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SCCM – New E-book EMS with SCCM & Intune

Hi All, my new SCCM e-book has finally been released. It took some time to write up and test. With 53 pages divided in 13 chapters, you’ll find lots of good info about starting with EMS. And it is free. To download, access https://goo.gl/1MRuq7, fill up the form and download the PDF. let me know if you have any feedback

TucanData DataExplorer

The TucanData DataExplorer was initially developed by RFL Systems (company acquired by TucanData in September 2016 – more info about at http://thedesktopteam.com/raphael/tucandata-acquires-rfl-systems/). The solution provides extensions to enterprise applications, enhancing reports and data visualisation capabilities. TucanData’s DataExplorer is a cutting-edge data visualisation platform which helps enterprises to consume and distribute strategic business information. The solution was created to help System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM) administrators to analyse and monitor SCCM data as well as provide an easy way to allow a non-technical person to understand the SCCM Data. The solution has expanded since its conception and today it also has Active Directory, Office 365, System Center Service Manager (SCSM) and Hyper-V modules. It provides the following benefits: – Straightforward and easy to use. Visualisation of what you want is just a drag and drop click away; – Ready to use. There is no need to spend time creating queries and…

SCCM-SCCM Validate Installation via PowerShell

Hi All, the 5th post of this series of SCCM via PowerShell, we’ll be looking at the validating the SCCM Installation… before we start, i’m assuming the site code is 001, if its not, you should change it 1st, we’ll check if the SMS_DATABASE_NOTIFICATION_MONITOR has any messageID 2420. this messageid is normal during the SCCM installation nbsp;

  2nd, check for the SMS_SITE_SQL_BACKUP, messageID 4959. If exist, check SPN nbsp;

  3rd, check for SMS_SITE_COMPONENT_MANAGER, messageID 1027. nbsp;

  4th, check for SMS_HIERARCHY_MANAGER messageID 3306 (everything is ok), 3323 (site is HTTP/HTTPS) and 4911 (system management container permissions correct) and 4913 (system management permissions issue, check it). nbsp;

  5th, check SMS_REPLICATION_CONFIGURATION_MONITOR messageID 4629 (working OK) and 620 (If found check performance on SQL Server) nbsp;

  6th, check SMS_DPM_DOWNLOADER messageID 4629 (ok), 9700 (check network) nbsp;

  finally, check SMS_WINNT_SERVER_DISCOVERY_AGENT messageID 4202 and…

Awesome news – Book & Software

Hi All, i have some awesome news to share with you. 1st news, yesterday my new SCCM e-book was finally released. It took some time to write up and test. With 197 pages divided in 33 chapters, you’ll find lots of good info. The book has also over 160 powershell scripts, so you can automate almost (if not all) SCCM tasks you’ll be performing on day to day basic. And on top of that, it is free. To download, access https://goo.gl/CmRTcm, fill up the form and download the PDF. 2nd news, yesterday we also released a new version of our Dashboard software, now called DataExplorer with modules for SCCM, SCSM, Hyper-V, Active Directory and Office365. To download a trial version of the software, access https://goo.gl/O0foHg, fill up the form and download the Setup file.

SCCM-SCCM Installation via PowerShell

Hi All, the 4th post of this series of SCCM via PowerShell, we’ll be looking at the SCCM Installation… 1st, we need to download the pre-requisite files (assuming you’ve copied the source files of SCCM to c:\SCCMCBSource).  

  2nd- Run the pre-requisite check to confirm there is o issues on the server to install (also, assuming the computer name is SRV0002.classroom.intranet)  

  3rd- Creating a firewall rule, so you can run the SCCM console from a remote machine  

  4th- Let’s perform the site installation. assuming here that you’ll be installing as evaluation, sitecode will be 001, site name will be Training Lab and the installation folder will be c:\ConfigMgr  

  that’s it for today. next post we’ll be looking at validations..see you soon

SCCM-SQL Server via PowerShell

Hi All, the 3rdpost of this series of SCCM via PowerShell, we’ll be looking at the SQL Server Installation & Configuration for SCCM… 1st, we need to create the firewall rules for SQL. I’m assuming the installation will be done using default instance, so the default port will be TCP 1433 and assuming the SSB Port (for SCCM Data replication if you have a hierarchy) will be 4022 (default).  

  2nd- Install the SQL Server. For this, you’ll need to have access to the SQL Server 2016 RTM source files. Copy the content of the DVD to c:\SQLSource. I’m also assuming the installation will happen on the C:\SQLServer and C:\SQLServer (x86) for the shared x86 files. I’m using the SYSTEM account for the services and will add the CLASSROOM\SCCM Admins as sysadmin (change as required)  

  3rd- Install SQL Management Studio. I’ve downloaded the file to…

SCCM-Site Server Requirements via PowerShell

Hi All, the 2nd post of this series of SCCM via PowerShell, we’ll be looking at the Site Server Requirements… 1st, it is .net framework 3.5. For this, you’ll need to have access to the Windows Server (2012 or 2016) source files. Copy the content of the DVD to c:\WSSource  

  2nd- Confirm the .Net Framework 4.6 is installed. On the default installation, it is already installed, so we only need to check, so running the below powershell, you’ll see the Installed under Install State  

  3rd- Install the RDC windows feature  

  4th- Windows ADK. 1st, we need to download the ADK Setup File to a location in the hard drive (so create a folder called c:\TrainingFiles\Source\ADK and c:\TrainingFiles\Source\ADKW10). After that, we’ll download the ADK Files using the downloaded ADK Setup file. once it is completed (it will take a while), we’ll install…

SCCM-Schema Extension via PowerShell

Hi All, life as consultant has to be always quick and without any mistakes, so automation is the key here. and to start, lets do something that we don’t do every day…Extend the Active Directory for SCCM 1st, execute Extadsch.exe (source from c:\SCCMCBSource)  

  2nd- Create the System Management Container and assign the correct security rights (Group is SCCM Servers)  

  that’s it for today.

Windows 10

Hi All, Windows 10 has been released over a year ago and there are still lots of people that don’t know what you can/cannot do with Windows 10, what edition, flavour, etc. they need to use. So, based on this, I’ve created this blog post and I’ll try to show you what is/is not available on each version and flavour of windows. Windows 10 Editions Windows 10 come with lots of editions, that are: Home – as the same says, it is for home users Professional – it has some extra features for business but they are for small business companies, normally companies that don’t need (or cannot afford) buying enterprise. Most of the time they buy PC’s with this version. This should be used for that start-up and not enterprise Professional Education – as the same already says, this is for education sector. Enterprise – This is the top…

SCCM-Script to get some MDT Variables

Hi All, Every time when I go to customer to perform Operating System Deployment, customer always ask about MDT, so I’m here to try to clarify things: – MDT is a great tool, however, it only does OS Deployment, nothing else. It also only does LTI (or Little Touch) – SCCM does what MDT does and much more, it does application deployment, inventory, compliance, as well as OSD (LTI as well as ZTI – Zero Touch) But why there is always this talk?!?! For companies that do not have any tool that can do OS Deployment, MDT can be used. it is really easy to install and configure, in couple of hours you can have an environment ready to start deploying your 1st Windows. But remember what i said, for companies that do not have any tool that can do OS Deployment. If you have SCCM, MDT is not for…