SCCM 1610 in the Lab: In-Place OS Upgrade

“To Lab, or not to Lab…..that is the question.” – Mr. Best Practice     A customer recently asked if I would assist them with their in-place OS upgrade on their SCCM Primary Site server. The caveat was, they did not have a lab environment and the statement “test in prod” was thrown around frequently. I’m not cavalier enough to attempt such a…

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SCCM 1610 Quick Look – Usage and Diagnostic Data

If you recently upgraded your environment to SCCM 1610 and tried to check your Usage and Diagnostic Data settings via the backstage tab (the upper left tab with the dropdown arrow) > Usage Data , you may have noticed they disappeared.  Fear not!  They actually were relocated. As of 1610, these settings are now accessed by navigating to…

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SCCM 1610 Quick Look – Improved Remote Control Feature

One of the disadvantages of past versions of SCCM was the inability to scale back Remote Control for poor bandwidth. This led a lot of customers to adopt other programs such as Dameware, TeamViewer…etc. SCCM 1610 was packed full of great features and just so happened to include improvements to Remote Control. (See a full list…

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Fun with Audit Collection Services – Part 1

First blog post so I am keeping it simple.   I recently received a customer request to implement Audit Collection Services (ACS) in their environment. The requirement was to capture events on file servers so that they could report on deleted files/folders. The design and implementation was straightforward: a dedicated-standalone database, ACS Collector installed on a…

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