Month: June 2016

Last Chance to Request June’s Free SSRS Report – Computer Network Logon Details

Today’s the last day to email Info AT Enhansoft for your copy of Computer Network Logon Details! This report is only available in June. You can have multiple network logon types, so the Computer Network Logon Details report will show which network logon types are active for a specific PC, i.e. Microsoft Windows Network, Novell, etc. Next week we’ll announce July’s free SSRS report!

Cireson Releases Free User Device Affinity App for ConfigMgr

Cireson has a habit of releasing some seriously awesome goodness as freebies. Today, the company has released a new tool called User Device Affinity for Configuration Manager. According to the press release, this tool allows you to… View existing user-to-device relationships Associate new users to existing devices Remove users from existing devices Add new devices to existing users Remove devices from existing users Search and filter users and devices for management of UDA relationships Launch Remote Manage in the context of a computer   Cireson, btw, is a Gold sponsor of IT/Dev Connections 2016. So, if you want to thank them for this wonderful app, or just want to be counted among the happy throng of ITDC true believers, check out IT/Dev Connections 2016. According to CIO.com, ...

Only Two Minutes to Mobile Management!

By Garth Jones Earlier this year I presented an Intune session at three stops on the MVPDays Community Roadshow. One thing that became abundantly clear to me was that most organizations do NOT have a good handle on mobile device management. After doing a bit of listening I heard that even when a company has a security policy in place stating that only corporate devices can connect to Exchange Servers, there are many exceptions to this rule. This leaves network, ConfigMgr and Exchange admins in the dark about who or what devices are connecting to their environment. Here’s my #1 tip: Just get started! To help you out I created a video to demonstrate how you can setup the Exchange Connector with Configuration Manager in less than two minutes. By doing this simple step you will be able to capt...

Using the New In-console Updates Feature to Refresh the ConfigMgr Hierarchy

Microsoft IT recently used the in-console update feature for Configuration Manager to refresh its entire hierarchy. There are approximately 210,000 users at Microsoft with 350,000 client PCs and 65,000 mobile devices that we manage using a hybrid configuration of Configuration Manager and Microsoft Intune. The update was completed in about 12 hours with no additional hardware requirements. The new in-console update method was faster than upgrades for Configuration Manager 2012, which took between 36 and 48 hours. The paper (Word doc) that speaks completely to this process is downloadable from here: Installing System Center Configuration Manager 1602 using in-console updates

Last Chance to Help Choose Enhansoft’s Next Free SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) Report for the Month of July

Make sure to vote in this month’s poll to help choose July’s free SSRS report! The report choices in June’s poll are: List of All PCs Installed Within the Last Week OR Software Updates Dashboard. At the moment the Software Updates Dashboard report is ahead with 83% of the votes. Next week we’ll announce July’s free SSRS report. VOTE HERE! a) The List of All PCs Installed Within the Last Week report will provide you with the most recent PC installation activity. This information will allow you to troubleshoot client installation issues, or it can help you to monitor the installation process during a mass migration over a period of time. In the full-feature set this report will drill through to Computer Operating System Details. b) The Software Updates Dashboard report is designed to mimic t...

Live Q&A with the Microsoft ConfigMgr Team on June 29

Get all your burning questions about System Center Configuration Manager ready, because the ConfigMgr team at Microsoft will be hosting a 4-hour Q&A on Reddit next week. The subreddit is located at http://reddit.com/r/sccm and the Q&A will run from 1:00 – 5:00 PM PST on June 29. Full details here: Live Q&A with ConfigMgr Incidentally, Microsoft makes the announcement by beginning with its own question: Did you know the Configuration Manager team boasts one of the most active and dedicated user communities within Microsoft? Incidentally, without the myITforum community, either there wouldn’t be a Configuration Manager product, it wouldn’t be as popular and as revenue rich for Microsoft, or it would look totally different than it does today. So, I guess my response to that questi...

