IntroductionThe Cloud Management Gateway (CMG) feature was first introduced in version 1610 as a pre-release feature. Last week Microsoft released 1802, and this feature is no longer a pre-release feature. We also now have the option to create the CMG using Azure Resource Manager (ARM).In this blogpost I will share some learnings that I got from migrating the first customer from an existing (Classic) CMG deployment to the new modern (ARM) deployment.Pre-Migration TasksThere is really not that much that needs to be prepared, but you should spend the 15-20 minutes it takes to read the following documentation before you start:Plan…

IntroductionWith the release of Configuration Manager 1710, Microsoft now supports co-management, so Windows 10 clients can be managed by both SCCM and Intune at the same time. There are a few pre-requirements that need to be completed if you want to use co-management, and the most important one is that you need have your MDM authority in Intune set to Intune.The following are general prerequisites for you to enable co-management: Configuration Manager version 1710 or later Azure AD EMS or Intune license for all users Azure AD automatic enrollment enabled Intune subscription (MDM authority in Intune set to Intune)See all…

IntroductionWith the 1702 release of Configuration Manager, Microsoft released (pre-release) the Data Warehouse service point that can be used to report on long-term historical data. And with the 1706 release, this feature is no longer a pre-release feature.Setting up the Data Warehouse feature is pretty much straight forward, but depending on your environment you might see some challenges.Prerequisites and Installation guide can be found here: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/sccm/core/servers/manage/data-warehouseThe Remote SQL challengesLast week I was asked to setup a new Data Warehouse server for one of my customers. The Data Warehouse Database should be hosted on a new dedicated SQL Server 2016.Setup:SERVER1 (Primary…

Sometimes when troubleshooting the Cloud Management Gateway (CMG) feature in System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM) you need to access the IIS log files from the Virtual Machine that runs the cloud service. From the Azure Portal navigate to Cloud Services (classic) and select the Cloud Management Gateway service. Select Remote Desktop, and Enable Remote Desktop to the Service (Virtual Machine), and click Save. This will normally take 3-5 minutes to activate. When Remote Desktop Services has been activated, you can connect to the Virtual Machine by selecting Roles and Instances, and selecting the ProxyService (ProxyService_IN_0). Click Connect, to download the…

IntroductionImportant: This feature is only available in the technical preview for now.Most SCCM customers are trying to limit the number of servers they need for the SCCM environment. And for many good reasons. Having a server, on each remote office to support clients can be very expensive for some customers.Most of the workloads can be provided by other desktop clients by making them distribution points or enabling services like BranchCache or Peer Cache. But one important function that required a full server Operating Systems is the option to provide PXE boot.So, If you have been doing OS deployment using SCCM…

Over the years, I’ve created multiple labs, so that I can test different scenarios. One of my first “cloud only” Azure AD labs was created back in 2012. Two weeks ago, I wanted to use this lab to test a new Conditional Access scenario that one of my customers needed.Long time ago, I also created an “All Users” group, that was based on direct membership, so I thought it was a good idea to replace that group with a new and “shiny” dynamic group based on the “UserType” attribute.So, I created the following group, and started to redeploy all my…

Right now, I’m sitting in a Lufthansa Airbus A380 somewhere over the Atlantic ocean. Next week, I’ll be attending the Microsoft Ignite 2017 event in Orlando, to get some insights to the latest updates and strategies from Microsoft. So why not spend the time writing this blog post! Next month I’ve been invited to present at the Lowlands Unite event in Belgium. The Lowlands Unite events are joined user group events between the Belgium and the Dutch System Center User groups, and earlier this year I was invited to the Dutch edition in Amsterdam. The event in Amsterdam was a…

This week I’ve been teaching the new MOC 20703-1A Administering System Center Configuration Manager class. Here is a list some of the links I used at part of my training/presentation. Thanks to all the students for a really amazing week! Links Jason Sandys Startup script http://blog.configmgrftw.com/configmgr-client-startup-script/ Creating Collections for Client versions https://www.ronnipedersen.com/2017/07/07/sccm-creating-collections-for-client-versions/ ConfigMgr Prerequisites Tool 3.0.0 https://gallery.technet.microsoft.com/ConfigMgr-2012-R2-e52919cd ConfigMgr Client Health Summary Report https://gallery.technet.microsoft.com/ConfigMgr-Client-Health-931a7a08 Power BI SCCM Templates https://powerbi.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/sccm-solution-template/ SQL Report Builder; Unable to connect to data source https://www.ronnipedersen.com/2014/12/sql-report-builder-unable-to-connect-to-data-source/ SQL Server Backup, Integrity Check, and Index and Statistics Maintenance https://ola.hallengren.com/ System Center Configuration Manager Feedback (Uservoice) https://configurationmanager.uservoice.com/ Iconfinder https://www.iconfinder.com/ PowerShell App Deployment Tookit…

Today I had the honor to speak at the Azure Saturday event in Copenhagen. I’m really impressed with the quality and the list of international speakers are really impressive. Great job! My presentation was about Protecting Cloud Identities using EMS, Intune and Azure AD Premium features, and as promised during the session, here is a copy of the PowerPoint slides. Looking forward to be back next year! Azure saturday 2017 – Protecting cloud identities using emsfrom Ronni Pedersen      That’s it… Enjoy! +Ronni Pedersen

Today I got a call from a customer that was playing around with OSD in System Center Configuration Manager and the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT). He wanted to know where he could find a list of all the Time Zones Names, so he could change the default “Pacific Standard Time” to something else. But where can you find a list of all the “TimeZoneName”?Instead of using some old reference list on TechNet or MSDN, you can simply use the good old Time Zone Utility (Tzutil), that can be used to view and manage available time zones.You can run Tzutil from…

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