IT Consultant Everyday Notes

Just some problems/solutions storage

Category Archives: Application Delivery

SCCM: How to convert Package to Application using Package Conversion Manager (PCM) on SCCM CB

PCM does not support SCCM Console newer than SCCM 2012 SP1. Jason Sandys published and article for SCCM R2. I used the same approach for SCCM CB (1607) and it seems to be working fine.


Step-by-step from Jason is here:

SCCM: Uninstall Software “en masse”


Jason Sandys published a nice script to uninstall all versions of a certain app:

SCCM: How to deploy a shortcut

1. Create a shortcut Winking smile

2. copy the shortcut to a file share where you keep your package source files

3. Create a package containing the shortcut

4. Create a program to copy the shortcut to a location you need. Do not forget to put “cmd /c” if you use “copy” command. So it will look like:

cmd /c copy yourlink.lnk <destination folder>\*.*

Where to copy? First of keep in mind SCCM Client works under SYSTEM account and will not put the shortcut to a specific user desktop – for that better use GPOs. What you can do is to put the shortcut for All Users.

In Windows 7 All Users Desktop is located %ProgramData%\Desktop you will not have access to this folder probably, but SCCM Client will.Smile


In one case we needed to put a file in SYSTEM32 folder. I know it is not a good idea to put files there, but it was a requirement of a third-party app. If you try to run a program to copy a file to C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM32 you may have a surprise – on 64-bit OS your file will occur in c:\WINDOWS\SYSWOW64  instead of \SYSTEM32!

To workaround this behaviour you can use a Task Sequence:

1. Add a Run Command Line step to a custom TS.

2. Configure the step Disable 64-bit file system redirection

3. Add you Package (that instructs the TS to copy it to a local cache)


4. Add command line.

SCCM 2012: Azure-based cloud Distribution Point

SCCM 2012 SP1 introduces a new feature – cloud-based Distribution Point (DP). The DP must be based in Microsoft Azure.

Peter blogged here step-by-step for the DP creation.

SCCM 2012: OSD–Should Office (or any other App) be a part of base image?

Rapael blogged some measurement for three scenarios:

1. Post OSD installation via Application Installation

2. Post image installation in the same TS

3. OSD when Office is a part of the image.


The winner is – method #2. Of course it depends on your network, TS, number of apps etc and need to be tested in your environment. But still good information.