Monday, 24 September 2012

Post Setup Configuration tasks for SCCM2012

Configure Active Directory Discovery for Computers, Users, or Groups
Use the information in the following sections to configure discovery of computers, users, or groups, by using one of the following discovery methods:
Step-1 : Verify HeartBeat discovery
1.Select |  \Administration\Overview\Hierarchy Configuration\Discovery Methods
2.”Enable Heartbeat Discovery” is check marked
Step-2 : Active Directory System Discovery
1.GOTO > \Administration\Overview\Hierarchy Configuration\Discovery Methods
And Select “Active Directory System Discovery” , Right Click Properties or On the Home tab, in the Properties group, click Properties
2. On the General tab, select the check box to enable discovery, or you can configure discovery now, and then return to enable discovery later.
Click the New icon New Icon to specify a new Active Directory container
3.Browse the path to select specify the account to use as the Active Directory Discovery Account.
4.Click OK | OK  to save.
5.On the Polling Schedule tab, configure both the full discovery polling schedule and delta discovery.
6.Click Ok to Finish

Step-3 : Configuring Sites to Publish to Active Directory Domain Services
To configure Active Directory forests for publishing:
1.Select  |    \Administration\Overview\Hierarchy Configuration\Active Directory Forests
click Properties to open the Discovered forest properties.
2. On the General tab, complete configurations for the forest that you want to discover and specify the Active Directory Forest Account.
3.on the Publishing tab, complete configurations for publishing to this forest
3. Click OK to save changes.
To enable a Configuration Manager site to publish site information to Active Directory forest

Reference :

Shockwave Player:

Modify the registry hive,
HKLM\SOFTWARE\Adobe\Shockwave 11\AutoUpdate
y ->n
We can use the below URL for testing auto-updates:
Open the URL and right click on the animation screen of Adobe Shockwave player and select Properties.
Check if the "Automatic Updates Service" is disabled.

Wednesday, 12 September 2012

SCCM2012 RTM Installation

    This post was republished to Packaging & SCCM Solutions at 1:53:06 AM 9/12/2012
    SCCM2012 RTM Installation
    1. Log on as the admin user for SCCM installation.
    2. From within the SCCM setup media run splash.hta
    1. Enter Product Key
    1. Accept Software License Terms
    2. Accept Prerequisite Licenses
    6. I have downloaded the Prerequisite files earlier, select “ Use Previously downloaded files” | Next
    7. Enter a Site code and friendly name | Next
    8. Click Next
    9. It will run the pre requisite check again | when finished click begin install
    10. When finished click Close image

    Tuesday, 11 September 2012

    SCCM 2012 SP1 – Pre Requisite

    WSUS Upgrade :
    Configuration Manager requires Windows Server Update Services (WSUS) of at least version 3.0 SP2 with KB2720211 and KB2734608 installed. If using remote software update points, site server must have WSUS administration console installed. For more information on WSUS installation see
    SQL Server Memory Allocation :
    Configuration Manager requires SQL Server to reserve a minimum of 8 gigabytes (GB) of memory for the central administration site and primary site and a minimum of 4 gigabytes (GB) for the secondary site. This memory is reserved by using the Minimum server memory setting under Server Memory Options and is configured by using SQL Server Management Studio. For more information about how to set a fixed amount of memory, see
    Open SQL Server Management Studio | Log-IN | Select Server Properties | Select Memory | Update Min Memory to 8GB
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    SQL Server 2008 R2 with Hot Fixes :
    Apply the below patches to SQL server 2008 R2 to support SCCM2012 SP1
    • KB2703282
    • KB2679367
    • KB2528583
    Assessment and Deployment Kit (ADK) :
    The Windows Deployment Tools component of the Assessment and Deployment Kit (ADK) is required and must be installed before Setup can continue. See
    To Update : USMT , ACT ,Windows deployment tools & Win PE
    To apply permissions to the System Management container by using the Active Directory Users and Computers administrative tool
    1. Click Start, click Run, and then enter dsa.msc to open the Active Directory Users and Computers administrative tool.
    2. Click View, and then click Advanced Features.
    3. Expand the System container, right-click System Management, and then click Properties.
    4. In the System Management Properties dialog box, click the Security tab, and then click Add to add the site server computer account. Grant the account Full Control permissions.
    5. Click Advanced, select the site server’s computer account, and then click Edit.
    6. In the Apply to list, select This object and all descendant objects.
    7. Click OK and then close the Active Directory Users and Computers administrative tool to complete the procedure.
    Prepare the Windows Environment for Configuration Manager
    Follow the link to configure “Server 2008 R2” to prepare environment for SCCM2012 SP1:

