Configuration Manager, PowerShell

Boundary and Boundary Group Import and Export

Sadly, Microsoft Enterprise Manager Configuration Manager (ConfigMgr) has no built-in methods to export or import boundaries and boundary groups. This shortcoming is reasonably easy to address with PowerShell though, so I did a quick search on the web and found a bunch of examples for boundaries but none for boundary groups (I didn’t look that much though). What I found though were longer, custom scripts that only provided export capabilities. Not liking these and thinking…
Configuration Manager, Operating System Deployment

Building a Windows 7 Image (Revisited)

This is a follow-up to a previous post: Building a Windows 7 Image. Why you may ask? Well, mainly for testing. If you are moving off of Windows 7 to Windows 10 finally, rapidly building Windows 7 is important for testing. Or, maybe you’re just unlucky enough to still have to deploy Windows 7. Either way, here are the updated items to slipstream into the base Windows 7 Service Pack 1 WIM image to have…
Configuration Manager, Software Distribution

Command Synchronicity

Although Synchronicity is one one of the best songs ever from one of the best bands ever, this post isn’t about Gordon Sumner, Stewart Copeland or Andy Summers. This post is about two myths that folks insist on perpetuating and need stamping out: synchronous and asynchronous command execution in Windows. These come up in System Center Configuration Manager (ConfigMgr/SCCM) for two main reasons: Application-based Deployment Type Detection Methods and simple batch file usage.
Configuration Manager, Software Update Management

Software Update Point Facts

As part of a (longish) Reddit forum thread, I posted the below facts about the Software Update Point (SUP) role in System Center Configuration Manager (ConfigMgr). This is not a comprehensive list of facts by any means, but there are a lot of misconceptions and incorrect assumptions that the below facts address and so here they are replicated (with a few slight changes and additions) for your reading pleasure.
Configuration Manager, Operating System Deployment, Windows

Per User Login Message

Challenge A common challenge with Windows 10 Upgrade task sequences is handling user logins if there are any restarts during the task sequence. After the restart happens, a user can log back into the system but has no way of knowing that a background process (the upgrade task sequence) is running. Additionally, after the user logs in, the task sequence progress bar may take a while to be shown again (or may never reappear). This…
Configuration Manager, Operating System Deployment

Task Sequence One-liners

New page added: Task Sequence One-Liners: Task Sequence One-liners page. The page is also available as a sub-menu of the top-level Script FTW! menu of this site. What is a One-liner? A one-liner is a single script line used to perform a task. This page contains a collection of useful one-liners that can be directly used as is within a Run Command-Line task sequence step. It’s important that they are just “one-line” so that no content…
Configuration Manager, Software Update Management

Servicing Plans in Configuration Manager

Servicing Plans in System Center Configuration Manager (ConfigMgr/SCCM) offer ConfigMgr admins the ability to automatically schedule the download and deployment of Windows 10 feature updates. This post is about why you should not be using them. Yes, that’s correct, you should not be using servicing plans to deploy feature updates. This post isn’t about using task sequences to deploy feature updates though, that’s the subject for a different post.
Configuration Manager, Software Distribution

A Word on Support and Zealotry

This post is a brief response to some of the comments I received on my last post: Copying Files to Every User’s Profile. Support One comment and suggestion that came up was to just use Active Setup. Active Setup has two significant drawbacks though: The currently logged in user has to log out and back in. Active Setup is unsupported for direct use. References: Get Rid of Active Setup and more authoritatively Windows 10 in-place…