Reading Task Sequence Variables in WinPE

Now and then you may have a need to read a task sequence variable during the OSD process. Today was one of those days. I had just modified a step in my task sequence and used the variable %OSDisk%. Well, the task failed. So……I put a pause in the task sequence and used PowerShell to […]

Windows 10 Servicing

What is servicing Windows as a service was introduced with the release of Windows 10. It seems that every time a product is released ‘as a service’ people get excited. Disaster Recovery as a service. Beer as a service. But what does it mean? There are a few concepts that we need to learn regarding […]

SCCM with SSL….this can sometimes be a bit tricky!

If you follow the guide for creating and deploying certificates you may run into an issue with the SCCM Reporting Point piece of the picture. https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/gg682023.aspx When creating the ConfigMgr Web Server Certificate make sure you create a Common Name using the site servers FQDN.  If you do not do this, you will be able […]

SCCM Software updates automation

Software Updates synchronize daily at 14:00 Software updates classifications: Select the Classifications you want SCCM WSUS to synchronize Select the Products you want SCCM WSUS to synchronize   Create collections for Software Updates Device Collections > Workstation Clients > Software Updates All collections are based off of the All Workstation Clients collection Software Updates Workstation […]

SCCM–WSUS Maintenance

http://blog.coretech.dk/kea/house-of-cardsthe-configmgr-software-update-point-and-wsus/ Increased the Private Memory Limit (KB) to 6291456 (6GB) on the WSUS Server Open IIS Select Application Pools Right click the WSUS app pool and select Advanced Settings Find the Private Memory Limit (KB) setting and adjust. Example:  Your server has 8GB.  You might want to provide a memory limit of 5GB on the […]

SQL maintenance with Ola’s script

Steve Thompson (MVP) has an excellent blog describing how to implement SQL maintenance scripts for SCCM.  https://stevethompsonmvp.wordpress.com/2013/05/07/optimizing-configmgr-databases/ As you know, there is a a SCCM Site Maintenance job titled Rebuild Indexes.  Steve Thompson goes into some detail on his blog about why this doesn’t work…..at all!! Enter:  Ola Hallengren SQL scripts:   https://ola.hallengren.com/sql-server-index-and-statistics-maintenance.html Basically: Create a […]

SQL Database Files

Today I encountered a little bit of a misconfiguraiton on the SQL Server for SCCM and WSUS.  The database files (.MDF) and log files (.LDF) were on the same drive.  That is not good for performance.  Ideally we would want a separate drive for the data files, log files, tempDB, and TempDB log file.  NOTE:  […]

I’m back!

Hi everyone, the EmptyGarden blog is back and alive.  I just started a new job with Concurrency and thus will be blogging quite a bit…hopefully. Following me on Twitter too:  @TheEmptyGarden

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