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…

SCCM-Installing a Updated version of the Console

Hi All, when you install SCCM for the 1st time, it will automatically install (if selected) the SCCM Console on the client, and this is great as there are many people out there that use the server instead of a remote console. Anyway, when you install an update, let’s say, CU1 for 2012 R2 SP1, it will again, automatically update the server and will allow you to create a package that you can deploy to a collection and update the remote consoles, same happen for the KB that Microsoft releases outside the CU style. So, let’s say that you have a collection, that is based on Hardware Inventory-> Installed Applications, so you know all machines that have the SCCM Console installed. When installing a new console, you need to wait the machine to submit a hardware inventory and after that, it will appear on the collection and get updated.. Now…

Software Update – kb2920189 & VM Secure boot

Hi All, Yesterday i was updating my lab and i noticed that every single vm was failing to install kb2920189. All my vm’s are running windows server 2012 R2 under a WS2012 R2 host, it means i created a 2nd generation of VM’s and the Secure boot was enabled. Looking at the logs, i found the error 0x800f0922 and if you look at the internet, there are lots of things about this error that was not relevant to the issue here, until i found a forum post that helped me. basically, if you’re having this problem with your 2nd generation machines with secure boot enabled, perform the following tasks: 1- shutdown your VM 2- Edit the VM settings and under Firmware, disable the Enable Secure boot 3- Bring the VM up and install the hotfix 4- Shutdown the VM again 5- Edit the VM settings and under Firmware, Enable the…

Internet Explorer Bug MS14-021

Players, I thought this was old news now, but I have noticed (and also been asked about) the security bug in IE might still be unknown to some. The long and short of the vulnerability is that a hacker can execute remote commands on all versions of Windows through IE. The bulletin from MS can be found here It has since been patched since early May, but if you find yourself without the patch please have a look here … SCCM administrators … you know what to do 🙂 Enjoy, Heinrich Pelser

SCCM 2012 R2 – KB2938441 – Cumulative Update 1

Hi All, Microsoft has just published the Cumulative Update 1 for System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager Information about this update can be found here and here 2938441: Description of Cumulative Update 1 for System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager 2932274: Description of PowerShell changes available in Cumulative Update 1 for System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager Also note a recent blog update on our servicing strategy to address some common customer questions. But now, how to install it? 1- Execute the CM12-R2CU1-KB2938441-X64-ENU.exe file you donwloaded and go to the Mirosoft License Terms. Click Accept and click Next 2- On the pre-requisites, click Next. 3- Select Install the update for the configuration manager console if not selected and click next 4- Select yes, update the site database and click next 5- leave all Deployment Assistance Options select and click Next. This basically means what packages are going to be…

SCCM 2012 – Application Catalog HTTPS Error

Hi All, recently i was at a customer site and that has a single primary site (with all roles on it). They have installed the Application Catalog but it was not working. the SMS_AWEBSVC_CONTROL_MANAGER component was generating the error “Application Web Service Control Manager detected AWEBSVC is not responding to HTTP requests. The http status code and text is 500, Internal Server Error. Possible cause: Internet Information Services (IIS) isn’t configured to listen on the ports over which AWEBSVC is configured to communicate. Solution: Verify that the designated Web Site is configured to use the same ports which AWEBSVC is configured to use. Possible cause: The designated Web Site is disabled in IIS. Solution: Verify that the designated Web Site is enabled, and functioning properly. For more information, refer to Microsoft Knowledge Base.” every hour. Looking the logs, the installation happen without any problem, however, the awebsctl.log was giving me…

UEV – there was a problem sending the command to the program

Hi All, while working on the UEV i noticed that opening a excel file was getting me the error “there was a problem sending the command to the program” and the file did not open. Looking at the internet i found a new HP1 (Hotfix Package 1) for UEV 2.0, released in February 11, 2014. Installing this hotfix did the trick 🙂 If you’re getting this problem, download it from

SCCM 2012 – Unable to Install SCCM 2012 R2

Hi All, Recently, i was at a customer site, i was not able to install a SCCM 2012 R2 on a new primary site. I had installed SQL 2012 and later on applied SP1. The error i was getting on the log was “msxml6_x64.msi installation process returned 1618. I don’t need to say that i tried to install it manually enabling log just to see what was going on. Interesting, i did noticed, using task manager, that MSIEXEC was crazy….every time starting a new instance. Monitoring it with the procmon and procexec, i noticed that ngen.exe was appearing a lot…a quick research i found a issue with the SP1 of SQL 2012 and installing the hotfix 2793634 (Windows Installer starts repeatedly after you install SQL Server 2012 SP1) should fix the issue. Installing it and restarting the server did fix the problem.

Be aware of the 2913703 it is post-SP1 and not R2

hi All, today i saw that MS had published the update 2913703 with subject Applications that use dynamic variable lists are not installed in System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager. If you look closely, you’ll note that this KB is for the R2 version of CM 2012. you also can notice this on the “Applies to” section: Microsoft System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager however, if you read the KB, you’ll notice that the version of the Basesvr.dll is 5.0.7804.1405 while on a CM 2012 R2 it should be 5.0.7958.1000… anyway, if you request the hotfix, you’ll also notice that the file name is ConfigMgr_2012_SP1_CU3_KB2913703_ENU… I did speak with Microsoft and they did a mistake, this KB is post-SP1 and not R2. they are currently preparing the updated version of the page

SCCM 2012 R2 & MDT 2013 – Pausing task sequence

Hi All, have you ever wonder why and how to pause a task sequence?? well…the why is simple, troubleshooting…but how, that is the complicated part… Actually not, and if you stop a bit and think, there are many ways: 1- create a script to wait many minutes (lets say, 120min), i think this is enough to do any troubleshooting 🙂 2- create a script to look for something (ie. a file) and when the file exist, it deletes and continue… 3- create a script… 4- create a script… as you can see, everything is down to a script, unfortunately, there is no “out-of-the-box” step to do it… but now that you know how to pause a TS (ok, you still don’t know how to create a script, do you?) let’s look at the options 1- create a script that waits for 120min… and if you finish your troubleshooting before?!?!!? you…