Posts Tagged ‘ConfigMgr’

Installing Configuration Manager Update 1606

July 22, 2016 1 comment

With the release of Update 1606 today I decided to update one of my lab environments and document the experience. This particular lab environment has a single primary with a few clients and has been running on current branch 1602 for quite some time already.

Enabling the update ring

As I looked at the sites and servicing node the 1606 update was not yet listed.


To get the update we first need to run a script that will put the site into the early update ring.

Run the script from an elevated command prompt following the instructions documented on Technet.


Then from the console we can check for updates in the updates and servicing node once again.


You can check the dmpdownloader.log for details on what is happening under the hood.


Click refresh in the updates and servicing node and the 1606 update should be listed.



Prereq Check


Prior to running the upgrade we can run a prerequisite check. This is also done from the sites and servicing node.


To see the outcome of the check we need to go to the monitoring workspace and select Site Servicing Status. Select the 1606 update and then click the show status button to see the details.


For the under the hood details we can check the ConfigMgrPrereq.log on the root of the system drive.



1606 Installation

Once we have passed all prerequisite checks we are now ready to install the 1606 update.

This is done from sites and servicing also.


Click next when the wizard starts.


Select or deselect any features and click next.


Configure the options for client updating and click next. In our site we do use preproduction clients to run some tests first.


Accept the license terms and click next.


Review the summary and click next.


Click close once the wizard has completed successfully.


While the installation process in ongoing you can see some more details in the site servicing status node in the monitoring workspace. More details can also be found in the cmupdate.log.


Upon successful installation the state in the sites and servicing node should also change to installed.


The site version should be 5.0.8412.1000. The can be checked in the About dialog box.


Or you can also validate it in the site properties (on the General tab)



Console Updates


To upgrade the console all we need to do is close it and launch it again.

A message will be displayed indicating a newer version of the console is available. Click OK to install the new version.


This will take a few minutes. A progress dialog box is shown during the update process.


More details can be found in the ConfigMgrAdminUISetup.log and ConfigMgrAdminUISetupVerbose.log files on the root of the system drive.


The console is launched automatically as soon as the installation is completed.

The console version should be 5.0.8412.1003





Updating clients in this lab will be done in two phases by using the built-in client piloting features. For now we upgrading pre-production clients only.


Once we have verified no issues occur on the clients we will approve the upgrade for all clients in the hierarchy.

In the meantime we can track progress in the client deployment nodes in the monitoring workspace.



That’s it for the update installation in our lab – as you can see again a very smooth experience!

Make sure to come back in the upcoming days for more details on this release and its features!


Configuration Manager Update 1606 now available!

July 22, 2016 Leave a comment

Earlier today Microsoft has released version 1606 of System Center Configuration Manager current branch.

If you are already on current branch the update should soon become visible in the Updates and Servicing node of your Configuration Manager console. The global rollout is done in waves so it might not become available to you straight away. Similar to the earlier 1602 release you can also speed up the process a bit by running a script that adds the site to the early update ring.


Some relevant links to this release:

Time to spin up the lab! More details will follow later.


ITPROCeed 2016 Speaker

June 13, 2016 2 comments

Tomorrow I will be presenting at ITPROCeed, Belgium’s biggest ITPro Conference.

Together with my partner in crime Kenny Buntinx I will be outlining a few pitfalls to avoid when upgrading to Configuration Manager current branch.

During this session we will bring our little black book with notes from the field. After this session you should be able to steer away from the troubles we have encountered during various upgrades.


There will be time for your specific upgrade questions during the Q&A at the end of the session or you can simply talk to us at the event – we will be around for the entire day so do not be afraid to reach out!

Interested? It is not too late to register!

Hope to see you tomorrow!


Configuration Manager Technical Preview 1604 available

April 22, 2016 Leave a comment

Microsoft has just released update 1604 for Configuration Manager Technical Preview.

