Administration, Applications

Application Portfolio Management – TIME (Tolerate, Invest, Migrate, Eliminate)

Great article on creating an application portfolio management. Which applications are worth the investment versus those that might not be.

TIME (Tolerate, Invest, Migrate, and Eliminate) analysis has proven to be useful tool for structuring the sorting of applications in a company’s portfolio. After all the applications are divided into four categories, a deeper analysis of the application portfolio can be performed.

Tolerate – applications that are creating enough business value and have manageable costs but should be maintained for various reasons.

Invest – ideally we need to strive to place all existing portfolio of application under this category. These are the most lucrative and investment-worthy applications that bring enough revenue and help streamline operations.

Migrate – applications that need modernization and no are no longer worth the investment.

Eliminate – this category consists of applications that have low business value and even high risks. Therefore, they are of no real value to the organization and need to be eliminated.

https://blog.planview.com/driving-transparency-time-analysis-apm/

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Applications, Configuration Manager 2012, Deployment, Error

App Install Failed 80004005 – SCCM OSD Standalone Media

Issue:

I created a standalone media of a fully functioning network build task sequence. A number of applications would not install from the stand alone media.

The SMSTS.log showed the following:
App install failed.
Install application action failed: ‘Office_2016_ProPlus_16.0.4266.1001_P1’. Error Code 0x80004005

No MSI log file was created, so the installer didn’t even begin.

Solution:

In the task sequence the application had the Retry this step if computer unexpectedly restarts option enabled. Disable this setting and the stand alone media worked correctly.

#DuncanToTheRescue

Applications, Configuration Manager 2012, Deployment, Error, Task Sequence

Re: Install Application Step fails in Task Sequence

Great blog post about a similar issue we were having in production.

Instances where application will not install after a reboot. Even when the logs say they installed correctly. We found this was more likely to happen on devices with SSD compared to SATA drives.

Looks like a know bug, but nothing a sleep command can solve: http://www.bctechnet.com/install-application-step-fails-in-task-sequence/

Administration, Applications, Configuration Manager 2012, Deployment, Drivers, Hardware, System Center, Task Sequence, WMI

Configuration Manager OSD Task Sequence WMI Queries

During your OSD Task Sequence you may want to determine whether the machine is a laptop or not, install software to a specific machine name format, or install drivers to only specific models of laptops.  For this you can use the WMI Query Condition within the Tasks of your Task Sequence.  A great tool to look up what can be queried from of WMI is WMICodeCreator and is provided by Microsoft.

Examples:

Laptop Hardware: Select * FROM Win32_Battery WHERE Chemistry > 3

Computer Model:  Select * FROM Win32_ComputerSystem WHERE Model like ‘%latitude%5400%’

Computer Name:  Select * FROM Win32_ComputerSystem WHERE Name like ‘CH%’ or Name like ‘AR%’