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How-To : Automate application mapping using SCCM 2012 Powershell

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During mass reainstallation/redeployment/migration of large number of PCs, always question about applications is raised.

How to deploy/deliver applications once all machines are resintalled?

If you have SCCM in the infrastructure, this might help a lot with automation. All you need is mapping between computer name and applications (to be more specific collection ids) and PowerShell console on SCCM server.

Then you just need to prepare input files for the script below and you can automate application deployment on mass scale.

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How-To : Enable BitLocker PIN on computer in workgroup

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If you have machine which is not connected to domain, but has TPM chip you might want to encrypt disks with BitLocker and enable PIN protection at boot-up.

In order to do that you have to make sure TPM is activated and enabled for provisioning in BIOS. Next step will be to allow PIN use, as by default that option is not active especially on machines not connected to Active Directory domain.

So, to enable ability to set PIN follow the steps:

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Config snippets : Activating Windows Server 2012 Core

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As there is no GUI in Windows Server 2012 Core, we have to use command line and script in order to acivate system.

slmgr.vbs is a VBscript which allows to set product key and activate operating system. Below most common use of slmgr.vbs.

Set product key

slmgr.vbs /ipk XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX

Activate Windows

slmgr.vbs /ato

Display information about licenses

slmgr.vbs /dli
slmgr.vbs /dlv
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How-To : SharePoint Foundation 2010 Installation

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Screenshots from SharePoint Foundation 2010 installation process.

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How-To : System Center 2012 SP1 Service Manager Installation

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Quick reference with screenshots and requirements for System Center 2012 SP1 Service Manager installation.

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Tips & Tricks : SQL Server “Cannot connect to WMI provider”

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Recently I had issue which occured without any particular reason on SQL Server 2012. All of the sudden I start getting error message:

Cannot connect to WMI provider. You do not have permission or the server is
unreachable.
Note that you can only manage SQL Server 2005 servers with SQL
Server Configuration Manager.
Invalid Namespace.

when tried to run SQL Server Configuration Tools.

What resolved situation is command:

mofcomp C:\Program Files\Microsoft SQL Server\100\Shared\sqlmgmproviderxpsp2up.mof