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

Configuration Manager Advanced Dashboards – Rich view of your Configuration Manager environment

  Introduction   As a Premier Field Engineer (PFE) at Microsoft, I get asked by a lot of customers about custom dashboards and reports that are available or can be created for monitoring the SCCM environment , checking the status on client activity, client health, deployments or content status to provide to support teams, SCCM … Continue reading Configuration Manager Advanced Dashboards – Rich view of your Configuration Manager environment

Understanding and using the Pending Restart Feature in SCCM Current Branch

I get queried a lot on new features in System Center Configuration Management and how they can be used to simplify life for customers, on a daily basis. Microsoft's mission is to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more, so how can ConfigMgr help with that?   With the release … Continue reading Understanding and using the Pending Restart Feature in SCCM Current Branch

Automating the clean-up of Configuration Manager Maintenance Collections

Background Most organizations using System Center Configuration Manager implement collections configured for maintenance tasks. Administrators generally monitor these collections on a weekly/monthly schedule and in some instances are required to delete the machines within these collections, for example: collections containing Obsolete Clients. Scenario My customer was looking for a method to streamline their weekly/monthly maintenance … Continue reading Automating the clean-up of Configuration Manager Maintenance Collections

Monitoring Application Deployment Failures in Configuration Manager

Background One of the key features of System Center Configuration Manager is Application deployment. Most of our enterprise customers have invested heavily in their administrative time and skills in managing the deployment of applications to thousands of machines within their environment.   The Scenario With numerous applications deployed to collections, my enterprise customer found difficulty … Continue reading Monitoring Application Deployment Failures in Configuration Manager