Configure Delivery Optimization in SCCM Task Sequence

Jonathan LefebvreOSD, WINDOWS 101 Comment

Windows 10 brings a new feature to optimize network performance when it comes to Windows Update. This feature is called Delivery Optimization. Delivery Optimization is a cloud-based service that allows computers on the same network to share updates files to prevent reaching out to Windows Update directly or to a remote WSUS.  Windows 10 clients must have access to the internet to be able to leverage Delivery Optimization to establish a peer-to-peer connection to another Windows 10 computer. With that said, Delivery Optimization as the potential of doing the opposite of what it was designed for. By default, the Download mode is … Read More

How to add Latest Windows 7 Convenience Update in a SCCM Image

Benoit LecoursSCCM5 Comments

For this post, we will be talking about how to do a SCCM Windows 7 convenience rollup image creation. A lot of companies still use Windows 7 and have not yet migrated to Windows 10. So, in the spirit of still having Windows 7, I thought I would write up a post to help fellow administrators. You may have seen that a few weeks ago, Microsoft released a new convenience rollup for Windows 7 SP1. This convenience rollup is meant to make our lives easier when deploying fresh instances of Windows 7. As stated on the Technet article, it contains all … Read More

Deploy Windows 2016 using SCCM Task Sequence

Benoit LecoursOSD, SCCM2 Comments

In this post, we will deploy the newly released Windows 2016 with SCCM 1606. We will describe how to create a SCCM Windows 2016 deployment task sequence and deploy it to your servers. If you’re new to operating system deployment, read the preparation of your environment post before reading this one. This task sequence will help you deploy a “vanilla” Windows 2016 using the default Install.wim from the Windows 2016 media. This means that you’ll end up with a basic Windows 2016 with the SCCM client and nothing else. You will be able to edit this task sequence later to customize it to your environment. [su_box title=”Important” style=”glass” … Read More

SCCM Windows 10 Customization using Task Sequences

Benoit LecoursSCCM59 Comments

In this post we will describe how to customize your windows 10 image to personalize it to your company. There’s an infinite amount of customization that can be made but i’ll try to cover the more frequent one, those that are asked 95% of every Windows 10 projects I was involved in. You could also do all those modifications through group policies if you want to enforce those settings. SCCM Windows 10 Customization Package Before we begin any customization, we will create a Windows 10 Customization package that we will use in our task sequence. It will be empty to start but we … Read More

Inject Software Updates in your WIM using SCCM Offline Servicing

Stephane FaubertOSD, SCCM11 Comments

Offline Servicing in SCCM is the process through which you can inject software updates in your operating system WIM files. This process can alleviate your build and capture yearly/bi-yearly WIM updates that you most likely run in your enterprise. However, as much as this process is great to shorten your gold image updates, it’s still not perfect. Why? The answer is quite simple. Even if your gold image contains products such as Microsoft Office, offline servicing will not apply Office patches even though these are downloaded to your Software Update Point. Only core Windows applications can get patched through this process. … Read More

How to Start Securing ConfigMgr in the Enterprise

Nicolas PilonAdaptiva, SCCMLeave a Comment

  As an IT professional, you already know that a security breach can be devastating. It can also be expensive, $4 million on average according to a 2015 survey sponsored by IBM. Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager (ConfigMgr) can play a huge part in preventing attacks and implementing an enterprise-wide security solution. ConfigMgr helps companies make sure all endpoints are current with the latest security fixes, configured correctly, behaving normally, and only running authorized applications. However, like almost everything else in IT these days, ConfigMgr itself is a target for hackers who can use it to distribute malware, take control … Read More

Windows 10 Deployment | SCCM Task Sequence Upgrade Windows 7 to Windows 10

Benoit LecoursSCCM, WINDOWS 1025 Comments

In the fourth post of this blog series about Windows 10 Deployment using SCCM, we will show you how to upgrade a Windows 7 to Windows computer 10 using SCCM task sequence upgrade. The goal of an upgrade task sequence is to upgrade an existing operating system to Windows 10 without loosing any data and installed software. This post assumes that you are running SCCM 1511 or SCCM 1602 and that you completed the preparation of your environment for Windows 10. If you are running SCCM 2012 R2 SP1, the product team has release important information about SCCM task sequence upgrade that you can find … Read More

Windows 10 Deployment | Create SCCM Windows 10 Build and Capture Task Sequence

Benoit LecoursSCCM, WINDOWS 1023 Comments

In the third post of this blog series about Windows 10 Deployment using SCCM, we will show you how to create a SCCM Windows 10 Build and Capture Task Sequence and deploy it. Complete the preparation of your environment before reading this post. You will be able to edit this task sequence later to customize it to your environment. The goal of a build and capture task sequence is to capture a reference machine OS in order to redeploy its configuration multiple time. As a best practice, we recommend not to add too much software and customization to your reference image. Rather, … Read More

Windows 10 Deployment | Monitor SCCM Task Sequence Progress

Benoit LecoursSCCM, WINDOWS 109 Comments

When deploying Windows 10 operating system using SCCM, you will need to monitor SCCM task sequence progress. This allows to track task sequence start, end time and most importantly errors (if any). Our post will shows 4 different ways to monitor SCCM task sequences. Each of them has their own benefits and drawbacks. Monitor SCCM Task Sequence Using the Console You can view the progress of a task sequence using the SCCM console. This method is simple and easy but permit to see the status of only one machine at the time. If your deployment staff don’t have access to the … Read More

SCCM Windows 10 Deployment | Prepare your Environment

Benoit LecoursSCCM, WINDOWS 1015 Comments

In the first part of this blog series on how to deploy Windows 10 with SCCM, we will prepare our environment for Windows 10. If you’re already deploying other operating systems with SCCM 1511, adding Windows 10 is just a matter of adding a new WIM (which our post covers in part 4). If you’re new to deploying operating system with SCCM, follow this post which will covers all steps needed before you can deploy your first systems. Overview SCCM Windows 10 Deployment Upgrade to SCCM 1511 Enable PXE Support Prepare your boot image Prepare your Operating Systems Create your SUG … Read More