Monitor Bitlocker Status using SCCM Bitlocker Report

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If you’ve been using BitLocker in your organization, you probably receive some requests from your security department to monitor the status of a device if it gets stolen. There’s a couple of ways to achieve this. #1 – MBAM The first and recommended one would be to use Microsoft BitLocker Administration and Monitoring (MBAM). However, this tool is not free, you need to have Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack (MDOP). Microsoft has also announced that the actual MBAM 2.5 version is getting deprecated soon (Extended support on July 2019). So we’ll skip this one for now. #2 – Configuration baseline The … Read More

Repair Application from Software Center using SCCM 1810+

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SCCM Repair Application

Beginning with SCCM 1810, you can now repair an application directly from software center on an SCCM client. A small but useful new feature! Before 1810, you would have to go through Control Panel (not useful if a user didn’t have admin rights) or by uninstalling and reinstalling the application using 2 distinct software center actions. Now, you can directly initiate a Repair action in Software Center. The good news, is that’s really simple to do ! The only thing that you need to do is : Upgrade to SCCM 1810 Add a repair command line to your application Check … Read More

How to enable SCCM Wake on LAN Client Notification (1810+)

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When I first read the SCCM 1810 New features list, the features that I found the most interesting was the new SCCM Wake on LANClient Notification addition. By reading the feature description it looks too good to be true. Finally an easy way to do Wake on LAN on an enterprise network : What makes it exciting is that SCCM can now find another client on the same subnet and wake up its neighbour. We won’t describe in details how WoL works, but let’s say that it’s always been a challenge to implement it in a corporate environment mostly because magic … Read More

SCCM 1810 Client Notification error

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We had an issue in one of our clients site where some SCCM Administrator were receiving SCCM 1810 Client Notification error in the console. They informed us that they just upgraded to SCCM 1810 recently. When we tried to initiated a client notification on SCCM 1810, the following error occured : Clearly a missing permission in the security role of the affected users… but which one ? We found our answer in the SCCM 1810 What’s new documentation : A new permission is now required to perform the Client Notification Actions. SCCM 1810 Client Notification error Resolution Here’s how to fix this … Read More

Deploy Feature on Demand using SCCM

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Beginning with Windows 10 1709, you can’t use WSUS to host Features on Demand and language packs for Windows 10 clients. Instead, you need to download them directly from Windows Update. This is the official Microsoft Statement… at the time of this writing, it’s still possible to download FoD on VLSC or MSDN. We are in a transition method but clearly sees where Microsoft is going. This blog post will show one method to install FoD using SCCM but there are alternative methods also when you download the file from VLSC or MSDN (hint : Use Dism). Features on Demand (FODs) … Read More

SCCM Office 2019 Deployment

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This blog post will describe how to Deploy Office 2019 using SCCM (using Click-to-run version). Beginning in Office 2019, Office client applications will no longer be available in MSI format. You can download an ISO on your volume licensing download center or use the Office Deployment Tool. We suggest using the Office deployment tool to have the latest available version. If you’re’ still confused about the differences about Office 2019 vs Office 365: Office 365 is a subscription that comes with premium apps like Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Outlook, Publisher, and Access (Publisher and Access available on PC only). The apps … Read More

SCCM CMPivot Query Examples

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SCCM CMPivot has been introduced in SCCM 1806 and it’s making its way to be a pretty useful addition. If you are not familiar with this new feature, you can read about it in our previous post which describes how to use it. The goal of this post is to give you a list of SCCM CMPivot Query Examples. When we began using CMPivot, we were a bit lost. We are pretty comfortable with various programming language but CMPivot uses a subset of the Azure Log Analytics data flow model for the tabular expression statement which was new for us. The … Read More

List of SCCM Must Have Tools – 2018 Edition

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Based on my previous post published in 2015, I decided to do a 2018 refresh of the SCCM Must have Tools list since there were many changes since then. The tools are listed in no particular order. Create a Custom Splash Screen for a Windows 10 in-place upgrade If you are doing Windows 10 upgrades, this tool allows customizing the Windows 10 upgrade screen to look more like the built-in Windows update experience in Windows 10. This splash screen not only discourages computer interaction during the upgrade but also creates a consistent user experience throughout the upgrade process, for a user-initiated … Read More

Create an SCCM Application Phased Deployment

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SCCM 1802 phased deployment was introduced as a pre-release feature and was supporting only Task Sequence deployments.  Beginning with SCCM 1806, it’s no longer a pre-release feature and it now supports application deployments. If you’re not familiar with Phased deployments, they allow orchestrating a software deployment based on certain criteria and condition. For example, you could use it to deploy an application to a pilot collection and then automatically continue the deployment based on success criteria. SCCM Application Phased Deployment Creation For now, it’s only possible to create a 2 phase deployment. Let’s go ahead and deploy 7zip : In Software Library … Read More

Enable SCCM PXE Without WDS on a Windows 10 computer

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SCCM 1806 bring a new exciting feature that will change the design and planning of SCCM sites. Before 1806, if you had a remote site with only 1 distribution point and wanted to do PXE boot and imaging, you’d have to use a server OS because Windows Deployment Service (WDS) was required. You could also use third party solution with additional cost. Now you can use a client OS (Windows 7,8,10) to respond to PXE request without WDS. This is a game changer as you could basically remove any server OS from remote sites if they were just acting as a distribution … Read More