October 10 2012

Fast Client Notification Channel in SCCM 2012 SP1

There is a great new feature available in SCCM 2012 Service Pack 1 (due for public release in Q1 of 2013)  that provides a fast “client notification” channel between server and the managed clients.  Read the full blog post from the product group here – http://blogs.technet.com/b/configmgrteam/archive/2012/09/27/fast-channel-for-system-management.aspx



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May 4 2012

SCCM 2012 and client side BITS…

I noticed this in the SCCM 2012 product documentation update today…

Microsoft Background Intelligent Transfer Service (BITS) is required to allow throttled data transfers between the client computer and System Center 2012 Configuration Manager site systems. BITS is not automatically downloaded during client installation. Most operating systems include BITS, but if they do not (for example, Windows Server 2003 R2 SP2), you must install BITS before you install the System Center 2012 Configuration Manager client.


I think this will catch out a few people…. a good one to remember…

I think the fact that the client deployment in System Center 2012 Configuration Manager does not include BITS will catch out a few people, especially since the documentation puts this point under the ‘Dependencies External to Configuration Manager and Automatically Downloaded During Installation’ section….

See Prerequisites for Client Deployment in Configuration Manager – http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/gg682042.aspx



February 10 2012

List of recommended SCCM hotfixes

I’ve often referenced this continuously updated list of recommended SCCM hotfixes for both site servers and clients. I thought that I would share this – http://ccmexec.com/configuration-manager-2007-sp2-hotfix-list/.

As of February 2012, I recommend the following client hotfixes be installed, I’ve also included the component version numbers as it is often hard to track these down:


KB ConfigMgr Client Version Client components updated
KB977176 4.00.6487.2108 Task sequence – 4.00.6487.2108
KB978754 4.00.6487.2115 OSD – 4.00.6487.2115
KB979199 4.00.6487.2120 Inventory agent – 4.00.6487.2120
KB2263826 4.00.6487.2148 Inventory agent – 4.00.6487.2147
KB2276865 4.00.6487.2152 Task sequence – 4.00.6487.2152
KB2278119 4.00.6487.2154 Software Distribution – 4.00.6487.2154
KB977384 4.00.6487.2157 CCM Framework – 4.00.6487.2155
Software Distribution – 4.00.6487.2154
Power Management – 4.00.6487.2157
KB2309968 4.00.6487.2177 Software Updates – 4.00.6487.2176
KB2516517 4.00.6487.2177 Software Distribution – 4.00.6487.2160
CCM Framework – 4.00.6487.2177
KB2536089 4.00.6487.2187 Inventory agent – 4.00.6487.2184
KB2509007 4.00.6487.2188 Software Updates – 4.00.6487.2188
KB2586709 4.00.6487.2192 Task sequence – 4.00.6487.2192


If you need assistance on how to install SCCM hotfixes, see this great post – http://ccmexec.com/2010/12/installing-the-sccm-hotfixes-on-the-clients/.


I would recommend installing the hotfixes in your OS deployment task sequence if possible, so update your installation properties to include something  like PATCH=”C:_SMSTaskSequenceOSDP000001Ai386hotfixKB978754sccm2007ac-sp2-kb978754-x86.msp;C:_SMSTaskSequenceOSDP000001Ai386hotfixKB979199sccm2007ac-sp2-kb979199-x86.msp;”. If you want to add the client patches to client push, add something like PATCH=”\SERVERsms_P00CLIENTI386HOTFIXKB978754sccm2007ac-sp2-kb978754-x86.msp;\SERVERsms_P00CLIENTI386HOTFIXKB979199sccm2007ac-sp2-kb979199-x86.msp;”.

If you are using client push, ensure that you set correct NTFS permissions to the CLIENT folder mentioned above, to allow client to read and execute the hotfixes.


It’s worth being aware that the installation properties have a maximum of about 1000 characters.

Two additional articles that may be of use are –




February 16 2011

Find versions of Lync clients

If you are running Lync Server 2010 and have previously used OCS, you may realize how hard it is to find the versions of Lync that your clients are running. It was very easy to do with OCS.

Stephen Olsen has written a fantastic tool that will show you the version each client is running along with a bunch of other useful information.

Find Lync Versions tool
Find Lync Versions tool

To find out more about this tool, visit his website http://www.stumper66.com/software/lync.html. Also download a copy of the tool from me – http://blog.danovich.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2011/02/FindLyncVersions.zip.