Blog

13
Oct

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

Posted by | · · | SCCM

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)

Posted by | · · · · · | Windows 10

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)

Posted by | | Windows 10

Learn some of the basics about preparing hardware and infrastructure for Windows 10 and get ready for the new way of OS deployments.

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26
Jun

Journey into Windows 10 Deployment

Posted by | | Windows 10

Join us on a journey of the mind into the world of Windows upgrades and learn about operating system transition processes and the joy of rollout schedules.

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18
May

How to Verify Systems Are Patched for WannaCrypt Using SCCM

Posted by | · · · | SCCM · Uncategorized

In response to the WannaCry ransomware, we’ve created a SQL query that provides detailed per-system status of the update process via SCCM against a specific Microsoft update. We also review the new Windows 10 update model.

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30
Mar

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

Posted by | · · · · | SCCM · Uncategorized

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

Posted by | · · · · | SCCM · Uncategorized

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

Posted by | · · · · · · · | SCCM

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)

Posted by | · · · | PowerShell · SCCM

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

Posted by | · · · · | PowerShell · SCCM · Uncategorized

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 when I […]

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