Henrik Hoe

About Henrik Hoe

ConfigMgr specialist that started many years ago with SMS 2003 and been with the product/concept ever since. (Fanatical some would say - i can only agree) Experienced with large customer environments and architecture.MCPMCTS: ConfigMgr 2012MCSA: Windows Server 2012MCT

How to create Mac OS X OSD resources with Parallels for ConfigMgr

For those already using Parallels Mac Management for SCCM here’s a little guide for creating the boot image and netrestore image. Boot Image Build and start a clean Mac with latest OS X version. Login with the admin user and create the following folders in Documents: Boot SSHKeys Open the Terminal application. Navigate to the SSHKeys folder. Example: “cd /Users/%accountname%/Documents/SSHKeys/” Run the following command: [crayon-59eb79b9de926213780805/] When asked about filename just enter id_rsa. When asked about a passphrase just press enter for default selection which is blank. In the SSHKeys folder there should now be two files located: id_rsa id_rsa.pub In [...]

By | 2015-12-22T13:29:08+00:00 December 22nd, 2015|Configuration Manager (SCCM), OS Deployment|1 Comment

Managing Mac OS X devices with ConfigMgr and Parallels

Xmas is not far away now, but before we hit that one special holiday during the year I want to throw one more blog out into cyberspace. Managing those Mac OS X devices once and for all! ConfigMgr 2012 started out with a proposed solution to how we could start managing those silver things from the Apple company, it just wasnt quite as easy as we would like it to be. We needed all kinds of special little configs and tweaks to be made and on top of it we needed to bring in the PKI infrastructure with a transition [...]

By | 2015-12-22T13:03:39+00:00 December 22nd, 2015|Configuration Manager (SCCM), OS Deployment|0 Comments

When Power BI met the SCCM Community

SCCM Community meet Power BI – Power BI meet the SCCM Community… This blog post is the part 1 of 2 blog posts – and as you can see it’s all about introductions. Power BI is not a “new” thing, it’s been around for some time but is really just now starting to take off. (https://powerbi.microsoft.com/en-us/) So what is Power BI? It’s a new online service for us to get insight of our SCCM data, and for us to further display data internally or to others. Previous versions was a coop between Power BI and Office 365, but now we [...]

By | 2015-12-03T23:06:28+00:00 December 3rd, 2015|Configuration Manager (SCCM), Office 365|1 Comment

Wsyncmgr.log: The request failed with HTTP status 503

Kent have blogged about WSUS maintenance before – its important so that we don’t hit problems like the one I’m about to share with you, so make sure you do something about it – Link. “The request failed with HTTP status 503: Status Unavailable” in this case the source is a stored procedure running (Microsoft.UpdateServices.Internal.ApiRemoting.ExecuteSPGetUpdatesThatSupersedeUpdate). The wsyncmgr.log snippet above is an example of the WSUS sync failing because the IIS Application Pool had stopped. The reason for it stopping is that the amount of private memory allowed to the application pool had hit the roof, and when that happens the [...]

By | 2015-03-31T07:57:21+00:00 March 31st, 2015|Configuration Manager (SCCM)|0 Comments

Troubleshooting Workgroup Clients with PKI not talking with MP

I had a ConfigMgr 2012 R2 case going on for a while with Workgroup clients in a DMZ zone that wouldn’t communicate with the Management Point. A PKI infrastructure was in place and running, and the ConfigMgr Client was installing fine on these workgroup clients – but when the time came for the client to start talking with the Management Point i had numerous errors in LocationService.log and ClientIDManagerStartup.log and in a couple of other logs. Errors in the LocationServices.log >> Failed to send request to /ccm_system_AltAuth/request at host MPServerFQDN, error 0x2f8f >> Error sending HEAD request. HTTP code 600, [...]

By | 2014-08-21T14:32:47+00:00 August 21st, 2014|Configuration Manager (SCCM)|1 Comment

Create ConfigMgr 2012 R2 Collections with Powershell

I know we have migrations tools and other built-in options when we want to build a new ConfigMgr environment. But Microsoft have given us Powershell, and there are some really cool cmdlets that we can utilize. I’ve had a couple of examples lately where i had to create 100+ collections from scratch – or basicly from just a list of applications… And instead of doing that by hand i would much rather do it with Powershell, and save my poor fingers alot of clicking and typing. Microsoft have a Technet site where all ConfigMgr 2012 R2 cmdlets are listed and [...]

By | 2014-02-18T14:07:36+00:00 February 18th, 2014|Configuration Manager (SCCM), Powershell|2 Comments

Configuration Items and Baselines, Using Scripts (Powershell Example)

In the previous blog post i used file and registry settings for my Configuration Item. Another way to define your Configuration Item setting are scripts. And in CM2012 we have 3 scripting options: JScript PowerShell VBScript (The same goes for the use of scripts in Detection Methods when we create Application Deployment Types.)   Since the new colour fashion in scripting today is blue, i guess the popular choice would be PowerShell. On a serious note – PowerShell is now everywhere, just ask my buddy Kaido Järvemets. And in this example i will be checking for a setting on the [...]

