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Cumulative Update 1 for System Center 2012 Configuration Manager

September 1, 2012 1 comment

Cumulative Update 1 (KB2717295) for ConfigMgr 2012 is now available.

For the download link please click here.  More details : http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2717295

Below are the issues that are fixed:

Administrator Console

  • When a new distribution point is added to a package that contains more than 100 existing distribution points, the new distribution point cannot be added, and you receive the following error message in the Administrator Console:The SMS Provider reported an error.When you click Details in the error message, a “Quota Violation” message is displayed that is followed by the details of the stack trace.
  • The link to the online privacy statement for the Customer Experience Improvement Program in the Administrator Console is fixed.

Application Management

  • If a Deployment Type is added or changed before Distribution Manager processes an earlier change, the content may not be sent to a child site.

The prestaged content file for a Deployment Type (DT) is not created for remote Distribution Points when there are multiple DTs for the same application. For more information about prestaged content, go to the following Microsoft TechNet website:

Operations and Maintenance for Content Management in Configuration Manager

(http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/988b456a-efa8-45d1-89a6-894585dfca38#BKMK_PrestageContent)

Asset Intelligence

  • Volume license editions of Microsoft SQL Server 2012 may be duplicated in the Asset Intelligence Installed_Software_data hardware inventory class.
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 Service Pack (SP1) is not listed in the Asset Intelligence License 01D – Microsoft License Ledger Products on a Specific Computer report.
  • The pre-provisioned Asset Intelligence Synchronization Point certificate is updated with a new expiration date.

Client

When a dynamic list is used for the Install Application task sequence, not all deployment types will be installed. This issue occurs when one of the deployment types restarts the computer. In this case, any deployment type after the restart is not installed. The state messages that are associated with each application indicate Success. This issue can be seen most clearly in the smsts.log file on the client when the log file is filtered in the CMTrace for entries that contain the text “Installing application.”
The following is an example sequence:

Installing application ‘App 1’
Installing application ‘ContentID for App 1′ has started. Please refer to DCMAgent.log for the details on this job. JobID='{JobID1}’
Installing application ‘App 2’
Installing application ‘ContentID for App 2′ has started. Please refer to DCMAgent.log for the details on this job. JobID='{JobID2}’
Installing application ‘App 3 – Exit Code 3010′
Installing application ‘ContentID for App 3′ has started. Please refer to DCMAgent.log for the details on this job. JobID='{JobID3}’
Installing application ‘App 4’
Installing application ‘ContentID for App 2′ has started. Please refer to DCMAgent.log for the details on this job. JobID='{JobID4}’

Note Both ‘App 2’ and ‘App 4’ share the same content ID. In this example sequence, ‘App 4’ was not installed following the restart that ‘App 3’ triggered.

Out of Band Management

Power Control and Clear Audit Log collection-based actions fail for externally provisioned AMT clients. The amptopmgr.log file contains entries that resemble the following entry:

Error: CSMSAMTDiscoveryTask::Execute, discovery to client_computer failed. General Worker Thread Pool: Error, Can not execute the task successfully. Remove it from task list.

Site Database

  • Replication Link Analyzer incorrectly detects a syscommittab system table issue and suggests reinitialization if the SQL Errorlog contains the following string:3999
  • A primary device cannot be selected for user-based pre-deployment if the device does not have the Configuration Manager client installed.

Site Systems

  • A Reporting Services Point may not be installed or start if the SQL Reporting Service does not start within one minute. The srssp.log file may contain entries that resemble the following entry:Starting service ‘ReportServer’
    Time out has expired and the operation has not been completed.
  • The SMS Executive service may stop unexpectedly if the Exchange Connector PowerShell cmdlet fails. The EasDisc.log file may contain entries that resemble the following entry:ERROR: [MANAGED] Cmdlet failed: Starting a command on remote server failed with the following error message: The WinRM client cannot complete the operation within the time specified. Check if the machine name is valid and is reachable over the network and firewall exception for Windows Remote Management service is enabled. For more information, see the about_Remote_Troubleshooting Help topic.
  • The Site System Status Summarizer component may cause the SMS Executive service to stop unexpectedly if the site server fully qualified domain name (FQDN) is more than 50 characters, and the default installation path is used. The relevant entries from the Exception Information section of the crash.log files contain the following entry:Thread name = SMS_SITE_SYSTEM_STATUS_SUMMARIZER
    Executable = C:\Program Files\Microsoft Configuration Manager\bin\x64\smsexec.exe
    Exception = eeeeffff (EXCEPTION_SMS_FATAL_ERROR)

System Center 2012 Configuration Manager and client machine restart notifications

September 1, 2012 Leave a comment

Thanks to Terry McKinney (PFE – MS) for sharing this information.