Enhansoft at Microsoft Ignite 2016

Meet the Enhansoft Team at Microsoft Ignite! Last week we selected our booth in the Expo Hall, so come and see us in Booth #2468! Microsoft Ignite will be held in Atlanta, GA from September 26-30, 2016. Why Should You Attend Microsoft Ignite? Check out some of these sessions: Dig deeply into BranchCache: learning from the experts Learn how to leverage BranchCache instead of increasing network speeds. Transform yourself and build your IT cloud career path Prepare for the future! Start developing your organization’s training plan. Troubleshoot Windows 10 deployment: top 10 tips and tricks Learn how to deploy Windows 10 without any hiccups! In addition to these sessions there will be +1,000 hours of smart, focused training and expert insights on all the hot topics: cloud infrastructure and ma...

Mobile Application Management (MAM) in Action

By Garth Jones Mobile Application Management (MAM) is great because it allows ConfigMgr admins to manage applications (such as Outlook), and NOT devices. The best part is that the Intune client is NOT needed on each device. Why is managing applications and not devices important? Three reasons: · Convenience · Privacy · Security Instead of each employee having two smart phones (one for business and one for personal use) MAM allows employees to only need one smartphone. This is important as more and more staff are bringing their personal smartphones to work and are connecting to their organization’s email system and Wi-Fi. Managing applications means that organizations do NOT get to invade the privacy of staff by managing their personal smartphones. Employees will be happy to know that their...

Configuration Manager Technical Preview Bumped to 1606

Update 1606 for Configuration Manager Technical Preview has been released and provides some new features I think most will welcome. According to Microsoft here’s what’s new: ConfigMgr as a managed installer with Device Guard Cloud Proxy Service Grace period for application and software update deployments Multiple device management points for Windows 10 Anniversary Edition devices Device categories for use with the Intune/ConfigMgr connection Read all about these features: Update 1606 for Configuration Manager Technical Preview – Available Now!

Reminder to Help Choose Enhansoft’s Next Free SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) Report for the Month of July

The report choices in June’s poll are: List of All PCs Installed Within the Last Week OR Software Updates Dashboard. At the moment the Software Updates Dashboard report is ahead. Make sure to VOTE HERE! a) The List of All PCs Installed Within the Last Week report will provide you with the most recent PC installation activity. This information will allow you to troubleshoot client installation issues, or it can help you to monitor the installation process during a mass migration over a period of time. In the full-feature set this report will drill through to Computer Operating System Details. b) The Software Updates Dashboard report is designed to mimic the Software Update Compliance Status Summary Home Page within the Configuration Manager console. This report allows the security team to a...

Collection Evaluation Viewer and Certificate Chain

By Garth Jones While I was writing my blog posts, ConfigMgr Collections and Collection Evaluation Viewer and How to Fix a Poorly Written WQL Query, I ran across an interesting issue when trying to remotely connect to my primary site. At first I didn’t notice the error message but after a few seconds I saw it at the bottom (red arrow) of Collection Evaluation Viewer (CEV).* The error states, “A connection was successfully established with the server, but then an error occurred during the login process. (provider: SSL Provider, error: 0 – The certificate chain was issued by an authority….” What is this error about? The error occurs when you are running CEV remotely from your ConfigMgr site server and you don’t have the ConfigMgr SQL certificate installed on your local PC. How do you fix this...

ICYMI: Windows 10 Servicing with Language Packs Using SCCM (current branch)

Niall Brady has written up a very informative and detailed blog article about using Configuration Manager current branch to service Windows 10 installations that are using language packs. This is the latest in a list of step-by-step  “guides” that he has been creating for ConfigMgr CB, which I recommend that you check on a regular basis for new content. With the increased footprint of Windows 10 and the use of ConfigMgr CB for servicing, new challenges have come into play, and effectively servicing Microsoft’s latest OS when language packs are used is one of them. The article describes using a custom script and deploying an .ini file for each language pack to clients, and in doing so, administrators should have an effective workaround for using Configuration Manager curre...