O365Uploader V0.4

Due to popular request,  I’ve added an analyze function to the O365Uploader. After choosing your folder to be uploaded, a popup will ask you if you wish to see an analysis of potential issues and suggested fixes for your content. Everthing will both be written to the Powershell console in the background and a detailed log file which can be used in MS Excel.

You can download the new version here.

Other changes:

  • Added check for period in folder/file name
  • Added check for various illegal suffixes in filenames
  • Added verification prompt before upload to log all issues to a file beforehand so it can be fixed in advance
  • Added warning for 5000+ items
  • Added warning for hidden files (start with an _ )

Changing or virtualizing the Hosts file with AppV 5

Sometimes, applications require specific host file entries. Often you’d probably be able to get around using DNS to resolve the entries the application really needs. But when you can’t, and you want to virtualise your application using AppV 5, it’ll use the hosts file of the OS instead of the hosts file in the virtualized file system.

To get around this, we can let the AppV client fire off a script to modify the actual OS hosts file upon registration of the AppV application. This is done by modifying the DeploymentConfig.xml file and adding a script to your package, detailed descriptions of how this works can be found here. Basically, you add this between the <Machinescripts> tags in the DeploymentConfig.xml file, example:

 <Wait RollbackOnError="true" Timeout="10"/>

The VB code in hostfile_edit.vbs that does the actual work is:

Const ForReading = 1, ForWriting = 2, ForAppending = 8
 Set fso = CreateObject("Scripting.FileSystemObject")
 Set WshShell = CreateObject("WScript.Shell")
 WinDir = WshShell.ExpandEnvironmentStrings("%WinDir%")
 HostsFile = WinDir & "\System32\Drivers\etc\Hosts"
 Set filetxtR = fso.OpenTextFile(HostsFile, ForReading, True)
If (checkHostfile(filetxtR, DNSEntry1) = True) Then
 Set filetxtA = fso.OpenTextFile(HostsFile, ForAppending, True)
 filetxtA.WriteLine (DNSEntry1)
 End If
Public Function checkHostfile(filetxt, lineToCheckFor)
 checkHostfile = False
 Do Until filetxt.AtEndOfStream
 s = filetxt.readline
 If (s = lineToCheckFor) Then
 checkHostfile = True
 Exit Function
 End If
 End Function

Office 365: ProvisioningFailedException: The name “XXX” is already being used. Please try another name.

Because I couldn’t find an answer to this issue anywhere else, and Microsoft Support was unable to determine the root cause I’m sharing this with you. During a cutover migration from Exchange 2003 to Office 365, my batchjob failed after the initial sync and was unable to process incremental syncs of emails in Exchange 2003.

The error in the batchjob’s status display for each failed user was:

ProvisioningFailedException: The name “XXX” is already being used. Please try another name.

Solution: delete the batchjob and all the users it provisioned. Recreate and run it again, and this time, don’t edit the primary SMTP address of these users while the job is running, it is used as a foreign key to match between Onprem and Office 365 and confuses the batchjob if it is changed.

The hint I got that gave me an idea of where this issue was coming from was the following error I received a few times (but not consistently) when changing the primary SMTP address of each user:

You can’t use the domain because it’s not an accepted domain for your organization.

The domain was fully validated and the email was not assigned to any other user.

So, don’t mess around while a batchjob is still running 🙂

Elevating powershell scripts, and staying in the script folder

Sometimes you want to be able to just double click your powershell scripts and see them work….putting this code at the top of your script will do just that by detecting if the script is running as administrator with administrative priviledges. If not, the script will launch a new instance of itself with an elevation prompt.

$scriptPath = split-path -parent $MyInvocation.MyCommand.Definition
If (-NOT ([Security.Principal.WindowsPrincipal][Security.Principal.WindowsIdentity]::GetCurrent()).IsInRole([Security.Principal.WindowsBuiltInRole] "Administrator"))
 $arguments = "& '" + $myinvocation.mycommand.definition + "'"
 Start-Process powershell -Verb runAs -ArgumentList $arguments
 cd $scriptPath
<rest of your code>

DFS Namespace failure

I ran into a hard to find but easy to fix issue today on a Windows 2008 R2 DFS server, the namespace suddenly lost all folder targets and displayed as an empty folder. The eventlog showed the following:


Event ID 14534, source DfsSvc: DFS Root xxxxx failed during initialization. The root will not be available.

Additionally, event ID 14503 was logged for each folder target under this namespace.

Solution: remove the server from the namespace, delete the namespace folder on the physical disk and readd the server to the namespace.

Content validation issues in SCCM 2012

Sometimes, distribution points have packages in their WMI repository that don’t exist any longer on the site server. When the distribution point goes through a content validation cycle, it will fail and change its status to ‘Warning’.

