Setup SCCM Third-Party Patching Video Experience

In this video tutorial, you will see how to Setup SCCM Third-Party patching for an infrastructure. I have step by step blog post which explains the third-party patching setup in details. I would recommend reading that post to get detailed information on SCCM third-party software update setup.

#SCCMThirdPartyPatching #ThirdPartySoftwareUpdates #SCCMPatching #StepbyStepGuide #PatchingGuide

Setup SCCM Third-Party Patching

Third-party software updates allow you to subscribe to partner catalogs in the SCCM console and publish the updates to WSUS. You can then deploy these updates using the existing software update management process.

The following points are explained in the SCCM third-party updates setup video. The SCCM third-party patching feature is enabled only for SCCM 1806 or later.

  1. Prerequisites SCCM Third-Party Patching Setup
  2. Setup SCCM Third-Party Updates
  3. Enable Third-Party Software Updates
  4. Add Custom Catalog – Third-Party Software Updates Setup
  5. What is the difference between partner catalog and custom catalog
  6. How to Subscribe to a custom catalog
  7. How to Subscribe to a partner catalog
  8. How to Publish Third-Party software Update content
  9. How to use Third-party update certificates
  10. How to Troubleshoot Third-Party Software Updates Setup
  11. Learn to check Third-Party Software Updates Setup
  12. More and more details … in this video.

FAQ – Third-Party Patching Setup

I have conducted two hours on Facebook (1700 views) and YouTube Live online session on third-party patching with SCCM 1806 or later versions.

I have had many questions, and answers on the Facebook and YouTube live session. I would recommend checking those comments in SCCM Third-Party Patching Facebook Video post.

SCCM Live – SCCM – Third-Party Software Updates Setup – Step by Step Guide – Live

SCCM – Third-Party Software Updates Setup – Step by Step Guide – Live #SCCMLive #FreeTraining #SCCMSaturdays———————————————–Prerequisites Third-Party Software Updates SetupSetup Third-Party Software UpdatesEnable Third-Party Software UpdatesAdd Custom Catalog – Third-Party Software Updates SetupWhat is the difference between partner catalog and custom catalogHow to Subscribe to a custom catalogHow to Subscribe to a partner catalogHow to Publish Third-Party software Update contentHow to use Third-party update certificatesAnd How to Troubleshoot Third-Party Software Updates SetupLearn to check Third-Party Software Updates SetupMore and more details … in this videos.—————————————————————————–More Blog posts related to SCCM/Intune/Windows 10/Hyper-V/Cloud/IT Pro/Azure - SCCM Read Intune Read – Windows 10 Read – Hyper-V Read – About Cloud Read – about Azure Read – About IT Pros Events – about me – #ConfigMgr #SCCMVideos #SCCMTutorials #SCCMStudyVideos #SCCMFreeTraining #SCCMTraining #HowtoManageDevices———————————————————-

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Top 5 Awesome New Features of SCCM 1903

In this video post, you can uncut video of SCCM 1903 live upgrade demo and walk through of SCCM 1903 new features.

I spend almost 2 hours via Facebook Live (see the below section – it’s more clear video and live interaction with audience through chat) and YouTube Live to share the SCCM 1903 upgrade experience with SCCM Community.

SCCM 1903 Step by Step Upgrade Guide

Microsoft recently released SCCM Technical Preview version 1902. I shared the upgrade of SCCM 1903 upgrade live with SCCM community. And tries to answer the questions related to:

Recording of SCCM free training video is available in YouTube Channel and Facebook Page.

SCCM 1903 New Features Walk Through

Microsoft SCCM Product Group introduced Five (5) exciting new features with SCCM 1903 technical preview version.

  • Cloud services cost estimator
  • Use SCCM DP as a local cache server for Windows DO (Delivery Optimization)
  • Reclaim lock(SEDO) for editing SCCM Task Sequences
  • Drill through required updates
  • Improvement to SCCM Task Sequence media creation

SCCM Cloud Services Cost Estimator

In the SCCM console, you can navigate to the Monitoring workspace, and select the Cloud Management node. You would be able to see the Cloud Services Usage Estimation tool. This is one of the exciting SCCM 1903 new features.

