How to Stop an System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM) Client Push

If you ever do a big oops and hit the “install client” action on a full collection instead of a single machine, there’s an easy way to fix this before you bring your network down to a crawl.

 

 

Software Push 1

First, I stop the SMS Exec service, and browse to your <SCCM install dir>\inboxes\ccr.box folder.  You should see tons of records in this folder.  Just select all files (minus the top 2 folders), and delete them.  You should then have an empty folder like this – then you can restart the SMS Exec service and be good to go!

CCR Box

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System Center 2012 R2 Release Date October 18, 2013

The title says it all.  We finally have a release date for System Center 2012 R2 (and also Win 8.1). 

Here’s a good link via WindowsITPro that highlights some of the new features of R2

http://blogs.technet.com/b/in_the_cloud/archive/tags/what_2700_s+new+in+2012+r2/

It’s quite a bit of reading, and much doesn’t apply to me.  I didn’t see anything earth shattering – but its worth an hours read.

 

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SCCM 2012 SP1 CU2 Released

A few days late to the game, but I see SCCM 2012 SP1 CU2 has been released.

Download here:  http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2854009

From the release notes:

Administrator Console

  • The Add Site Server Roles Wizard incorrectly blocks adding a site server when the first word of the server’s fully qualified domain name is longer than 15 characters.
  • Multiple nodes and property sheets in the Administrator Console can now be announced correctly by screen reader software.

Application Virtualization

  • Virtual Application packages that are saved on a Distributed File System (DFS) share may not migrate from Configuration Manager 2007 to Configuration Manager 2012. Errors that resemble the following are logged in the MIGMCTRL.log file:

    Failed to connect to share \\production\dfs\Virtual Applications\App Source : Error 0×80070520
    Impersonation is reverted.
    Set the status of the entity Virtual Application 1 to Failed.
    Set the status of the job entity Virtual Application 1 to Failed.
    Microsoft.ConfigurationManagement.Migration.MigrationException: Failed to connect to share \\production\dfs\Virtual Applications\App Source : Error 0×80070520

  • Nonalphanumeric characters in the CertificateIssuers string cause site assignments not to work
    (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2841764/ )

    in a System Center 2012 Configuration Manager Site environment.

Operating system deployment

  • Task Sequences may ignore the Multicast Only flag when downloads are performed within the full operating system instead of Windows PE.
  • A task sequence that has multiple “Install Application” steps may fail. Additionally, the following error message is logged in the SMSTS.log file:

    Error Task Sequence Manager failed to execute task sequence. Code 0×80004005

  • Clients may not download a new operating system image when custom ports are defined for the site server. The SMSTS.log file will contain error messages that resemble the following:

    WinHttpQueryHeaders() returns status code 404 (Not Found)
    SendWinHttpRequest failed. 80190194.
    DownloadFile failed. 80190194.
    Error downloading file from http://siteserver.contonso.com:80/SMS_DP_SMSPKG$/CAS0000A/sccm?/install_ipremote.cmd to C:\_SMSTaskSequence\Packages\CAS0000A\install_ipremote.cmd
    DownloadFiles failed. 80190194.

  • Cumulative Update 2 offers limited support for deployment of Windows PE 3.1-based images. These images must be completed before they are added to the site server. If later changes are needed, they can be made by using the Deployment Image Servicing and Management (DISM) tool. Any Distribution Points that have the old image must be updated.

    The following optional components have to be installed beforehand:

    • WinPE-Scripting.cab
    • WinPE-WMI.cab
    • WinPE-WDS-TOOLS.cab

    The following operations are not supported:

    • Installing additional optional component through Configuration Manager
    • Adding drivers
    • Setting scratch space
    • Configuring prestart command
    • Configuring background image file
    • Enabling and disabling command prompt support (debug mode)

Asset Intelligence

  • “Software 09B – Computers with infrequently used software installed” reports do not contain accurate data for Windows Installer-based applications that are updated.

Mobile device management

  • Windows Mobile 6.5 devices no longer receive application policies after the site server is upgraded from the release version of Configuration Manager 2012 to Configuration Manager 2012 Service Pack 1.

