Tag: sccm

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, Software Updates

How To Configure Deadlines for Automatic Deployment Rules in SCCM

INTRODUCTION Upon creating an automatic Software Update strategy in your organization, you will need to configure Automatic Deployment Rules. This blog post describes in short Automatic Deployment Rules and how these are deployed to clients in different phases. As with everything, it is easy once you understand it. AUTOMATIC DEPLOYMENT RULES Automatic Deployment Rules are used to automatically accomplish the following tasks: Filter out Software Updates according to a set amount of criteria from the database. Add the filtered out…

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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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Blog, Configuration Manager Current Branch

Create Multiple Deployments per Automatic Deployment Rule in SCCM

INTRODUCTION When you are creating a plan for deploying software updates to machines using SCCM, you most likely are creating at least two different deployments: one for Pilot and one for Production. If you wanted to completely automate this process prior to SCCM 1511, you were required to create one Automatic Deployment Rule for Pilot and one for Production. Starting with SCCM 1511, it is possible to create several deployments for one Automatic Deployment Rule, which means you can minimize…

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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, Powershell

Powershell script for configuring collection update refresh settings in SCCM

INTRODUCTION Sometimes you might want to configure how collections update in SCCM. Accomplishing this for a few collections works fine using the GUI, but if you want to change collection update settings for hundreds, or thousands of collections at the same time, this is not a viable option. SOLUTION If you need to do this, use the script I have created. It reads the collections IDs from a file called collections.txt that needs to be in the same folder as the…

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Blog, Configuration Manager 2012

Error when accessing content directly from Distribution Point for OS Image during OSD in SCCM

INTRODUCTION The other day I was at a customer and I ran in to this problem: Empty location for package: _SMSTSBEN0004A   The problem here is related to how the OS Image gets downloaded/applied during the task sequence. At this customer, the Task Sequence was set to Access content directly from the distribution point, which is an option I usually don’t set, because I prefer to download the image first to the client before applying it. Keep in mind if you…

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