The SCCM Cloud Sevices Usage Estimation tool is helpful to analyse the cost of your Azure subscription. The tool can be adjusted with the following variable values:

  • Clients enabled for client services
  • Client data consumption (per client/month)

The SCCM Cloud Sevices Usage Estimation tool shall provide the following output based on your above inputs on client servives and data consumption:

  • Total monthly cost estimate
  • Monthly cost per device

I would recommend reading the Microsoft documentation to have more details about SCCM Cloud Sevices Usage Estimation tool. ( The coolest
SCCM 1903 new features)

SCCM DP Windows DO (Delivery Optimization) Cache Server

Microsoft released another awesome feature to help modern Windows 10 management with peer to peer client cache solution. Now, you can use SCCM DP as Windows Delivery Optimization Cache Server.

I would recommend reading the following post Using Delivery Optimization In-Network Cache (DOINC) in SCCM TP 1903 by Johan Arwidmark. This post shall provide you in depth analysis of DO Cache Server and SCCM DP integration details.

Reclaim lock (SEDO) for editing SCCM Task Sequences

With SCCM 1903 or later, you can clear your lock on a task sequence. You don’t have to wait for 30 minutes to get this unlocked after the SCCM console crash.

If the SCCM console stops responding, you can be locked out of making further changes until the lock expires after 30 minutes. This lock is part of the SCCM SEDO (Serialized Editing of Distributed Objects) system. Another interesting SCCM 1903 new features.

I would recommend reading the Microsoft documentation to get more details on SEDO Task Sequence topic.

Drill through Required Updates

SCCM 1903 version comes with more granular drill through compliance statistics dashboard options. This drill down idea was one of the User voice item.

This drill down options will help to see which devices require a specific software update. To view the device list, you need permission to view updates and the collections the devices belong to.

Panu Saukko did a Tweet about new SCCM drill down software update compliance feature. The following picture is taken from his tweet. Thanks to Panu for the details of SCCM 1903 new features.

SCCM Task Sequence Media Creation

SCCM 1903 added ability to not include Autorun.inf when you build SCCM OSD Task Sequence boot media. This media creation update was also an idea from SCCM User voice item.

[Related PostSCCM OSD Task Sequence Steps by Step Ultimate Guide]

Facebook Live Video – SCCM 1903 Upgrade & New Features Walk Through

You can watch the SCCM 1903 Preview version Upgrade Video Facebook live video published in my Facebook page “How to Manage Devices“.

Another interesting SCCM 1903 new features are discussed in the following SCCM 1903 upgrade video.


Download SCCM 1902 Baseline Version Free

SCCM 1902 is available as an in-console update. SCCM 1902 is also a baseline version. You can download SCCM 1902 from VLSC or Eval Center as 1902 is a baseline version. You can install a new SCCM primary server or CAS site to build a new infra with SCCM 1902 baseline media.

Microsoft released the eval version of SCCM 1902 yesterday as per the tweet from Eswar Koneti.

Download from VLSC Portal (Not Released Yet)

Download from Evaluation Portal (Released).

How to Download SCCM 1902 Production Version?

You can download the eval version from Microsoft Eval center. You don’t have to login to eval center to download. You just need to fill out a form and download SCCM 1902 production version free.

You can use the SCCM 1902 production version with full functionality for 180 days without paying anything to Microsoft.

NOTE! – You can download & install SCCM 1902 baseline eval version. But, the fact is that SCCM 1902 media content in VLSC and Eval center is the same.

What is SCCM Baseline Media?

With new 1902 baseline version of SCCM, you can avoid installing an outdated version of SCCM (e.g 1802, 1710, etc..) followed by an additional in console update upgrade of your infrastructure to bring it up to date.

