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Configuration Manager (SCCM) | Latest Releases Notes

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 to indicate that the build has been completed The advanced script provided quite a lot of detail about the build, such as architecture, drivers, applications, variables values etc….but what ifContinue reading “Configuration Manager (SCCM) | Operating System Deployment (OSD) | Summary Screen | Basic”

Configuration Manager (SCCM) | Application and Package Clean-up

Is it that time of year, when you are getting asked to make room on the Distribution Points and perform some housing keeping in the Configuration Manager enviorment Then this script could be the tool for you…..helping to identify potential unused applications and packages that could be removed The original script author was Matt BobkeContinue reading “Configuration Manager (SCCM) | Application and Package Clean-up”

Windows 10 Update | Before and After | Drivers, Packages, Language Packs and FODs

A set of scripts that can be added to your Windows 10 Upgrade Task Sequences that will show you the differences between, drivers, packages, Language packs and FODs before the upgrade and after an upgrade These can be used as QA checks to ensure the Upgrade has performed as expected, or purely just something to play with Just add the set of scripts before the Upgrade and theContinue reading “Windows 10 Update | Before and After | Drivers, Packages, Language Packs and FODs”

VMWare VSphere | Post Install | Guest Customization | SplashScreen

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 1 – Create V-Sphere Virtual Machine Create a Virtual Machine as per your standard practice and install any applications, scripts than can be part of the core image (before SysPrep) andContinue reading “VMWare VSphere | Post Install | Guest Customization”

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 or IT needs to deploy these applications as partContinue reading “HP UWP | Application and Driver Pack Deployment”

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 your Windows clients. It combines data fromContinue reading “Desktop Analytics | Prepare For Update”

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 was unsuccessful. SetupDiag works by examining Windows SetupContinue reading “Windows 10 Upgrades | Troubleshooting unsuccessful Upgrade”

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

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

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 excluding ‘BusType’ USB and order by ‘Size’ – smallest to largest. The default configuration sets the ‘smallest’ sized hard driveContinue reading “Configuration Manager (SCCM) | OSD | Multiple Hard Drives | Basic”

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”

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 optimise the corporate network, helping to prevent unnecessary bandwidth throttling, poor connectivity, frustrated users and decreased productivity. With the right changes to your infrastructure, youContinue reading “Configuration Manager (SCCM) | Split Tunneling”

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

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 that the deployment has completed. But….what if you are using Configuration Manager (SCCM) DeploymentContinue reading “Configuration Manager (SCCM) | Operating System Deployment (OSD) | Summary Screen | Advanced”

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, language packs and running Post Install scripts…. Also takeContinue reading “Configuration Manager (SCCM) | Windows 10 Servicing | Setupconfig.ini”

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 documentation Justin Chalfant’s SCCM Guides – JustContinue reading “Configuration Manager (SCCM) | Video Tutorials”

Configuration Manager (SCCM) | Home Lab

Want to start building you own Configuration Manager (SCCM) home lab and honing your skills, but don’t know-how Then check out the 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 VMware virtual platforms, but should reallyContinue reading “Configuration Manager (SCCM) | Home Lab”

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 and Enterprise In his own words by Mike Terrill Windows 10 brings several new challenges to the Enterprise – one of the major challenges is deploying Windows 10 and thenContinue reading “Configuration Manager (SCCM) | Windows as a Service | Feature Upgrades”

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/ ……so check them both out Excellent article

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

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 sets the ‘latest’ BusType technology and ‘smallest’ sized hard drive as theContinue reading “Configuration Manager (SCCM) | OSD | Multiple Hard Drives | Advanced”

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 Manger 1906 (SCCM) or later then check at the Microsoft Debug a taskContinue reading “Configuration Manager (SCCM) | OSD | Task Sequence Pause”

Configuration Manager (SCCM) | Latest Release Notes

It helps to keep up-to-date with the latest feature and fixes that have been made available in the Configuration Manager (SCCM) release you are using and knowing what is coming next , helps you stay ahead of the game This gives you the advantage of being able to plan and continue to enhance, develop yourContinue reading “Configuration Manager (SCCM) | Latest Release Notes”

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