How to Update Windows ADK 1809 on a SCCM Server

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Microsoft has changed the way the release of Windows ADK works with version 1809 of Windows 10. The Windows ADK comes now in two parts. One for Windows ADK tools and the other one for WinPE. With each major release of Windows 10, comes a new release fo the Windows Assessment and Deployment Kit. This means yet another product (now two!)to keep up-to-date in your environment. In this post, we will cover how to update an existing installation of a Windows ADK on an SCCM server. If you are looking for a history of Windows ADK versions, see our post … Read More

SCCM Office 2019 Deployment

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This blog post will describe how to Deploy Office 2019 using SCCM (using Click-to-run version). Beginning in Office 2019, Office client applications will no longer be available in MSI format. You can download an ISO on your volume licensing download center or use the Office Deployment Tool. We suggest using the Office deployment tool to have the latest available version. If you’re’ still confused about the differences about Office 2019 vs Office 365: Office 365 is a subscription that comes with premium apps like Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Outlook, Publisher, and Access (Publisher and Access available on PC only). The apps … Read More

List of SCCM CMPivot Query

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SCCM CMPivot has been introduced in SCCM 1806 and it’s making its way to be a pretty useful addition. If you are not familiar with this new feature, you can read about it in our previous post which describes how to use it. The goal of this post is to give a list of SCCM CMPivot Query. When we began using CMPivot, we were a bit lost. We are pretty comfortable with various programming language but CMPivot uses a subset of the Azure Log Analytics data flow model for the tabular expression statement which was new for us. The official Microsoft … Read More

How to configure SCCM 1806 Cloud Management Gateway

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The ConfigMgr team is working really hard to make SCCM admins job easier for some of the key components of Modern Management. Starting with SCCM 1806 release, they ease a bit the setup of the Cloud Management Gateway. If you are new to the concept of Cloud Management Gateway, the main advantage is that it doesn’t expose your SCCM servers to the internet. The downside is that it requires an Azure subscription which brings recurring monthly costs. If you’re still unsure which method to use, you can read the Microsoft documentation and see our blog post about internet client management. Make … Read More

List of SCCM Must Have Tools – 2018 Edition

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Based on my previous post published in 2015, I decided to do a 2018 refresh of the SCCM Must have Tools list since there were many changes since then. The tools are listed in no particular order. Create a Custom Splash Screen for a Windows 10 in-place upgrade If you are doing Windows 10 upgrades, this tool allows customizing the Windows 10 upgrade screen to look more like the built-in Windows update experience in Windows 10. This splash screen not only discourages computer interaction during the upgrade but also creates a consistent user experience throughout the upgrade process, for a user-initiated … Read More

Create an SCCM Application Phased Deployment

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SCCM 1802 phased deployment was introduced as a pre-release feature and was supporting only Task Sequence deployments.  Beginning with SCCM 1806, it’s no longer a pre-release feature and it now supports application deployments. If you’re not familiar with Phased deployments, they allow orchestrating a software deployment based on certain criteria and condition. For example, you could use it to deploy an application to a pilot collection and then automatically continue the deployment based on success criteria. SCCM Application Phased Deployment Creation For now, it’s only possible to create a 2 phase deployment. Let’s go ahead and deploy 7zip : In Software Library … Read More

How to configure SCCM Cloud Distribution Point on Cloud Management Gateway

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One of the new capabilities of SCCM Current Branch 1806, is to merge the Cloud Distribution Point along the Cloud Management Gateway. This provides an easier deployment method and also reduces the required certificates and cost of Azure VMs. Before SCCM 1806, a standalone Cloud Distribution point requires 2 Standard A0 VMs but with the new SCCM 1806 capabilities, only the requirements for the Cloud Management Gateway remains, which is one Standard A2V2 VM. The storage cost remains the same as before. Microsoft provides a calculator to help plan ahead. While our blog post is still accurate to install a Cloud … Read More

How to use SCCM CMPivot

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SCCM Current Branch 1806 is loaded with amazing features. In this post, we will cover the latest addition in the reporting space: CMPivot. SCCM has always been good with reporting and inventory of it’s managed devices but SCCM data is up-to-date at the last time the inventory has been run. SCCM CMPivot allows SCCM administrators to initiate a live query on selected computers on a specific topic. The result of that query can then be used to mitigate and fix potential issues. How many time were you asked “what is the current state as of NOW?” well, you’ll finally be able to answer … Read More

Enable SCCM PXE Without WDS on a Windows 10 computer

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SCCM 1806 bring a new exciting feature that will change the design and planning of SCCM sites. Before 1806, if you had a remote site with only 1 distribution point and wanted to do PXE boot and imaging, you’d have to use a server OS because Windows Deployment Service (WDS) was required. You could also use third party solution with additional cost. Now you can use a client OS (Windows 7,8,10) to respond to PXE request without WDS. This is a game changer as you could basically remove any server OS from remote sites if they were just acting as a distribution … Read More

How to start your Modern Management journey as an SCCM Administrator

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If you have been following the SCCM community for the past months, you’ve been hearing a lot about comanagement, cloud management gateway, cloud distribution point and Intune. You may also hear that SCCM is dying and that Intune is your only path in the near future to manage your company devices. The good news is that SCCM is not dead, in fact, it’s been rolling out new features quarterly in the past 3 years thanks to the new servicing model and the product group is not slowing down. The bad news is that… well, there’s no bad news… but as a … Read More