SCCM and Patching Internet Clients

Published: March 17, 2015   |   No Comments  |  Read more

We had a customer recently that needed to setup a second Software Update Point (SUP) to support internet clients. We ran into a strange issue after the SUP role was installed. The WSUSCrtl.log was reporting the following error: “system.net.webexcption: the request failed with the HTTP status 404”.

Functional Levels and PowerShell

Published: February 27, 2015   |   No Comments  |  Read more

We were prepping a global enterprise to raise their forest and domain functional levels to Windows Server 2012 R2. We wanted to know that ALL the DCs were seeing/registering the new level. So in comes my favorite scripting tool – PowerShell.

Rube Goldberg & patching the enterprise with SCCM – Part 2

Published: February 18, 2015   |   2 Comments  |  Read more

When patching (servers in particular) we recommend the use of Maintenance Windows (MWs). In SCCM Maintenance Windows are configuration “timers” that control the deployment of software and software updates. A given SCCM client can have multiple MWs and each are evaluated with a deployment is run on a given client.

Rube Goldberg & patching the enterprise with SCCM – Part 1

Published: February 17, 2015   |   No Comments  |  Read more

Deploying software updates to the enterprise is not unlike one of these crazy cool machines. A server downloads all the updates from Microsoft, the clients scan the server for new updates that are required, then the server will create a new list of updates to push, the updates are sent to Deployment Points and a new Update Deployment is scheduled to run…