Quick tip: Troubleshooting device management failures on Windows 10

This is a short and quick blog post to point out where to start with troubleshooting Windows 10 device enrollment issues and Windows 10 device management issues. To start with troubleshooting, it’s important to know where to find the information about the device enrollment issues and the device management issues. This short and quick post will show the location of that information, starting with Windows 10 build 1511. Event Viewer To find the information about the device enrollment issues and device management issues, starting with Windows 10 build 1511, simply perform the following steps: Open the Event Viewer and navigate to Applications and Services Logs > Microsoft > Windows > DeviceManagement-Enterprise-Diagnostics-Provider; Select the Admin node to show the available events; (Optional) Select View > Show …

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How the settings in ConfigMgr translate to the command line of the Windows 10 upgrade

This week a short post about the settings in the Upgrade Operating System task sequence step and how these settings translate to the parameters used during the Windows 10 upgrade. I will go through the standard parameters, for the Windows 10 upgrade, used by the Upgrade Operating System task sequence step and I will go through the effect, of the configuration options in the Upgrade Operating System task sequence step, on the Windows 10 upgrade parameters. Configuration options Now let’s start by having a look at the standard parameters for the Windows Setup of the Windows 10 upgrade, used by the Upgrade Operating System task sequence step. To do this, let’s start with an Upgrade Operating System task sequence step with only Upgrade package selected. …

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Managing the Configuration Manager console language

Let’s start this new year with a blog post about the Configuration Manager console language. I have to admit that it doesn’t really sound like an exiting subject, but it can be very useful with troubleshooting. Most issues can easily be found, on the Internet, when using the English language, while many other languages can be a lot more challenging. In this blog post I’ll go through an overview of the Configuration Manager console language behavior, the installation of the English-only Configuration Manager console and the possibility of disabling any additional Configuration Manager console languages. Note: This activities and theories in this blog post are successfully tested on ConfigMgr 2012 and ConfigMgr 1511. Configuration Manager console language behavior Now let’s start with an overview of …

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Download package content during a task sequence

This week a blog post about one of the smaller new features of ConfigMgr 1511 and later. I want to devote this post to the new ability to easily download the content of a package during a task sequence. This ability is mainly introduced to work with the Windows 10 upgrade scenarios and the WinPE peer cache functionality. However, it can also be used to replace all the Run Command Line task sequence steps that were used to copy the content of normal Packages during a task sequence. In this post I’ll go through the different configuration options of that new ability, the Download Package Content task sequence step. I will also show an example in a task sequence and I will end with a …

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Company logo in the new Software Center

This time a short blog post as an answer to one of my tweets of yesterday. I’m afraid this post will take away all the flair of that tweet. The picture in that tweet looked so cool, but is actually also so simple to configure. The new Software Center will actually just take the Company Logo as configured in the Microsoft Intune Subscription Properties. Configuration Now let’s quickly go through the configuration. Assuming a Microsoft Intune Subscription is added, simply perform the following steps: In the Configuration Manager administration console navigate to Administration > Overview > Cloud Services > Microsoft Intune Subscriptions; Select Microsoft Intune Subscription and click Properties; Navigate to the tab Company Logo, select Include company logo, Browse to the JPEG or PNG …

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Reset passcode via the Company Portal website

This week a blog post about the new ability in the Company Portal website to reset the passcode of a mobile device. Before only the administrator could reset the end-users’ passcode, but this has changed. Starting with the November update, of Microsoft Intune, a new option Reset Passcode is added to the Company Portal website. This option is available when the end-user is looking at the information of a specific mobile device. In this blog post I will go through the complete end-user experience. Starting with the end-user experience in the Company Portal website, followed by the end-user experience on the mobile device. I will end this post with a summarization per platform that will show the behavior of the (new) passcode. Also, a bit …

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Many reasons to look at ConfigMgr 1511

At this moment Microsoft has just released System Center Configuration Manager (version 1511). This build was released to MSDN subscribers last week and is now general available and publically announced by Microsoft. During this blog post I will refer to this release as ConfigMgr 1511. In this blog post I will post my five main reasons to start looking at ConfigMgr 1511 as soon as possible. This will be followed by a list with great improvements that could also be good reasons to start looking. Before I start with all those reasons it might be worth mentioning that it’s possible to do an in-place upgrade of ConfigMgr 2012 to ConfigMgr 1511. This process will feel similar to a service pack upgrade. Main reasons Lets start …

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