Step-by-Step SCCM 1702 Upgrade Guide

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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

Switch from Office 365 Deferred Channel to Current Channel using SCCM

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Today, I’ve been ask to switch a couple of hundred Office 365 Deferred Channel to Current Channel. At first, I wasn’t sure if there was a supported way to do that. I start googling around and I ran into this Microsoft support article. Before going technical, you maybe wondering why you would want to do this. Well, for a couple of reason : You just installed Office 365, and you’re on the Deferred Channel and want to change to Current Channel A fix has been released and you want to move to the Current Channel to receive it A new feature … Read More

Step-by-Step SCCM Report Creation using Report Builder

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One of our favorite tasks when it comes to ConfigMgr management is SCCM Report Creation. Not only it brings value to an SCCM installation, it bring visibility on your hard work toward your management. Without SCCM reports, this huge management tools is running silently on all your devices but you’re not benefiting of all the advantages. It’s like having a sport car and discovering the Autobahn … ok maybe not. But what makes a good SCCM report ? Data, data, data This is the more important part of your reports. You need to query the right SQL views in the SCCM database. If … Read More

SCCM Software Update Management Guide

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SCCM Software Update Management Guide

Software Update management is not the simplest SCCM task. Over the years, we trained many SCCM administrators using a simple approach and deployment strategy. We finally decided to create this complete SCCM Software Update Management Guide. This guide is a best-practice guide on how to plan, configure, manage and deploy software updates with SCCM. This guide aims to help SCCM administrators understand the basic concept of each part of the patch management process. This guide does not explain how to setup your Software Update Point. There are other ways of doing software update management in SCCM, this document describes a … Read More

Create SCCM Report Administrator Role

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Role based administration is used to secure the access that is needed to administer SCCM. You also secure access to the objects that you manage, like collections, deployments, and sites but lacks a couple of roles to be complete. For example, there’s no built-in role for report administration or report viewer. We already covered the report viewer role in a previous post. This role give access to your users to consult and run SCCM Reports on the SSRS website. But what if you want to give access to an administrator to create, modify and upload reports without giving them access … Read More

SCCM Office 365 Client Management Dashboard Overview

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Starting in SCCM 1610, you can use the new Office 365 Client Management dashboard from the Configuration Manager console. This is the fourth dashboard since the Current Branch release which is a great effort from the product group to give better visibility on the data gathered by your Configuration Manager clients. We already made an overview of the Windows 10 Servicing dashboard and the Software Update dashboard if you’re interested to read that out. You can also refer to our post about managing Office 365 Updates with SCCM and our free Office 365 report if want complete information about how to deploy and inventory Office 365 in … Read More

SCCM Software Update Dashboard Overview

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Starting in SCCM 1610, you can use the new Software Updates Dashboard to view the compliance status of devices in your organization and analyze devices that are at risk. This is the third dashboard since the Current Branch release which is a great effort from the product group to give better visibility on the data gathered by your Configuration Manager clients. We already made an overview of the Windows 10 Servicing dashboard and the Office 365 Management dashboard will also be a topic in a future post. SCCM Software Updates Dashboard Overview To open the dashboard : Open the SCCM console Go … Read More

How to Ignore SCCM Duplicate Hardware Identifiers

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Prior to SCCM 1610, you may had an issue when trying to image multiple Surface or ultrabook devices using the same USB to Ethernet Adapter.  A USB adapter is needed because the devices lack a built in Ethernet port. This issue could also apply when trying to image Surface devices using the Docking Station. Following a UserVoice idea, it has been fixed in SCCM 1610 and it’s now easier to ignore a particular MAC Addresses from an OS deployment. Cause Before heading to the solution, we’ll explain why this was a problem in previous SCCM releases : SCCM uses SMBIOS to identify computers and fallback … Read More

How to Manage SCCM IIS Log Files

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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

Deploy Windows 2016 using SCCM Task Sequence

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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