John Marcum

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Installing a Cloud Management Gateway and Cloud Distribution Point in ConfigMgr 1806

With each release of ConfigMgr Microsoft is making huge strides in internet-based client management. There are many new features for the CMG in 1806 however this blog is focused on the simplification of the installation. Many customers have been reluctant to use a CMG due to the complex and confusing certificate requirements. In versions prior to 1806 the cloud distribution points and cloud management gateways had to be deployed as separate roles. The cloud management gateway now can serve content to clients. This simplifies the installation, reduces the number of certificates required and lowers the cost of operations. These simplifications [...]

By | 2018-07-02T16:26:12+00:00 July 2nd, 2018|Uncategorized|4 Comments

Deploy Cloud Disitribution Point in ConfigMgr 1805 TP

Starting with ConfigMgr 1805 tech preview it is possible to use the Azure Resource Manager platform when creating an instance of the cloud distribution point. ARM eliminates the need for management certificates by utilizing Azure Active Directory for authentication. The other major improvement in this iteration of the CDP is that it eliminates the need for a management certificate. This process should be the same for ConfigMgr 1806, if not I will update this blog when 1806 is released. 1.  Pre-requisites a.       You must have Azure AD. b.       Create a public facing CNAME record that maps your service name (ex [...]

By | 2018-06-04T01:27:41+00:00 June 2nd, 2018|Configuration Manager (SCCM)|2 Comments

Simplified Installation of a Cloud Management Gateway

The CMG is a role introduced in ConfigMgr Current Branch 1610. The purpose of the Cloud Management Gateway is to simplify installation and strengthen security of managing clients over the Internet. This is achieved by hosting the necessary services in Azure. To date however many customers have been hesitant to deploy a CMG due to the perceived complexity of the certificate requirements that the solution has required. Using ConfigMgr 1804 tech preview and working along-side the Microsoft product team I have been able to reduce the certificates required down to 1 single certificate. My certificate is issued by a public [...]

By | 2018-05-26T23:38:18+00:00 May 23rd, 2018|Configuration Manager (SCCM)|13 Comments

System Center Configuration Manager Toolkit Package Download Very Slow

Recently I built a new ConfigMgr/SCCM environment for a customer. I installed the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit and created an MDT integrated task sequence in SCCM. The deployment task sequence that I created was very slow, it took at least a couple of hours to load. I noticed that the toolkit package was taking approximately 30 minutes to download. The site server was running Symantec antivirus and I had not yet configured any antivirus exclusions. This was a simple sign server environment therefore I add the exclusions listed in this article on the site server. In a more complex environment the [...]