SCCM 1902 Baseline media can be used for following scenarios:

  • New SCCM CAS Server Installation
  • New Primary Site in a New SCCM hierarchy
  • Migration from SCCM 2012 scenarios
Scenarios(Download SCCM 1902)Baseline VersionIn-console UpdateCD.Latest Folder
New CAS Server        Yes        No        No
New-Site-NEW-Hierarchy        Yes        No        No
Migration from SCCM 2012        Yes        No        No
New-Site-Existing-Hierarchy        No        No        Yes
Restore Site        No        No        Yes
Upgrade Existing Hierarchy        No        Yes        No

SCCM 1902 is Available in VLSC?

As per the tweet from David James, the SCCM 1902 download is available in VLSC after 2 weeks. Download SCCM 1902 from VLSC (VLSC Portal ).

Upgrade SCCM Eval Version to Full Version

You can upgrade SCCM evaluation version to full version by entering the proper license key. Read more details about SCCM eval to full version upgrade from here.

How to Remove USB External Storage Safely Windows 10 Top Tips

There are two different policies in Windows 10 which decide the best practices to remove USB or External HDD. Let’s look into the recent policy changes in Windows 1809. Also, Learn how to remove USB drive safely from Windows.

Recently, Microsoft released a KB4495263 article which changes the default behavior of USB or HDD external storage devices on Windows 10 1809.

Can we Remove USB Drive Directly? Is that Safe?

Yes, you can remove the USB drive directly from a Windows device. This direct removal of USB is advisable only when the Quick removal storage policy is in place. What is Quick Removal storage policy? Read on…

Differences between Quick removal and Better performance Policies

The Quick removal policy manages storage operations in a manner that you remove the USB or external HDD anytime directly from Windows devices. This quick removal keeps the external storage USD or HDD ready to remove at any time.

When Quick Removal policy is set – You can remove the device without using the Safely Remove Hardware process.

However, if you use this quick removal storage policy, then Windows cannot cache disk write operations. These non-cache disk operations will degrade system performance in some scenarios.

Remove USB Drive Safely
Learn How to Remove USB Drive Safely

The better performance policy manages storage operations in a manner gives you better performance and faster file transfer. Overall better performance policy improves system performance.

When this better performance policy is configured, Windows can cache write operations to the external device. However, you must use the Safely Remove Hardware process to remove the external drive.

The Safely Remove Hardware process protects the integrity of data on the device by making sure that all cached operations finish.

So if you directly remove the USB or HDD storage directly, this could end up in data loss.

Which is the Better Policy for External Storage? Remove USB Drive Safely?

I love ❤️❤️💗💕 Quick removal policy because I hate using Safely Remove Hardware process to remove the device.

But if you are looking for better performance and faster copy-paste operations between USB and Windows device, then you should use Better performance storage policy.


Microsoft Edge Chromium Browser Spell Check is Not Working

You must remember that the current version (11th April 2019) of Microsoft Edge Chromium is NOT a production version. You might need to wait for the production release of Microsoft Edge Chromium browser. Until that time the spell check on Microsoft Edge Chromium won’t work.

More updated options on spell check are shared in the latest post. 4 Methods Enable Spellcheck In Microsoft Edge. We have shared Registry, Group Policy, Settings menu, and from Intune.

Updated on 8th May 2019 Spell Check is added to the latest version of Microsoft Edge Chromium Canary Build.

Related PostLearn To Change Microsoft Edge Chromium Deafult Search Engine

My assumption is there will be more announcement related to Microsoft edge chromium based browser in upcoming Microsoft BUILD event.

Where is the Spell Check Option in Microsoft Edge Chromium Browser?

To enable or disable the spell check service in Microsoft Edge chromium, you need to go to SETTINGS – Search Bar – Type Spell Check.

  • Go to settings button of Microsoft Edge Chromium Browser.
  • Click on Languages tab.
  • At the bottom of Language settings page of Microsoft Edge Chromium browser, you can see an option to Enable or Disable Spell Checks of Microsoft Edge Chromium Browser.

Microsoft Edge Chromium Browser Spell Check is Not Working – It’s not enabled for Preview versions.

Why is Spell Check NOT working in Microsoft Edge Chromium?

When Microsoft adopted the chromium into Microsoft Edge, they have disabled/replaced more than fifty(50) services. More details about these feature changes in the following video.

