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System Center 2012 Configuration Manager (SCCM): Prevent automatic upgrade on deployment to device collection

UPDATE 10/15/2013: Microsoft changed the connect bug I filed a few months back from closed to active. Guess there was a change of heart? 🙂 https://connect.microsoft.com/ConfigurationManagervnext/feedback/details/796927/automatically-upgrade-any-superseded-versions-of-this-application-grayed-out-for-device-collection-deployments UPDATE 10/14/2013: Rusty Ratliff, a member of our user group (HASMUG) has brought to my attention this also affects task sequences that reference an application that supersedes a discovered […]

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System Center 2012 R2 Preview Highlights

This was announced at TechEd 2013 yesterday and they are anticipating a release by the end of the year. This release will be the successor to System Center 2012 SP1. System Center 2012 R2 Preview: http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/server-cloud/system-center/system-center-2012-r2.aspx White Paper: http://download.microsoft.com/download/7/7/2/7721670F-DEF0-40D3-9771-43146DED5132/System_Center_2012%20R2_Overview_White_Paper.pdf System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager: http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/server-cloud/system-center/system-center-2012-r2-configuration-manager.aspx System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager Highlights: Support for […]

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Configuration Manager 2012: SQL XPATH Query for Deployment Type

Below is an example of how to write a SQL XPATH query to extract details from a deployment type CI contained in an XML data type. In this query we are returning columns for deployment type Title, SDMPackageDigets (XML), Technology (MSI, Script, etc.), Content Location, and Install and Uninstall strings. I basically found an example […]

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Configuration Manager 2012: Query for the Application Owners and Support Contacts

Below is an example of how to formulate a SQL query to obtain the “first” app owner and support contact on an Application.   1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 WITH XMLNAMESPACES ( DEFAULT ‘http://schemas.microsoft.com/SystemCenterConfigurationManager/2009/AppMgmtDigest’ ) SELECT SDMPackageDigest.value('(/AppMgmtDigest/Application/Title)[1]’, ‘nvarchar(MAX)’) [Title], SDMPackageDigest.value('([email protected])[1]’, ‘nvarchar(MAX)’) [Owners], SDMPackageDigest.value('([email protected])[1]’, ‘nvarchar(MAX)’) [Support Contact] FROM  CI_ConfigurationItems WHERE CIType_ID = 10 […]

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Add Adobe Acrobat XI and Reader XI catalogs to SCUP 2011

Adobe Acrobat XI (11): http://armmf.adobe.com/arm-manifests/win/SCUP/Acrobat11_Catalog.cab AdobeReader XI (11): http://armmf.adobe.com/arm-manifests/win/SCUP/Reader11_Catalog.cab Tweet

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SCCM 2012 Poor Console Performance In Software Updates

UPDATE 5/21/2013: Just heard from the MVP community that some folks are referencing this article to improve performance: http://ola.hallengren.com/sql-server-index-and-statistics-maintenance.html From within Microsoft SQL Management Studio, run the query below to check fragmentation: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 SELECT a.index_id, name, avg_fragmentation_in_percent FROM   sys.dm_db_index_physical_stats (NULL,NULL, NULL, NULL, NULL) AS a JOIN […]

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Script to fix duplicate SMS/SCCM GUID’s

I recently had an interesting issue come about with a bunch of old school legacy machines scattered around several offices that contained identical disk images and SMS/SCCM agent GUID’s. The unintended consequences of this situation are computers improperly referenced in a collection plan. In addition machines were improperly re-imaged and applications inadvertently deployed. Our in-house […]

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