Author: Maik Koster

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Creating a collection of VPN devices

With so many people working from home these days, handling devices that are connected via VPN has become challenging for many companies. Looking at this from the ConfigMgr perspective, there are several aspects that we might want to do differently, depending on if a device is connected via VPN or...

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CIM vs. WMI CmdLets – Speed comparison

In one of my last posts I mentioned that for me the CIM CmdLets have been faster than the WMI CmdLets. I referred mainly to my personal impression working with these CmdLets for quite some time on a pretty large array of different servers and tasks and supported this statement...

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PowerShell CIM CmdLets – Working with lazy properties

In my last post, I explained how to solve one of the stumbling blocks when working with the PowerShell CIM CmdLets. The second problem, which was both pretty nasty as it basically prevented me from using the CIM CmdLets properly for SCCM and pretty time consuming, as it was hard...

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CIM vs. WMI CmdLets – The top reasons I changed over

Some time ago I moved most of my WMI related work from the “deprecated” PowerShell WMI CmdLets (Get-WMIObject, Invoke-WMIMethod, etc.) over to the “new” CIM CmdLets (Get-CimInstance, Invoke-CimMethod, etc …). It wasn’t really because they are “deprecated”. Microsoft might treat them this way, but they will for sure be around...

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Exporting Task Sequences from ConfigMgr to plain xml files

In the last blog post I showed a script that would allow you to import a Task Sequence from an xml file as the ones being created by the Task Sequence monitoring script (see https://maikkoster.com/versioning-monitoring-sccm-task-sequences/ for details). As this covered a need that I basically created myself by publishing a...

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Importing Task Sequences into SCCM/ConfigMgr

The Problem One of my probably mostly used scripts is a VBScript that monitors for any changes on Task Sequences in SCCM and exports a copy for backup purposes when an updated task sequence is saved. Please see https://maikkoster.com/versioning-monitoring-sccm-task-sequences-update-for-sccm-2012/ for further details about the script itself. Even it has been...