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Updating BIOS Firmware with and Without Password with MECM

Configuration Manager (SCCM) | Operating System Deployment (OSD) | BIOS Updates | With and Without Password Set With the heightened demand for securing hardware through Firmware and OS Security Updates, it is important to keep your devices up to date from a security breach and provide stability through fixes bundled into Firmware updates provided byContinue reading “Updating BIOS Firmware with and Without Password with MECM”

Adding a Summary Screen to your OSD Deployment with MECM

Configuration Manager (SCCM) | Operating System Deployment (OSD) | Summary Screen | Basic You may have seen a previous post describing how to implement an advanced script that is used at the end of an Operating System Deployment within MECM to indicate that the build has been completed The advanced script provided quite a lotContinue reading “Adding a Summary Screen to your OSD Deployment with MECM”

Cleanup – Easily Find Unused Application and Package in MECM

Configuration Manager (SCCM) | Application and Package Clean-up Is it that time of year, when you are getting asked to make room on the MECM Distribution Points and perform some housing keeping in the Configuration Manager environment as you edge or reach full capacity and the IT budget just has no money to expand orContinue reading “Cleanup – Easily Find Unused Application and Package in MECM”

Get Task Sequence Feature Upgrade Split Times

Executing a lengthy In-Place-Upgrade Task Sequence within Microsoft Endpoint Configuration Manager and have been asked for a breakdown in timing for each of the Upgrade Steps to complete the Feature Update, then read on Seen a few examples out there where others have been outputting the start and end times of a Task Sequence toContinue reading “Get Task Sequence Feature Upgrade Split Times”

Pre and Post Flight Checks For Feature Updates With MECM

Windows 10 Update | Before and After | Drivers, Packages, Language Packs and FODs So you are upgrading your Windows Clients to a new Windows Feature Release via MECM Servicing or Task Sequence In-Place-Upgrade and you have the fun job of checking that In-Place-Upgrade performed as expected. Some of those tasks may be to checkContinue reading “Pre and Post Flight Checks For Feature Updates With MECM”

VMWare VSphere | Post Install | Guest Customization | SplashScreen

Guest Customization of vSphere to Install Applications Post Deployment

VMWare VSphere | Post Install | Guest Customization The scripts have been designed to run Post Deployment to install any Applications, Configurations, Scripts etc that can not be included as part of the core image, before SysPrep, so could be used within VSphere, Hyper-V or any standalone master image you create for the use of mass deployment The below hasContinue reading “Guest Customization of vSphere to Install Applications Post Deployment”

HP UWP Application and Driver Pack Deployment

HP UWP | Application and Driver Pack Deployment With the move to the DCHU driver model, many of the typical tray applications have migrated to a Universal Windows Platform (UWP) application. These applications are typically installed from the Windows Store into a specific user profile. However, in environments where the Windows Store is blocked orContinue reading “HP UWP Application and Driver Pack Deployment”

Desktop Analytics Prepare For Feature Updates

Desktop Analytics | Prepare For Update Whether it is a Windows 10 Feature Update or Office 365, get the foundations right equals an easy update Desktop Analytics is a cloud-based service that integrates with Configuration Manager. The service provides insight and intelligence for you to make more informed decisions about the update readiness of yourContinue reading “Desktop Analytics Prepare For Feature Updates”

Troubleshooting Unsuccessful Windows 10 Upgrades

Windows 10 Upgrades | Troubleshooting unsuccessful Upgrade Its going to happen, we don’t live in perfect world….you are going to experience devices that unfortunately do not upgrade successfully But here to help is the SetUpDiag SetupDiag is a standalone diagnostic tool that can be used to obtain details about why a Windows 10 upgrade wasContinue reading “Troubleshooting Unsuccessful Windows 10 Upgrades”

Configuration Manager (SCCM) | OSD | Multiple Hard Drives | Basic

Managing Multiple Hard Disks in a Task Sequence with MECM

Configuration Manager (SCCM) | OSD | Multiple Hard Drives | Basic Trying to deploy Windows OS through Microsoft Endpoint Configuration Manager and having the issues with the Operating Systems randomly choosing what hard drive to install on, or you just want to take control and decide what hard disk the Operating System should be installedContinue reading “Managing Multiple Hard Disks in a Task Sequence with MECM”

Optimize Windows 10 Update Delivery with Configuration Manager

For many customers, a successful path to getting and staying current with Windows 10 monthly updates starts with a good content distribution strategy using Configuration Manager. The size of the monthly quality updates can be a cause of concern for large organizations. There are a few technologies available that are intended to help reduce bandwidthContinue reading “Optimize Windows 10 Update Delivery with Configuration Manager”

The complete guide to WSUS and Configuration Manager SUP maintenance

Questions are often along the lines of How should I properly run this in a Configuration Manager environment, or How often should I be running this maintenance. It’s not uncommon for conscientious Configuration Manager administrators to be unaware that WSUS maintenance should be run at all. Most of us just set up WSUS servers because it’s aContinue reading “The complete guide to WSUS and Configuration Manager SUP maintenance”

