Visual Studio Code – “The IDE you wished you had started using earlier”

I recently presented at Ignite The Tour Johannesburg and my topics were relating to managing your Azure Environment using better tools and also some tips and tricks. This was a revolutionary step to say none the less as I was going to have to present a tool that I wished I started using earlier - … Continue reading Visual Studio Code – “The IDE you wished you had started using earlier”

Intune – “Steps for Windows 10 Automated MDM Enrollment into Microsoft Intune”

Business Case I recently had a scenario at a customer where we needed to very quickly enroll machines into Intune but in an automated way without user intervention. After a few days of testing and troubleshooting please find my tips below. In the current scenario Co-Management has already been set up in MEMCM. This is … Continue reading Intune – “Steps for Windows 10 Automated MDM Enrollment into Microsoft Intune”

Powershell – “Search and Count All File Extensions on Multiple Machines using Powershell”

The Issue Recently I was at a customer that had a very strange and specific requirement. They wanted to query All File Type Extensions with a count on all machines in the environment. This was an environment with 30 000+ machines and they wanted it to run quickly and once off. The Investigation System Center … Continue reading Powershell – “Search and Count All File Extensions on Multiple Machines using Powershell”

System Center Configuration Manager – “Configure SQL Server Service Broker Failed”

The Issue Recently I installed the Latest Tech Preview in my lab environment and while running an In-Console update I received an error "Configure SQL Server Service Broker - Failed". The Investigation If you watch a video Steve Rachui posted some time ago, there are some valuable tips for which logs to review and the … Continue reading System Center Configuration Manager – “Configure SQL Server Service Broker Failed”

Infrastructure – System Center Configuration Manager – “Deploying applications with the PowerShell Application Deployment Toolkit”

The Issue Recently I was posed a question where a customer wanted their users to experience a more advanced or informative when software gets installed. They also required that data be saved so that users work are not affected. Requirements: The Mimecast for Outlook add in had to be installed (This requires Outlook to close) … Continue reading Infrastructure – System Center Configuration Manager – “Deploying applications with the PowerShell Application Deployment Toolkit”

System Center Configuration Manager – “Error Deploying Windows 10 In Place Upgrades with McAfee DLP Endpoint”

The Issue Trying to do an In Place Windows 10 Upgrade with McAfee DLP Endpoint fails. As soon as the Operating System is applied the machine restarts and simply starts up to the "Repair" screen. The Investigation In this case the In Place Upgrade was being performed by System Center Configuration Manager using an In … Continue reading System Center Configuration Manager – “Error Deploying Windows 10 In Place Upgrades with McAfee DLP Endpoint”

Security – Transport Layer Security(TLS) 1.2 Calculation

Enabling TLS and SSL on Windows machines requires you to set registry keys. https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/3140245/update-to-enable-tls-1-1-and-tls-1-2-as-default-secure-protocols-in-wi 2. If you want to enable more than one (In case you are scared not using TLS 1.1 or 1.0 will break your websites), you need to add up the values in Calculator in Programmer mode and choosing HEX (800+200+20) = … Continue reading Security – Transport Layer Security(TLS) 1.2 Calculation

System Center Configuration Manager – Powershell Query .MIF .SID and .SIC files in inboxes

The Issue Is there a script that can 'read' through the Configuration Manager inboxes ( \Microsoft Configuration Manager\inboxes\auth\sinv.box\BADSinv) and can output/return a list of computer names which failed their software inventory? There was a similar query that does this for Hardware Inventory by Querying *.MIF files $ConfigMgrBoxPath = "C:\Program Files\Microsoft Configuration Manager\inboxes\auth\dataldr.box\BADMIFS" Get-ChildItem -Path $ConfigMgrBoxPath … Continue reading System Center Configuration Manager – Powershell Query .MIF .SID and .SIC files in inboxes

System Center Configuration Manager – PXE Error – “Windows Failed to start Status: 0xc0000001”

The Issue When using System Center Configuration Manager to image machine the download of the boot image freezes and stops. The error message "Windows Failed to start" Status: 0xc0000001. The Investigation If you are familiar with Configuration Manager Operating System Deployment and PXE process then below concepts will be easy to grasp. Event Viewer : … Continue reading System Center Configuration Manager – PXE Error – “Windows Failed to start Status: 0xc0000001”