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13
Oct

Friends at Last? (SCCM Current Branch and TLS 1.2)

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The Scenario While on a recent project, one of my colleagues and I came across an issue when trying to install a new SCCM Current Branch site using Server 2012 R2 and SQL 2016.   The setup wizard would start just fine, and all prerequisites passed.  However when we got to the point where we […]

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03
Aug

The Case of the Thwarted Thief (Windows 10 Security Saves the Day)

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Today we are going to be discussing some of the new security features that Windows 10 includes.   Rather than overwhelming you with technical details and specifications, I am going to share a story:   The story you are about to hear could very well be true, only the names have been changed to protect […]

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03
Jul

Assembly not required (preparing for Windows 10)

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When my twin sons were around 5 years old, my wife and I decided to purchase them "big boy bikes."  I remember driving over to the local Walmart...the excitement of getting a new bike shined brilliantly from their faces. Once we arrived we made our way back to the area where the bikes were on [...]

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26
Jun

Journey into Windows 10 Deployment

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Welcome Traveler Let's go on a journey.   A journey of the mind.   To the world of Windows upgrades.....   Just hearing the words brings a sinking feeling that weighs the soul of mortal technicians and engineers everywhere. The pitfalls are all around us... those that we accept because we must. App compatibility. User [...]

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18
May

How to Verify Systems Are Patched for WannaCrypt Using SCCM

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  Note:   I have updated the code on this page by request to allow limiting the machines returned by a collection.     Due to the emergence of the WannaCrypt ransomware last week, SCCM admins worldwide were tasked to discover how many of their organization's devices were at risk for becoming infected. Unfortunately, many organizations [...]

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30
Mar

Understanding Software Update Deployment Status, Part 3: Viewing Compliance in the SCCM Console

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SUMMARY This is part 3 of a 6 part series where I talk through common issues I have seen that skew the numbers for software updates, or make it difficult to explain the results. Once we are done, hopefully you will be able to look at the SCCM Software Update process in much the same […]

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22
Feb

Understanding Software Update Deployment Status, Part 2: Client and Scan Issues

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Summary This is part 2 of a 6 part series where I talk through common issues I have seen that skew the numbers for software updates, or make it difficult to explain the results. Once we are done, hopefully you will be able to look at the SCCM Software Update process in much the same […]

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13
Jan

UNDERSTANDING SOFTWARE UPDATE DEPLOYMENT STATUS

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Summary   We’ve all been there before… The monthly software updates are released and you diligently deploy them to your environment. At some point your manager, IT Security or Auditor asks why certain systems are not compliant. Depending on your environment, it can be hard to find answers for all of their questions.   In […]

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02
Dec

Why Can’t we all just get along? AKA Task Sequences vs PowerShell (32/64 bit)

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Once Upon A Time…. I was recently in a situation where I needed both 32-bit and 64-bit PowerShell scripts to be able to read/write Task Sequence Variables. After trying various methods I was able to get the 32-bit scripts to read and write Task Sequence Variables successfully.   All Was Well Until… The scenario was […]

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24
Oct

Reporting on SCCM Application Deployment Progress with Powershell

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This month, I’m going to show you a new approach to getting deployment status out of SCCM. Most of you are familiar with using SCCM Reports, or the SCCM console to get deployment status when asked.  Usually, when asked, I turn to SQL.  However, I was looking at all the cmdlets that come with SCCM […]

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