Connect SCCM with Desktop Analytics

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This post will describe how to connect your SCCM infrastructure to the Desktop Analytics cloud-based service. We will show how to create your workspace and connect it to an SCCM 1906 server. In the latest SCCM 1906 version, some new features were added to Desktop Analytics : From Microsoft : You can now get more detailed insights for your desktop applications including line-of-business apps. Use the DesktopAnalyticsLogsCollector.ps1 tool from the Configuration Manager install directory to help troubleshoot Desktop Analytics. It runs some basic troubleshooting steps and collects the relevant logs into a single working directory. Why use SCCM Desktop Analytics … Read More

How to identify Users and Primary Devices using SCCM Report

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Assigning your users to their primary machines in SCCM is a common task. It permits to identify the primary machine of a specific user and opens the possibility to install software only on primary machines. Once your associations are created, there are multiple ways to see the associations. This blog post will detail the various way to identify your user and primary machines and we also provide a free SCCM primary device report that you could use to easily find an association. Identifying using User Collection The most simple way to identify a primary machine for a user is to … Read More

How to Send custom notifications using Intune

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Since late July 2019, it’s now possible to Send custom notifications using Intune. This feature is interesting as you can send a message to a custom group or all your users in a couple of minutes. You can trigger an important notification or an important message. The notification will be displayed in the Company Portal application and it’s currently available on iOS device and Android only. The Company portal must allow push notification to display the message. The messages have a limitation of 50 characters for titles and 500 characters for messages. You can see all limitation on the Technet … Read More

How to use SCCM Task Sequence Debugger

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Since SCCM 1906, SCCM Administrator has a new tool to debug a task sequence deployed to a computer. This feature is kind of special for me since I was part of the team that worked on an Hackaton project at the 2017 MVP Summit with Kerwin Medina. We won the first prize with this project, it was a bit different but it’s a huge step to see as a pre-release feature in SCCM 1906. This blog post will describe how to use SCCM Task Sequence Debugger. Prerequisite Before you can use the feature, you need to enable the optional feature … Read More

Install applications to a device in real-time using SCCM 1906

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Starting with SCCM 1906 you can install applications to a device in real-time. This feature can help reduce the need for separate collections for every application which is a common scenario in many enterprises. Using this method, a client receives no policy. The app won’t appear in Software Center and a user can’t install the app when you create the deployment. After you initiate the action to install the app, the user now sees it in Software Center can install it and see its installation status. Prerequisites Before you can use the feature, you need to enable the optional feature … Read More

SCCM 1906 Step-by-Step Upgrade Guide

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Microsoft has released a second SCCM version for 2019. Microsoft still uses the same standard naming versions. You can begin upgrading your SCCM Current Branch environment to the latest SCCM 1906 release. If you want to install the latest updates, this post is a complete step-by-step SCCM 1906 upgrade guide. If you’re looking for a comprehensive SCCM installation guide, see our blog series which covers it all. You won’t be able to install SCCM 1906 if you are running SCCM 2012, 1902 is the latest baseline version. This means that if you’re downloading the source from Volume Licensing, 1902 will be … Read More

Identify SCCM CMG Clients using console, collection and report

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In a recent project, I was asked to install an SCCM Cloud Management Gateway The CMG provides a simple way to manage SCCM clients on the internet. Once the installation was made and working, I was asked to identify the number of machines that were connecting to the SCCM CMG. Hopefully, there’s a couple of ways to identify your CMG clients. This blog post will describe the different way to identify your CMG client and we are also providing a free SCCM CMG report at the end of this post. Method 1 – From the Monitoring Pane The first method … Read More

Migrate Office 365 Architecture from 32-bits to 64-bits using SCCM

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In the past, if you had a computer with Office 365 32-bit version and wanted to migrate to the Office 365 64-bit version, you needed to uninstall the existing 32-bit version before installing the 64-bit version. Now, the Office Deployment Tool and its configuration files support a new attribute: MigrateArch. When set to True, the Office 365 installation will be migrated to the architecture specified in the OfficeClientEdition attribute. Another great feature is that MigrateArch, will preserve all the installed products, languages and other deployment settings. If desired you can also make changes to the installed products and languages. In … Read More

Enable SCCM Distribution Point Maintenance Mode

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SCCM Distribution point maintenance mode is a new feature available in SCCM 1902. Following Microsoft documentation, you can enable maintenance mode when you’re installing software updates, or making hardware changes to the server. During maintenance mode the SCCM distribution point can/can’t: The site doesn’t distribute any content to it Management points don’t return the location of this distribution point to clients The distribution point properties are read-only. For example, you can’t change the certificate or add boundary groups When you update the site, a distribution point in maintenance mode still updates Any scheduled task, like content validation, still runs on … Read More

Step-by-Step SCCM 1902 Upgrade Guide

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Microsoft has released the first SCCM version for 2019. Microsoft still uses the same standard naming versions. You can begin upgrading your SCCM Current Branch environment to the latest 1902 release. If you want to install the latest updates, this post is a complete step-by-step SCCM 1902 upgrade guide. If you’re looking for a comprehensive SCCM installation guide, see our blog series which covers it all. You won’t be able to install SCCM 1902 if you are running SCCM 2012, but 1902 this is the new baseline version. This means that if you’re downloading the source from Volume Licensing, 1902 will … Read More