The error you’ll see in the Distribution Point Configuration Status overview is “Failed to validate content hash”.

Then something along the lines of “Failed to retrieve the package list on the distribution point. Or the package list in content library doesn’t match the one in WMI. Review smsdpmon.log for more information about this failure.”

So far it all sounds easy, and when we look at smsdpmon.log we do indeed see an error, 0x80070002 and the package ID in question. When we look up the package ID on the site server, it doesn’t exist.

To delete this package from the WMI repository Continue reading Content validation issues in SCCM 2012

Automatic IIS FTP server installation on Windows 7

For a certain application, a locally installed FTP server was required. Scripting this seemed easy, and plenty of examples could be found but none worked properly. So I’m sharing my method with you. Below code installs FTP. The final 3 lines enable anonymous authentication and create a Default FTP site that points to c:\temp

Hope it helps someone! Do note the reboot is actually mandatory.

dism.exe /Online /Enable-Feature /FeatureName:IIS-FTPExtensibility /FeatureName:IIS-FTPServer /FeatureName:IIS-FTPSvc /FeatureName:IIS-IIS6ManagementCompatibility /FeatureName:IIS-ManagementConsole /FeatureName:IIS-ManagementScriptingTools /FeatureName:IIS-ManagementService /FeatureName:IIS-Metabase /FeatureName:IIS-WebServer /FeatureName:IIS-WebServerManagementTools /FeatureName:IIS-WebServerRole /FeatureName:IIS-WindowsAuthentication
%windir%\system32\inetsrv\AppCmd set config -section:system.applicationHost/sites /siteDefaults.ftpServer.security.authentication.anonymousAuthentication.enabled:"True" /commit:apphost
%windir%\system32\inetsrv\AppCmd add site /name:"Default FTP Site" /bindings:ftp://localhost:21 /physicalpath:c:\temp\
%windir%\system32\inetsrv\AppCmd ADD vdir /app.name:"Default FTP Site/" /physicalpath:c:\temp

Scripted Deployment of Distribution Points in SCCM 2012 including rate scheduling

Somewhat quick and dirty, but I’m sure it’ll be of use to anyone doing a larger scale rollout of distribution points.

The following script can interactively roll out distribution points for you, saving a huge amount of clicking around in the SCCM console. The code can easily be adapted to run everything from functions and bulk import a list of distribution points from CSV to SCCM.

#Add distribution point with State Migration and Pulse Rate limitation and scheduling
#Author: Jos Lieben, OGD
#Copyright: Free to Use and Distribute
#Credits: David O’Brien (david-obrien.net) for WMI class interaction
#notice: you must have the required console updates for some of these commands to work with SCCM 2012 SP1

#If you clear any config, the script will prompt you for it, config simply helps you simplify deployments if for example, you only have one site
#Path to your PSD files
Import-Module “C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Configuration Manager\AdminConsole\bin\ConfigurationManager.psd1″
#Your site code
$site_code = “EU1″
#Name of your distribution point (Fully Qualified Name required!)
$server_name = “”
#Drive letter for your primary content library, use Automatic if you wish SCCM to manage this for you
$driveletter_plibrary = “”
#Drive letter for your primary content share, use Automatic if you wish SCCM to manage this for you
$driveletter_pshare = “”
#If you wish to add a state migration point to the DP, set this to $true
$add_statemigrationpoint = $false
#Path to data on the state migration point
$state_migrationpoint_localpath = “”
#Distribution Point Group Membership can be configured with this variable
$distributionpointgroup = “”
#Set to False if you do not wish to configure transfer schedules for your DP ($false recommended)
$add_schedule = $true
#size of each block sent, leave at 0 to prompt, only used when add_schedule=$true
$block_size = 0
#delay between each block sent, leave at 0 to prompt, only used when add_schedule=$true
$block_delay = 0
#Array containing 24 elements, one for each hour of the day. This property specifies the type of usage for each hour.
# 1 means all Priorities, 2 means all but low, 3 is high only, 4 means none
#this example allows only high priority sendings from monday till friday between 8AM and 8PM and everything outside that timeframe
$HourUsageScheduleWeekdays = @(1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,3,3,3,3,3,3,3,3,3,3,3,3,1,1,1,1)
$HourUsageScheduleWeekend = @(1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1)
#standard variables
$ja = new-Object System.Management.Automation.Host.ChoiceDescription “&Yes”,”help”
$nee = new-Object System.Management.Automation.Host.ChoiceDescription “&No”,”help”