Software distribution

  • The content status of a package is stuck in the “In progress – Waiting for Content” status
    (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2828900/ )

    in System Center 2012 Configuration Manager SP1.

  • Content status may show a state of “Unknown” when a distribution point on a Configuration Manager 2007 Secondary Site is upgraded to Configuration Manager 2012.
  • Status messages from pull-distribution points are now routed through management points instead of directly to site servers. This decreases the site server performance effect of having multiple pull-distribution points.

Updated list of supported Linux and UNIX clients

  • The list of supported UNIX and Linux platforms is updated to include x86 and x64 versions of the following:
    • Ubuntu 12.04
    • Ubuntu 10.04
    • Oracle Linux 5
    • Oracle Linux 6
    • CentOS 5
    • CentOS 6
    • Debian 5
    • Debian 6

Site systems

  • Status Manager may not process changes to built-in Status Filter Rules on localized Configuration Manager installations. Entries similar to the following may be logged in the STATMGR.log file:

    ERROR: The component item for SMS_STATUS_MANAGER in the master site control file does not contain property list items for a status filter named “SMS_STATUS_MANAGER”, or those property lists are corrupt or badly formatted.

  • Installation of the Client Notification component (bgbisapi.msi) will fail on sites that have custom websites (SMSWEB) or custom ports that are defined. The BGBSetup.log will contain the following errors messages:
    bgbisapi.msi exited with return code: 1603
    Backing up X:\Program Files\Microsoft Configuration Manager\logs\bgbisapiMSI.log to X:\Program Files\Microsoft Configuration Manager\logs\bgbisapiMSI.log.LastError
    Fatal MSI Error – bgbisapi.msi could not be installed

    The bgbisapiMSI.log will also contain errors that resemble the following:

    ERROR: Failed to configure sms ports ’0×80020009′.
    ERROR: Failed to process port information.
    @@ERR:25011
    Product: BGB http proxy — Internal Error 25011. 80020009
    Internal Error 25011. 80020009
    CustomAction CcmCreateIISVirtualDirectories returned actual error code 1603

  • Active Directory User and Group Discovery methods may not update group relationship data when the “Enable delta discovery” option is selected.

Configuration Manager SDK

  • The CPApplet.CPAppletMgr Automation object returns error 0×80040154 when you use the object on a 64-bit operating system that has Configuration Manager Compatibility Shims (32BitCompat.msi) installed.

Client

Cumulative Update Setup Wrapper (Installer)

  • The installer can now be run again on the same site server to create or to re-create deployment assistance items (packages and programs).
  • The installer can update the Administrator Console directly when the installer is run on a site server or on a workstation where the console is installed. Earlier versions of the installer only copied the Administrator Console update (.msp) to the file system, and the console update had to be installed separately. The previous installation method of installing the update manually is still supported.
  • The logging format is improved to increase detail for tracking progress or for troubleshooting installation failures.


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VMWare Workstation with Windows Server 2012 Black Screen After VMWare Tools Install

Had an interesting issue today while recreating a new SCCM 2012 SP1 lab environment.  I loaded it up on VMWare Workstation (yeah, I know, the OTHER guys)…. and then installed VMWare tools on my Server 2012 VM.  After a reboot I noticed I could see the BIOS, then a bootup sequence with Windows, then all black.  Could tell my mouse went into something…

After digging a bit I found the fix.

Under the VM settings, go to display and check “Accelerate 3D graphics”.  Force a reboot and it should come up just fine.


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New Microsoft Zero-Day Internet Explorer Vulnerability

It looks like there’s a pretty serious zero day vulnerability that’s currently being exploited.

No word if Microsoft is planning on releasing an out of band patch or waiting until patch Tuesday next week.

