How to Force a #SCCM Task Sequence to Fail

Task Sequences are used heavily in Operating System Deployment (#OSD), but they are also used to control the workflow of installing applications, migrations, updates and even patching. Just like any piece of work in the IT world, we need to go through a Dev, QA, Prod lifecycle while developing these. More often than not, even the simplest Task Sequence needs a little debugging. Perhaps in your own Task Sequence you’ve developed, or perhaps you inherited the Task Sequence.

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BigDemo_DPM.PS1 #PowerShell #MVPBuzz #MVPHour

Hey Checkyourlogs fans,   Today I have commenced work on our newest book Deploying System Center Data Protection Manager featuring version 1801. As part of the book we are going to use once again, our BigDemo series of scripts to deploy the lab. I thought this time it would be fun to show off the script in action as I am building the environment necessary for the lab.   You can grab a copy of the scripts as I build them here: https://github.com/dkawula/Deploying-System-Center-Data-Protection-Manager-1801/blob/master/BigDemo_DPM.ps1   I Installed 2 x Domain Controllers, SCVMM, SCOM, S2D Nested Nodes and a Base Server...

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Install-Veeam.PS1 #PowerShell Install #VeeamVanguard #Veeam

Veeam Blog Post – Deploying Veeam Backup and Replication 9.5 UR3 with PowerShell   Hey Checkyourlogs fans, In this blog post I will show you how you can deploy Veeam Backup and Replication 9.5 with Update Rollup 3 to a Hyper-V Virtual Machine. This is a really handy little script because it can help you get Veeam going in your lab in a snap. The basic steps to accomplish this are as follows:   Create a Hyper-V Virtual Machine running Windows Server 2016. In my case I have created a VM called Management01. Next you will need to download...

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Install-SCVMM-HyperV.PS1 #PowerShell #SCVMM #SystemCenter #1801 #MVPBuzz

Hey Checkyourlogs Fans, In this blog post I will show you how you can deploy SCVMM 1801 to a Hyper-V Virtual Machine. This is a really handy little script because it can help you get System Center Virtual Machine Manager going in your lab in a snap. The basic steps to accomplish this are as follows: Create a Hyper-V Virtual Machine running Windows Server 2016. In my case I have created a VM called VMM01. (I built these using my BIGDemo Script) Next you will need to download a copy of System Center 1801 Virtual Machine Manager from https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/evalcenter/evaluate-system-center-release...

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Install-SCOM-HyperV.PS1 Script #SystemCenter #MVPBuzz #MVPHour #PowerShell

Hey Checkyourlogs Fans, In this blog post I will show you how you can deploy SCOM 1801 to a Hyper-V Virtual Machine. This is a really handy little script because it can help you get System Center Operations Manager going in your lab in a snap. The basic steps to accomplish this are as follows: Create a Hyper-V Virtual Machine running Windows Server 2016. In my case I have created a VM called SCOM01. (I built these using my BIGDemo Script) Next you will need to download a copy of System Center Operations Manager 1801 from https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/evalcenter/evaluate-system-center-release In our...

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Routing and NAT MOD for BigDemo – #MVPBuzz @MVPDays

Hey Checkyourlogs Fans, For your viewing pleasure we have added a nice modification to our BigDemo scripts used to provision environments for our demos and books. This time we have cleaned up a lot of the manual steps required to get routing working in our example labs in #Azure. The Routing and NAT Switch is what we have fixed up this time. Now, it is a bit tricky to get all this working properly but we have a working prototype: Function Install-NetNat { param ( [string]$VMName, [string]$GuestOSName ) Write-Output -InputObject "[$($VMName)]:: Configuring NAT on the Hyper-V Internal Switch `"$($env:computername)`""...

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Enable Deduplication on #StorageSpacesDirect on ReFS Volumes – Windows Insider Build 17079 #MVPBuzz #MVPHour

Hey Checkyourlogs Fan, Here is a preview of some of the amazing content coming out in our next @MVPDays Publishing book on Storage Spaces Direct and SCVMM 1711. We went ahead and built out the lab based on the latest build of Windows Server Insider Build 17079. One of the cool new features that has been added to Storage Spaces Direct in this version is the ability to Deduplication on ReFS volumes. We saw approximately 75-80% space savings in our testing and that is about right in line with what Microsoft was telling us to expect. Honestly, this is...

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SCVMM 1711 Fails with Error 25325 – Workaround #StorageSpacesDirect #MVPHour

Hey Checkyourlogs Fans, Today I have been having fun trying to get a Windows Insiders 17079 Cluster build via SCVMM 1711. From the VMM Console when I try to build the cluster I get Error Message 25325. I checked the Create Cluster report in C:\windows\cluster\reports on one of the S2D nodes. It said that a parameter is incorrect. Off to PowerShell on the VMM Server so I tried to manually create it using New-Cluster which should work. New-Cluster -Name S2DCluster -Node S2D1,S2D2,S2D3,S2D4 -StaticAddress 172.16.100.99/24 -IgnoreNetwork '172.16.1.0/24','172.17.1.0/24','172.18.1.0/24','172.19.1.0/24' -nostorage But nope it didn’t work either. So, I decided to try going...

