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Uninstalling Applications in SCCM not Working

I had quite the experience when several of my applications refused to uninstall. I spent several days troubleshooting this issue and going through logs to the point that I ended up opening a case with Microsoft.

It appears that if any of application that you’re trying to uninstall has an installation deployment job set to ‘available’ or ‘required’ – no uninstall task will work. You have to delete all your installation deployment jobs as it appears that installation jobs have a higher precedence.

Here are some notes from Microsoft.

Here are the details.

The uninstall deployment wasn’t get enforced as per the logs. Here is what we see in the logs.

CIAgentJob({FFF396C4-40D1-481D-AC35-196D80F45D90}): EnforceCIs CIAgent 12/14/2018 11:18:42 AM 2972 (0x0B9C)

Initiating Enforce tasks. CIAgent 12/14/2018 11:18:42 AM 2972 (0x0B9C)

Skipping non compliant policy CI ScopeId_935E5529-E59C-4F44-9332-DBAF15F5C166/ProhibitedApplication_d0830875-5b6a-422b-bfee-142777b8361e:3.         CIAgent 12/14/2018 11:18:42 AM 2972 (0x0B9C)

No mandatory Enforce tasks. No actions will be performed. CIAgent 12/14/2018 11:18:42 AM  2972 (0x0B9C)

  • I could reproduce the same thing in my lab as well. So it seems like since we have an Install deployment active, the uninstall required deployment didn’t get triggered.
  • Performed some testing by removing the active “available” installdeployment from the machine. Now as suspected it triggered the required uninstall deployment and the app got removed.
  • Did some code review and internal checks
  • I could confirm that the install deployment always wins. I.e. even there is an uninstall deployment (required) the install action always WIN.

 

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DELL OptiPlex 7060 & SCCM OS Deployment

Recently we started buying DELL OptiPlex 7060 desktops and I ran into a situation where WinPE wouldn’t work properly as there was no IP address assignment and no C drive showing in the environment.

Fixing the missing NIC hardware was easy enough; however, the environment was still lacking a hard drive. These 7060 models come with SATA SSD drives and an Intel Rapid Storage Technology F6 controller.

Installing Intel drivers or DELL drivers didn’t work.

After many hours of trying different things, here’s the solution I found. In the BIOS, change the storage settings from RAID ON (DELL’s default setting) to AHCI…just that simple.

There are many interesting documents comparing AHCI and Raid On, I suggest you read them, but AHCI is newer technology and we decided to stick with this setting on our desktop devices.

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Conflicting VIB: Upgrading to ESXi 6.5

While attemtping to upgrade from ESXi 6.0 to 6.5, I received the following message from Upgrade Manager:

The upgrade contains the following set of conflicting VIBs: VMware_bootbank_ehci-ehci-hcd_1.0-4vmw.600.3.69.5572656 Remove the conflicting VIBs or use Image Builder to create a custom upgrade ISO image that contains the newer versions of the conflicting VIBs, and try to upgrade again.

After researching this message and not finding an answer that could fix it, I called Vmware support and this is what they suggested.

My server hardware: DELL PowerEdge R330

  1. Support asked me to download 6.5 upgrade, the zip file though. ESXi 6.5 zip file for DELL PowerEdge R330 can be found here. Click on the Vmware ESXi 6.5 U2 section and then click on the ‘Other formats’ link do download the .zip file.
  2. Next, upload this file to the host you’re trying to upgrade.
  3. Log on to the host as root and type the following command
    1. esxcli software vib install -d “/vmfs/volumes/Datastore/DirectoryName/PatchName.zip”
  4. Reboot your host

 

The actual Vmware KB can be found here.

 

 

 

 

 

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Disable Instant Message History for Cisco Jabber

The following steps will allow you to disable IM history for Cisco Jabber. These steps have been confirmed on Jabber 11.x.x.

