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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How to Setup Network Load Balancing for Configuration Manager Software Update Points

Before we get started a huge thank you to Meghan Stewart (Support Escalation Engineer) and Mike Johnson (Senior Support Escalation Engineer) for their knowledge and assistance with this blog.   I have several customers who have been interested in Network Load Balancing for Configuration Manager Software Update Points (SUP). Reasons vary from wanting to avoid costly…

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Preparing for HTTPS Only

As you can imagine being a Microsoft ConfigMgr PFE, I see a lot of ConfigMgr environments. I usually get asked the question by either the ConfigMgr team or the Security team “How difficult is it to go to HTTPS?” Maybe because I been doing this for what seems like forever BUT, it’s all about the…

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Using a PowerShell Configuration Baseline to Deploy CMTrace

As a Premier Field Engineer, I spend a lot of time with customers coast to coast. One common thing I have seen is customers constantly looking for their favorite log viewer (at least mines 🙂 . Configuration Baselines to the rescue. Anyone that knows me knows I am a huge fan of configuration baselines since…

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Using ConfigMgr 2007 to Manage Clients in a Workgroup or Un-Trusted Domain

This document covers the processes and considerations for managing clients in another un-trusted domain, as if they were in a workgroup, and/or to manage actual Workgroup Clients. In this documentation, Workgroup Clients is the term that is used, however, be aware that through these same processes and procedures, clients in an un-trusted domain can be…