Michael Griswold's SCCM Tips and Tricks

Things I have learned and want to share

What was old is new again

The time has come for me to change blog platforms.  I have tried to clone over many of my more...

Author: Mike Griswold Date: 11/20/2018

Don't forget the provider!!!

I have seen across the internet where folks have been frustrated, unable to remove a site system...

Author: Mike Griswold Date: 10/19/2018

Where are those files going?

When working with System Center Configuration Manager (a.k.a. SCCM or ConfigMgr) you see a lot of...

Author: Mike Griswold Date: 05/15/2018

Time for a Tune-up

Back in the day when I went on site to help SCCM customers all the time I kept a compiled list of...

Author: Mike Griswold Date: 01/22/2018

Dropping some FSP

(My post title is a nod to a Blues Traveler Song) As much as I know about the System Center...

Author: Mike Griswold Date: 06/01/2017

Quick provider overview

Nothing new in this post per se but I wanted to get something up and I recently became aware that...

Author: Mike Griswold Date: 04/20/2017

WSUS in Azure

Recently I assisted in brining a new person into my team, Matt Garton.  He comes from the world of...

Author: Mike Griswold Date: 04/06/2017

Me... in two places!

Hi all, Sorry this blog has been quiet lately.  I was asked to help get blogging restarted in my new...

Author: Mike Griswold Date: 03/27/2017

Why are old AD records still being discovered

Sometimes SCCM can be sneaky.  For those that have been using Configuration Manager for a while now...

Author: Mike Griswold Date: 09/26/2016

Closer to the action

This blog may be quiet for a little bit.  For those who follow it you know I was a Premier Field...

Author: Mike Griswold Date: 07/21/2016

What release was that in?

In the past I have seen blogs on version numbers matching to ConfigMgr release names and such and...

Author: Mike Griswold Date: 06/06/2016

Content not lost

Several months back during some winter storm a power outage hit the building where I keep all my lab...

Author: Mike Griswold Date: 04/18/2016

Status message based collection

Long ago as part of a different post I provided a query to make collections based on status...

Author: Mike Griswold Date: 03/11/2016

A simple trick to make CMTrace even more handy

Part of why I enjoy my job is that working with new people and their different backgrounds and...

Author: Mike Griswold Date: 01/28/2016

So many site systems!

Here is another little trick that I recently became aware that many folks don't know. If you run...

Author: Mike Griswold Date: 12/10/2015

Pre-download content before application installation

This is one of those tricks that many of the experienced ConfigMgr/SCCM admins out there already...

Author: Mike Griswold Date: 10/01/2015

WQL to SQL

If you want to do any deep troubleshooting with System Center 2012 Configuration Manager...

Author: Mike Griswold Date: 08/26/2015

PowerShell failing in a task sequence

I recently worked on an issue with a customer that might affect more of you out there. They were...

Author: Mike Griswold Date: 07/27/2015

Marked for reinstallation, it will not be started at this time

A few weeks ago my customer hit a situation where their clients were failing to communicate with...

Author: Mike Griswold Date: 06/12/2015

ConfigMgr 2012 SP2 and R2SP1 - From here to there

With the recent announcement of the latest service pack release for the System Center 2012...

Author: Mike Griswold Date: 05/14/2015

Collection creation based on state messages

Back in my System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM) 2007 days I wrote up a blog post about...

Author: Mike Griswold Date: 05/04/2015

Export that collection membership

Hi folks. Today's post is on the topic of one of those "so obvious it hurts" topics. I...

Author: Mike Griswold Date: 03/10/2015

Fallback DP = no DP

There is a point of confusion currently in the System Center 2012 Configuration Manager product, and...

Author: Mike Griswold Date: 01/27/2015

Search through everything!!!!!

With Configuration Manager 2012 came a new UI. It took some getting used to but I, for one, have...

Author: Mike Griswold Date: 12/16/2014

Get more from your queries

Every SCCM admin has figured out how to create a collection with a query rule to dynamically update...

Author: Mike Griswold Date: 10/17/2014

Disabling RBAC during custom report creation

A much anticipated feature of System Center Configuration Manager 2012 (SCCM) was RBA (Role Based...

Author: Mike Griswold Date: 09/17/2014

Which Prestart command will I get?

