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SCCM Current Branch – Import Azure Services existing Web Apps to use same Azure subscription for CMG in different SCCM environments

This post will show how you can import the Azure Web Apps in SCCM Current Branch so you can use the same Azure hosting subscription for the CMG for different SCCM Current Branch environments. For example, you might have a Dev SCCM environment and a Production SCCM environment, and you only have one Azure Subscription, but you want to deploy a CMG in both the Dev and Prod environment.

In the SCCM Cloud Management Gateway documentation, there is an FAQ’s section here that says:

Do the user accounts have to be in the same Azure subscription as the subscription that hosts the CMG cloud service?

If your environment has more than one subscription, you can deploy CMG into any subscription that can host Azure cloud services.

This question is common in the following scenarios:

  • When you have distinct test and production Active Directory and Azure AD environments, but one single, centralized Azure hosting subscription
  • Your use of Azure has grown organically across different teams

When you’re using a Resource Manager deployment, onboard the associated Azure AD tenant. This connection allows Configuration Manager to authenticate to Azure to create, deploy, and manage the CMG.

If you’re using Azure AD authentication for the users and devices managed over the CMG, onboard that Azure AD tenant. For more information on Azure services for cloud management, see Configure Azure services. When you onboard each Azure AD tenant, a single CMG can provide Azure AD authentication for multiple tenants, regardless of the hosting location.

In the SCCM console, go to Azure Services, then Configure Azure Services.

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Give it a Name, and select Cloud Management Gateway.

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Click on Brwose next to the Web app.

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You can create a new one, or you can import the existing one. Select Import.

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Now open up your Internet browser, go to portal.azure.com, then Azure Active Directory, I am using the new preview for App Registrations, so I have selected App registrations (Preview) and selected my Server App that I want to import.

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To import this web app, copy the Display Name, Client ID, and Tenant ID.

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Also go to Certificates & secrets, and create a new client secret.

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Copy the value. We will use this later.

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Type in your Azure AD Tenant name, the Tenant ID that you copied earlier, the Application Name, Client ID, Secret Key,  Secret Key Expiry, and the App ID URI. Make sure to click the Verify button to verify that all the information is correct.

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Click on OK.

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Do the same for the Native Client app. You can follow the instructions above to get the correct values.

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Once both apps have been imported, click on Next.

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I won’t be enabling Azure AD discovery.

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Finish the rest of the wizard and the the Subscription information will be imported so you can deploy the CMG in this subscription.

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SCCM 1806 CMG – Hybrid Azure AD – Failed to get CCM access token

When using the Cloud Management Gateway in SCCM Current Branch 1806, with Hybrid Azure AD clients for authentication, you may see the following errors in ccmmessaging.log on the client:

[CCMHTTP] ERROR: URL=https://<cmgname>/CCM_Proxy_MutualAuth/<guid>/ccm_system_windowsauth/request, Port=0, Options=1216, Code=0, Text=CCM_E_NO_TOKEN_AUTH
Failed to get CCM access token and client doesn’t have PKI issued cert to use SSL. Error 0x80004005
Post to https://<cmgname>/CCM_Proxy_MutualAuth/<guid>/ccm_system_windowsauth/request failed with 0x87d00231.

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If you then check the logs on the management point, specifically CCM_STS.log, you will see:

AAD user with ID <ID> and SID is not completely discovered
Return code: 403, Description: Un-authorized request, AAD user is not discovered

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At the time of writing this post, if you are using hybrid Azure AD for authentication, you need enable both Azure AD User Discovery, and the on-premises User Discovery. You can see in the CCM_STS.log above that it says the Azure AD user is not discovered which causes the 403 error.

Once both user discovery methods have been enabled, the client can authenticate over the CMG.

SCCM 1806 – Third Party Updates Error 13875

Recently when adding a catalog to the third party software update catalogs in SCCM Current Branch 1806 and trying to synchronize, I encountered the error “Unable to create the subscription. The console failed to download <product> from <URL> because of the error code 13875. For more information, see SmsAdminUI logfile.”

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The error code 13875 means “Invalid certificate signature“. For more troubleshooting I downloaded the cab file by opening up IE and pasting in the link. Once the cab file was downloaded, I right clicked on the file then properties, clicked Digital Signatures tab:

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Then here my issue was that the certificate in the signature could not be verified. I clicked on View Certificate to view more details.

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My issue was that on the client server, it was missing some Trusted Root certificates. After these were installed the third party updates could then be synchronized to SCCM Current Branch 1806 without issues.

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SCCM 1806 – Third Party Updates

This post will show how you can set up Third Party Updates in SCCM Current Branch 1806 using a catalog from Patch My PC. This is a fresh lab with no certificates or GPO’s configured. We will let SCCM create the Trusted Publisher certificate and take care of it on the clients by configuring the SCCM client settings, and also use the client settings to allow signed updates from an intranet location.

The below set up has the SUP installed on the same server as my Primary Site. My SUP is configured for HTTP mode. SSL must be enabled on the SUP if it is remote. See https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/sccm/sum/deploy-use/third-party-software-updates for further details.

First thing is to enable third party updates, and then let SCCM manage the certificate.

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Once this is done, and you sync your software update point, it will then create and install the code signing certificate. You can see this in the wsyncmgr.log

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If you open up certlm.msc you can also see the WSUS Publishers Self-signed certificate in the WSUS store.

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You can also see this certificate in the Trusted Publishers store as well.

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Once the sync has completed, you can see there is now information about the certificate in the third party updates tab of the software update point properties.

