Servicing server group features of Configuration Manager CB 1511 and 1605

Technical Preview for System Center Configuration Manager, version 1511, included the ability to create a collection where all devices in the collection make up a server group. Then, you could configure the server group settings to use when you deploy software updates to the server group, control the percentage of computers that are updated at any given time, and configure pre-deployment and post-deployment PowerShell scripts to run custom actions.

Technical Preview for System Center Configuration Manager, version 1605, adds the ability to update the computers in the server group in a specified order that you define, adds enhanced monitoring to view the status for the computers in the server group, and provides the ability to clear the deployment locks that is useful when clients have failed to install the software updates and are preventing other clients from installing their software updates.

Reference: https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/mt706220.aspx

 

Chicago Systems Management Users Group (CSMUG)

After couple of years of debates to do this or not, we have decided to move forward with this group.  There is no similar group like this in Chicagoland area.  We have done topics with the Chicago Windows User Group in the past and will continue to support them in joint events.  However, the membership for a Windows user group vs. a System Center, EMS, datacenter and client management, is much different.

If you are in the Chicago area, please sign up.

http://www.meetup.com/Chicago-Systems-Management-Users-Group-CSMUG/

The group is co-founded by Rich Lilly.  Check out his blog here and follow him on Twitter

Jay @jparekh_tech

Enroll Windows 10 Enterprise Preview to Hybrid ConfigMgr + Microsoft Intune

The following are quick steps to enroll the Microsoft Windows 10 Insiders Preview (as of build 10130) to Microsoft Intune in a hybrid environment with Microsoft System Center 2012 R2 SP1 Configuration Manager (SCCM).

This assume you have already configured Microsoft Intune into your SCCM environment.

  1. In the SCCM console, navigate to Administration -> Overview -> Cloud Services -> Microsoft Intune Subscriptions.
  2. On the top ribbon bar, click the Configure Platforms button. Click Windows in the drop down

  3. From the Microsoft Intune Subscription Properties, click the Enable Windows enrollment.

  1. Log onto your Windows 10 desktop, go to Settings and choose Network and Internet

  2. Click on Accounts and then Work access. On the Connect to work or school section, click the + Connect

  3. Enter your work email address that are Intune enabled (an account that has synchronization between your on-premise Active Directory and Windows Azure Active Directory). After you click continue, you will be sent to the Microsoft site to authenticate.

  4. Once done, you see the connected account on the main section.

  5. In the SCCM console, you will now be able to see your newly enrolled device as a Mobile device. You will be able to deploy applicable compliance policies just like any other mobile devices in your organization.

-Jay

Hybrid – Intune Mobile Application Management and Conditional Access for Outlook blog NOTE

As most have seen the blog announcing the Intune Mobile Application Management and Conditional Access for Outlook.  At the very bottom, there is a Note about the hybrid customers (SCCM) availability that seems to be missed by few folks when they update to SP1.

Note: These features are currently available in Intune standalone (cloud only) and will be made available to hybrid customers by July 2 as part of an upcoming Intune service update.