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raphael Raphael Perez is a Enterprise Client Management MVP based in UK, he specialises in System Center Configuration Manager (including OS Deployment) and other System Center products (Operations Manager, Service Manager, etc.). He is a Community leader attending the physical and virtual meetings and engaging with the community across forums, twitter, LinkedIn and his blog. He is RFL Systems‘ owner, a System Center specialized consultancy and training services within the United Kingdom.

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PowerShell – How to name Functions

Hi All, In development world, we normally re-use code. More experienced developers, re-use more code than developers that are starting. It is not just PowerShell, this is also used when coding on any language but with PowerShell, you have the option to create a function within your script or inside modules, but the problem is always the same, how to name these functions. Before writing a function, you need to know what the function will do and what is the expected return of the function. So lets look at an example: I discovered in a code, that I use, lots of time, writing text to a file. if the file does not exist, it will be created and if it does exist, i’ll append text. as you can imagine, the function could be called SaveToFile, AppendToFile, WriteToFile, etc. instead of something like MyFunction. You may be thinking, who would write…

SCCM Administration Free E-book

Hi All, in the past few months, I have dedicated to update a manual that I have been using on my SCCM courses. This manual is now a free e-book and focus on the step-by-step of the basics administration of an sccm environment, so this is the exercises manual. I still development my own material and delivering many sccm courses based on the material, as you can imagine, the courses I provide the “why” click here and there, so if you’re new to SCCM and want to learn more about it, you will be more than welcome to attend to one of our curses. Check them out at .http://www.rflsystems.co.uk/training/ Anyway, this e-book focus on the basics of the administration. In this e-book you’ll be guided since the creation of the lab (that is based on Windows Server 2012 R2 Hyper-V). And we cover topics like, installing SQL, SCCM, Installing Site…

ConfigMgr HealthCheck toolkit – Beta 04

Hi All, after long, long time, we are happy to announce that the HealthCheck toolkit is once again available for download and we released a new version, beta 04 with some small fixes… What is the System Center Configuration Manager HealthCheck Toolkit? The System Center Configuration Manager HealthCheck Toolkit (CMHealthCheck) has been created to check for problem and/or misconfiguration in the SCCM environment and, when possible, will provide you with some solutions for problems. You can download it for free from: http://www.rflsystems.co.uk/software/healthcheck-toolkit/ how to use it: 1- CollectData.ps1 (This script will collect information from a CM12/R2 Infrastructure). Open the powershell (64 bits) and run with an account that has admin rights on the cm boxes as it will connect remotely to registry, wmi, etc. CollectData.ps1 -smsprovider servername (ie. CollectData.ps1 -smsprovider srv0003) Once it collect data, it will create a CollectData.log under _Logs and will create a Date\servername folder (ie. 2013-12-05\srv0003)…

RFL Systems’ BI Dashboard v1.0 release

Hi All, today we are proud to be releasing the v1.0 of the RFL Systems’BI Dashboard, a cutting-edge SCCM-focused platform that streamlines the access, control and management of strategic data. Compliance for software updates, application deployment, client health and anti-malware monitoring are some of the key indicators that you can manage through the BI Dashboard. We take care of simplifying your SCCM data analysis whilst focus on making effective and well-grounded decisions CustomisableYou can tailor how you want to access your data anytime, anywhere. Crystal-clearOur technology makes it easier to convert data into business value. SecureYour data security is a priority through our on-premises software. Easy-to-useStraightforward and simple software and interface. Trial it now! Make sure you download the software here and enjoy a 45 days trial. Hope you will enjoy and feel free to ask questions and provide feedback.

