Config Manger 2012 SDK–Prerelease

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Holy Cow–PDF technical documentation for the entire System Center suite

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Notes from the Minnesota System Center Users Group


Last Friday at the Minnesota System Center Users Group I had the pleasure of seeing Wally Mead speak! His session lasted about three hours and he covered Config Manger 2012 SP1.

  • Configuration Manger 2012 – SP1 – probably won’t be released until Windows 8 is released.
  • Windows 8
      • No more WAIK.
      • WAIK is replaced by the ADK (Assessment and Deployment Kit) – ADK is a separate download
  • Adding support for UEFI-32 and 64 bit
      • This is the thing that happens between BIOS and CTRL-ALT-DEL or something like that!
  • Always on always connected (AOAC)
      • Newer slate devices have this
      • Helps preserve battery life
  • Configuration Mgr can no longer keep the OS from sleeping
  • Configuration Mgr client behavior was adapted to be a good citizen to act differently in these new states
      • On battery only
      • Configuration manager will not perform non-end user initiated tasks, unless those tasks were missed/overdue
      • On AC – normal Configuration Manger behavior
      • Network connected
      • No network – Configuration manger won’t attempt tasks that require network
      • Windows maintenance hour
        • Configuration Manger can take advantage of this new feature in Windows 8
  • New deployment type for METRO Apps.
  • Deep Links
      • End user goes to the Configuration Mgr 2012 Application Catalog. An application can be configured to download from the Windows Store
      • Thus, the SCCM admin does not need to repackage an application.
      • The downside is that instead of using a local DP for the content, the content will be hosted online.
  • Configuration Mgr SP1 can manage
      • Windows 8 Client Side Caching, Roaming User Profiles, Folder Redirection
  • Network Cost Support (only Windows 8 clients)
      • Configuration Manger can block network traffic if the Windows 8 machine is on a 3G or 4G network.
  • Windows To Go
      • Configuration Mgr can create and provision a Windows-To-Go device
  • New Platform Support
      • Supports more Nokia devices (E6, Nokia 701, Nokia C7, N8, Nokia 603)
      • Apple Mac OS
        • Supports 10.6 (snow leopard) and 10.7 (lion)
        • Hardware Inventory, Software Dist, Software updates, settings management
  • Endpoint protection
    • Linux client support
    • Linux server support
  • Feature Improvements
      • Can add a Central Administration Site (CAS) later
      • Configuration Manger 2012 to Configuration Mgr 2012 migration
        • Scenario: you have two primary 2012 sites. You can only attach ONE of them to the new CAS. You would need to build another 2012 site and attach it to the CAS. Then you could migrate the standalone 2012 site to the newly attached one.
        • Scenario: lab to production
      • Granular control over SQL Server Replication
  • Server Infrastructure Support
      • Exchange connector support
        • E14 SP2
        • E15
  • SQL Server 2012 support (only for Configuration Mgr SP1)
  • End User Client UI improvements
      • Software Center supports multi-select
      • No more ActiveX control – it now depends on Silverlight 5
  • OS Deployment Improvements
      • Prestage media now supports additional content types
        • Before: WIM only
        • Now: WIM, applications, drives, package / programs
      • Task Sequences can now be applicable to WinPE only
  • Endpoint Protection
      • Automatically deploy definition updates 3 times per day
      • Real time actions
      • Run Definition updates
      • Run Quick Scan
      • Run Full Scan
      • Allow threats
      • Exclude paths and / or files
  • App-V
      • App-V 4.6 SP2 support (this is needed for Windows 8 support)
      • App-V 5.0 support
  • PowerShell support
      • PowerShell provider
  • Alerts
      • All alerts support email notification
      • Admin can choose to ignore specific types of alerts
  • Software updates
      • If the client is Internet based and can’t get their updates from the SUP they can be configured to go to Windows Update
  • Configuration Manger 2012 SDK comes out at the end of June 2012
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Windows 8 with Hyper-V

Last Friday at the Minnesota System Center Users Group I had the pleasure of seeing Wally Mead speak!  I noticed that Wally had Windows 8 on his laptop, but he was also using Virtual Machines.  I asked him if those were Hyper-V machines and he said yes.  At this point I was confused!  He told me that Windows 8 has a Hyper-V feature.  He went on to say that Windows 8 is the first client OS he has had on his laptop in a long time, since before he had to use a server OS.

