Learn to Fix Microsoft SCCM Intune Documentation Configuration Manager ConfigMgr

Let us learn about Learn to Fix Microsoft SCCM Intune Documentation Configuration Manager ConfigMgr. How many of us complaint about SCCM Intune documentation?

The documentation is not updated and not relevant etc.. Here is the real opportunity to help yourself and update SCCM and Intune documentation.

But don’t get worried about the quality of the SCCM Intune documentation, as there are several steps of validation before your edits/changes get published. Hack a doc is the theme of this post ūüėČ

Check out the Video “Learn How to Help Fixing SCCM Intune Documentation Issues

We had a great MVPHackaDoc session with Aaron¬†during the MVP Summit 2018.¬†All the credits to Aaron taught me how to start updating SCCM/Intune documentation. I don’t recommend going around and editing or updating all the documentation. But start small before you leap.

Start Small

What is changed?

Microsoft documentation service (https://docs.microsoft.com) is hosted on the GitHub platform, and this helps to get a better user experience while reading the documentation.

Even SCCM and Intune documents have been migrated to a new platform. Following is my list of key features of new docs‚ÄĒMicrosoft platform.

  • Readability
  • Estimated Reading Time
  • Content and Site Navigation
  • Shortened Article Length
  • Responsive Design
  • Community Contributions
  • Social Sharing
  • Friendly URLs

How to Start Updating SCCM Intune Documentation?

I hope you have gone through a lot of Microsoft documentation every day. Find out the wrong article, and you wanted to let the Microsoft doc team know about this incorrect info.

  • Create a GitHub account if you don’t have one. Creating a GitHub account took me one and 2 minutes for me.
  • Select the GitHub Free plan as part of the signup process, and Tailor your experience should be filled with a short intro about yourself.
  • Open the article you identified and click on the EDIT button, as I showed in the video tutorial. You should open the article from the same browser you already logged in from your GitHub account.
  • Once you click on the EDIT button on that article, it will redirect to the GitHub editor.
  • GitHub editor is the place where you will perform all the updates.

Identify Article and Start Contributing

How to Contribute to SCCM Intune Documentation

As Aaron mentioned in his “MVP Hack a Doc” session, start small. Standard GitHub accounts may not have any access to edit the code of live documents. And you will get the following error when you try to edit or update an article.

  • You‚Äôre editing a file in a project you don‚Äôt have write access to.
  • Submitting a change to this file will write it to a new branch in your fork.
  • AnoopCNair/SCCMdocs, so you can send a pull request.

As I have shown in the “Hack A Doc video,¬†A perfect example of raising an issue from Jason. He raised a problem, and a documentation BUG is filed to fix this issue.¬†

Creating a PULL request is another option that I tried. But I think that needs more access to edit the master file. A normal GitHub account may not have access to proceed with a pull request.

Another interesting learning for me was tipping about selecting the best title, title suffix, description, ms. Custom, ms. Date, and ms. prod for technical articles. As Aaron suggested, we can start doing the following things:-

  • Clarifications
  • Examples
  • SDK, PowerShell
  • Guidance tips
  • Translations
  • See something, fix something

I have tried raising an issue with documentation, and that is the best and easy part that I learned during the MVPHackaDoc session. I have more details about the problems raised in Hack A Doc’s video tutorial.

Another useful option trying to try to track the documentation issues with th GitHub account. So we can rest assured that Microsoft is aware of this bug, and they will fix it soon. Following is the file structure of GitHub article (for example) SCCMdocs/sccm/core/plan-design/hierarchy/accounts.md .

Start Contributing = Raising an Issue

Resources

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Anoop¬†is¬†Microsoft MVP! He is a Solution Architect in enterprise client management with more than 20 years of experience (calculation done in 2021) in IT. He is Blogger, Speaker, and Local User Group HTMD Community leader. His main focus is on Device Management technologies like SCCM 2012, Current Branch, and Intune. He writes about ConfigMgr, Windows 11, Windows 10, Azure AD, Microsoft Intune, Windows 365, AVD, etc…………‚Ķ

Windows Server File Volume Restore Solution Backup Restore Solution from Veeam

Windows Server File Volume Restore Solution Backup Restore Solution from Veeam. Veeam has an endpoint backup and restores solution for Microsoft. Veeam Agent for Microsoft Windows can take backups of servers, desktops, and laptops.

