Fix Microsoft 365 apps activation issue

I am currently testing deployment of the MS 365 apps. But we are running into the following error when users are trying to activate the MS 365 apps: Another account from your organization is already signed in on this computer. Enter a product key instead. This happens when users are already signed into older Office versions with their old User Principale Name (UPN) and it was changed was changed before the installation of the MS 365 apps. In this post I will explain the issue and show the solution to prevent this issue and to fix it when you have got the activation issue.

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Software Center customization: Display custom tabs with Microsoft Edge WebView2 runtime

In my post about the MECM 2103 upgrade I made a list of my top 5 new features of MECM version 2103. One of these new features is Improved user experience and security with Software Center custom tabs. You can now use the Microsoft Edge WebView2 browser control in MECM version 2103 and with this control more websites should work with custom tabs without displaying script errors or security warnings. We had a lot of script errors before when using custom tabs to websites, but now these errors should be gone. In this post I will show you how you can enable custom tabs with Microsoft Edge WebView2 runtime.

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Upgrade to MECM version 2103

Update 2103 for Microsoft Endpoint Configuration Manager (MECM) current branch is now available. In this post I will show all the steps you have to take to upgrade your current MECM installation. To install MECM 2103 as an update, you must have MECM version 1902 or later installed. If you check for updates in your console and the update is not available this post also shows how to get it using the fast ring script.

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Fix configuration missing error 401 in Endpoint Manager Admin Center

If you have setup Co-management in your MECM console you can now manage devices from the Microsoft Endpoint Manager Admin Center. If you want to know what you can do with the Microsoft Endpoint Manager Admin Center read this walktrough from Microsoft.
In this post I will show you how you can fix the Configuration missing error if you want to use one of the following features when selecting a device that is Co-managed: Resource explorer (preview), Client details (preview), Timeline (preview), Collections (preview), Applications (preview), CMPivot (preview) and Scripts (preview). In this post i will be using MECM version 2010.

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Set custom Teams backgrounds with Powershell

I got a request at work that it would be nice if users already have got some of the companies custom teams background that they can select as their background in a meeting. They wouldn’t have to upload the images themselves but they would already be in teams to select. It also should be easy to add new custom backgrounds if needed. So I made a powershell script with a colleague of mine that would do this. In this post I will show you how this script works and you can use it yourself.

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Setting up Co-management MECM (SCCM) *Part 1*

A lot of company’s are still managing there devices on premise with domain joined devices and with MECM (SCCM). But with the pandemic most employees are working at home on there personal device or on a domain joined mobile device. Managing the domain joined devices that are being used at home is quite challenging. Off course you can deploy your applications and windows update with MECM and an active vpn connection.
But still how often do employees connect with the vpn application? If they don’t the device will become unsecure because of missing windows updates and missing application updates. You want these kind of devices to be updated and managed even without an active vpn connection. To be able to do this we can setup co-management in MECM. In this post I will show you how to setup co-management in MECM 2006.

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Issues after Google Chrome enterprise upgrade

I recently updated Google Chrome Enterprise version 84.0.4147.125 x64 to version 86.0.4240.111 x64. After the upgrade some users had issues. Users that had set Chrome as their default browser before the upgrade could not open URL’s anymore. Some shortcuts that we created to open a specific URL with Chrome by default even if the default browsers wasn’t Chrome didn’t work anymore. In this post I will explain what happened and how you can fix the issues if your would run into them.

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Uninstall Adobe Flash with KB4577586

Microsoft has released a Windows update (KB4577568) that removes Adobe’s Flash Player before it reaches end of support on December 31, 2020. However, it isn’t rolling out via Windows Server Update Service (WSUS) yet, and the update needs to be downloaded and installed from the Microsoft Update Catalog. It will become available to WSUS in early 2021. In this post I will show how you can Import this update in WSUS and deploy it with MECM (Software Update Point).

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Create structure in your MECM (SCCM) console !UPDATED!

The MECM console is the place where you do all of your operational tasks. Deploying windows OS and updates, creating and deploying applications, creating user and device collections, task sequences, running scripts, monitoring and much more.
In order to keep a good overview it is important to create structure within your MECM (SCCM) console, so everyone knows where to find what.
This post will describe a way to structure the MECM console.

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Right Click Tools for MECM (SCCM)

You can do a lot of tasks with MECM, but the one thing that MECM doesn’t have are some good device management remote actions. MECM has got client notification that allows you to perform client actions on a collection or on a single device, but still the amount of actions and feedback of these actions are not really that great. I have been using an other great MECM 3rd party tool called RECAST Right Click Tools (RCT) and it is available as a free version or a payed Enterprise version. Off course the Enterprise version has got more actions/tools available but still the free version really makes the life of a system administrator or it support employee much easier.

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Start menu not working: Critical Error

After installing the Cumulative Update KB4570333 released the 8th of September (W10 1809) we got some calls from users that the start menu didn’t work anymore. There also was a Critical Error shown when clicking the start menu button. In this post I will show you how to fix this error.

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Show specific scripts to MECM (SCCM) console users

A few days ago one of my colleagues asked me if we couldn’t let the IT helpdesk colleagues run scripts from the console by themselves. Great idea of course because a script can fix an issue and help a user really quick and the user will be helped a lot faster if the helpdesk employees can run the script(s) by themselves instead of having to call a colleague of a different IT team first who can run the scripts. But the console can have a lot of scripts, perhaps you don’t want the helpdesk to be able to run all the created scripts but only a selection of them. So in this post I will show you how to allow a specific script or scripts to be run by the helpdesk employees.

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Install Microsoft Teams with Microsoft Endpoint Configuration Manager

Because of the world wide epidemic of COVID-19 a lot of employees are working at home. The last few months the usage of online/cloud meeting platforms has exponentially grown and because of this a lot of companies had to implement MS teams much faster then planned. In order to use teams you can use the online teams or install the Teams app, you don’t need admin rights in order to install it on a computer.
So an employee could go and use a browser to use the teams online or install the Teams app on his or hers companies computer, but it would be even better when the employees won’t have to install it at all, and could just use the desktop Teams app when using the companies computers. In this case the best thing to do is to deploy the Teams desktop client. So in this post I will show how to Install Microsoft Teams with Microsoft Endpoint Configuration Manager.

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Microsoft 365 Apps update channels

A few months ago Microsoft changed the names of the Microsoft 365 Apps update channels (May 2020) and the titles of the Microsoft 365 Apps update channels monthly feature/security updates (July 2020). In this post I will show you what impact this could have on your active Office 365 environment in MECM (SCCM).

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Deploy Windows 10 build as a feature update

With MECM (SCCM) you can deploy a new Windows 10 build in two ways. You can deploy Windows 10 build as a feature update (Servicing) or you can create a task sequence (in-place-upgrade).

In my opinion with a task sequense you can easy create pre and post actions based on variables but the time that a user can’t use the computer (downtime) can be quiet long.

Deploying the feature update with servicing is much more user friendly, because there is almost no downtime for the user. Creating pre and post actions can be done but are not easy and can’t be based on variables like task sequence steps can.

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