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

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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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