How to move SCCM Move Content Library to another drive

Jonathan LefebvreSCCM6 Comments

One of the common mistakes we still see is having SCCM Move Content Library folders on many different drives, most of the time not on purpose. Usually, this will lead to the C drive being full, or the drive where the SQL database sits. This will then cascade into a series of errors all over SCCM. In this post, we will show how to use the SCCM 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, you will need to download the SCCM 2012 toolkit Move SCCM Move Content Library Find the drives where there are Distribution Point content folder that shouldn’t be there You can see the Content Library folder location in a registry key:  HKLM\Software\Microsoft\SMS\DP\ As stated in the limitation, the Distribution … Read More

How to Enable and Monitor SCCM BranchCache

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In this post, we will cover how to configure BranchCache on your SCCM server SCCM clients. It’s quite straight forward and using BranchCache can significantly optimize network bandwidth during deployment. BranchCache is a bandwidth-optimization feature introduce with Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows 7. Each client uses a cache and acts as an alternate source for content that devices on its own network request. SCCM can use BranchCache to optimize network bandwidth during deployments. That way you decrease your request on your distribution points since your client act as the source for other clients. We won’t go into detail on all different SCCM Caching methods, this blog focus on enabling BranchCache but we suggest that you get familiar with the different caching options that are available. BranchCache Peer Cache Connected Cache Delivery Optimization Microsoft has an excellent article for Selecting the right peer caching technology and a great comparison post … Read More

How to configure SCCM Software Update point in SSL

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While the requirements of running SCCM/MEMCM in full SSL may be less required theses days with the Cloud Management Gateway being so effective with remote computers management, running the WSUS – Software Update point in SSL is likely to show up as a requirement whenever doing a security audit of your environment. In this post, we will detail the required steps, from the certificate template creation to the client validation on enabling SSL for WSUS and the SCCM Software Update Point. Requirements Any SCCM version Communication on port 8531 must be open on your Firewall Certificate template Creation The first step to enable SSL communication is to create a server certificate for your server. On the server that is running the Certification Authority, open the Certification Authority console (certsrv.mmc), right-click Certificate Templates and select Manage The Certificate Templates management console opens Right-click the Web Server template and then select Duplicate … Read More

How to enable SCCM Wake on LAN Client Notification (1810+)

Benoit LecoursSCCM11 Comments

When I first read the SCCM 1810 New features list, the features that I found the most interesting was the new SCCM Wake on LANClient Notification addition. By reading the feature description it looks too good to be true. Finally an easy way to do Wake on LAN on an enterprise network : What makes it exciting is that SCCM can now find another client on the same subnet and wake up its neighbour. We won’t describe in details how WoL works, but let’s say that it’s always been a challenge to implement it in a corporate environment mostly because magic packets are non-routable so it doesn’t work easily on remote subnets. We fired up our lab environment and had to try it to see if it comes up to our expectation. The blog post will show in details how to enable SCCM 1810 Wake on LAN using Client Notification. SCCM Wake on Lan … Read More

How to Update Windows ADK 1809 on a SCCM Server

Jonathan LefebvreSCCM15 Comments

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 here. In this blog post, we will detail how to update the Windows ADK along with the WinPE Addon. WHY SEPARATE DOWNLOADS FOR WINDOWS ADK AND WINPE From Microsoft, “Starting with Windows 10, version 1809, Windows Preinstallation Environment (PE) is released separately from the Assessment and Deployment Kit (ADK). To … 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 Distribution Point standalone, using the Classic service Deployment, it should be considered the old way of doing this. We’ll have a blog post on How to install a Cloud Distribution Point using Azure Resource Manager Deployment in the near future. Prerequisites SCCM Current Branch 1806 or higher Azure Subscription A … 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 appropriately with SCCM CMPivot. In this post, we will covert how to use CMPivot to create a basic query and how to use the result of this query. SCCM CMPivot Prerequisites SCCM must be Current Branch 1806 or higher SCCM clients must be running 1806 or higher Powershell  v5.0 on target … Read More

How to install SCCM 1802 Update Rollup 1 (KB4163547)

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The first Hotfix Rollup for SCCM Current Branch (1802) is now available. This post is a complete SCCM 1802 Hotfix Rollup 1 (KB4163547) installation guide. If you’re looking for a complete SCCM Current Branch 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 SCCM 1802 to apply this update. Installing SCCM upgrades is important for your infrastructure. It fixes a lot of issues from SCCM 1802, 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 upgrade post which explain it all. You may wonder what’s the difference between a Cumulative Update (CU) and an Update Rollup (UR)/Hotfix RollUp (HR) : A CU is a new servicing baseline. A post-CU1 hotfix requires CU1 first, whereas a post-UR1 … Read More

Create Office 365 Installer using SCCM

Jonathan LefebvreApplication, OFFICE, SCCM15 Comments

There have been many different posts about deploying Office 365 with SCCM. The majority of them used the Office Configuration tool in a more or less creative way. An easier method has been available for awhile to help SCCM admins to create the “perfect” Office 365 package. The SCCM Office 365 Installer is a new feature released in SCCM 1702. SCCM Office 365 Installer provides an easy-to-use wizard to define every related item for an Office 365 application. Whether you are new to creating Office 365 package or simply want to refresh an older package, this solution will ease every step of creating an Office 365 package. In this post, we will detail how to use the Office 365 Installer creation wizard. If you are looking for How to Update Office 365 using SCCM, see our previous post. Prerequisites SCCM Current Branch 1702 and up Create SCCM Office 365 Installer Package Browse … Read More

How to Change SCCM MDM Authority to Intune Standalone

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With the release of SCCM 1710, one of the key new features is the Co-Management possibility with Intune. Going in the direction of the Co-Management would eventually allow to offload some management task to Intune and be more aligned with the concept of Modern Management for Windows 10. One of the main requirement to enable Co-Management is to have Intune as the MDM Authority. This goes against what many SCCM admins have done over the past few years, by enabling the Intune Connector in SCCM to manage mobile devices from the SCCM console. This is called Intune in Hybrid mode. Microsoft has come up with a solution to bring back Intune as the MDM authority, which is the Standalone mode. All this without impacting the end-user with his enrolled devices. In this post, we will detail how to move Intune from Hybrid mode to Standalone. Prerequisites to Change SCCM MDM … Read More