System Center Configuration Manager Client Health – Toolset to identify and remediate client issues

Introduction I get asked by a lot of customers “How can we reduce the amount of time spent on manually troubleshooting agents, correctly identify what is wrong with the systems, quickly and automatically remediate the issues on the systems”? Even though we do have a built-in check for the client that runs daily, as described…


Office 365 ProPlus – End to End Servicing in Configuration Manager

The following post was contributed by Cliff Jones a Consultant working for Microsoft. Background Recently I was asked by a few of my customers on how to simplify the deployment of Office 365 ProPlus updates in their environment to keep within support but at the same time take advantage of the latest features available with…


Understanding Volume Activation Services – Part 1 (KMS and MAK)

Windows Activation and KMS have been around for many years – and still – a lot of people don’t understand the basics of Windows activation, what are the differences between KMS and MAK, and how to choose the best Volume Activation method that meets the organization’s needs. In this blog post, we’ll shed some light on these…


Field Notes: The case of a crashing Hyper-V VM – Integration Services Out of Date

Background I recently had an opportunity to offer assistance on a case relating to stop errors (blues screens) experienced in a Virtual Machine (VM) running on a Hyper-V Failover Cluster.  I was advised that two attempts to increase memory on the VM did not provide positive results (I’ll explain later on why the amount of…

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Configuration Manager Advanced Dashboards – Rich view of your Configuration Manager environment

Introduction As a Premier Field Engineer (PFE) at Microsoft, I get asked by a lot of customers about custom dashboards and reports that are available or can be created for monitoring the SCCM environment , checking the status on client activity, client health, deployments or content status to provide to support teams, SCCM administrators and…


Understanding and using the Pending Restart Feature in SCCM Current Branch

I get queried a lot on new features in System Center Configuration Management and how they can be used to simplify life for customers, on a daily basis. Microsoft’s mission is to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more, so how can ConfigMgr help with that?   With the release…


Most Common Mistakes in Active Directory and Domain Services – Part 2

In this blog post, we will continue to explore some of the most common mistakes in Active Directory and Domain Services. Part 1 of the series covered the first three mistakes, and today we’ll go over another three interesting issues. Enjoy your reading 🙂 Mistake #4: Keeping the Forest and Domain Functional Levels at a Lower…