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Disk drive numbers may not correspond to the SATA channel numbers when you install Windows on a computer that has multiple SATA or RAID disks

If you have multiple drives in your Computer and they aren’t enumerating the way you are expecting this may be why…


Troubleshooting SCCM reports login failed error

Posting regarding use of FQDN vs. NetBIOS Name for SQL Reporting Services…

We ran into this issue, once we removed the FQDN everything worked perfectly.


Create Custom Reports for ConfigMgr 2012 with Report Builder

Here is a nice Blog outlining how to create Custom Reports using Report Builder…


PreStaged Media Functionality in Configuration Manager 2012 SP1

I have been messing around with Prestaged Media lately and to be honest I wish I had done this before.  I see alot of value in providing a vendor with the source files from your Task Sequence and not having to download them during the deployment.  I will be publishing the steps I took to create my media as I’m sure I’ll be using it again but did run across the following information that I wanted to post regarding Packages and Driver Packs and how they interact with PreStaged Media. Continue reading

Understanding the Configuration Manager Content Library

Here is a good article that explains the Content Library…


PowerShell + ConfigMgr Blog

I found the following Configuration Manager PowerShell Blog site that seems to have some good information…


Task sequence fails in Configuration Manager if software updates require multiple restarts

If you are applying Software Updates through a Task Sequence check this out…


File Types Rejected by IIS for Download from Distribution Point.

There are file types that IIS will by default reject download attempts, typically this isn’t an issue as the rejected file types are Resource Type files such as .config, .vb, .vbproj, .mdf.

In all my years as a System Center admin, I have only run into two (2) file types that I normally have to Allow, that is .config and .mdf.

This is due to .Net applications or Access Applications not being packaged into CAB Files and having a <ExecutableName>.exe.config or Access Database contained within the Source Media.

It is easy enough to resolve this problem if you know where to look.  In IIS 7.5 (Windows Server 2008 R2) you can manage the Request Filtering right from within the UI.

On each of your Distribution Points, launch Internet Information Services (IIS) Manager and navigate to Sites | Default Web Site Under IIS category double click on Request Filtering. From here you will find the extension that is being blocked.  Right click on the extension and select Remove.

I normally add it back with an Allowed = True so that it is obvious that I made this change.

Problems downloading a file with a plus sign (+) in the File Name (SCCM)

I recently ran into a problem where an application could not be downloaded to a client.

Upon investigation I discovered that the Source Media contained files that had a Plus (+) sign in the file name, by default IIS won’t \ can’t deal with this and you end up with a “404 File not found” error.

If you enable Double Escaping on the Distribution Points then IIS can deal with the plus sign and the file can be downloaded.

appcmd set config /section:requestfiltering /allowdoubleescaping:true

Be aware that this does reduce the security of your IIS Server, and your distribution point may be vulnerable to malicious URL’s.  Since this is only a Distribution Point, this should be a minor issue.

ZTIWindowsUpdate.WSF does not install all patches


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