Lars Lohmann

Acrobat Reader add-on gets disabled periodically in Internet Explorer

I have started to see sporadic problems whit the Adobe reader plug-in in Internet Explorer 11. The problem is that the plug-in will at some point in time be added to a registry key blocking the plug-in: HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionExtSettings{CA8A9780-280D-11CF-A24D-444553540000} Deleting the key or if the user disables and then enables the

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Downgrade SQL server from Evaluation to Standard

This time lets take a closer look at how we change our SCCM SQL 2012 server from an evaluation version to a standard version (ignoring downgrade warning). Identifying if SCCM is running on SQL evaluation version Why standard you may ask, that’s because its free when you are correctly licensed

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Citrix Receiver for Windows 4.3

Citrix has released a new version of Citrix Receiver for Windows, new version is 4.3.0.5014 At last this version includes ADMX support files (still need some improvements ) Download installation file: https://www.citrix.com/downloads/citrix-receiver/windows/receiver-for-windows-43.html Changes is this version: http://support.citrix.com/article/CTX138197 And finally documentation: http://docs.citrix.com/en-us/receiver/windows/4-3.html

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Task Sequence: has failed with the error code (0x80220005)

You might see this error when you try to deploy Windows from SCCM. Task Sequence: has failed with the error code (0x80220005) The step running when failing is Apply Windows Settings: SMSTS.log will further more show this information: Failed to open the Task Sequencing Environment. Code 0x80220005. Please ensure you

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Skipping task sequence because it is not active yet

After upgrading System Center Configuration manager 2012 R2 to SP1 (or 2012 SP2), you might see this problem. When deploying a OSD Task Sequence and not selecting when the deployment will be available (meaning now): SCCM will auto select Schedule when this deployment will become available and setting the date

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Move SCCM database to another drive

Lets try to move our SCCM database to another drive. Always make sure you have a good backup and a rollback plan if something goes wrong And make sure you have system administrator permission. First start an administrative command prompt and stop all SCCM services. You can use the command

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Task Sequence installs Windows to wrong drive

When deploying install.wim (from DVD) using System Center Configuration Manager 2012, you will see that the installation is done on drive D: instead of the expected drive C:. Even though the Task Sequence reported that the installation was done on C: You will be able to use different methods around

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Update SCCM client with latest RollUp in a Task Sequence

Microsoft release Rollup update for System Center Configuration manager and they will normally also include a client update. But if you do nothing and just use a standard task sequence your client version will be the one released together with SCCM 2012 R2. As shown her (all versions are 5.00.7958.1000):

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Has SCCM 2012 R2 CU5 been installed?

Cumulative Update 5 for System Center Configuration Manager 2012 R2 has been released https://support.microsoft.com/en-gb/kb/3054451 Note that ConfigMgr 2012 R2 SP1 is expected next week, so you might just wait for that one instead of installing CU5. So once again it’s time to take a closer look at how to determine

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Identify VMM RU6 installation (Update Rollup 6)

Microsoft has released Update Rollup 6 for System Center 2012 R2 Virtual Machine Manager Update Rollup 6 for System Center 2012 R2 Virtual Machine Manager If you manually download the update packages from the Microsoft Update Catalog and install them by double-clicking the packages, you have to install the Virtual

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Remove Microsoft System Center 2012 R2 Menu

When you install the Configuration manager client you will see Software Center in your start menu. In some situations you might not want this to happen. The installation of the menu items can be excluded if you use the installation property, as shown here in a Task Sequence. /ExcludeFeatures:ClientUI After

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Join Windows 10 to Azure Active Directory

This time lets try to join a Windows 10 client build 10061 to Azure AD. First we need to enable Device Registration Azure AD. open the Azure portal and browse to your Directory, select Configure and select Yes on Enable Device Registration, then save the change: On the Windows 10

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Extend the Task sequence error timeout duration

Whenever you encounter and error in your Task Sequence you will see a Task Sequence Error popup. This message will be shown for 15 minutes by default. You might first be back after the 15 minutes has passed, and then the machines could be at the login screen. You actually

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Citrix Receiver for Windows 4.2.100.14

