Episode 02: Jason Sandys

Welcome to the second episode of Community Tools Rule! In this episode, we talk with Enterprise Mobility MVP Jason Sandys. Jason Sandys is the author of the popular tools Client Startup Script and UI++. You can reach him at: Twitter                                                @JasonSandys Blog                                     … Continue reading

PowerShell Tip: Add Parameters to Registry for Easy Access

I tend to work on large PowerShell scripts that accept parameters. In the past I’ve always defined these parameters in the script while I test, and then I have to go back and remove them when I blog about the script here. I decided I’d figure out an easier way to do this! I’m already using my ISE addon to run scripts in a new PowerShell session, so I decided to edit that to add parameter support! First off, I … Continue reading

Building a SCCM Lab with 1606

One of the things I do pretty often is rebuild my lab. I do this with a series of scripts I posted to GitHub called the EphingLab. I decided to post about my SCCM 1511 install script that not only installs SCCM, but also updates it to the latest version (1606 currently). If you’d just like to get the script and try it out yourselves, the link to SCCM script is here. I’m not going to cover the entire script … Continue reading

How to use PowerShell to start ConfigMgr updates in current branch

I’m one of those people who rebuilds their test lab often. I like to tinker with WMI and all sorts of other things, so I rebuild to wipe all my configuration changes and start fresh. Current Branch has put a wrinkle in this because I could never start the updates automatically with my build script. Well, I’ve figured out how to start the SCCM updates with a script!

The above code will start the KB3174008 update: You can now … Continue reading

Azure Automation Week Concludes! Let’s put it all together!

Whew, this week flew by! We learned how to set up Azure Automation, how to run a runbook with the REST API, how to do a more advanced offline domain join, and how to get input from the SCSM portal. Today, we are going to put all that we learned into a task sequence! First off, we just need a task sequence that installs Windows 10 Enterprise. I used the default task sequence but am joining the computer to a … Continue reading

Azure Automation Week–Get Input from the SCSM Portal

Most of the time when we are imaging computers, there is a reason for it. This reason will be tracked in some form of ticketing system, so why are we asking questions in the task sequence? We have all the answers already! In this post, I’m going to show you how to get the answers to portal questions in SCSM, and then return those as JSON! In order to do this, there are some hurdles we must overcome. They are: … Continue reading

Azure Automation Week: Advanced Offline Domain Join With Azure Automation!

Azure automation week continues! Today we are going to look at joining computers to a domain through Azure Automation. I always liked the idea of offline domain join, but never really used it since I don’t prestage computers. I then got the idea, what if I could join a computer to the domain from offsite without having to prestage it first? To do this, we will need to set some things up! First off, if you want the domain joined … Continue reading

Azure Automation Week: Run a Runbook Without the Cmdlets!

Now that I have an Azure Automation account, and a user with the correct permissions, I have the ability to run Azure Automation runbooks without relying on the cmdlets or webhooks. I don’t want to have to rely on cmdlets in WinPE, and I also don’t want to have to rely on webhooks because you cannot get the results back from them. Before I can start, I need a runbook to test! So, let’s fire up portal.azure.com and select our … Continue reading

Azure Automation Week!

This week is Azure Automation week here at EphingAdmin! This week you will find new posts every day on cool things you can do with Azure Automation, SCSM, and SCCM. On Friday, you’ll see everything come together in a dynamic offline SCCM OSD task sequence! Today, we will go over the setup. We will need an Azure AD Subscription, Azure AD Service Account, OMS Account, and an Azure Automation account. Don’t worry, all of this is free and easy to … Continue reading

Service Manager: Install Second Management Server with SQL 2014

I’ve been working with Service Manager the past few months and have run into some weird stuff, but this past problem is the worst so far. If you look at the documentation, SQL 2014 is supported for SCSM 2012 R2 in all scenarios except: SQL Server 2014 is only supported as a database server for installations of Data Protection Manager (DPM), and Service Manager with Update Rollup 6 applied I’m running 2012 R2 UR9, so I’m good right? Everything was … Continue reading