How to configure SCCM Server Group

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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 pretty clear : When you deploy software updates to a collection that has server group settings configured, SCCM determines how many computers in the collection can install the software updates at any given time and makes the same number of deployment locks available. Only computers that get a deployment lock will … Read More

Step-by-Step SCCM 2012 R2 CU5 Installation Guide

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Here’s a step-by-step SCCM 2012 R2 CU5 Installation guide. Installing SCCM cumulative updates is very important to your infrastructure. It fix lots of issues, which some of them are important. As this is a cumulative update, you don’t have to install prior CU(1,2,3,4) before installing CU5. CU5 contains all the fixes included in previous CU. Improvements/Fixes There’s no new major functionality in CU5. It mostly applies the latest KB and fixes known bugs. Follow this Microsoft Support page to see a full list of issues that are fixed. PowerShell changes are no longer included in CU as described in our previous post. You won’t find any changes in PowerShell following this CU. Before you begin Installing this update is very similar to CU4. I’ll guide you through the upgrade process step-by-step in a standalone primary scenario. Download the update on the Microsoft Support page This update can be applied directly to the following Systems/Roles: … Read More

Requirements and Recommendations before installing SCCM 2012 R2

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In the first part of SCCM 2012 and SCCM 1511 blog series, we will cover SCCM installation prerequisites most specifically hardware requirements, design recommendations and server prerequisites. Hardware Requirements The hardware requirements for a Primary Site server largely depends on the features that are enabled, and how each of the components is utilized. When the number of clients grows and changes, the server hardware requirements change accordingly. For the initial deployment, hardware requirements can be estimated for each server by determining: The overall need for each component (Will you do Operating System Deployment ? How many daily software deployments ? Is Inventory and reporting is important for your organisation ? Will you manage Internet Client ?) The number of clients planned to be installed The load on each of installed SCCM components In general, medium environments (couple thousand clients) should consider the following recommendations when planning hardware: SCCM and SQL Server communicate constantly. We … Read More