“An error has occured during report processing. (rsProcessingAborted)” when opening a report in SCSM2012

November 15, 2013 at 9:12 am in Uncategorized by Lars Verbist

In our environment we had this message when opening reports:

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The reason for this issue was the lack of rights for the SCSM Reporting account on the SRSS server.

All the rights needed for all service manager accounts can be found here.

Keep it Clean!

Lars

SCSM 2012 R2 Service Offering / Request offering Blank when editing

November 11, 2013 at 10:25 pm in Uncategorized by Lars Verbist

When you edit service offerings and/or request offerings in the service manager console you could have this behaviour:

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the screen are completely blank or some content is visible but when you select the buttons on the right they don’t respond….

Apparently this looks like a bug because it only happen when you run your Service Manager Console Maximized!

The same actions with the console not maximized give you the “normal” result:

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I hope this post saves somebody the time I lost on it!

 

Keep it clean!

 

Lars

Error _CreateMOMRegKey.11EE91AB_EABF_48A6_99734DCD73190AC6 during SCSM 2012 Web Portal install

November 5, 2013 at 8:26 pm in Uncategorized by Lars Verbist

If you encounter this error:

Check if the account running the web portal setup has administrator rights on the service manager server if not, give the account the necessary rights.

Keep It Clean!

Lars

Windows to Go: Windows 8 on a stick…

March 11, 2012 at 7:49 am in Uncategorized by Lars Verbist

Windows 8 includes the ability to provide users with a full corporate copy of Windows on a USB storage device it is  the “Windows To Go” feature and it will be probably be a enterprise feature.
When users insert their device into any Windows 7 or Windows 8 compatible PC and restart the PC, they get their entire personal environment,
and operate as a fully managed device. When they sign out, they can remove the USB device, and it is ready to use on another PC.

So how do you create a Windows to GO USB drive?

Requirements:

  • A 32 GB USB Drive (Or bigger)
  • Download the windows 8 consumer preview here if you want to run on all possible platforms use 32bit iso.
    If you use the 64bit image you will be limited to 64bit systems.
  • Download and install the Windows 7 Automated Installation Kit   because ImageX.exe and BcdBoot.exe  are needed.
    ImageX is a command-line tool that enables the creation, the modification, and the deployment of images, by using a shared imaging format across operating system images, including applications
    If you would like to learn more about ImageX there’s more info here.
    BcdBoot.exe is a tool used to quickly set up a system partition, or to repair the boot environment located on the system partition. The system partition is set up by copying a small set of boot environment files from an installed Windows image. BCDboot also creates a Boot Configuration Data (BCD) store on the system partition with a new boot entry that enables you to boot to the installed Windows image.
    If you would like to learn more about ImageX there’s more info here.

 

To create the USB drive:

Mount Both Iso files

Open the run window (Windows + r) and type diskpart and hit Enter

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In the Diskpart window type “List Disk” and “Enter
type “Select disk %” and hit “Enter” (% is the disk you want to select in my case 5)
Make sure you clear the configuration information, type “clean” and hit “Enter
Type “Create Primary Partition” and hit “Enter
Type “Format fs=ntfs quick
Type “Active” and hit “Enter

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Mount the iso you downloaded

open a Administrative command prompt

type “C:\>"c:\program files\windows AIK\Tools\amd64\imagex.exe" /apply K:\sources\install.wim 1 N:\”
You need to replace the drive letters with your appropriate drive letters.

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the image is being apply to the USB drive:

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Type “bcdboot.exe N:\windows /s N: /f ALL”
You need to replace N: with your drive letter.

Now you have a Windows To Go USB drive with Windows 8 Smile

You can find more info here

and there is a build session on Windows to go here

Keep it clean!

Lars Verbist

Installing Windows Server 8 Beta for the first time…

March 2, 2012 at 12:49 pm in Uncategorized by Lars Verbist

A few days ago Microsoft released the first Beta of Windows Server 8. so let’s install it to see what has changed Smile
As Johan Arwidmark already tweeted “ Apparently there is fish involved…”

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Exept for the colors the same settings as previous version during installation

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You need to choose between the Core and Full installation, now called server with Gui :-)

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Accept the license agreement

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Choose between upgrade and custom install

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Select the Hard drive

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and we have lift-off!

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The fish returns….

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You need to provide an admin password:

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New is the button with the eye that shows you the password you typed Smile, very handy if your keyboard config isn’t correctly set.

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And we have a logon screen:

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That’s it for the installation part.

Keep it Clean!

