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Configuration Manager Servicing Extension : how to add custom RSS feeds

December 24, 2014 Leave a comment

In my previous blog post on the Configuration Manager Servicing Extension I mentioned it was possible to also add custom RSS feeds in the blogs node. This is a quick follow-up post to to demonstrate how to do that. The process is really straightforward, you just have to know where you can enable them.

I initially looked for a way to add feeds in the Blogs section, but as you can see there is no real option to do so:

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To add RSS feeds you need to move one step up to Site Servicing and then expand the About section. At the bottom you will find a button called Manage RSS Subscriptions.

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Click the button to add/remove RSS subscriptions and change the order.

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Additional subscriptions are displayed in Site Servicing as soon as they have been added.

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And they also become visible in the dropdown in the Blogs section.

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Hope it helps!

Tim

Implementing the Configuration Manager Servicing Extension

December 23, 2014 1 comment

In the beginning of this month Microsoft has released the Configuration Manager Servicing Extensions. In this blog post we will have a look at the implementation process and which features these extensions can offer.

Before we begin we must get the installation binaries from the Microsoft website, here.

Note that the extensions can be installed on systems running the SP1 Configuration Manager console or a higher version. Based on the requirements page only Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 are supported Operating Systems.

I installed the extensions manually as in my lab I only have one console running. This is on a 2012 R2 server so I’m not sure how strict (or correct) the requirements on the download page are. The installation took 5 seconds as there are only a few steps to go through:

  1. Run the Configuration Manager 2012 Servicing Extension.msi
  2. Accept the license agreement and click Install
  3. Click Finish

Next time you start the console you should see the Site Servicing node in the administration workspace.

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Now lets have a closer look at what else actually became available.

The releases node gives an overview of updates that have been released for Configuration Manager. The release category drop-down allows to filter on specific products.

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Next entry we see are the site versions. This gives an overview of all sites in the environment and what version they are running on. Additionally it displays information about installed Cumulative Updates (CU’s).

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The third one is Client Targeting. In this node you can get an overview of client versions that are available.

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By clicking the create query link at the bottom pane (or from the column in the top pane) you can create queries to list clients with that specific version or a higher one; or to create one for those running a lower version.

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The result of this is visible in Queries in the monitoring workspace:

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The fourth and last one is Blogs. This can be used for catching up on blog feeds. From the dropdown you can initially only select feeds from the Configuration Manager Team blog or the Configuration Manager Support Team blog. It is possible to add custom feeds as well – I will come back on this in a small follow-up post later on.

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That’s all! As you can see these extensions are really easy to implement and they can provide some additional helpful features and information to the Configuration Manager admin.

Enjoy the holidays!

Tim