Top 16 SCCM Tips from 2016


Wait, what!? It’s December already? This “Year in SCCM” really flew by.

It’s seems like just last week we were at MMS in Minnesota learning all manner of goodness about SCCM, meeting tons of amazing people, and racing to the Mall of America food court. Folks new to MMS were a little confused when a man came late to the biggest session of the event, dressed as a bunny, and everyone applauded for minutes—the year of the (Deployment) Bunny?

Ignite was even bigger, providing a smorgasbord of enterprise Windows 10 deployment expertise from community champions Johan (no last name needed – he’s that big now), Michael Niehaus, and many others.

Adaptiva's huge presence at Microsoft Ignite 2016 in Atlanta, GA

In SCCM, 2016 will be remembered as the year Microsoft flipped to current branch. Technically, that happened end of 2015, but this was the year we saw it in action. Regular monthly technical previews, true community engagement, and new releases with remarkable quality delivered on schedule by David James, Aaron Czechowski, Kerwin Robinson, and the rest of the Microsoft team. It’s a truly amazing feat to behold. Bravo!

To celebrate this brave new year, we’ve compiled our list of the “Top SCCM Tips for 2016”. These will highlight some of the best tools, websites, and other SCCM awesomeness that we have seen members of the SCCM community produce this year. We’ll be sharing one a day, so if you don’t already follow @adaptiva on Twitter and Facebook, now is a great time to start.

Adaptiva's Top 16 SCCM Tips for 2016

Tip #1 – Configmgr Uservoice Feedback Forum

A place to share feedback and submit product feature requests directly to the Microsoft engineering team
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Tip #2 – Nikolaj Andersen’s ConfigMgr Tools

Helpful ConfigMgr tools and scripts to ease daily SCCM management
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Tip #3 – Niall Brady’s Step-by-Step ConfigMgr Guides

A place to share feedback and submit product feature requests directly to the Microsoft engineering team
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Tip #4 – System Center Dudes’ ConfigMgr blogs and workarounds

A list of guides compiled to help people learn about ConfigMgr 2012 R2
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Tip #5 – Eswar Koneti’s ConfigMgr Blog and Scripts

A central resource for ConfigMgr tips and tricks, as well as useful Powershell scripts for the community
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Tip #6 – Cireson’s Free Community Apps for ConfigMgr

Configuration Manager Apps for the community to help you maximize your System Center investment
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Tip #7 – Mick Pletcher’s Awesome PowerShell Scripts for ConfigMgr

A blog to help solve issues Mick has encountered and solved, publish scripts he’s written, and educate others in understanding areas that are not well covered
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Tip #8 – Johan Arwidmark’s Hydration Kit for ConfigMgr

This Kit builds a complete ConfigMgr v1511 with SQL Server 2014 SP1 infrastructure, and some (optional) supporting servers. Tested on both Hyper-V and VMware virtual platforms.
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Tip #9 – Kent Agerlund’s ConfigMgr Blogs

Configuration Manager MVP, Microsoft Certified Trainer, and senior consultant for Coretech Kent Agerlund shares his extensive SCCM knowlege with the community
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Tip #10 – Enhansoft’s Free Monthly ConfigMgr Reports

Free tips, thoughts and suggestions about Configuration Manager
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Tip #11 – Robert Marshall’s Log Launcher

A simple tool that brings ConfigMgr related logs together in one view, and much more
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Tip #12 – Per Larsen’s Handy ConfigMgr How-To’s

Helpful tutorials on ConfigMgr by Microsoft MVP and Atea Solution Architect Per Larsen
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Tip #13 – Anoop Nair’s ConfigMgr tutorial videos

Detailed educational videos on ConfigMgr by prominent Microsoft MVP and blogger Anoop C Nair
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Tip #14 – SCCMentor’s Guide for in-place upgrade of ConfigMgr Current Branch from Windows Server 2008 R2 to Windows Server 2012 R2

ConfigMgr tips, fixes and guides by certified SCCM Consultant Paul Winstanely (SCCM Mentor)
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Tip #15 – Zeki Yardim’s ConfigMgr Collection Creator

An awesome tool to automate the creation of ConfigMgr collections
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Tip #16 – Harjit Dhaliwal’s Community ConfigMgr Shares

Community news and resources by ConfigMgr social media influencer Harjit Dhaliwal
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Happy holidays!

Bill Bernat
Director of Product and Content Marketing, Adaptiva