How to Configure the SCCM Upgrade Readiness Connector

Benoit LecoursOMS, SCCM0 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 use Enterprise Mode Internet Explorer 11

Jonathan LefebvreSCCM0 Comments

One of the key feature of Internet Explorer 11, still unknown to many admins, is the Enterprise mode. This allow administrators to set a list of website to open in Enterprise Mode to emulate IE7 or IE8 and avoid compatibility issue that been preventing upgrading to Internet Explorer 11 or even moving on to more recent OS like Windows 8.1 or Windows 10. This feature is also available in Microsoft Edge. In this post, we will detail how to install, use and deploy the Enterprise Mode site list for Internet Explorer 11. Prerequisites Download Enterprise mode Site list manager here … Read More

Upgrade Windows 1607 to Windows 1703 using SCCM Servicing Plans

Benoit LecoursSCCM, WINDOWS 1012 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

Uninstall Windows Update using SCCM

Jonathan LefebvreSCCM, WINDOWS 103 Comments

SCCM Uninstall Windows Update

With the recent problems caused by monthly Windows Update, knowing how to massively uninstall Windows Update with SCCM is a must! This action is not available by default in SCCM. There are 2 ways to uninstall a Windows Update. Both solutions require the command line utility WUSA.exe, that as been around since Windows Vista/Windows Server 2008 era. In this post, we will detail both solutions to uninstall a Windows Update with SCCM. If you are looking for how to manage Windows update with SCCM, see our SCCM Software Update Management Guide for complete instructions. Prerequisites SCCM any version Windows 7 … Read More

Update Microsoft Surface Firmware using SCCM

Jonathan LefebvreApplication, SCCM, WINDOWS 102 Comments

Usually, when it comes to driver management, for computer already deployed, we say ‘If it ain’t broken don’t fix it’. Once in a while, a driver or firmware could require an update because of a bug reported by multiple users but that would usually be an exception. Microsoft Surface devices have proven over and over that this statement doesn’t apply to them. Microsoft Surface, since the beginning of the brand, tend to work better with latest firmware version. Microsoft often releases new firmware revision along major Windows 10 releases. For home users, the update will be applied with the standard … Read More

How to Update Windows ADK on a SCCM Server

Jonathan LefebvreSCCM9 Comments

With each major release of Windows 10, comes a new release fo the Windows Assessment and Deployment Kit. This means yet another product to keep up-to-date in your environment. In this post, we will cover how to update an existing installation of a Windows ADK on an SCCM server. If you are looking for a history of Windows ADK versions, see our post here. The following steps can be applied no matter what version of the ADK is already installed or will be installed. Why the Windows ADK must be updated? Stay supported for SCCM and Windows 10 OS deployment … Read More

Windows 10 ADK Version History

Benoit LecoursSCCM7 Comments

Every time I’m starting a new Windows 10 deployment project, I need to know which Windows 10 ADK is installed on a server to use with MDT or SCCM. The Windows 10 ADK (Assessment and Deployment Kit) has the tools you need to customize Windows images for large-scale deployment, and to test the quality and performance of the system, the added components, and the applications running on the system. How to find your Windows 10 ADK Version In Program and Features, all Windows 10 ADK are referred as Windows Assessment and Deployment Kits – Windows 10. The only element that defers is the build … Read More

SCCM Software Update Scan Error 0x80240fff on Windows 10 Clients

Benoit LecoursSCCM5 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

SCCM Express Installation Files for Windows 10 Updates

Jonathan LefebvreSCCM, WINDOWS 1015 Comments

One of SCCM Current Branch 1702 new feature is to support Express installation files for Windows 10 Cumulative Updates. This new features will enable a Windows 10 client to download only differential files from the previous month Cumulative Update. This should limit the size of Windows 10 Cumulative Updates as they tend to get bigger from months to months. In this post, we will cover how to configure SCCM and Windows 10 in order to benefit from express installation files. Prerequisites for SCCM Express Installation Files SCCM Current Branch 1702 or higher Windows 10 Anniversary Update 1607 with April 2017 Cumulative Update which … Read More

SCCM Endpoint Protection on Windows 10 Creators Update 1703

Jonathan LefebvreSCCM, SCEP, WINDOWS 103 Comments

System Center Endpoint Protection and Windows Defender both have a history of changes since they came out years ago. When Windows 10 came out more changes were made to Endpoint Protection and Windows Defender as we covered in a previous post. The latest Windows 10 Creators Update (1703), also bring its share of changes for Windows Defender, which then impact Endpoint Protection on the end-user side. If you are new to System Center Endpoint Protection, see our complete guide which covers it all. In this post, we will look at what changed for Endpoint Protection and Windows Defender in the Windows … Read More