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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

SCCM 2012 Software Centre UnInstall

Posted by Stephan on 12-Jan-2015 09:41:23

If you need to un-install the SCCM 2012 agent you may find Software Centre remains in the Program Files directory and there isn’t an option in Control Panel to help you finish the process.

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Topics: System Centre

Why you have BYOD and you don't even know it

Posted by TonyM on 09-Jan-2015 09:22:00

There’s a growing trend in the Enterprise and I am not talking Bring your own device (BYOD), this is a trend I like to think of as BYOD denial! Whilst it seems when sitting in many mobility project meetings everyone is talking about BYOD many companies say they don’t allow it, however digging a little deeper a different picture soon appears.
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Topics: System Centre, Office365