Some details and links (including the planned “OpsUSA” attack)

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/security/advisory/2847140

Microsoft FIX IT Utility – http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2847140

FBI Flash DDOS Scripts

http://docs.ismgcorp.com/files/external/Brobot_Flash_Report.pdf

Krebs on Security

http://krebsonsecurity.com/2013/05/dhs-opusa-may-be-more-bark-than-bite/

Attack information: (adult language)
http://pastebin.com/TyvAK20F

Publicized Target list:
http://pastebin.com/LXHKjsfg

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Managing Third Party Updates with System Center Configuration Manager

Patch Management

Patch Management

If you missed Kent Agerlund’s MMS 2013 session, or didn’t make it all … I strongly encourage everyone to check out this webinar scheduled for May 13.

Kent Agerlund is a Microsoft MVP working with Coretech, and widely known as one of the best System Center guys around. 

From the invitation:

Whether you attended MMS 2013 or not, this is a must attend webinar! Get the chance to gain some of the knowledge from MMS 2013, as well as get your questions answered by Kent Agerlund from Coretech, a Microsoft Configuration Manager MVP.During this 45 minute webinar, Kent Agerlund will provide you with tips and tricks to solve the daily challenges around patching your environment with Microsoft and non-Microsoft updates. You will learn how to design and configure a software update solution that will be easy to manage, yet powerful enough to maintain your server and desktop environment. Lastly, he will go through how you can patch 3rd party applications in SCCM and his key learning’s on how to manage common challenges in this area.

About Kent Agerlund, Coretech
Configuration Manager MVP. Microsoft Certified Trainer and Senior Consultant. Kent has been working with SMS since 1997 and as a trainer / consultant since 1992. In addition, he is Co-founder of System Center User Group Denmark in 2009.

Certified MCITP: Enterprise Administrator, MCSA + Messaging, MCT and Technology Specialist in Configuration Manager, MDOP and Windows 2008 R2 and much more.

Member of:
Microsoft Denmark System Center Partner Expert Team , The Danish Technet Influencers program , System Center Influencers Program.

Sign up herehttps://www.brighttalk.com/webcast/8113/74379
May 13 2013 1:00 pm (CDT)
 


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The countdown: Less Than One Year for XP End of Support!

During MMS 2013 – a theme was reiterated over and over… we’re now down to 1 year of XP support. 

Microsoft will end Extended Support on April 8, 2014.

If you are a Windows 7 migration engineer - that means you will be very busy in the next 12 months converting remaining systems to Windows 7. 

Here’s a few key points from a Microsoft blog that I saw last week at MMS 2013.

http://blogs.windows.com/windows/b/springboard/archive/2013/04/08/365-days-remaining-until-xp-end-of-support-the-countdown-begins.aspx

 

  • On April 8, 2014, we will end the extended support for our commercial customers and we will no longer provide security updates for commercial or consumer customers.
  • Simply, it means you should take action to move off of Windows XP. After April 8, 2014, there will be no new security updates, non-security hotfixes, free or paid assisted support options or online technical content updates. Running Windows XP SP3 and Office 2003 in your environment after their end of support date may expose your company to potential risks, such as:
    • Security & Compliance Risks: Unsupported and unpatched environments are vulnerable to security risks. This may result in an officially recognized control failure by an internal or external audit body, leading to suspension of certifications, and/or public notification of the organization’s inability to maintain its systems and customer information.
    • Lack of Independent Software Vendor (ISV) & Hardware Manufacturers support: Back in 2011, many independent software vendors (ISVs) were already unlikely to support new versions of applications on Windows XP.

Yes, that’s correct.  NO NEW SECURITY PATCHES AFTER APRIL 2014

Talk about a hackers paradise!

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Problem Microsoft Security Patch MS13-036

Well, I am back from MMS 2013 just in time to remediate an April Microsoft security patch that’s caused mutiple problems.  The symptons are systems basically failing to boot after loading the patch to random applications not opening and/or crashing.

Right now it looks like Microsoft has pulled the patch until a fix is completed.  In the meantime – you’ll want to disable or remove this patch from SCCM or your software distribution product. 

Here’s the details

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2823324

Removal Steps for Windows 7

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2839011

Although the problem only seems to affect Windows 7 – its also available for XP.  Not sure if XP is affected or not. 