I can’t wait to throw Windows 8 on my new Malibal Satori laptop with 256GB mSATA drive (for the OS), three 750GB drives (two of which are RAID 0), 32 GB RAM, Intel Core i7-3920XM and (most importantly) a matte screen.  Perhaps now Brian Mason (Config Manager MVP) will stop teasing me about my current EliteBook 2540p!

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SCCM Client Inventory and WSUS Scan state

Here is a view that you can use to see SCCM Client inventory and WSUS scan state information.

CREATE view [dbo].[v_SCCM_Health_Check] as

select distinct a.name0 as 'MachineName'
, a.itemkey
, a.operating_system_name_and0 as 'OperatingSystem'
, os.CSDVersion0 as 'OS_ServicePack'
, a.client0 as 'SCCM_Client'
, a.Client_Version0 as 'SCCM_ClientVersion'
, case when a.User_Name0 like '%\%' then substring(a.User_Name0,charindex('\',a.User_Name0)+ 1,charindex('\',a.User_Name0))
    else a.User_Name0 end AS 'LastLoggedOnUser'
, case when scud.TopConsoleUser0 like '%\%' then substring(scud.TopConsoleUser0,charindex('\',scud.TopConsoleUser0)+ 1,charindex('\',scud.TopConsoleUser0)) 
    else scud.TopConsoleUser0 end as 'MainUser'
, nlp.FullName0 as 'MainUserFullName'
, a.AD_Site_Name0 as 'AD_Site'
, ou.OU
, a.Resource_Domain_OR_Workgr0 as 'Domain'
, e.SiteCode as 'SCCM_Site_Code'
, b.LastHWScan as 'SCCM_LastHWscan'
, c.LastUpdateDate as 'SCCM_LastSWscan'
, Dateadd(hour,(datediff(hour,getutcdate(),getdate())),d.lastscantime) as 'Last_WSUSscan'
, scan.StateName 'WSUSscan_State'
, scan.ErrorStatusID
, scan.ErrorCode
, scan.HexErrorCode
, uagent.version00 'WSUS_AgentVersion'
, d.lastlocation as 'WSUSserver'
, CCMService.State0 as 'SMS_Agent_Host_Service'
, AutoUpdates.State0 as 'Auto_Updates_Service'
from SMS_CEN.dbo.System_DISC a 
left join SMS_CEN.dbo.WorkstationStatus_DATA b
on a.itemkey = b.machineid  
left join SMS_CEN.dbo.SoftwareInventoryStatus c
on a.itemkey = c.clientid  
left join SMS_CEN.dbo.Update_ScanStatus d
on a.itemkey = d.machineid 
left join SMS_CEN.dbo.Windows_Update_Agent__DATA uagent
on a.itemkey = uagent.machineid 
left join SMS_CEN.dbo.Sites_DATA e  
on a.itemkey = e.machineid  
left join dbo.SCCM_Health_Check_DATA f
on a.itemkey = f.machineid 
left join dbo.Operating_System_DATA os
on a.itemkey = os.machineid  
left join
select uss.ResourceID, SN.StateName, uss.LastStatusMessageID&0x0000FFFF as ErrorStatusID,
    isnull(uss.LastErrorCode,0) as ErrorCode,
    dbo.fnConvertBinaryToHexString(convert(VARBINARY(8), isnull(uss.LastErrorCode,0))) as HexErrorCode
 from v_UpdateScanStatus uss
    join v_R_System rsys on rsys.ResourceID = uss.ResourceID and isnull(rsys.Obsolete0,0)<>1
    join v_SoftwareUpdateSource sus on uss.UpdateSource_ID = sus.UpdateSource_ID 
    join v_RA_System_SMSAssignedSites sass on uss.ResourceID = sass.ResourceID
    join v_StateNames sn on sn.TopicType = 501 and 
        sn.StateID = (case when (isnull(uss.LastScanState, 0)=0 and Left(isnull(rsys.Client_Version0, '4.0'), 1)<'4') then 7 else isnull(uss.LastScanState, 0) end)
) scan
on a.itemkey = scan.ResourceID  
on a.itemkey = scud.resourceID
left join dbo.v_GS_NETWORK_LOGIN_PROFILE nlp
on nlp.name0 = scud.TopConsoleUser0 and nlp.resourceID = scud.resourceid
left join
    select machineid, State0
    from     dbo.Services_DATA
    where name0 = 'ccmexec'
    ) CCMService
on a.itemkey = CCMService.machineid
left join
    select machineid, State0
    from     dbo.Services_DATA
    where name0 = 'wuauserv'
    ) AutoUpdates
on a.itemkey = AutoUpdates.machineid
left join
    select itemKey, max(system_ou_name0) as 'OU'
    from dbo.System_System_OU_Name_ARR
    group by itemkey
    ) OU
on a.itemkey = ou.itemkey

