Category Archives: Tips and Tricks

How to Install Configuration Manager 2012 SP1 Clients on Linux Computers

You can accomplish this installation manually. Configuration Manager does not support the use of client push installation for Linux servers.

The following scenarios are supported by the Linux clients:

  • Hardware Inventory – Hardware inventory can be viewed through Resource Explorer and can be used to create collections of Linux computers.
  • Software Inventory – Through hardware inventory the list of natively installed software can be gathered from Linux computers – similar to add/remove programs for Windows systems.
  • Software Distribution – Deploy new software, update existing software and apply OS patches to collections of Linux computers (using a package and program). Run arbitrary maintenance scripts on a collection of Linux servers.
  • Secure and Authenticated Communications.
  • Consolidated Reports.

The Microsoft System Center 2012 Service Pack 1 Configuration Manager – Clients for Linux

  1. Download the appropriate file for the operating system you wish to manage to a Windows computer.
  2. The downloaded file is a self-extracting exe and will extract tar files for the different versions of your operating system.
  3. extracting exe
  4. Copy the install script and the .tar file for your computer’s operating system version to a folder on your Linux computer.
  5. Install the client using these steps:
  •  use root credentials to run the following command to enable the script to run as a program: chmod +x insta
  •  run the following command to install the Configuration Manager client: ./install –mp <hostname FQDN> -sitecode <code> ccmRHEL5x86.tar


Group policy search tool (GPS)

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GPS is a online group policy search tool for Microsoft Active Directory Group Policy Settings.

You are unsure whether a policy for your setting exists. you have ever tried to find the registry setting for a specific group policy setting.

With the help of Group Policy Search you can easily find existing Group Policies and  find the registry setting for a specific group policy

Group Policy Search will give you what you need. Try it Here

  • GPS page overview

  • You can change the display and search language

  • You can change Tree view (policy view or Registry view)


  • You can filter the search to specific products and/or versions

  • You can share using the one-click copy feature in the copy menu

  • You can add a Search Provider and a Search Accelerator for your Internet Explorer or a Search Connector for your Windows 7


How to Repair Windows System Files with System File Checker (SFC)

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What is System File Checker (SFC)?

System File Checker is a utility in Microsoft Windows that allows users to scan for and restore corruptions in Windows system files like DLL files. This utility is available in all Windows family of operating systems.

In Windows 7, System File Checker is integrated with Windows Resource Protection, which protects registry keys and folders as well as critical system files.

How to use SFC

1- Start – Search – type Cmd – right click Cmd icon and run as administrator

2- Type  SFC /Scannow then Enter


  • You must run Command Prompt as an administrator in Windows 7.
  • If it finds a problem, it will attempt to replace the problematic files from the DLL Cache
  • If the file is not in the DLL Cache or the DLL Cache is corrupted you may need access to your original Windows DVD to allow file repairs.
  • To repair important Windows files usually takes 5 to 10 minutes.
  • May be prompt you to restart.

3-      When the scan is complete. The log file was generated in the path


How to force proxy settings via group policy

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This article describes how to force proxy settings via group policy.

  • Click StartAll programs – Administrative Tools – Group Policy Management.
  • Create or Edit Group Policy Objects.
  • Expand User configurationPoliciesWindows SettingsInternet Explorer MaintenanceConnection.
  • In right Pane Proxy Settings.

For some security reasons maybe administrator need to prevent end users from change their proxy settings

You can do it with group policy follow this steps:

  • Click StartAll programs – Administrative Tools – Group Policy Management.
  • Create or Edit Group Policy Objects.
  • Expand Computer Configuration – Administrative Templates – Windows Components –  Internet Explorer – Internet Control Panel
  • In right Pane  Disable the Connections page  (Enabled)

How to Find the MAC Address

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This article describes a quick method to find the MAC  Address(Media Access Control).

1- What is MAC Address ?

– A Media Access Control address (MAC address) is a unique identifier assigned to network interfaces

for communications on the physical network segment.

2- What is ARP?

Address Resolution Protocol (ARP) is the protocol that maps Ethernet MAC address to IP address.

To determine the MAC address of computer:

start – Run – type  ARP -a (local computer IP)

Note : If you not determine the IP the command will give you MAC Address for all subnet network.