if($site_name -eq “”) {
$site_code = Read-Host “Enter your site code (for example: EU1)”
if($server_name -eq “”) {
$server_name = Read-Host “Enter the FQDN of your new distribution point (for example: dp01.ogd.local)”
if($driveletter_plibrary -eq “”) {
$driveletter_plibrary = Read-Host “Enter the driveletter for the primary content library (for example: E)”
if($driveletter_pshare -eq “”) {
$driveletter_pshare = Read-Host “Enter the driveletter for the primary content share (for example: E)”
if($add_statemigrationpoint -eq $true -And $state_migrationpoint_localpath -eq “”){
$state_migrationpoint_localpath = Read-Host “Enter the path your state migration point should use to store data (use quotes, for example: “C:\USMT”)”
if($distributionpointgroup -eq “”) {
$distributionpointgroup = Read-Host “Enter the name of the group you wish your distribution point to be a member of (for example OGD Production Site)”
if($add_schedule -eq $true){
if($block_size -eq 0){
$block_size = Read-Host(“Specify the maximum block size in KB for the Pulse Rate (min 1, max 256)”)
if($block_delay -eq 0){
$block_delay = Read-Host(“Specify the delay between blocks (min 1, max 30)”)
if([int]$block_delay -gt 30) {[int]$block_delay = 30}
if([int]$block_delay -lt 1) {[int]$block_delay = 1}
if([int]$block_size -gt 256) {[int]$block_size = 256}
if([int]$block_size -lt 1) {[int]$block_size = 1}

#bind to correct site
Set-Location $site_code”:”
Write-Host “”
Write-Host “”
Write-Host “We have enough information to proceed, the following will take place:”
Write-Host ” * A distribution point will be added to site $site_code”
Write-Host ” * The FQDN is $server_name”
Write-Host ” * A Content Library will be placed on drive $driveletter_plibrary”
Write-Host ” * A Content Share will be placed on drive $driveletter_pshare”
Write-Host ” * The DP will be added to the $distributionpointgroup group”
if($add_statemigrationpoint -eq $true){
Write-Host ” * A state migration point will be added”
Write-Host ” * State Migration Point Storage Path: $state_migrationpoint_localpath”
$folders = New-CMStorageFolder -StorageFolderName $state_migrationpoint_localpath -MaximumClientNumber 100 -MinimumFreeSpace 100 -SpaceUnit Megabyte
Write-Host ” * A state migration point will NOT be added”
if($add_schedule -eq $true){
Write-Host ” * Rate Limitation will be set to $block_size KB per $block_delay seconds according to schedule in config”
Write-Host ” * Rate Limitation will NOT be configured”

Write-Host “”
$options = [System.Management.Automation.Host.ChoiceDescription[]]($ja,$nee)
$prompt = $host.ui.PromptForChoice(“”,”Do you wish to proceed?”,$options,0)
Write-Host “”
if($prompt -eq 1) {
Write-Host “Cancelled…”

new-CMSiteSystemServer -ServerName $server_name -SiteCode $site_code

add-CMdistributionpoint -SiteSystemServerName $server_name -SiteCode $site_code -CertificateExpirationTimeUtc “Monday, January 2, 2017 1:00:00 AM” -MinimumFreeSpaceMB 5000 -InstallInternetServer -PrimaryContentLibraryLocation $driveletter_plibrary -PrimaryPackageShareLocation $driveletter_pshare -EnablePxeSupport -AllowRespondIncomingPxeRequest -EnableUnknownComputerSupport

add-CMDistributionPointToGroup -DistributionPointName $server_name -DistributionPointGroupName $distributionpointgroup
if($add_statemigrationpoint -eq $true){
add-cmstatemigrationpoint -EnableRestoreOnlyMode $false -sitesystemservername $server_name -sitecode $site_code -storagefolders $folders -TimeDeleteAfter 7 -TimeUnit Days -AllowFallBackSourceLocationForContent $false

if($add_schedule -eq $true){

$Percent = 100
$UsageAsBackup = @($true,$true,$true,$true,$true,$true,$true,$true,$true,$true,$true,$true,$true,$true,$true,$true,$true,$true,$true,$true,$true,$true,$true,$true)

$RateLimitingSchedule = @($Percent,$Percent,$Percent,$Percent,$Percent,$Percent,$Percent,$Percent,$Percent,$Percent,$Percent,$Percent,$Percent,$Percent,$Percent,$Percent,$Percent,$Percent,$Percent,$Percent,$Percent,$Percent,$Percent,$Percent)

$class_SMS_SCI_ADDRESS = [wmiclass]””
$class_SMS_SCI_ADDRESS.psbase.Path =”ROOT\SMS\Site_$($site_code):$($SMS_SCI_ADDRESS)”

$SMS_SCI_ADDRESS = $class_SMS_SCI_ADDRESS.CreateInstance()
# Set the UsageSchedule For Weekdays
$SMS_SiteControlDaySchedule = “SMS_SiteControlDaySchedule”
$SMS_SiteControlDaySchedule_class = [wmiclass]””
$SMS_SiteControlDaySchedule_class.psbase.Path = “ROOT\SMS\Site_$($site_code):$($SMS_SiteControlDaySchedule)”
$SMS_SiteControlDaySchedule = $SMS_SiteControlDaySchedule_class.createInstance()
$SMS_SiteControlDaySchedule.Backup = $UsageAsBackup
$SMS_SiteControlDaySchedule.HourUsage = $HourUsageScheduleWeekdays
$SMS_SiteControlDaySchedule.Update = $true