Citrix has released a new version of Citrix Receiver for Windows, new version reported is 4.2.100.14 Download installation file : http://www.citrix.com/go/receiver.html Changes is this version: http://support.citrix.com/article/CTX138197 Spring Forward to Receiver for Windows 4.2.100 (The Citrix Blog post) http://blogs.citrix.com/2015/04/14/spring-forward-to-receiver-for-windows-4-2-100/ And finally documentation: http://support.citrix.com/proddocs/topic/receiver-windows-42/receiver-windows-42-wrapper.html  

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SCCM – SQL Server service running account error

When installing SCCM 2012 R2 you might see an error like this in the Prerequisite Check. SQL Server service running account The logon account for the SQL Server service cannot be a local user account, NT SERVICE<sql service name> or LOCAL SERVICE.  You must configure the SQL Server service to

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Prerequisites installation and SCCM Client

In some situations, you want the Configuration manger Client not to install prerequisites like Silverlight and DotNet4. Perhaps you want to install a newer versions or you simply don’t need for example Silverlight. The client will per default install Microsoft .NET Framework 4 Client Profile and Silverlight, but this can

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Detect if PowerShell remoting is enabled

In some scenarios I need to now if PowerShell remoting is enabled on the local host, this can be done in many different ways, but this is an easy way to do it: Start PowerShell on the local machine and enter the command Enter-PSSession -ComputerName localhost If PowerShell remoting is

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SCCM SQL database not using right Collation

When installing SCCM 2012 R2 you might see this error: Required SQL Server Collation Configuration Manager requires that you configure your SQL Server instance and Configuration Manager site database (if already present) to use the SQL_Latin1_General_CP1_CI_AS collation, unless you are using a Chinese operating system and require GB18030 support.  For

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Windows 7 and Windows 2008 R2 KMS keys

Still working with Windows 7 and Windows 2008 R2 Not that long ago I needed the KMS keys for Windows 2008 R2, but realized that I only had posted the keys for Windows 2012 and Windows 8.1 on this blog. http://larslohmann.blogspot.dk/2013/10/windows-81-and-windows-2012-r2-kms-keys.html Time to change this. The default KMS keys used

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Hotfixes that breaks OSD – March 2015

And once again were have new updates breaking OSD http://larslohmann.blogspot.dk/2014/11/hotfixes-that-breaks-osd.html Microsoft has updated the support case: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2894518 The new problematic updates are: 3036493 MS15-030: Description of the security update for Remote Desktop protocol: March 10, 2015 3039976 MS15-030: Vulnerability in Remote Desktop protocol could allow denial of service: March 10,

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System Center Endpoint Protection 4.7.209.0 Update

Microsoft has released a new update for the System Center Endpoint Protection client. Revised February 2015 anti-malware platform update Endpoint Protection clients The update are available from Windows update ad explained here: Anti-malware platform updates for Forefront Endpoint Protection/System Center Endpoint Protection will be released to Microsoft Update. Newly deployed

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Identify VMM RU5 installation

Update Please note this update released after RU 5 Hotfix for known issues in Update Rollup 5 for System Center 2012 R2 Virtual Machine Manager Original Post Microsoft has release Update Rollup 5 for System Center 2012 R2 Virtual Machine Manager Description of the security update for Update Rollup 5

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System Center Endpoint Protection 4.7.205.0 Update

Please note that there are know issues with this update on Windows 8.1 clients: http://blogs.technet.com/b/configmgrteam/archive/2015/02/19/known-issue-endpoint-protection-blocks-internet-explorer-downloads.aspx Fix: http://larslohmann.blogspot.dk/2015/03/system-center-endpoint-protection.html Original Post: Microsoft has released a new update for the System Center Endpoint Protection client. February 2015 anti-malware platform update for Endpoint Protection Clients The update are available from Windows update ad explained

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Identify Whether SCCM 2012 R2 CU4 has been installed

Cumulative Update 4 for System Center Configuration Manager 2012 R2 has been released http://support.microsoft.com/kb/3026739/ So once again it’s time to take a closer look at how to determine the installation status of this cumulative update, this time for CU4. After upgrading to System Center Configuration Manager 2012 R2 CU4, you

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