SCCM 2012 Client Push including cumulatieve updates

We are using Client Push to deploy SCCM clients. We are also using the AllowedMPs registry setting to force the client to use a certain Management Point. This setting was introduced in CU3. However the client push always installs the RTM version which doesn’t have the AllowedMPs option. For more information on the AllowedMPs option…


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How to update drive firmware when using Storage Spaces

I’m currently building a storage solution based on Windows Storage Spaces. I’m using Seagate Enterprise SAS and SSD drives. It’s best practise to install the latest firmware before configuring storage spaces. But what if you have a running setup and there’s a critical firmware update available? Storage Spaces hides the physical drives as the drives…




Making a serial port available on Hyper-V VMs

I have been looking for a way to make a serial port available on one of my VMs running on Hyper-V. Hyper-V exposes serial ports as named pipes to the VM. I found this program PipeToCom that runs a service on the VM which creates as many named pipe serial ports as you want. It…


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Create Office 365 mailboxes while On Premise mailbox still exists

There are situations in which you want to create a office 365 mailbox on a AD synchronized account that still has an on premises mailbox. For instance when using 3rd party migration tools that require the office 365 mailbox to exist. Normally when assigning a office 365 exchange license to a user a mailbox is…




Installing drivers on Windows 2012 Server Core

I needed to install a USB device on my HyperV host for which drivers had to be installed. Here’s how to do it: First copy the drivers to a temporary folder on the server core host. In my case C:\Install\FTDI. Open a command prompt on the server core host. In the directory with the drivers…




Remote management of a standalone Hyper-V 2012 Server

This post mainly focuses on┬ámanaging a standalone Hyper-V 2012 server with MMC tools. Hyper-V server is basically a server core installation. Server core can be managed using the command line through a remote desktop session but most tasks can be done remotely using the standard (MMC based) management tools. Since this is a standalone server…


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