SCCM Express Installation Files for Windows 10 Updates

Jonathan LefebvreSCCM, WINDOWS 1017 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

Customize Windows 10 Taskbar Configuration Using SCCM Task Sequence

Jonathan LefebvreSCCM, WINDOWS 1032 Comments

With the release of Windows 10 1607, some customization solution were modified. One of them is the ability to modify the Taskbar configuration. In a previous post, we provided many customization scripts and how-to that were made for Windows 10 version 1511. Modifying the Taskbar was one of those customization but it was more of a workaround than a planned how-to. With Windows 10 1607, the Taskbar can be modified similarly to the Start Menu. In this post, we will detail how to modify the Windows 10 Taskbar configuration using a SCCM Task sequence. This could also be done as part of a Group … Read More

Windows 10 | Point and Print printer installation prompt UAC

Jonathan LefebvreWINDOWS 1012 Comments

We came across a strange issue today on Windows 10 devices that we haven’t seen since the Windows Vista days. Users has started to get prompts for User Account Control(UAC) when connecting to some printers. The Point and Print feature is responible for this as it easily allow standard users to install printer drivers from trusted print server. The problem appeared right after applying last July monthly updates. (MS16-087) [su_box title=”Description” style=”glass” title_color=”#F0F0F0″]This security update resolves vulnerabilities in Microsoft Windows. The more severe of the vulnerabilities could allow remote code execution if an attacker is able to execute a man-in-the-middle (MiTM) attack on a … Read More

Windows 10 Resources and Links for SCCM Administrators

Benoit LecoursSCCM, WINDOWS 101 Comment

Before starting a Windows 10 migration project, it’s always a good idea to be informed. There was so much information about Windows 10 in the past year : the OS itself has a couple of new features that you need to first understand. Your infrastructure needs various updates before you can start managing Windows 10 devices. The Windows 10 servicing options are also a huge chunk to understand. This can be overwhelming at first so we decided to compile a list of documentation that we found helpful during our multiple deployment projects. Come back often as this list will continue … Read More

How to use Windows 10 Deep Link Enrollment

Benoit LecoursSCCM1 Comment

Starting with Windows 10, version 1607, you can create a deep link to launch the Windows 10 enrollment app using an URI link. This allows to send a user-friendly display text to your user to simplify their device enrollment. You can use this link in an email sent to your users or add this link to an internal web page that users refer for enrollment. The URI link must use the following format : ms-device-enrollment:?mode=mdm At the time of this writing, the only supported mode value is mdm. [su_box title=”Note” style=”glass” box_color=”#000000″ title_color=”#F0F0F0″]Starting with Windows 10, v1607 deep linking is … Read More

Manage Windows 10 Upgrades using SCCM (Windows as a Service)

Benoit LecoursSCCM4 Comments

Windows as a service provides a new way to think about building, deploying, and servicing the Windows operating system. Microsoft will releases new builds two to three times per year rather than the traditional upgrade cycle. Instead of doing traditional Windows deployment projects, you will need a continuous updating process which will reduce the overall effort required to maintain Windows 10 devices in your environment. SCCM Windows 10 Upgrades Summary This post will look at the available tools in SCCM to manage and deploy Windows 10 upgrades. We have broken down the post in 4 different sections : Windows 10 Servicing Dashboard What’s missing in … Read More

Windows 10 KMS Activation and Management using Volume Activation Management Tool

Jonathan LefebvreWINDOWS 108 Comments

  The KMS server was first introduced with Windows Vista as an easy activation service for IT pros. Since then, each new release of Windows and Office provided a necessary update to KMS server, in order to keep offering activation keys to Windows and Office clients. The release of Windows 10 KMS activation and Office 2016 activation is no different then previous versions. In this post, we will covert how to use an already configured KMS server for activation of Windows 10 and Office 2016. Prerequisites for Windows 10 KMS Your existing KMS server will most probably be good to manage licenses … 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