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ADFS: Raise Farm Behavior Level Issue

After upgrading our ADFS servers to Windows Server 2016, the last step was to raise the Farm Behavior Level using the Invoke-AdfsFarmBehaviorLevelRaise PowerShell cmdlet. In my case, when I ran this command, I received the following error:

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SCSM: Include Affected/Assigned To User of Parent Work Item in Notifications

If you have ever wanted to include data properties from parent work items in your Service Manager activity notifications, you may have come across this blog:

This information is great as long as you want to include properties from the Work Item class. However, if you want to include the Affected User or Assigned To User in these e-mails, this gets more complicated as this cannot be generated using the UI. Read moreRead more


Software Updates Fail to Detect After Site Recovery

I recently ran into a problem where my Software Update point stopped working after performing a Site Recovery of my System Center Configuration Manager Site Server. In my scenario, I was performing a Site Recovery in order to upgrade my OS from Windows Server 2008 R2 to Windows Server 2012 R2 and SQL Server 2008 R2 to SQL 2014 SP1. After the upgrade was completed, all post-recovery steps were done, and all other functions were validated; I found my Software Updates were still not working. When checking Compliance on all updates, they simply reported back “Compliance Unknown”. Read moreRead more


Visual Studio 2015 Breaks New Logins

Update: I can confirm that this issue is fixed in Visual Studio with Update 1.

I recently ran into an issue where after pushing out new Visual Studio 2015 installs (with SCCM), new users could not log into those machines. When trying to log in with a new user, the following error occurs: “The User Profile Service failed the logon. User profile cannot be loaded.”

When looking at the Event Logs, I saw access denied errors related to failing to copy some files to the users new profile from C:\Users\Default. (This hidden default profile is what all new user profiles are based from.)  Read moreRead more


Clear SCCM Cache by Deploying a Package

A while back, I wrote a simple PowerShell script that will clear the cache on a SCCM client machine (I will post this script for your reference at the end of this blog).

I mostly used this script during a large Task Sequences (ie. during a build and capture task sequence that installs a lot of software), since the cache would fill completely and then fail the Task Sequences (it appears that SCCM will not override any items in cache during the task sequence). This never presented an issue since I always ran the script directly from the Distribution Point.

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Task Sequence Run Command Line Step Fails after VMware Tools Installed

I recently ran into an issue when trying to use the Run Command Line step during a SCCM 2012 R2 SP1 task sequence on a VMware Virtual Machine. Read moreRead more


New Task Sequence Deployments Missing for First Hour

Edit: This issue was fixed in System Center 2012 R2 SP1 (2012 SP2) CU2.

I found a new relatively minor issue with System Center 2012 R2 SP1 (2012 SP2).  After applying the update, I found an issue when creating new Task Sequences. Read moreRead more


PowerShell WinForm ToolStrip Bug Workaround

There is a known bug with the Tool Strips in Windows Forms. The issue is that when using the renderer, you will see a white border around your ToolStrip. Microsoft has stated that they will not be fixing the bug, however there is a C# workaround by overloading the method. Read moreRead more


Azure RMS Connector Installation Issue

When trying to set up the Azure Active Directory Rights Management Server Connector, I ran into some problems when trying to install the Connector in relation to the credentials to connect to Azure RMS. Read moreRead more


Endpoint Protection February 2015 Update Problem (4.7.205)

Update 3/2: Today Microsoft has released an update to resolve this problem (KB3041687).  The update brings the client version to 4.7.209.  You can find more about the update here:

This last Tuesday (February 12, 2015) Microsoft released a platform update to Endpoint Protection (4.7.205).  This update appears to have a major issue with Windows 8.1/Windows Server 2012 R2.  I have not seen these issues in Windows 7.  In my environment, I saw two problems with the update. Read moreRead more