Microsoft System Center Reporting Cookbook available soon

A new System Center book is on the horizon which covers the very important reporting topic. It will be published Friday 27th. You can find the link to the book and more information about it on the blog of Steve Buchanan, MVP and technical reviewer of the book.

Why is this book special?

Reporting is essential in the System Center world. What is for example Sccm without patch compliance reports? But where can you find good information about how to design System Center reports besides searching the web? This book gives you guidance with easy to follow recipes and a lot of useful information about setup, report design and other options besides SSRS like PowerPivot.

A big thank from me goes to Sam Erskine, one of the authors, who had the idea for the book. He managed the publication from the beginning to the end and it is really his baby. He made it possible that I was a technical reviewer of this book, that I saw how it grew and I am proud as a nurse which helped to bring a baby to live, that I had a small part in it.

So buy it, read it and share it ;-).

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SCCM 2012: Get expired Advertisements

There are some clean up tasks a System Center Configuration Manager 2012 Administrator can perform on a regular basis. One should be to check which advertisements are expired.

Yes, I talk about advertisements in SCCM 2012. I know SCCM 2012 talks about deployments, but if you deploy a Package in SCCM (not an Application) then SCCM internally stores this deployment in the WMI class SMS_Advertisement. See also.

There is no PowerShell Cmdlet for SCCM 2012 SP1 which could give me this information directly, so I have created a script, that can be used in two ways:

  1. document which deployments are expired (only does not document the current assigned schedule) in a CSV format.
  2. delete the expired deployments.

So you can call the script with different parameters.

Command line: Getexpiredadvertisements.ps1 -log [String] -sitecode [String] -siteserver [String] -document [Bool] -delete [Bool]

Example: Getexpiredadvertisements.ps1 -log “c:\it\expiredads.csv” -sitecode “ABC:” -siteserver “SCCM01” -document $True -delete $False

Possible Parameters:

  • Log: Defines name and path of the written CSV file
  • Sitecode: SCCM Site Code, Example ABC:
  • Siteserver: SCCM Site Server Name
  • Document:  Defines, if expired Advertisements get documented to the CSV file, possible values: $True/$False
  • Delete: Defines, if expired Advertisements get deleted in SCCM, possible values: $True/$False

Requirements:

  • Run this script in PowerShell x86
  • The script is tested with PowerShell 2.0 and SCCM 2012 SP1
  • SCCM administrator permissions
  • The Configuration Manager PowerShell Modul must be installed on the machine, where you run the script

The script can be downloaded here.

SCCM 2012: Diskspace Report sorted by Freespace Percentage

System Center admins often get asked for disk space reports.
Depending on the discovery settings the data can be more current in SCOM or SCCM.
So you need to decide which datasource you use.

I have created a report for System Center Configuration Manager 2012, which lists Total Disk Space (MB), Total Free Space (MB), Total Used Space (MB), Total Free Space Percent and Total Used Space Percent.

It sorts by Total Free Space Percent and colour codes the output with this rule:

< 20 %: red
< 40 %: orange
Rest: green

You can select any device collection.

diskspacereport

The report can be downloaded here.