How to trigger a custom SCCM toast notification

You can use the following command syntax to trigger a custom SCCM toast notification on a SCCM client. Syntax: “<CCM client path>\SCToastNotification.exe” “<Title Text>” “<Description Text>” Example: “C:\Windows\CCM\SCToastNotification.exe” “Software Change Required” “A system update is being installed. Please do not shut down until the process is completed.”

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SCCM Package Success, Reboot and Retry Return Codes

Overview This post describes the return codes that SCCM understands for Package and Program deployments and shows which codes are classed success, reboot, or retry. The meaning of return codes for Packages and Programs is defined in the SCCM site control file. Codes are assigned into three categories: Success Return Codes – The installation was successful. […]

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Dell Update Package Command Line Reference and Exit Codes

Newer Dell models distribute BIOS update packages using the Dell Update Package (DUP) format. How to update the system BIOS video link: https://players.brightcove.net/6057277730001/9kEtm2zEI_default/index.html?videoId=1691797622627434301 Options The options can be invoked with the / character. Option Name Description Syntax /? Or /h Help Displays command line options and help information. Determines if the update can be applied to the […]

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Using PowerCLI to get the IP address of a VM

Here is a simple but handy PowerCLI one liner which can output the VM name and it’s IP address. Connect-VIServer localhost Get-VM | Select Name, @{N=”IP Address”;E={@($_.guest.IPAddress[0])}} Name                                            IP Address—-                                            ———-ABWEB1v                                         172.16.100.1ABWEB2v                                         172.16.100.2ABWEB3v                                         172.16.100.3ABWEB4v                                         172.16.100.4ABWEB5v                                         172.16.100.5ABWEB6v                                         172.16.100.6ABWEB7v                                         172.16.100.7ABWEB8v                                         172.16.100.8ABWEB9v                                         172.16.100.9ABWEB10v                                        172.16.100.10ABWEB11v                                        172.16.100.11ABAPP1v                                         172.16.101.20ABDOM1v                                         172.16.102.20 Getting a little more complicated here we are getting all the VMs […]

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How to convert Legacy BIOS mode to UEFI without reinstalling Windows 10

Some new generation motherboards for PCs and Laptops bring in support for both UEFI or Unified Extensible Firmware Interface as well as BIOS or  Basic Input Output System. The main advantage of UEFI over the traditional BIOS is the fact that UEFI supports a hard drive with a capacity of more than 2 Terabytes. But the downside of UEFI is the fact that […]

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Sysprep fails after you remove or update Microsoft Store apps that include built-in Windows images

This article discusses an issue that occurs when you remove or update a provisioned Microsoft Store app by using the Microsoft Store and then running sysprep on the computer. Applies to:   Windows 10 – all editionsOriginal KB number:   2769827 Introduction Sysprep is a tool for IT administrators who want to prepare an installation of Windows […]

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Using the registry to check for primary DNS suffix domain

Click the Windows start button. Type regedit, and click OK. Navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Policies\Microsoft\System\DNSclient. If the Primary DNS Suffix key contains a value, then the computer will not automatically adjust to the new primary DNS suffix. Navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\Tcpip\Parameters. Verify whether the value of REG_RWORD SyncDomainWithMembership is 0x1. This value indicates that the primary DNS suffix changes when the domain membership changes. […]

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