How to update HP BIOS using latest HPFirmwareUpdRec with SCCM

Jonathan LefebvreSCCM13 Comments

At a client site, they received newest HP models to be tested. Downloading drivers and BIOS updates were the usual. Looking at details about the BIOS update, we noticed that the HPBIOSUPDREC.exe that was used was no longer available.  HP released a new version called HPFirmwareUpdRec to replace it. Even if the help stated the command line to be the same, it turned out it didn’t work at all. Unfortunately, it doesn’t seem HP documented the new tool and how to use it. we were able to figure it out by digging into HP forums… In this post, we will show … Read More

Configure Delivery Optimization in SCCM Task Sequence

Jonathan LefebvreOSD, WINDOWS 101 Comment

Windows 10 brings a new feature to optimize network performance when it comes to Windows Update. This feature is called Delivery Optimization. Delivery Optimization is a cloud-based service that allows computers on the same network to share updates files to prevent reaching out to Windows Update directly or to a remote WSUS.  Windows 10 clients must have access to the internet to be able to leverage Delivery Optimization to establish a peer-to-peer connection to another Windows 10 computer. With that said, Delivery Optimization as the potential of doing the opposite of what it was designed for. By default, the Download mode is … Read More

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

Benoit LecoursSCCM5 Comments

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

Benoit LecoursSCCM3 Comments

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

BIOS UEFI Conversion using SCCM Task Sequence

Jonathan LefebvreSCCM44 Comments

With the release of SCCM Current branch 1610, one of the interesting new feature is the ability to do a BIOS to UEFI conversion in a task sequence. This would also allow to use Secure Boot with Windows 10 for strengthen security. In this blog, we’ll explain how to convert BIOS to UEFI with a task sequence on HP computers. This solution can also be applied for Dell and Lenovo computers. SCCM BIOS UEFI Conversion Prerequisites Before starting, you need 3 things : SCCM Current Branch 1610 or higher [su_box title=”Note” style=”glass” title_color=”#F0F0F0″]If you are not yet on 1610, you can achieve BIOS to UEFI … Read More

Upgrade Windows 10 using SCCM Servicing Plans

Benoit LecoursSCCM, WINDOWS 1047 Comments

  With the introduction of new Windows 10 service branches, you will need to upgrade your Windows 10 devices at a much faster pace. Hopefully, SCCM Current Branch (1511 and higher) has built-in features to help you fulfill this task. You can choose between Upgrade Task Sequence or the new Windows Servicing feature. This post will describe how to use SCCM Windows 10 servicing plans to upgrade Windows 10 devices. If you are running SCCM 1511 we recommend using the Upgrade Task Sequence over servicing plans. SCCM 1511 has an issue that makes all Windows 10 languages and editions to be downloaded … Read More

Upgrade Windows 10 using SCCM Task Sequence

Benoit LecoursSCCM, WINDOWS 1017 Comments

  With the introduction of new Windows 10 service branches, you will need to upgrade your Windows 10 devices at a much faster pace. Hopefully, SCCM Current Branch (1511 and higher) has built-in features to help you fulfill this task. You can choose between Upgrade Task Sequence or the new Windows Servicing feature. This post will describe how to upgrade Windows 10 using SCCM Upgrade Task Sequence. If you are running SCCM 1511 we recommend to use the Upgrade Task Sequence over the new servicing features. There is an issue in SCCM 1511 that make all Windows 10 languages and editions … Read More

Refreshing a Windows 7 Computer to Windows 10 using USMT and SCCM

Benoit LecoursSCCM, WINDOWS 1044 Comments

Since SCCM 1511, you can use the new upgrade task sequence to easily upgrade a Windows 7 computer to Windows 10. But what if you want to upgrade a computer from a 32-bits operating system to Windows 10 64-bits ? You can’t use the upgrade task sequence for this specific scenario. Another reason would be that your company decided to use the wipe and reload option in your Windows 10 migration project. In those cases you will need to use USMT to capture data and settings from the users profiles before applying the new operating system. This post will describe how to upgrade a … Read More

SCCM Windows 10 Customization using Task Sequences

Benoit LecoursSCCM60 Comments

In this post we will describe how to customize your windows 10 image to personalize it to your company. There’s an infinite amount of customization that can be made but i’ll try to cover the more frequent one, those that are asked 95% of every Windows 10 projects I was involved in. You could also do all those modifications through group policies if you want to enforce those settings. SCCM Windows 10 Customization Package Before we begin any customization, we will create a Windows 10 Customization package that we will use in our task sequence. It will be empty to start but we … Read More

Windows 10 Deployment | SCCM Task Sequence Upgrade Windows 7 to Windows 10

Benoit LecoursSCCM, WINDOWS 1027 Comments

In the fourth post of this blog series about Windows 10 Deployment using SCCM, we will show you how to upgrade a Windows 7 to Windows computer 10 using SCCM task sequence upgrade. The goal of an upgrade task sequence is to upgrade an existing operating system to Windows 10 without loosing any data and installed software. This post assumes that you are running SCCM 1511 or SCCM 1602 and that you completed the preparation of your environment for Windows 10. If you are running SCCM 2012 R2 SP1, the product team has release important information about SCCM task sequence upgrade that you can find … Read More