Monthly Archives: November 2014

SCCM 2012 R2 – Driver Packages (Specific driver packages to specific devices)

Players, When it comes to driver packages and deploying Windows to multiple hardware variants using the same task sequence, every man and his dog has a way of doing it. Some of us like to be precise and other don’t mind how this is configured as long as all the drivers are on the DP and they get onto machines one way or another … So, lets pretend that we want to be a little more specific with drivers and we don’t like “Auto Deploy” as we have taken the time to create individual driver packages for each hardware variant. Here is some guidance on how to deploy specific driver packages to specific devices via the task sequence. 1. We need to know what the model name is for the specific machine/s first. So open command prompt (or PowerShell if you want to look cool) and type WMIC Computersystem GET Model you should get…

Downloading Google Chrome (MSI format)

Hi All, out there, there are many people that are deploying google chrome for their environment and until few months ago, you could download the MSI format from, however, this is not possible anymore. Even the link says MSI=True, when you download it download the ChromeSetup.exe. I noticed that there are many people complaining this with Google, but nothing has been done, so, i discovered a trick (and it is really simple) 1st, go to and copy the link from “click here to retry” you’ll get something like now, what you need to do is change the prefers%26installdataindex%3Ddefaultbrowser/update2/installers/ChromeSetup.exe for prefers/edgedl/chrome/install/GoogleChromeStandaloneEnterprise.msi so, your link will now look like now, download the MSI format and deploy it using SCCM 🙂

Hotfix extends client notification in System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager to MDM devices

Players, I had a bit of a panic induced call from a former client this morning because it took to long time to wipe a device from SCCM. Luckily there is a hotfix for this. He applied it and … as if my magic, the issue went away, we were unable to test this on Android devices, but his iOS and Windows 8.1 devices were all wiping a lot faster. Prerequisites To apply this hotfix, you must have CU3 for System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager installed. Restart information You do not have to restart the computer after you apply this hotfix. Hotfix can be found here Enjoy @Heinrich_Pelser

SCCM 2012 R2 – Visual Studio 2013

Hi All, have you ever tried to install Visual Studio 2013 with SCCM 2012 R2? Well, a client of mine tried and it failed. the error he was getting was to install the user running the installer to the group Performance Log users. as you can imagine, the user running the action is SYSTEM… i have tested it with VS2012 Update 2 and the installer worked fine, and back in the company, we downloaded the new version (Update 3) and it was failing. once i did another test with Update 3 at home, it failed. because this, we had to create a script using psexec to be able to install the VS, but what does this script do? Simple, it create a local user and add it on the local administration group. it execute the vs installer via psexec as the created user once the installer is done, it removes…

SCCM 2012 R2 SMSTS.LOG location

Players, I’m literately sitting in a meeting room, and the conversation is focused on OSD with SCCM 2012 R2 and some of the difficulties the deployment guys face when they are troubleshooting task sequences. They complained about the log file location (mainly the smsts.log) and how it keeps changing location. Truth is, it has to, because quite a few things happen during a task sequence, as Im sure you understand. So here are the locations of the smsts.log during a typical deployment … 1. It will start here x:\windows\temp\smstslog\smsts.log during a PXE boot and will stay here until the disk is formatted. 2. Once the drive has been formatted, it changes location to here x:\smstslog\smsts.log and c:\_SMSTaskSequence\Logs\Smstslog\smsts.log 3. Once you’re in Windows and the SCCM agent hasn’t been installed the log files are here c:\_SMSTaskSequence\Logs\Smstslog\smsts.log 4. Once you’re in windows and SCCM agent is installed, but the task sequence inst complete the log file can be…

ConfiMgr 2012 R2 Health Check toolkit – Beta 02

Summary we started developing it back in 2012 (with 1st version released in April 2013) to check the health of a SCCM 2007 environment and in October 2013 (about 1 year ago), we released the 1st version for 2012 environment. This tools has been created to check for problem/misconfiguration in the environment and, when possible, will provide you with some solutions for problems. And today, we’re proud to announce a new version of our ConfiMgr 2012 R2 Health Check toolkit, our beta 02 version. This version contains a series of bug fixes, performance improvements as well as new functionality as we can summarize bellow: Fixed hierarchy connection added debug mode to record log queries fixed some queries issues, where queries where returning more data or not return any data at all fixed bug when collecting Roles Installed fixed bug when collecting service status added information about issues found added possible…

Disable First Logon Animation in Windows 8.1 (SCCM 2012 & MDT) @Heinrich_Pelser

Players, I thought I’d share this simple little tip to disable that annoying “Hi” screen when you login for the first time after a fresh build. You know this screen …  I created a registry key to disable the animation when you first login and added it to my task sequence as a package. Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00 [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System] “EnableFirstLogonAnimation”=dword:00000000 The command line that I used was a follows … regedit.exe /S Disable_First_Run_Animation.reg And if you want to disable this via GPO – you can change these settings to disable the message once you’re on the domain: Computer Configuration\Administrative Templates\System\Logon\Show first sign-in animation Enjoy. H  

@Heinrich_Pelser Windows 10. Top 6.4 things you want to know.

Players, Windows 10. Excited? Well you should be. Or maybe you shouldn’t. I don’t know about you, but my entire body is numb with the constant barrage of “new and totally awesome this time round, we promise software” from Microsoft. Here is some stuff you might want to know. 1. Windows 10 for Business If it wasn’t for enterprise clients, Microsoft would be dead. So tailoring a new OS that will replace, well, Windows 7, is a must. The “vision” is that end users will have an intuitive and much more familiar desktop experience as things are taking a step back into the norm. There is also a promise that management of Windows 10 can be done with existing enterprise solutions such as System Center or InTune. The push is towards the cloud and we will see more and more releases from Microsoft that will introduce cloud bases management of enterprise kit and data….

@Heinrich_Pelser SCCM 2012 R2 – Supported Hardware checks in Task Sequence

Players, Deploying Windows has fed my kids and put a roof over my head for a few years so its safe to say that I take it seriously. Sometimes I like to automate things and try to find the simplest way of doing stuff where possible. I don’t cut corners however. Never. But recently I’ve found a few who do. A few engineers I worked with (for a client) were specifically instructed to only build HP machines. I stress again ONLY HP. The reasons were political, but they chose to ignore this as they had all the drivers for their laptops, they continued to use the single task sequence and build just about anything they had drivers for. Needless to say, the managers were pissed off and they wanted to simply remove the task sequence and instructed me to create another, ready for production in 2 hours … Simple you say?…