Deploy Nano Server with a SCCM Task Sequence

One of the cool features that came with Server 2016 is Nano Server. This is a completely stripped down version of Server 2016 that has no UI components and is designed for speed, agility, and lower resource consumption. I decided to try and see if I could deploy this with SCCM. In my investigation, I found out Nano server does not support the SCCM client, so we can not push updates or manage it. So, I’m stuck and can’t continue … 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

The Automatic Packager!

One of the highlights of MMS for me was the hackathon. It wasn’t just because I won a Surface, but also because we got to see our ideas come to life in 3 days! One of the ideas that wasn’t coded was to automatically create packages from folders. This was a great idea, but neither the Microsoft Product Team or Coretech decided to take it on. I decided to take it on with my new Surface, and was able to … Continue reading

Find Devices With No Boundary

Ever wonder if all of your devices are in a boundary? Six months ago I wrote a script to help solve this problem. I told no one about it and forgot about it until someone on the mailing list mentioned that they made a SQL query to do something similar. Not to be outdone, I decided to share my script with the world! This script is pretty simple to run. It only needs the parameters SiteServer and SiteCode. You can … Continue reading

A ConfigMgr Admin’s Guide to WOL Magic Packet: Part Three

If you follow Part One and Part Two of this guide, you should have a very high success rate with WOL in your environment. If you don’t, this guide will go through a number of gotchas and troubleshooting steps you can follow to get a better success rate. Create a test package I suggest making a collection with your computers that refuse to wake up and a test package to deploy to this collection. For the test package, I suggest … Continue reading

Powershell Right Click Tools – Beta 1.5 available

Beta 1.5 is released!  I made sure all the old tools work, so the only beta parts are the new tools. This beta version includes: Revision History – Will show up on Applications Content Status – Will show up on Applications, Packages, Software Update Packages, Driver Packages, Boot Images, and OS Images User Devices – Will show up on Users Client Information – Will show up on Devices Some information in System Information was moved to Client Information (Execution history … Continue reading

CM2012 – Redistribute content with errors

Here’s a quick script that will redistribute all content that has errors to the DPs it errored out on.

Just run this, and in a few minutes you’ll see your content start to redistribute on the DPs it errored on.

Right Click Tool Preview – Revision History & Content Status

All of the old right click tools are more geared towards managing computers. I wanted to expand this next set, so you’ll be finding tools all over the place. I’m showing off two new tools that will pop up when you right click on Applications… Revision History While the standard Revision History tool works well, it is hard to see what changed between two revisions. I came up with a revision history tool that gives you a list of revisions … Continue reading