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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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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Automatically organising hosts by subnet using SCCM 2012

If you want to organise your machines according to subnet (for instance you have a different subnet for each location) then you can set the following membership query rule. If you set it as an incremental rule, it will automatically add and remove hosts as they are added and removed from the subnet. select SMS_R_SYSTEM.ResourceID,SMS_R_SYSTEM.ResourceType,SMS_R_SYSTEM.Name,SMS_R_SYSTEM.SMSUniqueIdentifier,SMS_R_SYSTEM.ResourceDomainORWorkgroup,SMS_R_SYSTEM.Client from SMS_R_System where SMS_R_System.IPSubnets = “192.168.1.0” Replace 192.168.1.0 with the network ID that you want to use for the collection.

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Creating a package to install Microsoft Office 2010 x86

This post is the first in a series of posts explaining which settings I used to create certain packages and applications within SCCM 2012. I hope you find it useful. First things first, you will need to create an installations settings package. This is done by opening a command prompt from within your Office source folder. An easy way to do this is by navigating to the folder and holding down shift and right clicking in a clear area of the folder. You can then choose “open a command prompt here”. Once the command is open, type the following command: setup.exe /admin You can set whichever settings you like here, […]

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