# Set the UsageSchedule For Weekend
$SMS_SiteControlDayScheduleWeekend = “SMS_SiteControlDaySchedule”
$SMS_SiteControlDayScheduleWeekend_class = [wmiclass]””
$SMS_SiteControlDayScheduleWeekend_class.psbase.Path = “ROOT\SMS\Site_$($site_code):$($SMS_SiteControlDayScheduleWeekend)”
$SMS_SiteControlDayScheduleWeekend = $SMS_SiteControlDayScheduleWeekend_class.createInstance()
$SMS_SiteControlDayScheduleWeekend.Backup = $UsageAsBackup
$SMS_SiteControlDayScheduleWeekend.HourUsage = $HourUsageScheduleWeekend
$SMS_SiteControlDayScheduleWeekend.Update = $true

$SMS_SCI_ADDRESS.UsageSchedule = @($SMS_SiteControlDayScheduleWeekend,$SMS_SiteControlDaySchedule,$SMS_SiteControlDaySchedule,$SMS_SiteControlDaySchedule,$SMS_SiteControlDaySchedule,$SMS_SiteControlDaySchedule,$SMS_SiteControlDayScheduleWeekend)

$SMS_SCI_ADDRESS.RateLimitingSchedule = $RateLimitingSchedule

$SMS_SCI_ADDRESS.AddressPriorityOrder = “0”
$SMS_SCI_ADDRESS.DesSiteCode = “$($server_name)”
$SMS_SCI_ADDRESS.DestinationType = “1”
$SMS_SCI_ADDRESS.SiteCode = “$($site_code)”
$SMS_SCI_ADDRESS.UnlimitedRateForAll = $false

# Set the embedded Properties
$embeddedpropertyList = $null
$embeddedproperty_class = [wmiclass]””
$embeddedproperty_class.psbase.Path = “ROOT\SMS\Site_$($site_code):SMS_EmbeddedPropertyList”
$embeddedpropertyList = $embeddedproperty_class.createInstance()
$embeddedpropertyList.PropertyListName = “Pulse Mode”
$embeddedpropertyList.Values = @(1,$block_size,$block_delay) #second value is size of data block in KB, third is delay between data blocks in seconds

$SMS_SCI_ADDRESS.PropLists += $embeddedpropertyList

$embeddedproperty = $null
$embeddedproperty_class = [wmiclass]””
$embeddedproperty_class.psbase.Path = “ROOT\SMS\Site_$($site_code):SMS_EmbeddedProperty”
$embeddedproperty = $embeddedproperty_class.createInstance()
$embeddedproperty.PropertyName = “Connection Point”
$embeddedproperty.Value = “0”
$embeddedproperty.Value1 = “$($server_name)”
$embeddedproperty.Value2 = “SMS_DP$”
$SMS_SCI_ADDRESS.Props += $embeddedproperty

$embeddedproperty = $null
$embeddedproperty_class = [wmiclass]””
$embeddedproperty_class.psbase.Path = “ROOT\SMS\Site_$($site_code):SMS_EmbeddedProperty”
$embeddedproperty = $embeddedproperty_class.createInstance()
$embeddedproperty.PropertyName = “LAN Login”
$embeddedproperty.Value = “0”
$embeddedproperty.Value1 = “”
$embeddedproperty.Value2 = “”
$SMS_SCI_ADDRESS.Props += $embeddedproperty

$SMS_SCI_ADDRESS.Put() | Out-Null
#In case your executionpolicy is restricted and you can’t modify it, paste these lines before calling the script
#Copyright Oisin Grehan
#START (remove #’s)
#function Disable-ExecutionPolicy {
#($ctx = $executioncontext.gettype().getfield(“_context”,”nonpublic,instance”).getvalue($executioncontext)).gettype().getfield(“_authorizationManager”,”nonpublic,instance”).setvalue($ctx, (new-object System.Management.Automation.AuthorizationManager “Microsoft.PowerShell”))


An annoying issue kept recurring in distributing data from our main SCCM server to a remote distribution point.

The moment a file was fully transferred, it would be deleted by the DP and the PkgXferMgr.log would show the following:

Failed to get object class
ExecStaticMethod failed (800706ba) SMS_DistributionPoint,AddFile
CsendFileAction::AddFile failed; 0x800706ba
Sending failed.

After crossreferencing the time of failure with our firewall logs, we found a rule blocking RPC traffic down from the SCCM server to the distribution point.