Forcing Weekly Reboots via SCCM

Posted by on February 7, 2013 at 10:34 am

In my environment, it was decided that we would reboot all PCs once a week. The merits of this are intensely debated on the internet, so this may not be the right route for your organization to take, but it definitely does serve some valid purposes in our opinion. Ensures that all PCs are regularly […]

Resolving RegUtils error per-machine when deploying Java via SCCM

Posted by on December 13, 2012 at 7:41 pm

I’ve previously discussed how to deploy Java via SCCM 2007. The most common reason for this deployment to fail in our environment is “Internal Error 2753. regutils.dll”. It looks like this error is typically caused by having a browser or Java itself running when you try to update it. Here’s what we do to resolve it […]

Automatically Apply Regional Settings by IP

Posted by on November 26, 2012 at 9:47 pm

Here at the company I work for, we have a number of offices scattered around the world. Computers imaged at each office have to be placed in an OU specific to each office, have an office-specific Local Admin password set, and have the timezone set. Originally, we had a separate Task Sequence for each office, and we’d have to pick the right one. Unfortunately, this also meant that we had at least 5 of each Task Sequence, which made updating software packages pretty tedious, as we’d then have to update them in each TS.

I didn’t want to create an HTA to have the local IT guy manually select an office, and I was also averse to having the local IT guy enter specific values in the form of a Task Sequence Variable. Our offices each have well-defined subnets, so I knew there’d have to be a way to have the task sequence automatically apply these regional settings based on the IP address. Here’s how to do it!

OSD Hangs on “Installing Updates” Step

Posted by on September 21, 2012 at 5:35 pm

We were experiencing an issue at one of our remote offices where our OSD task sequence would get stuck right before it began installing updates (Windows and Office Updates). This issue seemed to only affect machines that were already in SCCM’s database; unknown machines were unaffected. The issue was most prevalent in one specific remote […]

Packaging MS AdCenter for SCCM Deployment

Posted by on May 30, 2012 at 6:04 pm

One would think that since Microsoft created SCCM, it would be really easy to distribute their software using it. One would be wrong to think that. Recent updates to Microsoft AdCenter are forcing users to update to the newest version, which is not possible for users in our environment who are not Admins due to […]

Deploy Latest Silverlight via SCCM using MSI

Posted by on May 21, 2012 at 11:52 am

When creating packages in SCCM, I strongly prefer to use MSIs over EXEs. They’re just way simpler. A few clicks and you’ve got all the command lines there for you automatically, instead of having to test and re-test or guess at the command line switches for an EXE. One thing that boggles my mind is […]

Capture Task Sequence Logs during OSD

Posted by on May 17, 2012 at 10:57 am

SCCM has this really annoying habit of not keeping TS logs accessible after completing an OSD task sequence. Unfortunately, this also applies when the TS fails. To combat this problem, I implemented the following solution from Steve Rachui, which moves the TS logs to a network share for proper archiving and ease of access. To […]

Test Your Command-Line Before Pushing a Package!

Posted by on May 14, 2012 at 7:25 pm

SCCM installs software using the local system account. This sometimes presents issues when testing before packaging in SCCM, as there is no straight-forward way to run things as this account. Packaging the software, testing by deploying to a test machine, and waiting for the results can be time-consuming, so here’s an alternative method for testing […]

Deploying Java with SCCM

Posted by on May 9, 2012 at 9:04 pm

Here’s how I’ve been able to deploy Java via SCCM 2007 (this method works for both Java 6 and Java 7): 1. Download the version of Java JRE you want to deploy HERE (specifically, the Offline installer; we use x86 even though we have x64 machines). 2. Run the Java EXE. 3. Find the temp […]

Changing the Topic.

Posted by on May 9, 2012 at 9:01 pm

Suddenly, I have real things to talk about. I stumbled onto the task of managing SCCM for my company, and have learned a LOT. However, as is often the case in Tech, learning is an ongoing process, and “a lot” is a relative term. As such, I will be posting tips, tricks, and things I […]