Windows 10 Compatibility Scan with Configuration Manager

Before deploying Windows 10, it’s a good idea to check the readiness of your existing machines running Windows 7, 8/8.1, Or even Windows 10. In this blog post I will use setup.exe with /compat scanonly switch to check the compatibility without performing the upgrade. The reason for not choosing the Upgrade task sequence for this…

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Feature Updates for Windows 10 via CMG

In my last blog post, I highlighted the option to install the ConfigMgr client over Internet for Windows 10 AAD joined machine, the next challenge is to perform Windows 10 Servicing to ensure the managed device is running a supported OS. A similar challenge is for Domain-Joined Windows 10 clients who are rarely on the…

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Client Installation over Internet

System Center Configuration Manager 1706 simplified the capability to install (bootstrap) the client over internet, this blog post walks through two scenarios – AAD joined device – Modern management of Windows 10 devices leveraging Azure. Workgroup device – Servers on DMZ without corporate network access Prerequisites The table below lists the requirements for each scenario…

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Modern Management of Internet Clients

The release of ConfigMgr Tech Preview – 1705 introduced new cloud based client management capabilities like on-boarding Azure AD users and deploying ConfigMgr client over Internet. Common scenarios like BYOD or Un-Managed/Workgroup devices in the field can now join Azure-AD which gets enrolled into Intune & automatically pushes the ConfigMgr agent for full management. The…

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Step-By-Step: Simplified Office 365 deployments with Configuration Manger 1702 Tech Preview

With the release of ConfigMgr 1702 Technical Preview, the Office 365 deployment is simplified with a built-in wizard to download binaries and customize settings for deployment. You no longer need to perform manual steps of downloading Office 365 and then creating an Application/Package definitions for deployment. The Office 365 Client Management dashboard has a new…

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Step-By-Step: Cloud Management Gateway

Introduction ConfigMgr 1610 introduced the Cloud Management Gateway, an Azure based solution to manage clients on internet. The benefit is that you don’t expose your infrastructure on the internet. The Azure VM(s) running behind the Cloud Management Gateway (Azure web service) are managed by Microsoft. At a high level, the clients communicate to an Azure…

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Step-By-Step: Installing a fresh Configuration Manager 1606 Site hosted on SQL Server AlwaysOn

Introduction With the release of Configuration Manager 1606 full media, you can install a fresh ConfigMgr database on SQL AlwaysON configuration. Here’s a Step By Step procedure to go about installing one. Environment A snapshot of the environment I am using to demonstrate this feature. Role Server Name Operating System Domain Controller DC1 Windows Server…

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Step-By-Step: Configuration Manager Site Database hosted on SQL Server AlwaysOn Availability Group

  Introduction Configuration Manager 1602 introduced the support of SQL Server AlwaysOn Availability Groups. Now we can host the Central/Primary Site databases into Availability Groups for high availability and disaster recovery purposes. Note – This feature is supported for existing Site DBs and cannot be used during the initial ConfigMgr setup. Environment Here’s a snapshot…

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