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”

System Center Configuration Manager – Keep User Domain Profile after reloading

The issue: A Task sequence was used to reload a machine from Windows 7/10 to Windows 10 that has User Data on the D: Drive and Operating system on the C: Drive. After the machine was added to the domain the user data was put back to the D: drive but upon first login a … Continue reading System Center Configuration Manager – Keep User Domain Profile after reloading

Field Notes: The case of buried Active Directory Account Management Security Audit Policy events

Security auditing is one of the most powerful tools that you can use to maintain the integrity of your system.  As part of your overall security strategy, you should determine the level of auditing that is appropriate for your environment.  Auditing should identify attacks (successful or not) that pose a threat to your network, and … Continue reading Field Notes: The case of buried Active Directory Account Management Security Audit Policy events

Field Notes: The case of the failed SQL Server Failover Cluster Instance – Binaries Disks Added to Cluster

I paid a customer a visit a while ago and was requested to assist with a SQL Server Failover Cluster issue they were experiencing.  They had internally transferred the case from the SQL team to folks who look after the Windows Server platform as they could not pick up anything relating to SQL during initial … Continue reading Field Notes: The case of the failed SQL Server Failover Cluster Instance – Binaries Disks Added to Cluster

Understanding Volume Activation Services – Part 2 (Active Directory-Based Activation)

In the previous part of the series, we talked about KMS, MAK, and how to choose between the two when looking for the right activation method in your environment. Today, we are going to talk about Active Directory-based activation or ADBA in short. Series: Part 1 - KMS and MAK Part 2 - Active Directory-Based … Continue reading Understanding Volume Activation Services – Part 2 (Active Directory-Based Activation)

Understanding Volume Activation Services – Part 1 (KMS and MAK)

Windows Activation and KMS have been around for many years - and still - a lot of people don't understand the basics of Windows activation, what are the differences between KMS and MAK, and how to choose the best Volume Activation method that meets the organization’s needs. In this blog post, we'll shed some light on these … Continue reading Understanding Volume Activation Services – Part 1 (KMS and MAK)