ConfigMgr Console

Building a ConfigMgr Lab from Scratch - Series Intro

In this series, I'll be walking through how I've setup our Dev ConfigMgr Lab. This post will give a basic overview, and links to the posts as they are added. At the time of this posting the main lab setup will be complete, but additional items and posts will continue to be added as we add additional features and services into the lab.

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Building a CM Lab - Gateway VM [2]

If we have a lab and we want to keep it separate from rest of our environment, we need a gateway. You can do this with a linux VM, another physical router, or several other options. For our lab, we decided to use Microsoft Windows Server to be our gateway.

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Building a CM Lab - Domain Controller VM [1]

This post will be going over creating the Domain Controller for the Lab. This will be the basic setup, we'll be revisiting the Domain Controller later when we need to extend the schema and start adding additional users and groups into the mix, but for now, we're just going to get it functional, with DNS & DHCP. This post is 99% pictures, not much text.

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Building a CM Lab - ConfigMgr [MEMCM] Server Pre-Reqs [4]

This is the big one, this is our MEMCM server, so much is happening to setup this server it's going to take a few posts. This post is covering some basics, and the pre-reqs, we'll move into SQL & the actual CM Install in up coming posts.

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Building a CM Lab - Configuration Settings (AD / GPO) [5]

Along the way when you setup your lab, you'll need to create accounts, groups, gpos, and other things to make life easier. While you want to keep it fairly clean and lean, if you plan to keep this lab around awhile, you'll want a few of these setup:

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Building a CM Lab - ConfigMgr Source Share [6]

This short post will explain how I've setup the Source Share on the Server. The Source Share is were all content sources for Apps / Packages / Updates / Operating Systems / Drivers, etc will go. It is not the content in the DP, but it's the content that supplies the DP

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Building a CM Lab - ConfigMgr [MEMCM] Installing SQL [7]

So far, we've got our Gateway, DC and started to setup our ConfigMgr Lab Server, in this installment, I'll be going over the SQL install for CM.

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Building a CM Lab - ConfigMgr Install [8]

We've been building up to this one, all the ground work has been laid. Let install ConfigMgr.

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Building a CM Lab - ConfigMgr Settings Setup [9]

This post will go over all the things we need to do now that we have a server

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Building a CM Lab - ConfigMgr Collections / App Deployments [10]

So now we have a functional ConfigMgr Server, lets setup some Collections and Create a few Apps

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Building a CM Lab - Certificate Authority [3]

This is a bonus, you can do everything you want in your lab without this feature, but guess what, if you're going to do anything that needs HTTPS, having your own Certificate Authority (CA) makes this so much slicker.

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Building a CM Lab - Operating System Deployment [11]

In this post, we're going to confirm OSD, and make sure we have what we need for basic OSD. This post will NOT cover the fancy stuff, but just the basics of getting OSD working.

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Building a CM Lab - SQL Reporting Services (SSRS) [12]

So you've got your CM Server and some clients, now you want to surface that data via reporting. [MS Docs] Sure Power BI is cool, but who has money for that, SSRS is included and there are some pretty nifty free reports in the community. In this post, we're going to be installing SSRS 2019, along with getting it configured then installing the Reporting Service Role in ConfigMgr.

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Configuration Manager Extend Hardware Inventory for Software

Someone on twitter pointed out that it would be better to use "Installed Software" instead of "Install Application" for the query, while I don't disagree, depending on your reasons, Installed software is not included in Hardware Inventory by default, so unless you went out of your way to enable it (and you should), you could not use it in a query.

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Generate Manufacturer and Model Collections based on Inventory

Having Model & Manufacturer collections can be quite useful. Targeting Client settings based on Manufacturer, deploying BIOS / Drivers based on Model, having collections makes it a bit easier.

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Hardware Inventory Tips - Hardware Manufacturer Specific

In our recently release of Right Click Tools 4.1, we added the Hardware Audit Dashboard, as we continue to add functionality, to make best use of this feature, you'll have to make sure you're collecting additional information via hardware Inventory, mainly Product in Baseboard.

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Enable Product in win32_baseboard for Hardware Inventory

Learn how to add additional items into Hardware Inventory. Two examples, one for HP and one for Lenovo help to import additional information into your CM Database which will help with reporting and queries.

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A Week of Task Sequence Tips - Day 07 - Run PowerShell Step

This is the final post of a mini series of small (but important) tips to help you when troubleshooting your Task Sequences. Tip 7 is: Run PowerShell Step

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A Week of Task Sequence Tips - Day 06 - Static IP Addresses and OSD

This is the sixth of a mini series of small (but important) tips to help you when troubleshooting your Task Sequences. Tip 6 is: Static IP Addresses and OSD

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A Week of Task Sequence Tips - Day 05 - Run Task Sequence Step

This is the fifth of a mini series of small (but important) tips to help you when troubleshooting your Task Sequences. Tip 5 is: Run Task Sequence Step

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A Week of Task Sequence Tips - Day 04 - SMSTS Log Stamping

This is the fourth of a mini series of small (but important) tips to help you when troubleshooting your Task Sequences. Tip 4 is: SMSTS Log Stamping

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A Week of Task Sequence Tips - Day 03 - Variables Gather and Capture

This is the third of a mini series of small (but important) tips to help you when troubleshooting your Task Sequences. Tip 3 is: Variables Gather and Capture

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A Week of Task Sequence Tips - Day 02 - Task Sequence Pause

This is the second of a mini series of small (but important) tips to help you when troubleshooting your Task Sequences. Tip 2 is: Task Sequence Pause

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A Week of Task Sequence Tips - Day 01 - Tag Version in Description

This is the first of a mini series of small (but important) tips to help you when troubleshooting your Task Sequences. Each day we'll post something simple and easy to start using right now. Tip 1 is: Use the Description Field as a way to version your Task Sequence.

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Announcing Right Click Tools 4.0 - Unified Write Filter Manager

This post we'll cover Microsoft's Unified Write Filter (UWF) technology and how Recast's solution will remove some of the pain of implementation of UWF.

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Tip of the Week: Add AV Exclusions to Avoid Console Slowdowns

In some scenarios, installing Right Click Tools 3.2 can cause noticeable console slowness due to Endpoint Protection or other AV apps having to scan additional XML files that Right Click Tools add into the console.

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How to Delete User Profiles in ConfigMgr

The System Information tool has a wealth of actionable information available at your fingertips. Here's how to use this tool to delete User Profiles from a device.

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