    Thursday, 23 August 2012

    To identify system supports 64 bit OS

    Modern processors incorporate features beneficial to
    security. SecurAble displays the status of the three
    most significant security-related processor features:

    Monday, 20 August 2012

    SCCM & Packaging Gyan


    1. There is an exe,ini going to C:\Pf\ApplicationFolder
       There is a .cfg file going to Userprofile
       There is a dll going to C:\windows\System32
    How many Features & components are needed ? Explain process completely. what happens when a normal users(non admin) installs the application. I mean behavior and files will get installed or not ?
    2. What happens when ALLUSERS=8 ?
    3. For the same scenario of four files in qstn 1. What happens when the advertised shortcut is launched ?
    4. When do we use Deferred CA ?
    5. What is Merge Module?
    6. There are some 100's of dll's in our application. But we still register only few dll's some 3-4 why ?
    7. What are the attributes of a file ?
    8. I Install an application. In second user if the application has to work then it needs to be launched at least once in the admin (installed user). If u directly launch the shortcut in the second user without launching the app in admin user, then it throws an error. Why ? Justify your answer.
    9. Registry hive for odbc, services.
    10. Verbose logging hive.
    11. How to understand and troubleshoot if we face a problem in applications behavior ?
    12. What is dll hell ?
    13. Application Isolation ?
    14. Ini file is not set as keypath why ?
    15. Appsearch/System Search. Explain any instance where u have used it
    16. Complex application Scenario ?
    17. How to customize office application ? Answer :- Explain about /adminfile install
    18. Explain about the method you follow for doing a post configuration with your own example ?
    19. VBScript to del a folder
    20. Active Setup ? Hive ? In which mode is the active setup executed ? I mean during which process ? Answer :- Session zero, logon process
    21. What are group policies ? How to get to see these policies ?
    22. Interchanges that happen in HK-Users and HKCU ? Which gets reflected when what is changed ?


    1. Limitations ? Explain what ever u say
    2. Enforce Security Descriptor ?
    3. Bubble to OS interaction ?
    4. How to run an additional vbscript or a cmd file in your shortcut execution to make some configuration changes ?
    5. Components of App-v ?
    6. Name the other virtualization Technologies that you know ?
    ACT, AppDNA
    1. Why is RunAsAdmin shim used ? What actually happens when this shim is applied ?
    2. How to install a shim DB ?
    3. How to add CustomAction for qstn 2 ? - MSI question
    4. RAG Reports ?
    5. ACT phases ?
    6. How to use AppDNA when there is an exe ?
    7. ACT prereqs? Appverifier ?


    1. What is Site hierarchy ? -- Central, Primary, Secondary sites
    2. Can a secondary site be converted to primary ? Is vice-versa as well possible ?
    3. What are Site modes ? When do we use these ?
    4. Discovery methods ?
    5. Troubleshooting an issue ?
    6. S/W Distribution ?
    7. Client not installing ? Possible reasons ?
    8. SLP and MP ? Why are these roles used?
    9. OS Deployment scenarios ? -- Refresh, Replace, Bare Metal
    10. Boundary ?
    11. Other Deployment tools? -- Radia, Altris, Marimba
    12. Schema extension ? How ? Why ?

    Win 7

    1. What is a virtual store?
    2. Can a 32 bit be installed on 64 bit ? Is vice-versa as well possible ?
    3. Differentiate Win7 32 & 64 bit?
    4. Installer version present in Win 7 ?
    5. Regedt32 & Regedit ? What opens when you type in run ? What is the difference between the two ?
    6. What is that v see as currentcontrolset001, currentcontrolset002 under HKLM\System ?
    7. Difference between WinXp and Win7 ?
    Technorati Tags:
    1. AD ?
    2. Forest ?
    3. How to get IP address of a system ? How to change it ?
    4. How to add a computer to domain ? Remove as well to be explained ?

    Monday, 11 June 2012

    Duplicate Entry in Add Remove programs and Remediation

    Duplicate entries in Add/Remove Programs, not good.
    Usually the duplicate entries are caused by re-installing a program, or installing a newer version of a program, without using Add/Remove programs to uninstall the old one first.
    Example : Entry for Adobe reader 9.5 and 9.5.1 in Add-Remove Programs however latest version of application is available to users.
    The cause of this behavior may be a result of the previous version being installed per machine and the upgrade was installed per user.
    If duplicate entries appear in the Control Panel, the ALLUSERS property for the second installation is not the same as in the first installation.
    To determine if the .MSI files are per-machine or per-user installations, generate log files during the installations. To create a log file, use the following command line option:
    msiexec.exe /i "C:\Program Files\My MSI.msi" /L*v "C:\Program Files\InstallLog.txt"
    Compare the two log files to determine if the ALLUSERS property is the same for each installation. If the ALLUSERS property is different, go to the Product tab in Setup Editor and click Properties. Locate the ALLUSERS property and set the property equal to 1 or 2.


