Monday, February 26, 2018

SCCM Always On Groups on SQL 2016 Standard or SQL 2017 Standard

When you are planning to configure SQL Always on for SCCM, make sure you will use SQL enterprise edition instead of STD.
SQL 2016 and SQL 2017 standard editions offer's only basic Always On Availability Groups, unlike Always On Availability Groups.

Basic Availability Groups has various limitations and one of them is no read access on secondary replica. For ConfigMgr it is required to have read access on all the replicas. Because of this limitation SQL 2016 standard or SQL 2017 Standard editions wont support ConfigMgr always on availability groups.

For further details refer to Microsoft Basic Availability Groups

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Feature Updates Vs Quality Updates Vs Non-deferrable Updates

A good feature comparison table of various types of windows updates Feature Updates Vs Quality Updates Vs Non-deferrable Updates;

Friday, December 8, 2017

Configuration Manager 1710 available globally

Three weeks ago ConfigMgr 1710 was released for fast ring devices only.
Now for the slow ring devices the wait is over. Today (8th December 2017) Microsoft has released ConfigMgr 1710 servicing update to all the global devices.

To see the update, go to \Administration\Overview\Updates and Servicing in your console and you would be able to see Configuration Manager 1710 in Ready to Install state.

If Configuration Manager 1710 is not present under \Administration\Overview\Updates and Servicing then run Check for updates manually and monitor dmpuploader.log

Happy servicing... :)

Saturday, November 25, 2017

Expand SCCM CB Primary site with CAS

If you are planning to expand SCCM Current branch site with CAS, it is not a simple running Setup.exe from install media. If you try to install using setup.exe from newly downloaded ISO, the install will fail with multiple different error MSG’s.
This short Expand SCCM CB Primary site with CAS article will explain how to add a CAS to existing primary SCCM site;

Prepare the environment to install CAS;
- If you have installed service connection point role on Primary site, then remove this from primary
- Give NT SYSTEM account to sa permissions on existing DB
- Make sure the listener of SQL Always On Availability Group for primary site server (if using SQL     always on) is pingable from all the servers

Installing CAS;
- Copy the CD.latest folder from existing primary to the CAS
- Install CAS select option to add existing site server to this hierarchy
- Use standalone SQL at this stage
- Once the installation completed, wait for the replication to be completed
- Configure SQL Always On for CAS then move the CAS to Always On Availability Group

At this stage PRI and CAS will be Always On Availability Group.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Windows 10 1709 (Fall Creators Update)

Hey Guy's
Today Microsoft has released Windows 10 1709 (Fall Creators Update) worldwide. Soon the update will appear in our consoles and in VL center.
If you have synced your WSUS this morning then you can see 1709 feature update in your console.

If you are downloading ISO, then it is different than previous versions of windows 10 ISO's. With 1709 release, Windows 10 Pro (volume licensing version), Windows 10 Enterprise, and Windows 10 Education, all three will be bundled together. So when you use the media with your task sequence make sure to use the correct index number. Otherwise you will end up with incorrect type of Windows 10 Edition.

Changes to media:
- Unlike previous versions, few versions bundled together
- Changes to WSUS package as well

What’s new:
- Windows AutoPilot deployment
- Subscription based activation for Windows 10 Enterprise
- Windows Update for Business (WUfB) with additional controls
- Introduction to Mixed Reality Apps
- More changes to windows defender
- improved Analytics for Windows

Changes to ADK:
With the release of Windows 10 1709, Windows ADK for Windows 10, Version 1709 now available.
Hope unlike the previous version of ADK, this is a bug free release…..
The new ADK is available here

So folks happy servicing……