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…


Configuration Manager Current Branch Antivirus Exclusions

Hey everybody!  My name is Brandon McMillan and I am a System Center Configuration Manager (ConfigMgr) PFE at Microsoft. ConfigMgr Current Branch has been the standard service based model since December 2015 with the release of version 1511.  You may have noticed that with the continuous improvements, your antivirus exclusions also need to be kept up to…

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Finish Actions for Configuration Manager OSD

MDT 2010 introduced a new feature called Finish Actions.  This allowed you to set the variable FinishAction to either SHUTDOWN, RESTART (or REBOOT), or LOGOFF and the computer would be shutdown, restarted, or logged off after the task sequence (and subsequent cleanup) had completed.  Unfortunately, this was only provided for Lite Touch deployments. This same…


How To Change Logging Options For SMSTS.log in System Center Configuration Manager

NOTE As of System Center Configuration Manager Current Branch 1806, the default log settings DURING the Task Sequence are set as follows: Log Max Size: 5MB Log Max History: 3 Log Level: Verbose Debug Logging: Enabled For most scenarios in 1806 or newer, it is no longer necessary to change log settings for the Task…