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SCCM 2012 Debug Mode

April 18, 2012 Leave a comment

There is a hidden feature that is built into the SCCM 2012 product. This will help aid in your troubleshooting steps.

First create a shortcut on your desktop for the ConfigMgr 2012 application.

Open the properties of the shortcut.

At the end of the line add SMS:DebugView

Launch the application and you will now notice a new “Tools” on the WonderBar.

Click on Tools and you will have additional troubleshooting options. You will be able to select a class, ref patch and a type of query to troubleshoot.

 

 

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How to virtualize an application for SCCM

January 16, 2012 1 comment

As companies are continuing to rollout Windows 7 and move away from Windows XP, there may be some applications that only run under Windows XP that are holding back the rollout. This post will show how to virtualize an application so that it can run in a Windows 7 environment.

First you will need to start the Microsoft Application Virtualization Sequencer.

Fill in the package information then Click Next.

At this point the wizard is ready to begin to monitor any changes to the environment during the installation. When ready Click Begin Monitoring.

The monitoring will take a few moments to prepare.

A wizard will appear asking to point to the source location of the installation file (i.e.: exe). Launch the installation and point the directory to install to where to install the files. In this case my installation will occur in C:\Citrix10.001\.

Walk through the rest of your installation wizard installing the components you want and putting in the licensing information you need.

When the installation finishes, close out of the application you just installed but not the sequencer itself.

Click on stop monitoring.

At this point the monitoring process has finished. Click Next.

In this package no additional files are needed. Click next.

The shortcuts can be configured for the applications that are part of the installation. In this example the shortcuts will be added to the desktop.

After configuring the applications it is recommended to launch the applications to ensure that they are optimized for application streaming.

Click next to sequence the package.

Once the sequenced file is saved in the installation folder, you can now copy the contents of this folder to your location where you share out applications to your SCCM server.

From your SCCM Server, browse to Software> Software Distribution> Packages> Virtual Applications then click New > Virtual Application Package from the action menu on the right.

The following wizard will pop up, point to the location of the application manifest. This file resides in the folder that you sequenced the package in the previous steps. Click Next.

Fill in the package information. Click Next.

Provide a data destination directory for the package.

Note: this is different than the source directory. It just needs to be a blank folder that is shared. The wizard will place the package source files in this folder.

Click Next

The security page will appear. Adjust any Security settings you need to adjust. Click Next.

Add to your distribution points to where this package should be placed.

Advertising a Virtual Application

Browse to your advertisements and from the actions pane select New > Advertisement > Advertisement. Fill in the information and select the virtual app you wish to advertise. Click Next.


Schedule the advertisement as desired.


In this example the Application will be streamed from the distribution point. Click Next.


Configure the Interaction as desired. Click Next.


Your client will see the advertisement available (when the window is open) and when the client check in. to force a client to check in and grab the advertisement ASAP, initiate a “machine policy evaluation and update cycle” . If the Virtual application has been configured to place shortcuts on the desktop, they will appear there and the users then can launch the virtualized application.

 

 

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Using SCCM to Deploy the SCCM Console to Clients

September 27, 2011 Leave a comment

As with many of us, we never like to lend out our media and as always there are individuals that need access to the SCCM console besides the SCCM Admin. We also do not like to walk around from workstation to workstation to install the media. The following process will help you install the SCCM console to the workstations in question.

This process will use two files, a cmd file that will run the installation and also call the ini file that will specify the SCCM install settings. I have found these a while back and have used them ever since.

SCCM-console-unattended.ini

[Identification]

Action=InstallAdminUI

[Options]

SMSInstallDir=c:\SCCMConsole

ParentSiteServer=ABC

SDKServer=SCCMServername

 

The second file is named sccm-console-unattended.cmd

REM Install Console

%~dp0\bin\i386\setup.exe /script %~dp0\sccm-console_unattended.ini

I have placed both of these files under the SMSSETUP directory of the extracted media.

 

Packaging

I have pointed my package source to the SMSSETUP folder of my media.

Program

The script will already run the program hidden from the enduser. Configuring the settings as below

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Due to the size of the source I chose to run the package from the distribution point.

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