Modify Jabber Configuration File

  1. Jabber configuration file is called: jabber-config-defaults.xml
  2. File is located at: C:\Program Files (x86)\Cisco Systems\Cisco Jabber
  3. The following settings were added to the end of the file:

<!– My Customization Section –>

<userConfig name=”Disable_IM_History” value=”TRUE”/>

<userConfig name=”EnableSaveChatToFile” value=”FALSE”/>

<userConfig name=”EnableAutosave” value=”FALSE”/>

Disable_IM_History Disables instant message history. When IM window is closed all history is removed

EnableSaveChatToFile If set to FALSE, will not allowed chat to be saved to a file

EnableAutosave Specifies whether users can save instant messages automatically each time they close a conversation

4. Close Jabber and re-open it

Note: Detailed information can be found here

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How to Share a Folder in Outlook 2013

I was asked to share an Outlook 2013 folder for a user and I ran into a scenario…most imformation out there targets older versions of Outlook and Exchange. We run Exchange 2016 and Outlook 2013 (latest version), so most of the information out there didn’t work for me, so I decided to document how I was able to achieve sharing folders in Outlook 2013.

For this excersice we’re going to share a folder named: Test Folder

From the mailbox we want to share Outlook folders

  1. Right-click on the user’s mailbox name and select Folder Permissions
  2. Next, click on Permissions tab and Add the user you’re going to allow to access, or share, the folder(s)
  3. View the screenshot for the permissions settings2018-05-05_1932
  4. Next, right click on the Inbox folder and click on Properties
  5. Click on Permissions tab and you’re going to add the same user you added at the mailbox permissions level (step 3)
  6. View the screenshot for the permissions settings2018-05-05_1936
  7. Next, you’re going to right click on the folder you want to share and click on Properties
  8. Click on Permissions tab and you’re going to add the same user again
  9. Permissions here are set based on your requirements
  10. View the screenshot for the permissions settings2018-05-05_1944.png
  11. That’s all that needs to be done
  12. The next and final step is to go to the Outlook client of the user that needs access to the folder and add the mailbox

 

These steps worked for me, none of the other information out there worked.

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WinPE Nic Drivers for DELL Optiplex 7050

While running the latest version of SCCM 2012 and latest up-to-date Boot Image, network drivers for DELL OptiPlex 7050 need to be injected in order for WinPE environment to work.

Luckily, storage and network drivers for the OptiPlex 7050 model can be found on DELL’s support site.

The following screenshot will show you the file you need to download.

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Once you’ve downloaded it the CAB file, then go ahead and update your Boot Image file(s).

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Vmware Port Mirror and MS Advanced Thread Analytics

The project was to install MS Advanced Thread Analytic Gateway in a virtual machine, in Vmware, to monitor a physical domain controller.

Hardware involved

  1. Domain controller (physical) – DCServer1
  2. DELL switch – switch1
  3. ESXi host – host1
  4. MS ATA Gateway – atagw1

Setup Port Mirroring at Physical Switch Level

DC server DCserver1 and ESXi host1 are physically connected to switch1. DCserver1 connects on port 40 and host1 connects on port 44 of the switch.

We’re going to configure port mirroring on switch1 as source being port 40 and destination port 44 and we’re going to use use both directions in our config. You can use the following link to configure port mirroring on DELL switches.

Configure Vmware for Port Mirroring

As mentioned before, host1 connects to switch1, and we’re going to use this connection (vmnic2) and create a new standard switch (that was my setup). So, at point, vmnic2 connects to port 44 on switch1.

Once your new standard switch is created (vSwitch2), then we’ll create a new port group (ATA-Capture). While creating port group ATA-Capture, make sure to enable Promiscuous Mode and set VLAN ID to All (4095) – this part crucial!

port-group

 

Configure Microsoft ATA Gateway VM

Your MS ATA Gateway will need to have two NICs. One NIC will be used for day to day work and the second NIC for capture. To make thing easier, rename the NIC to something like ‘Capture‘. Next, make sure that your Capture NIC belongs to the ATA-Capture port group.

At this point you should be able to install MS ATA Gateway software.

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