SCCM SQL 2017 Install Guide

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In the first part of this SCCM Current Branch blog series, we planned our hierarchy, prepared our Server and Active Directory. In part 2, We will go through the complete SCCM SQL 2017 Install Guide to install and configure SQL before installing SCCM Current Branch 1806 or higher. Click the following link to see all supported SQL versions. For our post, we will install SQL 2017 locally on the same server where the Primary Site will be installed. SCCM SQL 2017 Install Guide Execute Setup.exe from the SQL installation media, select New SQL server stand-alone installation Provide the product key and click … Read More

How to manage Servicing Stack updates with SCCM

Jonathan LefebvreSCCM14 Comments

For the past few months, the monthly Windows Updates proved to be a bit more difficult to handle, thanks to Microsoft’s Servicing Stack updates. Servicing Stack updates are basically updating the components that process Windows Update among other management components. This means that pretty much each time a servicing stack update is released, it must be applied prior to being able to install the various cumulative updates required. In this post, we will demonstrate how to manage servicing stack updates with SCCM using Automatic deployment rules (ADR) Those updates are not necessarily being released each month, and if they are, … Read More

How to configure Windows Analytics with Log Analytics

Jonathan LefebvreAzure4 Comments

Windows Analytics is the suite name following the original release of Upgrade readiness. The suite adds Device Health and Update Compliance under the same roof. Depending on the environment each sub-product will provide key information for end-user computer admins. Upgrade readiness can help assess applications and drivers compatibility prior to migrate from Windows 7/8.1 to Windows 10, or even from one Windows 10 build to another. Device Health provides extra information for admins to review various crash within their environment. Update compliance provides a way to track how updates and upgrades are doing in the environment. This will be particularly … Read More

How to deploy Office 365 with Intune

Jonathan LefebvreIntune4 Comments

As part of a move away from standard OS deployment with SCCM toward Windows Autopilot with Intune, one of the usual key component is managing the installation of Office 365. Intune provides a built-in way of creating the application. While the end result will remain the same as other methods of installing Office 365, one of the great benefits of using this method is that it can automatically install the latest build available for the chosen channel, without a need for administrative modifications. In this post, we will detail how to prepare Office 365 application with Intune. This post is … Read More

How to join Autopilot devices to Hybrid AD

Jonathan LefebvreIntune5 Comments

In our previous post, we covered how to set up computers using Windows Autopilot. While the main scenario is to join computers to Azure AD, leaving the on-prem domain aside is for sure not realist in many cases. Microsoft has added the ability to join the On-prem domain as part of the Autopilot setup. This feature is still currently in Preview, but worth testing and checking it out. In this post, we will detail the requirements and how to configure Azure and on-prem AD to allow Hybrid AD joined computers. This post is part of a series on Windows Autopilot … Read More

How to customize Windows 10 using Intune and Autopilot

Jonathan LefebvreIntune7 Comments

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With the latest updates Microsoft released to Intune and Autopilot, it is becoming more realistic to leave the task sequence behind in favor of using Autopilot with Intune to deliver the computer standards required by an enterprise. While it will no be possible for all scenarios, a standard PC used for administrative tasks can be delivered with many, if not all, of the required customization. While many of our previous Windows 10 Customization tricks are still gonna be useful, the delivery will be different from simply running various scripts from a Task Sequence. In this post, we will go over … Read More

Getting Started with Microsoft Autopilot | Step-by-Step Guide

Jonathan LefebvreIntune5 Comments

Since the announcement of Windows Autopilot there has been a lot of interest and questions about how it actually works, will it blend easily in our environment, etc. While at the beginning there was some major drawback compared to what a Task sequence’s configured computer can deliver, with the latest updates to the service, it is now a good time to start your journey with it. In this post, we will detail all the requirements and how to set up an environment for Windows Autopilot. This post is part of a series on Windows Autopilot that will be published in … Read More

Deploy Win32 application with Intune

Jonathan LefebvreIntune4 Comments

Intune Win32 Application

Last September, Microsoft announced that Intune was finally able to distribute Win32 applications. This was a major show stopper to go full MDM for Windows 10 devices for many company and would keep using SCCM to fulfill this duty. The feature is now out of the preview state and fully ready to roll! In this post, we will detail how to deploy a Win32 application with Intune. We’ll use Google Chrome with the MSI installer. Prerequisites Download the Intune Win32 App Packaging Tool from GitHub Prepare Intune Win32 application This step consist of “wrapping” all the required files into an … Read More

Failed to sign in to Azure error when configuring SCCM Cloud Management Gateway

Jonathan LefebvreSCCM11 Comments

While configuring the Cloud Management Gateway (CMG) at different client sites, we stumbled on an issue ‘Failed to sign in to Azure‘ to create the Azure web applications. While we don’t know the official cause or how to prevent it, a workaround is possible. If you are looking to configure the Cloud Management Gateway from A to Z, see ourprevious post. SCCM CMG Failed to sign in to Azure – Symptoms One of the first step to configure the Cloud Management Gateway is to configure the Azure Services. This step consists of creating the connection to the Azure Tenant and create … Read More

How to update HP BIOS using latest HPFirmwareUpdRec with SCCM

Jonathan LefebvreSCCM18 Comments

At a client site, they received newest HP models to be tested. Downloading drivers and BIOS updates were the usual. Looking at details about the BIOS update, we noticed that the HPBIOSUPDREC.exe that was used was no longer available.  HP released a new version called HPFirmwareUpdRec to replace it. Even if the help stated the command line to be the same, it turned out it didn’t work at all. Unfortunately, it doesn’t seem HP documented the new tool and how to use it. we were able to figure it out by digging into HP forums… In this post, we will show … Read More