Setup and Configure SCCM Cloud Management Gateway (1806+)

Jonathan LefebvreSCCM38 Comments

The ConfigMgr team is working really hard to make SCCM admins job easier for some of the key components of Modern Management. Starting with SCCM 1806 release, they ease a bit the setup of the SCCM Cloud Management Gateway. If you are new to the concept of Cloud Management Gateway, the main advantage is that it doesn’t expose your SCCM servers to the internet. The downside is that it requires an Azure subscription which brings recurring monthly costs. If you’re still unsure which method to use, you can read the Microsoft documentation and see our blog post about internet client management. … Read More

How to configure SCCM Cloud Distribution Point on Cloud Management Gateway

Jonathan LefebvreSCCM2 Comments

One of the new capabilities of SCCM Current Branch 1806, is to merge the Cloud Distribution Point along the Cloud Management Gateway. This provides an easier deployment method and also reduces the required certificates and cost of Azure VMs. Before SCCM 1806, a standalone Cloud Distribution point requires 2 Standard A0 VMs but with the new SCCM 1806 capabilities, only the requirements for the Cloud Management Gateway remains, which is one Standard A2V2 VM. The storage cost remains the same as before. Microsoft provides a calculator to help plan ahead. While our blog post is still accurate to install a Cloud … Read More

How to use SCCM CMPivot

Jonathan LefebvreSCCM8 Comments

SCCM Current Branch 1806 is loaded with amazing features. In this post, we will cover the latest addition in the reporting space: CMPivot. SCCM has always been good with reporting and inventory of it’s managed devices but SCCM data is up-to-date at the last time the inventory has been run. SCCM CMPivot allows SCCM administrators to initiate a live query on selected computers on a specific topic. The result of that query can then be used to mitigate and fix potential issues. How many time were you asked “what is the current state as of NOW?” well, you’ll finally be able to answer … Read More

How to install SCCM 1802 Update Rollup 1 (KB4163547)

Jonathan LefebvreSCCM3 Comments

The first Hotfix Rollup for SCCM Current Branch (1802) is now available. This post is a complete SCCM 1802 Hotfix Rollup 1 (KB4163547) installation guide. If you’re looking for a complete SCCM Current Branch installation guide, see our blog series which covers it all. You can’t install this upgrade if you are running SCCM 2012. You need to be running SCCM 1802 to apply this update. Installing SCCM upgrades is important for your infrastructure. It fixes a lot of issues from SCCM 1802, which some of them are important. New Update and Servicing Model If you’re not familiar with the new SCCM servicing … Read More

Create Office 365 Installer using SCCM

Jonathan LefebvreApplication, OFFICE, SCCM15 Comments

There have been many different posts about deploying Office 365 with SCCM. The majority of them used the Office Configuration tool in a more or less creative way. An easier method has been available for awhile to help SCCM admins to create the “perfect” Office 365 package. The SCCM Office 365 Installer is a new feature released in SCCM 1702. SCCM Office 365 Installer provides an easy-to-use wizard to define every related item for an Office 365 application. Whether you are new to creating Office 365 package or simply want to refresh an older package, this solution will ease every step of … Read More

Configure Start Menu Windows 10 1703 and above

Jonathan LefebvreSCCM17 Comments

Sometimes Microsoft makes small changes under the hood and can hardly be tracked unless an issue comes up to flag that changes. The configuration of the Start Menu and Taskbar for Windows 10 has been since the beginning a great challenge for administrators and it doesn’t look that this will change anytime soon. Microsoft added the following note to the start menu layout modification documentation A simple note, with great implication! Following our previous posts on Windows 10 Customization and how to modify the taskbar configuration, we will detail how to configure the start menu and taskbar with that latest … Read More

How to Configure SCCM Delivery Optimization Task Sequence

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Windows 10 brings a new feature to optimize network performance when it comes to Windows Update. This feature is called Delivery Optimization. Delivery Optimization is a cloud-based service that allows computers on the same network to share updates files to prevent reaching out to Windows Update directly or to a remote WSUS.  Windows 10 clients must have access to the internet to be able to leverage Delivery Optimization to establish a peer-to-peer connection to another Windows 10 computer. This blog post will describe how to configure SCCM Delivery Optimization Task sequence. With that said, Delivery Optimization as the potential of … Read More

New Product – SCCM Migration to new operating system Guide

Jonathan LefebvreSCCM8 Comments

With the release rhythm of SCCM and latest requirements on the OS and SQL side, sometimes, it’s inevitable to migrate to a newer operating system to remain under support and also gain new features as part of the latest SCCM Current Branch release.This product is a complete SCCM Migration Guide. Over the years, we’ve done many migrations of all kinds, depending on the environment and needs. We created this complete SCCM Migration to new operating system guide based on our knowledge and experience. This guide is a refreshed version of our previous post about Side-by-Side Migration to new Hardware. It … Read More

How to use the Windows 10 Security baseline

Jonathan LefebvreWINDOWS 109 Comments

Microsoft has been releasing Security baseline since the Windows XP days. Windows 10 is no exception to this, except now there’s a new release of security baseline following each major build of Windows 10. The concept of the Security Baseline is to provide Microsoft guidance for IT administrators on how to secure the operating system, by using GPOs, in the following areas : Computer security User security Internet Explorer BitLocker Credential Guard Windows Defender Antivirus Domain Security Implementing the security baseline in GPOs is not a complex or long task. The challenge that the security baseline provide is that it … Read More

How to install SCCM 1710 Hotfix Rollup 2 (KB4086143)

Jonathan LefebvreSCCM15 Comments

SCCM 1710 Update Rollup 2

The second Hotfix Rollup for SCCM Current Branch (1710) is now available. This post is a complete SCCM 1710 Hotfix Rollup 2 (KB4086143) installation guide. If you’re looking for a complete SCCM Current Branch installation guide, see our blog series which covers it all. You can’t install this upgrade if you are running SCCM 2012. You need to be running SCCM 1710 to apply this update. Installing SCCM upgrades is important for your infrastructure. It fixes a lot of issues from SCCM 1710, which some of them are important. New Update and Servicing Model If you’re not familiar with the new SCCM servicing … Read More