Lars Verbist

DART installation Step by step

December 5, 2011 at 7:06 am in Uncategorized by Lars Verbist

Last Friday I went to an offline event about MDOP. The Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack  is a suite of technologies available as a subscription for Software Assurance customers. MDOP helps to improve compatibility and management (App-V/MED-V), reduce support costs (DaRT), improve asset management (AIS) and improve policy control (MBAM/AGPM).

The part that  was interesting to me was the Microsoft Diagnostics and Recovery Toolset (DaRT), a core component of the Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack for Software Assurance. DaRT helps you make PCs safer to use, keeps employees productive, and enables desktops that are easier and less expensive to manage.You can easily recover PCs that have become unusable, rapidly diagnose probable causes of issues, and quickly repair unbootable or locked-out systems, all faster than the average time it takes to reimage the machine. When necessary, you can also quickly restore critical lost files.

MDOP is also available for test and evaluation for MSDN* and TechNet** subscribers in accordance with MDSN and TechNet agreements. MDOP subscribers can download the software at the Microsoft Volume Licensing site (MVLS).

See an overview video here.

If you want to enable the crash analyzer you also need to download Debugging Tools for Windows:
http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/hardware/gg463009.aspx
You’ll need an MSDN subscription.

To create the boot image you need a Windows 7 or Windows 2008 cd.

Let’s Install DaRT ;

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And Done !

Now we start the ERD Boot Commander Boot Media Wizard,

Go to Start / All Programs / Microsoft Diagnostics and Recovery Toolset / ERD Commander Boot Media Wizard

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If you want you can create a DVD here, I don’t since I ‘m going to use the image as a boot image in WDS.

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You can Find more information on DART here:

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ee532075.aspx

 

Keep it Clean!

Lars Verbist

App-V Streaming with SCCM Distribution Point

December 1, 2011 at 1:00 pm in Uncategorized by Lars Verbist

By default, Configuration Manager 2007 distribution points are not enabled to stream virtual application packages. If you plan to stream virtual application packages to Configuration Manager 2007 clients, you must enable the distribution point for streaming virtual application packages. Configuration Manager 2007 clients will access and run virtual applications from their assigned application virtualization enabled distribution point.

I already explained how to do this in my previous posts:

When I ran a Streamed App-V Package I got this error on my client:

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I Checked to see if my App was distributed to the DP’s:

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So my sources where distributed to the DP….But when I checked my status messages I found this one:

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In the distribution manager status messages I found this error:

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With in the description:

Possible cause: Distribution Manager requires that IIS base components be installed on the local SMS Site Server in order to create the virtual directory.  Distribution Manager also requires that IIS Web Services be installed on the Distribution Point Server that needs to support Background Intelligent Transfer Service (BITS).
Solution: Verify that IIS base components are installed on the local SMS Site Server, and IIS Web Services are installed on the Distribution Point Server.

The DP site system was not configured properly.

You can find the procedure How to Configure Windows Server 2008 for Configuration Manager 2007 Site Systems here:

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc431377.aspx#RDC_for_Site_Servers

After reconfiguring the site system all errors were resolved and the App-V package worked.

Keep It Clean!

Lars Verbist
Twitter:@LarsVerbist

No charts in SCCM web reports…pffff

November 28, 2011 at 9:07 am in Uncategorized by Lars Verbist

No charts every time you run a report with a chart and you got this web page:

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As the message states the Office web components are not installed in your reporting point you can download them here:

http://www.microsoft.com/download/en/details.aspx?DisplayLang=en&id=22276

Install them on your reporting point and your problem is solved…NOT!

After you installed the web components you need to change a setting in IIS:

Open your IIS, got to application pools:

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Right-Click on the DefaultAppPool and click on Advanced Settings:

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In the Advanced Settings window, change the value for Enable 32-Bit Applications to TRUE  and click OK

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Retry to run a report with a chart et voilà:

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Charts are working Smile

Keep It Clean!

Lars Verbist
twitter: @LarsVerbist

App-V Client and Running App-V applications

November 24, 2011 at 7:45 am in Uncategorized by Lars Verbist

In the beginning of this week I blogged about integrating SCCM and App-V and explained how to create/distribute and advertise a Virtual application with SCCM. Today we are going to look at the client side of APP-V.

Before You can Use App-V streaming via SCCM you need:

– SCCM advanced client (already instaled)
– App-V Desktop Client (in my case 4.6 SP1)

During the integration of App-V we created the package for the App-V Desktop Client so I assigned it to my computer:

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So We’ll install this first… the packged we creaeted contains a restart, wich you can remove, the client should work fine without restart.

