Category Archives: System Center 2012

When you attempt to enable a mobile device on a management point enabled for mobile devices in System Center 2012 Configuration Manager Service Pack 1, you may see the following error in the mpcontrol.log:
Call to HttpSendRequestSync failed for port 443 with status code 401, text: Unauthorized

This issue can occur if the .NET Framework 4 is installed on the server before IIS is enabled.

To resolve this issue follow the steps below: Continue reading

New hotfix: The Schedule Updates Wizard does not list content for Windows Server 2012 in ConfigMgr 2012 SP1

Symptoms
The Choose Updates page of the Schedule Updates Wizard does not list any available software updates for a Windows Server 2012 operating system image in Microsoft System Center 2012 Configuration Manager Service Pack 1. This problem occurs even after updates for Windows Server 2012 are explicitly downloaded. Continue reading

Two updates was released, one for Configuration Manager 2007 and one for Forefront Endpoint Protection 2010 both of them adds support for Windows 8 and Server 2012 as clients in Configuration Manager 2007 and Forefront Endpoint Protection 2010.
This is great news for customers which haven’t made the switch yet to Configuration Manager 2012 and Endpoint Protection 2012. Continue reading

Sometimes an OS deployment fails for different reasons, one thing that can be a problem is that users in some cases don’t see the error message saying that the installation failed and starts using the computer. Even if we use “SMSTSErrorDialogTimeout” to change the default 15 minutes error dialog to 22 hours, the installation can be initiated over a weekend for instance.
If the installation fails near the end of the Task Seqeunce it could only be one application missing an nobody notice it. Continue reading

In some scenarios in Configuration Manager 2012 you want your packages, OS images, boot image and driver packages, well everything you use in a task sequence to be available on the package share so that we can use the option to access the content directly during OS deployment.
This of course takes up more disk space but makes the OS deployment a little bit faster.

Here is the setting in question:
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I got a question today if you could script that setting, so after a little bit of WMI browsing I found the value that needs to changed, as I couldn’t find it in the SDK for Configuration Manager 2012, maybe I wasn’t looking hard enough. Continue reading

This book is a great book if you want to get started with Configuration Manager 2012! It is well written by experienced professionals (Brian Mason and Greg Ramsey both MVP’s) with tons of experience, with a focus on getting you started and explaining why you do the things you do.

Configuration Manager 2012 is a very complex product so it can be a real challenge the first time you start using it. I really like that each feature covered in the book is divided in “Getting ready”, “How to do it”, “How it Works”, it makes it much easier to get an understanding how it actually works.Administration-Cookbook_cov

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There are some interesting reading in the supported configurations for WSUS in Server 2012 which is useful to know when you design your Configuration Manager 2012 environment with a Software Update role. I normally use the same SQL for WSUS as I use for Configuration Manager 2012 in many designs at customers. However there are some interesting reading on Technet about supported databases.

Right now Microsoft SQL Server 2012 is not supported so keep that in mind when upgrading your SQL or designing your Configuration Manager 2012 SP1 environment. Continue reading

Different scripts before to install all the prereqs needed for Configuration Manager in different versions. There are great hydration kits out there which can be used to install a Configuration Manager 2012 environment, but if you only want to install all pre-reqs needed by System Center 2012 Configuration Manager SP1 on Windows Server 2012 then you can use this Powershell script.
Note that you need to supply a path to the binaries for .NET Framework 3.5 which is located in the Server 2012 installation media under \sources\sxs\ Continue reading

In some scenarios you need to install the SCCM client using another Software Distribution tool than Configuration Manager, yes I know it sounds strange ;-)

If you have tried this you know that the Ccmsetup.exe installs a service and the exits in the user context so that control is returned to the vbscript, cmd file or whatever method you use to run Ccmsetup.

There are two ways of solving this:

1. Run Ccmsetup.exe with the /noservice switch then ccmsetup runs the setup in the user with which you triggered the installation and not using  a service in System context. Continue reading

The Server Locator Point is no more a separate site system role in SCCM 2012. It’s functionality is merged into the Management Point.
To install CM12 client on workgroup machines:
1. Make sure your Management Point is published on DNS or WINS
2. Make sure Management Point FQDN can be resolved from the client machine
3. For the client installation on Workgroup machines use the CCMSetup.exe with local Administrator previledge Continue reading

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