I have been working with SMS and Configuration Manager for 8 years and have 18 years of overall experience in IT. I currently reside in Cincinnati, Ohio and work as a Solutions Architect for a leading IT company. On this blog I will share my real world experiences, solutions, best practices and many more wonderful things within System Center.

Please feel free to leave your comments and thank you for visiting my blog.

Kind Regards,

Tom Ziegler

  1. Ryan
    June 16, 2011 at 9:26 pm

    Hey Tom,

    I was wondering…is it possible to build a collection based on AD attribute, such as job description. I know how to do this via a WQL query in SCCM, but usually I do this based on a user’s OU.

    If it is possible, do you know the what the query would look like?


    • June 24, 2011 at 7:56 pm


      The collection may look something similar to this

      select * from SMS_R_User where SMS_R_User.UserContainerName = “BCTEST\\USERS”

      I did not see a job description as an available option to pull from in the queries. you may be able to modify the SMS_def.mof file to pull that information in, then create your collection.



  2. James
    August 5, 2011 at 11:21 am


    Good morning. I’m wondering if you know of an easy way to reboot machines via SCCM. For instance, say I want to reboot all the machines in a certain collection, how would I do this the easiest and most efficient way? Thank for your assistance.


    • August 9, 2011 at 7:05 pm

      I know Right Click Tools for sccm has a reboot script that will allow you to reboot a system. I can not remember if it will allow you to reboot a collection of computers.

  3. Fred
    November 10, 2011 at 4:11 pm

    I managed to get stuck in the middle of creating a new task sequence to install Microsoft Lync and its patch.
    When I try to add the entry to Install Software, install a single application, I run into a problem. I can browse to select the correct package, but the Program field remains blank. I can’t figure out what is wrong with the package that it’s not seeing the program, because I’ve already created an advertisement for this program to install it.

    Any thoughts as to what I’m doing wrong?

    • November 24, 2011 at 12:06 am

      You see the package but not the program itself? Look at the program you wish to run. The program must be set to run whether or not a user is logged in and with admin priveleges in order to run within a task sequence.

      Hope this helps,


  4. Chad Kelley
    November 23, 2011 at 1:38 pm


    I’ve recently accepted a new position with a company and have stumbled into a bit of a mess with regards to the IT Dept. The previous sys admin liked to tinker with stuff & had installed SCCM 2007 onto a server in a somewhat haphazard manner. What I’m looking for is a graceful way to uninstall the server so that it will not adversely affect the domain. I’m positive that the number of correct methods of retiring a SCCM server is far fewer the number of wrong ways & I’d like to avoid any issues if possible.

    Can you point me in the right direction? Thanks.

    • November 24, 2011 at 12:00 am

      The recommended way is through add/remove programs. How complex is your site? Remember, when reinstalling SCCM, do not reuse the site code.



  5. Chad Kelley
    November 28, 2011 at 8:50 am

    The site isn’t complex but there is no documentation and I do not plan on re-installing SCCM for some time. I just wanted to clean up this domain as much as possible in a graceful & planned way before I went much further as there is a lot of issues here that need addressed first. If I can reclaim the hardware that the SCCM virtual machine resides on that will help but I didn’t want to do it in a manner that would leave residual traces (aside from the extended schema) & potentially cause me issues down the road.

    Like I said, the dept. is really a wreck & I have all of the problems I need right now without self-inflicting any additional ones. So if a simple add/remove works, that’s good news. At some point in the next couple of years I may introduce SCCM back in to this environment when time, planning & licensing permit. Thanks again.

  6. February 16, 2012 at 4:44 pm

    What is the ccmsetup.log stating on the system in question?

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