Wednesday, April 15, 2015

System Center 2012 Configuration Manager Cmdlet Library has been released to Download Center

Do you want the PowerShell cmdlets but not the time to install the CU for them.  Well they are now a separate bundle that you can install. CUs will no longer have PowerShell updates packaged with them.


If you have R2, no matter what CU you have installed (or not installed) you can download this and update your environment.  RTM SP1 is NOT supported via this update.  You must be running the R2 platform to benefit from this change.




The download can be found here:


https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=46681.


Information on the installation cmdlet Library is here: https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dn958404


Admins have been asking on how to update their environment in different steps and this is the answer from Microsoft to allow a quicker adoption of PowerShell and giving the customer the ability to control the CUs. 



Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Manual force of WSUS via automation





Have you ever wanted to have an odd Schedule or found that your site will not longer sync on the schedule but a full sync will work. 


Well here is some code to kick off a Full sync on your site.  All you have to do is create a scheduled task on the Central or primary site.
The code modifies the control file.  Because of some timing issues I did add a few seconds on to the request. 


XXX - SITE CODE
SERVER - SERVERNAME
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Set swbemLocator = CreateObject("WbemScripting.SWbemLocator")
swbemLocator.Security_.AuthenticationLevel = 6 'Packet Privacy
Set swbemServices= swbemLocator.ConnectServer("SERVER", "root\sms\site_XXX")

Set context = CreateObject("WbemScripting.SWbemNamedValueSet")
'context.Add "LocaleID", "MS\1033"
'context.Add "MachineName", "SERVER"
Context.Add "SessionHandle", swbemServices.ExecMethod("SMS_SiteControlFile", "GetSessionHandle").SessionHandle
                                        

SynchronizeSoftwareUpdatePoint swbemServices,context,"XXX"

Sub SynchronizeSoftwareUpdatePoint(swbemServices,swbemContext,siteCode)
    ' Load site control file and get the SMS_WSUS_SYNC_MANAGER component section.
    swbemServices.ExecMethod "SMS_SiteControlFile.Filetype=1,Sitecode=""" & siteCode & """", "Refresh", , , swbemContext
       
    ' Calculate the current timestamp (number of seconds from 1/1/1970 to current time UTC).
    calculatedUTCOffsetinSeconds = (8 * 60 * 60)
    currentTimestamp = datediff("s", "1/1/1970 12:00:00 AM", now()) + calculatedUTCOffsetinSeconds
    currentTimestamp=currentTimestamp-7198
   
    Query = "SELECT * FROM SMS_SCI_Component " & _
            "WHERE ComponentName = 'SMS_WSUS_SYNC_MANAGER' " & _
            "AND SiteCode = '" & siteCode & "'"
   
    Set SCIComponentSet = swbemServices.ExecQuery(Query, ,wbemFlagForwardOnly Or wbemFlagReturnImmediately, swbemContext)
                      
    ' Only one instance is returned from the query.
    For Each SCIComponent In SCIComponentSet
        ' Loop through the array of embedded SMS_EmbeddedProperty instances.
        For Each vProperty In SCIComponent.Props        
                           
            ' Setting: Sync Now
            If vProperty.PropertyName = "Sync Now" Then
               
                ' Modify the value.
                vProperty.Value = currentTimestamp
               ' wscript.echo "New value " & currentTimestamp
               
                ' Output success message.
               ' wscript.echo " "
               ' wscript.echo "Reset 'Sync Now' property with current timestamp. "              
            End If
              
        Next  
             ' Update the component in your copy of the site control file. Get the path
             ' to the updated object, which could be used later to retrieve the instance.
             Set SCICompPath = SCIComponent.Put_(wbemChangeFlagUpdateOnly, swbemContext)
    Next
                         
    ' Commit the change to the actual site control file.
    Set InParams = swbemServices.Get("SMS_SiteControlFile").Methods_("CommitSCF").InParameters.SpawnInstance_
    InParams.SiteCode = siteCode
    swbemServices.ExecMethod "SMS_SiteControlFile", "CommitSCF", InParams, , swbemContext
     
    ' Release copy of the site control file.
    swbemServices.Get("SMS_SiteControlFile").ReleaseSessionHandle swbemContext.Item("SessionHandle").Value
End Sub

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I know this works on SCCM 2007, I am sure it will work on SCCM 2012 but I never tried it:

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

0x87d00244 The object or subsystem has not been initialized

So you have a client that is running several days behind on SCEP updates.  It can see the updates and the machine is working but when you run the Software Updates Deployment Evaluation Cycle you see this:





 

 
 
The error you find is (0x87d00244) Updates will not be made available.  This points to a subsystem not ready.  Could it be Windows Update agent is broken.  First check to see the state of the machine:  Running Windows Update we see the machine is in a pending reboot state:
 



The machine would really like to run the SCEP update but other updats are pending a process. Restart the box, see if will install the updates.