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Configuring Networking for #StorageSpacesDirect with #SCVMM #PowerShell #MVPBuzz

Hey Checkyourlogs Fans, If you haven’t had a chance to yet you should grab yourself a copy of our latest book. Deploying System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2016 – Step by Step https://leanpub.com/deployingsystemcentervirtualmachinemanager2016 In this book we walk through the core networking setup for Storage Spaces Direct and unfortunately in the first version we didn’t document it with PowerShell. There are about a million steps to get this done so I figured PowerShell is our friend for this task. Here is copy of the new script that we built today for our next release of the book which will...

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Get-SCPortClassification Scripting issue in SCVMM 1711 – Fixed #MVPBuzz #HyperV #StorageSpaceDirect

Hey Checkyourlogs Fans, As many of you know I’m in the middle of writing our next book which is updating the SCVMM content from 2016 to 1711 Technical Preview. In the midst of trying to automate the lab build I found I nice little anomaly in the Get-SCPortClassification command for SCVMM. My script wasn’t working and for the life of me I couldn’t figure out why. Well have a little look at this: There is a double space in the name. To work around this just add an extra space in your PowerShell code and you will be fine....

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Introducing BaseImageBuilder.PS1 – #HyperV #WindowsInsiders #MVPBuzz #MVPHour

Hey Checkyourlogs fans, Today I peeled out and updated part of my BigDemo Script that builds Base Images for my lab as a Standalone Script. It’s called BaseImageBuilder.PS1 and the source code can be found at: https://github.com/dkawula/Operations/blob/master/Hyper-V/BaseImageBuilder.ps1 <# Created: 2018-02-01 Version: 1.0 Author Dave Kawula MVP and Thomas Rayner MVP Homepage: http://www.checkyourlogs.net Disclaimer: This script is provided "AS IS" with no warranties, confers no rights and is not supported by the authors or Checkyourlogs or MVPDays Publishing Author - Dave Kawula Twitter: @DaveKawula Blog : http://www.checkyourlogs.net Author - Thomas Rayner Twitter: @MrThomasRayner Blog : http://workingsysadmin.com .Synopsis Creates Gold VHDx...

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Convert-WindowsImage.PS1 not working with Windows Server Insider 17079 – Fixed #MVPHour #MVPBuzz

Hey Checkyourlogs fans, I have been updating my BigDemo Scripts which I use in all of our books and wanted to start upgrading them to Windows Server Insider 17079 this week. Now, normally I would just use the standard Convert-WindowsImage.PS1 script to build my gold VHDx files. It mysteriously wasn’t working for me with the Windows Server Insider ISO?? Hmm… Let’s have a look at the most non-descriptive error message ever. Convert-WindowsImage -SourcePath F:\DCBuild_Insider\Windows_InsiderPreview_Server_17079.iso -Edition SERVERDATACENTERCORE -DiskLayout UEFI -VHDFormat VHDX -VHDPath F:\DCBuild_Insider\VMServerBaseCore.vhdx -SizeBytes 60GB -WorkingDirectory F:\DCBuild_Insider -UnattendPath F:\DCBuild_Insider\unattend1.xml -Passthru -RemoteDesktopEnable The Property ‘Count’ cannot be found on this object....

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STEP BY STEP INSTALL VEEAM ONE 9.5 AND BACKUP & REPLICATION 9.5 UPDATE 3 #VEEAM #WINDOWSSERVER #MVPHOUR #STEP BY STEP

As you know, Veeam released the service pack 3 on December 2017, it’s not fix bugs only, it also includes a lot of new features –
Built-in agent management,
Insider protection for Veeam Cloud Connect,
Data location tagging…
The details information you can check from Veeam website https://www.veeam.com/kb2354 and https://www.veeam.com/kb2353.
The steps are straightforward, but you still need to be careful about two things, the first one is “If you use Veeam ONE to monitor Veeam Backup & Replication or Veeam Cloud Connect, be sure to install Update 3 for Veeam ONE 9.5 first” and the second is “If you are a tenant of a cloud provider, please contact your provider before upgrading to ensure the provider has applied Update 3 on their end”.

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New Book – Deploying Config Manager Current Branch with PKI – Step by Step #MVPBuzz @MVPAward

Hey Checkyourlogs Fans, Our team of Expert Authors has had an early start to 2018 as we already have our first book published. This time we looked at the complexities of deploying Microsoft’s Configuration Manager with PKI and documented the heck out of it (220 pages worth). This is also the first time we are trying Leanpub as a publishing vehicle. It has a great platform that let’s us get content out a lot faster than traditional mediums. We are in no means giving up on Amazon this just get you the content a lot faster. We will be...

