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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Remote Group Policy updates are visible to users

In Windows 2012 R2 we have a very nice feature in the Group policy Management Console were we are able to run GPUpdate on all computers in a OU.

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On a OU holding for example RDS or Citrix servers this is very useful.

But there is just one problem, users will see a popup like this on their screen.

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If we try to update a single computer using powershell from remote wee will se the same popup behavior.

Example:

Invoke-GPUpdate -computer xenapptest -force -randomdelayinminutes 0

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The problem and solution is explained here http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2741537

We must update only the computer Policy using PowerShell and not the User part of the policy, and this is often exactly what we need.

Invoke-GPUpdate -computer xenapptest -force -target computer -randomdelayinminutes 0

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And no update is shown by using this command.

You can check the GroupPolicy log on the Computer running the GPUpdate to see if its actually is taken place:

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Monday, October 13, 2014

Email option missing from SCCM 2012 R2 Subscriptions

When creating subscription on a report in SCCM 2012 R2, you might not see the email option in Report delivered by:

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Start Reporting Services Configuration Manager:

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Connect  to your SQL server and Report Server Instance:

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Enter the from address (sender) you want to use (this might be changed if you, for example, use Gmail).

Enter the SMTP server you want to use, if a server is not available you might use Gmail and a local SMTP server as explained here

http://larslohmann.blogspot.com/2014/09/configure-windows-2012-r2-smtp-server.html

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Now you should see the option to use email in subscriptions:

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Please also note that the SQL Server Agent must be running or you will see this error when creating a subscription:

System.Web.Services.Protocols.SoapException: The SQL Agent service is not running. This operation requires the SQL Agent service. --->

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Make sure that the SQL Server Agent is running and set to Automatic startup:

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Friday, October 3, 2014

Task Sequence: has failed with the error code (0x80070070)

You might see this error when running a OSD Task Sequence in SCCM 2012 R2:

Task Sequence: has failed with the error code (0x80070070). For more information, contact your system administrator or helpdesk operator.

 

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If we take a closer look at smsts.log you might see error messages like this:

Installation of image 1 in package xxx failed to complete.

Unable to apply (0x80070070)

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The message in the screenshot says everything – There is not enough space on the disk Smile

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Identify Whether SCCM 2012 R2 CU3 has been installed

Cumulative Update 3 for System Center Configuration Manager 2012 R2 has been released http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2994331

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So once again it’s time to take a closer look at how to determine the installation status of this cumulative update, this time for CU3.

After upgrading to System Center Configuration Manager 2012 R2 CU3, you will be able to identify the update as shown here.

First let us take a look at the console, after the update the console reports version 5.0.7958.1401

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The console reported version 5.0.7958.1303 before updating which is 2012 R2 CU2.

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The Console update is also listed in Control Panel as an Installed Update.

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The site will still report version 5.00.7958.1000 after the update.

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In order to check if the update has been applied we must look in the registry.

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\SMS\Setup\CULevel

CULevel reports 3 after CU3 has been applied.

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Before updating CULevel reported 2 because Cumulative Update 2 was installed.

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This update is also visible under Installed Updates in Control Panel.

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The client will report 5.00.7958.1401 after the client has been updated.

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With these components updated:

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Before updating the client reported 5.00.7958.1303 for 2012 R2 CU2 client.

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System Center 2012 R2 Cumulative Update 3 also includes quite a lot of changes to PowerShell support for Config Manager http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2999304