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Thursday, April 30, 2015

Remove Microsoft System Center 2012 R2 Menu

When you install the Configuration manager client you will see Software Center in your start menu.

In some situations you might not want this to happen.

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The installation of the menu items can be excluded if you use the installation property, as shown here in a Task Sequence.

/ExcludeFeatures:ClientUI

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After installation from this task sequence and with the above property, you will se no Microsoft System Center 2012 R2 menu:

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About Client Installation Properties in Configuration Manager

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Join Windows 10 to Azure Active Directory

This time lets try to join a Windows 10 client build 10061 to Azure AD.

First we need to enable Device Registration Azure AD. open the Azure portal and browse to your Directory, select Configure and select Yes on Enable Device Registration, then save the change:

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On the Windows 10 client open Settings:

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Click on System:

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In system click About:

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Click on Connect to cloud:

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Cloud Experience host will open with a Heads up, just click Continue:

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Enter your Azure AD credentials and click Sign In:

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If this is the first time using the Azure AD user you need to change the initial password and click Sign In:

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That’s it, the computer is now connected to Azure AD.

In About System you will now see the text Leave the organization, we will try that another day Smile

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Under the user in Azure AD you will be able to see the connected device:

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In the local computer certification store, you will find a new certificate for Client Authentication:

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Next time you login you will be able to use your Azure AD credentials:

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After login you will be prompted to set up a PIN for sign in or unlocking device:

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Default PIN complexity requirements:

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After successfully login you will see your Acure AD user is added to the local administrators group:

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Next time you login or unlock device you can use password or PIN:

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In settings Accounts you will be able to click Update my Microsoft account:

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Enter Azure AD credentials:

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And you will be able to see your assigned Application, change password and register your account for password Reset:

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That’s it - your device is connected to your Azure AD user.

Monday, April 20, 2015

Extend the Task sequence error timeout duration

Whenever you encounter and error in your Task Sequence you will see a Task Sequence Error popup.

This message will be shown for 15 minutes by default.

You might first be back after the 15 minutes has passed, and then the machines could be at the login screen.

You actually don’t know if it finished successfully or not, since the error timeout has expired and the machine rebooted.

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In order to extend this timeout period you can use the variable SMSTSErrorDialogTimeout

When an error occurs in a task sequence, a dialog box is displayed that is automatically dismissed after a number of seconds specified by this variable. By default, the dialog box is automatically dismissed after 900 seconds (15 minutes)..

You can for example set the variable in your Task Sequence as shown here (86400 = 24 hours):

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And result:

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https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/hh273375.aspx

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

SCCM - SQL Server service running account error

When installing SCCM 2012 R2 you might see an error like this in the Prerequisite Check.

SQL Server service running account

The logon account for the SQL Server service cannot be a local user account, NT SERVICE\<sql service name> or LOCAL SERVICE.  You must configure the SQL Server service to use a valid domain account, NETWORK SERVICE, or LOCAL SYSTEM.

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This can easily be changed to a domain service account.

First create the service account in Active Directory, the name the service account according to your standards.

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Enter a password for the account and select User cannot change password and Password never expires.

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And then click Finish to create the account.

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Start SQL Server Configuration Manager on your SQL server.

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Click SQL Server Services, right-click the name of the SQL Server instance for which you want to change the service startup account, and then click Properties. 

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Insert account name and password for the service account and click OK.

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You will se a message asking whether you want to restart the SQL Server service, click Yes.

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And now SCCM Prerequisite Check does not show the error:

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Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Prerequisites installation and SCCM Client

In some situations, you want the Configuration manger Client not to install prerequisites like Silverlight and DotNet4. Perhaps you want to install a newer versions or you simply don’t need for example Silverlight.

The client will per default install Microsoft .NET Framework 4 Client Profile and Silverlight, but this can be changed by Installation Properties.

This is the installed programs after installation of Windows 2008 R2 with the SCCM client, you will see .Net framework 4 Client profile and Silverlight:

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Adding these properties to the client installation will do the trick (here from task sequence):

/skipprereq:dotnetfx40_client_x86_x64.exe;Silverlight.exe

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After installation from this task sequence and with the above properties, you will se no .Net or Silverlight installed:

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About Client Installation Properties in Configuration Manager