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SCCM – Updated E-book SCCM Administration v3

Hi All, my updated SCCM e-book has finally been released. It took some time to write up and test. With 130 pages divided in 37 chapters, you’ll find lots of good info about starting with SCCM. And it is free… In this version, I removed Linux related topics, Updated Windows 10 to 1709, added sections for Cloud Management Gateway (CMG), Windows 10 Express updates, SCCM Data warehouse, Office 365 Installer, Windows 10 Update Readiness, Pending Reboot, updated some other section for SCCM 1710 and updated/added some powershell scripts To download, click here. let me know if you have any feedback

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…

Event – People Centric IT

Hi All, I know that has been a while since the last post, a bit more than 1 month to be exactly. During this time, i have been busy creating and delivering couple of presentations (Birmingham and Reading) as well as creating content for this site (a blog post about this will happen soon :)).. Birmingham i presented 4 sessions, (yes, i think people had too much of me that day) and Reading only 1…but was recorded, so once online i’ll post the link for you that missed. anyway, here you can download my presentations: BYOD & CYOD MDM with SCCM & Intune OSD And for those at the locations, send me an email (raphael AT rflsystems DOT co DOT uk) and you’ll be entering in a draw to win a copy of my e-book

SCCM 2012 – Cutomizing Windows lock screen

Hi All, today i’ll talk about how to customize the Windows Lock Screen as well as the user/guest picture via OS Deployment (read as Task Sequence) it is really easy. the way i do is always copy the files i need to have on the client machine after the apply os and before the setup windows using robocopy. if you want to know how to do this, check my post about robocopy and task sequence here anyway, the problem is simple, which file and copy where… there are 4 files responsible for the user picture as well as picture. yes, that picture you see when you log on to a machine while typing your username/password. These files (user.bmp, user.png, guest.bmp and guest.png) should be put under c:\ProgramData\Microsoft\User Account Pictures See here for more information Now that you customized the icon, this is what you’ll see when trying to log on…

UEV – UEV Template to ADMX/ADML

Hi All, recently i was at a customer site implementing UEV. For those that don’t know what UEV is, it is the Microsoft User Experience Virtualization. It basically monitor windows and application and save data to a shared folder. the data that it saves are basically registry and files. You may think why people use it (or similar tool). it is easy, once you have your “personalization”, you can move machines and get the same experience on the next machine without need to customize it again. Microsoft gives few templates out of the box, but you need to create (or download from other sources, such as Technet Gallery). However, when you need to administer the utilization of these templates centrally, there is no easy way. Phil Schwan created a post that shows you how to change an ADMX/ADML of the existing UE-V Template for a simple application. But what happen,…

Install Client action is disabled for unsupported value

Hi All, recently i was at a customer and noticed one event viewer quite annoying Level: Error Source: Critial EventID: 3 Data: Install Client action is disabled for unsupported value of ResoruceType, ClientType or Unknown The interesting thing was on the smsadminui.log [25, PID:5284][11/15/2013 09:55:18] :Install Client action is disabled for unsupported value of ResoruceType, ClientType or Unknown but why this was happening was not clear for me, until my fellow friend MVP Jason Sandys guesses that this would be when you right clicking on a resource in the console so that it knows whether or not to enable the install client option on the context menu. Because of the ribbon bar, it may happen on normal left click selection also. I went and checked this and for some reason it did no happened again, however, as i was doing some OS Deployment tests, i had a “Unknown” record and…

SCCM 2012 – Application Catalog & IE Enable Protected Mode

Hi All, recently i was at a customer site trying to request/install an Application via Application Catalog website and it was failing. if I select my devices, I see “This setting cannot be configured because of a network communication of a configuration problem” and looking at the ConfigMgrSoftwareCatalog.log, I see MySystemsPageView.DetermineIsPrimary-Error:Could not communicate with the client control properly. Error 0x1709. Debugging resource strings are unavailable. See http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?linkid=106663&Version=5.1.2093.0&File=mscorrc.dll&key=0x1709 0x80041003 Looking at the URL provided, i did not see anything, the website was actually returning “The definition of the resource id could not be found” and if you check the error 0x80041003, you’ll notice that it is Access denied, but why?!?! i checked everything and i was sure everything was configured properly. I went back to a test machine and started checking all IE security settings and noticed that the IE Enable Protected Mode for the security zone (in my case intranet)…

SCCM 2012 – Firewall for Remote Access

Hi All, SCCM gives you the ability to remote access to client machines. This is not new as this feature has been there for quite a while. Interesting is that SCCM gives you 3 options for remote access: 1- Remote Tools (Remote Control). This is a “SCCM feature” 2- Remote Assistance: This is a “Windows Feature” and what SCCM does is to set local GPO to allow/block access 3- Remote Desktop: This is also a “Windows Feature” and again, SCCM only set local GPO to allow/block access. What is really interesting here is what happen “behind” the scenes regarding firewall. When you open the client settings for remote access, the 1st option is to enable/disable and also configure the firewall. There are many people that think that once you enable, SCCM will enable the firewall for all 3 options..but unfortunately this does not happen. The only rule SCCM does manage…

Fixing IPv6 issues caused by applications

A good friend of mine from Colombia is a great IT Enthusiast. Like me, he loves trying out all all different kinds of technologies and sometimes things go wrong. In this case he was using the Checkpoint SecureClient and it damaged the IPv6 configuration of his machine. Instead of fixing it and leaving the problem behind he did the right thing, created a tool that integrates with the windows troubleshooting engine to fix the problem and shared it on codeplex. His name is Ricardo Polo and he deserves al the credit! Download the IPv6 reset tool on codeplex.