Showing posts from January, 2014

Adding additional keyboard layout for domain users

This is quick one, where I wanted to add additional keyboard layout to some users using GPO preferences. Using GPO preferences I have added following registry key to targeted domain users:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Keyboard Layout\Preload\
Value Name:2Value type:REG_SZValue data:0000042f 42F is keyboard layout for Macedonian Language and 2 for value name is keyboard preference. Additional language codes can be found in following part of registry:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Keyboard Layouts.

Event ID 5120 Hyper V 2012 Failover Clustering and DPM 2012 Backup Behavior

In this article I would recommend installing the KB 2879635 update for Windows Server 2012 based failover clusters that improves resiliency. This update should prevent the "notorious" event 5120 with description:
Cluster Shared Volume 'Volume1' ('name’) is no longer available on this node because of 'STATUS_IO_TIMEOUT(c00000b5)'. All I/O will temporarily be queued until a path to the volume is reestablished. from happening during backup of VMs from Hyper V host located on CSV volume. Note that after installing this hotfix on Hyper V hosts, you should update integration components on Windows Server 2012 based guest virtual machines running on those hosts.

Also, If you're using DPM 2012 SP1 as you're backup solution I would recommend installing the latest rollup 3 KB2836751 and hotfix KB2886362 .

From my point of view, before installing these updates and rollups I was experiencing strange behavior when I was doing Hyper V host based backup of Windo…

Configuring HP Desktop BIOS using SCCM 2012 Task Sequence

In this case I wanted to unify BIOS settings (setup password and bios version) on HP Desktop Computers (DC5800, DC6000, DC6300, 600 G1). I was using SCCM 2012 R2 for operating system deployment, and in the task sequence for operating system deployment I have added steps for setting the BIOS password and updating the BIOS to latest available version for HP desktop model. For setting up the BIOS password I was using BiosConfigUtility.exe from HP sp52095.exe, and for updating the BIOS to the latest available version I was using HPQFlash which is part of BIOS update package and can be downloaded from support web page of the HP desktop model.
What I want to notify here is that BIOS password set with numbers from numerical part of the keyboard is not the same when typed with same numbers from regular part of the keyboard. So, in my case I wanted to set the BIOS password with numbers from numerical part of the keyboard. For example, for BIOS password I wanted to set seven,eight and nine fro…

Unable to update to SCCM 2012 R2 SCEP client

In this case I was upgrading SCCM 2012 SP1 infrastructure to SCCM 2012 R2, and one of my tasks was to upgrade SCCM client to SCCM 2012 R2 version 5.00.7958.1000. During SCCM 2012 R2 client upgrade procedure, SCEP client upgrading is part of the upgrading process to version SCCM 2012 R2 client together with SCEP client were upgrading without any issues on most of the clients, but there were some clients where SCCM client was successfully upgraded to R2 version, but SCEP client was still with old version. SCCM 2012 R2 console for those clients was reporting the following information:

Deployment State: FailedDeployment Return Code: 0x80004005Deployment Description: Failed to trigger EP Installer to install.
On Client Side EndpointProtectionAgent.log was having following info:
![LOG[Failed to load xml from string <?xml version="1.0"?><SecurityPolicy xmlns="" .........(truncated) >  <![LOG[Fa…