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”

Changing and Maintaining Office 365 ProPlus Update Channels using ConfigMgr

Background Following on from the Blog Post on Office 365 End to End Servicing. I thought my next post would be on how to change the Office 365 ProPlus Update Channel as I had a customer recently who had deployed the Monthly Channel to all his users and wanted to change them to “Semi-Annual Channel” … Continue reading Changing and Maintaining Office 365 ProPlus Update Channels using ConfigMgr

Field Notes: Azure Active Directory Connect – Express Installation

Integrating your on-premises directories with Azure Active Directory makes your users more productive by providing a common identity for accessing both cloud and on-premises resources.  Azure AD Connect is the Microsoft tool designed to meet and accomplish your hybrid identity goals.  It provides features such as password hash synchronization, pass-through authentication, federation integration, and health … Continue reading Field Notes: Azure Active Directory Connect – Express Installation

Field Notes: Access denied when removing Active Directory integrated DNS Zones

With Windows Server 2008 R2 reaching end of life in January 2020, many organizations have been migrating their workloads to Windows Server 2016 or newer.  This period is also an opportunity for some to decommission and consolidate domains to reduce complexities where possible.  I posted about an upgrade blocker when the File Replication Service is … Continue reading Field Notes: Access denied when removing Active Directory integrated DNS Zones

System Center Configuration Manager – Upgrade to 1902 Error – “SQL Server Configuration for site upgrade”

The issue: After trying to upgrade a client Configuration Manager Environment from 1810 to 1902 the upgrade failed with the error “SQL Server Configuration for site upgrade”. The first thing that crosses your mind is the SQL version is wrong or the memory is not configured correctly. But in my case SQL was SQL Server … Continue reading System Center Configuration Manager – Upgrade to 1902 Error – “SQL Server Configuration for site upgrade”

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