Links from our MMS ConfigMgr precon session

Thanks for all the questions and tweets during the opening session yesterday. Jason, Anne and I really enjoyed the afternoon. As promised here are the links from the session. Update 1605 for Configuration Manager Technical Preview: https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/configmgrteam/2016/05/16/update-1605-for-configuration-manager-technical-preview-available-now/ winpe peer caching: https://blog.ctglobalservices.com/kea/win-pe-peer-caching-in-configmgr-current-branch/ Client install failing on management point: https://blog.ctglobalservices.com/kea/configmgr-client-failing-to-install-on-management-point/ Startup script: http://blog.configmgrftw.com/configmgr-client-startup-script/ SQL XL sheet: https://t.co/XUXuUfxuaq Cache management example: https://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/helaw/2014/01/07/configuration-manager-cache-management/ SQL best practice: https://stevethompsonmvp.wordpress.com/2016/02/05/proper-tempdb-creation-for-configuration-manager/ & https://stevethompsonmvp.wordpress.com/2014/05/19/powershell-sql-audit-script/  

By | 2017-08-22T10:28:42+00:00 May 17th, 2016|Configuration Manager (SCCM), Events, SQL|0 Comments

Conditional access with ConfigMgr+Intune and On-Premises Exchange

Conditional Access in either a Cloud-only or Hybrid scenario is a great way to control data by saying we do not allow you to access Corporate Email without enrolling the device to a Corporate MDM solution where Data Protection Policies will be applied. This is in my opinion the best compromise where we let the user be productive where they get the ability to access corporate data on any device, anywhere, where we at the same time have control over the device, forcing security and compliance policies, encrypting data, deploy (LoB) apps and las but not least have the ability [...]

ConfigMgr Software Update scanning failed with OnScanComplete with error=0x80244017

Scanning, deploying and installing software updates should be a walk in the park, and most of the times it is. But (luckily) sometimes we run into issues that we haven’t seen before. Like in this case where clients stopped scanning for software updates in ConfigMgr 1602. What I have learned in my years working with ConfigMgr is that software update issues often are caused by older version of the Windows Update agent, configuration change on the WSUS server(s) or a change in the infrastructure. The challenge is to figure out is what category your issues falls into. Normally, it’s fairly [...]

By | 2016-04-24T12:19:29+00:00 April 24th, 2016|Configuration Manager (SCCM), General info|2 Comments

Android OS version not on the requirement list

Managing mobile devices can be different compared to managing traditional computers for many reasons. One of them being the lack of control with operating system versions on the devices. We simply don’t control when Android and iOS devices are being upgraded and as such we don’t control what version users are using. That can be a challenge when you are using requirement rules on your web applications (and other deployment types). In the illustrations below it’s easy to see that we have a bunch of Android 6+ versions and looking at the requirement rules for the web apps you’ll see [...]

Microsoft Azure AD Connect not syncing at a cycle

Recently I had a customer who had implemented the latest version of Azure AD Connect (v. 1.1.119.0) which was available in February 2016. In this version Microsoft changed a lot the make it easier to administrate and convenient to use. They also added some great new features like! Reduction in the sync interval to keep your Azure AD in sync with AD on-premises more quickly Support for automatic upgrades Ability to switch between sign-in methods through the wizard to enable faster pilots Support for Domain and OU filtering within the wizard Read more here: https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/ad/2016/02/18/azure-ad-connect-1-1-is-now-ga-faster-sync-times-automatic-upgrades-and-more/  Well as it turned out, [...]

Community Web page to help corporate users enroll their devices!

Guidence on how you can enroll your device and gain access to your corporate data and applications: This web page is created by the community for the community to help corporate users to efficiently enroll their devices into an Microsoft Enterprise Mobility Solution. Businesses can use this webpage as an How-To for their users and link it to their existing documentation. The site covers: Microsoft Windows 10 Devices Apple iOS Devices Google Android Devices Visit the page by going clickin here: www.enrollyourdevice.com Also check out the Microsoft EMS Resources App https://www.microsoft.com/store/apps/9nblggh6j3fq and YouTube page https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCbf6dOWcNhRgLHDEXJWqiNw for more information about Microsoft [...]

