Fixed: ConfigMgr Task Sequence Monitor :)

Good news ūüôā ¬†After several people reported that the ConfigMgr Task Sequence Monitor app would close immediately after opening, I investigated and found a small bug in the code that seems to affect only certain configurations. ¬†Today I released version 1.2.1 which addresses this issue, so please download the app again from the following link:

http://gallery.technet.microsoft.com/ConfigMgr-Task-Sequence-fefdc532

Thanks to everyone who reported the bug!

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Free ConfigMgr Task Sequence Monitoring Tool

Update! (Nov 19 2015 РIf you experienced the issue with the app appearing and immediately disappearing again, this has been fixed in the latest release v1.2.1)

Today I am pleased to release a new free¬†application for System Center Configuration Manager users: ConfigMgr Task Sequence Monitor ūüôā

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It is a tool for monitoring or reviewing task sequence executions in Configuration Manager and is particularly useful for monitoring Operating System deployments.  Where integration with MDT is available and the MDT monitoring web service has been enabled, the app can include the data from MDT for an enhanced monitoring experience of your ZTI OS deployments.

Action output can be displayed for each step of the task sequence, giving more detail about the execution of that step, and is useful for quickly identifying the cause of any errors in the task sequence execution.

The app can also generate an HTML deployment summary report for any task sequence.

Check it out here: https://smsagent.wordpress.com/tools/configmgr-task-sequence-monitor/

The tool is my first publicly released WPF application coded entirely in PowerShell, so I welcome any feedback!

Parse the WindowsUpdate.log on Local and Remote Computers with PowerShell

The WindowsUpdate.log, which logs activities of the Windows Update client, is not the easiest of log files to parse¬†through but it’s handy one for finding details about update installation¬†successes and failures.¬†¬†To make searching this log file easier both on the local computer, a remote computer (where PS remoting is enabled) or groups of computers, I wrote a simple but handy PowerShell script.

The script will retrieve the most important elements of the log Рthe date, time, component and entry text Рand put them into a PS object.  This allows us to summarise the number of entries in the log by either component or date, for example, or provide some search filters to find specific entries and in a specific time period, for example all the software updates installed in the last 3 days.

I haven’t tried this with Windows 10 yet, where the WU logging mechanism has changed, but it will work for older operating systems that have PowerShell installed.

Download

Download the script from the Technet Gallery.

Examples

Note: due to the number of results returned when parsing log entries, I recommend piping to Gridview for easier viewing.

First, let’s find the number of entries in the log for each¬†component:


Parse-WindowsUpdateLog.ps1 -GroupBy Component

 

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So¬†there are 54 entries for the “Content Install” component, lets read those:


Parse-WindowsUpdateLog.ps1 -Component "Content Install" | Out-Gridview

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Now let’s search for the keyword “warning” anywhere in the log, in the last 3 days, on a remote computer:


Parse-WindowsUpdateLog.ps1 -ComputerName SRV001 -Days 3 -Text warning | Out-GridView

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A benefit of using PowerShell’s Gridview is that you can also filter the results dynamically using the criteria:

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Let’s wrap the script in some additional code to find the number of updates successfully installed in the last 7 days across an array of computers:


"srvsccm-01","srvsccm-02","srvsccm-03v" | ForEach-Object {
    $UpdatesInstalled = (Parse-WindowsUpdatesLog -ComputerName $_ -Days 7 -Text "Installation successful").Count
    New-Object -TypeName PSObject -Property @{
        ComputerName = $_
        UpdatesInstalled = $UpdatesInstalled
        }
    } | ft -AutoSize

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Finally, I want to find out if KB3092627 was installed on a group of servers in an AD group in the last 30 days:


Get-ADGroupMember -Identity SCCM2012_Secondary_WSUS_Servers | 
    Sort Name | 
    Select -ExpandProperty Name |
    ForEach-Object {
        $KB = Parse-WindowsUpdatesLog -ComputerName $_ -Days 30 -Text "KB3092627" | 
            where {$_.Details -match "Installation Successful"} | 
            Select -ExpandProperty Date
        If ($KB -ne $null)
            {$Installed = "True"}
        Else {$Installed = "False"}
        New-Object -TypeName PSObject -Property @{
            ComputerName = $_
            KBInstalled = $Installed
            InstallDate = $KB
            }
    } | ft -AutoSize

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Pretty handy ūüôā

There is some (outdated) advice for searching the WindowsUpdate.log in the following MS KB: http://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/902093

The list of parameters you can use are:

-ComputerName (optional, to get results from a remote computer)
-Days (mandatory, the number of days past to search the log)
-Component (optional, choose from the list of available components to filter results)
-Text (optional, search for a specific keyword or phrase)
-GroupBy (optional, group results by either date or component to find the number of log entries)