Category: Systems Center Suite

The big expensive package the your company pays for to make your life easier; or absolute hell depending on the day.

How To: Import the ConfigMgr Module – $Profile Style

Setting the scene If you are like me you probably find yourself frequently in a spot where you would like to import the Configuration Manager module to do this one thing. No one wants to open the console and load the ISE. No one wants to have to use the Snippet, I just want to ...

How To – Find All DPS missing NO_SMS_ON_DRIVE on C:\ – And Fix it

C:\ Drive on my DP ran out of space… again… Something that constantly comes up is forgetting to place the NO_SMS_ON_DRIVE.SMS file on new distribution point servers. While this isn’t the end of the world its certainly frustrating when the C:\ drive runs out of space. Just in case you don’t know what I’m talking ...

Creating Maintenance Window Collections

It’s been a long held tradition to not create deployments for collections that have Maintenance windows and there are in fact a LOT of other rules that come along with using maintenace windows in a production environment. Almost a year or so ago I worked with a friend of mine to create some pretty cool ...

Add an AD Group rule to a collection with PowerShell

It’s been a long time since I’ve posted anything on my blog but after a year of writing with the SCConfigMgr team on a regular basis I thought it was time to give my roots a little bit of loving. When creating a collection in ConfigMgr its really common that we use an Active Directory ...

SCCM Collection Relationships

The Problem: Back in SCCM 2012R2, this wonderful feature was added where you could leverage these new fancy rules called ‘Include’ and ‘Exclude’ collections. OK, so it is wonderful, at least until you try to delete a collection that has been leveraged as an include or exclude collection rule. If it is you get this ...

SCCM Collection Evaluation Duration – SQL Query

The Problem: My collection membership seems to take forever to update! Also, for some reason the console seems SUPER slow lately. One of the COMMON Solutions Collection evaluation is a common sticking point that causes major performance issues in any well constructed environment. In fact it’s probably the number one cause of console slowness and ...

SCCM 2012 R2 – Incremental Update Collections and how to find them.

The Problem:  There is something about SCCM changing from SMS to SCCM that makes people think the old maxim – “Slow Moving Software” no longer applies. Combine this with the desire for “I want it now” and you end up with a bunch of device collections where the “Incremental Updates” feature is turned on. “But ...

SCCM 2012R2 – My Clients aren’t getting a deployment.

The Question:  Recently during some other unfortunate SCCM shenanigans someone brought up the fun problem where they thought that software was randomly hit or miss deploying to machines in a collection. They even thought in some cases the software was installing but not reporting back that it had installed. Now reading that last sentence I’m ...

Visio 2010/2013 Client Server Version Error in SCOM 2012R2 Visio Drawings

The Question:  “Wouldn’t it be awesome if we could create pretty Visio Drawings of our systems for the customers to look at and see up-time of servers using SCOM Data?” Well turns out in fact you can do this! It’s a feature it’s been around in SCOM for quite some time. However it’s not exactly ...