Win PE Peer caching in ConfigMgr Current Branch

There are so many reasons for migrating your environment to ConfigMgr CB (current branch), one of them being the new content management feature – Win PE Peer caching. To me it’s important to understand what the feature is bringing to the table, and what it is not. Win PE Peer caching is introduced to save bandwidth by sharing content already present on your local network. Those who are familiar with the ConfigMgr ecosystem, know that solutions to support that has been around for years. Solutions like OneSite from Adaptiva, Nomad from 1E and custom BrancheCache from 2Pintsoftware. This blog post [...]

Create Boundaries in ConfigMgr based on your DHCP-Scope using PowerShell

Sample script at the end for this article. I was recently at a customer that wanted to add new boundaries based on their DHCP-Scopes. This would be a very easy task if they only had a few, but they had well over a two-hundred scopes so I decided to create a PowerShell script to do the Job. One thing you need to bear in mind when doing this is that a DHCP-Scope can range from 10.10.10.1 – 10.10.10.254 which means when creating these boundaries that all client in this range are supported, no one is left out. However, a DHCP [...]

By | 2016-03-26T14:18:34+00:00 March 26th, 2016|Configuration Manager (SCCM)|4 Comments

ConfigMgr Client failing to install on Management Point

In ConfigMgr Current Branch, version 1511/1602 you have a new pre-production client upgrade feature that allows you to test the new client install on a pre-preproduction collection. The feature works like a charm and allows you to gain control over the upgrade process by testing first. However, while testing the new client, you might run into client installation issues if you are installing a new client on a Management Point. In ccmsetup.log on the management point you will see errors stating that “The client version 5.00.8325.1000 does not match the MP version 5.00.8355.1000.  The client will not be installed.” The [...]

By | 2016-03-22T11:30:53+00:00 March 22nd, 2016|Configuration Manager (SCCM)|3 Comments

Upgrade SCCM 1511 to 1602 when Service Connection Point is set to Offline, on-demand

Last week Microsoft announced 1602 for SCCM Current Branch Production Environments: https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/configmgrteam/2016/03/11/now-available-update-1602-for-system-center-configuration-manager/ Receiving updates to your System Center Configuration Manager Server(s) is today more important than ever in order to have your SCCM environment keep track with Windows 10 and the ever fast paste with Cloud development where new features are added constantly. To make the updates experience of your SCCM solution as smooth as possible Microsoft has introduced dynamic updates for SCCM. This basically means that you will get a notice in your SCCM Administration console that a new update is available for installation. But there is a but, [...]

By | 2016-03-19T22:25:02+00:00 March 19th, 2016|Configuration Manager (SCCM)|7 Comments

DHCP Guide

This document describes common scenarios for implementing DHCP in relation to PXE boot with particular focus on Configuration Manager. Assumptions and audience Audience must familiar with basic IP networking principles. The background In order for a client to perform a PXE boot, there must be a DHCP service available, this is not required to be a Microsoft DHCP service. Any DHCP server is good. The following diagram shows a typical network setup In this case the client and the server is on the same network, which is the simplest setup you will come across, normally the setup will be more [...]

Configuring backup in ConfigMgr Current Branch

With the introduction of Configuration Manager Current Branch (CB), the game of backup has changed slightly.  A SQL backup is still valid for restoring the database, but re-installing ConfigMgr CB must be started by running setup.exe from the cd.latest folder. I know most of you are backing up the virtual machine (which is good), but that should not prevent you from not stop you from backing up SQL and Configmgr. You have two options: Create a SQL maintenance plan and include a custom step to backup cd.latest SQL backup Pros Support for compression Better scheduling job E-mail notifications No ConfigMgr [...]

