Monday, June 25, 2012

Step by Step: ConfigMgr 2012 Primary Site Install

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ConfigMgr 2012 Primary Site Install (Stand-alone)

PreRequisites

·         Windows Server 2008 R2
o   Ensure the Computer Account is a member of the Local Administrators group
·         SQL Server 2008 R2 SP1 CU6
o   Ensure Named Pipes are enabled on the Database

Active Directory Setup

·         Create an AD group called SCCM Site Servers
·         Add the SCCM Server to the SCCM Site Servers Group

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Merge .WIM files and import into ConfigMgr 2007 can be adapted to 2012

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Scope

One largely overlooked areas of images imported into ConfigMgr is the fact that WIM files are actually single instance stores.  You can merge several WIM files together and once merged take up considerable less disk space than storing and importing them as separate files.  Capturing a single Windows 7 SP1 image with nothing but the OS takes up ~3GB for each x86 and x64.  If we merge the WIM files together we can save ~2.5GB. When merged the single instance store goes into effect and the WIM only saves the differences between the two images.  If you have several images for each OS I would combine them all into a single WIM.  **You can do this for combining multiple OS’s into a single WIM and save more space but I find it easier to manage on a per OS basis or per team like put all Client OS’s together and all Server OS’s together.   Below are the steps to merge the WIM’s, import them into ConfigMgr, and update the deployment Task Sequence.

BitLocker Key Recovery Integrated with ConfigMgr Console

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BitLocker AD Recovery Key Integrated with ConfigMgr 2007 Console.

Scope

Allow a BitLocker recovery key stored in AD to be accessed via the ConfigMgr 2007 Console.

Process

1.       Close the ConfigMgr 2007 Console
2.       Create a folder called ConfigMgrCustomTools on C:\
3.       Download Bitlocker Password extension.vbs and save it to C:\ConfigMgrCustomTools
4.       Download Custom Tools.xml and save it to <your configuration manager console directory>\AdminUI\XmlStorage\Extensions\Actions\7ba8bf44-2344-4035-bdb4-16630291dcf6
5.       ReOpen the ConfigMgr 2007 Console
6.       Open a collection and highlight a machine
a.       Right click on it and select Tom’s Custom Tools or Click on Tom’s Custom Tools from the Actions pane.
b.      Select Find BitLocker Recovery Keys

Reference

You can find out how to edit the files needed for this in my previous post “Create ConfigMgr 2007 Console Extensions”

Create ConfigMgr 2007 Console Extensions

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Create ConfigMgr 2007 Console Extensions

Scope

Extend the console with custom VBS scripts

Process

Create a new XML to call your custom tools with the correct SUB

XML File Contents

<ActionDescription Class="Group" DisplayName="<Right Click Menu Name>" MnemonicDisplayName="<Right Click Menu Name>" Description="<Status Bar Description>" SqmDataPoint="53">
<ActionGroups>
<ActionDescription Class="Executable" DisplayName="<Right Click Menu Action Name>" MnemonicDisplayName="<Right Click Menu Action Name>" Description="<Status Bar Description>">
<Executable>
<FilePath>wscript.exe</FilePath>
<Parameters> "<SCRIPT File LOCATION>" ##SUB:Name##</Parameters>
</Executable>
</ActionDescription>
</ActionGroups>
</ActionDescription>