a two new updates – 1706 and 1707 TP

Today Microsoft released a two new updates – 1706 for Current Branch and 1707 for Technical Preview.

Here are just few of the new features of 1706:

  • SecureBoot and TPM inventory data;
  • Azure AD-enabled Cloud Management;
  • Reload boot images with latest WinPE version during the “Update Distribution Points” wizard;
  • Configuration Manager Update Reset Tool;
  • Create and run PowerShell scripts.

You can find more information in ConfigMgr team blog and in official documentation.

Some new feature of 1707 TP:

  • Surface Device dashboard;
  • Windows Defender Application Guard policies;
  • Client Peer Cache support for express installation files for Windows 10 and Office 365.

You can find more information in ConfigMgr team blog and in official documentation.

a new MOCs

Microsoft is developing a two new official courses:

And although the first course is “In development” it was released in fact a few days ago, so you can ask your local education partners to provide 20703-1A.

As the name implies, first course covers topics about ConfigMgr Current Branch administration, but doesn’t site server installation and multi-sites architecture, and the second one covers hybrid mobile device management and cloud services integration.

Both courses help candidates prepare for a new exam 70-703: Administering System Center Configuration Manager and Cloud Services Integration that will be released later.

my sessions from Switzerland, 2017

Last week a had a great opportunity to speak in Bern, Switzerland about ConfigMgr, OpsMgr and Intune. Thank you Configuration Manager Community Switzerland and Experts Live Café! Also thanks all guys who visited my sessions. Hope to see all of you again.

How to use Microsoft Intune to deploy scripts

As you know you can deploy only .exe and .msi files via Microsoft Intune.

The question is how to deploy script if you need to add a registry key, delete some files via script or deploy application with different then .exe format?

The short answer is using built-in packager IExpress or uploading cmd.exe with your script.

So, IExpress:

Be careful with version of IExpress: package created in Windows 7 will not work in Windows 10 and vice versa, so if you need a package for Windows 7 use IExpress from Windows 7. Easy rule!

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computers with a specific name and updates and computers without specific updates

Colleagues asked me to create a two custom reports, because we installed updates a few years ago by packages and then deleted advertisements. So in this case we couldn’t use a built-in reports.

SELECT DISTINCT TOP (100) PERCENT dbo.v_R_System.Netbios_Name0
FROM dbo.v_R_System INNER JOIN
dbo.v_GS_QUICK_FIX_ENGINEERING ON dbo.v_R_System.ResourceID = dbo.v_GS_QUICK_FIX_ENGINEERING.ResourceID
WHERE (dbo.v_R_System.Netbios_Name0 LIKE '%PARX0100%' OR
dbo.v_R_System.Netbios_Name0 LIKE '%PARX0602%' OR
dbo.v_R_System.Netbios_Name0 LIKE '%PARX0603%') AND (dbo.v_GS_QUICK_FIX_ENGINEERING.HotFixID0 LIKE '%2427997%' OR
dbo.v_GS_QUICK_FIX_ENGINEERING.HotFixID0 LIKE '%2531912%' OR
dbo.v_GS_QUICK_FIX_ENGINEERING.HotFixID0 LIKE '%2521923%' OR
dbo.v_GS_QUICK_FIX_ENGINEERING.HotFixID0 LIKE '%2577550%' OR
dbo.v_GS_QUICK_FIX_ENGINEERING.HotFixID0 LIKE '%2706168%')
ORDER BY dbo.v_R_System.Netbios_Name0
SELECT DISTINCT TOP (100) PERCENT Netbios_Name0
FROM dbo.v_R_System
WHERE (Netbios_Name0 NOT IN
(SELECT v_R_System_1.Netbios_Name0
FROM dbo.v_R_System AS v_R_System_1 INNER JOIN
dbo.v_GS_QUICK_FIX_ENGINEERING AS v_GS_QUICK_FIX_ENGINEERING_1 ON
v_R_System_1.ResourceID = v_GS_QUICK_FIX_ENGINEERING_1.ResourceID
WHERE (v_GS_QUICK_FIX_ENGINEERING_1.HotFixID0 LIKE '%2427997%') OR
(v_GS_QUICK_FIX_ENGINEERING_1.HotFixID0 LIKE '%2521923%') OR
(v_GS_QUICK_FIX_ENGINEERING_1.HotFixID0 LIKE '%2577550%') OR
(v_GS_QUICK_FIX_ENGINEERING_1.HotFixID0 LIKE '%2706168%') OR
(v_GS_QUICK_FIX_ENGINEERING_1.HotFixID0 LIKE '%2531912%'))) AND (Netbios_Name0 LIKE '%PARX0100%' OR
Netbios_Name0 LIKE '%PARX0101%' OR
Netbios_Name0 LIKE '%PARX0603%')
ORDER BY Netbios_Name0

update 1610

Two days ago Microsoft released a new update 1610 for Configuration Manager. This update consists of a lot of new features. From my point of view the most important features are:

The full list of new features you can find in official documentation.