July 27 2012

SCCM policy refresh with Windows desktop lock/unlock

This morning I was reading that in SCCM 2012 if you have a Windows 7 and above client, the SCCM machine & user policy is refreshed when you lock and unlock a desktop (Windows key + L)…. I wasn’t aware of this.  So I thought I’d try it out…

It appears that the material I was reading isn’t completely correct….

In my testing, I monitored the PolicyAgent log and found:

• Machine policy refresh is NOT triggered when you lock and unlock your desktop
• User policy refresh IS triggered immediately when you unlocked your desktop, however there is no user policy action when you lock the desktop



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December 28 2011

Custom message prior to installing software

In the past when using SMS or SCCM and I’ve needed to notify the user that a software installation is going to take place, I would write a VBScript utilizing wshShell.Popup and WScript.Sleep. Today I came across a good piece of free software that provides a bit of a nicer interface to display these messages.

Check out ‘Coretech Auto Install Warning’: