ConfigMgr / MEMCM / SCCM

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 SQL is installed on your …

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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 I was asked to look …

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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 is a link to a …

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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 Office 365 services. With the …

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Windows 10 – Servicing Stack Cadence

What are Servicing Stack Updates? Servicing Stack Updates (SSU’s) are Critical, Security Updates. They are shipped separately to the monthly Latest Cumulative Updates (LCU’s) because they modify the component that installs Windows updates. Microsoft strongly recommend that you install the latest SSU before the LCU. More information on SSU’s can be found at:- https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/deployment/update/servicing-stack-updates#why-should-servicing-stack-updates-be-installed-and-kept-up-to-date Microsoft …

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Deploy RSAT for Windows 10 1809 using SCCM

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 an appliction, we are going …

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SCCM Lab Pre-Req Checklist for Server 2019 and SQL 2017

I decided to rebuild one of my LABs for SCCM 1902 Technical Preview. During the build, someone posed a question on Twitter for examples of scripts/material to get a LAB up and running. @ncbrady has a great post that goes into great detail for building out SCCM servers at:- https://www.windows-noob.com/forums/topic/16114-how-can-i-install-system-center-configuration-manager-current-branch-version-1802-on-windows-server-2016-with-sql-server-2017-part-1/ My post doesn’t go into …

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Converting legacy packages into applications with SCCM 1810 Package Conversion Manager

Background Since SCCM 2012 Microsoft have been steering us towards using “applications” to install apps over the traditional “packages” method. Applications give us additional benefits over packages like detection methods, dependencies and requirement rules . An example might be:- Install APP-B if the folder “C:\Program Files\APP-B_FOLDER” doesn’t exist (detection), only if APP-A is already installed …

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Identifying and Installing SCCM Client Software Updates Remotely with PowerShell and trigger a VMware Snapshot before Remediation – Part 1 of 3

Try saying that title again without taking a breath, phew. We have been playing with ADRs (Automatic Deployment Rules) for a while now. The teams are slowly coming around to the idea that we are now delivering server updates in a more controlled fashion than WSUS could ever provide with useful reports icing the top …

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Identifying and Updating SCCM Collection Evaluations with PowerShell

I’ve seen this subject discussed and explained very well in other blogs. The following post is my approach and understanding on managing Collection Evaluations using a bit of PowerShell (ok so there is some SQL stuff in here too).  Collection Evaluations A Collection Evaluation occurs on a defined schedule, event trigger or user initiation and …

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