System Center

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...

Apple Records Stuck in ConfigMgr After Hybrid Migration to Intune

If you’re a System Center Configuration Manager customer who has opted to do the Hybrid migration of your managed Apple devices, the Apple records have been found to get stuck in the ConfigMgr console – essentially creating duplicate records on-premises and in the cloud. Microsoft is aware of the problem and offers the following solutions until a resolution is developed: If you happen to run into this prior to changing your MDM authority, then kindly delete the DEP records from ConfigMgr. If you’ve already migrated, then you can run the SQL command below on the ConfigMgr database, which will remove the records:     Delete from MDMCorpOwnedDevices where DeviceType=8 and DiscoverySources=4

State Messages Lists Now Provided for System Center Configuration Manager Customers

The Microsoft docs team has now produced a document on the Docs platform that provides a quick reference for each State Message in the System Center Configuration Manager system. These State Messages are important collateral for shortening the time to troubleshoot problems. These lists have existed before, but not in a long while. So the latest reveal is very welcome. System Center Configuration Manager customers should bookmark the page: State Messages in System Center Configuration Manager  

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!