In this post, we will see Video Guide Windows Server 2016 Backup Solution from Veeam. In this post, we will see Windows Server 2016 File Volume Restore Solution from Veeam.

Following are the three posts that will cover the Windows endpoint backup solution from Veeam.

  1. Windows 10 backup and recovery Software from Veeam
  2. Video Guide Windows Server 2016 Backup Solution from Veeam
  3. Video Guide Windows Server 2016 File & Volume Recovery Solution from Veeam

Veeam Agent for Windows restores options are explained in the video tutorial.

Windows Server File Volume Restore Solution Backup Restore Solution from Veeam

Once Veeam FULL Backup of Server 2016 is completed? Then, open up VEEAM BACKUP BROWSER to restore. There are two restore options available from the backup browser, and the last one is the recovery option from Veeam recovery media.

  • File Restore
  • Volume Restore
  • Restore from Recovery Media

Veeam Agent – Restoring Files and Folders of Server 2016

Veeam Backup Browser or File Level Restore wizard should be used to recover or restore If some files and folders on your computer get lost or corrupted. For file-level restore, you can use backups of any type.

  • Volume-level backups (backups of the entire computer or specific volumes)
  • File-level backups
Windows Server 2016 File Volume Restore Solution from Veeam
Backup Browser – Windows Server

To launch the File Level Restore wizard, do either of the following: Start Menu, select All Programs > Veeam > File Level Restore. We can perform the following operations with restored files and folders from Veeam Backup Explorer.

  • Save files and folders to their initial location
  • Save files and folders to a new location
  • Open files in Microsoft Windows Explorer

Veeam BACKUP Browser is similar to file explorer. It gives two options to restore in my scenario for this video. I selected the KEEP option. This will create a copy of the restore and won’t overwrite.¬†Restore is completed. The windows 10 ISO file got restored within 1:23 minutes, as you can see in the video tutorial here.

  • OVERWRITE
  • KEEP
Windows Server 2016 File Volume Restore Solution from Veeam
Restore – Windows Server

Veeam Agent – Volume Restore of Windows Server 2016

When we perform a volume-level restore, Veeam Agent for Microsoft Windows restores the entire content of the volume. We can’t use the File restore wizard to recover the specific volumes.

It retrieves from the backup data blocks about a particular volume and copies them to the necessary location.

The volume-level restore should be done via the Volume Level restore wizard.” We need to go through and define the following the wizard

  • Backup Location
  • Restore Point
  • Disk Mapping
  • Summary
  • Progress of the Volume Restore
Windows Server
Volume Level Restore – Windows Server

We can boot from the recovery image and use the Veeam Volume Level Restore, wizard for volume-level restore of Server 2016. Following are the three limitations of volume-level restore, which Veeam documents.

  • Cannot restore the system volume to its original location.
  • Cannot restore a volume to the volume on which the swap file is currently hosted.
  • Cannot restore a volume to the volume where the backup file used for restore is located.

Resources

Author

Anoop¬†is¬†Microsoft MVP! He is a Solution Architect in enterprise client management with more than 20 years of experience (calculation done in 2021) in IT. He is a blogger, Speaker, and Local User Group HTMD Community leader. His main focus is on Device Management technologies like SCCM 2012, Current Branch, and Intune. E writes about ConfigMgr, Windows 11, Windows 10, Azure AD, Microsoft Intune, Windows 365, AVD, etc…

Video Guide Windows Server 2016 Backup Solution from Veeam

Video Guide Windows Server 2016 Backup Solution from Veeam, Windows Server 2016 Backup Solution from Veeam. Veeam has a backup and restores solution for Microsoft Windows devices.

Veeam Agent for Microsoft Windows can take backups of servers, desktops, and laptops. Previously, this solution was known as “Veeam Endpoint Backup”.

In this post, we will see Video Guide Windows Server 2016 Backup Solution from Veeam.

Following are the three posts that will cover the Windows endpoint backup solution from Veeam.