So, the spell check is one of the services replaced and disabled by Microsoft in Edge Chromium browser. But, I’m sure Microsoft will integrate their spell check service to Microsoft Edge Chromium soon.


New Azure Intune Portal App for Windows Devices

I have noticed that there is a new Azure portal application for Windows devices. You can download the app from Microsoft trusted website. Yes, it’s exciting for me that I can use this new Azure Portal Application for Intune Device Management as well.

Download and Install Azure Portal Application

You can download the new Azure portal app from Microsoft’s official website

I got this piece of information from the walkingcat tweet. I downloaded the AzurePortalInstaller.exe from the Microsoft Azure site mentioned above and double click on it to install it.

I have explained the entire download and installation process of the new Azure Portal App is in the above video tutorial.

Details – Azure Intune Portal Application

I initially felt like a new Azure portal application is a PWA application based on chrome or Microsoft Edge Chromium browser. But, I could find any processes running in the background while the new Azure Portal application is running.

Azure Portal Application

Processes – Azure Portal Launcher Application

I have checked the processes running on Windows 10 1809 machine while Azure portal application is open. I could find three (3) processes with the same exe as you can see below.

  • Microsoft Azure Portal Launcher (MicrosoftAzurePortal.exe)
    • Microsoft Azure Portal EXE (MicrosoftAzurePortal.exe)
    • Sign in to Microsoft Azure (MicrosoftAzurePortal.exe)

Folder Location of Azure Portal Application

I found that the portal launcher application created specific folders in my user profiles as I showed in the above video. You can check the details of the Azure Portal application folder details.

C:\Users\Anoop C Nair\AppData\Local\Microsoft\AzurePortal\Production\MicrosoftAzurePortal.exe

Version – Azure Application Portal Launcher Application

I think the version details you can get from the file called version inside the same folder as mentioned above.

Azure Portal App Launcher == v3.0.10

Known Issues

  • Azure portal App is challenging to close, and you need to close it from Windows task manager.
  • It won’t really work offline unlike other PWA apps 🙂
  • Not sure whether it will work for Windows 7 or Windows 8 or Previous versions of Windows 10? I tested with Windows 10 1809 and Microsoft Edge Chromium, Chrome, etc… installed device.

Learn to Change Microsoft Edge Chromium Default Search Engine

How to change the Microsoft Edge Chromium Default Search Engine Settings? How is to add Google Search engine ? #MicrosoftChromium Why to Change Microsoft Edge Chromium Deafult Search Engine?

How to Change Microsoft Edge Chromium Deafult Search Engine

The following steps will help you to change the default search engine of Microsoft Edge Chromium browser (Learn how to Change Microsoft Edge Chromium Deafult Search Engine).

  • Go to Settings – from Microsoft Edge Chromium Browser
  • Use the Search option to search “Default Search Engine settings”
  • Scroll down to the last part of the search results
  • Select the bottom on the right side
  • Click on Add button new search engines in Microsoft Edge Chromium
  • Once added click on …. on the right side of search engine URL and select EDIT to make changes in search engine options
  • Click on Remove button from …. option to delete the search engine option in Microsoft Edge Chromium Browser
  • There are three properties you want to add when you add search engine to Microsoft Edge Chromium Browser.
  • Search engine
  • Keyword
  • URL with %s in place of query

I tried to change default search engine as Google in Microsoft Edge but it didn’t work immediately but suddenly it started working !

I don’t know why it took more time appear Google icon in Microsoft Edge Chromium Deafult Search Engine settings. Learn Change Microsoft Edge Chromium Deafult Search Engine.


SCCM Console Version Details – Updated List

I have posts which explain about how to check the SCCM Client Version and SCCM Build Version. In this post, you will learn how to check SCCM console version. The post will also provide the list of SCCM console versions for all SCCM current branch releases.

How to Check SCCM Console Version

Let’s find out the version of the SCCM console by following the below steps. You want to learn more details about SCCM console in the following SCCM Admin Console Walkthrough guide.