By | 2016-01-29T14:09:51+00:00 January 29th, 2016|Configuration Manager (SCCM), General info|16 Comments

Silent install Java 8 Update 71 and 72 with SCCM

In my last post about silent / unattended installation of Java 8 Update 66, we followed the new guidelines for how to install Java 8 silently by Oracle. The problem with that method is that it works when you try to run your script locally with administrator privileges it will work fine, but when you run the same script through SCCM / Configuration Manager, it will fail. And just to confuse you even more, it will only fail for the 32-bit version of java, not the 64-bit, even though you use the exact same method. This problem have been reported [...]

Why cmtrace is a man’s best friend when deploying Win 10 1511 upgrades using Configuration Manager

ConfigMgr 1511 is a great Win10 management tool, and so far the only real enterprise management tool I have seen when it comes to deploying Win 10 1511. There is a minor UI issue that might make you freak out. When downloading the upgrade our Download Software Updates Wizard is not really moving although everything runs smoothly in the background. The trick is to open Patchdownloader.log - if you can find it – it’s located in %temp% if you started the download directly from the server. Notice that the log file is updating like a charm.   Happy upgrading

By | 2016-01-13T10:02:33+00:00 January 13th, 2016|Configuration Manager (SCCM), General info|0 Comments

Windows 10 Servicing in ConfigMgr 1511

Playing around with Windows 10 Servicing in ConfigMgr 1511 is kind of cool. But having said that; you might want to know the consequences of creating custom servicing plans. A servicing plan is basically an automatic deployment rule with a twist. The twist being (right now), you are unable to filter on the updates being downloaded. Regardless of the Windows 10 versions and languages the servicing plan will always download all 256 Windows 10 versions. Each version is about 2 GB….do the math. Contentlibrary will explode in size, if you selected all remote distribution points; the Network team will not [...]

By | 2016-01-12T01:37:56+00:00 January 12th, 2016|Configuration Manager (SCCM), General info|25 Comments

Why cmtrace.exe is not always your best friend

I once heard a very wise guy saying the notepad is all you need to read log files. I do not say I agree, as I find cmtrace a slightly better tool…. but that’s right until I ran into a ConfigMgr 2012 upgrade to ConfigMgr 1511 earlier today. My upgrade failed, during the file copy phase because it couldn’t copy a new version of cmtrace to my tools folder. Whatever you do, do not click on the View Log button in the installation dialog. The error in configmgrsetup.log: ERROR: Failed to copy E:\INSTALLATIONSOURCE\MS\CONFIGMGR1511\DVD\SMSSETUP\tools\CMTrace.exe to k:\program files\microsoft configuration manager\tools\cmtrace.exe, Win32 error [...]

By | 2016-01-11T10:24:47+00:00 January 11th, 2016|Configuration Manager (SCCM)|2 Comments

Windows WI-FI profiles

Currently working on an Enterprise Mobility project, and thought I should share a little trick. In the project; we are deploying WI-FI profiles to Windows 10 devices. Some WI-FI profiles use SCEP/NDES certificates while others are configured using a pre-shared secret. When working with Windows WI-FI profiles, the only way to add a pre-shared secret to the profile is by creating a custom XML file. An easy way to create the WI-FI profile XML file; is to create the profile on a Windows 10 computer and then export the profile. To do that, use the steps below: To list all [...]

How to create Mac OS X OSD resources with Parallels for ConfigMgr

For those already using Parallels Mac Management for SCCM here’s a little guide for creating the boot image and netrestore image. Boot Image Build and start a clean Mac with latest OS X version. Login with the admin user and create the following folders in Documents: Boot SSHKeys Open the Terminal application. Navigate to the SSHKeys folder. Example: “cd /Users/%accountname%/Documents/SSHKeys/” Run the following command: [crayon-5bf5621ac11d3997700269/] When asked about filename just enter id_rsa. When asked about a passphrase just press enter for default selection which is blank. In the SSHKeys folder there should now be two files located: id_rsa id_rsa.pub In [...]

