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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…

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 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…

Today I got a call from a System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM/ConfigMgr) customer that wanted to automate the creation of device collections for each SCCM client version, that was in their environment. I guess summer time means “time to cleanup/fix all the broken clients” :-)A couple of years ago I create another similar script for CU updates: https://gallery.technet.microsoft.com/SCCM-Creating-Collections-f334c7f0 but this time I wanted to make the script simpler, fully automated and only create the collections that was needed by the customer.This script will pull a list of all the client versions from the SCCM site server, and create a collection…

Just like David James announced at the System Center User Group Meeting in Copenhagen last week, Microsoft has now announced the availability of the the next release of System Center Configuration Manager ( Update 1702). This update is available as an in-console update for previously installed sites that run version 1511, 1602, 1606, or 1610 which includes some great new features and product enhancements. For more information, check the “What’s new in version 1702 of System Center Configuration Manager”: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/sccm/core/plan-design/changes/whats-new-in-version-1702. If you want to see a complete list of all the SCCM /ConfigMgr builds/versions, check out this updated blog post: https://www.ronnipedersen.com/2014/07/25/configmgr-2012-versionbuild-numbers/…

Last week I was teaching the MOC 20696 Administering System Center Configuration Manager and Intune 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 great week! Links ConfigMgr Prerequisites Tool 2.0.0 https://gallery.technet.microsoft.com/ConfigMgr-2012-R2-e52919cd 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/ Jason Sandys Startup script http://blog.configmgrftw.com/configmgr-client-startup-script/ Intune Feedback (Uservoice): https://microsoftintune.uservoice.com/ System Center Configuration Manager Feedback (Uservoice): https://configurationmanager.uservoice.com/ SCCM 2012: Standard Requirement Rules vs. Global Expressions https://www.ronnipedersen.com/2013/05/sccm-2012-standard-requirement-rules-vs-global-expressions/ Microsoft Intune…

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