Use Powershell to generate certificates for your lab

Thomas LarsenPowershell, SCCM1 Comment

Certificates are becoming more and more important and are used almost everywhere and many solutions need a certificate to even start up. In production, you should have a healthy PKI solution up and running, but in your lab environment or if you just want to quickly test things without involving your company’s PKI-guy you can use PowerShell to quickly spin up certificates. Here’s how to use Powershell to generate certificates in your lab : Create a Root CA First we’ll create our root certificate. Copy the Thumbprint of your newly generated root cert into notepad ,you’ll need it later. This … Read More

SCCM Report Manager Tool for managing SCCM Reports

Benoit LecoursSCCM3 Comments

We developed an SCCM Report Manager tool using Powershell to manage your reports on an SCCM Reporting Point. SQL Reporting Services can be time-consuming when you need to download, upload or change data source on multiples reports. If you purchase one of our reports or our Complete Report Bundle, you had to upload every report and change their data source one-by-one. This tool is then a must if you need to manage multiple reports. Based on your SCCM Reporting Point and SCCM site code, the tool allows to : Upload multiple reports from a specific folder — Useful if you have multiple … Read More

Powershell Script to Create Collections with Folder Structure

Jonathan LefebvrePowershell, SCCM2 Comments

Following the excellent PowerShell script that Benoit wrote to create operationals collection, I decided to rethink it a bit to help classify collections and ease Role-based administration control implementation when a different group of users accesses SCCM. On top of that, the way folders for collections are designed, it helps implement a naming convention to keep things clear all across the SCCM console. The overall idea is to keep collections on a per needs basis. Having a collection that receives client settings, 1-2 applications, OSD and Windows Updates can lead to unplanned/accidental deployment or misconfiguration. With one collection per need, … Read More

SCCM PowerShell Script to Delete Unused Collection

Benoit LecoursSCCM1 Comment

From all management activities, collections are arguably the most important object to know about. Collection evaluation, if not configured correctly can have a huge impact on your SCCM hierarchy. This Powershell script will detect and delete SCCM Devices Collections that have no members and no deployment assigned to it. This can be useful to delete unused/unneeded collections. We often see lots of these “orphan” collection after years of management. The less collection, the less evaluation task for your server. The script will detect collections that have no members and no deployment assigned to it The script will prompt the user for … Read More

Customize Windows 10 Taskbar Configuration Using SCCM Task Sequence

Jonathan LefebvreSCCM, WINDOWS 1032 Comments

With the release of Windows 10 1607, some customization solution were modified. One of them is the ability to modify the Taskbar configuration. In a previous post, we provided many customization scripts and how-to that were made for Windows 10 version 1511. Modifying the Taskbar was one of those customization but it was more of a workaround than a planned how-to. With Windows 10 1607, the Taskbar can be modified similarly to the Start Menu. In this post, we will detail how to modify the Windows 10 Taskbar configuration using a SCCM Task sequence. This could also be done as part of a Group … Read More

Step-by-Step SCCM 1606 Upgrade Guide

Benoit LecoursSCCM75 Comments

The second upgrade for SCCM Current Branch (1511) is now available. This post is a complete step-by-step SCCM 1606 upgrade guide. If you’re looking for a complete SCCM 1511 installation guide, see our blog series which covers it all. You can’t install this upgrade if you are running SCCM 2012. You need to be at least at SCCM 1511. Installing SCCM upgrades is very important to your infrastructure. It adds new feature and fixes lots of issues, which some of them are important. New Update and Servicing model If you’re not familiar with the new SCCM servicing model, read our New Update and Servicing section of the 1602 … Read More

SCCM Windows 10 Customization using Task Sequences

Benoit LecoursSCCM60 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

Step-by-Step SCCM 1602 Upgrade Guide

Benoit LecoursSCCM58 Comments

The first upgrade for SCCM Current Branch (1511) is now available. This post is a complete step-by-step SCCM 1602 upgrade guide. If you’re looking for a complete SCCM 1511 installation guide, see our blog series which covers it all. Installing SCCM upgrades is very important to your infrastructure. It adds new feature and fixes lots of issues, which some of them are important. New Update and Servicing Since SCCM 1511, Microsoft now release update pack differently than services packs and cumulative updates. Downloading and updating is made directly from the console. If you need to make a new SCCM installation, you can’t install SCCM 1602 directly. … Read More

Step-by-Step SCCM 2012 R2 SP1 CU1 Installation Guide

Benoit LecoursSCCM60 Comments

Cumulative Update 1 (CU1) for SCCM 2012 R2 SP1 and SCCM 2012 SP2 is now available. This post is a complete step-by-step SCCM 2012 R2 SP1 CU1 Installation guide. If you’re looking for a complete SCCM 2012 installation guide, see our blog series which covers it all. Installing SCCM cumulative updates is very important to your infrastructure. It fix lots of issues, which some of them are important. As this is the first post-R2 SP1 cumulative update, the important requirement for the installation is that SCCM 2012 R2 SP1 is installed. The latest non-R2 SP1 cumulative update is CU5. Don’t get confused, this CU could have been named … Read More

Multilingual User Interface Pack inventory with SCCM 2012

Nicolas PilonHardware Inventory, SCCM3 Comments

We all use a minimum of one operating system language on our computers.  It may be likely that a company that has many employees may end up with several nationalities. This means, more multilingual user interface (MUI) pack is required in your operating system deployment. When a MUI Pack is installed, the user interface language can be change to one of 33 supported languages. In this post, we will extend hardware inventory in SCCM 2012 to inventory multilingual user interface pack information. Here’s the steps in order to achieve this goal : Custom WMI Class Package Creation Package Deployment Hardware … Read More