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Bitlocker, Blog, HP, TPM, UEFI, Windows 10

How To Deploy HP BIOS Settings using SCCM

INTRODUCTION In most organizations, the workstation configuration needs to conform to a specific standard. If you are using HP workstations, you will need a strategy on how to deploy the HP BIOS settings. Enterprise OEMs such as DELL, HP and Lenovo provide solutions for deploying BIOS settings. Below is a list of the solutions for each manufacturer: HP  – HP BIOS Configuration Utility (BCU) DELL –  DELL Command Configure Toolkit (CCTK) Lenovo – Lenovo WMI scripts The DELL and Lenovo solutions…

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Blog, Configuration Manager Current Branch, Office 365, Windows 10

My notes and experiences from Microsoft Ignite 2018

INTRODUCTION I have just spent a week at the Microsoft Ignite 2018 conference in Orlando, Florida. This was my first visit to both the conference and to Orlando, so I was very excited. Upon arrival att MCO (Orlando International Airport) you can pick up your badge straight away at the baggage claim. This was a super simple process and highly appreciated!   Before the conference, me and my colleague spent a full day at Universal Studios and Universal’s Islands of…

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Blog, Configuration Manager Current Branch, Windows 10

Issue with automatically generated names based on serial numbers for virtual machines in SCCM

INTRODUCTION I noticed this issue at a customer where they were deploying machines and automatically configuring the machine name according to serial number. ISSUE There were no issues with deploying physical machines, but virtual machines were failing during the “Apply Windows Settings” step with the following error code: Failed to open the Task Sequencing Environment. Code 0x80220005. Please ensure you are running this executable inside a properly configured OS The reason why we see this issue is that virtual machines…

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Blog, Configuration Manager Current Branch, Office 365, Software Updates, Windows 10

Considerations When Deploying Office 365 Client Updates Using ADRs in SCCM

INTRODUCTION A customer contacted me the other day because their Office 365 client updates were not released to clients in a timely fashion. Their configuration was one Automatic Deployment Rule (ADR) for all client updates, with the following configuration: Date Released or Revised last 1 day Office 365 client updates enabled Evaluation schedule: Every Second Tuesday at 23:55 This is a fine setup except for the following scenarios: Out of band patches are not included Windows Defender Definitions in Configuration…

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How to backup and restore your VMs using Altaro VM Backup v.7

  Quick Access Introduction Step-by-step-guide Create VM Backup Take local VM backup Take offsite VM backup Restore VM backup Full VM Restore File Level Restore Exchange Item Level Restore Verify backups Conclusion Introduction   For the past few months, my conscience has been bugging me about backing up my VMs on my host. This something that I postponed every week, but a few weeks ago I was contacted by my blog sponsor Altaro who asked me if I wanted to write a…

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Blog, Configuration Manager Current Branch

Error with SCCM 1602 update not visible in the console

INTRODUCTION The other day I was upgrading a customer’s environment to ConfigMgr 1602 when I ran in to an issue. Following the upgrade to ConfigMgr 1511 I went in to the Updates and Servicing node to upgrade to 1602. I received a No items found message, even though the update had been properly synced according to the logs.     SOLUTION The reason why this happens is due to the scope of the object in the ConfigMgr RBA. If the account does…

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Blog, Configuration Manager 2012

How to configure Automatic Client Upgrade in SCCM

INTRODUCTION Microsoft recently released the Cumulative Update 1 which fixed a lot of bugs that was introduced with Configuration Manager 2012 R2 SP1. One of the nice features with Configuration Manager R2 SP1 CU1 is that it is now possible to Automatically Upgrade clients to the latest CU version. Automatic Client Upgrade was present before but it only worked for new builds of the client, i.e Service Packs. One trick here to keep in mind is that when installing the…

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Blog, Powershell

Powershell script to add Active Directory users to groups using a CSV file

INTRODUCTION When adding a bulk of groups to different Active Directory group you should use Powershell. Use the script in this post to accomplish this. SOLUTION This script simply adds the users specified in the Users column in to the groups specified in the Groups column in the CSV. Grab the script and an example CSV from the TechNet Gallery. The script is also available below:

USEFUL POSTS Powershell script to copy files to current user profile Powershell script…

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Blog, Microsoft Deployment Toolkit

Error Starting DaRT 8.1 When Installed on Windows Server 2012 RTM

INTRODUCTION I’ve run in to this issue every time when setting up DaRT 8.1 on Windows Server 2012 RTM, and therefore assume that this is a common problem. Please drop a comment if you know why this occurs and if I am doing it wrong in any way 🙂 DaRT 8.1 is intended to run on Windows Server 2012 R2, but installs fine on Windows Server 2012 RTM. This is as long as you run the setup file as an administra…

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