Optimise Network Traffic for Remote Users with Spilt Tunnelling

Configuration Manager (SCCM) | Split Tunneling The demand for split tunnelling optimisation has always been there, but in today’s world when remote users and employees make up a high percentage of users, why have optimised the corporate network, helping to prevent unnecessary bandwidth throttling, poor connectivity, frustrated users and decreased productivity. With the right changesContinue reading “Optimise Network Traffic for Remote Users with Spilt Tunnelling”

Configuration Manager (SCCM) Operating System (OSD) Summary Screen

Show a Detailed Task Sequence Summary Screen with MECM

Configuration Manager (SCCM) | Operating System Deployment (OSD) | Summary Screen | Advanced If you are familiar with Operating System Deploment, MDT and Configuration Manager (SCCM) integrated with MDT, then you are likely to have seen the Summary Screen that can be configured to show at the end of the deployment to confirm the deployment is complete  This is great, it gives a clear indication thatContinue reading “Show a Detailed Task Sequence Summary Screen with MECM”

SetupConfig.ini Used to Make Feature Updates Easy

Configuration Manager (SCCM) | Windows 10 Servicing | Setupconfig.ini Had trouble in the past using Configuration Manager (SCCM) Windows 10 Servicing to upgrade your Enterprise Clients to the latest Windows 10 Feature Release. Then take a look at https://www.asquaredozen.com/2019/08/25/windows-10-feature-updates-using-setupconfig-ini-to-manage-feature-updates-in-the-enterprise/ By customising the clients SetupConfig.ini you can now take control of the upgrade process, injecting drivers,Continue reading “SetupConfig.ini Used to Make Feature Updates Easy”

Configuration Manager (SCCM) Video Tutorials

Configuration Manager (SCCM) | Video Tutorials This guy has you covered (Justin Chalfant), and is fast becoming one of my favorite go-to sites. Not only does he have everything to do with the setup and configuration of Configuration Manager (SCCM), but he also has a plethora of excellent video tutorials, broken down into bite-sized modules, covering all aspects of SCCM automation. With the bonus of the video tutorials backed by TechNet and Microsoft Docs documentationContinue reading “Configuration Manager (SCCM) Video Tutorials”

Configuration Manager (SCCM) Home Lab

Configuration Manager (SCCM) | Home Lab Want to start building your own Configuration Manager (SCCM) home lab and honing your skills, but don’t know-how Then check out the automated process by Johan Arwidmark https://deploymentresearch.com/hydration-kit-for-windows-server-2019-sql-server-2017-and-configmgr-current-branch/ In his own words This kit builds a complete ConfigMgr Current Branch infrastructure running on Windows Server 2019 and SQL Server 2017. This kit is tested on both Hyper-V and VMwareContinue reading “Configuration Manager (SCCM) Home Lab”

Windows as a Service with Feature Upgrades

Configuration Manager (SCCM) | Windows as a Service | Feature Upgrades The most comprehensive article you will find outside of Microsoft for a full detailed end to end Workflow of delivering Windows 10 Feature release across an Enterprise In his own words by Mike Terrill Windows 10 brings several new challenges to the Enterprise –Continue reading “Windows as a Service with Feature Upgrades”

Custum In-place Upgrade Splash Screen

Configuration Manager (SCCM) | In-place Upgrade | Splash Screen Want a professional, modern, clean splash screen, rather than the Task Sequence Progress Bar, with the additional benefits of restricting the user from interacting with the upgrade process? Then a must-read at https://garytown.com/windows-splash-screen-for-the-task-sequence-progress by Gary Town This original concept and author comes from Trevor Jones https://smsagent.blog/2018/08/21/create-a-custom-splash-screen-for-a-windows-10-in-place-upgrade/Continue reading “Custum In-place Upgrade Splash Screen”

Configuration Manager (SCCM) | OSD | Multiple Hard Drives | Advanced

How to Handle Multiple Hard Drives Advanced Style

Configuration Manager (SCCM) | OSD | Multiple Hard Drives | Advanced Ever had multiple disks hardware builds and the Operating System is not getting installed on the expected hard drive…..well here are steps to overcome that. The script will identify the total number of Physical Disks by ‘BusType’ technology and ‘Size’. The default configuration setsContinue reading “How to Handle Multiple Hard Drives Advanced Style”

How to Easily Pause a Task Sequence Pause

Configuration Manager (SCCM) | OSD | Task Sequence Pause Sometimes, you may wish to Pause a Task Sequence, especially when using a Boot Image with the Option ‘Enable command support (testing only)‘ enabled This can be easily achieved by running a simple PowerShell script Better still if you are using Configuration Manager 1906 (SCCM) orContinue reading “How to Easily Pause a Task Sequence Pause”


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