Pull DP Upgrade Consideration in Large Environment

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Many challenges come with managing and maintaining  System Center Configuration Manager in large environment. In previous posts, we covered how to limit Pull DP bandwidth and How to manage Pull DP with collections to ease management in large environment. Probably the biggest challenge with large environment,  is to keep SCCM up to date. In this post, we will provide in depth details, considerations and useful tips on Pull DP upgrade for large SCCM environment. The goal is to provide ways to prevent upgrades of SCCM to become a nightmare by taking more time than planned and/or heavy hit on the network. We will cover theses … Read More

How to perform a Testdbupgrade before SCCM Installation

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Before upgrading to SCCM 1511, it’s recommended to perform a test upgrade on a copy of your production database. We briefly cover the topic on our SCCM 1511 Upgrade post but we wanted to provide a step-by-step procedure. This procedure is not mandatory but gives you a head-ups on installation error you may encounter before your upgrade. Step 1 | Prepare your environment for SCCM Installation Testdbupgrade To test the database for an upgrade, you must copy the site database to a SQL instance that does not host SCCM. The SQL version must run the same edition and version of your production SQL. … Read More

Upgrade to Internet Explorer 11 with SCCM

Jonathan LefebvreSCCM32 Comments

Last week, Microsoft announced the end of support for older version of Internet Explorer . Many organisations will need to upgrade to Internet Explorer 11 soon. This post will describe how to upgrade to Internet Explorer 11 with SCCM. There’s multiple ways to upgrade your Internet Explorer : Internet Explorer Administration Kit (IEAK) Windows Server Update Services (WSUS) Software Update with SCCM Standard Package with SCCM Task sequence with SCCM All of theses options were tested and the fastest installation is by using Task sequence because of the ability to manage restart and multiple consecutive steps to get everything installed in one … Read More

Step-by-Step SCCM 1511 Upgrade Guide

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Microsoft has just announced the release of SCCM 1511. Before performing your SCCM 1511 upgrade, we recommend that you read all the available resources and carefully plan the upgrade process throughout your SCCM 2012 R2 SP1 hierarchy. The good news is that our SCCM 1511 Upgrade Guide will list everything you need to know before applying this major upgrade to your existing SCCM 2012 installation. We’ve got you covered ! In this blog post, we will guide you through the whole upgrade process to bring your existing SCCM 2012 R2 SP1 to SCCM 1511. See our complete installation guide if your starting from scratch. New Features SCCM … Read More

Step-by-Step SCCM 2012 R2 SP1 CU2 Installation Guide

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Cumulative Update 2 (CU2) for SCCM 2012 R2 SP1 and SCCM 2012 SP2 is now available. This post is a complete step-by-step SCCM 2012 R2 SP1 CU2 Installation guide. If you’re looking for a complete SCCM 2012 installation guide, see our blog series which covers it all. Installing SCCM cumulative updates is very important to your infrastructure. It fix lots of issues, which some of them are important. Microsoft recommends installing Cumulative Updates if you are affected by a resolved issues. If you are not on SCCM 2012 R2 SP1 or SCCM 2012 SP2, the latest CU is Cumulative Update 5. As this is … Read More

Managing Windows 10 with SCCM 2012

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Since Windows 10 is out, there’s been a ton of information coming out from the SCCM product group. Many people gets confused at what’s needed for managing Windows 10 with SCCM 2012. The goal of this post is to centralize all those information so you can reach out when your organisation will be ready for managing Windows 10 with SCCM 2012. [Updated 12/21/2015] – For complete Windows 10 support, upgrade to SCCM 1511 or perform a complete SCCM 1511 installation Requirement for Managing Windows 10 with SCCM 2012 Before you can manage and deploy Windows 10 in your organisation, you need to update your SCCM infrastructure. Your site … Read More

Windows 10 Error Code 80240020

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Windows 10 has just been released, Microsoft is calling it the biggest software update in history. With massive installations at the same time, many users has been reporting errors when upgrading. The most common error is Windows 10 error code 80240020.  Microsoft explains this error in the following statement: This is an expected message indicating that when installation begins it may require user interaction.  This is the largest software upgrade event ever and we’re managing it so everyone has a great experience. We recommend waiting until your PC receives a notification to upgrade, and then following the instructions provided.  Please note that there … Read More

Our favorite SCCM 2012 R2 SP1 New Features

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Microsoft announced the release of SCCM 2012 SP2 and SCCM 2012 R2 SP1. This service pack includes tons of new features. We covered the complete installation, now we decided to compile a list of our favorite SCCM 2012 R2 SP1 new features and we’ll be describing how to enable them and explain why they made the cut. Preferred Management Points Official description from Technet : Preferred management points enable a client to identify and prefer to communicate with a management point that is associated with its current network location or boundary. When configured, a client attempts to use a preferred management point from its assigned site before using a management point … Read More

Step-by-Step SCCM 2012 R2 SP1 Upgrade Guide

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Microsoft has recently announced the release of SCCM 2012 SP2 and SCCM 2012 R2 SP1. Before performing an SCCM 2012 R2 SP1 upgrade, we recommend that you read carefully all the available resources and carefully plan the upgrade process throughout your SCCM 2012 R2 hierarchy. The good news is that our SCCM 2012 R2 SP1 Upgrade Guide will list everything you need to know before applying this major upgrade to your existing SCCM 2012 installation. We’ve got you covered ! What’s new The main reason you’ll want to upgrade to SCCM 2012 R2 SP1 is probably for Windows 10 support. No plan for Windows 10 deployment in … Read More

Importing Package Loop during Distribution Point Migration

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I had an interesting issue during a migration project from SCCM 2007. After the reassign process, some distribution points were constantly re-importing packages. They were stuck in an importing package loop during distribution point migration I found this issue when I went to see the configuration status of the distribution points (Monitoring / Distribution Status / Distribution Point Configuration Status) All problematic Distribution Points were having “pending” tasks even if the reassign process was completed. The DP were functioning correctly and packages that were marked as “Importing” were on the DP. When looking at distmgr.log I could see the import tasks repeatedly … Read More