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SCCM 2012 SP1 | Cumulative Update 5 (CU5) for Microsoft System Center 2012 Configuration Manager Service Pack 1 available !!!

No comments juillet 26th, 2014

Hi to all,

Great news, the Cumulative Update 5 (CU5) for Microsoft System Center 2012 Configuration Manager Service Pack 1 SP1 is available !!!

What’s news:

Task sequences

  • The Continue on error check box is not selected under Task Sequences when an Install Software step and a Virtual Application package are defined as the source. This affects only task sequences that are migrated from Configuration Manager 2007 to System Center 2012 Configuration Manager.
  • The Task Sequence Agent (TSAgent) does not use the logging-related values that are set in the following registry subkey on a client computer:
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\CCM\Logging
  • 2961924 A command-line action that has a linked package doesn’t start in System Center 2012 Configuration Manager

Site systems

  • 2923078 Reporting Services installation fails on System Center 2012 Configuration Manager Service Pack 1 that has SQL Server 2014 installed
  • 2931044 Discovery Data Manager slows when it rebuilds .ncf files on startup in System Center 2012 Configuration Manager Service Pack 1

System Center 2012 Configuration Manager Servicing Extension is now available for Download!‏

No comments juillet 14th, 2014

Hi to all,

System Center 2012 Configuration Manager Servicing Extension provides useful information for maintaining a Configuration Manager environment. Servicing Extension provides the following capabilities:

  • Notifies you of Configuration Manager updates as they become available, with the ability to filter updates according to which major release they apply to
  • Provides details on the sites in your environment, including the last major Configuration Manager version installed and the most recently installed Cumulative Update
  • Provides a list of Configuration Manager client versions that may be present in your environment, and makes it easy to create queries to locate these clients
  • Provides a built-in RSS reader to display recent blog postings from the System Center Configuration Manager Team Blog and The Configuration Manager Support Team Blog

System Center 2012 Configuration Manager Servicing Extension has been released to the Configuration Manager Open Beta community! You can download the Beta

HERE

SCCM 2012 R2 | Cumulative Update 1 for the System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager clients for UNIX and Linux !!!

Commentaires fermés avril 30th, 2014

Hi to all,


Great news, a new Cumulative Update 1 for the System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager clients for UNIX and Linux is available !!!

Issues that are fixed by the CU1

UNIX and Linux clients

  • In some cases, Linux clients may not initialize while the Scxcm.log file grows quickly. Additionally, the following warning message is logged in the /var/opt/microsoft/scxcm.log file:
  • datetime Warning [scx.client.agents.InventoryAgentState:338:27298:140010010693376] Hardware Inventory endpoint Notify gained the policy lock, but the system is not yet ready. Retrying. LinuxUNIXClient 01.01.1601 00:00:00 2666765960 (0×9EF39E88)
  • After a client upgrade, the UNIX or Linux client does not send the new client version number to the server.
  • When you run the ccmexec –v command, a version number is displayed that is inconsistent with the client version number that is reported to the server.
  • The Universal Linux client does not install on Linux computers that use OpenSSL versions greater than 1.0.0 if the library file Libssl.so.1.0.0 does not exist. Additionally, you receive the following error message from the installation script
  • Checking Prerequisites…
    Running preinstall validator
    /tmp/ccm/preinstallvalidator: error while loading shared libraries: libssl.so.1.0.0: cannot open shared object file: No such file or directory
    Pre-Install validator failed. Please check the version of OpenSSL with CM installation requirements.
  • The client does not install on Linux computers that have an Athlon kernel.
  • In some cases, the client may not install on AIX-based computers. Additionally, you receive the following error message from the installation script:
  • Registering Providers…
    exec(): 0509-036 Cannot load program /opt/microsoft/omi/bin/omireg.bin because of the following errors:
    0509-150 Dependent module libomiclient.so could not be loaded.
    0509-022 Cannot load module libomiclient.so.
    0509-026 System error: A file or directory in the path name does not exist.
    An error occurred while registering providers.
  • If multiple Network Access accounts (NAAs) are configured, and if one or more of the accounts is invalid for the distribution point, software distribution to a UNIX or Linux client may not retrieve the package.
  • When the server sends a policy resync command to the UNIX or Linux client, the client may stop sending inventory to the server or stop processing software distribution. Additionally, the following warning message is logged in the /var/opt/microsoft/scxcm.log file
  • Info [scx.client.scheduler.IScheduledTrigger:256:51452:140230841011968] Loaded a one-shot trigger that has already completed. Trigger will not be fired again.
  • Hardware inventory does not return serial number properties for the PC BIOS class for UNIX-based and Linux-based computers.
  • Hardware inventory returns no data for the PC BIOS class for AIX-based computers.

