• Wed, Oct 11 2017

    October 17 Delta patch problem - WSUS/SCCM

    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. https://docs.microsoft.c...
    • Thu, Sep 21 2017

    Connecting Configuration Manager 1706 to OMS

    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...
    • Mon, Jan 23 2017

    Cloud Management Gateway in Azure CSP **UPDATED 21/04/17**

    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 ut...
    • Mon, Jan 23 2017

    All change!

    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. Where have I been? Just taking time out really, I probably last surfaced somewhere around August 2016 when I was at System Center Europe in Berlin...
    • Tue, Jun 21 2016

    Update 1606 for Configuration Manager Tech Preview

    Update 1606 for Configuration Manager Tech Preview is now available through the Updates and Servicing node of your Configuration Manager Technical Preview installation. https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/enterprisemobility/2016/06/20/update-1606-for-configuration-manager-technical-preview-available-now ConfigMgr as a managed installer with Device Guard ( https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/enterprisemobility/2016/06...
    • Wed, Jun 8 2016

    **UPDATED** Configuration Manager Patch - KB3155482

    On the 27th May 2016 Microsoft released an update rollup for Configuration Manager Current Branch related to knowledgebase article KB3155482 . This is a significant update in that it is the first update rollup to be released through the current branch...
    • Tue, May 24 2016

    Configuration Manager in a single label domain

    I’ve been implementing Configuration Manager in an organisation recently which has multiple domains including a single label domain. Now to cut the whole post short I’m not going to step you through how to implement in a single label domain, it can’t/shouldn’t/isn’t supported to be done unless you set up a disjointed DNS namespace. I’m installing Configuration in a sub domain and that is all happy and wonderful so far...
    • Fri, May 20 2016

    System Center Universe 2016 – Berlin

    If you follow WMUG the chances are you work with Microsoft System Center products, there is also a good chance that you’re in Europe. Quite probably, you like to attend seminars/conferences and user groups meetings too. Who doesn’t? It’s a day off work and you get to learn stuff and hang out with like minded people who you can bounce ideas off. So with that in mind I present to you… 3 days of top quality sessions in 4...
    • Tue, Apr 5 2016

    Using the TLS cipher in Configuration Manager

    Before we get into this I should state that I’m not an IT security expert, I apologise up front for any inaccuracies or misunderstandings I may have made in this post. Feel free to correct me in the comments I was asked recently to extend an existing Configuration Manager environment to manage a number of untrusted devices. The solution to this involved creating a new HTTPS enabled management point, distribution point...
    • Mon, Apr 4 2016

    UK IT Roadshow - Hybrid Cloud Infrastructure & DevOps

    If you are interested in what Microsoft have to offer in the way of hybrid cloud and devops then I’m pleased to say that I will be speaking on 27th April in Birmingham at the Microsoft UK IT Roadshow. I will be speaking alongside a great speaker line up including Gordon McKenna – Cloud and Datacenter Management MVP (12th year!) Martyn Coupland – DevOps Team Leader and Author Ryan Boud – Senior Cloud Consultant and Author...
    • Sun, Apr 3 2016

    Book - Troubleshooting System Center Configuration Manager

    Well it’s been a little while now since I’ve done much blogging, particularly for WMUG as I’ve been a little pre-occupied the past 12 months or so writing a book with Packt Publishing. I’m very happy that my WMUG colleague Gerry Hampson agreed to co-author with me and he did a great job too. As the title suggests the book covers troubleshooting of Configuration Manager and covers many aspects of the product in all recent...
    • Thu, Oct 1 2015

    Snow Inventory Client Uninstall Failure

    [UPDATE 12/02/2016: Today I received a message from David Foxen at Snow who informs me that the issue below has now been fixed. The revised version should be available to you (not sure about licensing etc) but the updated release notes are available ...
    • Wed, May 6 2015

    MDT Driver Exporter

    Working for a customer recently I had the task of migrating some task sequences from MDT to Configuration Manager. When looking at drivers, in MDT they have a logical folder structure like so: ​ I needed to re-create this structure in Configuration Manager however they didn't have the driver source any more. So behind the scenes of the workbench it just looks like this: I asked the Architects@smsmarshall.com mailing...
    • Tue, Apr 14 2015

