System Center SP1 RTM available for download

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Today Microsoft made System Center SP1 available on the Technet and MSDN websites. If you have a login for one of those websites you can download the SP1 RTM bits. SP1 give all System Center products support for Windows Server 2012 and Windows 8. For more information about what’s new please follow the links below:

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Caution: KB2506143 and KB2506146 possible issues with ConfigMgr 2012

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Last week Microsoft released the updates KB2506143 and KB2506146 through Windows Update. Caution with installing these updates when using Configuration Manager 2012. After installing this update you could end up with broken clients and/or servers. The client health check on clients will show the following error in the console:

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Cumulative Update 2 now available for System Center 2012 Configuration Manager

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Yesterday Microsoft released cumulative update 2 for ConfigMgr 2012. Cumulative Update 2 includes the updates from CU1 and some new updates. One important bug where I recently blogged about  ‘When dynamic media is used to deploy an operating system to a computer that was imported into the database together with a computer name, the correct name is not applied. Instead, the computer is named “MININT-xxxxx.”‘ is fixed through CU2.

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Vroege.biz – System Center Blog redesigned and moved to a new server

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Last weeks I have moved my blog from blogger to an own hosted server. On this server I can use WordPress as a blog system. I like WordPress and the number of plugins and themes is great. I also deleted some old posts from my blog. As you can see the layout is also changed from some basic blogger style to a fresh new ‘Metro’ style. In the coming months I want to spend more time with blogging about the System Center products. I will primarily blog about System Center Configuration Manager, System Center Operations Manager and System Center Service Manager.

Let me know what you think of the new layout?

Have Fun!

Arjan

 

Monitoring ConfigMgr 2012 with OpsMgr

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Yesterday Kevin Holman (TSP) posted a nice blog article about monitoring your ConfigMgr 2012 environment with OpsMgr. The Management Pack of ConfigMgr 2012 is completely rewritten from scratch. The ConfigMgr 2012 Management Pack has the following improvements:

  • No Scripts inside the Monitoring MP
  • Reduction of Code inside the MP
  • Reduced number of Rules and a increase of Monitors
  • Disabled work flows out of the box
  • A guide and appendix as documentation is included

More detailed information can be found on Kevin Holman his blog: http://blogs.technet.com/b/kevinholman/archive/2012/12/11/monitoring-configmgr-2012-with-opsmgr.aspx

 

 

SCCM 2012: OSD Computername from SMS database not being used

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Today I investigated a issue related to Operating System Deployment in ConfigMgr 2012. During the Deployment of Windows 7 the computer didn’t receive the computer name from the SMS database. Every deployment was ending with a computer name which sounds like: ‘MININT-XXXXX’. We are using Task Sequence Media to receive the Task Sequence. After investigating the log files I could only found this related settings:

 

After searching through all the steps in the TS I couldn’t find a solution. I searched through the Microsoft forums and found this topic: http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/configmanagerosd/thread/63909599-7618-406e-9655-75590689dedf. The BUG and workaround suggested was in my case also the solution. Use during creation of the Task Sequence media for ‘Site-based media’ instead of ‘Dynamic Media’. See below the screenshot:
I have not tested this BUG in the Beta of SP1. I will update this topic as soon as the results are known.
UPDATE: This bug has been fixed after installing ConfigMgr 2012 CU2