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Cumulative Update 1 for System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager released!

5:42 pm in Uncategorized by timdk

Microsoft has released Cumulative Update 1 for System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager. This update contains all previously released updates and hotfixes for Configuration Manager R2.

Full details and download information can be found here: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2938441/en-us 

Note that next to fixing issues, the CU also introduces some changes for Windows Powershell. These changes are documented in a separate KB: 2932274

I will be test driving this CU in my lab shortly so stay tuned for more information.

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ConfigMgr Toolkit 2012 R2 – DP Job Queue Manager

7:20 pm in Configuration Manager by timdk

One of the new server tools in the Configuration Manager 2012 R2 Toolkit is the Distribution Point Job Queue Manager (DpJobMgr.exe). This tool helps the Configuration Manager administrator in managing, monitoring and troubleshooting content distribution throughout his environment.

Lets have a closer look at the tool and how it can be used.

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On the connect tab the Primary Site Server name needs to be specified before clicking on Connect. Connection status and results are shown in the bottom left corner. Make sure the connection is successful before moving on.

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The overview tab shows a list of all Distribution Points within our lab environment. Note that the locally installed Distribution Point on the site server is not displayed and also not taken into account in the Total Distribution Points count.

You can opt to manually refresh the list if you are in the process of doing content deployments. Alternatively the tool can auto-refresh the list based on a set interval. Note that the default interval is 2 minutes. You cannot set a value lower than those 2 minutes.

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The Distribution Point info tab displays details about the ongoing content transfers. Once the transfer is completed, the entry for that content is removed from the list. The progress column seems to be updated at a slow pace and as a result I found that smaller content was distributed even before any percentage was ever displayed.

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Managing jobs is done from the next tab. Here you can change priorities in the queue and also cancel any distribution jobs that are ongoing.

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The last tab is the help tab. This tab is purely informational and displays some general help information.

Now in a lab off course the amount of content to be distributed and DP’s to be targeted is very low. In large enterprise environments where there is much content and many Distribution Points to be targeted I believe this will be a very helpful utility.

Important: this tool only works with Configuration Manager 2012 R2 and is not compatible with previous versions. On an SP1 site for example we were able to connect to the site but while retrieving data the tools throws multiple errors like the one displayed below:

DPQueueMgr_SP1_Error

 

Until next time!

Tim

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ConfigMgr 2012 R2 Initial Updates Sync Fails: Failed to set Subscriptions on the WSUS Server

12:31 am in Configuration Manager by timdk

Recently I encountered an issue in my lab during the initial Software Updates synchronization. The sync failed and as a result no updates were available in Configuration Manager. This blog post describes the issue and how to resolve it.

The Issue

When examining the wsyncmgr.log the following entry is logged:

  • Sync failed: WSUS update source not found on site PS1. Please refer to WCM.log for configuration error details.. Source: getSiteUpdateSource

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As indicated in the previous error log, more information was to be found in the WCM.log. This is a screenshot of that log file:

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This particular entry was indicating something was failing with the Subscriptions:

  • Failed to set Subscriptions on the WSUS Server. Error:(-2147467259)Unspecified error

The entry logged just before that one points us further into the right direction:

  • Subscription contains categories unknown to WSUS and SUP has no upstream server.~  Please either unsubscribe the unknown categories or import into WSUS an upstream package containing them.

Workaround

The WCM.log entries refer to specific categories that are unknown – but do not specify any further details. I suspected there was an issue with the classifications and products that were enabled by default in the Software Update component configuration.

To work around this issue I followed these steps:

  1. Go to the Software Update Component properties and deselect all Products and Classifications which are enabled out-of-the-box.
  2. Force the Software Update Synchronization to run. Monitor the WCM.log and WsyncMgr.log to validate the synchronization is now running successfully. Note that no updates will be synchronized at this point, but the products and classifications catalog will be synched as part of the process.
  3. Enable the required Products and Classifications that were disabled previously, and run the synchronization again.
    Once I went through these steps the synchronization was working fine again:

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Hope it helps!

Tim