Book Review – Windows-noob OSD guides

Hi All, today I would like to comment about a book that I have read in the last few weeks that is the “The Windows-noob OSD Guides for Configuration Manager 2012 R2, by Niall Brady”. the 1st thing to say is the author, if you don’t know him, I suggest you access windows-noob.com. Niall has been publishing tutorials there for quite some time and it is a must-stop for those that are stating with SCCM as well as for those that has more experience. The book is well written and clear of what you need to do to achieve the goal, if it is to integrate SCCM with MBAM, deploy a surface pro, custom windows 8.1 start menu or anything else that is related with OSD. Customising boot image, creating custom forms to be using during OSD (HTA forms), drivers, etc. those are things that you need to know to…

RFLSystems-New Website and updated tool

Hi All, Today I’m proud to announce that RFL Systems’ new website is finally live and more content will be added soon. This is a great milestone for the company and I only have to say thanks to everyone that helped us until now. With the release of the site, we are also releasing the 1st public beta of our professional version of the dashboard, now renamed to Business Intelligence Dashboards for System Center Configuration Manger (or what we are calling BI Dashboards for SCCM), with the final version to be released in the next few of weeks. The development of the BI Dashboards for SCCM started last year and it is a cutting-edge data visualization platform which helps enterprises to streamline the access, control and management of strategic business information. The BI Dashboards for SCCM makes it possible by displaying the status of key metrics and indicators in one…

Automation Backup in a Hyper-v for Small Business/Start up

Hi All, small business and start up’s are always looking for ways to save money. As you should know, small companies they don’t have money to buy fancy products and when people decide to open their business, they have a small amount of money to do some X (this could be buy a PC, server, etc) and keep it running for a couple of months/year without need to invest anymore. When I started RFLSystems while ago, I had the same, a money to start the business and keep it running for some time. in my case, I needed an environment that would be used to do demos to customers as well as running production stuff like CRM, SCCM, File Share, etc. As you can imagine, for me going to cloud was easy, I could add some vm’s, buy services from provides, etc. but, money was a restriction. for me, having…

SCCM-Create wifi profile with password

Hi All, Today I would like to talk about the Wi-Fi profile. SCCM has this great feature that you can manage Wi-Fi profile on all managed computers, make changes, etc, without need for the user to do anything, this is great. however, one of the limitation on a wifi profile is the fact that you cannot set a password when using WAP/WEP. For many large organizations that have a 802.1x or a network where you need to somehow authenticate (certificate, ad username/password, etc), this is not a problem, however, for smaller organizations or organizations that have not implemented this security yet, not having the option to add the password is a pain. i recall that some of the chat i had with some customers where they have deployed the wifi profile and had to e-mail everyone the password, as you can imagine, big security risk… anyway, how can i add…

old 2015 and new 2016

Hi All, I would like to start this post talking about last year, 2015. 2015 started great, with renewing my MVP award. as you can imagine, this is the 1st email I look for on the 1st day of the year, being part of this community is just something that I cannot explain in works, but if I had to choose one it would be: WOW. 2015 was a crazy year for me, in both professional and personal lives. I had been working as CTO/Principal Consultant (and I also was a non-executive directory) for a company called xinfra, but unfortunately, the owner/director decided to close the company down and, so I decided to take my take the risk and take my own business (RFL Systems) to the next level, instead of working of behalf of other companies. And I hope the RFL Systems brand will only grow this year, with…

SCCM-Migrating form HTTP to HTTPS

Hi All, have you ever needed to migrate a SCCM 2012 (or Current Branch) environment from HTTP to HTTPS? if you have, you know that it is quite easy, but there are some challenges, when things go wrong, off course :)… The steps I normally take (and I hope I haven’t forgotten any :)) are: 1- Create the certificate Template (ConfigMgr Clients (if the workstation is not already in place), ConfigMgr IIS Servers and ConfigMgr DP Servers) 2- Request the certificates 3- on the IIS servers, change the bind to allow HTTPS port (default 443) and select the certificate 4- Export the Root CA (and any other CA) certificate and import it into SCCM. Note, do not force the SCCM to use PKI, instead, allow it to use HTTP or HTTPS.. 5- for each client, confirm that the Client Certificate is set to PKI (you can easily check the HKLM\Software\Microsoft\CCM\HttpsState…