The update includes the following new features:

  • Windows Store for Business integration – You can now manage and deploy applications purchased through the Windows Store for Business portal for both online and offline licensed apps.
  • Passport for Work policies – You can now deploy Passport for Work policies to domain-joined Windows 10 PCs managed by the ConfigMgr client as well as mobile devices managed by Microsoft Intune.
  • On-premises Health Attestation Service integration – You can now configure devices that cannot connect to the cloud-based Health Attestation Service to connect with the on-premises Health Attestation Service instead.
  • VPN for Windows 10 – You can now deploy VPN profiles with 3rd-party providers to Windows 10 devices managed with ConfigMgr client.
  • Software Updates Compliance dashboard – You can now use this dashboard to view the current compliance status of devices in your organization and quickly analyze the data to see which devices are at risk.

And an additional feature for hybrid setups:

  • New setting for Android devices – You now have an option to configure Smart Lock setting for Android 5.X devices in order to prevent users from bypassing the lock screen.

    On the Technet evaluation center the baseline version for new installations has also been updated. The Technical Preview 5 available for download is actually based on build 1603.

    More details on the release can be found on the Configuration Manager Team Blog.

    For details on the upgrading experience please have a look at my previous blog post.

    Quick sidenote: As I just upgraded a first lab environment with the 1604 TP build it seems the updates and servicing node gets cleaned up also. Previous builds (installed or not) are no longer listed after the upgrade.


    Have fun in your labs!


ECM CDM Day 2016 Speaker

April 18, 2016 Leave a comment

Tomorrow I will be presenting at the ECM CDM Day, a full day event organized by the System Center User Group Belgium. I will be on stage early in the morning delivering a session with my fellow SCUG members Kim Oppalfens and Kenny Buntinx.


Our session will be an overview session with a few –very good- reasons to consider upgrading to Configuration Manager Current Branch.

After this session there is plenty of more deep dive content and a unique opportunity to see two Microsoft Product Group Members: Jason Githens and Aaron Czechowski. They will be presenting a few sessions during the day. Last but not least we have another SCUG MVP on stage: Nico Sienaert. He will wrap up the ECM track before the networking drink starts.

More details on the event can be found on the SCUG events page.

Important: Registration will close any time now so if you’d like to join us please act fast!

Hope to see you there!


Configuration Manager 1511 – Client hangs on initializing during OSD

March 11, 2016 Leave a comment

A customer that recently upgraded to Configuration Manager 1511 CB ran into an issue with deploying newly captured OS images. The task sequence is hanging on client initialization and fails eventually. Images captured before the upgrade could still be deployed without any issues.

This blog post details how we resolved this.


When deploying an OS image captured using a Build and Capture task sequence in Configuration Manager 1511 the client hangs on the client initialization step. In the smsts.log we see an entry Waiting for the CCMExec service to be fully operational . After that there is one more entry referring to loading TSRES.DLL .




This is a known bug in Configuration Manager 1511 which is logged on Connect (ID 2153746).

Feedback on the connect item indicates this will be fixed in an upcoming update to the Configuration Manager current branch. The workaround for now is to not include the client in the image.

Note : in 1602 Technical Preview this issue has already been fixed.



There is another way to work around this if you do not want to pursue the alternative not to include the client in the image.

For this you would need to modify the Build and Capture task sequence to include two additional steps:

  • Step 1 : run ccmrepair
  • Step 2 : reboot the system
    An example is shown in the screenshot below.


When deploying the newly captured image using the modified task sequence the client will no longer hang on initializing.

Once the next update of Configuraiton Manager CB is implemented in your environment these two steps can be removed again.

Hope it helps!


Configuration Manager Technical Preview 1601 available

January 27, 2016 Leave a comment

Microsoft has released Configuration Manager Technical Preview 1601. This release includes the following new capabilities and improvements:

  • Improvements to Microsoft Intune integration and conditional access.
  • Client Online Status. This allows to see from the console whether a (Windows) client is online or not.
  • Improvements to application management: manage volume-purchased apps for iOS devices and iOS app configuration support.
  • Improvements to compliance settings: Edge browser settings, compliance settings for Windows 10 team and Kiosk Mode for Samsung KNOX Hybrid.

More details on this release are documented here.

If your service connection point is setup in online mode this new release will show up in the Updates and Servicing node in the Configuration Manager console.


The actual content is downloaded in the EasySetupPayLoad folder.


For more information on the actual upgrading experience please have a look at my previous blogpost.

Until next time!