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top 20 posts of 2013

these posts represent the most visited pages of 2013. i realize the year is not yet closed… but no one is in the office if our office is any indication. :)

  1. understanding the “ad op master is inconsistent” alert
  2. sccm: content hash fails to match
  3. how to retrieve your ip address with powershell...
  4. how to use dropbox to synchronize windows 7 sticky notes
  5. sccm: client stuck downloading package with bit .tmp files in cache directory
  6. executing batch files remotely with psexec …
  7. sccm: custom data discovery records (DDRs) using powershell
  8. using preloadpkgonsite.exe to stage compressed copies to child site distribution points
  9. sccm: integrating dell warranty data into configmgr
  10. search programs and files no longer works in windows 7 (only shows headers)
  11. "get computer/ip status" activity throws raw socket error
  12. sccm clients fail to apply a policy
  13. list active directory subnets with powershell
  14. dsmod bug when using the –c option?
  15. using repeat count to detect a problem in a window of time
  16. using powershell to list active directory trusts
  17. list domain controllers with powershell
  18. sccm: the required permissions for creating collections
  19. sccm: computers with names greater than 15 characters
  20. scom: overloading the consolidation module (and how to avoid it)

maybe my next post will be how to create this list from analytics. ;-)

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how to retrieve your ip address with powershell...

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back in 2008, I wrote up a little thing about how distribution manager fails to send a package to a distribution point. even though a lot of what I wrote that for was the failure of packages to get delivered to child sites, the result was pretty much the same. when the client tries to run the advertisement with an old package, the result was a failure because of content mismatch.I went through an ordeal recently capturing these exact kinds of failures and corrected quite a number of problems with these packages. the resulting blog post is my effort to capture how these problems were resolved. if nothing else, it's a basic checklist of things you can use.DETECTIONstatus messagestake a look at your status messages. this has to be the easiest way to determine where these problems exist. unfortunately, it requires that a client is already experiencing problems. there are client logs you can examine as well such as cas, but I wasn't even sure I was going to have enough material to …