Migrating Virtual Machines from a free version of ESX to Hyper-V

Microsoft provide a few different options for V2V migration from Vmware to Hyper-V.  The main tool for this is SCVMM (Virtual Machine Manager). Unfortunately if you have a standalone Hyper-V host and a standalone (free version) ESX host you want to move non prod workloads between, like I did, VMM is quite a bit of… Read More »

Defining MDT Database Role during SCCM OSD

I have been testing integration with the MDT 2012 Database and ConfigMgr 2012 SP1 OSD. So far I have had no problems configuring the database, generating the customsettings.ini, and having the Gather step process the rules and find appropriate settings based on Location when I am testing my PXE deployments. This is easy, because Locations… Read More »

Visio Templates for System Center 2012

Just a quick post to share some links for visio shapes for some System Center 2012 products ConfigMgr 2012 –  http://gallery.technet.microsoft.com/SCCM-2012-Visio-Stencils-166257b0 Service Manager 2012 –  http://blogs.technet.com/b/servicemanager/archive/2010/01/04/service-manager-shapes-visio-templates.aspx OpsMgr 2012 –  http://www.systemcentercentral.com/scom-2012-visio-shapes/

SCCM 2012 Client Push – Including hotfixes / CU patches in Client Push

There are lots of methods for including hotfixes in your SCCM client deployment. One neat trick that worked (although not officially supported) was to add the MSP patch files to a “ClientPatch” subfolder of the Client folder. The CCMSETUP msi installer looks for this folder, and applies any patches in alphabetical order. Inspecting the CCMsetup… Read More »

SCCM 2012 Client Push – Using remote Distribution Points

A little documented feature in SCCM 2012 is that the client push process will utilise any available DP’s as a source location for the client install package. Previously in SCCM 2007 the client files always were pushed from the site server initiating the push. This isnt always a practical scenario where there are slow or… Read More »