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Microsoft Delivers ConfigMgr Current Branch Hotfix to Resolve Duplicate Columns Created to Infinity

A bug exists in System Center Configuration Manager that adds duplicate records after updating the site to 1810 Current Branch. But, it doesn’t just add duplicates once – it continues to add duplicates until the issue becomes a large enough problem that the corporate Active Directory service must be shut down and Microsoft Support has to get involved to fix it. The Hotfix is now available in the Updates and Servicing node of the Configuration Manager console. Details are here: Duplicate user discovery columns are created in Configuration Manager

ConfigMgr Current Branch Hotfix to Solve Windows Update Installation Problems

A new hotfix is now available for those using Systems Center Configuration Manager to deploy security updates to Windows devices. The issue most generally affects Windows 10 1709 but has also been reported to apply to other versions of Windows 10. Software update installations may stop responding or never return a completion status during task sequence execution or typical software updates management (SUM). This issue typically occurs when many updates are being installed, usually a mix of Office and Windows updates. Different symptoms may be reported in the log files to indicate that this issue is being experienced. Example of an error message in the log file: Update (Site_73523994-7973-422C-A02B-F83A7A327F36/SUM_cca31bf2-b813-48d1-a4cd-ce317d024303) Progress: Status = ciStateDownloading,...

Microsoft Adds Support for Windows Server 2019 and MSIX Deployments in Latest Configuration Manager Update

Microsoft has now rolled out an update to System Center Configuration Manager that finally supports installing the endpoint management software on Windows Server 2019 and Windows Server version 1809. The update, version 1810 for Configuration Manager current branch, is available now as an in-console update. Some other notable improvements in this version include: New client notification action to wake up device Improvement to client installation Improvements to internet-based client setup Convert applications to MSIX Approve application requests via email   See the full list: What’s new in version 1810 of Configuration Manager current branch  

Support for System Center Endpoint Protection for Mac and Linux Ends December 31, 2018

System Center Endpoint Protection (SCEP) customers should be aware that Microsoft will end support for the product when protecting Mac and Linux platforms. According to the company… Support for System Center Endpoint Protection (SCEP) for Mac and Linux (all versions) ends on December 31, 2018. Availability of new virus definitions for SCEP for Mac and SCEP for Linux may be discontinued after the end of support. This discontinuation may occur without notice. If you are using any version of SCEP for Mac or SCEP for Linux, plan to migrate to a replacement endpoint protection product for Mac and Linux clients. Microsoft will not provide a replacement protection product for Linux but will offer ESET Endpoint Security for Mac users.  

Need to Get Proficient with Microsoft Modern Management and the Latest System Center Configuration Manager?

There was a LOT of talk at Microsoft Ignite this year about new and upcoming features for Microsoft Modern Management using System Center Configuration Manager and Microsoft Intune. Most know that Ignite is not really the right place for System Center topics, unfortunately, though many attendees still believe there’s value there. There’s was a lot of evidence of this shown in the overflowing session rooms for System Center products. Obviously, there was a lot more value to be had in the old Microsoft Management Summit that focused solely on managing endpoints in Microsoft-centric environments. But, those are the days of the past, and sadly, many are somehow still under the impression that Ignite is the only resource for good System Center content despite reports to the contrary...

Microsoft Shutting Down Global Service Monitor in November

In November of this year, Microsoft intends to retire its Global Service Monitor product. Per Microsoft, existing GSM tests will stop working after 11/07/2018 and the company strongly encourages customers to migrate any custom tests to its replacement service, Azure Application Insights. GSM has been offered for free as part of the software assurance benefit of the System Center purchase. Microsoft states that this will continue with customers that are migrating from GSM to Azure Application Insights – but it also seems to indicate that this may be a chargeable service in the future.   Looking for an awesome, no-nonsense technical conference for IT Pros, Developers, and DevOps? IT/Dev Connections kicks off in Dallas, Texas in 2018!

