System Center Configuration Manager – Setting up High Availability

Introduction As a Premier Field Engineer (PFE) at Microsoft, I was recently asked for Assistance in Setting up High Availability on an Environment as part of their DR plan so I thought I'd shared the process with you. Solution Historically, you could add redundancy to most of the roles in Configuration Manager by having multiple … Continue reading System Center Configuration Manager – Setting up High Availability

How to close a ConfigMgr Console which are opened since last ‘X’ days

A friend of mine posted a query that in their customer environment, they have a good number of Remote ConfigMgr Console installed and some of the consoles are not closed since last 1 month and more. Hence as a best practice, they wanted to close the ConfigMgr console which are opened than 'X' days. Although … Continue reading How to close a ConfigMgr Console which are opened since last ‘X’ days

SQL Server recommendations for Microsoft Endpoint Configuration Manager environment – White Paper

Updated 25/05/2020 : GITHUB is now the new repository that hosts the new release of the document (2.6)Kudos to Ryad Ben Salah / Benjamin Reynolds and Stephane Serero Introduction  As a Premier field engineer at Microsoft, we field many questions about SQL configuration for Configuration Manager environments, so we’re writing this to address some of … Continue reading SQL Server recommendations for Microsoft Endpoint Configuration Manager environment – White Paper

Configuration Manager – How Updates install during a Maintenance Window.

This is a question I have had since I started with SCCM 2007. I thought I had a grasp of it until I was talking with a customer and started second guessing myself. Why aren't all my updates installing during the Maintenance Window? Why do I have Servers in a Reboot Pending State after our … Continue reading Configuration Manager – How Updates install during a Maintenance Window.

System Center Configuration Manager – “Configure SQL Server Service Broker Failed”

The Issue Recently I installed the Latest Tech Preview in my lab environment and while running an In-Console update I received an error "Configure SQL Server Service Broker - Failed". The Investigation If you watch a video Steve Rachui posted some time ago, there are some valuable tips for which logs to review and the … Continue reading System Center Configuration Manager – “Configure SQL Server Service Broker Failed”

Configuration Manager: Software Updates install before deadline???

Recently I was helping a customer who was having a challenge with software updates in that some of their endpoints were installing software updates the day that updates were made available and not waiting until the deadline was set. After verifying that the software update deployment was setup correctly as shown below: We confirmed that … Continue reading Configuration Manager: Software Updates install before deadline???

Manually Importing Updates into WSUS

a Question that has been raised by quite a few customers is around importing updates into the SCCM environment, that are not available on WSUS, but are on Microsoft Update. The below steps will guide you through the steps to get the updates into the environment quickly As per the CVV articles that are released, … Continue reading Manually Importing Updates into WSUS

Using SCCM DCM Feature to monitor GPO application in the environment

The Issue A Common issue that keeps being experienced across customer sites, is the application of Group Policies on machines By default when a GPO is created and linked, it should apply to all the machines that the policy was linked to, and in most cases this works pretty perfectly, however, how do you know … Continue reading Using SCCM DCM Feature to monitor GPO application in the environment

System Center Configuration Manager – Upgrade to 1902 Error – “SQL Server Configuration for site upgrade”

The issue: After trying to upgrade a client Configuration Manager Environment from 1810 to 1902 the upgrade failed with the error “SQL Server Configuration for site upgrade”. The first thing that crosses your mind is the SQL version is wrong or the memory is not configured correctly. But in my case SQL was SQL Server … Continue reading System Center Configuration Manager – Upgrade to 1902 Error – “SQL Server Configuration for site upgrade”

System Center Configuration Manager – Keep User Domain Profile after reloading

The issue: A Task sequence was used to reload a machine from Windows 7/10 to Windows 10 that has User Data on the D: Drive and Operating system on the C: Drive. After the machine was added to the domain the user data was put back to the D: drive but upon first login a … Continue reading System Center Configuration Manager – Keep User Domain Profile after reloading