How to Find SCCM Server Log Files

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Here’s a simple tip to know which SCCM server logs files to check if you want to dig an error returned by an SCCM Component. In SCCM, client and site server components record process information in individual SCCM log files. You can use the information in these log files to help you troubleshoot issues that might occur. The default path to find the SCCM server logs files is in your SCCM Installation Directory\Logs. If you’ve used the default installation directory, it will be located in C:\Program Files\Microsoft Configuration Manager\Logs. The problem is that when opening this directory, you’ll find dozens of SCCM logs files. When you manage SCCM for multiple years, you get to know which logs to look at, but as a beginner, it can be hard to find the right log. This post aims to help you find the right log file based on a specific component error. … Read More

Getting started with SCCM Powershell cmdlet

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You can run SCCM Powershell cmdlet and scripts from the SCCM console or from a Windows PowerShell session. This is very useful to do stuff in SCCM without using the console. You can do pretty much anything using Powershell. When you get used to it, you can write more complex scripts to automate and save lots of time. Supported versions of SCCM’s current branch support Windows PowerShell version 5.1. Starting in version 2010, the Configuration Manager PowerShell cmdlet library supports PowerShell 7.  If you’re not familiar with PowerShell and SCCM, the easiest way to connect to your site is to use the shortcut in the console : In the SCCM console Select the upper-left white arrow choose Connect via Windows PowerShell A Windows PowerShell loads, you’ll see a prompt that contains your site code. For example, if the site code is “SCD”, the prompt will show: PS SCD:\> SCCM Powershell Cmdlet Syntax … Read More

Step-by-Step SCCM 2111 Upgrade Guide

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Microsoft has released a third SCCM version for 2021. SCCM 2111 has been released on August 2nd, 2021. Don’t forget SCCM has had a new branding since 1910 – now called Microsoft Endpoint Configuration Manager (MEMCM). This post is a complete step-by-step SCCM 2111 upgrade guide, meaning that if you want to upgrade your existing SCCM/MEMCM installation to the latest SCCM/MEMCM updates, this post is for you. If you’re looking for a comprehensive SCCM installation guide to build a new server, refer to our blog series which covers it all. You won’t be able to install SCCM 2111 if you are running SCCM 2012. Well, that’s an odd phrase! Thank you current branch naming. SCCM 2111 is not a baseline version. This means that if you’re downloading the source from Volume Licensing, SCCM 2103 will be the starting version of your new SCCM site and you’ll have to apply this update … Read More

SCCM Client Version and Cumulative Update List

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SCCM Client Version Report

We compile a list of SCCM client version, build numbers and cumulative updates since the 2012 RTM release. SCCM Upgrades are released 3-4 times a year. After an SCCM Upgrade, it’s important to upgrade your SCCM Client version to the latest version. Cumulative updates are cumulative, meaning that the latest one includes the previous one. (Ex: You don’t need to apply CU1 if you plan to install CU2) Once you apply a cumulative update, your SCCM version on the site server itself will not change. The site server will show the latest major SCCM release (RTM,SP1,R2). However, the new SCCM version numbers will show on your Consoles and Clients. We recommend that you upgrade all your clients when you are applying the latest SCCM version. We release a step-by-step guide on how to update your SCCM server each time a version comes out. Just use the link next to the client … Read More

Deploy Windows 10 21H2 using SCCM / MEMCM

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This blog post will cover all the tasks needed to deploy the new SCCM Windows 10 21H2 Upgrade. We will cover scenarios for new and existing computers that you may want to upgrade. Microsoft published the Windows 10 21H2 feature update on VLSC on November 16th 2021. You may also need to deploy Windows 10 21H2 to your existing Windows 10 computer to stay supported or to benefit from the new features. There’s a couple of important change in this release. Here are the main support and deployment features : If you have devices running Windows 10, version 2004 or later, you can update them quickly to Windows 10, version 21H2 using an enablement package New Windows 10 release cadence that aligns with the cadence for Windows 11. Microsoft is now targeting annual feature updates for Windows 10  Start of the 30-month servicing timeline for Windows 10 New W10 Enterprise … Read More

