Configuration Manager 2012 R2 Hotfixes

SCCM 2012 R2 has some hotfixes you might need:

2905002

An update is available for the “Operating System Deployment” feature of System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager

This update resolves the following issues in Microsoft System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager.

Issue 1

After you enable the PXE Service Point role (http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/jj217832.aspx) on an instance of a specific distribution point, or you select the Deploy this boot image from the PXE-enabled distribution point property of a boot image, the Windows Deployment Service (WDS) stops running. Additionally, entries that resemble the following are logged in the Windows Application log:

Faulting application name: svchost.exe_WDSServer, version: 6.3.9600.16384, time stamp: 0x5215dfe3

Faulting module name: MSVCR100.dll, version: 10.0.40219.1, time stamp: 0x4d5f034a

Exception code: 0xc0000005

Fault offset: 0x000000000005f61a

Faulting process id: 0xae4

Faulting application start time: 0x01cec5d767184634

Faulting application path: C:\Windows\system32\svchost.exe

Faulting module path: C:\Program Files\Microsoft Configuration Manager\bin\x64\MSVCR100.dll

Note This problem affects only distribution points that are installed on site servers.

Issue 2

When operating system image files are downloaded to Configuration Manager 2012 R2 clients, you may find that the download takes longer than it did in previous versions of Configuration Manager 2012 clients. You may see this behavior when the target client is running Windows PE or a full Windows operating system.

2907591

Per-computer variables for imported computers are not read in System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager

Per-computer task sequence variables that are defined for imported computers are filtered out of client policies. This prevents the variables from being read during task sequence execution. This problem does not affect per-computer variables that are defined for existing clients.

2907566

November 2013 anti-malware platform update for Endpoint Protection clients

This anti-malware platform update contains the following improvements:

  • Adds anti-tampering functionality to reduce the risk that malware will disable or bypass anti-malware scanning.  For example, access to files and folders that are used by the anti-malware platform can be changed only by trusted system processes or by the anti-malware platform itself.
  • Improves overall performance of the anti-malware platform. Anti-malware performance is improved compared to that of previous platform versions. Improvements were made to scan functionality. These changes involve no configurable effects.
  • Ongoing improvements to Microsoft Active Protection Service (http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ff823779.aspx) (MAPS) and Dynamic Signature Service (http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ff823908.aspx) (DSS). These make real-time cloud-based protection easier. Scale and performance improvements were made to the MAPS and DSS systems. Make sure that you opt-in to at least Basic or Advanced MAPS to make sure that you are benefitting from cloud-based protection.

Configmgr 2012 R2 Toolkit

We all know that sometimes the good old SCCM toolkit can help up troubleshoot problems. Well Microsoft has released the updated version for SCCM 2012 R2.

It can be found here: ConfigMgr 2012R2 Toolkit

For the site this information is found:

The Microsoft System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager Toolkit contains fifteen downloadable tools to help you manage and troubleshoot Microsoft System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager. The following list provides specific information about each tool in the toolkit.

Note: Items with an * are new in the R2 Toolkit and require Microsoft System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager for full functionality.

Server Based Tools

  • * DP Job Manager – A tool that helps troubleshoot and manage ongoing content distribution jobs to Configuration Manager distribution points.
  • * Collection Evaluation Viewer – A tool that assists in troubleshooting collection evaluation related issues by viewing collection evaluation details.
  • * Content Library Explorer – A tool that assists in troubleshooting issues with and viewing the contents of the content library.
  • Security Configuration Wizard Template for Microsoft System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager – The Security Configuration Wizard (SCW) is an attack-surface reduction tool for the Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 operating system. Security Configuration Wizard determines the minimum functionality required for a server’s role or roles, and disables functionality that is not required.
  • Content Library Transfer – A tool that transfers content from one disk drive to another.
  • Content Ownership Tool – A tool that changes ownership of orphaned packages (packages without an owner site server).
  • Role-based Administration Modeling and Auditing Tool – This tool helps administrators to model and audit RBA configurations.
  • Run Metering Summarization Tool – The purpose of this tool is to run the metering summarization task to analyze raw metering data

