SCCM 2012 Right Click Tools and Permissions

I ran into some issues getting this working in 2012, so thought I’d share some details about getting this working.

There’s a few variants of the Right Click Tools for System Center Configuration Manager 2012, but the first one I tried didn’t have a right click option for “Application Deployment Evaluation Cycle” which is a rather important one to have. I settled on this one called “ConfigMgr 2012 Powershell Right Click Tools”. The other variants are also available here

After downloading and installing, I first discovered the addon didn’t actually install. I needed it on both a Windows Server 2008 R2 box, and a Windows Server 2012 and they both had issues. On 2008, I discovered in the comments of the page I linked before, that the following fix was suggested:

someone gave a quick way to fix this in Powershell 3.0. Just run these commands in powershell and then test it out:
Get-ChildItem “C:\Program Files\SCCMConsoleExtensions” | Unblock-File
Get-ChildItem “C:\Program Files\SCCMConsoleExtensions\PSTools” | Unblock-File

Now the first issue is that Powershell 3.0 isn’t built into Windows Server 2008 R2, so you’ll need to install it, download available here:

Once you’ve got that, just run powershell, run the two commands and that seemed to be all I needed to do, the right click tools now worked perfectly.

On the Windows Server 2012 box though, the right click tools came up, but did nothing when any of the options were selected. It already has Powershell 3.0, but running those commands didn’t help. I then thought that re-trying the installer with the right click option ‘Run As Administrator’ would work, but no difference.

As per my “Windows 8 – Easy Admin Access” blogpost, I launched command prompt with those elevated privilidges and installed again. No luck! Finally, I then ran powershell.exe from the elevated command prompt, entered the two Unblock-File commands, and that did work. Keep in mind I even tried the above with the domain administrator account before running the elevated command prompt, so it really demonstrates how different security is in Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012.

Just because you’ve got God level access, and run something with ‘Run as Administrator” doesn’t necessarily mean you’ve got access!

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