Configuration Items and Baselines, Example: SCEP Client Compliance

This example will show you a way to get compliance data from your clients regarding the System Center Endpoint Protection 2012 Client. Now, I'm aware that we through CM2012 reports and console views already have good tools to monitor the client states in regard to SCEP - but lets say you have another antimalware product and would like some compliance info from the clients inserted into CM2012 that you then can use to create reports etc. The principals are the same. First of all you will need to create configuration Items in the CM2012 Console - these items will hold [...]

By | 2013-10-09T10:08:27+00:00 October 9th, 2013|Configuration Manager (SCCM), General info, Security|0 Comments

KB2828233 Update for System Center 2012 Endpoint Protection

Ok so this SCEP Update has been released some time ago, but i have seen and heard some confusion on how to get this Update installed properly into the ConfigMgr environments. http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2828233 The KB2828233 update itself is a server update and you need to install it on your Primary Site servers as you do with the SP’s, CU’s and other Hotfixes. What it will do on the server is that it will: Install itself as an Update to Endpoint Protection to the local EP Client on the server. Create a Server Update Package in ConfigMgr in the Packages folder “Configuration [...]

By | 2013-06-12T16:59:26+00:00 June 12th, 2013|Configuration Manager (SCCM), Security|4 Comments

State of the Empire: How to use E-mail Notifications in ConfigMgr 2012 SP1

In the old days you found out something was wrong when phones started to ring and senior management was at you "doorstep" with an angry look. In Configuration Manager 2012 SP1 we have many ways of being proactive with the state of our environment and the state of our precious clients. In this blog post ill cover: Client Status alerts (Check, Remediation & Activity) Endpoint Protection alerts (Malware detection & outbreak) Site Server status alerts (Site backup, Software Update sync, Database free space & replication) Reports Note: E-mail Notification component has to be configured in the Configuration Manager environment. Client [...]

Configure E-mail Notification component in ConfigMgr 2012 SP1

In order to send Alert notifications or Reports via E-mail we need to make some configurations in the Console and in SQL Reporting Services Configuration Manager. In the Administration section select the Site Configuration folder and click Sites. In the Ribbon click Configure Site Components and select E-mail Notification. Enter the details for the SMTP connection, and test that it works. Click Ok, and you are done in the Configuration Manager Console. Onwards to glory! Almost… Open SQL Reporting Services Configuration Manager. Click E-mail Settings and enter the SMTP details in here. Click Ok, and you are done in the [...]

WSUS 6.x Admin Console Post-deployment Configuration fails on Windows Server 2012

When you want to just install an Admin Console instance of WSUS on the new Windows Server 2012, it has shown to be a little troublesome at times. In the old WSUS 3.0 days it was easier because it was an executable you installed, and in the installation you was asked to choose whether you wanted a Admin Console installation or a Full WSUS Server installation. Now on Windows Server 2012 its a role with some features you either check or uncheck. This WSUS role services setup will install just the Admin Console, if you want a Full WSUS server [...]

By | 2013-02-11T13:19:03+00:00 February 11th, 2013|Configuration Manager (SCCM), Windows Server|5 Comments

SCCM 2012 SP1 – Now cleaning up Update Packages & Folders

This just made my day – i simply could not wait to get this out in a blogpost! Those of you that spend time managing Sofware Updates via ConfigMgr will be happy to know that Microsoft went ahead and made a maintenence task/routine for cleaning up packages and folders with expired updates. Previously you would have to run some executable script that would go in and do the cleanup for you, and could at times give you some trouble – well its a custom made script made by someone, so who knows what might happen. Plus it would require you [...]

By | 2013-01-15T11:28:22+00:00 January 15th, 2013|Configuration Manager (SCCM)|9 Comments

New Agents will not re-assign to ConfigMgr 2012 Site

Many are waiting for ConfigMgr 2012 SP1 before they actually go from ConfigMgr 2007 to ConfigMgr 2012. If you for some reason have a Group Policy that assigns clients to a specified Site code you will hit a barrier migrating your clients with the new Agent. The installation itself will go fine but it stops there. The Group Policy tattoo’s the Assigned Site Code locally on the machines that are hit by the policy. [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\SMS\Mobile Client] "GPRequestedSiteAssignmentCode"="PS1" What you can do from here is either change the Site Code in the same, or a new Group Policy hitting the migrated [...]

By | 2012-12-11T14:23:06+00:00 December 11th, 2012|Configuration Manager (SCCM)|4 Comments

Child domain objects are not Discovered in SCCM

In most cases people have configured their User, System or Group discovery correctly by adding an LDAP path that SCCM will start discovering from. Could be an OU [LDAP://OU=Computers,DC=Domain,DC=Local] or even the domain root [LDAP://DC=Domain,DC=Local]. “But, but! We are missing several objects and they seem to be residing on one or more of the child domains!” Fear not! SCCM have logs, and logs will always help us when we are in dire need of guidance.. Browse through: adsgdis.log (Group Discovery) adsysdis.log (System Discovery) adusrdis.log (User Discovery) Somewhere in these logs you will find what might be the culprit causing problems. [...]

By | 2012-10-12T15:27:22+00:00 October 12th, 2012|Configuration Manager (SCCM)|2 Comments