How to deploy .NET Framework 4.7 with SCCM. This step-by-step guide will hold your hand through the entire process from downloading the .Net Framework, creating the application and deployment types in SCCM with silent installer, and deploying .Net Framework 4.7 to a collection of computersRead More
How to create SCCM Boot Image using DISM. This is a step-by-step guide where we create a boot image to be used with Configuration Manager from scratch using only Windows Assesment and Deployment Kit and DISM.
Today I passed the 70-695 certification exam “Deploying Windows Desktops and Enterprise Apps”, and became MCSE: Mobility. You need 700 points to pass, and I got a score of 800. This is my take on the exam and tips on what to focus on.
ConfigMgr Client Health finally supports logging to a SQL database. It automatically fixes Windows computers to ensure they can patch, and significantly increase patch compliance. Run SQL queries on the database to view the state of your clients.
Today I upgraded a customer to SCCM 1702, but I ran into an issue that made things difficult. For some reason, they had a SCCM upgrade stuck checking prerequisites. A previous hotfix that was not installed had been in this state for a very long time and blocked all upgrades for them. Restarting SMS_Executive service or even rebooting the server did not fix this, and the option to upgrade was not available as SCCM thought some other upgrade was running a prerequisite check. This is how I fixed it.
Today’s blog post explains how to mange BIOS settings with SCCM compliance settings. We will create a configuration item to enable LAN / WLAN switching in BIOS on HP Elitebook G2 and G3 computers. I will also show how you can list out every BIOS setting in Powershell so you can create a BIOS configuration baseline that works for your environment.
I recently discovered some computers that had a folder named “C:\_SMSTaskSequence”. This indicates that a previous task sequence failed, as a task sequence that completes successfully will clean up after itself and not leave junk behind. So I wanted to know how many where affected, and I wanted our helpdesk technicians to investigate the computers.
I have just released version 0.5.3 of my client health check script and I’m happy to announce that ConfigMgr Client Health finally supports logging to a file share. This update also includes a rewrite of the code to make it much cleaner to read and understand.
How to deploy .NET Framework 4.6.2 with SCCM. Easy step by step guide with pictures explaining how to create the application in Configuration Manager. One of our customers that was still on .NET Framework 4.5.2 experienced problems with the December 2016 patches from Microsoft, one patch simply would not install and reported an error. Upgrading the customer to .NET Framework 4.6.2 solved their problem and all updates installed successfully. There was no reason why they didn’t upgrade, they where just that some applications would stop working and hesitated. So after upgrading them I decided to write this guide.
This blog post explains how you can use global conditions in SCCM to reduce your administrative load. Global conditions are rules that defines business or technical conditions that you can use for application deployments.
How to deploy Windows Management Framework 5.1 with SCCM. Microsoft released Windows Management Framework 5.1 in January 2017, and with it comes PowerShell 5.1 that includes new featues and cmdlets. This blog post covers how you can deploy Windows Management Framework 5.1 with SCCM.
Today I released version 0.5.0 of my tool that automatically fixes broken SCCM clients. This version includes three new features and some minor bugfixes.
Task Sequence has failed with the error code 0x80070070 and how to solve it. We got this error last week for a customer who is still running Windows 7, but ADK is version 1511 (Windows 10). The error code indicates there is not enough disk space on the drive, and is usually a result of weird disk partitioning or WinPE booting into a small Bitlocker partition.
I have released an update to my ConfigMgr Client Health script due to feedback from the community. This version includes minor bug fixes and small improvements in how the script fixes errors.
Clients with a broken Configuration Manager Client is the worst. You lose management of the client, and it drags down compliance. I have even seen some broken clients report back as compliant while they are not. I’m aware about other community solutions to reinstall the client if broken, and they are all great solutions but I one of my customers had two specific issues with their clients that caused about 10% of the computers to not receive patches, and none of those solutions would fix their problem. I needed a way to consistently check the health sccm client and automatically attempt to fix known errors. ConfigMgr Client Health was born.
One of my customers had a lot of computers that didn’t receive patches because of an old group policy setting cached on the client pointing to a decommissioned WSUS server. Specifying a WSUS server in GPO is not necessary when patching clients with software updates in SCCM. Removing this group policy fixed the issue on a lot of computers, but we still had too many computers that where not compliant. GPO cache on the clients was the issue. and this is how we fixed it.
I want the OSD process to install all user applications if the primary user on the device is known. This is very simple to achive, all you need is an active deployment of the application to the user with the setting “pre-deploy software to the user’s primary device” enabled on the deployment. Only one problem, I had to enable it for 300+ deployments. Its easy with PowerShell.
Windows 10 ADK 1607 is now available for download. I will update my scripts to use ADK 1607 instead of 1511. Hopefully we don’t need any hotfixes to this version. You can download ADK 1607 from Microsoft: http://download.microsoft.com/download/9/A/E/9AE69DD5-BA93-44E0-864E-180F5E700AB4/adk/adksetup.exe
How to configure DaRT with ConfigMgr boot image. DaRT (Diagnostics Repeair Tools) is part of the Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack and is a great tool to enable remote access into the boot image during an OS installation. Here is how you configure it in your sccm boot image.
SCCM Firewall ports and network ports must be defined if you want manage clients across multiple networks. Configuration Manager to properly manage clients if some ports are not been defined and opened to allow for traffic to flow properly. Typical symptoms of failed network connectivity can be clients stuck with old configuration manager client, trouble to patch and deploy software. Here is a copy of my cheat-sheet that I use (or send to the network technicians) to make sure all required traffic is let through.