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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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10
Feb

SCCM Current Branch and pre-production clients

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Hello, world! A quick blog to review the steps required to implement Pre-Production SCCM client upgrades. You will need a Device Collection with members used for testing upgrades. Verify the Hierarchy Settings – In the Configuration Manager console open Administration > Site Configuration > Sites, and choose Hierarchy Settings. On the Client Upgrade tab of the […]

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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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03
Nov

Configuration Manager Current Branch: Non-Trusted Domains

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Howdy! I’m going to make this blog short and to the point because this topic can be cumbersome and intimidating to approach. It was difficult finding a concise blog giving me all the answers I needed. The scenario is a customer was wanting to manage SCCM agents across non-trusted domains, potentially across firewalls, while using System Discovery, […]

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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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08
Jul

Detection Methods, Configuration Items, and more – Oh My!

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Setting the Scene With the release of SCCM 2012, Microsoft brought many improvements to the SCCM product. One of them was the introduction of the Application Model. The Application Model allows software to be deployed in a much more intelligent manner than the older Package model. However, despite all the benefits of the Application Model, […]

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23
May

Reporting on Percent of Monthly Server Uptime with SCCM

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Introduction One of the things I like the most about SCCM is that it is very flexible and extensible.  I am constantly amazed at all the things it can be used for in an environment. Recently, I was asked by a client to create an SCCM web report that would display the Percent of uptime […]

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28
Mar

Troubleshooting Slow Collection Evaluation in SCCM 2012, Part 3 (AKA When Collections Loiter)

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Collections are a critical part of SCCM 2012. They factor into almost everything from deployments to client settings, to… everything! It just so happens that collections are a unique breed of things that are easy to understand but difficult to master.   In part 1 of this series, Troubleshooting Slow Collection Evaluation in SCCM 2012 […]

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