Build and Capture in Configuration Manager 2012 SP1 using HTTPS

I’ve recently had a hell of a time getting build and capture to work to create a reference image for use with some workgroup machines that I’m going to need to build. My SCCM environment is entirely HTTPS, as I have to support internet based clients. This brings up some certificate issues, and I found this post from @jamesbannan. This post covers the whole process needed to workaround the issues with this particular scenario, but it attacks it from an MDT point of view. Reading through the comments, I came up with a slightly rejigged solution and so have written this blog post to pass on how I did it. First, […]

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Removing the “Other User” prompt from ctrl+alt+del

On some Windows 7 computers, after pressing ctrl+alt+del the user can be presented with a blank “other user” picture, before they are able to enter their authentication details. Some users can find this to be quite annoying. I’ve noticed this particularly on Toshiba laptops that have the Authentec finger printing software installed. In order to remove this, the software must be uninstalled and the laptop rebooted twice.  

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Orchestrator Runbook for creating a new mail enabled user

In this guide I will be explaining the process I have used to create a new user, allocate it to the correct OU, and define settings such as login script. The runbook looks like this: First drag an Initiate Data unit from the runbook control section. I renamed this to “User Info”. You can use whatever fields you want here, but the ones I used are as below: These will be linked to later in the runbook. Click finish and then drag and link a generate random text control from the utilities section. Set this up according to your complexity requirements, I did this as above. The next step is […]

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Connecting System Center Orchestrator – Part 3: System Center Operations Manager and System Manager

In part 2 of this series explained how to connect Orchestrator to SCCM. In this post I will explain connecting Operations Manager and System Manager. After opening Runbook Designer, go to Options and select either System Center Operations Manager or System Center System Manager depending on which one you want to configure. Click add on the dialogue box and you will be presented with this box:                           In the name box, type the name you want to refer to the connection as. Server is the FQDN of your SCOM/SCSM server. Domain is your domain name, username is in the format […]

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Connecting System Center Orchestrator – Part 2: System Center Configuration Manager

In Part One of this guide, I explained where to find installation instructions for Orchestrator integration packs, and then how to connect Orchestrator to Active Directory. In this post I will cover how to connect to System Center Configuration Manager. Open Runbook Designer, click options and then “System Center Configuration Manager”. In the dialogue box click add, then you will be presented with this box:                 Name should be the name of the connection. Server is the FQDN SCCM CAS or Primary Server depending on your infrastructure. Username is an SCCM administrator in the format domain\username The password is the password for the above account. […]

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Connecting System Center Orchestrator – Part 1: Active Directory

Microsoft System Center Orchestrator 2012 SP1 is a fantastic tool for automating many tasks within your datacenter. I’ll be posting guides as and when I figure them out for myself! In order to integrate it with Active Directory, you need to first download and install the integration packs to your runbook server. There is a guide to this here. You should note that if you already have System Center 2012 integration packs installed, you will need to un-deploy them and delete them from the runbook server before you can install the SP1 integration packs. After you have deployed the integration packs, you will need to open runbook designer and go […]

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Exchange Management Shell useful scripts

Check back here from time to time, I’ll be updating this as and when I find new one: When a user sends mail from a delegated mailbox, by default, the sent item goes into their own mailbox. To change this behavior so that the mail goes into the delegated mailbox’s sent items: Set-MailboxSentItemsConfiguration –Identity ‘CEO Mailbox’ –SendAsItemsCopiedTo SenderAndFrom –SendOnBehalfOfItemsCopiedTo SenderAndFrom To grant a user editor rights to a shared calendar on a mailbox: Add-MailboxFolderPermission -Identity ‘alias:\Calendar’ -User ‘username’  -AccessRights Reviewer

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Deploying Windows 8 Tablets via SCCM

Recently I need to deploy some HP ElitePad 900 tablets. These come partitioned and full of HP’s usual bloatware, so we wanted to start with a clean “slate” as it were. I’ve always found the posts at www.windows-noob.com to be a bit of a godsend. This post by @ncbrady was particularly helpful. With a few minor adjustments, you can make this work for the ElitePad too, and presumably any other windows tablet. Firstly, make sure you are deploying the correct architecture. The ElitePad is 32-bit, so make sure you are using the x86 Windows 8 image. Secondly, you don’t need to add any of the HP WinPE drivers to the boot […]

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Delete the Windows.old folder from a server

When performing an in place upgrade of your server, you are left with a folder called windows.old which you are unable to delete, even if you take ownership of it. Whereas in a client version of windows, you can remove this using the disk cleanup tool, this is not possible on Windows Server. For this you will need to follow the below procedure. From the start menu, type CMD into the search facility or run box, and then right click on it and “run as administrator”. Type the following at the command prompt, type the following and run then in sequence: takeown /F <DriveLetter>:\<FolderName>\* /R /A cacls <DriveLetter>:\<FolderName>\*.* /T /grant […]

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