13 Apr

3 Tips for a Mobile, Efficient, and Cost-Effective Windows 10 Deployment

Over the past several years we have seen a clear trend towards mobility. Our clients want secure and consistent access to their documents and applications from any device or location. Such a deployment has become more accessible with the maturation of deployment technology. Advances in administration, monitoring and alerting, and maintenance have also made it Read more…

11 Jan

SCCM 1612 Tech Preview

The 1612 tech preview was recently released and I thought I would take a look and highlight a couple of the new features coming to Current Branch in the near term. Installer Handling The first item to catch my eye was the ability to “Block installation of an application if specified executables are running.” (Click images Read more…

13 Sep

Checkup? I Don’t Need No Stinkin’ Checkup

SCCM Health Checkups System Center Configuration Manager is much like today’s cars. I don’t work on my car much anymore. It is so computerized and complicated that I prefer to hand it over to professionals. Likewise, SCCM is becoming increasingly complicated under the hood and it seems like more is added every month. Just like your automobile, your SCCM Read more…

27 Jul

Microsoft KB breaks WSUS (SCCM Software Update Point)

Back in May, Microsoft released KB3159706 to resolve an issue with a previous KB that broke WSUS.  Unfortunately, KB3159706 also breaks WSUS. You can prevent this by performing some manual steps after it is installed. We have repeatedly seen WSUS service crashes labeled Event 7031 with the error “The WSUS Service service terminated unexpectedly.  It has Read more…

25 May

Recent Windows Updates May Break WSUS

As part of troubleshooting an issue recently with the WSUS role on an SCCM server, I encountered an issue I’d never heard of before where a recent Windows Update broke the WSUS role on a server. The symptom of this was that I couldn’t connect to the WSUS server through the MMC and I saw a Read more…

13 May

Should I Stay or Should I Go: Rationalizing Enterprise Applications

When deploying new desktops, especially Windows 10, some decisions come easily while others turn into elephants in the room. The easy decisions: deployment method,  OS version, Office version, hardware models. The challenge experienced by many firms is deciding on applications, especially if desktop refreshes have long intervals between them. If the desktop was deployed two or more years ago, Read more…

27 Apr

MBAM and Bitlocker Pre-Provisioning During OSD

MBAM (Microsoft Bitlocker Administration and Monitoring) is a fantastic tool for managing your Bitlocker Recovery Keys and your TPM Passwords. There is, however, an issue when using MBAM to manage these items if you are using Bitlocker Pre-Provisioning during Operating System Deployment (OSD). The issue stems from the Pre-Provisioning taking ownership of the TPM chip and not Read more…

22 Mar

USMT OSDMigrateAdditionalCaptureOptions Task Sequence Variable

Microsoft’s User State Migration Toolkit (USMT) is a fantastic free tool. It can, however, be a little daunting when you first start trying to use it.  It’s relatively easy to run the migration manually, but once you start adding it into an MDT/SCCM Task Sequence it gets quite a bit more complicated. I first ran into Read more…

05 Nov

The vNext Big Thing From SCCM

There have been several announcements over the past week regarding the future of System Center Configuration Manager vNext. The most important thing to take away from these posts is that your decision to use this as a deployment technology was a sound one. Microsoft is not abandoning Configuration Manager. Rather, it is actively improving it and is doing Read more…

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