After the installation you can check to see if the client is installed: Start/Control Panel/Administrative tools

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Now that we know the App-V Desktop Client is installed we can run a Virtual Package:

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Select a Virtual Application and click Run, when the installation is successful:

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Let’s start the application:

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In the system-tray the app-v icon appears:

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And Access is running in it’s own virutal bubble Smile

So now you can start creating/deploying local/streamed virtual applications !

Keep it Clean!

Lars Verbist
@LarsVerbist

Creating and Distributing App-V packages

November 23, 2011 at 7:00 am in Uncategorized by Lars Verbist

Yesterday I posted How you can integrate App-V and SCCM, today we’ll have al look at creating and advertising App-V packages. Before you can deploy you need an app-v package, you need to sequence one. You can find more info on sequencing here:

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc843764.aspxWhen

And a nice demo here:

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/ff420327

When You or in my case the packagers/sequencers have created a sequenced application you receive a folder location with the app. A app-v source folder will look like this:

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Before you start creating you packages there is a small detail you will need to do… in the source folder of your app-v package you need to delete or rename the report.xml file. All explain later why.

Creating a Virtual Application Package in SCCM:

  1. In the Configuration Manager console, navigate to System CenterConfiguration Manager / Site Database / Computer Management / Software Distribution / Packages.

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  2. To open the New Virtual Application Package Wizard, right-click Packages and select New / Virtual Application Package.

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  3. On the Package Source page, specify the location of the virtual application that you want to import into Configuration Manager 2007 by clicking Browse.

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  4. The directory you select must contain the manifest.XML file for the virtual application.

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    If you did not deleted/rename the second xml file you will get this:

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  5. Click Next.

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  6. On the General page, provide identifying information for the virtual application package. You can specify the Name, Version, Manufacturer, Language, and an optional Comment that will be associated with the virtual application package. Also specify if the virtual package should be removed from Configuration Manager 2007 clients when the associated advertisement has been deleted. Click Next.

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  7. On the Data Source page, specify the destination location that will be used as the Configuration Manager 2007 package source. This is the location where virtual application packages will be copied to distribution points from. The files for the sequenced application will be copied to the specified directory and the .sft file will be renamed and any associated .osd files will reference the new .sft file. The Destination directory cannot be the same location as the Source directory. After the virtual application package is created the destination directory cannot be changed. Click Next.

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  8. On the Security page, configure the security that will be associated with the virtual application package and click Next.

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  9. On the Summary page, verify the settings that have been configured with the virtual application package and click Next.

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    I ran into a problem here… I don’t know why but the first time the package was never created and my console crashed, The second and third time the package creation was successful but I took a “really” long time (over 60m) to create. This could be a general problem or just in my environment, time will tell…. I’ll have to look into that.

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  10. On the Confirmation page, confirm that the virtual application package was successfully imported and click Close to exit the New Virtual Application Package Wizard.

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After you have imported a virtual application package into Configuration Manager 2007, for Configuration Manager 2007 clients to run it you must add the virtual application package to  distribution points and advertise the virtual application package to a Configuration Manager 2007 collection. There is no difference with physical packages. We can do this with the distribute software wizard Smile

Distributing and Advertising a virtual application package:

  1. In the Configuration Manager console, navigate to System Center Configuration Manager / Site Database / Computer Management / Software Distribution / Packages

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  2. If necessary, expand the Packages node. To open the Distribute Software wizard right-click Your Virtual Package, select Distribute, and then click Software.

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  3. On the Welcome page, click Next

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  4. On the Distribution page, select your Distribution Points and click Next

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  5. On the Advertise Virtual Application Package page, select Yes and click Next

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  6. On the Select Program page, click Next

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    Remark: You cannot create programs for Virtual applications:

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    there are no programs for a Virtual application package…

  7. On the Advertisement Target page, specify the collection for the advertisement and Click Next.

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  8. On the Advertisement Name page, specify the name for the advertisement and Click Next.

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  9. On the Advertisement Subcollection page, Click Next.

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  10. On the Advertisment Schedule page, specify the properties of the advertisement. Click Next.

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  11. If you want Configuration Manager 2007 clients to run the package from a distribution point, unselect Download Content from unprotected distribution points and run locally. UnSelecting this option will configure Configuration Manager 2007 clients to stream the virtual application across the network.

  12. On the Assigne Program page, Click Next.

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  13. On the Summary page, verify the settings that have been configured with the virtual application package and click Next.
  14. On the Wizard Complete page, Click Close.

More info on app-v here:

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc843848.aspx

We know can distribute/stream out App-V packages to our clients Smile

Keep it Clean!

Lars Verbist
twitter:@LarsVerbist