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A Holistic Approach to ConfigMgr Client Health

By Johan Arwidmark / December 8, 2019

For ConfigMgr admins and operation teams the struggle for better ConfigMgr client health is very real. The harsh truth is that unless you are managing a small lab with like 50 clients, you are very likely to never reach 100 percent client health (sorry). There will always be machines that simply will not fully cooperate […]

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A Real-World Guide for Upgrading / Servicing ConfigMgr

By Johan Arwidmark / December 1, 2019

Since mid-2015, major ConfigMgr versions are released every for months, with usually a Hotfix Rollup (called HFRU) or two in between each major release. Anew ConfigMgr version is released into the early update ring first, and then after a few weeks, released broadly without you having to opt in for the update. Start upgrading your […]

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Hydration Kit For Windows Server 2019, SQL Server 2017 and ConfigMgr Current Branch

By Johan Arwidmark / October 20, 2019

This kit builds a complete ConfigMgr Current Branch 22203 infrastructure running on Windows Server 2019 and SQL Server 2017. This kit is tested on both Hyper-V and VMware virtual platforms, but should work fine on any virtualization platform that can boot from an ISO file. This kit now also adds and configuring SQL Server Reporting Services, and has been updated for Windows 11 support.

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Building the Perfect Windows Server 2019 Reference Image

By Johan Arwidmark / October 19, 2019

Here is a step-by-step quick guide on building the perfect Windows Server 2016 reference image. This guide is divided in two parts: The first part covers how to create a Windows Server 2016 reference image in just a few minutes using offline servicing. The quick-and-dirty method. The second part is about creating a Windows Server 2016 reference image using MDT 8443. The SHINY method.

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Selecting the Right Deployment Settings for Pre-Caching

By Johan Arwidmark / October 14, 2019

When deploying task sequences with the purpose of pre-caching of content – for example before a large application roll-out, or Windows 10 servicing (Inplace upgrade – you better pick the right settings, or you'll find that the clients may download the same content twice. The trick to pre-caching is to make sure the content ends […]

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Configuring the BranchCache Publication Hash Cache

By Johan Arwidmark / September 14, 2019

For those of you using BranchCache, for example to reduce the network impact Windows 10 will have on your environment, I highly recommend changing the size and default for the BranchCache Publication Cache. Why you ask? Well, the default settings are just not good enough. Background Info In the Windows 10 era, especially when starting […]

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Detecting Wired, Wireless, and VPN Connections using PowerShell

By Johan Arwidmark / September 2, 2019

In a recent customer project we needed to detect whether the clients where connected via Wired, Wireless (WiFi) and/or VPN. This was a decent sized environment, about 50K clients, with hardware models from both HP, Dell, and Lenovo. The existing code I had did not work across all the hardware, so I reached out to […]

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Using Delivery Optimization In-Network Cache (DOINC) in ConfigMgr

By Johan Arwidmark / August 16, 2019

Exciting times! ConfigMgr TP 1903 was just released and so the very first public beta of Delivery Optimization In-Network Cache (DOINC), nicely integrated with ConfigMgr. Here is a link to the documentation for ConfigMgr TP 1903: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/sccm/core/get-started/2019/technical-preview-1903

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You get what you pay for – Using NVMe disks in a lab

By Johan Arwidmark / February 1, 2019

In my personal labs, and in our classroom labs, we’ve been using Samsung NVMe SSD Pro and Evo disks (950/960/070) for many years with good result. But when Amazon announced a dang good deal, moneywise, just before Christmas, on Crucial NVMe SSD’s (the CT1000P1SSD8 – Crucial P1 1TB 3D NAND NVMe PCIe M.2 SSD), I could not stop myself and asked my manager to order 15 of them, so we could upgrade the remaining classroom hosts from 512 GB to 1 TB. Shiny idea, right?

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Using Nested Task Sequences in MDT 8456 Lite Touch

By Johan Arwidmark / January 26, 2019

One of the new features in MDT 8456 (Lite Touch) is the support for nested task sequences. That’s very useful when you have multiple task sequences using a common block of actions, such us a BIOS configuration block, drivers configuration block, applications block etc..

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Setup Low Extra Delay Background Transport (LEDBAT) for ConfigMgr

By Johan Arwidmark / July 12, 2018

LEDBAT, or Windows LEDBAT as the Microsoft implementation of it is called, is yet another option to reduce the impact Windows 10, and other software distribution, will have on your network. This feature is currently available on Windows Server, version 1709 or later, and requires Windows 10 v1607 or later on the client side. Hopefully the feature will be backported to Windows Server 2016 too (it’s technically already there, but disabled, and in the need of a bug fix).

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Windows 10 and TPM 2.0

By Johan Arwidmark / June 29, 2018

Starting with Windows 10 v1607, OEMs like Dell, HP, Lenovo etc. are required to support TPM 2.0 for new machines certified for Windows 10. Exceptions apply for special purpose commercial systems, as well as custom orders, or machines delivered with a custom image from the customer, but anyway.

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Windows 10 Servicing Script – Creating the better In-Place upgrade image

By Johan Arwidmark / June 27, 2018

When doing Windows 10 Servicing, meaning going from one Windows 10 version to the next, it makes absolute sense to do that upgrade using an already updated image. In this post you find a script that does exactly that. This image can obviously also be used for the image you use if upgrading from Windows 7 to Windows 10 (for the few orgs that does).

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