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TechNet Radio Interview 0

TechNet Radio Interview

I recently had an interview with John Baker for TechNet Radio which has just been published. Check it out at http://bit.ly/mMBOr8. Thanks to John Baker and Chris Caldwell for taking the time.  At the end there is a demo of the new version 2 of the MDT Web FrontEnd and...

New Stuff in MDT 2012 – native VHD support 0

New Stuff in MDT 2012 – native VHD support

As probably most of you have seen already, the Beta 1 of the upcoming MDT 2012 has been published to connect (Download link) recently (Announcement by Michael Niehaus). Main intent for this update is enabling support for the upcoming ConfigMgr 2012. But the team also included a couple other updates...

Step-by-Step: Handling WMI Events permanently using VBScript 0

Step-by-Step: Handling WMI Events permanently using VBScript

This could be called part 4 of WMI magician Kim Oppalfens 3 part series about WMI eventing in SCCM. In his series he first covered the basics of WMI eventing using wbemtest to create the event query and dig a bit through the returning objects. Then he guided us through...

Versioning / Monitoring SCCM Task Sequences 3

Versioning / Monitoring SCCM Task Sequences

Update 29.03.2016: Published new script to import the Task Sequence xml files generate by this script back to SCCM 2012 and above.   One thing I’m really missing in SCCM is some kind of versioning or history especially for those quite complex Task Sequences, sometimes consisting of hundreds of steps,...

Easily access information from any database and publish it via a web service – Part 2 – The Web Service 1

Easily access information from any database and publish it via a web service – Part 2 – The Web Service

After we have configured the connection to our Database and created our model (see the last post for more details), we will jump now to the creation of our new Web Service.   Create a Web Service Lets save our changes and add a new item. As mentioned already in...

Easily access information from any database and publish it via a web service – Part 1 – The Database 1

Easily access information from any database and publish it via a web service – Part 1 – The Database

OK, (probably) my two last post regarding my MMS 2011 sessions, if I haven’t missed something important .   To be able to make our Deployments more dynamic and as unattended as possible, we need to have all the information available, that we need to take decisions automatically . We...

Implementing a (very) simple Maintenance mode in MDT Litetouch 3

Implementing a (very) simple Maintenance mode in MDT Litetouch

While preparing for a session about MDT enhancements at the MMS 2011 (find the video at DeploymentResearch), Mikael Nyström had a very interesting idea for a web service demo. The idea was to implement something simple that allows to set a single or all locations into some kind of “Maintenance...

Michael Niehaus RIS style naming web service – Step by Step 1

Michael Niehaus RIS style naming web service – Step by Step

One of the interestingly often asked question is how to properly name a computer. And it’s sometimes incredible to see how much time people can spend on that rather boring and actually not really helpful topic. Anyway, one solution a couple people really like is to have some kind of...

Back from MMS 2011 0

Back from MMS 2011

Back from MMS 2011 in Las Vegas and somehow managed to catch a cold and even lost my voice this morning. Did I mention already, that I hate all those air-conditions? However that gives me some time to prepare and publish the source code of a couple of the web...

Automatically remove computers from a collection and reset the last PXE advertisement flag after a Deployment has finished 0

Automatically remove computers from a collection and reset the last PXE advertisement flag after a Deployment has finished

Two of the administrative tasks you often have to do after a SCCM based Deployment has finished is removing the computer from the OSD Collection it has been added to start the Deployment (you don’t really want to leave a computer in a collection with an active OSD advertisement, do...