How to update HP BIOS using latest HPFirmwareUpdRec with SCCM

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At a client site, they received newest HP models to be tested. Downloading drivers and BIOS updates were the usual. Looking at details about the BIOS update, we noticed that the HPBIOSUPDREC.exe that was used was no longer available.  HP released a new version called HPFirmwareUpdRec to replace it. Even if the help stated the command line to be the same, it turned out it didn’t work at all. Unfortunately, it doesn’t seem HP documented the new tool and how to use it. we were able to figure it out by digging into HP forums… In this post, we will show … Read More

Deploy Feature on Demand using SCCM

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Beginning with Windows 10 1709, you can’t use WSUS to host Features on Demand and language packs for Windows 10 clients. Instead, you need to download them directly from Windows Update. This is the official Microsoft Statement… at the time of this writing, it’s still possible to download FoD on VLSC or MSDN. We are in a transition method but clearly sees where Microsoft is going. This blog post will show one method to install FoD using SCCM but there are alternative methods also when you download the file from VLSC or MSDN (hint : Use Dism). Features on Demand (FODs) … Read More

How to move SCCM Distribution Point content folders

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One of the common mistakes we still see is having SCCM distribution point content folders on many different drives, most of the time not on purpose. Usually, this will lead to C drive being full, or the drive where the SQL database sit. This will then cascade into a series of errors all over SCCM. In this post, we will show how to use Content Library Transfer tool to move distribution content folders Prerequisites If you are running SCCM latest build, the tool is now build-in the install folder If you are running a version older than Current Branch 1802, download … Read More

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

SCCM CMPivot Query Examples

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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 you a list of SCCM CMPivot Query Examples. 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 … 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. 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 … 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