SCCM Must Have Tools and blog – 2021 Edition

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Based on the popularity of my previous post published in 2018 , 2019 and 2020, I decided to do a 2021 refresh of the SCCM Must have Tools and blog list since there’s always new stuff coming out. To the list of SCCM Must have Tools, I added must-have read blog posts that you could have missed this year. The tools are listed in no particular order. The list could have been longer but I needed to choose from my top personal list. If you feel that I’ve forgotten your awesome contribution to the SCCM community, please use the comment section and it will be a pleasure to promote it. SCCM MUST HAVE TOOLS and BLOG LIST This year was mostly work from home for lots of SCCM/MEMCM administrators. But there’s some light at the end of the tunnel. Some events like MMSOA made an on-premise event which gives a … Read More

Creating an SCCM report viewer role

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In many SCCM environments, we see administrators that want to give access to the SCCM reporting node only. Unfortunately, there’s no SCCM Report Viewer role when you browse to the Security role of the console. So … What if you want to give a user the right to only run reports? This blog post will show how to create an SCCM report viewer role in the console. A simple way to do this is to grant access to the Read-only Analyst role which will be enough to run a report but maybe you don’t want them to see all nodes and get lost in the console. If you’re unfamiliar with role-based administration, we suggest you first read the Microsoft docs which explains the basics. It combines security roles, security scopes, and assigned collections to define the administrative scope for each administrative user. We’ll use this concept to create a new … Read More

Use SCCM External Notification to trigger Microsoft Teams message

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Following a blog post on receiving an email after an operating system deployment completes, I received a friendly tip to try replicating the behavior using the new External notifications feature available since SCCM 2107. Challenge accepted! Beginning with SCCM 2107, you can enable the site to send notifications to an external system. You can use Azure Logic Apps to configure subscriptions to send these notifications. These notifications can be based on SCCM events like status message filter rules. In the previous post, we were using status message filter rules to trigger a Powershell script. In this blog post, we’ll be using the new SCCM External Notification feature to trigger an event in Microsoft Team to notify a channel that a Task Sequence deployment is complete. Besides Teams, you can also use the Office O365 connector to send an email. For this blog post, we’ll stick to the Teams option as I find … Read More

Send an Email when SCCM OSD Completes a Deployment

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When deploying an operating system with SCCM / MEMCM, monitoring your deployment is crucial. You can use reports in a more dynamic way. Imagine receiving an email saying “Hey your deployment is complete. The computer can be delivered to the client”. SCCM can send an email based on a specific status message generated by the site server. And this is exactly what will be done in this blog post. SCCM records everything action in Status Messages. You are probably familiar with the tons server logs files but SCCM also records everything on the site server itself. A quick look at the Status message shows that there’s tons of available information. Status Message In the SCCM Console Go to Monitoring / System Status / Status Message Queries / All Status Message Status Message shows all actions, there’s lots of valuable information in there Yeah great !… now what? Using the power … Read More

Upgrade to Windows 11 using Intune (Endpoint Manager)

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You can upgrade an existing Windows 10 device to Windows 11 using Endpoint Manager (Intune) feature update deployment. In Intune, to achieve this task you need to create and deploy a feature update deployment policy. One important piece of information is that you can target the policy to any Windows 10 device and only devices that meet the Windows 11 minimum requirements will upgrade. If the device doesn’t meet the minimum requirement, it will stay on Windows 10. Intune Windows 11 Upgrade Requirements Before deploying a feature updates there’s some obvious requirement : A valid Intune Subscription and enabled Endpoint Manager tenant The Windows device must be enrolled in Endpoint Manager The device must be Azure AD joined or Hybrid AD joined Meet the Windows 11 minimum requirements Windows 10 edition that supports the Windows 11 upgrade : Windows 10/11 Pro Windows 10/11 Enterprise Windows 10/11 Pro Education Windows 10/11 Education … Read More