Client Based Tools

  • Client Spy – A tool that helps you troubleshoot issues related to software distribution, inventory, and software metering on System Center 2012 Configuration Manager clients.
  • Configuration Manager Trace Log Viewer – A tool used to view log files created by Configuration Manager components and agents.
  • Deployment Monitoring Tool – The Deployment Monitoring Tool is a graphical user interface designed help troubleshoot Applications, Updates, and Baseline deployments on System Center 2012 Configuration Manager clients.
  • Policy Spy – A policy viewer that helps you review and troubleshoot the policy system on System Center 2012 Configuration Manager clients.
  • Power Viewer Tool – A tool to view the status of power management feature on System Center 2012 Configuration Manager clients.
  • Send Schedule Tool – A tool used to trigger a schedule on a client or trigger the evaluation of a specified DCM Baseline. You can trigger a schedule either locally or remotely.
  • Wakeup Spy – A tool that provides a view of the power state of Configuration Manager client computers and which operate as managers or manages.

What is new in System Center 2012 R2

José Rodas has made a nice overview of all the new features of the What’s New in System Center 2012 R2!

Here is the overview:

Configuration Manager R2

  • Deploy and manage Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2
  • Configure and deploy WiFi profiles, VPN configurations and certificates
  • Maintenance windows exclusively for updates
  • UI improvements for filtering and automation update deployment rule management
  • Optimizes content distribution, providing clearer summary messages, and offering new distribution point usage data
  • Reports to help with infrastructure planning and troubleshooting
  • Make virtual hard drive (VHD) management easier by enabling the creation, modification and offline servicing of VHDs
  • More information here

Operations Manager R2

  • The Fabric Health Dashboard shows a detailed overview of the health of your private clouds and the fabric that services those clouds
  • Microsoft Monitoring Agent is a new version of Operations Manager Agent that includes full functionality of Visual Studio IntelliTrace Collector for gathering full application profiling traces
  • Synchronize OM alerts and Team Foundation Server (TFS) work items
  • Support for taking IPv6 addresses as input for Network Discovery and display IPv6 addresses in the network-related views
  • Support for monitoring Java applications
  • More information here

Virtual Machine Manager

  • Site-to-site network connections using private IP address
  • Simplified guest IP management
  • Site-to-site NVGRE gateway
  • Enhancements to connectivity options of virtual machines networks to enable most tenant scenarios
  • Live Cloning of virtual machines: Support for a new Hyper-V feature in Windows Server 2012 R2 Preview
  • Enhanced support for Windows Server 2012 Dynamic Memory Features.
  • Ability to create Windows and Linux-based virtual machines and multi-VM Services, from a gallery of templates.
  • More information here

Orchestrator

  • Support for Windows Server 2012 R2
  • Install Service Management Automation web service and up to three (3) Runbook workers
  • Use as part of the Windows Azure Pack for Windows Server configuration
  • Enable use of Runbooks and perform other automation tasks using Windows PowerShell cmdlets
  • Integration Pack for Microsoft SharePoint
  • More information here

Data Protection Manager R2

  • Back up DPM data in System Center 2012 R2 to Windows Azure Backup
  • SQL Server Cluster Support – DPM now supports the use of clustered SQL Server node
  • Virtualized deployment – DPM can be deployed in a virtual environment.
  • Linux virtual machine backup provides support for the protection and backup of Linux virtual machines, in addition to the support already provided for Hyper-V virtual machines
  • More Information here

Other Resources

  • Server and Cloud Platform here
  • Configuration Manager here
  • Windows Azure Pack (WAP) here
  • Cloud OS here
  • News here
  • Note: Service Manager R2 is compatible with Windows Server R2, and will have feature parity with the latest hotfix rollup of Service Manager SP1

 

 

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