Windows 10 1709 Complete Upgrade Guide using SCCM

Benoit LecoursSCCM24 Comments

Microsoft published the Windows 10 1709 feature update (aka Fall Creator Update), as Semi-Annual Channel on October 18th, 2017. You may need to deploy it to your Windows 10 computer to stay supported or to benefits from the new features. Before deploying a new Windows 10 feature upgrade, you need to have a good plan. Test it in a lab environment, deploy it to a limited group and test all your business applications before broad deployment. Do not treat a feature upgrade as normal monthly software updates. Treat it as a new operating system as if you were upgrading Windows … Read More

SCCM Windows 10 Inventory – Upgrade vs Fresh Install

Benoit LecoursSCCM, WINDOWS 102 Comments

With the next Windows 10 release planned for October 17th, I’m actually working on migrating a bunch of Windows 10 devices. Some are Windows 10 v1511, some v1607. Some have been installed using a fresh image and some have been migrated from a previous version. I thought it would be a good idea to inventory those devices to know their installation source (fresh or upgraded). To achieve this, we’ll need to extend our SCCM inventory to grab a custom registry key and then build a query or report to show this information. For this post, I’m using SCCM 1706 but the … Read More

How to Configure the SCCM Upgrade Readiness Connector

Benoit LecoursOMS, SCCM9 Comments

Upgrade Readiness (formerly Upgrade Analytics) enables you to assess and analyze device readiness with Windows 10.  You can integrate Upgrade Readiness with SCCM to access client upgrade compatibility data in the SCCM admin console. You are able to target devices for upgrade or remediation from the device list. Support for integrating Upgrade Analytics (now Upgrade Readiness) was introduced in SCCM 1610. With the 1706 release, there’s an improved integration of SCCM and Azure Services. These improvements streamline how you configure the Azure services you use with Configuration Manager. We thought this was a good opportunity to describe how to configure … Read More

How to Configure the SCCM OMS Connector

Benoit LecoursOMS, SCCM2 Comments

The Operations Management Suite is a cloud-based IT management solution that helps IT organizations to manage and protect the on-premises and cloud infrastructure. IT organizations can use the Microsoft Operations Management Suite (OMS) Connector to import data of collections from SCCM to Operations Management Suite. This makes data from the SCCM environment visible in the Operations Management Suite. For now, only collection membership information can be imported but I wouldn’t be surprised if more features are added in the near future. Microsoft Operation Management Suite (OMS) Connector was introduced as a pre-release feature in SCCM1606. With the 1706 release, there’s … Read More

Installing a SCCM DP/MP/SUP in an untrusted domain

Stephane FaubertSCCM12 Comments

There may come a time in your SCCM administration days where some special needs may arise. I had such a case recently. Long story short, in our company, we have a windows domain where no trusts exist with our primary domain where SCCM resides. The problem with that is since there is no visibility in between the two domains, how do you get the servers or workstations managed? Default settings? Such as a default Windows Update setup. Nah, I like to have some degree of control over who does what and when. Install a standalone WSUS server? Yes, this is … Read More

Upgrade Windows 1607 to Windows 1703 using SCCM Servicing Plans

Benoit LecoursSCCM, WINDOWS 1031 Comments

Microsoft published the next 1703 feature update (aka Creator Update), as Current Branch Update on 11th April 2017. Four months after the Current Branch for Business will be published (planned for August 2017) and you may need to deploy it to your Windows 10 computer to stay supported or to benefits from the new features. Before deploying a new Windows 10 feature upgrade, you need to have a good plan. Test it in a lab environment, deploy it to a limited group and test all your business applications before broad deployment. Do not treat a feature upgrade as normal monthly software … Read More

How to install an SCCM Cloud Distribution Point

Benoit LecoursCloud, SCCM12 Comments

SCCM Cloud Distribution Point

A  cloud distribution point is an SCCM distribution point that is hosted in Microsoft Azure. The client will access it as a normal distribution point using port 443 (SSL). Some benefits of using cloud distribution point are for clients on internet, fallback scenario or to quickly provision a distribution point if extra bandwidth is needed for a limited time. The whole process should take about an hour, a bit more if you’re not familiar with certificates which are a big part of this guide. Plan If you’re unsure if cloud distribution point is the right choice for your organization, read the following … Read More

How to install and configure SCCM Power BI Dashboard

Benoit LecoursPowerBI, SCCM23 Comments

Last September, the Power BI solution template for System Center Configuration Manager was released. The SCCM Power BI Dashboard provides detailed information of your SCCM hierarchy including client and server health, malware protection, software updates, and software inventory. Better late than never, we decided to do a blog post on how to link your SCCM server to Power BI and install the SCCM Power BI Dashboard. The SCCM Dashboard will show data as soon as you finish this wizard. You’ll also be able to build your own Power BI reports and publish it if you have a valid Power BI … Read More

SCCM Software Update Scan Error 0x80240fff on Windows 10 Clients

Benoit LecoursSCCM10 Comments

We encounter an interesting issue at a client today. All Windows 10 1511 clients were failing to install a cumulative update and send their Software Update scan status to the SCCM Software Update Point. We were trying to apply the latest Windows 10 1511 Cumulative Update KB4019473 to ensure protection against WannaCry outbreak. SCCM Software Update Scan Error 0x80240fff Symptoms We started by making some verifications: Software Update Point was healthy Software Updates Group were created with the needed update and deployed to the client collection A required schedule was set on the deployment Clients were pointing to the right … Read More

How to use SCCM to add On-Demand Hotfix in WSUS

Benoit LecoursSCCM9 Comments

For this post, we will be looking into how to use SCCM to add Microsoft Update Catalog into WSUS Server. Have you ever ran into a software update that wasn’t available in WSUS, but lo and behold, a quick internet search and you are able to manually download it via the Microsoft Update Catalog? I have. Way too often for my own liking. I published a post last week entitled How to add Latest Windows 7 Convenience Update in a SCCM Image. One reader, Dave, had a very good proposition that inspired the idea of doing this post and show you … Read More