What .exe was blocked in Windows Firewall?

By default Windows does not log what executable is being blocked by Windows Firewall. In order to log what executable is being blocked run the following command as an administrator:

auditpol /set /subcategory:"{0CCE9226-69AE-11D9-BED3-505054503030}" /success:disable /failure:enable

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Get notified about duplicate host names in SCCM

As part of the general maintenance and upkeep of SCCM we have a “Duplicate Host Names” collection in SCCM.

This collection finds duplicate host names but unfortunately does not notify us when one is found. The script below will send an e-mail when the collection membership is greater than 0. We have it set up as a scheduled task that runs daily.

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Test your SCCM application deployment using PsExec

When getting an application ready for deployment it is typically much faster to test that the install works as expected by running it as SYSTEM. When an application is ran from Software Center it is ran under the SYTEM context. Manually running the install as SYSTEM means you do not need to wait for your content to refresh or for your policies to refresh. This allows you to test and debug much quicker.

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Upgrading 7-Zip crashes Windows Explorer

We started deploying 7-Zip v18.01 but quickly had to stop the deployment due to Windows Explorer crashing and leaving the end user without a taskbar. We tweaked our deployment and added this parameter to our PowerShell App Deployment Toolkit install string:

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