System Center

Changes You are Required to Make to Enable ConfigMgr and WSUS to Deploy Windows 10 1903

After Microsoft began making Windows 10 1903 available publicly this week, the company announced some changes in how its Configuration Manager and WSUS environments handle this update. The changes require that administrators of these systems make some quick changes. For Configuration Manager: In order to deploy feature and quality updates to devices running Windows 10, version 1903 or Windows Server, version 1903 (and later), you will need to ensure that you are running the current branch of System Center Configuration Manager, which is version 1902. Then, in the Configuration Manager console, enable the Software Update point to download updates for Windows 10, version 1903 and later and/or Windows Server, version 1903 and later. For WSUS:  If you are using Windows Server Update Services (...

Microsoft Adding MBAM Features to ConfigMgr and Intune

Announced at MMS 2019 at the Mall of America, System Center Configuration Manager and Intune will be getting MBAM features. #MMSMOA announcement: MBAM features will be added to #ConfigMgr and #Intune pic.twitter.com/kyAw7ms6PV — Octavian @ MMSMOA (@octav_cm) May 6, 2019 Microsoft BitLocker Administration and Monitoring (MBAM) 2.5 provides a simplified administrative interface for BitLocker Drive Encryption. BitLocker offers enhanced protection against data theft or data exposure for computers that are lost or stolen. BitLocker encrypts all data that is stored on the Windows operating system volumes and drives and configured data drives.

Autopilot and Modern Management – ConfigMgr CB and the Microsoft cloud platform

This session focuses on Autopilot and walks through in detail what autopilot is, how to configure it and demonstrates four key autopilot scenarios.

Upgrade Readiness – ConfigMgr CB and the Microsoft cloud platform

This session focuses on Upgrade Readiness. We describe how to configure Upgrade Readiness and then shift to discussing how to connect ConfigMgr to Upgrade Readiness and the benefits of doing so. Troubleshooting options are also reviewed.

Microsoft Store for Business – ConfigMgr CB and the Microsoft cloud platform

This session centers around the benefits, requirements, and usage of the Microsoft Store for Business and focuses on the integration between the Microsoft Store for Business and Configuration Manager.

Programming Note: ConfigMgr 2007 and FEP 2010 Reach End of Life on July 9, 2019

Still struggling to maintain Configuration Manager 2007 and Forefront Endpoint Protection 2010? Believe it or not, despite all the advances in Configuration Manager…some are. Well, here’s the best reason to move forward. As of July 9, 2019, Configuration Manager 2007 and Forefront Endpoint Protection will no longer receive updates of any kind (security, non-security) and support options (both paid and free) will no longer be available. Additionally, definition, engine, and platform updates for FEP will cease. Time to take the leap of faith and move on.

Video Tutorial: ConfigMgr cloud integration Part 2 – Device Health Attestation

This session focuses on Device Health Attestation and the options to use ConfigMgr as a management source for Device Health Attestation data. We also discuss troubleshooting.

Video Tutorial: ConfigMgr current branch and the Microsoft cloud platform

This is an introduction to the way ConfigMgr current branch integrates with services in the Microsoft cloud platform. We discuss the options, introduce some terms and set the stage for the remaining sessions in the series.

Microsoft’s System Center Blog Gets Its Techcommunity Home

Microsoft has spent significant resources migrating all of its content and communities into an array of interconnected sites. This is not the first time the company has done this, but just represents its latest push to consolidate resources to help customers be able to find things quickly and easily. Most people don’t know this, but much of what Microsoft has done in the community space recently (the Techcommunity, for example) is being outsourced to a company called Indigo Slate. The latest migration comes from the System Center team blog. For those that want to keep track of System Center information, news, etc., directly from Microsoft, you’ll want to bookmark this new location and possibly ‘Follow’ the blog in the Techcommunity space. New site: https://techcommu...

System Center Service Manager Authoring Tool 2019

The System Center Service Manager Authoring Tool 2019 is a tool for customization and extension of the built-in functionality in System Center Service Manager. This release supports modifying existing process management packs and creating new management packs that define extensions to the Service Manager database for tracking additional information, customizations of forms or new forms, and new workflows. Download: System Center Service Manager Authoring Tool 2019

System Center 2019 Sheds Semi-Annual Channel, Releases This Month with Trains Instead of Rings

In technical preview since December 2018, System Center 2019 (all products except ConfigMgr) is ready to release this month, March 2019. The suite of products comes with some significant and some minor enhancements, but the primary focus is to better enable a hybrid cloud approach. Many of the normal processes will be offloading to Azure to help organizations get further along in the direction Microsoft wants its customers to take. Microsoft has provided some good information about what’s coming: Coming soon: Microsoft System Center 2019! However, most important to customers is that the company is eliminating the Semi-Annual Channel (SAC) for System Center 2019. The product suite will retain the Long Term Servicing Channel (LTSC) and what it calls an Update Rollout (UR) “train&...

Tip: Client TCP Port Tester for System Center Configuration Manager

If you need to test and verify port accessibility for ConfigMgr clients, there’s now a tool available from Trevor Jones. This tool is for TCP port testing on SCCM client systems. It checks the local ports required by the SCCM client as well as connectivity to management point, distribution point and sofware update point servers. In addition, there is a custom port tester for testing any inbound or outbound port to any destination. Use the tool to verify that the client can communicate on the required ports for SCCM. The default ports can be edited in the case that non-default port numbers are in use, or additional ports are required. It will only test TCP ports, not UDP. Download from TechNet: ConfigMgr Client TCP Port Tester For full details see, Trevor’s blog: https://smsagen...