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Next we will configure third party updates in the client settings. Open up the client settings and select the software updates section, then enable third party updates. This will add a local policy to the clients to allow signed updates from an intranet location, and also install the code signing certificate into the trusted publishers store. There is no need for a GPO to do this.

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If you open gpedit.msc on a machine that has received the new policy, and go to Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Windows Update, you will see the “Allow signed updates from an intranet Microsoft update service location” is now enabled.

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If you doa gpresult /computer you can also see the local policy has set this as well.

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You can also see that the code signing certificate has been installed.

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Now we need to add our third party update catalogs. You will see in the SCCM console you can right click on Third Party Software Update Catalogs and add a new catalog. In my example I will be adding some Patch My PC catalogs and then syncing them.

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Click on View Certificate and then click OK.

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Once you have viewed the certificate you can click Next.

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Once you have added the required catalogs, you now have to subscribe to them (the catalogs will synchronize automatically every 7 days)

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Once the updates have been subscribed to, the catalog will then download. You need to do a sync to import the metadata from the WSUS database into the SCCM database.

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Once the sync has finished, go back into your SUP properties, click products, and add the product.

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Another SUP sync needs to be done for the metadata to appear.

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Once the metadata has appeared from the catalogs we have added, we need to publish them before we can deploy them. You will see the updates download in the SMS_ISVUPDATES_SYNCAGENT.log

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After the updates have been published and downloaded, we need to do another sync.

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You can see that the icon has changed from the blue metadata, to green, We can now deploy our third party updates to a collection as normal.

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On my test client, you can see that it needed some Adobe Acrobat Reader, Google Chrome, and an Oracle Java update.

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The updates have installed correctly. We know that the trusted publisher certificate and the allow signed updates from the intranet settings worked successfully.

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SCCM Current Branch 1806 – Cloud Management Gateway Improvements

In the recently released version 1806 for SCCM Current Branch there have been a number of improvements to the Cloud Management Gateway (CMG). You might have noticed these in the Technical Previews. More information about  new features can be seen here https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/sccm/core/plan-design/changes/whats-new-in-version-1806

Some of the nice new features for the Cloud Management Gateway:

Download content from a CMG – You can now allow the cloud management gateway to function as a cloud distribution point. This is one less cloud service virtual machine running, which saves costs. You can now right click on your cloud management gateway, view the properties, click settings, and check the box “Allow CMG to function as a cloud distribution point and serve content from Azure storage”

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Or if you were to deploy a new CMG, you can view the checkbox below.

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Trusted root certificate isn’t required with Azure AD – In the screenshot above, you will notice that you aren’t required to provide a trusted client root certificate anymore. This isn’t required when you use Azure AD for authentication.

CMG Connection Analyzer – This was in an earlier technical preview release and will help a lot of people. The Connection Analyzer allows you to troubleshoot connecting to your CMG. In the example below I have signed in as an Azure AD user and tested the connection. This was useful after configuring “Use Configuration Manager-generated certificates for HTTP site systems” in the screenshot below. After checking that box, I was able to leave my management point in HTTP mode and allow CMG traffic, and run through the tests to confirm that everything is working fine.

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Use Configuration Manager-generated certificates for HTTP site systems – As mentioned above, this feature is awesome. After checking the box below on your site server, you can leave your management point in HTTP for cloud management gateway traffic, and not have to worry about installing PKI certificates.

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Once the checkbox above is enabled, you will see that you can enable CMG traffic on your management point in the screenshot below.

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If you also open IIS manager, you will see on the https binding that the SMS Role SSL Certificate is now selected. If you remove this certificate or change it, you will notice that the test in the Connection Analyzer above called Testing the CMG channel for management point will fail.

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You will also find a nice Cloud Management dashboard in the Monitoring node to find some stats.

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SCCM TP 1806 – Office Customization Tool integration

In the new Technical Preview version 1806 of SCCM, the Office Customization Tool is now integrated with the Office 365 installer. This gives a better admin experience than the previous Office 365 installer, and allows you to further customize your Office 365 ProPlus settings.

If you go to the Office 365 Client Management section and click on the Office 365 Installer, there is a new option to Go to Office Web Page.

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This is where we can start customizing Office 365 ProPlus including entering in your organisation name, selecting either 32 or 64bit, excluding certain products, and selecting your language.

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You can choose your update channel and a specific version. I have chosen semi-annual channel and the latest version.

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I have selected to automatically accept the EULA.

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This is one of the nice parts where you can further customize Office 365 ProPlus. I won’t go through all the settings but some of the settings I have configured are to disable the opt-in wizard at first run, and to disable the customer experience improvement, and to disable the first run movie.

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Once you’re done, click on Submit then close the webpage.

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You can continue on with the rest of the wizard as normal to download and deploy Office 365 ProPlus. It will create an application for you and the deployment types with requirement rules.

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At the end you can see that the wizard has created the Application with the configuration.xml with the settings specified in the Office Customization Tool.

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SCCM TP 1806 – Deploy updates without downloading them

In the recently released SCCM Technical Preview 1806, one of the new features is the ability to deploy software updates without downloading them to a deployment package. This post will quickly show how to deploy the updates without downloading them. My client is Windows 10 1803 which is Internet based and communicating with my Cloud Management Gateway. This means that I won’t need to distribute the updates to a Cloud Distribution Point and waste space.

When you go to deploy your software updates, on the deployment package section where previously you had to either select an existing deployment package or create a new one, you will see there is a new option called “No deployment package” and the text “Client will download content from peer cache or public cloud if available”

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I have gone and deployed this to a collection which my Internet based machine. I will click on Install and see what the logs say.

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As expected, you can see that the client is downloading updates from Microsoft..

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