Category Archives: SCCM Technical Preview

SCCM TP 1708 – Software Center Customization

With the recently released SCCM Technical Preview 1708, you can now customize the Software Center look including the company name and logo, colour schemes, and hiding different tabs. This post will demonstrate how you can customize Software Center and how it looks.

These settings are configured in the Client Settings. You can see that there is now a Software Center section as displayed in the picture below.

Once you select Yes for Select these new settings to specify the company information, you can configure all the other settings. In my example below, I have set a company name, I have set the colour scheme and also used a logo. If you like, you can also choose to hide certain tabs.

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When setting a logo for Software Center, note that the maximum dimensions are 100×400 pixels, and the file cannot be larger than 750kb in size.

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This is how my Software Center previously looked without doing any customization.

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Now after adding the colour scheme, Software Center logo and company name, the Software Center looks like the image below.

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Update 1606 for Configuration Manager Technical Preview

Update 1606 for Configuration Manager Technical Preview has been released

Automatically categorize devices into collections:
Device categories can be created to automatically place devices into device collections when ConfigMgr is used with Microsoft Intune. Users are required to choose a device category when they enroll a device in Intune. The category of a device can also be changed in the ConfigMgr console.

Enforcement grace period for required application and software update deployments
Users can set a grace period for required application deployments or software updates that are past the deadline. Useful for machines that have been turned off for a while.

Using Configuration Manager as a managed installer with Device Guard
Device Guard is a feature in Windows 10. ConfigMgr can work with Device Guard so that software deployed from ConfigMgr is automatically trusted

Multiple device management points for On-premises Mobile Device Management

Cloud Proxy Service for managing clients on the Internet
New feature to manage ConfigMgr clients on the Internet. The service is deployed to Azure and connects your on-premises ConfigMgr infrastrucutre using the cloud proxy connector point (new role). It currently supports the management point, distribution point and software update point roles.

Manage the Office 365 client agent in Configuration Manager
Instead of using Group Policiy setting, you can configure a ConfigMgr client agent setting to enable Office 365 clients to receive updates from ConfigMgr.

The OSDPreserveDriveLetter task sequence variable has been deprecated
Windows Setup now determines the best drive letter to use (typically C:). You can still change the drive letter location in Apply Operating System task sequence step.

Changes for the Updates and Servicing Node

For more info: https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/mt732696.aspx

Software updates not synchronizing – Sync failed: WSUS update source not found on site

I installed a trial of Configuration Manager 2016 Technical Preview 4 and set up and configured the Software Update point. I wasn’t able to synchronize any updates.

I checked wsyncmgr.log and saw Sync failed: WSUS update source not found on site
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The workaround was to configure the Software Update Point and disable/remove all Classifications and Products and then to schedule another sync.

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After this, I scheduled another sync, and the sync completed.

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I then went back and re-configued the Software Update Point for the Classifications and Products I wanted, then scheduled another sync and it worked fine.

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Lab Build – System Center Configuration Manager Technical Preview

Today I wanted to check out the new features of the Microsoft System Center Configuration
Manager Technical Preview

The technical preview includes new features such as:
Windows 10 in-place upgrade
Mobile Application Management
Data protection for mobile devices
Preferred management points
On-premises mobile device management (MDM)
Support for Microsoft Azure virtual machines
Client deployment status in console monitoring

All ISO’s in this lab were downloaded from Technet’s Evaluation Center
at https://technet.microsoft.com/evalcenter

The servers in my lab are running Server 2012 R2

Configuration: I have 3 Hyper-V Machines

Domain controller – Server 2012 R2
SQL Server – SQL 2012 SP1, Server 2012 R2
SCCM Server – System Center Configuration Manager Technical Preview, Server 2012 R2

Windows Firewall is disabled.

On my SQL machine I kiceked off the SQL 2012 SP1 build

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I selected SQL Server Feature Installation.

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Selected Database Engine Services, Reporting Services and Management Tools.

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I used the default instance for this lab.

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Earlier I created a normal domain account called ser-sql which I used for my
SQL service accounts.

I changed Startup Type to Automatic for SQL Server Agent.

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SQL Collation is SQL_Latin1_General_CP1_CI_AS.

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Added my current user as a SQL Administrator and left Windows authentication mode selected.

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Once SQL has been installed, I opened up SQL management studio, right clicked on the
SQL server then memory, and
changed the maximum memory from unlimited to 2048MB to suit my lab.

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In Computer Management, added my SCCM server to local administrator group.

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Extending the Schema is the same as in SCCM 2012.
Make sure the account you’re running is a member of Schema Admins

Run SMSSETUP\BIN\X64\extadsch.exe and make sure it says it is successful.

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Next opened up ADSIEdit to create the System Management container and give
the SCCM computer account the correct permissions.

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Connected to default naming context. Right click system and create new object. Create a container.

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Give it the value of System Management

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Right click system management container after creating, then properties, then security and
add the SCCM computer account.

Click Full Control then advanced.

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Select the SCCM computer account and click Edit
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Select Applies to This object and all descendant objects

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Prerequisites:

Install Windows Assessment and Deployment Kit (ADK)
Select Deployment Tools
Windows Preinstallation Environment (Windows PE)
User State Migration Tool (USMT)

Net Framework 3.5 Features
Background Intelligent Transfer Services (BITS)
Remote Differential Compression

IIS Configuration:
Application Development:
ISAPI Extensions

IIS Security:
Windows Authentication

IIS 6 Management Compatibility:
IIS 6 Metabase Compatibility
IIS 6 WMI Compatibility

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Install a Configuration Manager Primary Site

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I left options as default.

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Enter in the path to download any required files

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Choose your site code and site name

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This is a lab so log files will be kept as default.

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I will be using HTTP not HTTPS

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My lab machine will be both management point and distribution point

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Click Next, if any of the PreReq’s fail, read what has failed to rectify the issues.

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Once the installation has finished, you can open the Configuration Manager console and
view Configuration Manager Preview.

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When I have time I will be looking into the new features next.