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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Windows 10 In-place Upgrade Fails with 0xC1900208

This error appeared during the first phase of an in-place upgrade from Windows 8.1 to Windows 10.  The error refers to the Windows 10 setup.exe exit code and was found in the smsts.log file. Windows Setup failed with hexadecimal exit code 0xC1900208 (decimal 3247440392) According to Prajwal’s article on this error, the cause could be an incompatible app installed on the old operating system.  The approach to check this is to mount the Windows 10 ISO in Windows 8.1 for example, and run a custom setup command.  I tried the…

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SCCM Peer Cache Slows Down OSD Build

After suffering a great deal of pain with slow OSD today, I have found a particular Client Setting to be the culprit! In Client Settings > Client Cache Settings, using “Enable Configuration Manager client in full OS to share content” seems like a great idea – but it actually kicks in during OSD! When the Task Sequence is in Windows (i.e. rebooted from WinPE) the device being built will search for content on other clients and make it SUPER SLOW!! This article has a bit more database type detail (https://sccmisevil.wordpress.com/2017/07/31/the-strange-case-of-peer-cache-not-getting-disabled/)…

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DISM : Misc. WIM Management Commands

DISM.exe (Deployment Image Servicing and Management) is a command-line tool that can be used to service a Windows image or to prepare a Windows Preinstallation Environment (Windows PE) image.  DISM can be used to service a Windows image (.wim) or a virtual hard disk (.vhd or .vhdx). Clean old mountpoints • Dism /cleanup-wim Mount-Image • Dism /Mount-Image /ImageFile:C:\DISM\myimage.wim /index:1 /MountDir:C:\DISM\offline Add-Package • Dism /Add-Package /Image:C:\test\offline\Windows /PackagePath:C:\MSU\Windows10-KBxxxxxxx-x64.msu /LogPath:AddPackage.log Add Driver • DISM /Image:C:\test\offline /Add-Driver /Driver:C:\test\PS2x64 /recurse • DISM /Image:C:\test\offline /Add-Driver /Driver:C:\test\PS2x64\.inf Unmount-Image • Dism /unmount-image /mountdir:c:\test\offline /commit Enable Windows Feature •…

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