  • Open SCCM Console from start menu
  • SCCM console – Click Start | <All Programs> | Microsoft System Center | Configuration Manager Console
  • Click on the drop down Arrow near to Home button
  • Click on “About Configuration Manager” button
  • The popup windows shows SCCM Console version

SCCM Console Version

The following table will give all the details about SCCM Console Version. The list provides latest or updated SCCM Console versions.

SCCM ReleasesSCCM Console Version
SCCM 19025.1902.1085.1600
SCCM 19025.1902.1085.1500
SCCM 18105.1810.1075.2600
SCCM 18105.1810.1075.2000
SCCM 18105.1810.1075.1700
SCCM 1810 5.1810.1075.1017
SCCM 1810 5.1810.1075.1014
SCCM 1810 5.1810.1075.1013
SCCM 1806 5.1806.1074.1507
SCCM 1806 5.1806.1074.1500
SCCM 1806 5.1806.1074.1200
SCCM 1802 5.1802.1082.1807
SCCM 1802 5.1802.1082.1807
SCCM 1802 5.1802.1082.1800
SCCM 1802 5.1802.1082.1700
SCCM 1710 5.00.8577.1115
SCCM 1710 5.00.8577.1111
SCCM 1710 5.00.8577.1108
SCCM 1710 5.00.8577.1100
SCCM 1706 5.00.8540.1611
SCCM 1706 5.00.8540.1601
SCCM 1706 5.00.8540.1500?
SCCM 1706 5.00.8540.1300
SCCM 1702 5.00.8498.1711
SCCM 1702 5.00.8498.1700
SCCM 1702 5.00.8498.1400
SCCM 1702 5.00.8498.1500
SCCM 1610 5.00.8458.1526
SCCM 1610 5.00.8458.1520
SCCM 1610 5.00.8458.1009
SCCM 1610 5.00.8458.1007
SCCM 1610 5.00.8458.1205
SCCM 1606 5.00.8412.1323
SCCM 1606 5.00.8412.1322
SCCM 1606 5.00.8412.1309
SCCM 1606 5.00.8412.1307
SCCM 1606 5.00.8412.1205
SCCM 1606 5.00.8412.1204
SCCM 1606 5.0.8412.1207
SCCM 1606 5.00.8412.1000
SCCM 1606 5.00.8412.1003
SCCM 1602 5.00.8355.1307
SCCM 1602 5.00.8355.1306
SCCM 16025.00.8325.1000
SCCM 16025.00.8325.1003
SCCM 16025.00.8325.1003
SCCM 1511 5.00.8325.1126
SCCM 1511 5.00.8325.1110
SCCM 1511 5.00.8325.1104
SCCM 15115.00.8325.1000


SCCM 1902 Production Version Upgrade Video Tutorial

Microsoft released the SCCM 1902 production version as an opt-in.  Yes, This SCCM release is opt-in version (fast ring).  This SCCM 1902 Production Upgrade video post will give much more details.

You want to watch end to end Video Tutorial of SCCM 1902 Production Version (2:50 Hours) – Facebook Live – Checkout – New Features Walk through!

The 1902 won’t be available in your SCCM console until Microsoft releases a SLOW ring version of SCCM 1902. SCCM 1902 production version will be the baseline version.

Download PowerShell Script to Enable SCCM 1902 Production Version

Download 1902: Enable Early Update Ring from here. What’s new in version 1902 of SCCM CB. More details

How to Download SCCM 1902 Production Version?

How do you get the SCCM 1902 production version today in your console? Here is the blog post from Microsoft to get the 1902 version on to your LAB, Development, or pre-production/staging environment.

Checkout Microsoft’s Announcement about the 1902 release here. SCCM 1902 Fast Ring  is an Opt-in update option given to SCCM customers SCCM 1902 Slow Ring is GA, generally available for all applicable SCCM Infra.

[Related PostSCCM 1902 Production Upgrade Step by Step Walkthrough Guide (Coming Soon) ]

Best time to Perform SCCM 1902 Production Version Upgrade?

Microsoft fully supports the SCCM 1902 fast ring or opt-in version. Hence officially you can upgrade your production environment to SCCM 1902 with opt-in version. However, I won’t directly jump into the production upgrade.

