Office 365 ProPlus – Configuration XML Editor

Here is the new Office Click-To-Run Configuration XML Editor. It make the configuration and deployment simple and easy.

Administrators can modify the Configuration.xml file to configure installation options for Click-to-Run for Office 365 products using this tool.

The Click-to-Run Configuration.xml file is a necessary component of the Office Deployment Tool. Click-to-Run customizations are performed primarily by starting the Office Deployment Tool and providing a custom Configuration.xml file. The Office Deployment Tool performs the tasks that are specified by using the optional properties in the configuration file.


Configuration Manager 2012 adding Custom Security Role – Importing Computers

Great post by John Vintzel (ExEDS GM Account) on adding a cust Security Role into Configuration Manager. By default there is no built-in security role (apart from Full Administrator) to import devices into CM.

Here are the steps required:

  1. Create XML file with the code at the bottom of the page
  2. Navigate to Administration > Security > Security Roles in the CM Console
  3. Select Import Security Role from the ribbon
  4. Browse to the XML, click OK
  5. You will now see a new custom security role ‘Computer Import Manager’

XML Code:

<SMS_Role CopiedFromID=”SMS00001″ RoleName=”Import Computer Role” RoleDescription=”Add this role to an administrative user. Associate this security role specifically with All Systems.”>
<Operation GrantedOperations=”129″ ObjectTypeID=”1″ />
<Operation GrantedOperations=”524289″ ObjectTypeID=”6″ />

Configuration Manager 2012 Version and Build Numbers

Configuration Manager 2012 version numbers, build numbers and cumulative updates since the SCCM 2012 RTM release.

Get the version number:

  1. Open the Configuration Manager console
  2. Browse to Administration, Site Configuration then Sites
  3. Right-click on the site and select Properties
  4. The site version and build number are shown
Release Version Build Download Link
SCCM 2012 RTM 5.00.7711.0000 7711 N/A
SCCM 2012 RTM – CU1 5.00.7711.0200 7711 KB2717295
SCCM 2012 RTM – CU2 5.00.7711.0301 7711 KB2780664
SCCM 2012 SP1 5.00.7804.1000 7804 N/A
SCCM 2012 SP1 – CU1 5.00.7804.1202 7804 KB2817245
SCCM 2012 SP1 – CU2 5.00.7804.1300 7804 KB2854009
SCCM 2012 SP1 – CU3 5.00.7804.1400 7804 KB2882125
SCCM 2012 SP1 – CU4 5.00.7804.1500 7804 KB2922875
SCCM 2012 SP1 – CU5 5.00.7804.1600 7804 KB2978017
SCCM 2012 R2 5.00.7958.1000 7958 N/A
SCCM 2012 R2 – CU1 5.00.7958.1203 7958 KB2938441
SCCM 2012 R2 – CU2 5.00.7958.1303 7958 KB2970177
SCCM 2012 R2 – CU3 5.00.7958.1401 7958 KB2994331
SCCM 2012 R2 – CU4 5.00.7958.1501 7958 KB3026739
SCCM 2012 R2 – CU5 5.00.7958.1604 7958 KB3054451
SCCM 2012 R2 SP1 5.00.8239.1000 8239 N/A
SCCM 2012 R2 SP1 – CU1 5.00.8239.1203 8239 KB3074857
SCCM 2012 R2 SP1 – CU2 5.00.8239.1301 8239 KB3100144
SCCM 2012 R2 SP1 – CU3 5.00.8239.1403 8239 KB3135680
SCCM 1511 5.00.8325.1000 8325 N/A
SCCM 1602 5.00.8355.1000 8355 N/A


Windows Preinstallation Environment Version and Associated OS Version

WinPE Windows Windows Version Notes
1.0 Windows XP 5.1.2600.x First version of WinPE.
1.1 Windows XP SP1 5.1.2600.x
1.2 Windows Server 2003 5.2.3790.x
1.5 Windows XP SP2 5.1.2600.x Windows PE 2004.
1.6 Windows Server 2003 SP1 5.2.3790.x Windows PE 2005.
2.0 Windows Vista 6.0.6000.x
2.1 Windows Server 2008 6.0.6001.x
2.2 Windows Server 2008 SP2 6.0.6002.x
3.0 Windows 7 6.1.7600.x Windows AIK 2.0.
3.1 Windows 7 SP1 6.1.7601.x Windows AIK Supplement for Windows 7 SP1.
4.0 Windows 8 6.2.9200.x Windows ADK (Windows Kits 8.0).
5.0 Windows 8.1 6.3.9300.x Windows ADK (Windows Kits 8.1).
5.1 Windows 8.1 Update 1 6.3.9600.x Windows ADK (Windows Kits 8.1 Update).
10.0 Windows 10 10.0.10240.16384 Windows ADK (Windows Kits 10.0)

Install HP Softpaq Silently without Extraction or Reboot

Quick little note for me to remember the silent install command for the HP Softpaq. No need to extract and search the %Temp% location for the MSI files. Use the the following command to install the Softpaq silently without reboot:

setup.exe /S /v"/qn /norestart"

Modify Performance Options and Visual Effects via Registry

Had a situation where I needed to modify the Visual Effects, under Performance Options, for a customer.

Create a Registry Item in Group Policy Preference under the User Configuration.


You have a number of options for the data value:

VisualFXSetting=dword:00000000 = Let Windows choose what’s best

VisualFXSetting=dword:00000001 = Adjust for best apperance

VisualFXSetting=dword:00000002 = Adjust for best performance

VisualFXSetting=dword:00000003 = Custom

Add the Apply once option and the end user can modify as required.

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: