Tag: SCCM

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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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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Use the Run Scripts feature in MECM (SCCM) to deploy PowerShell scripts

Run Scripts feature in MECM (SCCM) in allows you to do the following things:

  • Create and edit PowerShell scripts for use with Configuration Manager.
  • Manage script usage through roles and security scopes.
  • Run scripts on collections or individual managed devices.
  • Get Realtime script results from client devices.
  • Monitor script execution and view reporting results directly after deploying your script.
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PowerShell Active Directory Module on Windows 10

The PowerShell active directory module allows you to do the following things:

  • Manage and automate standard domain-related tasks
  • Check domain user Active Directory attributes and group memberships on the users workstation, if installed on users workstation (described in this post)
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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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