    BGBSetup.log “Fatal MSI Error - bgbisapi.msi could not be installed.” 0x8004D01B

    During a Configuration Manager implementation I am working on for a customer at the moment I experienced an issue installing a management point role onto a server. This is a fresh build with new servers and the management point seemed to partly install. I could see components in IIS and I could see the relevant folders on the server but the status messages were telling me otherwise. In amongst the 4 messages: I saw this...
    • Tue, Feb 10 2015

    Configuration Manager & Hyper-V Replica

    I’ve been having some conversations over the last few days around whether or not Hyper-V replica is a supported solution for providing some level of high availability within a Configuration Manager environment and to be honest I still don&rsquo...
    • Tue, Feb 3 2015

    Configuration Manager 2012 R2 Cumulative Update 4

    As the title suggests Cumulative Update 4 for Configuration Manager 2012 R2 was just released. As luck would have it I’m in the middle of a new implementation so I installed it and thought I would share the experience. I’ll be honest the process is much the same as any other cumulative update but I know some people want to run through what to expect up front. You can get the update here http://support.microsoft.com/kb...
    • Wed, Jan 28 2015

    Auto-create Endpoint Protection policies for System Center

    As the title suggests, this post is about automatic creation of and Endpoint Protection policy for System Center servers and clients. It seems odd to me as a consultant that we would make recommendations on antivirus exclusions but each time a new en...
    • Fri, Nov 7 2014

    Orchestrator Get Group Activity and AD Distinguished Name

    Slightly off from my usual topics but recently I’ve been working more with Orchestrator and although what I am about to tell you is not unknown to people I didn’t find it easy to get the answers from the web so I though I should share. I got a lot of help on this one out of this TechNet thread but information elsewhere didn’t come so easily hence I’m writing this post - https://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US...
    • Wed, Nov 5 2014

    PowerShell Invoke-Command pipelines tip

    I was working with Orchestrator recently and needed to implement some PowerShell to remotely manage Microsoft Exchange 2010 so I suppose I have 2 tips on one for you here. If you are trying to use the Exchange Admin Integration Pack you should be awa...
    • Tue, Oct 21 2014

    WMUG MMS Minnesota ticket Giveaway!!

    We've teamed up with the guys from MMS Minnesota to offer a giveaway exclusively to all registered WMUG members. I'm sure you'll already know about the MMS Minnesota event but just in case you haven't, go and check it out here ...
    • Thu, Oct 16 2014

    ConfigMgr 2012 R2 CU3 hotfix for fast device wipe and retire

    On October 8th Microsoft released a hotfix which can be installed over System Center Configuration Manager 2012 R2 CU3 which on the whole seems to have gone un-noticed. The hotfix essentially provides fast channel communication to mobile devices when you send remote wipe or retire commands to an enrolled device. I should be clear that this is a hotfix for ConfigMgr and is used in a unified device management scenario where...
    • Thu, Oct 2 2014

    Microsoft Unified Device Management in 3 minutes!

    I recently entered the Microsoft TechEd Challenge competition organised by the Microsoft UK TechNet team and the challenge was to produce a video of around 3 minutes which was innovative and demonstrated a deep technical knowledge of a particular are...
    • Tue, Sep 23 2014

    New ConfigMgr book – Advanced Deployment

    I thought I would share the news that there is a new Configuration Manager book in town and I understand that it will be available within the next few days. My friend and colleague Martyn Coupland has spent much of his time in the last 12 months or so writing his debut into the world of authoring – Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager Advanced Deployment. Having chatted with Martyn in recent months about this...
    • Fri, Sep 12 2014

    System Center Orchestrator AV exclusions

    I was asked recently about antivirus/antimalware exclusions for Orchestrator and after some digging it seems Microsoft do not publish such a thing. So after bouncing the question around to a few experienced people I have drawn up this initial list and added it to the TechNet Wiki . I also updated the generic AV exclusion wiki page which is worth checking out if you haven’t already seen it. This is a first effort and hopefully...
    • Tue, Sep 9 2014

    Bulk changing Configuration Manager & SCEP policy priorities

    This is one that has caused me unnecessary effort in the past when working on migrations with customers. There is a limitation in the Configuration Manager 2012 console whereby if you want to amend the priority of either a client settings or endpoint protection policy your only option is to right click or hit the ribbon and either increase or decrease priority. Your other option is to use PowerShell with the Set-CMClientSetting...