Configuration Manager Version 1909

This latest preview version of Configuration Manager was released on 30th September. As expected version 1909 includes a number of new really useful features. Orchestration Groups – for better control of software updates deployment. Bitlocker Management improvements which adds support for integrated reports, a helpdesk portal for administration and monitoring, and a self-service portal for users. Extend an on-premise site to Microsoft Azure – which helps you to create Azure VMs for Config Manager. Additional CMPivot entities and enhancements to aid troubleshooting and hunting. Task sequence download on demand over…

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Clients Installed in Past 24 Hours

Need to know which devices installed the Config Manager client during the past 24 hours, or any other time period you’re interested in? Create a query using the following code to return computer name, agent time (UTC), domain and client. Limit the query to any collection you choose. I used All Windows 7 Client Systems which previously had the SCCM client installed as I’m preparing to upgrade them to Windows 10 using a Config Manager task sequence. Change the getdate()) <= 24 figure to the number of hours you need…

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ConfigMgr Current Branch & the Microsoft Cloud Platform

Microsoft have released a really great series of videos discussing the integration options between Configuration Manager current branch and the Microsoft cloud platform. This series based on ConfigMgr 1810 is recorded by @Steve Rachui, a Microsoft principal premier field engineer. The videos will cover a number of different subjects and starts with an Introduction. Part 1 – Introduction (GO HERE) Part 2 – Device Health Attestation Part 3 – Microsoft Store for Business Part 4 – TBC – stay tuned. Part 5 – Upgrade Readiness Part 6 – Cloud Distribution…

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Config Manager Hardware Inventory Troubleshooting

I want to share with you a really great guide to troubleshoot hardware inventory if you’re having problems with a particular machine. It’s from the guys at ‘the Sysadmin Channel’. The checklist at the end of this article includes bullet points for you to follow :- Download CMTrace to view the logs. Check if the BITS service is running and on automatic startup. On client PC, open InventoryAgent.log to see if reports were sent to MP. On client PC, open CcmMessaging.log to see if payload was successful. On MP Server,…

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What’s New In Config Manager 1806?

The latest update for Configuration Manager current branch is now available as an in-console update. You can update to 1806 on sites that currently run version 1706, 1710, or 1802. Microsoft have released a summary of the additions in the following article which includes Site Infrastructure changes, Content and Client Management updates, Compliance Settings, Application and OS Management along with a whole list of others. CLICK HERE I hope you find it useful.      

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Monitoring A Test Task Sequence

A great way to monitor a new task sequence is by using a custom Status Message query which grabs all the exit codes from every step of the TS and reports them out to the console. All you need is the following query and the Deployment ID for your task sequence. select  SMS_StatusMessage.*,   SMS_StatMsgInsStrings.*,   SMS_StatMsgAttributes.*,   SMS_StatMsgAttributes.AttributeTime   from SMS_StatusMessage   left join SMS_StatMsgInsStrings   on SMS_StatMsgInsStrings.RecordID = SMS_StatusMessage.RecordID   left join SMS_StatMsgAttributes   on SMS_StatMsgAttributes.RecordID = SMS_StatusMessage.RecordID   where SMS_StatMsgAttributes.AttributeID = 401 and SMS_StatMsgAttributes.AttributeValue = “ABC20001” and SMS_StatMsgAttributes.AttributeTime >= ##PRM:SMS_StatMsgAttributes.AttributeTime## order by SMS_StatMsgAttributes.AttributeTime DESC Create a new Status Message Query from the Monitoring tab as follows. Give the query a new name, eg,…

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Managing Local Admins with Windows 10

You can use Group Policy Preferences to implement a fairly simple, but reliable method of managing your local admins users so they are administrators on their primary machine only. For this you need to edit Computer Group Policy Preferences in your Windows 10 Common Computer policy. The first part of the policy clears membership of the local admins group and adds the default users and groups you need to give permissions to. The second part adds the user of the computer to local admins on their PC only, but only…

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