How to fix SCCM HTTP Error 503 – The service is unavailable

Benoit LecoursSCCM7 Comments

Friday morning, the sun is shining, coffee is flowing… You monitor your SCCM site and find out that your WSUS Synchronization is failing when it was working perfectly yesterday. The first error that you encounter is SCCM HTTP Error 503 The service is unavailable in a couple of places: In Wsyncmgr.log:  Sync failed: The request failed with HTTP status 503: Service Unavailable. Source: Microsoft.UpdateServices.Administration.AdminProxy.CreateUpdateServer In Component Status : Monitor / System Status / Component Status SMS_WSUS_SYNC_Manager is in a warning state: WSUS Synchronization failed. Message: The request failed with HTTP status 503: Service Unavailable. Source:Microsoft.UpdateServices.Administration.AdminProxy.CreateUpdateServer If you try to access the … Read More

How to use SCCM Content Library Cleanup Tool

Benoit LecoursSCCM10 Comments

Starting with SCCM 1702, a new command line tool is available to remove content that is no longer associated with any package or application from a distribution point. The Content Library Cleanup (ContentLibraryCleanup.exe) can help you save up valuable space in a specific distribution point content library. The tool will delete content from the library based on the specified distribution point when the tool is run. SCCM Content Library Cleanup Tool Requirements You can run the content library cleanup tool directly on the computer that hosts the distribution point or remotely from another server You can run the tool from a single … Read More

Enable and Configure SCCM Install Behavior for Applications

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SCCM 1702 introduce a new feature to check and close executable files before application installation. This could be useful if you need to close a certain process before an SCCM application installation. One example would be some Adobe products that need Internet Explorer to be closed before installation. Before 1702 there was no way to do this using a built-in option in SCCM. A popular User Voice item was delivered as a pre-release feature in SCCM 1702 which is called SCCM install behavior for applications. We will show you how to enable and configure the Install Behavior tab in an application deployment type … Read More

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

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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

Configure High-Impact Task Sequence Settings in SCCM 1702

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Starting with SCCM 1702, new options are available in Task Sequences. It’s now possible to give more information about Task Sequence in Software Center (restart required, the download size of the task sequence, and the estimated run time), create a custom notification for high-risk deployments and configure any task sequence as a high-risk deployment. The new options can be found in the properties of any Task Sequence. We will configure those options and shows how it affect the end user. SCCM High-Impact Task Sequence Settings It’s possible to configure any task sequence (including non-operating system task sequences) as a high-risk deployment. This will … Read More

How to enable Android for Work in SCCM and Intune

Benoit LecoursIntune, SCCM6 Comments

Starting with SCCM 1702, mobile device management with SCCM and Microsoft Intune (Hybrid) now supports Android for Work device enrollment and management. You can manage compliance settings, wipe or delete Android devices, deploy apps, and collect software and hardware inventory. Users can download the Android company portal app from Google Play that lets them enroll Android for Work devices. Enable SCCM Android for Work The first step is to create a Google account and configure your Intune subscription to accept Android for Work devices. Refer to our previous blog post, if you don’t already have an active Intune subscription. Create … Read More

Step-by-Step SCCM 1702 Upgrade Guide

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A new upgrade for SCCM Current Branch is now available. This post is a complete step-by-step SCCM 1702 installation 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 features 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 … Read More

Switch from Office 365 Deferred Channel to Current Channel using SCCM

Benoit LecoursOFFICE, SCCM9 Comments

Today, I’ve been ask to switch a couple of hundred Office 365 Deferred Channel to Current Channel. At first, I wasn’t sure if there was a supported way to do that. I start googling around and I ran into this Microsoft support article. Before going technical, you maybe wondering why you would want to do this. Well, for a couple of reason : You just installed Office 365, and you’re on the Deferred Channel and want to change to Current Channel A fix has been released and you want to move to the Current Channel to receive it A new feature … Read More

Step-by-Step SCCM Report Creation using Report Builder

Benoit LecoursREPORT, SCCM, SSRS4 Comments

One of our favorite tasks when it comes to ConfigMgr management is SCCM Report Creation. Not only it brings value to an SCCM installation, it bring visibility on your hard work toward your management. Without SCCM reports, this huge management tools is running silently on all your devices but you’re not benefiting of all the advantages. It’s like having a sport car and discovering the Autobahn … ok maybe not. But what makes a good SCCM report ? Data, data, data This is the more important part of your reports. You need to query the right SQL views in the SCCM database. If … Read More

SCCM Software Update Management Guide

Benoit LecoursSCCM, Software Updates25 Comments

SCCM Software Update Management Guide

Software Update management is not the simplest SCCM tasks. Over the years, we trained many SCCM administrator using a simple approach and deployment strategy. We finally decided to create this complete SCCM Software Update Management Guide. This guide is a best-practice guide on how to plan, configure, manage and deploy software updates with SCCM. This guide aims to help SCCM administrator understand the basic concept of each part of the patch management process. This guide does not explain how to setup your Software Update Point. There are other ways of doing software update management in SCCM, this document describes a typical case … Read More