How to Start Securing ConfigMgr in the Enterprise

Nicolas PilonAdaptiva, SCCMLeave a Comment

  As an IT professional, you already know that a security breach can be devastating. It can also be expensive, $4 million on average according to a 2015 survey sponsored by IBM. Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager (ConfigMgr) can play a huge part in preventing attacks and implementing an enterprise-wide security solution. ConfigMgr helps companies make sure all endpoints are current with the latest security fixes, configured correctly, behaving normally, and only running authorized applications. However, like almost everything else in IT these days, ConfigMgr itself is a target for hackers who can use it to distribute malware, take control … Read More

Complete SCCM 1511 Installation Guide

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In the first post of this SCCM 1511 Installation Guide blog series, we planned our hierarchy, prepared our server and Active Directory. In part 2, we installed and configured SQL in order to perform SCCM 1511 installation. In part 3, we will run the prerequisite checker and proceed to the complete SCCM 1511 installation. We will install a stand-alone Primary site. If you’re already running SCCM 2012 and want an upgrade to SCCM 1511, do not follow this guide. This guide is for a new SCCM 1511 installation only. See our upgrade guide instead. Prerequisite Check Before launching the SCCM 1511 installation, we recommend to launch the Prereqchk tool in … Read More

Step-by-Step SCCM 1511 Configuration Installation Guide

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The new version of SCCM is out ! You may know this version as SCCM Vnext, SCCM 2016 or SCCM 1511. The product group explained on their blog that the new version will be simply called SCCM. SCCM installation has never been an easy process and the product itself can be complex for inexperienced administrators. With these blog posts, our goal is to bring it a bit further, explaining concepts and best practice rather than just guide the user through the installation process. If you’re not familiar with SCCM 1511 Features, you can visit this Technet article which covers it all. If you’re familiar with SCCM 2012 … Read More

Step-by-Step SCCM 2012 R2 SP1 CU2 Installation Guide

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Cumulative Update 2 (CU2) for SCCM 2012 R2 SP1 and SCCM 2012 SP2 is now available. This post is a complete step-by-step SCCM 2012 R2 SP1 CU2 Installation guide. If you’re looking for a complete SCCM 2012 installation guide, see our blog series which covers it all. Installing SCCM cumulative updates is very important to your infrastructure. It fix lots of issues, which some of them are important. Microsoft recommends installing Cumulative Updates if you are affected by a resolved issues. If you are not on SCCM 2012 R2 SP1 or SCCM 2012 SP2, the latest CU is Cumulative Update 5. As this is … Read More

Configure SCCM 2012 to Inventory RAID Controller Drivers

Nicolas PilonHardware Inventory, SCCM, SQLLeave a Comment

A RAID controller is a device used to manage hard disk drives (HDDs) or solid-state drives (SSDs) in a computer or storage array. It has the ability to access multiple copies of data on multiple physical devices and improve performance with data protection in case of a system failure. We suggest to keep your RAID controller drivers updated to have the latest fixes from the manufacturer. In this post, we will show you how to configure SCCM 2012 to inventory RAID controller drivers to prepare a deployment targeting the affected systems. We will show how to modify SCCM 2012 hardware inventory classes to get this information. … Read More

How to perform a SCCM 2012 R2 Installation

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In the first part of this SCCM 2012 and SCCM 1511 blog series, we planned our hierarchy, prepared our server and Active Directory. In part 2, we installed and configured SQL in order to perform SCCM 2012 R2 installation. In part 3, we will run the prerequisite checker and proceed to the SCCM 2012 R2 installation. We will install a stand-alone Primary site.   Prerequisite Check Before launching the SCCM 2012 R2 installation, we recommend to launch the Prereqchk tool in order to verify if all components are configured correctly. The SCCM 2012 R2 installation wizard will also run this check but if you’re missing a requirement, you’ll have … Read More

Complete SCCM 2012 SQL Install Guide

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In the first part of this SCCM 2012 and SCCM 1511 blog series, we planned our hierarchy, prepared our Server and Active Directory. In part 2, we will install and configure SQL before installing SCCM 2012 R2 or SCCM 1511. Click the following link to see all supported SQL versions. For our post, we will install SQL 2012 SP2 locally on the same server where the Primary Site will be installed. SCCM 2012 SQL Install Guide Execute Setup.exe from the SQL installation media, select New Installation Review and Click Next Select Enter Product Key and skip the proposed updates. We will install CU4, later … 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 … Read More

Step-by-Step SCCM 2012 R2 Installation Guide

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  Download and own part 1 to 18 of the SCCM 2012 R2 Installation Guide in a single PDF file. Use our products page or use the download button below. This blog post won’t be updated, only the document will be.   Performing a SCCM 2012 R2 installation is not a walk in the park. The product itself can be complex for inexperienced administrators. There’s already tons of SCCM 2012 R2 Installation Guide available, written by experienced blogger and MVPs but I think that very few gives the whole picture from the start to the last component. Our goal is to bring it a bit … Read More

SCCM 2012 Useful Resources

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I often get question about where to start or where to find the best resources about Configuration Manager. I decided to build a list of the best tools to help you manage your SCCM environment. This list will evolve with time so bookmark this page and come back on a regular basis. SCCM 2012 Books To start learning or to deepen your knowledge, theses are my books recommendation. You can’t go wrong with these authors. They have been working, talking, blogging  about SMS/SCCM since forever. The first 3 are about SCCM in general and the last 3 are more oriented toward system … Read More