I think I that a suitable name for this post might be ‘The case of the missing desktop shortcuts’. I spent nearly an hour or more resolving the so it will be the right thing to share it with you.
In Windows 7, Users can’t view objects and icons published on “C:\Users\Public\Desktop” .
Users cannot read data from “C:\Users\Public\Desktop”.
You suspect that a GPO – Group policy object, prohibit users from viewing icons on “C:\Users\Public\Desktop” folder.
A group policy named “remove common program groups from start menu” is applied on the users that are suffering from problem.
It took me a long time to figure out which policy is causing this because Microsoft did not bother to mention this on the policy description. the policy description is:
“Removes items in the All Users profile from the Programs menu on the Start menu.
By default, the Programs menu contains items from the All Users profile and items from the user’s profile. If you enable this setting, only items in the user’s profile appear in the Programs menu.
Tip: To see the Program menu items in the All Users profile, on the system drive, go to ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs.”
There is no mentioning for public desktop. Only start menu is mentioned. this makes it very difficult and confusing to troubleshoot.
Remove the above policy. log-off and then log-on again to bring back things to normal.
Group Policy How-to Guide
Windows update is one of the more important features of SCCM. Keeping all servers and workstations in your environment up to date is most important.
I met the following error while SCCM 2012 was trying to update one of my servers.
You try to push Windows security updates to a remote machine, but Windows update fails.
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So, you need to create multiple SCCM 2012 Distribution points in a short time. Maybe you decided on upgrading your environment to SCCM 2012 or your company purchased another organisation. In any case,
The reasonable way will be to use a script, and not use the GUI to do the task over and over.
The preferred scripting environment is Powershell, since it already has many Configuration Manager commandlets that can be helpful.
You do have to work with at least SCCM 2012 sp1 version for the following script to work.
The below powershell script will read the names of the Distribution points servers from a file. See example for the file Here [icon name="icon-eye-open"]
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In this post I am writing about a minor problem that occurs while installing a SCCM 2012 client, and how to solve it.
You install a SCCM client on a machine.
After the installation finishes, you notice that not all logs are populated in the clients’ machine C:\windows\CCM\Logs directory.
If you check ClientIDManagerStartup.log file, you notice the following error message:
RegTask: Failed to get certificate. Error: 0×80004005
Did you ever wonder how SCCM 2012 install a DP remotely from the CM console?
DISM.exe (Deployment Image Servicing and Management tool) is a command line tool that you can use to enable or disable Windows features.
In this case we use it to install all the necessary IIS features for a SCCM 2012 DP.
Command line to install IIS on DPs:
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In this post I want to show a solution for a SCCM 2012 sp1 client installation problem which I met over my daily routine work.
You try to Install a SCCM client on a remote XP-sp3 machine, and the installation fails. In ccmsetup.log you see the following:
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I just thought to share with you something I recently was troubleshooting.
Maybe you met this as well,
This occurred in SCCM 2012 sp1 CU1.
You are trying to install a new DP, and the installation fails.
Also, the Distribution point configuration status under Monitoring shows red X with an error saying …cannot connect to remote DP.
When you check Distmgr.log you see the following lines:
CWmi::Connect() failed to connect to \\<<DPNAME>>\root\SCCMDP. Error = 0x800706BA
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Recently I noticed that my SCCM 2012 sp1 CU1 stopped distributing content to remote DPs.
Troubleshooting this problem has been a pain so I thought I’d share this with you.
This apply to : SCCM 2012 / SCCM 2012 sp1 / SCCM 2012 sp1 CU1
1. Distribution points doesn’t get the content you distribute to them from the primary server.
2. When you look at a package deployment status you see the package status stuck on ‘in progress’:
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If you are managing your enterprises’ servers and workstations with SCCM 2012 (as you should do) ,
you probably will need to build boundaries, boundary groups and add these boundaries to boundary groups.
This will make sure that the site server DP that you join with a specific boundary group will distribute content only to workstations in its associated boundaries.
This was known as protected boundary in SCCM 2007.
If you need to create SCCM 2012 boundaries and boundary groups automatically without repeating the process over and over,
The following Powershell script will receive a list of data from a .CSV file and create boundaries and boundary groups respectively.
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