System Center Updates Publisher Video Tutorial

We released an update to System Center Updates Publisher (SCUP) in March 2018 and we thought now would be a good opportunity to add a video tutorial for SCUP. This video is part a series focusing on software updates in Configuration Manager current branch. This session focuses specifically on System Center Updates Publisher (SCUP).  Steven…


OSD Video Tutorial: Part 23 – Nested Task Sequences

This session is part twenty-three of an ongoing series focusing on Operating System Deployment in Configuration Manager. We are posting these a little out of the order that Steven originally recorded them. Don’t worry, the remaining sessions starting with fifteen will continue in our Advanced OSD section. In this tutorial, Steven explains the nested task…

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Speculative Execution Configuration Baseline updated for L1TF CVE-2018-3620

We have updated the Speculative Execution Side-Channel Vulnerabilities Configuration Baseline.  The updated baseline now includes support for verifying the protections for CVE-2018-3620 (L1 Terminal Fault) in addition to the previously supported CVE-2017-5715, CVE-2017-5754 and CVE-2018-3639. Download the updated baseline This Compliance Settings configuration baseline is used to confirm whether a system has enabled the mitigations…


OSD Video Tutorial: Part 14 – Pre-staged Media

This session is part fourteen of an ongoing series focusing on Operating System Deployment in Configuration Manager. In it, Steven discusses the pre-staged media option for image deployment. The discussion includes a description of pre-staged media, the scenarios solved by pre-staged media and a demonstration of configuring and using pre-staged media. The video linked below was…


OSD Video Tutorial: Part 13 – to be Known or to be Unknown – that is the question

This session is part thirteen of an ongoing series focusing on Operating System Deployment in Configuration Manager. Steven discusses the concept of Known and Unknown computer imaging and provides demonstrations and detailed discussion of the advantages and disadvantages of each approach. The video linked below was prepared by Steven Rachui, a Principal Premier Field Engineer…


OSD Video Tutorial: Part 12 – OSD and the ADK

This session is part twelve of an ongoing series focusing on Operating System Deployment in Configuration Manager. We are taking a pause in our more traditional OSD discussion and looping back to the Windows Automated Deployment Kit (ADK).  Topics center around how the ADK is leveraged by OSD with demonstrations of image installation and modification…


OSD Video Tutorial: Part 11 – MDT Integration

This session is part eleven of an ongoing series focusing on Operating System Deployment in Configuration Manager. In it, Steven gives an overview of the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit comparing it’s use standalone and integrated with Configuration Manager. Demonstrations include the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit UDI wizard, a discussion of the elements added when the Microsoft Deployment…


OSD Video Tutorial: Part 10 – USMT and OSD

This session is part ten of an ongoing series focusing on Operating System Deployment in Configuration Manager. In it, Steven details the integration of User State Migration with Configuration Manager. The discussion includes the components of Configuration Manager 2012 focused on User State Migration and four task sequences configured to show four different imaging scenarios…


Updated: Speculation Execution Side-Channel Vulnerabilities Configuration Baseline

We have updated the Speculation Execution Side-Channel Vulnerabilities Configuration Baseline.  The updated baseline now includes support for verifying the protections for CVE-2018-3639 (Speculative store bypass) in addition to the previously supported CVE-2017-5715 and CVE-2017-5754. Download the updated baseline This configuration baseline is used to confirm whether a system has enabled the protections needed for the…

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OSD Video Tutorial: Part 6 – Task Sequence variables a deeper dive

We are starting the intermediate section of the OSD Tutorial video series titled A Deeper Dive.  And we kick things off with video number six that I skipped over in the Introductory Sessions. This session is part six of an ongoing series focusing on Operating System Deployment in Configuration Manager. In it, Steven takes a…