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…


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…


Automating the clean-up of Configuration Manager Maintenance Collections

Background Most organizations using System Center Configuration Manager implement collections configured for maintenance tasks. Administrators generally monitor these collections on a weekly\monthly schedule and in some instances are required to delete the machines within these collections, for example: collections containing Obsolete Clients. Scenario My customer was looking for a method to streamline their weekly\monthly maintenance…

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Monitoring Application Deployment Failures in Configuration Manager

Background One of the key features of System Center Configuration Manager is Application deployment. Most of our enterprise customers have invested heavily in their administrative time and skills in managing the deployment of applications to thousands of machines within their environment.   The Scenario With numerous applications deployed to collections, my enterprise customer found difficulty…

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Resolving WSUS Performance Issues

Introduction I have recently come across multiple customers that are having issues with a High IIS Worker Process, causing the Servers to flatline,  so I wanted to take some time here to run you through all of the steps that you can follow to remediate this issue.     So what is the Issue exactly?…