 

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IE Crashing with error Faulting module path: C:\windows\syswow64\msvcrt.dll

Ran across a very strange instance today with Windows 7 64 Bit and IE9.

When opening IE9 on a fresh image – it would immediately crash and try to restart.  It would loop a few times and eventually just display a blank IE screen.

The event log shows this error:

Faulting module path: C:\windows\syswow64\msvcrt.dll

error1

error2

 

Here’s the quick fix.  After IE bombs a few times and sits broken, go to Tools – Internet Options – Advanced Tab -

Check the following option on top “Use software rendering instead of GPU redering”

fix

 

Restart IE9 and that should fix it.  If not, you most likely have larger issues in your image.

 

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MMS 2013 Closing Party – XS at Wynn Encore

Since I was a DJ in a previous life – the closing parties are always of special interest for me.  Especially since they are now held in Vegas clubs.  Last year’s event was excellent (in my opinion).  Others hated it.  Can’t make everyone happy.

Anyway, it’s been announced that 2013 MMS closing party will be at XS Nightclub at the Wynn Encore. 

Here’s a great review online

The name XS isn’t handed out to clubs that skimp on the décor or use fake gold. Nor is it given to clubs who boast only a few hundred guests and a drink menu that resembles the liquor aisle at the grocery store.

Clubs that don’t go the extra mile get names like Sparse or Meager.

But when you walk into XS at the Encore you don’t have to be worry about being in inadequate surroundings. This club, after all, didn’t come with a $100 million price tag because they went bargain shopping at Wal-Mart.

Steve Wynn and nightclub impresario Victor Drai spared no expense in building the priciest nightclub ever conceived. You get the sense that your salary pales in comparison to what was spent on this club from the moment you traverse the glitter-laden tile staircase at the entrance where a gold-plated mold of naked women (all of which were employees of XS) stretches out more than 15 feet.

The gold-plating doesn’t end there. There is also a gold-plated, 10-foot rotating chandelier that hovers over the main dance floor and three more gold-plated molds of a former sexy cocktail waitress that serve as decoration behind one of the club’s four bars. Wynn has nabbed electronic superstar and best-seller deadmau5 for a year-long DJ residency at XS in 2012. Where an average nightclub might sign an up-and-coming DJ and make a big story of it, XS manages to have a proven international sensation spinning throughout the year.

The dance floor itself is likely bigger than your apartment at almost 1,100-square feet. The VIP booths that surround the dance floor are not your run-of-the-mill variety either. They are made with gold-embossed crocodile skin. (The one we stopped by played host to Leonardo DiCaprio just three weeks prior).

If you’re lucky enough to spring for bottle service at XS, you can experience the ultimate in luxury and order XS’s signature drink, the Ono. The cocktail itself screams opulence with a mixture of Dom Peringon Oenothèque champagne and Louis XIII de Remy Martin Black Pearl cognac, which is a limited edition cognac that sold out within two months of being offered. But XS doesn’t stop there. This drink is paired with men’s sterling silver cufflinks embossed with a stingray and a raised XS logo and a women’s 18K white-gold chain with a black pearl pendant and XS logo.

Amazingly, this $10,000 drink is sold twice a month on average.

Beyond the 13,000-square foot indoor area, XS opens up to a 27,000-square foot pool area reserved for hotel guests during the day and at night gives the club space for an additional 26 cabanas where bottle service is available.

On Sunday nights during the summer, the inside of the club shuts down and the action moves outside for a decadent swim party. At 10 p.m. guests can find themselves in swimwear dancing the night away or even taking part in one of the table games at the outdoor casino.  

With the staggering amount of people that visit XS — 8,000 nightly, you will be hard-pressed to get in the club without springing for bottle service or being on the guest list. Lines often extend down to the Le Rêve theater, which is at least a football field and a half away. Also, don’t bother waiting in the hallway outside the club to mooch off your friends or try and catch the eye of someone else already enjoying bottle service. Security won’t go for it and will usher you along if you stop just for a second.

Even if you don’t live of your life in excess, you should treat yourself to one night during your Vegas trip and experience XS. After all, what would Vegas be without a little XS?

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