How to configure Windows Analytics with Log Analytics

Jonathan LefebvreAzure1 Comment

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

Identify SCCM CMG Clients using console, collection and report

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In a recent project, I was asked to install an SCCM Cloud Management Gateway The CMG provides a simple way to manage SCCM clients on the internet. Once the installation was made and working, I was asked to identify the number of machines that were connecting to the SCCM CMG. Hopefully, there’s a couple of ways to identify your CMG clients. This blog post will describe the different way to identify your CMG client and we are also providing a free SCCM CMG report at the end of this post. Method 1 – From the Monitoring Pane The first method … Read More

How to deploy Office 365 with Intune

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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

Migrate Office 365 Architecture from 32-bits to 64-bits using SCCM

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In the past, if you had a computer with Office 365 32-bit version and wanted to migrate to the Office 365 64-bit version, you needed to uninstall the existing 32-bit version before installing the 64-bit version. Now, the Office Deployment Tool and its configuration files support a new attribute: MigrateArch. When set to True, the Office 365 installation will be migrated to the architecture specified in the OfficeClientEdition attribute. Another great feature is that MigrateArch, will preserve all the installed products, languages and other deployment settings. If desired you can also make changes to the installed products and languages. In … Read More

Use Powershell to generate certificates for your lab

Thomas LarsenPowershell, SCCM2 Comments

Certificates are becoming more and more important and are used almost everywhere and many solutions need a certificate to even start up. In production, you should have a healthy PKI solution up and running, but in your lab environment or if you just want to quickly test things without involving your company’s PKI-guy you can use PowerShell to quickly spin up certificates. Here’s how to use Powershell to generate certificates in your lab : Create a Root CA First we’ll create our root certificate. Copy the Thumbprint of your newly generated root cert into notepad ,you’ll need it later. This … Read More

How to join Autopilot devices to Hybrid AD

Jonathan LefebvreIntune2 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

Enable SCCM Distribution Point Maintenance Mode

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SCCM Distribution point maintenance mode is a new feature available in SCCM 1902. Following Microsoft documentation, you can enable maintenance mode when you’re installing software updates, or making hardware changes to the server. During maintenance mode the SCCM distribution point can/can’t: The site doesn’t distribute any content to it Management points don’t return the location of this distribution point to clients The distribution point properties are read-only. For example, you can’t change the certificate or add boundary groups When you update the site, a distribution point in maintenance mode still updates Any scheduled task, like content validation, still runs on … Read More

SCCM 1902 Step-by-Step Upgrade Guide

Benoit LecoursSCCM22 Comments

¬†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 … Read More

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

Jonathan LefebvreIntune2 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 the first one of a post series that will be published in … Read More