From SCCM 2012 RC to SCCM 2012 SP1 in few steps.

I finally upgrade my System Center Configuration Manager form RC version to RTM version with SP1 included.

As I had “small” collation problem I couldn’t just simply reinstall it. For that reason I was uninstall my SCCM completely. Plan was to keep server name in Active Directory and to keep same site name.

In that reinstallation I was separate my SQL server from my SCCM server. Now I have SQL 2012 SP1 for all (future)System Center products, and SCCM is connected to it.

After one working day my job was done and I have fully functional SCCM. Now I have to wait for clients to contact SCCM. Most of clients were contact SCCM in next two days, but some clients don’t.

Then I use some old stuff which can be found on Niall Brady forum. As I’m very lazy Smile, and I don’t want to type all over again You can find solution for deploying/redeploying clients here.

Intel SSD and WD drivers

Recently I bought Intel SSD 330 series for my notebook.

Regarding to user manual I’ve downloaded software for migrating data from HDD to SSD. But I had “strange” problem. My notebook “didn’t see” Intel SSD. Instead of Intel SSD my notebook displays WD SSD in device manager (Device manager shows WD SSDSC2CT180A3). In that time I had installed WD SES drivers on my notebook. It seems that my notebook uses WD drivers for Intel SSD.

I couldn’t migrate data from HDD to SSD with  Intel® Data Migration Software. So I change HDD in my notebook with SSD and reinstall Windows again. Now everything is working fine, but I didn’t find reason why is this happened.

I suspect that I had “driver problem”.

This post is just announcement for future similar problems and please put your comments. Maybe we can help somebody in future.

Problem with Lenovo EDGE 13’3 Wi-Fi and Windows 8

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It seems that Lenovo have big fail with Windows 8 drivers

Few days ago I decide to reinstall my laptop from scratch. First I backed up all data on, and then I reformate my HDD and install Windows 8 x64 Enterprise. Everything seems to be fine except one thing. I couldn’t start my Wireless Network Card. Sad smile

I checked in device manager and drivers was OK. No exclamation marks or similar failures. But I couldn’t connect to my Wi-Fi network.

As far as we all know, Lenovo have hardware switch on some models. On EDGE there is no switch but you must start (enable) your Wi-Fi card by pressing Fn+F9. You are unable to do this if you don’t have Lenovo software installed. But Lenovo still didn’t write proper drivers for Windows 8.

Currently Lenovo have Beta drivers for Windows 8 @ Lenovo. Why for God’s sake they have Beta drivers? Windows 8 is out for more then three months.

Here is what you must do if you don’t want to install Beta drivers on your laptop (you will must to install just one)

  1. ThinkPad Power Management Driver, v1.66 beta, download (Windows 8 x86, x64)
  2. ThinkPad Power Manager, v6.32, download (Windows 7)
  3. Hotkey Features Integration, v3.80, download (Windows 7)
  4. Communications Utility, v2.09, download (Windows 7) – this one is needed to have Fn+F6 bring up properties for webcam, etc.

Yes, you must use Windows 7 drivers!

If some of this applications don’t want to install you will have to use compatibility mode.

After this you are able to get response after pressing Fn+F9., and you have possibility to enable your Wi-Fi card.

For some Lenovo models you can use Base Utility Package for Windows 8.