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MVPDays V-Conf Attendee Questions – #MVPBuzz #MVPHour @MVPAward #Canitpro

Hey MVPDays Fans, Today we had an amazing full day long event and I wanted to highlight some really great questions that we had throughout the day. What PoSH Terminal was MVP Thomas Rayner using during his session? Thomas said he is using ConEmu with a custom prompt. https://gist.github.com/ThmsRynr/f394b20caf1c87be2fd3e645891564bc Regarding RDMA and DCB, what is a recommended way to configure DCB through windows DCB commands or just configuring on the switch level? Check page 14 of this guide http://www.mellanox.com/related-docs/solutions/Windows_Server_2016_Hyper-Converged_Cluster_over_Mellanox_Ethernet_Solution_Reference_Deployment_Guide_v1.0.pdf https://github.com/dkawula/Operations/blob/master/S2D/Demos/TechMentor-Orlando-2017-PhysicalS2DBuild-2Node.ps1 Here is my Demo Script I have broken it down into a step by step for the config… That...

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MVPDays V-Conf January 2018 – Session Recordings #MVPHour @MVPDays #MVPBuzz @MVPAward

Hey MVPDays Fans, We have had a chance to compile the session recordings from the MVPDays V-Conf that ran this week January 17, 2018 We had a jam-packed lineup covering many amazing sessions including: Storage Spaces Direct, Azure Site Recovery, SQL HA, Microsoft Flow, Microsoft Teams, .NET, Office 365, Identity, and PowerShell. We have compiled this into a @YouTube Playlist for ease of viewing. You can view the recorded sessions here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QqVwvxpb00c&list=PLW-BLrn2azoRjlgic9WhWHyytto3mdUSe&index=1 Cristal and I really hope you enjoyed the show this week. See everyone in February for the next round. Dave and Cristal Co-Founders of...

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Is Mellanox Technologies in trouble? Announcement of 100 US/Canada Job Cuts – Chip Line Development halted #MVPBuzz #MVPHour #StorageSpacesDirect

Hey Storage Spaces Direct Fans, As many of you know a LOT of us have been using Mellanox Technology components in our Storage Spaces Direct designs for the past 18 months. Is it time to re-think and start looking at alternate technologies? Well, the answer is likely not. Mellanox’s cut will be will be seen on their Ultra VOA (Variable Optical Attenuator) lineup. Basically, these are Fibre Optic Transceivers and their associated SFP form factor. The announcement by Mellanox earlier last week said that it will be discontinuing it’s 1550 nm Photonics Development Activities. In a statement from Mellanox:...

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MVPDays V-Conf December 2017 – Session Recordings #MVPHour @MVPDays #MVPBuzz @MVPAward

Hey MVPDays Fans, We have had a chance to compile the session recordings from the MVPDays V-Conf that ran in December 2017. We had a jam-packed lineup covering many amazing sessions including: Storage Spaces Direct, Azure Site Recovery, IOT, SharePoint Search, Azure Blob Storage, Office 365, Identity, and PowerShell. We have compiled this into a @YouTube Playlist for ease of viewing. We really hope you enjoy and see you in January for the next MVPDays Virtual Conference. Checkout it out today: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xqg5vK4IwRM&index=1&list=PLW-BLrn2azoRrS6XBgeLPVcsgRiRkbRdI Thanks and happy learning, Dave and Cristal Co-Founders of...

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Save the date – MVPDays is coming back live in 2018 1st stop Calgary, AB May 26, 2018 – #MVPHour #MVPBuzz @MVPAward

Hey MVPDays Fans, Cristal and I have just finished working with our local SQL Saturday chapter and with great pleasure we are announcing a joint event. On Saturday May 26, 2018 we will be holding MVPDays alongside SQL Saturday Calgary. We will be launching the registration site in early February so for now just save the date. For our speakers à You can as of this morning submit your sessions in our open Call for Speakers/Presenters. https://mvpdayscalgary-2018.busyconf.com/proposals/new We have run over 20 + events like this all over North America along with our amazing Virtual Conference series and this...

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MVPDays V-Conf October 2017 – Session Recordings #MVPHour @MVPDays #MVPBuzz

Hey MVPDays Fans, Happy New Year and for you first gift of the year we have compiled all of the sessions from the October show on YouTube. You can now watch the full day of conference sessions ranging from Azure, PowerShell, Microsoft Flow, Storage Spaces Direct, SQL, Office 365, SharePoint, and more. You can check it out here: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLW-BLrn2azoQ_UL9tMsfqWyl6a7L1B0Hl We hope you enjoy and happy learning. Dave and Cristal Co-Founders...

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STEP BY STEP MIGRATE EXCHANGE 2010 SERVICES TO 2016 PART 15 #EXCHANGE #WINDOWSSERVER #MVPHOUR #STEP BY STEP

Checkyourlogs fans, I am going to show you how to migrate public folder from exchange 2010 to 2016 step by step today.
There is no more legacy public folder database, public folder mailboxes also known as modern public folders, if you still need public folders, migrate them to Exchange 2016. Public folder migration is a one-way process, if something goes wrong, you can roll back but any changes made since the migration will be lost.

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