Configure Start Menu Windows 10 1703 and above

Jonathan LefebvreSCCM15 Comments

Sometimes Microsoft makes small changes under the hood and can hardly be tracked unless an issue comes up to flag that changes. The configuration of the Start Menu and Taskbar for Windows 10 has been since the beginning a great challenge for administrators and it doesn’t look that this will change anytime soon. Microsoft added the following note to the start menu layout modification documentation A simple note, with great implication! Following our previous posts on Windows 10 Customization and how to modify the taskbar configuration, we will detail how to configure the start menu and taskbar with that latest … Read More

SCCM Windows 10 Deployment Guide

Benoit LecoursSCCM4 Comments

The race to update Windows 7 computers from your environment is entering its home stretch. Microsoft will end Windows 7 support on January 14th, 2020. If you still have Windows 7 computers in your company, it’s time to seriously plan your migration. If you’ve been reading our blog for a while, you may have seen a couple (!) of post regarding Windows 10 migration. We thought that regrouping all posts in a single one would save you time finding all needed SCCM Windows 10 deployments resources to start. If you are still running SCCM 2012 and have plans to deploy Windows 10, … 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 use the Windows 10 Security baseline

Jonathan LefebvreWINDOWS 106 Comments

Microsoft has been releasing Security baseline since the Windows XP days. Windows 10 is no exception to this, except now there’s a new release of security baseline following each major build of Windows 10. The concept of the Security Baseline is to provide Microsoft guidance for IT administrators on how to secure the operating system, by using GPOs, in the following areas : Computer security User security Internet Explorer BitLocker Credential Guard Windows Defender Antivirus Domain Security Implementing the security baseline in GPOs is not a complex or long task. The challenge that the security baseline provide is that it … Read More

Import Windows Devices for AutoPilot using Microsoft Intune

Benoit LecoursIntune7 Comments

Windows Autopilot is a new and emerging solution designed that allows to setup and pre-configure Windows devices for your environment using Azure and Intune. The goal of Autopilot is to reduce the Os deployment complexity. If done correctly, a user logs to an out-of-box computer, logs on his computers with his ADD user account and applications and configurations gets deployed. All that with minimum infrastructure requirements. When announced a couple of months ago, Autopilot has its flaws but it’s improving very fast. One of those flaws was that device importation was made from the Windows Store for Business or the Microsoft … Read More

Windows 10 Compatibility Check using SCCM and Report

Benoit LecoursREPORT, Reports, SCCM, SSRS11 Comments

When planning for a Windows 10 migration, understanding your environment is the key. Luckily, Windows 10 setup comes with command line options which one of them is an excellent compatibility check (/Compat ScanOnly). This command can be used on a Windows 7,8 or 10 devices before a migration in order to see if those devices are Windows 10 compatible. Using SCCM, we will run this Windows 10 compatibility check, return the results in the SCCM database and use this data to build a comprehensive report. This report can be used to detect and fix migration errors before the actual Windows 10 … Read More

SCCM Error 0xC1900208 deploying Windows 10 1709

Benoit LecoursSCCM12 Comments

When deploying Windows 10 1709 Feature Update using SCCM, you may encounter errors when running the installation in Software Center. These errors are sent by the Windows setup itself, they are not related to SCCM. In this post, we’ll show you how to troubleshoot these error and how to resolve the error 0xC1900208 – 1047526904. This post assumes that you’ve done the preparation steps to deploy features upgrades with SCCM. Windows 10 1709 Troubleshooting Here are some basic troubleshooting tips that you need to understand before proceeding. This blog post is not about troubleshooting any errors, we’ll focus on the … Read More

Windows 10 1709 Complete Upgrade Guide using SCCM

Benoit LecoursSCCM22 Comments

Microsoft published the Windows 10 1709 feature update (aka Fall Creator Update), as Semi-Annual Channel on October 18th, 2017. 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 updates. Treat it as a new operating system as if you were upgrading Windows … Read More

Automatic Windows 10 PC Enrollment in Microsoft Intune or SCCM

Benoit LecoursIntune, SCCM, WINDOWS 10Leave a Comment

The process of enrolling your Windows 10 computers in Intune should be as simple as possible for your users. If you’re using Azure Active Directory in your organization, the enrollment process can be made automatically when a user joins it’s device to AAD. It couldn’t be simpler. The process is the same rather for Intune Standalone or Hybrid mode (integrated with SCCM) Windows 10 Intune Automatic Enrollment Prerequisites CNAME DNS Entry created on your domain for automatic name resolution A valid Intune Tenant (Standalone or SCCM Integrated) Azure Active Directory Premium enabled For this post, we’ll be using a Windows 10 1703 device but … Read More

SCCM Windows 10 Inventory – Upgrade vs Fresh Install

Benoit LecoursSCCM, WINDOWS 102 Comments

With the next Windows 10 release planned for October 17th, I’m actually working on migrating a bunch of Windows 10 devices. Some are Windows 10 v1511, some v1607. Some have been installed using a fresh image and some have been migrated from a previous version. I thought it would be a good idea to inventory those devices to know their installation source (fresh or upgraded). To achieve this, we’ll need to extend our SCCM inventory to grab a custom registry key and then build a query or report to show this information. For this post, I’m using SCCM 1706 but the … Read More