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A quick off the cuff post this one. There has been a lot of talk today on the twittersphere about a rogue patch affecting Windows 10 and Windows Server 2016.
It basically stems from the delta updates detailed in this article.
Specifically there is a section at the bottom which…
This post follows on from a speaking session I did with Sam Erksine recently at Experts Live Europe in Berlin. A great event by the way if you ever get the chance to attend. In that session I demonstrated how to perform all the necessary pre-reqs and connect your Configuration Manager into an OMS subscription. The premise of our session was specifically for working with patching via OMS but I will cover more of that in…
When it comes to identifying what department a device belongs too, it can either be easy or beyond complicated.
For some it is a simple case of relying on a well-organised Active Directory Site layout, or Organisational Unit structure, but for other SCCM administrator sorry souls, branding from external directories and sources is haphazard and unreliable.
If you are in the latter category, and are fed up with a poorly…
I was truly honoured to receive an email on Saturday telling me that I had been awarded the Microsoft Most Valuable Professional Award in Enterprise Mobility.
It’s something I didn’t set out to achieve when I started the SCCMentor blog four years ago, but over that time I have helped in the community, become involved in a cool usergroup (WMUG), done some public speaking, got to know fellow ConfigMgr experts…
Thought I’d give one of the new features in ConfigMgr Technical Preview build 1705 called Improvements for SQL Server Always On Availability Groupsa walk through, so that I could soak up all the SQL AlwaysOn Availability Group and Windows Server Failover Clustering knowledge.
From the docs:
With this release, you can now use asynchronous commit replicas in the SQL Server Always On availability groups you use with…
Couple weeks back I mentioned that Client Registration is broken for Management Point Replicas.
I escalated it up to the product group and the great news is that it looks likely to be fixed at the next current branch hotfix rollup for 1702, no promises there, but they are aware of it which is good.
I also asked for a problem\solution post on TechNet or wherever it should be hosted, so that customers who have this issue…
Had a customer reporting issues with client registration when devices use Management Point Replicas.
Had a look around and discovered that MP Replica’s are not processing brand new Client Registrations.
You’ll see the issue manifesting in the MP_CLIENTID log on the MP being used to perform the registration, and on the device in the ClientIDManagerStartup log where it’ll never complete the registration.…
This is an idea of the highest order!
It deserves to get the "Most votes ever on User Voice" due to its utter brilliance!
Joking aside, quite a helpful feature if we can get it implemented.
Man up, click here, apply a vote!
User Voice: Trusted Source Locations - Complete the trusted source story
There's been a lot of interest in the Power BI dashboard and ConfigMgr template since I published a blog post about it on the SCCMentor website back in March. A presentation I ran at the last WMUG event generated even more discussion about the tool.
One of the great features of the product is the ability to share out your dashboards to your Office 365 users with the click of a few buttons and you only needed access…
LogLauncher is back in the development dry-dock for a refitting, no small change indeed, as I’m adding in a feature request from Zeng (Sandy), the ability to scan as many devices as you want, and see them in the navigation tree on the left so you can hop around them removing the need to open several LogLauncher processes to accomplish the same result, something like this working code example:
Fortunately the code-base…
Was onsite with a customer recently, and had failure trying to upgrade their Build 1610 Current Branch Hierarchy to Build 1702.
The problem was being reported in the SMS_DMP_Downloader log as follows:
Things turn over so rapidly now, it would seem, and as we iterate forwards with new releases of ConfigMgr using the Servicing channel, we suddenly get hit with an announcement that support for something important or at least popular has been dropped, making us feel that things are moving too quickly, after a pace that hasn’t changed much for a decade.
The following comes from the What’s new in Version 1702 documenta…
There are quite a few cool features in the Build 1702 release of System Center Configuration Manager Current Branch, the one I’m going to go over here is the feature that gives Software Update Points Boundary Group-awareness, or boundary affinity.
This complements the already boundary group-aware Distribution Point, Management Point and State Migration Point roles, and with this introduction, we finally have usage control…
An overlooked part of content management for ConfigMgr / SCCM is Client Deployment and Client Upgrade.
This is mostly because, organisations hardly feel the hit of pushing out the ConfigMgr client for the first time, or when updating the client to a higher version, having well-connected sites and fast and wide communication paths to most of the network.
I’ve witnessed many times a Client Push take place to a high density…
I've started a new series of posts on the SCCMentor website to review some of the best ConfigMgr books that are out on the market. I thought it would be worth presenting these reviews on the WMUG website.
In the first of the series I take a look at the second edition of the Microsoft System Center Endpoint Protection Cookbook. The book is authored by MVP Nicolai Henriksen, a ConfigMgr and , back in the day, S…
I setup Intune quite a lot for Intune Hybrid POC’s, and I thought I’d run off a simple guide for those that want to spin this stuff up in their own lab at home.
The goal of this guide is to get it running so you can tinker with the features available through Mobile Device Management (MDM), this isn’t a guide on how to get Intune and ConfigMgr setup for a production environment, and it falls short of covering what you…
The ConfigMgr team just released a hotfix rollup for ConfigMgr Current Branch Build 1610, KB4010155. (28/02/2017)
Lots of little changes, worth reading the list in the KB Update rollup for System Center Configuration Manager current branch, version 1610
Key for those of you that have Management Point Replica’s in place, the SPROC is fixed
Hot off the press comes Build 1702 for ConfigMgr Technical Preview!
I’ve released a point release for LogLauncher, it contains the following:
A lot of my free time of late has been going into many things, one of which was redoing LogLauncher with modern ribbon look, and adding in some much needed functionality.
Just a moment ago I updated the TechNet Gallery with V3.0, here’s what it looks like now:
It has some strong features:
In Configuration Manager Current Branch v1610 Microsoft released one specific feature (previously available in tech preview) called the Cloud Management Gateway. To summarise, this offers an alternative solution to internet based client management utilising Azure therefore removing the need for any internal infrastructure, port openings, network routes etc which can often be complicated and cumbersome for many IT departments…
They say the only constant in IT is change. It’s fair to say it’s been a little while since I last did any significant writing or presenting and a lot has changed in my world since then but here I am alive and kicking and getting back into the swing of the IT community again.
Just taking time out really, I probably last surfaced somewhere around August 2016 when I was at System Center Europe in Berlin…
The Raspberry Pi 2 and 3 are running with enough power to act as a 'thin client' device to connect to a Citrix environment via a specific release of the Citrix Receiver. This blog post takes you through the basic steps to get you installed and connected.
You can download the Raspbian O/S from the official Raspberry Pi web site https://www.raspberrypi.org/downloads/. If you are new to this I recommend…
I needed a brief moment to think of a suitable way to describe the feature for this posts title, as its pre-release name is Prevent installation of an application if a specified program is running, not as catchy as its in-console name of Installer Handling, which I decided not to use as it isn’t descriptive enough, and may not be the final name for the feature, and decided upon Recognise Deployment-blocking executab…
Finished up coding Version 2 of the Log Launcher in readiness for a weekend release. Weekends are not the best time to release tools I’ve found, but heck why sit on it a whole weekend waiting for Monday
I wrote this tool for the primary reason that I get tired of tapping in paths to get at logs in different locations, when I am on-site with a Customer I often have to navigate around logs looking things up, and…