Microsoft Releases First System Center Semi-Annual Channel Release

Microsoft has been tinkering around with its channel/ring nomenclature again, and it will probably continue to do so. Since the latest round of modifications, today marks the first release of the next big System Center suite update. Called System Center Semi-Annual Channel release, today’s update brings the suite to version 1801 and includes feature updates for System Center Operations Manager, Virtual Machine Manager, and Data Protection Manager and bug fixes for Orchestrator, Service Management Automation, and Service Manager. Some might look at this list and wonder where System Center Configuration Manager might be. That products was yanked from the full System Center line a long while ago and is continually updated separately. Configuration Manager is now more related to Microsof...

System Center 1711 Products Preview VHDs Now Available

Microsoft is making its first semi-annual release of System Center available and the VHDs for testing the preview are now ready for download: System Center Service Manager Preview, version 1711 – Evaluation (VHD) System Center Orchestrator Preview, version 1711 – Evaluation (VHD) System Center Operations Manager Preview, version 1711 – Evaluation (VHD) System Center Data Protection Manager Preview, version 1711 – Evaluation (VHD) System Center Virtual Machine Manager Preview, version 1711 – Evaluation (VHD)   Looking for an awesome, no-nonsense technical conference for IT Pros, Developers, and DevOps? IT/Dev Connections kicks off in Dallas, Texas in 2018!

Microsoft System Center Gets First Semi-annual Release

Microsoft has synched across its different product lines to deliver major updates in a semi-annual fashion. Originally, the company promised constant, flowing feature updates to its products, and with Windows 10 as the guinea pig, found pushback from customers. The company has now pared back its major update offerings across the board. System Center has now been granted its first semi-annual release. Bala Rajagopolan, Principal Group Program Manager for System Center says this about the release… Our focus in this first semi-annual channel release is on enhancements and features for System Center Operations Manager, Virtual Machine Manager, and Data Protection Manager, based on feedback from our customers. Additionally, security and bug fixes, as well as support for TLS 1.2 will be av...

System Center 2016 Products Supporting TLS 1.2

To adhere to industry compliance for encrypted communications, Microsoft has now unveiled support for TLS 1.2 for the following System Center products: System Center Operations Manager (SCOM) System Center Virtual Machine Manager (SCVMM) System Center Data Protection Manager (SCDPM) System Center Orchestrator (SCO) Service Management Automation (SMA) Service Provider Foundation (SPF) System Center Service Manager (SM)   Microsoft recommends moving to TLS 1.2 as soon as possible and has provided the following guide to give prescriptive guidance for how to migrate: TLS 1.2 Protocol Support Deployment Guide for System Center 2016 Looking for an awesome, no-nonsense technical conference for IT Pros, Developers, and DevOps? IT/Dev Connections kicks off in Dallas, Texas in 2018!

Microsoft Moves to Make System Center and Windows Server Follow Semi-annual Update Strategy

First Microsoft began delivering frequent updates to Windows 10. Then, it backed off a bit and promised only two big updates per calendar year. Then, the System Center Configuration Manager team took up the policy and began delivering constant features and bug fix updates, turning management of corporate resources into a whirlwind of capabilities. Now, Microsoft has announced that both Windows Server and System Center (the non-Configuration Manager areas) will also follow suit and align directly with Windows and Office Semi-annual Channel release cycle. The new release cycle revolves around… Two updates a year. Semi-annual feature updates targeted for March and September. 18 months of support. Extended support period for semi-annual feature updates from 12 to 18 months (starting from...

Quick Look at System Center 2016 Virtual Machine Manager

Learn about the new features in System Center 2016 Virtual Machine Manager to help you provision and manage Windows Server 2016 and other virtual machines. Looking for an awesome, no-nonsense technical conference for IT Pros, Developers, and DevOps? IT/Dev Connections kicks off in San Francisco in 2017!