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Automation PowerShell SCCM

ADR ++ – Improving ADR Through PowerShell

Automatic Deployment Rules (ADR) are great! They simplify so much of the patching process. That helps us save time, and also helps us in avoiding human errors. But they have a few minor inconveniences like: The SUG being generated does not have the best naming convention. We do not have a sophisticated deployment configuration as […]

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Tools Visual Studio

Creating a Custom Pop-up Window in Visual Studio

Now I’ll be the first to admit that I am a Visual Studio n00b. The last time I opened up the IDE was many years back. So the solution presented here may not be the ideal way to get things done. But anyone who read the title and wants to know more about it will […]

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Automation Tools

Using Power Automate and Microsoft Forms to Automate Azure DevOps User Story Creation

Wow, that title is a mouthful, isn’t it? I thought of shortening it by changing it to “PowerFortomatetoryOps”, but decided against it at the last moment. Do you like the current title a little more now (wink wink)? Coming back to the topic at hand though, we are going to automate the User Story creation […]

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Automation SCCM

MEMCM Infra Change Monitoring

In one of my previous posts, I talked about how to Audit MEMCM using Status Messages SQL Queries. Today’s post is going to talk about a similar topic of monitoring but changes the approach from reactive to proactive. After implementing this automation, changes in the MEMCM Console will trigger an email and/or Teams notification, as […]

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SCCM

Activating Extended Security Updates (ESU) License

Does your environment still have out-of-support operating systems like Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008? If yes, then one of the ways to keep supporting them with Security Updates is through the Extended Security Updates (ESU) program. This program kicks in after the Extended Support for an OS is over, and unlike Extended Support, the […]

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MEM SCCM SQL

Auditing in MEMCM Using Status Messages SQL Queries

If your organization uses MEMCM for configuration management, it’s more than likely that it is being managed by a team of people instead of a single person. And depending on how your organization works, you may have separate teams who creates collections, deploy the packages and applications, and the team that manages the infrastructure related […]

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Tools Windows

Microsoft RDCMan Makes a Comeback

This is just a short blog post to celebrate the comeback of a well known Remote Desktop management software, RDCMan. Back in March 2020, the Microsoft Remote Desktop Connection Manager (RDCMan) got deprecated due to security issues. The Executive Summary on the vulnerability assessment page said the following: An information disclosure vulnerability exists in the […]

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MEM SCCM

Software Update Reporting in MEMCM – Part 1

This is going to be a three-part series where I will try to explain some of the components behind Software Update reporting in MEMCM. Part 1 is focused on the building blocks of a report, the Views in the MEMCM database. If you’re looking for a query that you can directly use in your environment, […]

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Windows

Windows 11 Insider Build on a VM

If you’re working in IT, or are generally curious about technology, you would have heard about Windows 11. Microsoft released a new version of Windows after almost 6 years, and currently, it is only available for the people who are part of the Insider Program Dev channel. The Insider ISO file is not available as […]

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MEM SCCM

Returning Back to My MEMCM Lab After 6 Months

I built a Configuration Manager (MEMCM) lab in August 2020 as a means to learn more about it and assembled a desktop especially for the same purpose (and maybe a little bit of gaming as well). A couple of months later, I decided to move back to my hometown as we had an option to […]