In telemetry we trust?

More than patches

Telemetry is one of those things that tends to divide a room. On one hand it’s productive and accurate feedback for your product of choice and on the other hand it’s big brother spying on what you’re doing in that product. I wanted to share a recent experience with you based on my recent upgrade of Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM) to the recent 1710 release as it may make you change your mind.

The long awaited 1710 release was made available last week a little before midnight in the UK on 20/11/17 (or 11/20 in the US Smile). The next morning I fired up my lab which runs the current branch version of SCCM, ran the early update ring PowerShell script and proceeded to whizz through the wizard in a speedy not hastily fashion. This was lab after all so on with the day job and I’ll check…

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ConfigMgr : Machine added to a ConfigMgr group is not captured during the Delta Discovery Process (ConfigMgr 2007)

When adding machines to a Security group you usually want them to appear in the collection quickly although there can be a delay while waiting on full discovery.  If increasing the Full Discovery Polling schedule is not an option, we wondered if there might be another way to speed up this process by getting the … Continue reading ConfigMgr : Machine added to a ConfigMgr group is not captured during the Delta Discovery Process (ConfigMgr 2007)

ConfigMgr Guide : Holistic Standardization and Fine Tuning

This is one guide that will take your SCCM skills and environment to a whole new level ! This would give you good insight into your infra and also let you understand how the enterprise class Microsoft Suite is behaving under the hood. The guide has also been implemented in several real world production environments … Continue reading ConfigMgr Guide : Holistic Standardization and Fine Tuning

SCCM Troubleshooting : Ironing out Patching for ConfigMgr 2007 (upto 95% compliance)

This guide will take you through troubleshooting guides, tips, tricks and tools to achieve 95%+ compliance in your environment and maximum coverage. The guide assumes the following environmental conditions:   Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager 2007 R3 WSUS 3.0 SP2 used as base for Software Updates Windows Client endpoints Three tier SCCM hierarchy   - … Continue reading SCCM Troubleshooting : Ironing out Patching for ConfigMgr 2007 (upto 95% compliance)

Power BI : Microsoft Office Telemetry Dashboard

Microsoft Office's Telemetry Dashboard is an essential add-on for giving your environment an Office Health Index - where you have it, licensing, upgrade, tracking issues, AppCompat etc. The insight telemetry provide is priceless and yet free.Here the data sources are both the telemetry database, telemetry excel dashboard, and the SCCM database.Installation + Configuration of Telemetry : https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/jj863580.aspx?f=255&MSPPError=-2147217396Configure … Continue reading Power BI : Microsoft Office Telemetry Dashboard