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

SCCM 1902 Step-by-Step 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 … Read More

Monitor and identify SCCM Maintenance Windows

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During a recent SCCM Assessment, I encountered a customer having hundreds of Maintenance Windows. I had to identify which collection and which devices were assigned those SCCM Maintenance Windows. SCCM has only 1 built-in report for Maintenance Windows monitoring (Maintenance windows available to a specified client). This report lists all maintenance windows that are applicable to a specified client. This is fine but what if I need to have the maintenance window on multiple clients or collections? It would also be nice to have a list of all collection on which there’s maintenance window applied. Free SCCM Maintenance Windows Report … Read More

SCCM Best Practices (Tips and Tricks)

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That being said we are doing numerous SCCM Assessment these days, looking at various SCCM setup and configuration. Here’s our compiled list of settings, configuration and tricks we can give you to makes your SCCM configuration better. Central Administration Site (CAS) Don’t use a CAS. You’ll see this advice everywhere… and it’s true. Don’t use it. Just don’t. When the Central Administration Site was introduced back in SCCM 2012 SP1 there was no concept of a preferred site system. If you had to manage thousand of clients in a remote site/region and a secondary site was not an option, the … Read More

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