  1. Windows 10 backup and recovery Software from Veeam
  2. Video Guide Windows Server 2016 Backup Solution from Veeam
  3. Video Guide Windows Server 2016 File & Volume Recovery Solution from Veeam
Video Guide Windows Server 2016 Backup Solution from Veeam 1
  • Installation of Veeam Agent on Microsoft Windows server 2016
  • Create Recovery Media
  • Taking Backup of Server 2016 as per schedule
Windows Server 2016 Backup Solution from Veeam
Veeam Agent – Windows Server 2016 Backup Solution from Veeam 2

Install Veeam Agent for Windows on Server 2016

Veeam Agent for Microsoft Windows is a data protection and disaster recovery solution for physical and virtual machines. Veeam Agent for Microsoft Windows can be used to protect different types of computers and devices: desktops, laptops, and tablets.

The solution can be installed on any computer that runs the following OSes

  • Microsoft Windows 7 SP1 or later
  • Microsoft Windows 2008 R2 SP1 or later
Windows Server 2016 Backup Solution from Veeam
Installation Status – Windows Server 2016 Backup Solution from Veeam 3

The installation of the Veeam Agent for Windows is straightforward. It will automatically take care of installing prerequisites like SQL express etc. After the installation, you will be able to see

  • Veeam Agent for Microsoft Windows Service
  • Veeam Agent Tray
  • SQL Server 2012 Express LocalDB

How to Create Recovery Media for Server 2016

Once the Veeam Agent for Windows is installed, the first step is to create a Veeam Recovery media. Veeam Agent for Microsoft Windows lets us create a Veeam Recovery Media. The recovery media is nothing but a recovery image of your computer.

You can boot your computer/server with recovery media and fix the OS system errors on your server 2016 or restore data from the backup. 

Microsoft Windows RE (Recovery Environment) automatically reboots after 72 hours of continuous use. All data that has not been saved before reboot will be lost.

Windows Server 2016 Backup Solution from Veeam
Windows Server 2016 Backup Solution from Veeam 4

You can launch the recovery media creation wizard from the Veeam Agent for the Windows home page. As you can see in the video tutorial here, media creation is a straightforward process.

It took nearly 9 minutes to create a recovery media on my server 2016. The wizard will prompt to format the USB during the media creation process. At the high-level following are the tasks.

  • Mounting Recovery Environment Image
  • Copy Veeam Recovery Environment files
  • Adding .NET framework
  • Adding system drivers
  • Copying boot files
  • Unmounting Recovery Image
  • Preparing USB disk
  • Copying data to USB disk
  • Recovery media has been created

Take Full Backup of Server 2016 using Veeam Agent for Windows.

Veeam Agent for Windows 3 types of backup modes are available. And those backup modes are “Entire computer,” “Volume-level backup,” and “File-Level backup.” Veeam Agent for Windows servers supports five backup options. And those options are listed down.

  • Removable storage device
  • Local computer drive
  • Network shared folder
  • A Veeam backup server manages the backup repository
  • Cloud repository managed by a Veeam Cloud Connect service provider
Windows Server 2016 Backup Solution from Veeam
Backup Mode – Windows Server 2016 Backup Solution from Veeam 5

“Configure backup” is the Veeam agent’s option to start configuring and scheduling the backup for the Windows server. Back up your entire server is the recommended option in the Veeam Agent for Windows. This helps with fast recovery on any level.

I selected the Entire Computer backup option for my server 2016. I used the external hard disk (local storage) to take the backup of server 2016. This is my Hyper-V server in my lab.

More details are available in the video tutorial here. Following are the tasks which I could see.

