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

How to install SCCM 1802 Update Rollup 1 (KB4163547)

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The first Hotfix Rollup for SCCM Current Branch (1802) is now available. This post is a complete SCCM 1802 Hotfix Rollup 1 (KB4163547) installation guide. If you’re looking for a complete SCCM Current Branch 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 SCCM 1802 to apply this update. Installing SCCM upgrades is important for your infrastructure. It fixes a lot of issues from SCCM 1802, which some of them are important. New Update and Servicing Model If you’re not familiar with the new SCCM servicing … Read More

Create Office 365 Installer using SCCM

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There have been many different posts about deploying Office 365 with SCCM. The majority of them used the Office Configuration tool in a more or less creative way. An easier method has been available for awhile to help SCCM admins to create the “perfect” Office 365 package. The SCCM Office 365 Installer is a new feature released in SCCM 1702. SCCM Office 365 Installer provides an easy-to-use wizard to define every related item for an Office 365 application. Whether you are new to creating Office 365 package or simply want to refresh an older package, this solution will ease every step of … 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

Configure Start Menu Windows 10 1703 and above

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Sometimes Microsoft makes small changes under the hood and can hardly be tracked unless an issue comes up to flag that changes. The configuration of the Start Menu and Taskbar for Windows 10 has been since the beginning a great challenge for administrators and it doesn’t look that this will change anytime soon. Microsoft added the following note to the start menu layout modification documentation A simple note, with great implication! Following our previous posts on Windows 10 Customization and how to modify the taskbar configuration, we will detail how to configure the start menu and taskbar with that latest … 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

SCCM Windows 10 Deployment Guide

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The race to update Windows 7 computers from your environment is entering its home stretch. Microsoft will end Windows 7 support on January 14th, 2020. If you still have Windows 7 computers in your company, it’s time to seriously plan your migration. If you’ve been reading our blog for a while, you may have seen a couple (!) of post regarding Windows 10 migration. We thought that regrouping all posts in a single one would save you time finding all needed SCCM Windows 10 deployments resources to start. If you are still running SCCM 2012 and have plans to deploy Windows 10, … Read More

Configure Delivery Optimization in SCCM Task Sequence

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Windows 10 brings a new feature to optimize network performance when it comes to Windows Update. This feature is called Delivery Optimization. Delivery Optimization is a cloud-based service that allows computers on the same network to share updates files to prevent reaching out to Windows Update directly or to a remote WSUS.  Windows 10 clients must have access to the internet to be able to leverage Delivery Optimization to establish a peer-to-peer connection to another Windows 10 computer. With that said, Delivery Optimization as the potential of doing the opposite of what it was designed for. By default, the Download mode is … Read More