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???

Quick blog – Importing Updates into WSUS – CVE-2019-1367

a Question that was raised this week 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 article, there are … Continue reading Quick blog – Importing Updates into WSUS – CVE-2019-1367

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

Using ‘Scripts’ Feature in Configuration Manager for Ad Hoc WSUS Maintenance

Background   We all know how important WSUS maintenance is and there are numerous posts on how to automate and the scripts/queries to run. Have a read through This amazing Blog from Meghan Stewart | Support Escalation Engineer if you are looking at automating the WSUS Maintenance. It has all the required information on When, … Continue reading Using ‘Scripts’ Feature in Configuration Manager for Ad Hoc WSUS Maintenance

System Center Configuration Manager Client Health – Toolset to identify and remediate client issues

Introduction I get asked by a lot of customers "How can we reduce the amount of time spent on manually troubleshooting agents, correctly identify what is wrong with the systems, quickly and automatically remediate the issues on the systems"? Even though we do have a built-in check for the client that runs daily, as described … Continue reading System Center Configuration Manager Client Health – Toolset to identify and remediate client issues

Office 365 ProPlus – End to End Servicing in Configuration Manager

  The following post was contributed by Cliff Jones a Consultant working for Microsoft. Background   Recently I was asked by a few of my customers on how to simplify the deployment of Office 365 ProPlus updates in their environment to keep within support but at the same time take advantage of the latest features … Continue reading Office 365 ProPlus – End to End Servicing in Configuration Manager