Uploading a custom VHD to Azure with PowerShell and adding it to your VMs

December 09, 2013 FoxDeploy

Sure, it’s fun to go into Azure and see all of the cool supported operating system images you can have running in mere minutes.  But it is even cooler to take your own internal server or data image and upload that to Azure to use in your VMs.  It is even cooler to do it all with PowerShell!  If the demo gets a bit technical, be sure to skip to the end for my concluding notes.

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Azure Powershell - Current Storage Account error when making a new VM

December 07, 2013 FoxDeploy

I was trying to make a new Linux VM using the Azure PowerShell commandlet New-AzureQuickVM, which basically makes a VM very quickly for you using one of the images available in the catalog.  However, I kept running into this message:

New-AzureQuickVM : CurrentStorageAccountName is not accessible. Ensure the current storage account is accessible and in the same location or affinity group as your cloud service.

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SCCM SQL Query for SSD Drives

December 05, 2013 FoxDeploy

Recently at a client, a need arose to provide a report listing whether a workstation had an SSD or a spinning disk.

Unfortunately, Windows does not concern itself with noting whether or not a disk is spinning or solid state, and thus the information is not in the registry or WMI for us to collect with SCCM.

However, most manufacturers stick to a naming convention, and with a little bit of elbow grease, you can expand this to work in your environment too.  In this format, you’ll get ‘Known SSD Drive’ if the drive model or naming is captured in the CASE filter of query, or the drive model if not.

Jump here for the code : Detect SSD Drive

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SCCM OSD: The case of the nightmare desktop

December 04, 2013 FoxDeploy

Recently, a client has been mentioning some issues they’ve had when doing image testing on a new desktop model.  I came in to help sort out the issue, and it was quite an experience!  We received all sorts of errors, many were quite puzzling.  In the end, this desktop (the HP ProDesk 6oo G1 SFF / Small Form Factor) and the issues around it tested every element of my SCCM OSD Troubleshooting knowledge.

Now that the matter has been solved, I’ll detail out the symptom and cause of each error:

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New record for slowest speed of all time

December 04, 2013 FoxDeploy

I was wrong earlier.

Yep, this is now the slowest ever transfer. I was uploading the contents of a Server2012\Install\Sources\SXS folder to another server in Switzerland. Such Speed!

Just to be clear, this was the fourth attempt to complete this transfer, at a scorching speed of 3 KBPS!!

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WSUS, No checkbox to 'Import Update directly into Windows Server Update Services'

December 02, 2013 FoxDeploy

This was something of a puzzle for a few earlier today.

For a client, we needed to manually add an update to WSUS, to sync with SCCM for deployment. As one would expect, I launched Update Services, then right-clicked my server to launch the import update UI.

However, upon launching the Update Catalog, no checkbox is available to ‘Import directly into Windows Server Update Services’. Instead, the only option is to download the update content to a local directory, which is much less useful.

wsus03 Missing Checkbox? There is no way to Import into WSUS as you see here.

Symptom: When launching the Microsoft Update Catalog from WSUS, no checkbox is available to allow for importing content into WSUS.

Cause: As seen below “ You must be logged on to the computer as an administrator to import the hotfixes.

From http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc708583

Solution: Make sure you run the Windows Server Update Services console as an administrator.

This was pretty simple!  Make sure you run the WSUS Console as an Administrator.

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