  • Initializing
  • Preparing for backup
  • Creating VSS snapshot
  • Calculating digests
  • Getting list of local users
  • System Reserved (disk 0) (500.0 MB) 42.0 MB read at 42 MB/s
  • (C:)(49.0 GB)42.4 GB read at 74 MB/s
  • Local Disk (E:) (188.5 GB) 37.4 GB read at 84 MB/s
  • Saving GuestMembers.xml
  • Finalizing
  • Truncating transaction logs
  • Truncating SQL server transaction logs
  • Processing finished
Windows Server 2016 Backup Solution from Veeam
Status – Windows Server 2016 Backup Solution from Veeam 6

Resources

Veeam Agent for Microsoft Windows – User Guide

Author

Anoop¬†is¬†Microsoft MVP! He is a Solution Architect in enterprise client management with more than 20 years of experience (calculation done in 2021) in IT. He is a blogger, Speaker, and Local User Group HTMD Community leader. His main focus is on Device Management technologies like SCCM 2012, Current Branch, and Intune. E writes about ConfigMgr, Windows 11, Windows 10, Azure AD, Microsoft Intune, Windows 365, AVD, etc…

How to Delete Windows.OLD Folder from Windows 10 Device

Don’t try to delete Windows.OLD folder from Windows 10 device via Windows Explorer. You won’t be able to remove Windows. Old folder via Windows Explorer.

I have tried to delete this folder via Windows Explorer many times but never succeeded. In this post, we will see the method to Delete Windows.OLD Folder from Windows 10 Device.

How to Delete Windows.OLD folder Video tutorial here

What is there in Windows.OLD folder?

Windows.OLD folder is the folder where the previous installation Windows version is stored. Windows.OLD folder is created when we upgrade one version of Windows 10 to another version of Windows 10.

For example:- When you perform an in-place upgrade of Windows 10 1703 to Windows 10 1709, then Windows.OLD folder will get created.

How to Delete Windows.OLD Folder from Windows 10 Device

Is it safe to delete Windows.OLD folder from Windows 10 Device?

I will give you the answer to this question depending on the answer to the following question. Are you planning, or do you want to restore the Windows 10 version on the device to the previous version of Windows 10?

For Example:- Suppose, you have upgraded to Windows 10 1709 version.¬† And you want to restore the previous version of Windows 10 (1703). In this scenario, you need to have Windows.OLD folder. Otherwise, you won’t be able to restore your device to the previous version of Windows 10.

How to Free up more space in the C drive of a Windows 10 Machine?

Check whether you have a folder named Windows.OLD in C drive. If so, you can remove or delete that Windows.OLD folder to get more free space on your C drive. You should get around 25 GB of free space on your Windows 10 machine’s C drive.

How to Delete Windows.OLD Folder from Windows 10 Device

How to Clean-up / Delete / Remove Windows.OLD folder from Windows 10 Device?

Open Windows Explorer, Click on “This PC” – Right-click on the C drive, and go to properties. Click on the Disk Cleanup button on the properties of the C drive.

Disk Cleanup doesn’t have any option to delete the previous installation of Windows 10, so the “previous installation of Windows” option is not showing up in the Disk Cleanup option.

Windows.OLD folder contains the System Files of Windows 10. Hence, we need to click on the “Cleanup System Files” button to get the option to delete Windows.OLD folder.

How to Delete Windows.OLD Folder from Windows 10 Device

Select the option “Previous Windows Installation(s)” to free up 22.2 GB of free space on C drive. Click on OK button to start the deletion of Windows.OLD folder from C drive.

Will Windows Automatically delete the Windows. Old folder?

Windows won’t delete the Windows‚ÄĒold folder. I have tested this on my production machine after the Falls Creator Update of Windows 10. The content of Windows. The old folder has been removed, and the folder is zero sizes. But the Windows. The old folder is still present.

Do you want to delete the folder manually? There is no need to do that action because there is no benefit out of that action.

As per my testing, this clean-up action occurred 11 days after the folder created date.

How to Delete Windows.OLD Folder from Windows 10 Device

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More details about the programmatic way to remove WIndows.OLD is explained here.

Author

Anoop¬†is¬†Microsoft MVP! He is a Solution Architect in enterprise client management with more than 20 years of experience (calculation done in 2021) in IT. He is Blogger, Speaker, and Local User Group HTMD Community leader. His main focus is on Device Management technologies like SCCM 2012, Current Branch, and Intune. He writes about ConfigMgr, Windows 11, Windows 10, Azure AD, Microsoft Intune, Windows 365, AVD, etc…………‚Ķ

SCCM ConfigMgr Current Branch Backup Recovery Options | Configuration Manager | Endpoint Manager

SCCM ConfigMgr Current Branch Backup Recovery Options | Configuration Manager | Endpoint Manager? This post contains a collection of video tutorials that I created last year to provide a better understanding of the backup and recovery process of the SCCM ConfigMgr Current Branch (CB).

