How to configure Windows Analytics with Log Analytics

Jonathan LefebvreAzure4 Comments

Windows Analytics is the suite name following the original release of Upgrade readiness. The suite adds Device Health and Update Compliance under the same roof. Depending on the environment each sub-product will provide key information for end-user computer admins. Upgrade readiness can help assess applications and drivers compatibility prior to migrate from Windows 7/8.1 to Windows 10, or even from one Windows 10 build to another. Device Health provides extra information for admins to review various crash within their environment. Update compliance provides a way to track how updates and upgrades are doing in the environment. This will be particularly … Read More

How to customize Windows 10 using Intune and Autopilot

Jonathan LefebvreIntune7 Comments

windows 10 intune autopilot customization

With the latest updates Microsoft released to Intune and Autopilot, it is becoming more realistic to leave the task sequence behind in favor of using Autopilot with Intune to deliver the computer standards required by an enterprise. While it will no be possible for all scenarios, a standard PC used for administrative tasks can be delivered with many, if not all, of the required customization. While many of our previous Windows 10 Customization tricks are still gonna be useful, the delivery will be different from simply running various scripts from a Task Sequence. In this post, we will go over … Read More

Deploy Feature on Demand using SCCM

Benoit LecoursSCCM15 Comments

Beginning with Windows 10 1709, you can’t use WSUS to host Features on Demand and language packs for Windows 10 clients. Instead, you need to download them directly from Windows Update. This is the official Microsoft Statement… at the time of this writing, it’s still possible to download FoD on VLSC or MSDN. We are in a transition method but clearly sees where Microsoft is going. This blog post will show one method to install FoD using SCCM but there are alternative methods also when you download the file from VLSC or MSDN (hint : Use Dism). Features on Demand (FODs) … Read More

Automatic Windows 10 PC Enrollment in Microsoft Intune or SCCM

Benoit LecoursIntune, SCCM, WINDOWS 1063 Comments

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

Configure Start Menu Windows 10 1703 and above

Jonathan LefebvreSCCM17 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

Import Windows Devices for AutoPilot using Microsoft Intune

Benoit LecoursIntune12 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

SCCM Windows 10 Deployment Guide

Benoit LecoursSCCM5 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

Windows 10 Compatibility Check using SCCM and Report

Benoit LecoursREPORT, Reports, SCCM, SSRS26 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

How to Configure SCCM Delivery Optimization 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. This blog post will describe how to configure SCCM Delivery Optimization Task sequence. With that said, Delivery Optimization as the potential of … Read More

How to use the Windows 10 Security baseline

Jonathan LefebvreWINDOWS 109 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