SCCM Office 365 Inventory Report

Benoit LecoursHardware Inventory, OFFICE, REPORT, SCCM74 Comments

This post describe how to inventory Office 365 using SCCM 1606. We will also provide a free report at the end of the post that you could use on your Reporting Point to easily display Office 365 inventory data. SCCM 1606 introduces new hardware inventory classes for Office 365 configurations. You no longer need to edit your MOF files to gather Office 365 inventory. If you are using SCCM 1602 or below, follow Jason Sandys post which describe Office 365 inventory process using a MOF customization. If your goal is to deploy Office 365 updates, refer to our post on how to manage Office 365 updates using SCCM. … Read More

How to Manage SCCM IIS Log Files

Benoit LecoursSCCM3 Comments

We get this question a lot : C:\ drive gets full after a couple of week running SCCM, what are the best practices to save disk space on a SCCM server ? The first thing we propose is to delete SCCM IIS logs files. It’s an absolute must to implement a solution to delete SCCM IIS logs files from your primary server. The SCCM IIS logs files are usually in C:\Inetpub\Logs\LogFiles and are increasing at a rapid pace. In my lab environment with 50 clients, it’s growing at about 1MB per day. Not much… but in a site i’m actually managing with … Read More

Step-by-Step SCCM 1610 Upgrade Guide

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The third upgrade for SCCM Current Branch is now available. This post is a complete step-by-step SCCM 1610 upgrade guide. If you’re looking for a complete SCCM 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 … Read More

How to configure SCCM Server Group

Benoit LecoursSCCM16 Comments

Starting with SCCM 1606, a new pre-release feature allows to configure server group settings for a collection. This is a major change that gives much more flexibility to your patch management process as you can coordinate maintenance operation to optimize server up-time. Server groups permit to define specific collection settings for software updates installation : Allow a percentage of machines to be updated at the same time Allow a number of machines to be updated at the same time Specify the maintenance sequence Configure PowerShell scripts to run custom actions before and after your deployments How does SCCM Server Groups works ? The Technet explanation is … Read More

How to configure SCCM Device Categories

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Beginning with SCCM 1606, you can create device categories to automatically add devices into device collections when you are using SCCM and Intune in a hybrid scenario. (In a standalone scenario, this feature is named Device group mapping). At enrollment time, the mobile users are required to choose a device category. Once a device category is selected, the device is added to the corresponding collection based on a new collection membership : Device Category Rule. Device categories can also be set manually on a single device using the SCCM Console. Here’s everything you need to know in order to manage this new features : Create SCCM Device Categories Open the … Read More

Manage Windows 10 Upgrades using SCCM (Windows as a Service)

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Windows as a service provides a new way to think about building, deploying, and servicing the Windows operating system. Microsoft will releases new builds two to three times per year rather than the traditional upgrade cycle. Instead of doing traditional Windows deployment projects, you will need a continuous updating process which will reduce the overall effort required to maintain Windows 10 devices in your environment. SCCM Windows 10 Upgrades Summary This post will look at the available tools in SCCM to manage and deploy Windows 10 upgrades. We have broken down the post in 4 different sections : Windows 10 Servicing Dashboard What’s missing in … Read More

How to apply SCCM 1606 Update Rollup 1 (KB3186654)

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  The second hotfix for SCCM Current Branch (1606) is now available. This post is a complete SCCM 1606 Update Rollup 1 (KB3186654) installation 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 running at least SCCM 1606. Installing SCCM upgrades is important for your infrastructure. It fixes a lot of issues from SCCM 1606, 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 … Read More

Upgrade Windows 10 using SCCM Servicing Plans

Benoit LecoursSCCM, WINDOWS 1047 Comments

  With the introduction of new Windows 10 service branches, you will need to upgrade your Windows 10 devices at a much faster pace. Hopefully, SCCM Current Branch (1511 and higher) has built-in features to help you fulfill this task. You can choose between Upgrade Task Sequence or the new Windows Servicing feature. This post will describe how to use SCCM Windows 10 servicing plans to upgrade Windows 10 devices. If you are running SCCM 1511 we recommend using the Upgrade Task Sequence over servicing plans. SCCM 1511 has an issue that makes all Windows 10 languages and editions to be downloaded … Read More

Upgrade Windows 10 using SCCM Task Sequence

Benoit LecoursSCCM, WINDOWS 1017 Comments

  With the introduction of new Windows 10 service branches, you will need to upgrade your Windows 10 devices at a much faster pace. Hopefully, SCCM Current Branch (1511 and higher) has built-in features to help you fulfill this task. You can choose between Upgrade Task Sequence or the new Windows Servicing feature. This post will describe how to upgrade Windows 10 using SCCM Upgrade Task Sequence. If you are running SCCM 1511 we recommend to use the Upgrade Task Sequence over the new servicing features. There is an issue in SCCM 1511 that make all Windows 10 languages and editions … Read More

How to install Local Administrator Password Solution (LAPS)

Jonathan LefebvreActive Directory, SCCM, WINDOWS 106 Comments

One of the challenges faced by workstation administrators, is to manage the local administrator account in large environment. One of the options was to use Group Policy Preferences, but that was before KB2962486 removed the possibility to set password using Group Policy Preferences. Since then, Microsoft as come up with a solution : Local Administrator Password Solution (LAPS). Here’s the benefits of using LAPS : Unique password for local administrator per computer Password available from Active Directory, if needed to use local administrator account Remotly change the local administrator password Ability to use a custom administrator account Limitation : Only … Read More