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TechFuseMN – 2012

I will be speaking at TechFuseMN on Thursday May 17th. 

Here are links to a couple of the SCCM 2012 tools that I will be using.

Right Click Tools –

More Right Click Tools (since I have no idea how to get the above one’s to work!)   –

RegKeyToMOF –

Config Manager 2012 Technet –

Config Manager 2012 Virtual Labs –

MMS2012 – FREE Content –

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Powershell–Schedule a SCCM Advertisement

One of the business units I work with needed to deploy an application using SCCM.  So far so good right?  Then they said that they only wanted it to run between 23:00 and 06:00.  So now you are thinking about putting a Maintenance Window on the collection to accomplish the time restriction requirement right?  Well, what about all of the other distributions (like Software Updates)?  They wouldn’t run on the machines that are in the collection with the Maintenance Window on it.  I guess we could go into each and every deployment and flag it to ignore maintenance windows, but that would cause even more headaches.

With a little help from PowerShell and SQL we can change the advertisement properties.  Specifically we need to change the following:

  • Advertisement Start Time
  • Advertisement Expires
  • Mandatory Assignments

Example of what we need to accomplish:

  • Today the Advertisement has the following settings
      • Advertisement Start Time – 4/20/2012  23:00.
      • Advertisement Expires – 4/21/2012 06:00
      • Mandatory Assignments – 4/20/2012 23:00
  • Tomorrow the Advertisement will have the following settings
      • Advertisement Start Time – 4/21/2012 23:00.
      • Advertisement Expires – 4/22/2012 06:00
      • Mandatory Assignments – 4/21/2012 23:00

Well, I could go into the properties of the advertisement and change them, but that isn’t my style.

What I did was write a PowerShell script to change the above times and then created a SQL Job to run the PowerShell script on a schedule.

PowerShell Script:

Param([String[]] $AdvertisementID)

$SCCM_SERVER = "[server name without the brackets]"
$SCCM_SITECODE = "[three letter site code without brackets]"
#$AdvertisementID = "[AdvertisementID without the brackets]"

