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Migrating to WSUS 4.0

Microsoft says you don’t need to migrate to WSUS 4.0 until 2020, as the lifecycle for WSUS 3.0 was recently extended to match that of Windows Server 2008 R2. Otherwise, support would have ended already (July 2016). However to take advantage of Windows 10 feature updates, organizations need to move to WSUS 4.0 quickly. WSUS 3.0 only supports the installation of Windows 10 quality updates. Mic...

Wake On LAN from Shutdown States 4 or 5 is Unsupported for Windows 10

Wake-on-LAN (WOL) is a standard that allows a user to send a packet over the network to one or more computers that are off to turn those computers on. A long thread on the SCCM email list discussing the differences in how Wake On LAN works between Windows 7, Windows 8.1, and Windows 10 has led to a definitive statement based on the following KB article: KB2776718: “Wake on LAN” (WOL) b...

Quick Tip: Synching Intune Device Policy from the ConfigMgr Console

With System Center Configuration Manager 1610, administrators can now use the ConfigMgr console to request Intune-managed devices to resync policies. To do this: Locate and select the device at Assets and Compliance > Overview > Devices In the Remote Device Actions menu, click Send Sync Request.   To monitor sync requests, review the Remote Sync State column in device views, or refresh ...

Potential Gotchas for the New Peer Cache Feature for ConfigMgr Clients

In 1610 of System Center Configuration Manager, Microsoft has now enabled Peer Cache for ConfigMgr clients. Peer Cache is a peer-to-peer content sharing system that allows clients within the same boundary to save network bandwidth by offering content from local computer cache. Currently there are requirements and considerations for the feature to work and without observing and understanding these ...

Enabling Pre-release Feature Testing for ConfigMgr

When Microsoft releases updates for System Center Configuration Manager, it includes new features, performance enhancements, and bug fixes. But, additionally, it also includes upcoming features that are not necessarily intended for production environments. Microsoft calls these pre-release features. When System Center Configuration Manager 1606 released, Microsoft made installation and testing of ...

New Feature: Cloud Management Gateway in ConfigMgr 1610

As part of the release of System Center Configuration Manager 1610 Microsoft has added a new Cloud Management Gateway feature: Cloud management gateway provides a simple way to manage Configuration Manager clients on the Internet. The cloud management gateway service, which is deployed to Microsoft Azure and requires an Azure subscription, connects to your on-premises Configuration Manager infrast...

Forcing Excluded Computers to Install the ConfigMgr Client

One new feature for System Center Configuration Manager (ConfigMgr) 1610 is the ability to place managed clients into excluded groups. This action keeps the ConfigMgr client from automatically installing on those protected devices. You can, however, still install the client a couple ways should you need to manage a single device ((or multiple devices, but not all) in the excluded group. Here’...

How to Get ConfigMgr Current Branch Builds Sooner

When the System Center Configuration Manager team at Microsoft makes available new builds for Current Branch, the update delivery is staggered to maximize bandwidth and minimize network congestion. So, actual delivery may take weeks for some customers. To get hold of the most current build sooner, Microsoft provides a PowerShell script that adds the hierarchy or standalone primary to the early upd...

MDT FAQ & Getting Started Guide

Microsoft and the Microsoft MVP community are curating a resource to help manage frequently asked questions about the new versions of the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT) announced on November 14, 2016. MDT is a product made by Microsoft to assist in the Deployment of Windows. It sits on top of other Microsoft technologies and tools like the WAIK/ADK, USMT, PXE/WDS, WSIM, Windows OOBE setup, and...

10-Steps to Repair or Replace Surface Devices

Microsoft supplies a web page that contains a 10-step process to help customers solve issues with Surface devices that are no longer running properly or have performance problems. The steps are intended to help identify and solve potential problems, and if not, direct customers to Microsoft for a replacement unit. The page to keep handy is here: What to do if Surface is running slower Looking for ...

The System Center Configuration Manager PowerShell Cmdlet Library

Microsoft periodically updates the PowerShell Cmdlet Library for System Center Configuration Manager and then subsequently updates the central resource. The resource is the following page in the Microsoft Download Center: System Center Configuration Manager Cmdlet Library This is especially important to keep bookmarked, particularly when you see the following error message: WARNING: An update to t...

A Better OSD background for OS Deployment

OSDBackground.exe is a small, and easy to configure, WPF Application that replaces BGInfo as a wallpaper generator during OS deployment with SCCM. It requires PowerShell and DotNet as Boot image Optional components. OSDBackground.exe can run in password protected debug mode, making the built-in F8 Command line support less necessary. The downloadable package includes the application itself as well...