Verify what DP is used for download using handy option in CMTrace

A nice feature in CMTrace is to merge logs. One good combo is to merge the CAS.log and ContentTransfermanager.log to get a picture of what DP is used for downloading content to a client.

CMTrace - Merge selected files - 1

CMTrace - Merge selected files - 2


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Links to SCCM Driver Packages




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SCCM package using pnputil.exe to install a printer driver

Simply create a package containing the printer driver and launch pnputil.exe. If the printer driver is already installed on a client, one way is to take the driver from the driver store on this machine. To locate the driver in the driver store is to check the registry under the following key.

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Print\Environments\Windows x64\Drivers\

Or for x86…

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Print\Environments\Windows NT x86\Drivers\

One thing to bear in mind is that the SCCM agent is a 32-bit application and launches a 32-bit version of cmd.exe. I use a small wrapper to take care of this and to ensure pnputil.exe is launching a 64bit cmd.exe on 64bit OS.

  %SystemRoot%\Sysnative\cmd.exe /c %0 %*
pnputil.exe -i -a <PathToDriver>/<Driver>.inf
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Troubleshooting Point and Print

I was recently troubleshooting an issue with Point and Print. An update that was released in July causes some problem, or more correctly, requires printer drivers that follows the requirements.
For info about the update see and
If the printer manufacturer doesn’t provide correct driver there is a way to work around this with a registry hack on the print server. Browse to HKLM\System\CurrentControlSet\Control\Print\Environment\… and look for the driver. The registry value “PrinterDriverAttributes” could then be increased to an odd number. For example, change ”4” to ”5”. This sets the flag PRINTER_DRIVER_PACKAGE_AWARE for the driver.
A restart is required on the print server. A 100% unsupported solution. 🙂

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First look at Windows Server 10 Tech Preview

Windows Server 10 Tech Preview has been released. I did a first quick test with a single server installed as a domain controller and a Windows  10 client joined to the doamin.

Server 10 Tech Preview - 01

A few notes…
– The highest forest and domain functional level that was available to select was 2012 R2.
– AD schema version is 72. The previous version for 2012 R2 was 69.
– The Windows 10 Tech Preview client joined in with OS version 6.4

You can download an evaluation version of the Windows Server 10 Tech Preview from Microsoft TechNet Evaluation Center.

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Windows 10 Tech Preview

Windows 10 Tech Preview has been released.


Available for download from here or here.

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System Center 2012 Configuation Manager Support Center Tool has been released

Yesterday the System Center Configuration Manager Support Center tool was released. Support Center is a tool that helps you gather information about SCCM 2012 clients. Support Center includes two tools, one that gathers log files and also a tool that is used by technical support to view and analyze the log files and collected data from the clients.

You can download it from the Microsoft Download Center, .


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PXE problem – WDS don’t start

Recently I was troubleshooting a PXE problem on a SCCM 2012 R2 DP. The Windows Deployment Service didn’t start. Checked the servers Application Event log and found the following errors.

EventID: 513
Source: WDSServer
Message: An error occurred while trying to initialize provider WDSDCMGR from C:\Windows\system32\wdsdcmgr.dll. Windows Deployment Services server will be shutdown. Error Information: 0xC1030104
EventID: 257
Source: WDSServer
Message: An error occurred while trying to start the Windows Deployment Services server. Error Information: 0xC1030104

The following solved the problem…

  1. Disable PXE / wait until WDS is uninstalled
  2. Remove boot images
  3. Delete C:\Windows\Temp\*.*
  4. Reboot
  5. Delete D:\RemoteInstall
  6. Reboot
  7. Add PXE support on the DP (WDS install automatically)
  8. Reboot
  9. Distribute boot images again
  10. Restart WDS
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Free ebook: Microsoft System Center – Troubleshooting Configuration Manager

Another free ebook from Microsoft Press was released today.

ebook Troubleshooting CM

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Group policy settings reference guide for Windows 8.1, Server 2012 R2 and IE 11

Spreadsheet list with updated Administrative template files for Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2012 R2 and Internet Explorer 11 now available on Microsoft Download Center.

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