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SCCM 2007 OS Deployment SQL Database Connection Issues

Posted by Stephan on 23-Jan-2015 10:00:00

SCCM 2007 OS Deployment SQL Database

When developing a Windows build via MDT it can be useful to connect to an external SQL Database to retrieve data from the  MDT Database.  But sometimes the connecting to the SQL Database can however be a problem...  This is an old problem but I thought it may come in handy because I was not able to find any details regarding this behaviour online.  Hopefully it will save someone some time.


I apologize up front, this is a rather technical post.  
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Topics: Windows Enterprise, SCCM

SCCM 2007 and Windows Update Failing

Posted by Stephan on 20-Jan-2015 10:50:00

Having met a frustrated client in need, it reminded me that even when you think you have tried it all, you sometimes forget the most basic of tests based on a presumption. I was caught out by the one thing I always tell my team - Never Presume.

In this scenario the client had a Windows Update package created in SCCM that included 97 updates for Windows 7 and advertised it to the “Unknown Computers” collection. In addition the client also advertised an OS Deployment Task Sequence to the same collection.

Using the “Install Software Updates” task sequence variable included from SCCM did not seem to work and patches were not installed. They had thought there was something inherently wrong with the environment and were out of ideas.

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Topics: System Centre, SCCM

SCCM 2007 re-installation failure and remediation

Posted by Stephan on 19-Jan-2015 10:47:00

I decided to share a few discoveries I made along the way to doing the re-install of SCCM 2007 R3 on a Windows 2003 server after attempting to do so in a client's test lab.

If you remove a working installation of SCCM (or pretty much any application) you will find that other services may still be installed – WSUS and MDT spring to mind. It’s worth keeping this in mind for when you install the core SCCM services again – more likely that you will need to update these products after the re-installation.

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Topics: System Centre, SCCM