SCCM prereq check: Some common warnings and errors and how to fix them

Here are some warnings and errors that the prereq check which runs before the SCCM setup starts may show: Error: Required SQL server collation Configuration Manager requires that you configure your SQL Server instance and Configuration Manager site database (if already present) to use the SQL_Latin1_General_CP1_CI_AS collation, unless you are using a Chinese operating system… Read More »

Upgrading Microsoft Evaluation Editions

The Windows 10 Deployment and Management Lab Kit is really great to get familiar with Microsoft’s latest deployment and management solutions and is being updated and extended every 90 days. It is based on 90 and 180 days evaluation versions (Server 2016 Standard, SQL Server 2014 SP2, SCCM CB). In case you have access to… Read More »

Issues with SCCM CB Updates kb4016483 and 1702

Although the prerequisite check and the installation ended with success two components did not install and the SMS_SITE_COMPONENT_MANAGER retried the installation every 60 minutes. The main problem was that the restart the WMI service (winmgmt) failed and stopped the SMS Agent Host which is vital for the Management Point. In case you experience the same,… Read More »

Display and compare version information of multiple files

  You probably know the situation: A software product is running fine on one machine and fails on another. One reason can be different file versions. VerInf was created to troubleshoot that kind of problems: It lists all files with version information in a certain folder and all subfolders. You can work with different windows to compare… Read More »


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