As part of the website revamp, I was checking whether the posts are ok or not and this series of SCCM/ConfigMgr CB backup and recovery posts came to my attention. SCCM ConfigMgr Current Branch Backup Recovery Options?

I think these videos will give you an overview of the entire backup and recovery process with different scenarios like restoring with full native SCCM ConfigMgr CB backup.

How to Recover or restore SCCM CB Primary server using SQL Database Backup – YouTube

Introduction

Also, backup and restore only using SQL backup, etc..CD.LATEST folder is another big change in the backup and recovery process if you compare SCCM 2012 and SCCM CB. My wish is that none of us (SCCM Admins) should be in a situation where we must restore our site from backup! But be ready for the worst case.

Following are the posts you can refer to for each scenario. I’m still planning to create the last couple of videos in this series and that will be to cover the backup and restore of SCCM/ConfigMgr CB CAS server either from native SCCM backup or from SQL backup.

How to Plan Backup and Recovery for SCCM ConfigMgr CB

SCCM ConfigMgr Current Branch Backup Recovery Options | Configuration Manager | Endpoint Manager? This post contains a collection of video tutorials that I created last year to provide a better understanding of the backup and recovery process of the SCCM ConfigMgr Current Branch (CB).

As part of the website revamp, I was checking whether the posts are ok or not and this series of SCCM/ConfigMgr CB backup and recovery posts came to my attention.

CD.LATEST?

I think these videos will give you an overview of the entire backup and recovery process with different scenarios like restoring with full native SCCM ConfigMgr CB backup. Also, backup and restore only using SQL backup, etc..CD.LATEST folder is another big change in the backup and recovery process if you compare SCCM 2012 and SCCM CB.

My wish is that none of us (SCCM Admins) should be in a situation where we must restore our site from backup! But be ready for the worst case.

SCCM ConfigMgr Current Branch Backup Recovery Options | Configuration Manager | Endpoint Manager 5
SCCM ConfigMgr Current Branch Backup Recovery Options

Following are the posts you can refer to for each scenario. I’m still planning to create the last couple of videos in this series and that will be to cover the backup and restore of SCCM/ConfigMgr CB CAS server either from native SCCM backup or from SQL backup.

How to Plan Backup and Recovery for SCCM ConfigMgr CB

SCCM ConfigMgr Current Branch Backup Recovery Options | Configuration Manager | Endpoint Manager?

More details in the following link https://www.anoopcnair.com/what-are-the-options-for-sccm-cb-1606-backup-and-recovery/

How to Restore or Recover SCCM ConfigMgr CB Standalone Primary Server

More details in the following link https://www.anoopcnair.com/how-to-restore-or-recover-sccm-configmgr-cb-standalone-primary-server/

How to Recover SCCM CB Primary Server Using SQL Database Backup 

SCCM ConfigMgr Current Branch Backup Recovery Options | Configuration Manager | Endpoint Manager?

The following Link will have more details – https://www.anoopcnair.com/how-to-recover-sccm-cb-primary-server-using-sql-database-backup/
https://www.youtube.com/embed/4aZFSPI3x1I

More details in the following link https://www.anoopcnair.com/what-are-the-options-for-sccm-cb-1606-backup-and-recovery/

How to Recover SCCM CB Primary Server Using SQL Database Backup 

The following Link will have more details – https://www.anoopcnair.com/how-to-recover-sccm-cb-primary-server-using-sql-database-backup/
https://www.youtube.com/embed/4aZFSPI3x1I

Author

Anoop¬†is¬†Microsoft MVP! He is a Solution Architect in enterprise client management with more than 20 years of experience (calculation done in 2021) in IT. He is a blogger, Speaker, and Local User Group HTMD Community leader. His main focus is on Device Management technologies like SCCM 2012, Current Branch, and Intune. E writes about ConfigMgr, Windows 11, Windows 10, Azure AD, Microsoft Intune, Windows 365, AVD, etc…