    The list is maintained in the registry (I don't remember exactly where - just use the search feature). Duplicate entries can be removed with the aid of the registry editor.

    Tuesday, 15 May 2012

    Start | Run Commands for Windows XP:

    Run commands
    Calc - Calculator
    Cfgwiz32 - ISDN Configuration Wizard
    Charmap - Character Map
    Chkdisk - Repair damaged files
    Cleanmgr - Cleans up hard drives
    Clipbrd - Windows Clipboard viewer
    Cmd - Opens a new Command Window (cmd.exe)
    Control - Displays Control Panel
    Dcomcnfg - DCOM user security
    Debug - Assembly language programming tool
    Defrag - Defragmentation tool
    Drwatson - Records programs crash & snapshots
    Dxdiag - DirectX Diagnostic Utility
    Explorer - Windows Explorer
    Fontview - Graphical font viewer
    Ftp - ftp.exe program
    Hostname - Returns Computer's name
    Ipconfig - Displays IP configuration for all network adapters
    Jview - Microsoft Command-line Loader for Java classes
    MMC - Microsoft Management Console
    Msconfig - Configuration to edit startup files
    Msinfo32 - Microsoft System Information Utility
    Nbtstat - Displays stats and current connections using NetBios over TCP/IP
    Netstat - Displays all active network connections
    Nslookup - Returns your local DNS server
    Odbcad32 - ODBC Data Source Administrator
    Ping - Sends data to a specified host/IP
    Regedit - registry Editor
    Regsvr32 - register/de-register DLL/OCX/ActiveX
    Regwiz - Reistration wizard
    Sfc /scannow - Sytem File Checker
    Sndrec32 - Sound Recorder
    Sndvol32 - Volume control for soundcard
    Sysedit - Edit system startup files (config.sys, autoexec.bat, win.ini, etc.)
    Systeminfo - display various system information in text console
    Taskmgr - Task manager
    Telnet - Telnet program
    Taskkill - kill processes using command line interface
    Tskill - reduced version of Taskkill from Windows XP Home
    Tracert - Traces and displays all paths required to reach an internet host
    Winchat - simple chat program for Windows networks
    Winipcfg - Displays IP configuration
    Management Consoles
    certmgr.msc - Certificate Manager
    ciadv.msc - Indexing Service
    compmgmt.msc - Computer management
    devmgmt.msc - Device Manager
    dfrg.msc - Defragment
    diskmgmt.msc - Disk Management
    fsmgmt.msc - Folder Sharing Management
    eventvwr.msc - Event Viewer
    gpedit.msc - Group Policy -XP Pro only
    iis.msc - Internet Information Services
    lusrmgr.msc - Local Users and Groups
    mscorcfg.msc - Net configurations
    ntmsmgr.msc - Removable Storage
    perfmon.msc - Performance Manager
    secpol.msc - Local Security Policy
    services.msc - System Services
    wmimgmt.msc - Windows Management
    access.cpl - Accessibility Options
    hdwwiz.cpl - Add New Hardware Wizard
    appwiz.cpl - dd/Remove Programs
    timedate.cpl - Date and Time Properties
    desk.cpl - Display Properties
    inetcpl.cpl - Internet Properties
    joy.cpl - Joystick Properties
    main.cpl keboard - Keyboard Properties
    main.cpl - Mouse Properties
    ncpa.cpl - Network Connections
    ncpl.cpl - Network Properties
    telephon.cpl - Phone and Modem options
    powercfg.cpl - Power Management
    intl.cpl - Regional settings
    mmsys.cpl sounds - Sound Properties
    mmsys.cpl - Sounds and Audio Device Properties
    sysdm.cpl - System Properties
    nusrmgr.cpl - User settings
    firewall.cpl - Firewall Settings (sp2)
    wscui.cpl - Security Center (sp2)
    Windows Environment Commands
    %ALLUSERSPROFILE% - Open the All User's Profile
    %HomeDrive% - Opens your home drive e.g. C:\
    %UserProfile% - Opens you User's Profile
    %temp% Opens - temporary file Folder
    %systemroot% - Opens Windows folder
    Wupdmgr - Takes you to Microsoft Windows Update