By | 2015-12-22T13:29:08+00:00 December 22nd, 2015|Configuration Manager (SCCM), OS Deployment|1 Comment

Managing Mac OS X devices with ConfigMgr and Parallels

Xmas is not far away now, but before we hit that one special holiday during the year I want to throw one more blog out into cyberspace. Managing those Mac OS X devices once and for all! ConfigMgr 2012 started out with a proposed solution to how we could start managing those silver things from the Apple company, it just wasnt quite as easy as we would like it to be. We needed all kinds of special little configs and tweaks to be made and on top of it we needed to bring in the PKI infrastructure with a transition [...]

By | 2015-12-22T13:03:39+00:00 December 22nd, 2015|Configuration Manager (SCCM), OS Deployment|0 Comments

December 11: Microsoft Enterprise Mobility Suite (EMS) Resources at your fingertips

I know it's a pompous title, but that still the idea behind what I want to show next. As an IT-Pro I am used to staying up to date on the latest technology that I am working with. And with On-premises solutions like traditional ConfigMgr implementations, staying up to date is not too hard with a little bit of effort since new features and updates are not added daily as opposed to what is going on in the Cloud. Now for some time now I have been working with Cloud services like Microsoft Intune and eventually EMS after the suite [...]

Roll Out New Configuration Manager Distribution Point with PowerShell

Here is a quick example how to install new Configuration Manager Distribution Point with PowerShell. As you see we have many options to expand this script. We can install Windows Server features, reboot it remotely, install additional software etc. It all depends how you wanna install and configure it. #Import the Module Import-Module $env:SMS_ADMIN_UI_PATH.Replace("\bin\i386","\bin\configurationmanager.psd1") $SiteCode = Get-PSDrive -PSProvider CMSITE #Change the connection context Set-Location "$($SiteCode.Name):\" #New DP Information $DistributionPoint = 'DP01.4demo4.com' $SiteCode = 'PS1' # Test the connection to server     Test-Connection         -ComputerName $DistributionPoint # OPTIONAL - Install Windows Server Roles and Features     Install-WindowsFeature         -Name Web-ISAPI-Ext,Web-Windows-Auth,Web-Metabase,Web-WMI,RDC         [...]

Don’t be fooled by the new Site Server Servicing Window in ConfigMgr 1511

In ConfigMgr 1511 you have a new maintenance windows when you open the site server properties. That’s NOT for traditional software updates but for the new ConfigMgr Updates and Servicing model. You get to the maintenance windows in the Administration workspace, Site Configuration, Sites. Right the primary site and select properties. In the Maintenance Window tab, create a maintenance window (and make sure you call it something like ConfigMgr Dynamic update Only). I did a few tests and the maintenance window do not apply to traditional software updates. According to my tests normal software software updates will still apply unless [...]

By | 2015-12-09T19:43:25+00:00 December 9th, 2015|Configuration Manager (SCCM)|3 Comments

System Center Configuration Manager 1511 – Dynamic updates

Looking at the life of an IT Pro today, people like you and me are being challenged like never before. Long gone are the days where we only focused on traditional desktop management, today we are also challenged with managing mobile devices, like iOS, Android, Windows Phones and tablets. MAC OS 10, traditional desktops, road worriers, cloud services, SLA and visualization demands from from management and the list just goes on and on. In the middle of everything, right there in the eye of the Tornado is You....often trying to put out fires instead of spending time on being more [...]

By | 2015-12-09T13:59:19+00:00 December 9th, 2015|Configuration Manager (SCCM)|9 Comments

When Power BI met the SCCM Community

SCCM Community meet Power BI – Power BI meet the SCCM Community… This blog post is the part 1 of 2 blog posts – and as you can see it’s all about introductions. Power BI is not a “new” thing, it’s been around for some time but is really just now starting to take off. (https://powerbi.microsoft.com/en-us/) So what is Power BI? It’s a new online service for us to get insight of our SCCM data, and for us to further display data internally or to others. Previous versions was a coop between Power BI and Office 365, but now we [...]

By | 2015-12-03T23:06:28+00:00 December 3rd, 2015|Configuration Manager (SCCM), Office 365|1 Comment