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Automating Application Creation in ConfigMgr with ITS Partners

Anyone who has ever created an application in Configuration Manager knows that they can be a bit more complex than creating a package. Today we wanted to talk about how ITS Partners can simplify application creation within your Configuration Manager...

6 Commonly Misconfigured SQL Server settings in Microsoft Configuration Manager Environments

When working in customer environments, we commonly see a lack of oversight of the Configuration Manager database instance. Often combined with a general lack of familiarity with the settings configured, or teams having the ability to rely on other...

Windows Imaging and Configuration Designer (ICD) / Windows ADK Insider Preview Build 15021 – Part 2 – Provisioning School Devices

Note: This is part 2 of a series of  posts.  I decided to break this topic up into multiple posts and to release a post a day to try and keep the content short(er) and retain-able.  Sometimes when we have a lot put in front of us all at once, an...

Windows Imaging and Configuration Designer (ICD) / Windows ADK Insider Preview Build 15021 – Part 1 – Simple Provisioning

Note: This is part 1 of a series of posts. I decided to break this topic up into multiple posts and to release a post a day to try and keep the content short(er) and retain-able. Sometimes when we have a lot put in front of us all at once, an overly...

Troubleshooting PowerShell DSC in a Configuration Manager Task Sequence using ServiceUI.exe and CMTrace.exe

These past couple months I have been playing around with a lot of PowerShell. Particulary in the form of GUIs and Desired State Configuration (DSC).  Today I am here to talk about a nifty little utility that is part of the Microsoft Deployment...

Applying Windows Updates using the Windows 7 Convenience Rollup in Configuration Manager or MDT

In this post I am going to review the process of applying the Windows 7 Convenience roll-up package during the image build and capture process. (This is not a service pack, as a service pack would extend OS supportability.) Edit 05/27/2016: It has...

Extending the Configuration Manager (Current Branch) Console – Part 1

In my next series of posts, I will be talking about extending the Configuration Manager (Current Branch) console. This is a topic I am just starting to dig into myself, so follow along and we can learn together.

An introduction to conditional access in ConfigMgr (current branch)

Do you want to keep non-compliant devices from accessing critical company data and prevent otherwise authenticated end users from opening their Exchange store from a non-compliant device, whether it is hosted or on-premise?

Package Creation Internals in Configmgr

In this article, I will describe in depth how a package and program is created.  Why the older package and program process and not the newer application model?  The application method may come next, but mostly I wrote this to share the information...

10 Things You Must Know Before Your Next Windows Deployment

This is the first article in a series of articles on Windows 10 deployment and management.  In this first article, I will cover some of the basics for a refresher or if Windows 10 is your first time deploying an OS.  I will also cover what has...