While packaging a few Intel drivers (video driver, USB 3.0, chipset, management engine components, etc.) for our HP laptops, I noticed that each of the driver downloads contained a file named “mup.xml”. This file contains, among other things, information about valid command line switches for the setup.exe installer. A snippet of the mup.xml file for […]

While working on a new System Center Configuration Manager 1511 server that I was building, I noticed that each of the Component Status logs were returning 0 messages for the previous 1 day. If I set the threshold back to 1 week, I could see events, but they had completely stopped a few days earlier. […]

I have found error ID 40, with the description “The event logging service encountered an error when attempting to apply one or more policy settings.” is written to the System event log when the Group Policy setting “Specify the maximum log file size (KB)” under “Windows Components/Event Log Service/System” is configured (either enabled and set […]

I have been working on some unattended installation scripts for applications to be deployed through an SCCM OSD task sequence that builds our Windows 10 workstations. Happily, many of the lessons learned with Windows 7 are directly applicable to Windows 10. However, Windows 10 has made a significant change to the way applications are able […]

Today I learned that Microsoft Edge on Windows 10 does work with an Enterprise Mode Site List after all. I had been trying in vain for weeks (off and on) to get it to redirect into Internet Explorer those sites that I had configured to do so through the Enterprise Mode Site List XML file. […]

A resource for troubleshooting System Center Configuration Manager (Current Branch) and System Center 2012 Configuration Manager Task Sequence failures through analysis of errors reported in the smsts.log file. When an SCCM task sequence fails, errors are written to the smsts.log file. Sometimes the error is descriptive and it’s possible to quickly identify the cause of […]

This Windows Event Viewer query looks through the Network Profile/Operational log for network connection events (EventID=10000) where the “Category” equals “2”, which equates to “Domain Authenticated”. The neat part about this XML query is that it looks into the event details for additional criteria, which isn’t available through the filter GUI. I use it as […]

Update 8/12/2015: I’ve determined that the problem is due to my attempts at creating a custom Windows.UI.Logon.pri file to display a logon screen background image. Neither the utility nor the PowerShell script referenced below create a Windows.UI.Logon.pri file that is acceptable to Windows. In the meantime, I’ve decided to just eliminate the “Hero” wallpaper in […]

I recently worked with Microsoft to resolve a problem in our Windows 8.1 environment where Group Policy Preference Drive Mappings to shares on the DFS were failing when users logged in immediately after a computer restart. Through the use of procmon boot logging, we were able to identify that the ApplySettingsTemplateCatalog.exe process, which is part […]