Ben Whitmore

75 posts
20 years experienced IT professional. Currently Technical Architect supporting the Datacentre, SCCM, O365, Intune, vSphere, Active Directory, Exchange, SCCM/ConfigMgr, Cisco, SAN, Mitel VOIP/SIP, MDM/MAM, SFB and more. Often a simple and effective solution seen by the customer requires lots of work 'under the hood' - this is where my skill set puts me.

“The site database has a backlog of SQL change tracking data”

One of the more common prerequisite warnings I see when updating SCCM in my lab is:- [Completed with warning]:The site database has a backlog of SQL change tracking data. For more information, see https://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?linkid=2027576 SCCM Update Pack Installation Status We can see the same warning in ConfigMgrPreReq.log What does this […]

SCCM Site Server In-Place Upgrade from Windows Server 2012 R2 to Windows Server 2019

I am rationalizing and updating my lab on a grey, Saturday afternoon and decided to blog the update process for getting my Server 2012 R2 Primary Site Server up to Server 2019. SQL Server is not installed on the same VM in my lab. You should make other considerations if […]

Co-management Intune MDM enrollment failure 0x80180026

I will be posting a new blog series for co-management in the coming months. This post will highlight the undesirable effect some Group Policies will have on a successful co-management Intune enrollment. Co-management will allow you to automatically enroll your SCCM clients into Intune, if they are in scope. Recently […]

Deploy Windows 10 Desktop Shortcuts and Icons with SCCM Configuration Baselines

It started with a Tweet… I promised on Twitter that I would write this post if I had 20 peoples interest… Background We had a requirement to deploy Desktop Shortcuts, to the Windows 10 Public Desktop, for a new application. The shortcut was deployed using Group Policy Preferences (GPP). Below […]

Get Users from Azure AD with a large number of Registered Devices

The Challenge One of the challenges when managing an Azure AD Hybrid Join implementation is monitoring the number of devices registered to each Azure AD user. The default “limit” in Azure AD is 20 devices for each user. This number can quickly be reached in a shared computer environment, especially […]

Windows 10 – Hybrid Azure Active Directory Join for Federated Domains

What is ADFS? Active Directory Federation Services (ADFS) provides a secure mechanism to authenticate users, accessing applications (often in the cloud), using Active Directory credentials when Windows Integrated Authentication (WIA) is not possible. Not so long ago ADFS was considered the go-to option when needing to authenticate Domain users accessing […]

Configure Managed Google Play for Intune

Before you can start using Android Enterprise Work Profiles, or enroll your Android Devices into Intune, you have to link Managed Googled Play. Google Managed Play allows you to select, purchase, and manage apps for your organization. You can create lists of approved apps and manage updates. This quick post […]

Deploy RSAT for Windows 10 1809, 1903 and 1909 using MEMCM/ConfigMgr

Starting Windows 10 1809 Remote Server Administration Tools (RSAT) is now included as a set of “Features on Demand”. In the following post we will show you how to deploy individual features with SCCM. The RSAT tools are added using the “Add-WindowsCapability” cmdlet https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/powershell/module/dism/add-windowscapability?view=win10-psBecause we are deploying each feature with […]