Configuration Manager Updates and Servicing PowerShell automation coming to 1705 TP

By popular demand, we have added several new cmdlets in the 1705 TP for automating updates and servicing in Configuration Manager. Moving forward this should greatly simplify automated lab deployments and update scenarios. These cmdlets allow you to do all of the same functionality that you can do in the UI: get updates, download updates,…

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Configuration Manager Client Messaging SDK is now on NuGet.org

The Configuration Manager Client Messaging SDK is now published on NuGet.org. This release also has several bug fixes. For more information, see the post on the Enterprise Mobility and Security blog.

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PowerShell: How to add enhanced detection methods to deployment types (1705 TP)

Update: These cmdlets did not make it into the 1704 TP, but they will be in the 1705 TP. This posting has been updated to correct this. In the upcoming 1705 technical preview of Configuration Manager, we have finally added the much-requested ability to add enhanced detection method clauses to deployment types PowerShell. This posting…

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PowerShell: How to add compliance settings and rules to configuration items (1705 TP)

Update: These cmdlets did not make it into the 1704 TP, but they will be in the 1705 TP. This posting has been updated to correct this. In the upcoming 1705 technical preview of Configuration Manager, we have finally added the much-requested ability to add Settings and Rules to Configuration Items from within PowerShell. This…

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SDK: Creating DDRs on the site server using the client messaging SDK part 2: creating System DDRs

Last year I posted about functionality in the Configuration Manager client messaging SDK to generate DDRs and provided samples on how to create a DDR for a completely custom agent type: a printer. It’s also a common scenario on wanting to generate DDRs to add additional discovery information for regular client systems. It’s very similar…

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Using signed PowerShell scripts with configuration items and applications

Edit: The deployment type detection method issue will be resolved in 1706 Current Branch. It will also be available for testing in 1705 Technical Preview. In the past if you wanted to use a signed PowerShell script as a configuration item detection method or deployment type detection method, you would see an error on the…

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Troubleshooting Configuration Manager Powershell cmdlets

Starting with Configuration Manager 2012 SP1, we began providing PowerShell cmdlets to assist with many management tasks. The number of cmdlets grew to over 400 with CU1 along with providing numerous fixes and enhancements to the cmdlets that shipped with 2012 SP1 RTM. If you’re experiencing problems with cmdlets, try these troubleshooting steps: Make sure that…

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Quick summary on how management point selection works in flexible (formerly native) mode in Configuration Manager 2012

There’s been a lot of questions as of late in the TechNet forums on how flexible mode works in Configuration Manager 2012 with regard to MP communication. I’m writing up this quick post to quickly summarize how things work in Configuration Manager 2012. In Configuration Manager 2007, there were two modes: mixed and native mode….

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SDK: Creating custom inventory classes for clients with the client messaging SDK

Out of the box, the client messaging SDK contains several basic hardware inventory classes for sending inventory data such as CCM_System, Win32_NetworkAdapter, and some others. It has the ability to create inventory data on the fly from pre-formatted XML using InventoryInstanceGeneric. It also has some wrapper functionality to convert existing data in WMI to pre-formatted…

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