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Category Archives: System Center Configuration Manager 2012

SCCM 2012 SP1 Site Maintenance Backup Task Error

Hi All, I was performing a Site Backup task for a customer's SCCM 2012 SP1 platform today and I came across a peculiar error. I had shared a folder locally and given both the computer accounts of the site system server and the remote SQL server read/write share permissions and Full Control NTFS permissions to ensure it...
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How to get rid of the Software Center icon in SCCM 2012

Hi All, I was on client site recently and the question was asked - How do you get rid of the Software Center shortcut from the Start Menu?   softwarecentralno My general rule of thumb would be to leave Software Center there as it is a useful tool to have, particularly when...
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SCCM 2012 R2 – Failed Prereqs

I finally got chance to install the SCCM 2012 R2 version in my lab today to have a play with the new features. All was going well until I hit the pre-requisites checker on the install media which showed a failed, even though I'd installed the relevant software from the WADK (Windows Assessment and Deployment Kit). Read more

SCCM 2012 – Client Cache Tips

The purpose of this post is to provide some tips about the cache on SCCM clients. Hopefully some of these pointers will assist if you're experiencing strange behaviour relating to the cache or wish to change the default settings.
  • The cache is a storage location where applications are downloaded
  • The default location for the cache is %windir%\ccmcache
  • The default cache...
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SCCM 2012 User Device Affinity – ‘window manager\dwm-1’

I have been working on a large System Center 2012 deployment recenetly and we needed to get SCCM User Device Afiinity working to feed Service Manager with Asset owners. Nice and easy, created an GPO to audit successful logon events, set a client policy with User and Device Affinity settings, everything was good or thats what i thought....... All...
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SCCM 2012 – Icons for Applications in Software Center

Hi All, One of the new niceties that came with SCCM 2012 was the ability to add icons to applications created using the 'Application' delivery model (as opposed to the old method of 'Packages'). This may seem confusing at first, but the draw here is that users see the familiar icon they are used to alongside the...
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SCCM 2012 SP1 – Cumulative Update 1 is now available

Cumulative Update 1 has been released for System Center Configuration Manager 2012 Service Pack 1. Some highlights include:
  • Long OU names are not processed in DDR's
  • Site replication errors
  • Client cannot be installed on some newer ARM processors
  • Powershell cmdletts fixed and new ones added
Full details and download can be found here...
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SCCM 2012 SP1 – Automatic Client Upgrade

Remember the good old days in SCCM where client upgrades had to be done by reinstalling the agent from scratch and there was no easy way to upgrade? Well today I'll be discussing the feature of Automatic Client Upgrade within SCCM 2012 SP1 and also some of it's limitations which you need to be aware of before you rush...
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SCCM 2012 – ‘Domain Join’ step failing in Task Sequence

Off the back of a recent SCCM implementation I did at a school, I had an email yesterday from the customer  querying why the domain join step in their newly created task sequence was failing, even though the credentials entered were correct and all other steps were working perfectly. I remotely connected into their server to find the...
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System Center Configuration Manager 2012 SP1 – Distribution Point Bug

We recently installed a fresh build of Configuration Manager in house due to the release of the long-awaited Service Pack 1 for the System Center suite which added support for SQL 2012 and Windows Server 2012. The configuration was going fine up until the point at which we tried to update the primary distribution point...
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Stop SMS Package Shares from using a Drive

Have you built your SCCM server, then began to run out of space and wondered how to move the default package shares to that new storage you have attached? The answer is simpler than you think.....  Create a text file named no_sms_on_drive.sms on the drive you no longer wish to have the shares on and leave...
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SCCM 2012 Named SQL Instance Error

If you get the 'Setup is unable to connect to SQL Server with the information provided. Verify the following:' when trying to specify a named SQL instance during SCCM 2012 setup read on.... Check that you have configured the following:
  • Collation as SQL_Latin1_General_CP1_CI_AS
  • Services Packs
  • Cumulative Updates
If all of these are...
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