SCCM Express Installation Files for Windows 10 Updates

Jonathan LefebvreSCCM, WINDOWS 1017 Comments

One of SCCM Current Branch 1702 new feature is to support Express installation files for Windows 10 Cumulative Updates. This new features will enable a Windows 10 client to download only differential files from the previous month Cumulative Update. This should limit the size of Windows 10 Cumulative Updates as they tend to get bigger from months to months. In this post, we will cover how to configure SCCM and Windows 10 in order to benefit from express installation files. Prerequisites for SCCM Express Installation Files SCCM Current Branch 1702 or higher Windows 10 Anniversary Update 1607 with April 2017 Cumulative Update which … Read More

SCCM Endpoint Protection on Windows 10 Creators Update 1703

Jonathan LefebvreSCCM, SCEP, WINDOWS 103 Comments

System Center Endpoint Protection and Windows Defender both have a history of changes since they came out years ago. When Windows 10 came out more changes were made to Endpoint Protection and Windows Defender as we covered in a previous post. The latest Windows 10 Creators Update (1703), also bring its share of changes for Windows Defender, which then impact Endpoint Protection on the end-user side. If you are new to System Center Endpoint Protection, see our complete guide which covers it all. In this post, we will look at what changed for Endpoint Protection and Windows Defender in the Windows … Read More

Enable and Configure SCCM Install Behavior for Applications

Benoit LecoursSCCM20 Comments

SCCM 1702 introduce a new feature to check and close executable files before application installation. This could be useful if you need to close a certain process before an SCCM application installation. One example would be some Adobe products that need Internet Explorer to be closed before installation. Before 1702 there was no way to do this using a built-in option in SCCM. A popular User Voice item was delivered as a pre-release feature in SCCM 1702 which is called SCCM install behavior for applications. We will show you how to enable and configure the Install Behavior tab in an application deployment type … Read More

SCCM Endpoint Protection Management Guide

Jonathan LefebvreSCCM, SCEP13 Comments

SCCM Endpoint Protection is not the simplest SCCM tasks to put in place. Over the years, we trained many SCCM administrator using a simple approach and deployment strategy. We created this complete SCCM Endpoint Protection Guide based on our knowledge and experience. This e-book is a best-practice guide on how to plan, configure, manage and deploy Endpoint Protection with SCCM. This e-book aims to help SCCM administrator understand the basic concept of each part of the Endpoint Protection management. Many Endpoint Protection settings require customization based on your environment, this document describes a typical case that can be used in any … Read More

Step-by-Step SCCM 1702 Upgrade Guide

Benoit LecoursSCCM71 Comments

A new upgrade for SCCM Current Branch is now available. This post is a complete step-by-step SCCM 1702 installation guide. If you’re looking for a complete SCCM 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 at least at SCCM 1511. Installing SCCM upgrades is very important to your infrastructure. It adds new features and fixes lots of issues, which some of them are important. New Update and Servicing Model If you’re not familiar with the new SCCM servicing model, read our New Update and Servicing section … Read More

BIOS UEFI Conversion using SCCM Task Sequence

Jonathan LefebvreSCCM49 Comments

With the release of SCCM Current branch 1610, one of the interesting new feature is the ability to do a BIOS to UEFI conversion in a task sequence. This would also allow to use Secure Boot with Windows 10 for strengthen security. In this blog, we’ll explain how to convert BIOS to UEFI with a task sequence on HP computers. This solution can also be applied for Dell and Lenovo computers. SCCM BIOS UEFI Conversion Prerequisites Before starting, you need 3 things : SCCM Current Branch 1610 or higher [su_box title=”Note” style=”glass” title_color=”#F0F0F0″]If you are not yet on 1610, you can achieve BIOS to UEFI … Read More

How to Manage SCCM IIS Log Files

Benoit LecoursSCCM3 Comments

We get this question a lot : C:\ drive gets full after a couple of week running SCCM, what are the best practices to save disk space on a SCCM server ? The first thing we propose is to delete SCCM IIS logs files. It’s an absolute must to implement a solution to delete SCCM IIS logs files from your primary server. The SCCM IIS logs files are usually in C:\Inetpub\Logs\LogFiles and are increasing at a rapid pace. In my lab environment with 50 clients, it’s growing at about 1MB per day. Not much… but in a site i’m actually managing with … Read More

Step-by-Step SCCM 1610 Upgrade Guide

Benoit LecoursSCCM47 Comments

The third upgrade for SCCM Current Branch is now available. This post is a complete step-by-step SCCM 1610 upgrade guide. If you’re looking for a complete SCCM 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 at least at SCCM 1511. Installing SCCM upgrades is very important to your infrastructure. It adds new feature and fixes lots of issues, which some of them are important. New Update and Servicing Model If you’re not familiar with the new SCCM servicing model, read our New Update and Servicing section of … Read More

Deploy Windows 2016 using SCCM Task Sequence

Benoit LecoursOSD, SCCM3 Comments

In this post, we will deploy the newly released Windows 2016 with SCCM 1606. We will describe how to create a SCCM Windows 2016 deployment task sequence and deploy it to your servers. If you’re new to operating system deployment, read the preparation of your environment post before reading this one. This task sequence will help you deploy a “vanilla” Windows 2016 using the default Install.wim from the Windows 2016 media. This means that you’ll end up with a basic Windows 2016 with the SCCM client and nothing else. You will be able to edit this task sequence later to customize it to your environment. [su_box title=”Important” style=”glass” … Read More

SCCM Pre-Production Client Deployment

Jonathan LefebvreSCCM19 Comments

Since SCCM 1511, a new feature is available to ease the client upgrade process. SCCM pre-production client deployment is an integrated way for SCCM administrators to test the upgrade and functionality of the new SCCM client before production deployment. In previous SCCM upgrade posts, we explained how to upgrade the SCCM client using standard process after a major upgrade. In this post, we will explain how to plan, configure and use the new pre-production client deployment feature after a SCCM 1606 upgrade. Pre-Requisite SCCM 1511 or later SCMC Client must be installed on a device prior testing the upgrade A collection created for pre-production client SCCM Pre-Production … Read More