Deployment

  • Overview of Operating System Deployment
  • Preparing the Site for Operating System Deployment
  • Capturing an Operating System Image
  • Deploying an Operating System

Lab : Preparing the Environment for Operating System Deployment

  • Managing Site System Roles Used to Support Operating System Deployment
  • Managing Packages to Support Operating System Deployment

Lab : Building and Capturing a Reference Image

  • Creating a Build and Capture Task Sequence
  • Capturing the Reference Computer

Lab : Performing an In-Place Upgrade

  • Preparing the Operating System Image
  • Creating a Task Sequence to Deploy an Image
  • Deploying an Image

Module 12: Managing Compliance Settings

  • Overview of Compliance Settings
  • Configuring Compliance Settings
  • Viewing Compliance Results

Lab : Managing Compliance Settings

  • Managing Configuration Items and Baselines
  • Viewing Compliance Settings Reports
  • Configuring Remediation in Compliance Settings
  • Using Compliance Information to Create Collections

Module 13: Managing Mobile Devices

  • Configuring Mobile Device Management
  • Depth Management of Mobile Devices
  • Deploying Applications to Mobile Devices

Lab : Managing Mobile Devices

  • Preparing the Infrastructure for Mobile Device Management
  • Enrolling a Mobile Device
  • Managing Compliance Settings for a Mobile Device
  • Deploying an Application to a Mobile Device

Module 14: Configuring Wake On LAN, Power Management, and Remote Control

  • Configuring Wake On LAN
  • Overview of Out of Band Management
  • Configuring Power Management Settings
  • Configuring Remote Control

Lab : Configuring Power Management Settings

  • Applying a Power Management Plan

Lab : Configuring Remote Control

  • Configuring the Remote Tools Client Settings and Permissions
  • Managing Desktops by Using Remote Control

 


It has been a while since I had written a blog post . Well , in this post we will talk about Role Based access control in SCCM which is a very handy feature .

Before we start with the lab , we should know what exactly in RBAC in SCCM . By using RBAc feature we can give specific access level to a user or a group. Let us say that we want a group of users to have access to reports only and he should not be able to do anything else / modify anything in SCCM , then we will use RBAC to create such access .

 

In this example , we will create a group and then add a user to it . then we will create a new access in SCCM who will not have access to even read Migration Jobs in SCCM .

Step 1 : Create a Active Directory Group :

 

I created a Group in \Active Directory and named it as Abheek Demo . After you have created the group , add a member to it .

SCCM Group

 

Add member to this group :

Add User

 

Now that we have created a group in Active Directory , added a user to it , let us move to SCCM Server :

Go to Administration and then Security Roles:

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Now to create a new Access role in SCCM right click on any of the access roles and then click copy role

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In the Permissions , set the following :

Migration

 

Now , Go to Administrative users and then create / Add new user or group and fill in the credentials . 

SCCM RBAC

 

Now Add the Ad group and the role that we have created in the above post and then click ok.

 

Now log into the SCCM Using the user who is a part of that Group .

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See the below figure , you cannot see the Migration jobs here :

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Now login as admin and you can see the Migration Jobs :

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System Center Service Manager uses the concept of CMS – Comfiguration Manager System . It is not like the CMDB concept and uses the concept of CMS where it takes data from various DB’s and merges them into one single entity :

 

SCSM


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SCCM Discovery Methods


While I was writing for one of the presentations , thought of sharing  this with you .

SCCM Discovery Methods :

•Forest Discovery
•System Discovery
•User Discovery
•Group Discovery
•Network Discovery
•Heartbeat Discovery
Takeaway : Heartbeat Discovery method is enabled by default in SCCM . Rest All Other are Disabled .
•Forest Discovery
•This Discovery Method is Used to Discover Forests in SCCM . This Method was Not available in SCCM 2007 .
•Forest Discovery can be used to Discover all the forests with in the Organization’s Environment .
•As a result of Forest Discovery , a Single Primary Site can be used to Manage Multiple Sites .
•Log File to Trace Issues Related to SCCM Forest Discovery :
ADForestDisc.log
Forest Discovery
•System Discovery
•In order to get System Data from Active Directory to SCCM , System Discovery Method has to be enabled . Once enabled system data from Active Directory to SCCM Starts to flow .
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•System Discovery is disabled by Default for a Fresh SCCM Installation .
•Log file to Trace Issues related to System Discovery : adsysdis.log
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•SCCM User Discovery and System Discovery.
•Both the Discovery Methods are Disable by Default .
•Log Files to trace issues related to User and Group Discovery are :
•Adusrdis and adsgdis Respectively .
•Heart Beat Discovery
•This is the only Discovery Method that is Enabled by default when we Install SCCM Afresh .
•The Purpose of Heart Beat Discovery is to make Modifications to Already Identified Objects .
•Heart Beat Discovery modifies DDR’s
•A DDR is a data Discovery Record .

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