Application Deployment Types in SCCM 2012

Purpose: How to use Application Deployment Types properly – real-life examples

The new features in SCCM 2012 could confuse at the first sight, if you dont stop to study them for a while. Old SCCM admins are used to packages while new admins are jumping straight into the applications. This post will focus on the applications only.

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Update SCCM 2012 Admin Console to SP1 CU3

Purpose: You have installed SCCM SP1 CU3, and now you need to update your Admin Consoles!

Updating the SCCM 2012 system with any major update that includes fixes to the Admin Console – generally means that you need to update all the Admin Consoles that you have in your environment to meet the version of your servers. In SP1 CU3, you can still use the old Admin Console after the update, so there is no rush to update all of the Admin Consoles.

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Update the SCCM 2012 Clients to SP1 CU3

Purpose: You have installed SCCM SP1 CU3, and now you need to update your agents!

Updating the SCCM 2012 system with any major update that includes fixes to the client-side – automatically means that you need to update all the clients that you have in your environment to meet the version of your servers. This can be done using different methods. The following methods are at least supported by Microsoft as a weapon of choice. In this post, I will only cover the method that I selected.

Methods of updating the SCCM 2012 clients:

  1. Install new client as an application / package.
  2. Use built-in tool of Client pushing (unsupported for CU-updates).
  3. Setup Client Update as part of Software Updates.
  4. Enable Site-Wide client automatic installation (only major updates).
  5. Install the client manually to desired workstations.

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Update SCCM 2012 to SP1 CU3

Purpose: A new set of updates have been released for SCCM SP1 (CU3)

Since the dawn of the new Configuration Manager 2012 -version, it has been haunted by various bugs. Luckily there is a constant flow of Cumulative Updates available since the release of SP1. Next in the spotlight is the System Center 2012 Configuration Manager SP1 CU3.

Bug fixes in Configuration Manager 2012 SP1 CU3 (Includes download link)
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2882125

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Update SCCM 2012 Admin Console to SP1 CU2

Purpose: You have installed SCCM SP1 CU2, and now you need to update your Admin Consoles!

Updating the SCCM 2012 system with any major update that includes fixes to the Admin Console – generally means that you need to update all the Admin Consoles that you have in your environment to meet the version of your servers. In SP1 CU2, you can still use the old Admin Console after the update, so there is no rush to update all of the Admin Consoles.

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Update the SCCM 2012 Clients to SP1 CU2

Purpose: You have installed SCCM SP1 CU2, and now you need to update your agents!

Updating the SCCM 2012 system with any major update that includes fixes to the client-side – automatically means that you need to update all the clients that you have in your environment to meet the version of your servers. This can be done using different methods. The following methods are at least supported by Microsoft as a weapon of choice. In this post, I will only cover the method that I selected.

Methods of updating the SCCM 2012 clients:

  1. Install new client as an application / package.
  2. Use built-in tool of Client pushing (unsupported for CU-updates).
  3. Setup Client Update as part of Software Updates.
  4. Enable Site-Wide client automatic installation (only major updates).
  5. Install the client manually to desired workstations.

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Update SCCM 2012 to SP1 CU2

Purpose: A new set of updates have been released for SCCM SP1 (CU2)

Since the dawn of the new Configuration Manager 2012 -version, it has been haunted by various bugs. Luckily there is a constant flow of Cumulative Updates available since the release of SP1. Next in the spotlight is the System Center 2012 Configuration Manager SP1 CU2.

Bug fixes in Configuration Manager 2012 SP1 CU2 (Includes download link)
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2854009

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Create a bootable USB-drive for OS-installations

Purpose: Install an operating system with a USB-device.

This post has nothing to do with SCCM. You have an ISO file and want to install that ISO file MANUALLY with an USB-device without any automatisation (yeah, this might still be relevant after all).

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Designing Boundaries and Overlapping Boundaries in SCCM 2012

Purpose: To understand how a Boundary and an Overlapping Boundary functions in SCCM 2012.

Understanding boundaries is fundamental to successfully operate Configuation Manager 2012. Everything that the product does towards workstations happens inside a selected boundary. With boundaries we point a workstatioon which distribution point to use when downloading programs, applications, windows updates, third party updates, virus definitions and such. Everything runs smoothly when you begin creating your boundaries until you create your first overlapping boundary.

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Detect if Windows Service Exists (VBS)

Purpose: Return true if predefined Windows Service Exists, return false if it does not exist

You might find yourself in a situation where some of the applications have been installed in one way and the others in another way. Depending on the problem, you might just want to clean the table and reinstall the the applications with your definitions. If this is not possible or would not be cost efficient, you could use SCCM to check if “something” exists and alter the workstations where this something is missing. In this example this “something” is a missing Windows Service.

Usage: cscript.exe IT_APP_VBS_GetWindowServiceStatus WINDOWSSERVICENAME
Configuration: You need to insert your own WINDOWS SERVICE NAME as a parameter for the script.
Reference: http://themonitoringguy.com/scripts-code/monitoring-windows-services-vbscript/

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