Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Update 1609 for System Center Configuration Manager Technical Preview

Today Microsoft has released update 1609 for System Center Configuration Manager Technical Preview. Technical Preview releases give an opportunity to try out new Configuration Manager features in a test environment before they are made generally available. This month’s new preview features include:
  • Windows 10 Upgrade Analytics – Assess and analyze device readiness and compatibility with Windows 10 to allow smoother upgrades.  This is done through integration with Windows Upgrade Analytics.
  • Office 365 Client Management Dashboard – Use the Office 365 client management dashboard to track Office 365 updates and deployments.
  • Deploy Office 365 apps to clients – We have added a new Office 365 Servicing node in the Software Library where you can deploy Office 365 apps to clients.
  • Improvements for BIOS to UEFI conversion – An OS deployment task sequence can now be customized with a new variable, TSUEFIDrive, so that the Restart Computer step will prepare the drive for transition to UEFI. See the documentation for additional details on the necessary customizations.
  • Improvement to Endpoint Protection antimalware policy settings – You can now specify the level at which the Endpoint Protection Cloud Protection Service will block suspicious files.
  • Boundary Group Improvements – Improvements have been made to boundary groups to allow more granular control of fallback behavior, and greater clarity of what distribution points are used.
This release also includes the following new features for customers using System Center Configuration Manager connected with Microsoft Intune to manage mobile devices:
  • TouchID, ApplePay and Zoom DEP Settings – DEP provides the ability for admins to create enrollment profiles to skip initial setup screens for new iOS devices. TouchID, ApplePay and Zoom have now been added as options to configure in the iOS enrollment profiles.
  • Windows Store for Business – Windows Store for Business allows customers to obtain applications (purchased or free) and deploy them to users in their organization.
  • Android, iOS, and Windows Additional Settings – New settings have been added for Android, iOS, and Windows.
  • Native Connection Types for Windows 10 VPN Profiles– You can now create Windows 10 VPN profiles with Microsoft Automatic, IKEv2, and PPTP connection types in the Configuration Manager console without using OMA-URI.
  • Intune Compliance Charts – Admins can get a quick view of overall device compliance, and top reasons for non-compliance using new charts under the Monitoring.
Update 1609 for Technical Preview is available in the Configuration Manager console. To install Configuration Manager Technical Preview for the first time, the installation bits (currently based on Technical Preview 1603) areavailable on TechNet Evaluation Center.

Source: Enterprise Mobility and Security Blog
Detailed overview of new features: Microsoft TechNet

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Restore SCCM Report

Recently I had lot of questions how to restore the SCCM reports which are accidently deleted by SCCM users.

first option comes in my mind that is simply restore the DB will work, but again I have thought and the following trick works.

Navigate to registry - HKEY_Local_Machine\Software\Microsoft\SMS\SRSRP\ change the SRSInitializeState  key to 0 and monitor the srsrp.log file. It will re-import the standard reports along with the custom security settings.

and now issue is gone and all the default reports are appeared again in SCCM.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Configuration Manager and Windows ADK for Windows 10, version 1607

If you are using Configuration Manager and you are planning to deploy Windows 10, version 1607, This page explains the support matrix for Configuration Manager versions and Windows 10 versions. 
The Windows Assessment and Deployment Kit (ADK) for Windows 10, version 1607, is available on the Microsoft Hardware Dev Center (adksetup.exe file version 10.1.14393.0).
The newer ADK is only needed if deploying Windows 10, version 1607
MS have limited support for Windows 10, version 1607, in Configuration Manager version 1602. Users who are still on this version of Configuration Manager and will be deploying the newer version of Windows 10 can upgrade the ADK to the latest version if desired, or remain with the prior version, Windows ADK for Windows 10, version 1511. Beyond that, MS do not support deployment of Windows 10, version 1607, with older versions of Configuration Manager. So the need for this new version of the Windows ADK does not apply.
Windows 10 ADK Version
ConfigMgr Version150715111607
1511SupportedSupported
1602SupportedSupported 1Supported 2
1606Supported 1Supported


1 The Windows ADK for Windows 10, version 1511, provides basic forward compatibility and can be used for image capture, image apply, driver injection, and offline update servicing of Windows 10, version 1607, if absolutely necessary. We strongly recommend upgrading to the latest ADK version, but basic forward compatibility is supported during the transition period.
2  The newer ADK is only needed if deploying Windows 10, version 1607.








Sunday, September 11, 2016

Microsoft Intune provides support for iOS 10

Earlier Apple announced the availability of iOS 10 (with public release scheduled for 9/13/2016). Since the initial beta bits were first released, Microsoft have been busy working to ensure that all existing MDM and MAM scenarios are compatible with the latest version of iOS and Mirosoft has announced that Microsoft Intune will support iOS 10. All existing Intune features currently available for managing iOS devices will continue to work seamlessly as users upgrade their devices and apps to iOS 10. In addition, iOS 10 will also work with customers managing in hybrid with both Intune and Configuration Manager.