ConfigMgr Application Approval via Email

ConfigMgr 1810 introduced the feature to receive email-based notifications for application approval requests. Here’s a step by step configuring the flow for a user requesting an application, an email is sent to the application approver to either Approve or Deny the request. Prerequisites Turn on the Feature “Approve application requests for users per device” Configure…


SQL Server Native Client Update Warning Prerequisite for ConfigMgr 1810

If you are planning to upgrade your ConfigMgr infrastructure to the latest 1810 release, plan for updating the SQL Server Native Client to support TLS 1.2 If the SQL Server native client isn’t already updated, the prerequisite check will fail with below warning. The details are available in the ConfigMgrPrereq.log <11-27-2018 20:27:21> PRIMARY1<FQDN>; SQL Server…


Retirement…

All good things must come to an end eventually… No no i am not retiring just yet but with the recent trend of Technet blogs being retired, i have chosen to migrate my blog over to my own WordPress platform to ensure i can still continue to provide content to the community and hopefully help…


CMG with just One Cert

You read it correct! Cloud Management Gateway has evolved and its now easier than ever to deploy one. All you need is a single Web Server Authentication Certificate from a public CA. What changed? Primarily the introduction of a new feature in ConfigMgr 1806 called Enhanced HTTP Site System which replaces the requirement of an…


System Center Configuration Manager Infrastructure Lift and Shift Migration to Azure

The configuration manager hierarchy managing all of Microsoft devices (~300K) was traditionally hosted by on-premises virtual machines (VMs) and physical servers.  The goal of this project completion was to “lift-and-shift” migration of configuration manager infrastructure to Microsoft Azure which improves up time, reliability, and scalability by utilizing various new Azure features. We are now 100%…

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OSD Video Tutorial: Part 21 – Troubleshooting

This is part twenty-one of a series discussing the Operating System Deployment feature of Configuration Manager.  This session is titled troubleshooting but focuses on options to enable troubleshooting scenarios versus specifically tracking imaging activity in the logs.  Topics include the phases of imaging and log movement between phases, configuring task sequences to support troubleshooting, enabling…


OSD Video Tutorial: Part 20 – Automating and Custom OSD

This is part twenty of a series discussing the Operating System Deployment feature of Configuration Manager.  This session is a discussion of automation and the deep level customization that can introduce truly compelling imaging scenarios.  Specific scenarios include the interface between task sequencing and Orchestrator, discussion of Imaging as a Service and customizing how task…


OSD Video Tutorial: Part 19 – DaRT

This is part nineteen of a series discussing the Operating System Deployment feature of Configuration Manager.  This session is a discussion of DaRT, what it is and how it can be deployed using standard OSD imaging techniques.  In addition, a demonstration is presented that shows how the DaRT binaries can be used in the Configuration…


OSD Video Tutorial: Part 18 – Advanced Scenarios 2

This is part eighteen of a series discussing the Operating System Deployment feature of Configuration Manager. This session focuses on a few topics that don’t each require a full session. The specific discussion includes setup and use of Multicast, ConfigMgr and Windows to Go, OSD and User Device Affinity and more. The video linked below…

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Step-by-step: Highly available Site server

The release of ConfigMgr 1806 introduced the concept of high availability of the Site server by adding an additional primary site as passive node. This post takes you through a step by step journey in configuring a highly available Site Server. Here’s a high-level architecture overview of the configuration which depicts a remote SQL AlwaysOn…