Category SCCM

Use Windows Command Line to Silently Install & Uninstall Printers

Installing printers from Windows command line can be tricky, especially if you are attempting to keep things silent.  I’ve used several methods to accomplish this. I was previously a fan of the prndrvr.vbs, prnmngr.vbs, and prncnfg.vbs scripts that have existed natively in Windows for years.  My main issue with these is a result of my […]

Use Unnattend.xml to Fix Windows 10 SCCM Image Stuck On “Just a Moment…” Screen

Since the release of Windows 10, there have been a few new challenges arise when capturing and applying images.  One issue I experienced is images hanging on a “Just a moment…” screen for anywhere from 15 minutes to over an hour: I use SCCM 2012 MDT task sequences for majority of my images, and while […]

Microsoft Visual C++ Redistributables MSI Product Codes

Microsoft makes deploying Visual C++ fairly easy with their plethora of redistributables, but sometimes it can be difficult to detect if a particular Visual C++ version is installed. Below are the MSI Product codes that relate to each release.  This information is particularly helpful when using deployment software such as SCCM. Visual C++ 2005 Redistributable […]

Fix Application Not Available to Select in SCCM 2012 Task Sequence Install Application List

If you are unable to see an application in the list to select when setting up the Install Application step in an SCCM 2012 task sequence, there are two common reasons why. #1 – Application is not set as allowed to install Each SCCM application has an explicit setting that allows it to be used during task […]

Run Multiple Commands from a Single Run Command Line Task in an SCCM 2012 Task Sequence

When building an SCCM 2012 task sequence, a Run Command Line task can be added to execute CMDs: When needing to run multiple commands, adding a separate Run Command Line tasks for each command will work.  But sometimes combining multiple commands into a single step will be more efficient. The & Operator Two or more commands can […]

Manually Set Date & Time to Fix SCCM Task Sequence Error 80004005

I occasionally run into a 80004005 error when working with SCCM operating system deployment task sequences.  The error generally displays immediately after putting in the password for the bootable media/PXE boot, and the smsts.log appears similar to the following: The issue here is that the date and time on the client are incorrect.  This problem can be […]

Remotely Force SCCM Clients to Update Policy & Start SCEP Actions

System Center Configuration Manager has always relied on pull-based client communication for its regular interaction between servers and clients.  This type of technology has many benefits but can be frustrating when dealing with remote or time-sensitive environments. Beginning with Configuration Manager 2012 SP1, a new infrastructure component was introduced called Client Notification.  Unlike the traditional policy channel, the […]