WMUG Reactor #1

I’m pleased to confirm that as part of my work with the Windows Management User Group we have now confirmed our latest event on April 4th at Microsoft Reactor in London. I will be speaking alongside my friend and WMUG colleague Paul Winstanley covering all things Cloud Management Gateway which is becoming a vital SCCM…

SCCM support for Windows 10 ARM64 devices–Tech Preview 1802

Starting with Configuration Manager Technical Preview 1802, the Configuration Manager client us supported on ARM64 devices. These devices are typically small portable devices such as phones and tablets and often have varying operating systems. So in this ‘cloud-first, mobile-first’ world perhaps we can take this as an indication of where Microsoft could be going with…

Improved support for CNG certificates in SCCM–Tech Preview 1802

In Configuration Manager Current Branch 1710, Microsoft introduced client support for Cryptography: Next Generation (CNG) certificates. Configuration Manager Technical Preview 1802 adds further support to this to cover HTTPS enabled management points, distribution points and software update points. If you are reading this and have no idea what CNG certificates are then check out these…

Changes to SCCM phased deployments–Tech Preview 1802

In Configuration Manager Technical Preview 1802 there were some small addition to phased task sequence deployments which were introduced in technical preview 1801. If you want to learn about those then check out my previous post on this – https://morethanpatches.com/2018/01/25/configuration-manager-technical-preview-1801-whats-new/ In 1801 those phased deployment were just about whetting the appetite and it actually didn’t…

Product lifecycle dashboard in SCCM–Tech Preview 1802

Another of the small but useful additions to Configuration Manager in tech preview 1802 is the product life cycle dashboard. This dashboard sits under Asset Intelligence which is in the Assets and Compliance workspace in the SCCM console. The products listed in Asset Intelligence are based on the hardware inventory which inventories the relevant reporting…

Improvements to SCCM Win10 in-place upgrade task sequence–Tech Preview 1802

Another of the enhancements delivered with Configuration Manager Technical Preview 1802 are extra groups added to the in-place upgrade task sequence. This includes groups in preparation for upgrade and also post-processing groups.   The official documentation for this can be found here – https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/sccm/core/get-started/capabilities-in-technical-preview-1802#improvements-to-windows-10-in-place-upgrade-task-sequence I’m not going to rewrite everything in this blog post as…

SCCM Report on Windows AutoPilot device information–Tech Preview 1802

Along with the 20 other features included with Configuration Manager Technical Preview 1802 is a report which extracts the relevant information from your clients in order to use them with Windows AutoPilot. This collates the information from applicable Windows 10 machines (they must be 1703 or later) and the report can be found in the…

Improvements to SCCM PXE-enabled Distribution points–Tech Preview 1802

This is less of a feature improvement than a name change but still worth noting to save any confusion. Check out the official link here – https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/sccm/core/get-started/capabilities-in-technical-preview-1802#improvements-to-pxe-enabled-distribution-points The feature here is to PXE boot without using WDS which traditionally was the backbone of all SCCM PXE booting for running task sequences. Microsoft introduced this in…