For more details click here

Consider the following scenario:

  • You set System Center 2012 Configuration Manager (ConfigMgr) Client Agent\Computer Agent\Show notifications for new deployments to “False”.
  • You create a Software Updates Deployment in ConfigMgr.
  • The Software Updates Deployment contains software updates that require a machine restart in order to complete installation.
  • You configure the User Experience\User Notifications configuration setting for the deployment to “Hide in Software Center and all notifications”.
  • You configure the User Experience\Device Restart behavior configuration setting to “Suppress the system restart for both Servers and Workstations”.

Expected behavior:

No user notifications are displayed before, during, or after the software updates installation processes run..

Actual behavior:

Machine restart notifications are displayed on the ConfigMgr client machine after the post-install software updates scan completes. The notifications are displayed on all supported client operating system versions.

First visible indication:

A yellow “Restart Required” balloon notification is displayed.

If you click within the boundary of this yellow balloon notification, a Software Center “Restart your computer” notification is displayed. If you do not click within the boundary of the yellow notification box, the Software Center notification is not created and the yellow balloon notification fades away after approximately 5 seconds.

If you make no selections in the Software Center notification, it remains onscreen indefinitely. If you click Cancel or if you click Snooze and then click “OK”, the Software Center notification closes and a green icon is displayed to the far left of the visible notification area. If you mouse over the icon, a small “restart required” dialogue opens up.

To date, only one method has been identified that will disable all visible machine restart notifications. This method uses a combination of domain GPO Adm template settings and Local Policy Adm template settings with Windows 7 and Windows 2008 R2.  The specific Local Policy configuration settings are new with Windows 7 and Windows 2008 R2.  Thus these are the only client operating systems with which it is possible to achieve complete and total suppression of the restart notifications.  These policies are:

NOTE Best practice discourages unnecessary editing of the Default Domain Policy.

Domain  Policy
User Configuration
Policies
Admin templates
Start Menu and Taskbar
Set “Turn off all Balloon Notifications” to “Enabled”
Local policy on Win 7 (New setting for Windows 7):

Local Policy
User Configuration
Policies
Admin templates
Start Menu and Taskbar
Set  “Turn off automatic promotion of notifications to the taskbar” to Enabled.

References:

Agent Configuration

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Deployment User Experience configuration

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Yellow Balloon Notification

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Software Center notification

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Green notification area icon

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Troubleshooting missing Management Points when creating a bootable media Task Sequence in System Center 2012 Configuration Manager

September 1, 2012 2 comments

Here’s a problem we came across recently and the resolution we came up with that I wanted to share. The issue is that when creating a task sequence for  bootable media using a Boot Image, the wizard does not return any of the available Management point names.

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Cause: You will run into this issue if the Management Point is configured to use HTTPS and you are using the self-signed certificate and not importing the PKI certificate while creating the TS bootable media.

Resolution:

To fix this you will need to import the certificate on the Security page.

Certificate requirements:

  • Certificate Purpose: Client authentication
  • Template to use: Workstation Authentication

NOTE This certificate must be exported in a Public Key Certificate Standard (PKCS #12) format, and the password must be known so that it can be imported.

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For more information see PKI requirements for Configuration Manager 2012 :

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/gg699362.aspx

How to troubleshoot content mismatch issue on a DP in configuration manager 2012

A very nice document prepared by Michael Wray on how to troubleshoot Content Mismatch warning on Distribution point in System Center Configuration Manager 2012.

To read more click here

New Knowledge Base articles for System Center Configuration Manager 2012

There are few tips you may want to be aware of if you have ConfigMgr2012 installed in your environment or planning to do so.
For more information go to this link:
http://blogs.technet.com/b/configurationmgr/archive/2012/04/24/new-knowledge-base-articles-for-system-center-2012-configuration-manager.aspx