Archive for December, 2012

SCCM 2007: Move SMSPKG folder

December 22, 2012 1 comment

By default is the SMSPKG folder stored on the C-Drive which can grow a lot overtime when you are using a lot of packages. The SMSPKG folder are pre-packaged content files that are needed for distribution manager to send out content between sites and if you have opted for the option to use compressed source on a package. I faced also disk space problems on the C-Drive due this folder. In this post I will show you how to move this folder safely to another disk without issue. You can face distribution issues if you delete content or just change the location in the SCCM console.

The first option you can do is disable the compressed source feature on all your packages and delete the content but this can be very time-consuming. And the complete content of the packages will be send to the distribution points by a package modification otherwise are just the modifications copied.

My recommendations about this:

  • Change the location in Site name – Site Settings – Component configuration – Software Distribution – Properties


  • Copy all content from the old SMSPKG folder to the newly created folder on the other drive. The folder will be created automatically by SCCM.
  • Get the sharename of the folder on the C-Drive and add this share name on the SMSPKG folder on the new location.


  • Share permissions: Grant everyone read permissions

I think that this is the most easy way to perform this because I have seen solutions by modifying the SQL database. Existing packages still using the SMS_CPSC$ share and new packages will use the SMS_CPSF$ share.

Categories: SCCM 2007 / 2012

Windows 7: Remote assistance – Black screen during elevated rights

December 22, 2012 Leave a comment

By default you get a black screen when you offer remote assistance and run for example an application with elevated rights which is frustrated for IT support. In this post I will show you the two actions you must take to overcome this unpleasantness.

What Microsoft says about this:
It is not recommended that you start a program as an administrator in a Remote Assistance session. In this situation, the user can disconnect the Remote Assistance session at any time. Then, the user can continue to use administrative rights to run the program. To perform administrative tasks on a client computer, you may use a Remote Desktop Connection. 

To overcome this:

  • Change UAC policy

    Computer Policies\Windows Settings\Local Policies\Security Options\User Account Control\User Account Control: Allow UIAccess applications to prompt for elevation without using the secure desktop


    If you enable this policy setting, requests for elevation are automatically sent to the interactive desktop (not the secure desktop) and also appear on the remote administrator’s view of the desktop during a remote assistance session. This allows the remote administrator to provide the appropriate credentials for elevation.

    More info:

Categories: Windows XP / 7