I want to test the 1902 version in the LAB environment and Staging environment before going into production upgrade. By the time I complete all these testing in staging, Microsoft will release the fast ring version of SCCM 1902.

SCCM 1902 Known Issues?

I’m not aware of any known issues of SCCM 1902 production version. However, I will try to keep an eye on SCCM 1902 known issues announcements from Microsoft and update here or in another blog.

Checklist/Best Practices SCCM 1902 Production Upgrade?

Microsoft has already provided a checklist of SCCM 1902 upgrade best practices in their documentation here. I would recommend reading that documentation before proceeding with the upgrade.  SCCM 1902 In-console update available only for  1710, 1802, 1806, or 1810?

  1. Check All Windows Server, SQL components running on your SCCM site servers for the supportability of SCCM 1902 version (
    A minimum version of SQL Server 2012 Native Client which includes support for TLS 1.2 must be installed. For more information, see the List of prerequisite checks. )
  2. All sites run a supported version of SCCM
  3. Review the version of the Windows ADK for Windows 10
  4. Review the site and hierarchy status for unresolved issues
  5. Review file and data replication between sites
  6. Install all applicable critical Windows updates
  7. Disable database replicas for management points at primary sites
  8. Set SQL Server AlwaysOn availability groups to manual failover
  9. Disable SCCM site maintenance tasks at each site
  10. Create a backup of the site database
  11. Temporarily stop any antivirus software on SCCM Servers
  12. Plan for SCCM client piloting
  13. Plan to use service windows
  14. Review supported extensions for SCCM 1902
  15. Run the SCCM 1902 setup prerequisite checker
  16. Update All SCCM site

SCCM 1902 Production Download or Upgrade Stuck?

When you have an issue with SCCM 1902 production version update download and upgrade process, please check the monitoring workspace and understand what is happening. Also, you refer to the log files mentioned in each stage of SCCM console monitoring workspace.

I have blogged about SCCM troubleshooting on update and servicing issue. I would recommend reading the following post to get more help on SCCM 1902 upgrade issues.

More troubleshooting help on SCCM 1902 Download stuck and upgrade issues here.

SCCM 1902 Site Server, Client, and Console Version Numbers?

Following table is the best place to know more about the SCCM 1902 console, site server, and client version numbers. After SCCM 1902 Production Upgrade, you would be able to see the following version details.

NOTE! – There will be some changes in the version numbers after your upgrade as I’m using the early build to create this post.

SCCM 1902 Site VersionSCCM 1902 Console VersionSCCM 1902 Client VersionBaseline1902 In-console update available for?
YesYes for SCCM  1710, 1802, 1806, or 1810

Post Installation Tasks for SCCM 1902 Production Upgrade

After the site updates, use the following checklist to complete common tasks and configurations. Confirm version and restart (if necessary). More Details available in the following link here.


What is new in SCCM 1810 version –

SCCM CB End of Life details –

[Related Post – SCCM 1902 Upgrade Step by Step Walkthrough Guide -Coming Soon]

How to Setup Smart Package Studio Lab Environment

This video tutorial is to help you to setup Smart package studio lab environment. Application packaging team works closely with the SCCM team in many organizations. But, I have seen much love for application packaging team. Let’s empower the application packaging team with smart package studio.

Related Posts: How to Make Application Packagers Life More Easy – Part 1 and How to Make Application Packagers Life Easier – Part 2

Modern Packaging Tools

Microsoft MSIX is the future of Windows application installation technology. Another fact is that Microsoft office is still using a different installation technology Checkout my previous blog post to learn how to convert MSI to MSIX in the following post here.

Smart package studio is one of the modern packaging tools which uses AI and Machine Learning algorithms to help application packaging team. More details about How to Setup Smart Package Studio.

Join Application Packaging Community

Smart package studio community is made for helping application packaging community. This community will help to up-skill the application packaging skills. Following are some of the posts which will help you to up-skill.

Quick Steps to Setup Smart Package Studio Lab Environment

I have already explained all the steps in the above video tutorial. I would recommend going through the details as per the video. Also, try to download the dependent apps from the following list to get ready for LAB setup.