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%…


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…


OSD Video Tutorial: Part 17 – OSD and Custom Boot Images – Process and Strategy

This is part seventeen of a series discussing the Operating System Deployment feature of Configuration Manager. This session focuses on boot images in the imaging process. Demonstrations show how Configuration Manager uses and customizes the boot image and how boot images are embedded in boot media. The discussion also details scenarios and support for down level boot…


Updates for Configuration Manager current branch 1806 now available

There are two updates available now for Configuration Manager current branch version 1806. You will see only the update applicable to your site. Administrators who opted-in to the first (early) wave deployment for System Center Configuration Manager current branch, version 1806, and downloaded it before August 10, 2018, have an update available in the Updates…

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OSD Video Tutorial: Part 16 – BIOS or UEFI

This is part sixteen of a series discussing the Operating System Deployment feature of Configuration Manager.  This session is a discussion of Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI) systems and how Configuration Manager OSD can deliver images to systems running in UEFI mode.  The discussion also includes the challenges of using Pre-staged media with UEFI systems….


OSD Video Tutorial: Part 15 – Advanced Concepts

Still with us? We’ve journeyed through OSD Introductory Sessions and OSD – A Deeper Dive and now we are pulling it together with the tutorials in the Advanced OSD section. Today’s tutorial is part fifteen of a series discussing the Operating System Deployment feature of Configuration Manager. In it, Steven covers a variety of advanced topics…