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Back to Basics – Restoring the SMSDP Variable

By Johan Arwidmark / September 1, 2020

Once upon a time, in a ConfigMgr environment far, far away. There was a variable named SMSDP… 🙂 There are times when its useful to figure out what DP you are currently using, and back in ConfigMgr 2007, when integrated with MDT, there was a variable for that: The SMSDP variable . Here is a […]

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Making MDT work with Windows ADK 2004 for BIOS Machines

By Johan Arwidmark / May 19, 2020

Due to code changes in Windows ADK 10 v2004 the MDT utility (Microsoft.BDD.Utility.dll) that detects BIOS or UEFI firmware types no longer works correctly, and detects BIOS-based machines as UEFI-based machines. Update June 3, 2020: Microsoft released a hotfix for this issue. Basically a new version of Microsoft.BDD.Utility.dll: With this hotfix you don't need the […]

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Creating a Pretty Good Installer Script for Microsoft Edge

By Johan Arwidmark / March 26, 2020

Here is a work in progress sample for a better installer script for Microsoft Edge. Any comments/feedback/ideas are more than welcome 🙂 Since the initial release I've removed the master_preferences section since its not support by Microsoft Edge (only for Google Chrome). ConfigMgr Native Script for Edge The native ConfigMgr script adds an update channel […]

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Benchmarking Peer Cache vs. BranchCache – Bare-metal OS Deployment

By Johan Arwidmark / February 28, 2020

With Windows 7 out of support, protecting your WAN links, and reducing the network impact Windows 10 will have on your environment has never been more important. In this post I wanted to compare Peer Cache and BranchCache in ConfigMgr for a specific scenario to see how they compared to each other. The scenario: I […]

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SQL Queries for finding Peer Cache Content

By Johan Arwidmark / February 21, 2020

Starting in ConfigMgr 1806, only machines that are online will be returned as a Peer Cache Source. During the process of finding the content for a peer asking for it, ConfigMgr runs the MP_GetSuperPeerContentLocations stored procedure to find the content. However, that stored procedure is a bit complicated to run just for figuring out where […]

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Measuring Hyper-V Lab Network Traffic with PowerShell

By Johan Arwidmark / February 18, 2020

In a recent project / study, I had the need to measure the individual, as well as combined, outbound network traffic from a fixed set of of servers. In this example, a domain controller (DC01), a ConfigMgr Management Point (CM01), and a ConfigMgr Distribution Point (DP01). What can I say, PowerShell to the rescue. The […]

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Tracking OS Deployment Milestones in ConfigMgr (PowerShell Edition)

By Johan Arwidmark / February 17, 2020

Lately I have been doing a lot of performance testing for ConfigMgr OSD. Basically I've deploying separate batches of machines, and I needed a quick way monitor certain milestones of their deployment, and filter out everything else. The various task sequence reports and monitors I found out there gave me a bit to much info, […]

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Pre-Caching Content for P2P in a ConfigMgr Environment

By Johan Arwidmark / February 13, 2020

ConfigMgr natively supports three different platforms for peer-to-peer (P2P) of content. It's Peer Cache, BranchCache, and Delivery Optimization (DO). To cover P2P of all types of content ConfigMgr supports you need to pick at least two of these. You always have to pick DO, because it's the only platform that can P2P native Windows 10 […]

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Speed Up Driver Package Downloads for ConfigMgr OSD

By Johan Arwidmark / February 10, 2020

In ConfigMgr, when doing OS Deployment from HTTPS enabled DPs, or via Peer Cache (uses HTTPS too), or via BranchCache (encrypted data + encrypted transfers), you will find that using traditional driver packages, with thousands of small files, is not going as fast as you would like. In fact, a single deployment can take a […]

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Configuring Wake-On-LAN for DELL machines with ConfigMgr

By Johan Arwidmark / February 2, 2020

Since ConfigMgr 1810, there is a new, and much improved way to wake up machines on your network. However, your hardware must be configured to allow it, and so does Windows 10. Good news, you can use ConfigMgr for that too. I typically use a Task Sequence for most hardware (BIOS) configurations, and a Configuration […]

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Debugging BSOD in WinPE

By Johan Arwidmark / January 27, 2020

When a driver is causing a crash in full Windows, its fairly easy to debug. You simply allow Windows to create the memory.dmp file, load it into you favorite debugger, and off you go. However, when you get an BSOD in WinPE, for example during OS deployment its quite different. For a start there is […]

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ConfigMgr, Delivery Optimization and Multiple Boundary Groups

By Johan Arwidmark / January 24, 2020

As a general rule of thumb, keeping your boundary groups configuration stupid simple is a good idea. That being said, I was today years old when I learned how multiple boundary groups, with different peer download settings, affect Delivery Optimization settings as well as Peer Cache downloads. TL;DR Configure your clients to be a member […]

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A Good ISO File is a Quiet ISO File

By Johan Arwidmark / January 11, 2020

Well, the topic is at least true when automating deployment tests in UEFI-based virtual machines. When spinning up multiple VMs, the last thing you want to do is having the connect to each one of them and "Press any key to boot from CD or DVD….." Well, that's not to hard to fix, simply replace […]

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Back to Basics – ConfigMgr Distribution Points and Boundaries

By Johan Arwidmark / December 20, 2019

Per request from a fellow tweep, here is crash course in ConfigMgr Distribution Points, Boundaries, and Boundary Groups. Distribution Points In ConfigMgr environments, the Distribution Points, or DPs, are simply there to store packages that client connects to for downloading software like applications, software updates, and OS deployment images etc.. To make sure clients are […]

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