Step-by-Step SCCM 1706 Upgrade Guide

Nicolas PilonSCCM35 Comments

Microsoft has released a new version of SCCM Current Branch. It’s now time to upgrade your environment! This post is a complete step-by-step SCCM 1706 upgrade guide. If you’re looking for a complete SCCM installation guide, see our blog series which covers it all. You won’t be able to install this upgrade if you are running SCCM 2012, the minimum required version is at least SCCM 1702. This version is the latest baseline version. It’s very important to keep your infrastructure up to date. You can benefit from the new features and fixes lots of issues, which some of them are important. … Read More

No Enrollment Policy during Intune Client Installation

Nicolas PilonClient, Intune, SCCM1 Comment

  When a company wants to manage an iOS mobile device, an Apple Push Notification Service (APN) certificate is installed on the iOS devices. This certificate installation makes sure that the connectivity between the devices, Apple, and your MDM solution is trusted. Intune makes no exception to this process. It’s the main reason why, from Intune or SCCM console, you have the possibility to send remote actions directly on iOS devices. After the certificate is configured in Intune, users can install the Company Portal app to enroll their devices (Android, iOS, Windows). When you open the Company Portal for the … Read More

5 Ways to view Hardware Inventory Information of a Device with SCCM

Nicolas PilonConsole, Hardware Inventory, REPORT, SCCM, SQL, SSRS0 Comments

  One of the SCCM features is to inventory hardware information from devices that are managed by the SCCM client. It’s not very difficult to enable and configure the hardware inventory client settings in SCCM. Once the devices received next machine policy and hardware inventory scan, data will start to populate in your SCCM database. The information gathered from the devices can be very useful from a system health, inventory or operation perspective. You can use this information to create collections, queries as well as reports. However, one thing not too obvious with the hardware inventory information, is to see all the … Read More

Send Sync Request to Intune Mobile Devices from SCCM 1610 Console

Nicolas PilonConsole, Intune, SCCM0 Comments

This month, SCCM 1610 was released with a bunch of new features, including exiting Intune features. One of these Intune feature is to send sync request directly from the SCCM console. It’s a new remote actions that Intune administrators will use daily. For example, you can send sync request to a mobile device that is having deployment or client health issue. In fact, each mobile devices managed by Intune need to communicate with Intune to get the latest policy and compliance state. Normally, the Intune client synchronizes every 6 hours for iOS and 8 hours for Android. Additionally, there’s a scan every … Read More

How to Strengthen Security for Intune with RBAC in SCCM

Nicolas PilonApplication, Console, Intune, SCCM0 Comments

  The majority of companies use SCCM to manage laptops, computers, servers and some for mobile devices, if they use Microsoft Intune in hybrid mode. In some situations, Intune and SCCM management is done by 2 different teams. Except for the Full Administrator role in SCCM, it’s possible to separate Intune with Configuration Manager infrastructure in the console by using security roles and security groups (RBAC). The goal is to ensure that an Intune administrator does not access Configuration Manager client devices and objects, as you don’t want to end up with people who may wipes or manages mobile devices when they are … Read More

Automatically Uninstall Unused Applications with SCCM

Nicolas PilonApplication, Asset Intelligence, SCCM, SOFTWARE METERING17 Comments

Do organization pay too much for your software licensing? Paying more licences than you use doesn’t make your company really effective, especially when we talk about IT Cost Transparency. Do you know how much money your company spend for software licensing versus their utilization? Using inventory, SCCM detect if an application is installed, it also monitors usage using Software Metering and uninstall application using deployment mechanisms. Combining all, you can deliver a great solution to minimize licences cost to your organisation. Software metering is a great feature that is not always well known by the business. Company must take the advantage … Read More

Which Windows 10 Deployment Methods Suits You?

Nicolas PilonAdaptiva, OSD, SCCM, WINDOWS 100 Comments

Windows 10 Deployment Methods If your company runs Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM), and you’re trying to figure out the best way to deploy Windows 10, you have choices. Specifically, there four key options you might want to choose between: Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT) standalone MDT and SCCM SCCM Standalone MDT integrated with SCCM Making the right selection to meet the needs of your organizations is not always clear so in this blog post, we’ll briefly explain each option, and outline some of the trade-offs between them. Microsoft Deployment Toolkit Standalone The MDT is a free toolkit for automating … Read More

Intune Client | Error User License Type Invalid

Nicolas PilonClient, Intune, SCCM6 Comments

  The starting point of all mobile management project is enrolling devices. Without enrollment, you can’t manage any devices. When running in hybrid mode, the enrollment process is different than running Microsoft Intune in standalone mode. The SCCM Service Connection Point role keeps connectivity between both end (SCCM on-premise and the Cloud). Both environments must be synchronized, otherwise, you have chance of getting Intune error User License Type Invalid during Intune enrollment on your mobile devices. This post will explains how to resolve this issue. Intune Error User License Type Invalid This is the error message shown just before the enrollment process when you click Enroll : If … Read More

List of SCCM Client Installation Error Codes

Nicolas PilonClient, REPORT, SSRS, System Health15 Comments

As an SCCM administrator, it’s important to learn the concept of troubleshooting a Configuration Manager client installation. By targeting the SCCM client installation error codes, you will have a better idea of what is happening during client installation. The error codes is not an exact science, they can defer depending on the situation. For a better understanding about error codes, read this great post from Jason Sandys. These codes appears in ccmsetup logs, located on in C:\windows\ccmsetup\logs. During the installation process, monitor the ccmsetup.log using cmtrace.exe and locate each error codes. There are other logs, on which the SCCM client installation relates. If you don’t … Read More

How to Start Securing ConfigMgr in the Enterprise

Nicolas PilonAdaptiva, SCCM0 Comments

  As an IT professional, you already know that a security breach can be devastating. It can also be expensive, $4 million on average according to a 2015 survey sponsored by IBM. Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager (ConfigMgr) can play a huge part in preventing attacks and implementing an enterprise-wide security solution. ConfigMgr helps companies make sure all endpoints are current with the latest security fixes, configured correctly, behaving normally, and only running authorized applications. However, like almost everything else in IT these days, ConfigMgr itself is a target for hackers who can use it to distribute malware, take control … Read More