How to Configure the SCCM OMS Connector

Benoit LecoursOMS, SCCM0 Comments

The Operations Management Suite is a cloud-based IT management solution that helps IT organizations to manage and protect the on-premises and cloud infrastructure. IT organizations can use the Microsoft Operations Management Suite (OMS) Connector to import data of collections from SCCM to Operations Management Suite. This makes data from the SCCM environment visible in the Operations Management Suite. For now, only collection membership information can be imported but I wouldn’t be surprised if more features are added in the near future. Microsoft Operation Management Suite (OMS) Connector was introduced as a pre-release feature in SCCM1606. With the 1706 release, there’s … Read More

How to use Enterprise Mode Internet Explorer 11

Jonathan LefebvreSCCM0 Comments

One of the key feature of Internet Explorer 11, still unknown to many admins, is the Enterprise mode. This allow administrators to set a list of website to open in Enterprise Mode to emulate IE7 or IE8 and avoid compatibility issue that been preventing upgrading to Internet Explorer 11 or even moving on to more recent OS like Windows 8.1 or Windows 10. This feature is also available in Microsoft Edge. In this post, we will detail how to install, use and deploy the Enterprise Mode site list for Internet Explorer 11. Prerequisites Download Enterprise mode Site list manager here … Read More

Step-by-Step SCCM 1706 Upgrade Guide

Nicolas PilonSCCM13 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

How to install SCCM Client on Workgroup Computers

Jonathan LefebvreSCCM1 Comment

Recently, at a client site, I was asked to install the SCCM client to manage workgroup servers in the DMZ with SCCM. Following our a recent post on how to install a DP/MP/SUP in untrusted domain, I thought that documenting the process could be helpful. In this post, we will detail how to install the SCCM client on workgroup computers. Prerequisites The client must be able to resolve the FQDN of the management point. Depending on network security, it might not actually ping. The important is that it can associate the FQDN to the IP of the management point. Adding … Read More

Installing a SCCM DP/MP/SUP in an untrusted domain

Stephane FaubertSCCM6 Comments

There may come a time in your SCCM administration days where some special needs may arise. I had such a case recently. Long story short, in our company, we have a windows domain where no trusts exist with our primary domain where SCCM resides. The problem with that is since there is no visibility in between the two domains, how do you get the servers or workstations managed? Default settings? Such as a default Windows Update setup. Nah, I like to have some degree of control over who does what and when. Install a standalone WSUS server? Yes, this is … Read More

Upgrade Windows 1607 to Windows 1703 using SCCM Servicing Plans

Benoit LecoursSCCM, WINDOWS 108 Comments

Microsoft published the next 1703 feature update (aka Creator Update), as Current Branch Update on 11th April 2017. Four months after the Current Branch for Business will be published (planned for August 2017) and 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 … Read More

How to install an SCCM Cloud Distribution Point

Benoit LecoursCloud, SCCM0 Comments

SCCM Cloud Distribution Point

A  cloud distribution point is an SCCM distribution point that is hosted in Microsoft Azure. The client will access it as a normal distribution point using port 443 (SSL). Some benefits of using cloud distribution point are for clients on internet, fallback scenario or to quickly provision a distribution point if extra bandwidth is needed for a limited time. The whole process should take about an hour, a bit more if you’re not familiar with certificates which are a big part of this guide. Plan If you’re unsure if cloud distribution point is the right choice for your organization, read the following … Read More

Uninstall Windows Update using SCCM

Jonathan LefebvreSCCM, WINDOWS 103 Comments

SCCM Uninstall Windows Update

With the recent problems caused by monthly Windows Update, knowing how to massively uninstall Windows Update with SCCM is a must! This action is not available by default in SCCM. There are 2 ways to uninstall a Windows Update. Both solutions require the command line utility WUSA.exe, that as been around since Windows Vista/Windows Server 2008 era. In this post, we will detail both solutions to uninstall a Windows Update with SCCM. If you are looking for how to manage Windows update with SCCM, see our SCCM Software Update Management Guide for complete instructions. Prerequisites SCCM any version Windows 7 … Read More

Update Microsoft Surface Firmware using SCCM

Jonathan LefebvreApplication, SCCM, WINDOWS 102 Comments

Usually, when it comes to driver management, for computer already deployed, we say ‘If it ain’t broken don’t fix it’. Once in a while, a driver or firmware could require an update because of a bug reported by multiple users but that would usually be an exception. Microsoft Surface devices have proven over and over that this statement doesn’t apply to them. Microsoft Surface, since the beginning of the brand, tend to work better with latest firmware version. Microsoft often releases new firmware revision along major Windows 10 releases. For home users, the update will be applied with the standard … Read More

How to install and configure SCCM Power BI Dashboard

Benoit LecoursPowerBI, SCCM4 Comments

Last September, the Power BI solution template for System Center Configuration Manager was released. The SCCM Power BI Dashboard provides detailed information of your SCCM hierarchy including client and server health, malware protection, software updates, and software inventory. Better late than never, we decided to do a blog post on how to link your SCCM server to Power BI and install the SCCM Power BI Dashboard. The SCCM Dashboard will show data as soon as you finish this wizard. You’ll also be able to build your own Power BI reports and publish it if you have a valid Power BI … Read More