Enhancing SCCM Software Update Deployments for Better Compliance and Efficiency

Microsoft Configuration Manager (SCCM) remains a cornerstone for IT administrators aiming to streamline patch management and software updates. However, as many sysadmins experience, ensuring high compliance in software update deployments can be challenging, particularly in large environments. Here, we explore strategies to enhance SCCM's capabilities, leveraging advanced tools and automation to address common hurdles. Identifying…
Troubleshooting unexpected reboots caused by software center computer maintenance setting

In a recent transition from Citrix VDI to AVD (single and multi-session), the AVD devices are being efficiently managed by SCCM and Intune (co-management). As part of routine maintenance, we have implemented a weekly reboot schedule for our AVD devices to ensure optimal performance and security. To achieve this, I created a simple package with…
Addressing SCCM Software Update Deployment Challenges with PowerShell – Remote install

Blog post updated on 23 Oct, 2023 Problem: Few weeks ago ,colleague of mine was trying to perform patch management on bulk number of clients (servers) as monthly patching ,as part of it he made sure the maintenance window was in place, deployment was set rightly for software updates deployment. Maintenance window started ,patches started…
Efficiently Identify Co-Managed Devices: Techniques and Tools

Co-management is a feature that allows organizations to manage their devices using both Microsoft Intune and System Center Configuration Manager (ConfigMgr). This enables organizations to take advantage of the latest security features and cloud capabilities, such as conditional access and device compliance policies, while also being able to manage certain client actions without the need…
Investigating SCCM Client Policy Request and Communication Status with a Collection Specific Report

Introduction: As a SCCM Configmgr administrator, one of your key responsibilities is to ensure the health of SCCM clients for tasks like application deployment, software updates, and inventory management. Oftentimes, you may encounter situations where you need to identify computers that haven't contacted the server in a specific number of days or determine the clients…
Update scan failed due to Group policy settings were overwritten by a higher authority

Few years ago, I have blogged about the client update scan failure due to GPO’s. https://eskonr.com/2014/10/sccm-configmgr-2012-software-update-scan-error-group-policy-settings-were-overwritten-by-a-higher-authority-error-code-0x87d00692/ Introduction: When the software update point is configured for a site, client computers receive a machine policy that provides the active software update point server name (WSUS) and configures the Specify intranet Microsoft update service location local policy on…