For those of you doing OS deployments with System Center Configuration Manager 2012 (I bet the same...

Author: Mike Griswold Date: 07/29/2014

To hotfix or not to hotfix, that is the question

Let me start this blog post by making it clear that this is my opinion, not an official stance....

Author: Mike Griswold Date: 07/09/2014

How to manually clean your SCCM server roles off the box

Occasionally it becomes necessary to manually clean off a server of SCCM components. When that...

Author: Mike Griswold Date: 05/16/2014

How to get clients to avoid one of your management points

The other week I had a customer asking me how they could keep clients from using a Management Point,...

Author: Mike Griswold Date: 04/22/2014

Getting started with RBA in System Center Configuration Manager 2012

RBAC, or Role Based Administration, is new with the SCCM 2012 product. Many customers I encounter...

Author: Mike Griswold Date: 03/11/2014

Basic content deployment troubleshooting in SCCM 2012

I was recently asked to pull together a general starting point guideline on how to troubleshoot...

Author: Mike Griswold Date: 02/07/2014

The easy way to test SQL connectivity

While I can’t say I have to do it all that often, there are occasional times when I need to test...

Author: Mike Griswold Date: 01/06/2014

Are your new clients working?

I have setup many SCCM installations in my time and once I have all the server side pieces in place...

Author: Mike Griswold Date: 11/26/2013

Digging in on application deployment

I will admit, this is a bit of a lame post on my part.  I just wanted to help spread some...

Author: Mike Griswold Date: 11/01/2013

System discovery of an untrusted forest fails with 0x8007052E

I got a question from one of my customers the other day that was an easy, but not obvious,...

Author: Mike Griswold Date: 10/11/2013

So you think you can be me (a.k.a Job opening in PFE)?

I have all kinds of quotes running through my head today. “To every season, turn, turn,...

Author: Mike Griswold Date: 09/10/2013

Testing software deployment for a Linux machine

I was recently working with a customer to setup management of their Mac and Linux machines with...

Author: Mike Griswold Date: 09/02/2013

Quick tips to improve the accuracy of your metrics for deployments

One of the topics that comes up with a lot of my SCCM customers is how their management is looking...

Author: Mike Griswold Date: 07/01/2013

Configuration Management for the non SCCM admin

DCM was a feature in SCCM 2007 that got renamed to Configuration Management in System Center 2012...

Author: Mike Griswold Date: 05/29/2013

SCCM, Intune, and you

With System Center 2012 Configuration Manager Service pack 1 came new ways to manage new OS types....

Author: Mike Griswold Date: 05/03/2013

KB2775511 deployment for the SCCM Admin

This week Microsoft rolled out a BIG hotfix (90 hotfixes) rollup for Windows 7 SP1 and Windows...

Author: Mike Griswold Date: 03/13/2013

The best group is a DP group!

There are all kinds of new features in System Center 2012 Configuration Manager (SCCM 2012) and you...

Author: Mike Griswold Date: 03/08/2013

“Dial Me In Baby” and the other magical files of Configuration Manager

10/22/14 update - Added archive_reports.sms section Back in the SMS 2.0 days I was doing phone...

Author: Mike Griswold Date: 02/06/2013

Manual removal of the SCCM client

As much as I love it, it may occasionally be necessary to remove the System Center Configuration...

Author: Mike Griswold Date: 01/02/2013

Permissions to Create a collection

I had a customer doing some custom permission setting in System Center 2012 Configuration Manager...

Author: Mike Griswold Date: 11/19/2012

DP converts, but content fails

I hit an odd issue with a customer recently that was not easy to figure out or troubleshoot so I...

Author: Mike Griswold Date: 10/23/2012

404 for Driver packages, can’t find content.

Driver management has never been a fun aspect of Configuration Manager.  It is one of those...

Author: Mike Griswold Date: 09/19/2012

An easier way to create packages and programs

Today’s tip is one which many folks already know, but surprisingly many folks, even those who have...

Author: Mike Griswold Date: 09/06/2012

Fast policy evaluation only for new machines

10/13/14 - updated to add restart info Many of my customers are in similar situations where they do...

Author: Mike Griswold Date: 08/02/2012

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