troubleshooting

Surface Pro 4 – USB boot issue without keyboard

Hi All, I’m currently engaged in a Windows 10 migration project. Customer is trying to remove all the infrastructure from the locations and because of this, there is no DP on the sites. A content provider like 1E Nomad would be a great solution for this customer, however, at the moment, they preferred to use an USB solution. The task sequence has been created to support this scenario as well as i have created some custom scripts to help with the deployment, so the deployment needs a network (not wifi) and USB. It has been great, until i had to test the deployment on a Surface Pro. As you can imagine, Surface Pro 4 only have 1 USB port, so how can I achieve the deployment on this scenario? if i use the USB port for the TS, i don’t have network. If i use it for the network, i…

SCCM Surface Pro 4 Domain Join Issues (Windows 10)

Afternoon, Had some fun and games whilst onsite with SCCM, Windows 10 and Surface Pro 4’s (SP4). I captured my reference image using MDT, downloaded the drivers from Microsoft, imported everything into SCCM, configured the task sequence and then the trouble started … I couldn’t find the Ethernet drivers for the SP4 so instead I used the Ethernet drivers for the Pro 3 to allow my boot image to start working. After the boot issues were overcome, the build finishes but the device wouldn’t domain join. On some occasions, the Ethernet dongle for the surface wouldn’t turn back on after a reboot and other times it did … So I managed to track down all the correct drivers I needed and re-created the boot.wim to get back on track, this time the Ethernet dongle stayed up after the reboots and I hoped that this would fix the domain join issues and it didn’t…

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.

Microsoft Policy Analyzer

I love group policy. I believe this is one of the main reasons why companies use Windows instead of an alternative OS like Linux or Mac OS. Group Policy gives you control over your environment, enabling, disabling, configuring, restricting and enforcing settings for the OS or any application you want. If a machine is on the domain, you know the settings will apply. I provide Active Directory consulting very often and in most cases I have to troubleshoot Group Policy settings. This can prove challenging in some environments as the way they were created is not easy to grasp. Microsoft just released (22 Jan 2016) a tool to help you analyse group policy settings. You can choose a group of policies and the tool will treat it as one, highlighting conflicts and duplication. The tool is still in its early stages, but it is a great start. Find out more…

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…

SCCM-Software Update Compliance taking long time

Hi All, have you ever wonder why the Software Update Compliance takes long time to report the correct date? often that I get this question from a customer that wants to know what the status just after a software update deployment, but when I mean just after, I mean just few minutes. there are lots of things that could cause the status not being showing correctly, like network, etc. that is outside ConfigMgr, but in this post, lets talk about the main one, state messages. When using SCCM 2012/2012 R2, the default detailed level setting when deployment a software update group is to report only success and errors messages. this is quite ok for most environments where you go to the deployment node and check things from there, but you’ll not get the compliance for each update. there are 3 options: all messages, only errors messages and the default one…

SCCM-Windows Update 6.2.x on Windows 10?

Hi All, I have been reviewing a report I did for a customer where all Windows 10 machines were reporting Windows Update Agent 6.2.x. what caused my customer to send few people on few windows 10 machines and try to troubleshoot windows update issues where it did not exist. of course, after couple of hours/day, they realise this was a data issue instead of their environment issue. When I started to review, I looked at my lab and I had the same. Executing a query on fn_rbac_UpdateScanStatus, I saw all my windows 10 machines also reporting Windows Update Agent 6.2.x So something was wrong. but why? 1st step was to check if the files on the client where the correct version. if you want to know where I discovered which file to look, click here. As you can see, the file was with the windows 10 version…so I checked Powershell…

MVP Summit – Hackaton

Hi All, during the MVP Summit, we had a nice work with the Product Team where the MVP group asked some features to be added to the product and that could be coded in a Week and that may be added to the project in a later version (as we hope those will make it) I have to say that we had great projects, in total 10 projects led by MVP’s and coded by Microsoft… Team 1 – Active Have you ever needed to know what machines are active? you need this, they delivered a way to see what machines are online, they integrated with Cortana and etc. I have to say, really great project Team 2 – Wizards Have you ever used the console to do stuff and needed to select the same option over and over? this is the “fix”. It will allow you to save the options…

SCCM-Compliance Setting Script error 0x87d00321

Hi All, When working with Compliance Settings, I normally end up using scripts and often, I get the error 0x87d00321. If you use CMTrace, you’ll see that the error is: The script execution has timed out. Source: System Center Configuration Manager —– Now, we need to understand how it works and how to change. The script timeout information is saved under the class SMS_SCI_ClientComp, Component Name Configuration Management Agent on a lazy property called ScriptExecutionTimeout. The default values is 60, it means that the script will be timed out after 60 seconds of execution. The value, can be seen when using the following powershell script  

  Now the trick part, how to change? As you can imagine, not that trick if you have PowerShell. The script below changes the default 60 seconds to 600 seconds,  

  if you want this behaviour to be changed or have…

SCCM 2012: Application Catalog and Migration

Hi All, last week, i was helping a customer with their migration from SCCM 2012 R2 to SCCM 2012 R2 CU4. There were already many things that had happen, collection migration, etc.. but the consultant that was performing the migration, wasn’t able to finish the job, so, i was called in. During the migration, we migrated couple of clients to test the migration script/GPO and we noticed the application catalog (probably the most used feature for them) wasn’t returning any result, however, when my user was logged on, i was able to see the applications that were deployed to “All users” collection. Looking at the logs, i saw on the policy logs, that the user policy was always with “0” assignments and so, it was not bringing anything to the Application Catalog. I tried to reset the policy, reinstall the client but none of those things worked. Looking further, on…