ConfigurePXE blocks contentdistribution after SCCM 2012 R2 SP1 upgrade

Just finished another SCCM 2012 R2 SP1 upgrade, this time with a very “interesting” outcome. The site was a single primary site with close to 100 distribution points. The upgrade process went somehow smooth, primary site server was upgraded without any issues, except the management points had to restart before the SMS bootstrap service would […]

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Coretech Distribution Point Utilization Monitor

Ever wanted to see how much content is being downloaded by each ConfigMgr. client and from where? Then look no further, the Coretech Distribution Point utilization monitor will give you the answers. The tool has a server portion with a database and a client that you install on all distribution points. Once a day the […]

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Working with database replicas on your Management Point

Wonder why you should consider database replicas on your Management Points? The answers are in this webcast from Brian Mason (fellow Configuration Manager MVP from Minnesota.) The keywords are fault tolerance and performance and who do not want that as part of their Configuration Manager infrastructure. Download the MP replica step-by-step guide Huge thanks to […]

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ConfigMgr Cloud Distribution Points

One of the new features in ConfigMgr SP1 is Cloud based distribution points. ConfigMgr SP1 clients can use the CDP as a fallback solution when the requested content is not available at an on-premise distribution point (the new term for the “old fashion DP”). It is not a replacement for Internet Based Client Management. The […]

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Multi forest support in ConfigMgr 2012 Part II–There can be only one Network Access Account……or……

In part one I explained how you can get support for clients that are installed in an untrusted forest. In this post I’ll explain a slightly different scenario with two untrusted forest and local site systems installed in the untrusted forest. There is full support for installing user facing site system roles like a Management […]

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System Center 2012 Configuration Manager SQL recommendations

  I have two SQL related question that comes up in all of my ConfigMgr 2012 projects. Those are: · Where are we going to install the SQL server? · How are we going to configure SQL? Where are we going to install the SQL server Answering the first question often ends in a political […]

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Installing a secondary site in System Center 2012 Configuration Manager

  Reasons for installing a secondary site server in ConfigMgr 2012 have been somewhat limited to very few scenarios. I recommend installing secondary sites when you have: More than 500 clients in a remote location Need a local Management Point Need a local Software Update Point Need a local State Migration Point Run the Prerequisites […]

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Downloading Configuration Manager 2012 prerequisites

If you like I have a demo environment with no Internet connection then you are also required to download the Configuration Manager 2012 prerequisites file prior to starting the installation.   Open a command prompt with administrative permissions Navigate to .\Configuration Manager 2012 Install source\smssetup\bin\X64 Run SetupDL.exe target dir (in my example SetupDL.exe D:\CM2012DL The […]

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Installing a Secondary site with non-standard SQL port

Configuration Manager will by default utilize the standard SQL ports when accessing the database. If you have configured the SQL server to use a non-standard port you will need to configure a SQL failure to do so will result in a non-working Management Point and WDS. The error: In the MPcontrol.log file you will see […]

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WDS Service stopping after system restart

I had a problem with my PSP (PXE Service Point) on a Windows 2008 R2 box. Every time I restarted the server the service wouldn’t start (Which is not good). The error only happens when I add the PXE Service Point role in the Configuration Manager console, without the role my WDS service is starting […]

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