Category: SCCM

SCCM 2012 PXE Optimization

This week I had to optimize the PXE boot time because it took nearly 2 minutes to load the WinPE file over the network. I found different blogs with solutions to do that in SCCM 2007. In this blog I will explain the most powerful settings in a SCCM 2012

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Run a command after a task sequence has completed

​With Service Pack 1 for SCCM 2012, Microsoft introduced a few new task sequence variables. The one in the spotlight for this post is: SMSTSPostAction. The SMSTSPostAction variable can be defined anywhere in the task sequence with a “Set Task Sequence Variable” step. Its value can be any command you

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SCCM 2012 Update to SP1 – TESTDBUPGRADE

Today I tried to update an SCCM 2012 environment to 2012 SP1 according to the manuals from Microsoft and the checklist from Jason Sandys. Then we got a lot of questions about the TESTDBUPGRADE Step, because we had no test environment and have to run it in the production on

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Driver Management: How to detect Hardware Model for Drivers

In the past, we detected the hardware type of a computer with WMI queries in a Task Sequence step. When you deploy multiple Operating Systems or Task Sequences, you have to manage the WMI Query on many locations. Andreas Kuperschmied and Roman Andres have created an abstraction layer for this

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Best Practice: File and Folder Structure for SCCM 2012

In most SCCM 2012 projects, the engineers try to define a folder structure during the concept phase. At the end of the project or already during the implementation they find out, that they have forgotten some cases. Therefore we created a folder structure concept which is tested an already in

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SCCM 2012 SP1 – New Features – Boot Images

In my last projects I could replace many of my old VBS and CMD scripts with new PowerShell version. So PowerShell is now my primary scripting language. The only scripts which I couldn’t migrate where the one which I run during the WinPE phase. It was very hard to integrate

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Report Builder is “not” installed

If you are using SCCM 2012 with SQL Server 2008 R2 Reporting Services you will run into a problem when you would like to create your own reports. The following Error Message will be displayed: “Report Builder 2.0  is not installed as a click-once application on report server” SQL 2008

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Automatically merge conflicting records

Reinstalling a computer can cause Configuration Manager 2007/2012 to create a new computer object for this computer and setting the existing computer object to obsolete. To prevent Configuration Manager from automatically creating new computer objects and instead merging the new record with the existing object you have to implement a

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