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System Center Configuration Manager

Microsoft Provides a Workaround for WSUS Synch Problems, But Can’t Tell Us Why Problems Exist

You’re not going crazy. Customers are experiencing intermittent failures when synching WSUS. When running standalone WSUS or System Center Configuration Manager integrated with WSUS, software update synchronizations may fail on an intermittent basis, while subsequent synchronizations may be successful. Details: Windows Server Update Service (WSUS) to Microsoft Update sync fails According to the newly created article, Microsoft knows the problem, knows it exists, and can even suggest a temporary workaround, which is… Synchronization/import of previously failed definition updates should be successful with subsequent software update synchronizations. However, the cause is still To be determined.

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  

Deep Dive Into the Content Library, Content Location Request, DPs, IIS in Microsoft SCCM

In this video guide, we will be covering the way content is stored in distributed in Microsoft Configuration Manager. This video will go deep into how the content library on the site server works, the way content is distributed to remote DPs, how clients submit content location request, IIS, content troubleshooting and more!   Looking for an awesome, no-nonsense technical conference for IT Pros, Developers, and DevOps? IT/Dev Connections is what conferences should be.

Tip: Manage Windows Insider Preview Builds in Configuration Manager

Do you have individuals in the organization that are die-hard Windows fans that like testing new builds enough to be an active participant in the Windows Insider program? Beginning in System Center Configuration Manager 1802, you can now control deployment of Windows Insider builds through deferral policies. In the Configuration Manager console, go to Software Library > Windows 10 Servicing > Windows Update for Business Policies. On the Home tab, in the Create group, select Create Windows Update for Business Policy to open the Create Windows Update for Business Policy Wizard. On the General page, provide a name and description for the policy. On the Deferral Policies page, go to Defer Feature Updates>Branch readiness level, select the ring from which you want devices to receive In...

Updated System Center Configuration Manager Support Statement for Office 2019

When Office 2019 availability was made available, it was also announced that it would be supported to be deployed using System Center Configuration Manager. Microsoft has now released the following updated statement: The Office 365 Client Installation wizard in Configuration Manager (Current Branch) currently doesn’t support Office 2019, including Project 2019 and Visio 2019. The product team is working on the changes needed to enable this and expect support for Office 2019 to be available by the end of the year.   Looking for an awesome, no-nonsense technical conference for IT Pros, Developers, and DevOps? IT/Dev Connections kicks off in Dallas, Texas in 2018!

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...

Taking SCCM to the Cloud

Microsoft has been continually adding new features to System Center Configuration Manager to ensure that it can work as a true hybrid cloud mechanism, allowing customers to take advantage of both on-premises and Azure value prospects. There’s a lot of value in doing it this way. Microsoft recently delivered a download that documents how the company has pioneered this effort itself. Download: Migrating System Center Configuration Manager on-premises infrastructure to Microsoft Azure – To reduce reliance on on-premises infrastructure, Microsoft Core Services Engineering and Operations migrated Configuration Manager to Azure, allowing flexible scaling of both virtual machine size and site server roles to mirror demand and reduce costs. As valuable as this document is for spurring ...

Microsoft Rolls Out Smaller Update Sizes Today for WSUS and ConfigMgr

Microsoft is still working on solving customer complaints about its OS updates. Starting today for organizations that utilize WSUS and System Center Configuration Manager, x64 updates will be smaller in size. The new feature updates, released as Electronic Software Distribution (ESD) files through WSUS, provide you with the option to download the x64 file as a separate package. By separating the files by system type, the download file becomes approximately 2.6 GB for the x64 package, saving you approximately 2.2GB of download size immediately. This separation is also similar to what customers experience with new feature updates through Windows Update today. More: Reduced Windows 10 package size downloads for x64 systems Looking for an awesome, no-nonsense technical conference for IT Pros, ...

Tip: Ensuring a Problem-free Software Update Based SCCM Client Installation

Here’s a tip that tends to get overlooked for Configuration Manager client deployments. As a best practice for a software update-based installation make sure to use the same Windows Server Update Services (WSUS) server for client installation and software updates. Additionally, this server must be the active software update point in a primary site.   Looking for an awesome, no-nonsense technical conference for IT Pros, Developers, and DevOps? IT/Dev Connections kicks off in Dallas, Texas in 2018!

SCCM Tip: Resolving Error 12007 When Software Updates Fail to Download

If software updates are not downloading, check for an Error 12007 in the ruleengine.log file. This error message indicates that the account used for connecting to the Internet and syncing available updates does not have appropriate rights. The Local System account on the server is used to connect to the Internet and download software updates. When this account doesn’t have proper access to the Internet, software updates will fail to download. This can happen sometimes due to various reasons, but most likely due to an over-aggressive security team. Reconfigure the Local System account credentials with proper access, or at least configure it to connect to the proxy server.   Looking for an awesome, no-nonsense technical conference for IT Pros, Developers, and DevOps? IT/Dev Connec...

Tip: Restarting a Stalled SCCM Upgrade

If an upgrade to a newer build of System Center Configuration Manager has stalled, it might need to be kick-started. An upgrade can stall for any number of reasons, but if this happens to you, do the following: Start the SMS_EXECUTIVE and the SMS_SITE_COMPONENT_MANAGER services Restart the CONFIGURATION_MANAGER_UPDATE service   The upgrade should commence.   Looking for an awesome, no-nonsense technical conference for IT Pros, Developers, and DevOps? IT/Dev Connections kicks off in Dallas, Texas in 2018!

Enabling Third-Party Software Update Catalogs in Microsoft SCCM

In this video guide, we will be covering how to configure the third-party software update catalogs feature added in SCCM 1806. This video guide covers enabling your software update point for third-party software updates, setting Configuration Manager to manage the certificate, enabling the client setting to enable third-party software updates and configuring the Patch My PC Update Catalog in the third-party software update catalog node of SCCM.   Looking for an awesome, no-nonsense technical conference for IT Pros, Developers, and DevOps? IT/Dev Connections kicks off in Dallas, Texas in 2018!