The Technical Preview version of Microsoft’s System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM) offers some pretty tasty capabilities, including up-to-date support for Windows 10, handling for Windows in-place upgrades, a sped-up update cycle to track the more rapid Windows 10 update cadence, and on-premises mobile device management (MDM). There’s a lot to like about it, but also a lot to do with it, too.
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That’s what makes the System Center Configuration Management Cmdlet Library worth digging into, for those who work with any of the latest SCCM releases. After you download that library, it will receive the ongoing updates that MS publishes for this environment automatically. It’s based on the Windows PowerShell module for SCCM, and brings all kinds of interesting automation capabilities into the SCCM environment, and is designed to help manage a Configuration Manager hierarchy using PowerShell Cmdlets and scripts. The only requirements to grab and use this toolset are access to Windows PowerShell 3.0 or newer, and a current SCCM console (2012 or newer).
To help you dig further into the subject matter, here are some relevant technical references and information:
Technical reference for SCCM (TechNet, 12/8/2015)
How to build a lab environment to evaluate SCCM (TechNet, 12/15/2015)
Documentation for SCCM (TechNet, 12/15/2015)
Find the most advanced features for SCCM in the ongoing Technical Preview (60-day eval, including Endpoint Protection) or Technical Preview2 (180-day eval, SCCM only)
Using Windows PowerShell (TechNet, 10/17/2013)
The System Center Configuration Manager Cmdlet Library (Developer Network/PowerShell Docs); see also the Technical Preview version, though currently only Operations Manager items are available.
SCCM Cmdlet Reference (TechNet, 2/7/2014)
For those just getting into PowerShell, the MSDN PowerShell pages are also worth digging into. There is a plethora of books available on this topic — as this Amazon Search shows clearly — though you’ll want to concentrate on versions 3.0 and 4.0 (the latest releases as I write this post).
The latest SSCM offers terrific deployment and management capabilities that include Windows 10 on the desktop, plus in-place upgrades.
Be sure to check all this out!