#Foreach ($AdvertisementID in $AdvertisementIDs)
#	{
	$AdvertisementSettings = ([WMIClass] "\\$SCCM_SERVER\root\SMS\site_$($SCCM_SITECODE):SMS_Advertisement").CreateInstance()
	$AdvertisementSettings.AdvertisementID = $AdvertisementID
	#Get lazy properties
	#Build the Scheduled Time
#	$NewDate = (Get-Date).adddays(1)
	$year = [string](Get-Date).Year
	$month = [String](Get-Date).Month
	if ($month.Length -eq 1) {$month = "0" + $month}
	$day = [string](Get-Date).Day
	if ($day.Length -eq 1) {$day = "0" + $day}
	$ScheduledTime = $year + $month + $day + "230000.000000+***"
	#Build the Expiration Time
	$ExpireDate = (Get-Date).AddDays(1)
	$day = [string]$ExpireDate.Day
	if ($day.Length -eq 1) {$day = "0" + $day}
	$ExpirationTime = $year + $month + $day + "060000.000000+***"	
	#Apply the settings to the advertisement
	$AdvertisementSettings.PresentTime = $ScheduledTime
	$AdvertisementSettings.ExpirationTime = $ExpirationTime
	$AdvertisementSettings.ExpirationTimeEnabled = $true

	$AssignedSchedule = ([WMIClass] "\\$SCCM_SERVER\root\SMS\site_$($SCCM_SITECODE):SMS_ST_NonRecurring").CreateInstance() 
  $AssignedSchedule.StartTime = $ScheduledTime
  $AdvertisementSettings.AssignedSchedule = $AssignedSchedule
  $AdvertisementSettings.AssignedScheduleEnabled = $true
#	}

Then we need to create a SQL Job to run this PowerShell script nightly:

USE [msdb]

/****** Object:  Job [Job Name Here.  Keep the brackets]    Script Date: 04/20/2012 14:34:08 ******/
SELECT @ReturnCode = 0
/****** Object:  JobCategory [[Uncategorized (Local)]]]    Script Date: 04/20/2012 14:34:08 ******/
IF NOT EXISTS (SELECT name FROM msdb.dbo.syscategories WHERE name=N'[Uncategorized (Local)]' AND category_class=1)
EXEC @ReturnCode = msdb.dbo.sp_add_category @class=N'JOB', @type=N'LOCAL', @name=N'[Uncategorized (Local)]'
IF (@@ERROR <> 0 OR @ReturnCode <> 0) GOTO QuitWithRollback


EXEC @ReturnCode =  msdb.dbo.sp_add_job @job_name=N'Job name inside the ticks', 
		@description=N'No description available.', 
		@category_name=N'[Uncategorized (Local)]', 
		@owner_login_name=N'[Domain\UserName without the brackets]', @job_id = @jobId OUTPUT
IF (@@ERROR <> 0 OR @ReturnCode <> 0) GOTO QuitWithRollback
/****** Object:  Step [CWT - Express 1.2 Advertisement]    Script Date: 04/20/2012 14:34:09 ******/
EXEC @ReturnCode = msdb.dbo.sp_add_jobstep @job_id=@jobId, @step_name=N'Job step name inside the ticks', 
		@os_run_priority=0, @subsystem=N'CmdExec', 
		@command=N'C:\WINDOWS\system32\windowspowershell\v1.0\powershell.exe -command "& ''I:\SCCMScripts\SCCM Powershell Production Scripts\Set-Advertisement.ps1'' -AdvertisementID ''[AdvertisementID without the brackets]''"', 
		@proxy_name=N'[proxy name so that the job can execute]'
IF (@@ERROR <> 0 OR @ReturnCode <> 0) GOTO QuitWithRollback
EXEC @ReturnCode = msdb.dbo.sp_update_job @job_id = @jobId, @start_step_id = 1
IF (@@ERROR <> 0 OR @ReturnCode <> 0) GOTO QuitWithRollback
EXEC @ReturnCode = msdb.dbo.sp_add_jobschedule @job_id=@jobId, @name=N'Job name inside the ticks', 
IF (@@ERROR <> 0 OR @ReturnCode <> 0) GOTO QuitWithRollback
EXEC @ReturnCode = msdb.dbo.sp_add_jobserver @job_id = @jobId, @server_name = N'(local)'
IF (@@ERROR <> 0 OR @ReturnCode <> 0) GOTO QuitWithRollback
GOTO EndSave

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