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

How to start your Modern Management journey as an SCCM Administrator

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If you have been following the SCCM community for the past months, you’ve been hearing a lot about comanagement, cloud management gateway, cloud distribution point and Intune. You may also hear that SCCM is dying and that Intune is your only path in the near future to manage your company devices. The good news is that SCCM is not dead, in fact, it’s been rolling out new features quarterly in the past 3 years thanks to the new servicing model and the product group is not slowing down. The bad news is that… well, there’s no bad news… but as a … Read More

SCCM Software Center Customization to fit your company branding

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Beginning with SCCM 1710, you can customize the SCCM Software Center to set a specific company name, colour theme and company logo. SCCM 1806 bring the customization further with the possibility to add a custom web page to the Software Center. You may find this feature useless but we see this as an opportunity to add valuable information to your users, and for multiple uses. Here are some ideas we thought : Add your ticketing system for your users to open a support ticket Add your company intranet Add a Sharepoint library which contains your application’s documentation Add a useful blog for your IT … Read More

SCCM Java Inventory and Metering

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After January 2019, businesses will need a commercial license to receive updates for Oracle Java SE products. This means that if you’re using Java in your environment, chances are that your management will need to know how many licenses to buy and how many PC has Java installed but don’t use it. The bad news is that SCCM Software Metering cannot do a reliable job to track Java Usage since the executable file always runs on computers. The good news is that there’s a way to track Java usage using Oracle tools… but it’s not straightforward. After searching, I found an awesome script made … Read More

SCCM Windows 10 1709 to 1803 Upgrade Guide

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Microsoft published the Windows 10 1803 feature update (aka April 2018 Update), in the Semi-Annual Channel on April 30th, 2018. You may need to deploy it to your Windows 10 computer to stay supported or to benefits from the new features. Before deploying a new Windows 10 feature upgrade, you need to have a good plan. Test it in a lab environment, deploy it to a limited group and test all your business applications before broad deployment. Do not treat a feature upgrade as normal monthly software updates. Treat it as a new operating system as if you were upgrading Windows 7 … Read More

How to use SCCM Management Insights in SCCM 1802+

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Starting with SCCM 1802, a new SCCM feature provides information about the current state of your environment. SCCM Management Insights analyze data from your site and help you understand your environment and take action based on the insight. This feature is quite… basic… for now but we understand where the PG team is heading with that and it will be a valuable feature in the upcoming releases. SCCM Management Insights Basics For now, there are 6 available rules: Application without deployment, Cloud Services, Collections, Simplified Management, Software Center and Windows 10. Each rule is evaluated weekly. You can re-evaluate a rule … Read More

List of Windows 10 1803 Resources for SCCM Administrators

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Each new Windows releases brings its daily tweet-storm. Yesterday, we saw multiple tweets about the new Windows 1803 (April Update) release and what’s coming with it (ADK, Baseline, ADMX…). All this new information may be difficult to assimilate and follow. This post will describe all the information you need to know if you’re planning to deploy Windows 1803 in your organization as an SCCM administrator. We will update this post as new information is released. Windows 10 1803 New Features First, we like to check What’s new in Windows 1803. This article aims IT professionals so you can see if … Read More

How to configure SCCM Phased Deployments

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Beginning with SCCM 1802, there’s a new pre-release feature that allows Phased Deployments. This feature allows automating a coordinated, sequenced rollout of a task sequence across multiple collections. For now, you can create phased deployments with two phases but will be extended for multiple phases in the future. This can be helpful to test certain deployment where you want to deploy to a test collection first and then a broader collection. All this happen automatically when using phased deployments. Enabling SCCM Phased deployments Since Phased deployments is a pre-release feature, we need to first enable it before we can use it. Go to Administration … Read More