Amazing Data Deduplication !!! How to Optimize your free space on Windows 8.1 & Windows 2012 R2 (reminder)

Commentaires fermés avril 4th, 2014

Hi to all,

It’s with a big pleasure that you explain a great method for reduce the files space on your harddisk and win a lot of free space with the Data Deduplication feature on Windows 8.1 & Windows 2012 Server !

First, what is Data Deduplication in detail ?

With Windows Server 2012 & Windows 8-8.1, there is a new cool feature, called Data Deduplication. Data deduplication involves finding and removing duplication within data without compromising its fidelity or integrity. The goal is to store more data in less space by segmenting files into small variable-sized chunks (32–128 KB), identifying duplicate chunks, and maintaining a single copy of each chunk. Redundant copies of the chunk are replaced by a reference to the single copy. The chunks are compressed and then organized into special container files in the System Volume Information folder. In addition, chunks are also compressed for further space optimization.

The result is an on-disk transformation of each file as shown in the picture below. After deduplication, files are no longer stored as independent streams of data, and they are replaced with stubs that point to data blocks that are stored within a common chunk store. Because these files share blocks, those blocks are only stored once, which reduces the disk space needed to store all files. During file access, the correct blocks are transparently assembled to serve the data without calling the application or the user having any knowledge of the on-disk transformation to the file. This enables administrators to apply deduplication to files without having to worry about any change in behavior to the applications or impact to users who are accessing those files.

Example on Windows 8.1 on my Desktop:

Before Data Deduplication Feature:

After Data Deduplication Feature activated !!!!!!

D: Drive 3,82 GB to 48,3 GB Hard disk Free space win !!!

E: Drive 12,5 GB to 24, 5 GB Hard Disk free space win !!!

F: Drive 610 GB to 620 GB Hard Disk free space win !!!

G: Drive 11 GB to 47 GB Hard Disk free space win !!!

How to enable the data deduplication on Windows 8.1:

Download Package files and for SCCM 2012 sources Here

Unzip to C:\

Launch this command on CMD prompt with admin right elevation:

dism /online /add-package /packagepath:Microsoft-Windows-VdsInterop-Package~31bf3856ad364e35~amd64~~6.3.9600.16384.cab /packagepath:Microsoft-Windows-VdsInterop-Package~31bf3856ad364e35~amd64~en-US~6.3.9600.16384.cab  /packagepath:Microsoft-Windows-FileServer-Package~31bf3856ad364e35~amd64~~6.3.9600.16384.cab /packagepath:Microsoft-Windows-FileServer-Package~31bf3856ad364e35~amd64~en-US~6.3.9600.16384.cab  /packagepath:Microsoft-Windows-Dedup-Package~31bf3856ad364e35~amd64~~6.3.9600.16384.cab /packagepath:Microsoft-Windows-Dedup-Package~31bf3856ad364e35~amd64~en-US~6.3.9600.16384.cab

and type

dism /online /enable-feature /featurename:Dedup-Core /all

You can check the data deduplication activation in Windows Features

Open a powershell prompt and type this under:

( e:  is an example, change and indicate the drive where you want activate the data deduplication )

Enable-DedupVolume -Volume e:
Set-DedupVolume -Volume e: -OptimizeInUseFiles

To force start data deduplication, open a powershell prompt and type this under:

Start-DedupJob -Volume e: -Type Optimization

How to enable the data deduplication on Windows 2012:

For enable this feature on Windows 2012, select add and features wizard and install Data deduplication feature (shown under):

Bye

Michaël BERTUIT

Architecte Expert Microsoft

SCCM 2012 | Free eBook available for download: Microsoft System Center: Configuration Manager Field Experience !!!

Commentaires fermés mars 5th, 2014

Hi to all,

Great news, a new ebook titled Microsoft System Center: Configuration Manager Field Experience that is free to download !!!

Part 1: WMI for System Center Configuration Manager 2012 administrators is designed to familiarize you with basic WMI concepts and tools, show you how to use WMI classes to create Configuration Manager queries, and help you understand the underlying database design of Configuration Manager so you can create custom reports for querying the information you need.

Part 2: System Center 2012 Configuration Manager Reporting is designed to familiarize you with SSRS and show you how to integrate SSRS with Configuration Manager 2012 and to customize and create new reports using SSRS.

Part 3: Configuration Manager Deployment Tips provides tips that cover a wide variety of different scenarios to help you ensure the success of your deployments.

Get a high-level overview of System Center 2012 R2—and get a running start transforming your datacenter and cloud-optimizing your business. This guide introduces core features and functionality, with technical advice and under-the-hood insights from a Microsoft MVP and members of the System Center team at Microsoft.

Download the PDF (12.4 MB)

For more:

HERE