How to apply SCCM 1610 Update Rollup 3 (KB4010155)

Jonathan LefebvreSCCM32 Comments

The third hotfix for SCCM Current Branch (1610) is now available. This post is a complete SCCM 1610 Update Rollup 3 (KB4010155)  installation guide. If you’re looking for a complete SCCM 1511 installation guide, see our blog series which covers it all. You can’t install this upgrade if you are running SCCM 2012. You need to be running at least SCCM 1610. Installing SCCM upgrades is important for your infrastructure. It fixes a lot of issues from SCCM 1610, which some of them are important. New Update and Servicing Model If you’re not familiar with the new SCCM servicing model, read our New Update and Servicing section of … Read More

Customize Windows 10 Taskbar Configuration Using SCCM Task Sequence

Jonathan LefebvreSCCM, WINDOWS 1033 Comments

With the release of Windows 10 1607, some customization solution were modified. One of them is the ability to modify the Taskbar configuration. In a previous post, we provided many customization scripts and how-to that were made for Windows 10 version 1511. Modifying the Taskbar was one of those customization but it was more of a workaround than a planned how-to. With Windows 10 1607, the Taskbar can be modified similarly to the Start Menu. In this post, we will detail how to modify the Windows 10 Taskbar configuration using a SCCM Task sequence. This could also be done as part of a Group … Read More

Office 365 2016 Activation Problem after Upgrade from Office 365 2013

Jonathan LefebvreOFFICE, SCCM1 Comment

In a previous post, we covered how to upgrade Office 365 2013 to Office 365 2016. We came across an issue after the upgrade is completed. Once you start any Office application, Office 365 2016 ask for activation, which will fail if attempted and then ask for repair. This can be quite confusing for user.   [su_box title=”Error message” style=”glass” title_color=”#F0F0F0″] We’re sorry, but Excel has run into an error that is preventing it from working correctly. Excel will need to be closed as a result. Would you like us to repair now? [/su_box]   Following the activation try, an error … Read More

How to upgrade Office 365 2013 to Office 365 2016 Click-to-run

Jonathan LefebvreOFFICE, SCCM2 Comments

With the end of support for Office 365 2013 on Febuary 28 2017, administrators must take action to upgrade Office 365 2013 to Office 365 2016. In previous posts, we covered how to manage updates for Office 365 2016 with SCCM and describe the Office 365 dashboard. Those posts applies to the 2016 version of Office 365. This post will cover everything you need to know to upgrade Office 365 2013 to Office 365 2016 with SCCM. Upgrade Office 365 2013 Prerequisites Latest Office 365 2016 version : Version 16.0.6965.2117 from January 2017 was used for this post We selected the Deferred Channel Latest Office deployment tool SCCM 2012 and later Create … Read More

BIOS UEFI Conversion using SCCM Task Sequence

Jonathan LefebvreSCCM47 Comments

With the release of SCCM Current branch 1610, one of the interesting new feature is the ability to do a BIOS to UEFI conversion in a task sequence. This would also allow to use Secure Boot with Windows 10 for strengthen security. In this blog, we’ll explain how to convert BIOS to UEFI with a task sequence on HP computers. This solution can also be applied for Dell and Lenovo computers. SCCM BIOS UEFI Conversion Prerequisites Before starting, you need 3 things : SCCM Current Branch 1610 or higher [su_box title=”Note” style=”glass” title_color=”#F0F0F0″]If you are not yet on 1610, you can achieve BIOS to UEFI … Read More

Windows 7 Unknown Device TPM 2.0 Compatibility Issue

Jonathan LefebvreSCCM3 Comments

We came across an issue today while adding Windows 7 drivers for a new computer model to be deployed by SCCM. After deployment, the computer was showing an Unknown device warning in Device Manager even after installing all available drivers for the model. (Sorry for french screenshots) Troubleshoot Windows 7 Unknown Device TPM The first step to troubleshoot this issue is to get the Device ID of the unknown device. In the Properties of the faulty device, Details tab, note the Device ID for the device :  ACPI\MSFT0101 When searching for the Device ID on the web, you will find out that … Read More

Windows 10 | Point and Print printer installation prompt UAC

Jonathan LefebvreWINDOWS 1012 Comments

We came across a strange issue today on Windows 10 devices that we haven’t seen since the Windows Vista days. Users has started to get prompts for User Account Control(UAC) when connecting to some printers. The Point and Print feature is responible for this as it easily allow standard users to install printer drivers from trusted print server. The problem appeared right after applying last July monthly updates. (MS16-087) [su_box title=”Description” style=”glass” title_color=”#F0F0F0″]This security update resolves vulnerabilities in Microsoft Windows. The more severe of the vulnerabilities could allow remote code execution if an attacker is able to execute a man-in-the-middle (MiTM) attack on a … Read More

SCCM Pre-Production Client Deployment

Jonathan LefebvreSCCM16 Comments

Since SCCM 1511, a new feature is available to ease the client upgrade process. SCCM pre-production client deployment is an integrated way for SCCM administrators to test the upgrade and functionality of the new SCCM client before production deployment. In previous SCCM upgrade posts, we explained how to upgrade the SCCM client using standard process after a major upgrade. In this post, we will explain how to plan, configure and use the new pre-production client deployment feature after a SCCM 1606 upgrade. Pre-Requisite SCCM 1511 or later SCMC Client must be installed on a device prior testing the upgrade A collection created for pre-production client SCCM Pre-Production … Read More

Windows 10 KMS Activation and Management using Volume Activation Management Tool

Jonathan LefebvreWINDOWS 109 Comments

  The KMS server was first introduced with Windows Vista as an easy activation service for IT pros. Since then, each new release of Windows and Office provided a necessary update to KMS server, in order to keep offering activation keys to Windows and Office clients. The release of Windows 10 KMS activation and Office 2016 activation is no different then previous versions. In this post, we will covert how to use an already configured KMS server for activation of Windows 10 and Office 2016. Prerequisites for Windows 10 KMS Your existing KMS server will most probably be good to manage licenses … Read More

How to install Local Administrator Password Solution (LAPS)

Jonathan LefebvreActive Directory, SCCM, WINDOWS 106 Comments

One of the challenges faced by workstation administrators, is to manage the local administrator account in large environment. One of the options was to use Group Policy Preferences, but that was before KB2962486 removed the possibility to set password using Group Policy Preferences. Since then, Microsoft as come up with a solution : Local Administrator Password Solution (LAPS). Here’s the benefits of using LAPS : Unique password for local administrator per computer Password available from Active Directory, if needed to use local administrator account Remotly change the local administrator password Ability to use a custom administrator account Limitation : Only … Read More