Configuration Manager

Collect your drivers and export them to a share

Last week I saw a really interesting Tweet from Adam Eaddy mentioning his blog where he had published a automated way to build Configuration Manager Driver Packages automatically by collecting drivers from a remote PC. The script worked great, but I missed the nice folder structure to keep the drivers nice and ordered. I tweaked his script a bit, so it would fit my needs. This PowerShell script collects the drivers (in a nice manufacturer\model\version\arch structure) and copies them to a network share.

Upgrading SCCM 2012 R2 to ConfigMgr 1602

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A customer wanted to upgrade his current Windows 7 Enterprise devices to Windows 10. Right now he was running SCCM 2012 R2, so before I can start creating a Windows 10 task sequence first there some ConfigMgr upgrading has to be done. I started by downloading the SCCM 1511 bits, Windows ADK 10.0 (not the 1511 version!) and the HP WinPE 10.0 driver pack (since the customer is running HP devices only).

When all the bits were downloaded, the upgrade process can start!

Upgrading SCCM 2012 R2 Preview to SCCM 2012 R2 RTM

I’ve been running System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager for some time now, but since SCCM 2012 R2 was released today I really wanted to upgrade my server to the RTM bits! For now I’m upgrading my machine, since it is still running Windows Server 2012 I will probably do a clean install (on top of Windows Server 2012 R2) somewhere in the near future.

Prepare for the upgrade

Before you can start the upgrade, there ar e some things you should know:

Upgrade your SCCM 2012 SP1 to R2 Preview

Interesting read: Upgrade SCCM 2012 R2 Preview to SCCM 2012 R2 RTM

At TechEd Europe the availability of System Center R2 Configuration Manager Preview was announced. Since I’m running SCCM 2012 SP1 in my home lab, I found some free time (during TechEd) to upgrade my lab to the Preview release of SCCM 2012 R2.

Prepare for the upgrade

Before you can start the upgrade, there are some things you should know :

  • Since this is a Preview release, you should not run it on your production machines
  • Remove the current Windows ADK 8.0
  • Download and install the new Windows ADK (preview) 8.1
  • In the example below I’m only using one Site Server.

UPDATE #6 : Where in the world are my SCCM 2012 (71-243) test results? They have arrived!

Somewhere in February 2012 you were able to attend the System Center Configuration Manager 2012 exam (71-243 a.k.a. 70-243). In the normal days we would have to wait for about 6-8 weeks before the exam results would become available……not this time.

The SCCM 2012 exam went live last Thursday, April 12th , but we are still waiting for the results…

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Last week I talked to my contacts at MS Learning and the asked me to e-mail them if I didn’t receive the score before last Monday. At the moment the scores are still unavailable, so I send them an e-mail first thing Monday morning.

At the end of the day I received an e-mail from Stephanie and she told me that the score generally will become available within the first two weeks of the exam being live, but usually the scores are usually available within a few days of release of the live exam.

The also promised me to follow up with Prometric to find out when the scores will show on our Prometric Candidate History page.

Just a few minutes ago I received another e-mail (from Lisa this time). She told me that Prometric is investigating the issue at the moment. Whenever there will be new information I will update this blog post.

For now I would like to thanks Microsoft Learning (especially Stephanie and Lisa) for their effort to get us our SCCM 2012 Beta results! Smile

New MCP Credential : Microsoft Certified Non-Professional

Robbert Verbeek pointed me to the latest Microsoft Credential : Microsoft Certified Non-Professional. To achieve this credential you have to pass both the 70-401 (SCCM,Configuring) and the 70-656 (MDOP, Configuring). I’m not sure why Microsoft should name it **Non-Professional_,_** but as you can see below…it does exist! I already forwarded this screenshot to the guys over at @MSLearning, when I receive a respsonse I’ll let you know 🙂 ps. Back in September 2009 Eric Denekamp also received the ‘Non-Professional’ Certification

Webcast : Geek out with System Center Experts

� Next week there will be two interesting TechNet WebCasts about System Center. Live participation features interactive technical presentations and the ability to participate in real-time question-and-answer sessions. Software Distribution with System Center Configuration Manager Thursday, December 13, 2007 11:30 AM Pacific Time (What time is this in my region?) Optimizing Desktop Management with System Center Configuration Manager and Microsoft SoftGrid Application Virtualization Tuesday, January 15, 2008 1:00 PM Pacific Time (What time is this in my region?

System Center Configuration Manager Beta Exam

Trika announced the SCCM Beta exam today on her blog : _If you fancy System Center Configuration Manager, you might like to take the beta for 70-401: TS: Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager 2007, Configuring**.** Feel free to share with colleagues. If you don’t know much about betas, read_ this _or_ this _first._ Invitation You are invited to take beta exam 70-401: TS: Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager 2007, Configuring.

System Center Configuration Manager 2007 Product Quiz

The System Center Configuration Manager 2007 User Assistance team has created a set of quizzes to help you assess your understanding of the dependencies and requirements for key features of Configuration Manager. The System Center Configuration Manager 2007 User Assistance team has created a set of quizzes to help you assess your understanding of the dependencies and requirements for key features of Configuration Manager. These quizzes are intended to raise your level of awareness of the some of the nuances of these features before you configure and use them.

UPDATED : MCP : System Center Configuration Manager Beta & Windows 2008 Exams

<td width="469" vAlign="top"> <img border="0" width="113" src="//www.msgeek.nl/wp-content/uploads/2007/11/mcitp2.png" alt="MCITP" height="61" /> </td> Today Trika announced on her blog that the next beta exam will be probably available at the end of this month (next week!). The next three betas will be the MCTS exams for Windows 2008 (71-640, 71-641, 71-642), the exact date isn’t sure but it could be somewhere between the end of November (next week!