Run PowerShell ISE as System to Test scripts… From Software Center

Yet another post caused by my recent rebuilding of my lab from scratch after I totally hosed my last CM Server.  This time I’m documenting (blogging) a few additional things. So you write a lot of scripts for ConfigMgr?  Notice that they sometimes don’t perform quite as expected because they run as system instead of ... Read moreRun PowerShell ISE as System to Test scripts… From Software Center

Scripts Node, Add Local & Network Logging to Script

This is basically two posts in one, add logging to your scripts in the script node, and Get Service Windows Info, check if you have any deployments being squashed by too restrictive Services Windows, and remove the service windows if you want to.  Why add logging… several reasons, to know what the script did, to have a “paper trail”, and helps with troubleshooting.  I’ve added logging to my scripts for accountability as well.  I have it log to a network share because I’m not local admin on the boxes I’m running the scripts on, so having a central share to collect the scripts is very important to me when I’m troubleshooting issues.

The reason I wrote this script was because we've run into machines that would never run the Upgrade because they would return with a status message "deployment will never run, too restrictive of service window".  We do not check the box on our deployments to run outside of a Service Window, as we want to respect what the Business Unit have said are their approved times to service machines.  However there are times when the windows are just too small for the time we've specified in our TS, or someone created a local service window manually, using a tool like Client Center, to accomplish a one-off task and never cleaned it up.  So I created a script that would read the execmgr.log file, search for a restrictive window issue, then delete them (based on parameters).  You can search for Local Service Windows or Server Side (Collection) Service Window and delete those, or choose Delete all service windows.  Common Sense Warning:  Use with Caution, and Test please.  This script is deleting Service Windows which restrict installs / reboots from happening all willy nilly.  If you start removing those restrictions… well.. you get it.

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IPU & Offline Dynamic Updates

UPDATE: 8/20 - Adam Gross (@AdamGrossTX) added more info and explain even more!  That guys is awesome, really nice walk through on how to do it with a script to automate!  Check it out HERE

UPDATE: 8/17 - Heard back from MS.  Rest of those Dynamic Updates need to be applied offline to your Build Media, they are NOT included in the monthly CU. (Read full article for context)

Dynamic updates, what are those things?  Well, as Microsoft says “With Dynamic Update, if you start a computer from an existing operating system (for example, Windows 8), and then run Setup from that operating system [IN PLACE UPGRADE], Setup [Windows 10 Upgrade Setup] can check for new Setup files, including drivers and other files.”  You can enable it in your TS on the Upgrade OS step: (yes, you want to do this if you have bandwidth, way more info HERE, Thanks Adam)
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Tweet from PowerShell... Customized for a TS

Ok.. another one that's been in my drafts for the past 3 months, Seems to work fine, however if you run it in a TS over and over and over again because you're testing constantly, it seems to skip some, like Twitter blocks duplicate Tweets. Anyway, here ya go.  If you have any improvements, please get ahold of me.

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Hey Folks, so I am at MMS right now, and I saw a lot of demos were people were tweeting from at Task Sequence using Orchestrator. I was like, um.. that seems like a lot of work to just tweet, I don't want to support another server, hopefully it's actually doing more than just tweeting. I set this up a while back for fun, and forgot to blog it, so here it goes. The hardest part... was already done by Adam! I stole his work, and built on top of it. You've probably noticed that is a theme on my blog, I like to borrow the hard work of other and twist it for my own purposes, of course giving credit where credit is due. I hope you are doing the same to my blog, and please give me a shout out if you take something I've done and add to it, and then blog it for everyone else to use!
So I started here, Adam's  Blog.  This provided the connections to Twitter.  I created a new account specifically for my blog (@garytownblog) and set it up in his script, which he explains in great detail.  So Part 1 ... Go there and do that..

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