citrix-connector-7_5-00Thanks to a tweet of fellow ECM MVP Marius Sandbu I was triggered that yesterday the new version of the Citrix Connector for Configuration Manager 2012 was released.

Last year I spend some time on and blogged about the earlier version of the Citrix XenApp Connector. If you ask me a very nice addition to Configuration Manager 2012 and Citrix XenApp or Citrix XenDesktop if you need to manage both. With this connector you are able to manage the Citrix farms from a single pain of glass, the Configuration Manager console :)

This version supports XenApp, XenDesktop 7.1 and XenDesktop 7.5. So this means more testing and new blogs are coming up in the next couple of weeks/months :)

 

 

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Today the Cumulative Update 5 for System Center 2012 SP1 Configuration Manager has been released. So if you did not already update your Configuration Manager 2012 environment to R2 you might want to check if there are bug fixes that you might want to fix. If you already have R2 installed, Cumulative Update 2 has been released a couple of weeks ago.

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Cumulative Update 5 fixes issues and updates functionality in the following subjects.

  • Task Sequences
  • Site Systems
  • Application Management
  • Configuration Manager Client
  • Administrator Console
  • Endpoint Protection

Further more there is an issue addressed regarding Azure Guest OS Family 1 Retirement Impacts Cloud-Based Distribution Points. New Cloud Based Distribution Points are now using Azure Guest OS Family 2.

Mac OS X 10.9 and Umbuntu 14.04 are now also supported in Configuration Manager 2012 SP1

If you want to download Cumulative Update 5, do it here.

The new version number of the updated Configuration Manager 2012 SP1 is: 5.0.7804.1600

Hey, that’s cool!!! Today the Configuration Manager Servicing Extension beta has been released, the what? Yeah the Configuration Manager Servicing Extension beta ;) The Configuration Manager 2012 Servicing Extension provides useful information for maintaining your Configuration Manager environment.

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By installing the Servicing Extensions a Site Servicing node in the Administration workspace is added which provides you the following capabilities:

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mac-os-x-parallels-22Earlier this week I discussed how Mac OS X packages can be deployed to Mac OS X devices. Today I want to have a look at the Parallels Configuration Items. With for instance the Mac OS X Configuration Profiles you are able to create a configuration item that allows you to deliver Mac OS X configuration profiles to managed Macs.

When a configuration item containing a profile is evaluated for compliance and it is not compliant, the necessary changes are made to the noncompliant Mac OS X configuration settings. Let’s see how this works.

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mac-os-x-parallels-00Last week I gave you an overview of Parallels Mac Management for SCCM, in this blog I want to look at one of the features that are added by the plugin.

Besides the Network discovery and automatic enrollment of Mac OS X clients, the plugin also offers Deployment of software via packages and programs, Deploy Mac OS X Configuration Profiles and Deploy Mac OS X pre-built images.

First, let’s have a look at the deployment of software in this short blog.

 

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mac-os-x-parallels-00At TechEd North America I came across the booth from Parallels and they were advertising with a product called Parallels Mac Management for ConfigMgr. Parallels Mac Management for SCCM was awarded with the “The Best of TechEd award”. So for me worthwhile looking at and of course everything that integrates with ConfigMgr 2012 attracts my attention ;) This blog is a review of Parallels Mac Management, let’s have a look. In Part 1 we will have a look at the features, the components and how we are able to deploy the client.

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On Thursday the 18th of September I am allowed and honored to present a session together with fellow Enterprise Client Management MVP Greg Ramsey at IT/Dev Connections. During this event we will deep dive into the company portal. Configuration Manager 2012 R2 with Windows Intune provides a company portal experience for iOS, Android, Windows, and Windows RT. In addition, Configuration Manager 2012 R2 provides a company portal for fully managed Windows 8.x systems to give your enterprise the same Windows Store-type experience. In the75 minutes we have we will dive into each of the portals, discussing the guts: how each portal works, how we want them to work, and most importantly how to troubleshoot them when things go wrong.

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The lineup and covered subjects of IT/Dev Connections are superb and worthwhile attending! Be sure to get your ticket here: http://www.itconnections.com

Find more on me speaking here.

See you there!

Cumulative Update 2 for System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager has just been released and can be downloaded here.

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This update fixes issues in the following areas.

Further more there is an issue addressed regarding Azure Guest OS Family 1 Retirement Impacts Cloud-Based Distribution Points. Existing Cloud-based distribution points can now be upgraded to Family 2 by using the Azure portal.

The new version of Configuration Manager 2012 R2 is 5.0.7958.1303

dp-status-01Last week a customer asked me why the Completion Statistics some of his Distribution Points in the Distribution Point Configuration Status node were not all successful and why one package was still stated as In Progress since early February of this year (like shown in the figure on the left). An easy answer for this question if you ask me.

What happened was that while a package was distributed to remote distribution points, and before the package was finished distributing the package was deleted from Configuration Manager 2012 R2. So the status was still shown In Progress for some of the Distribution Points with slower bandwidths.

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mac-os-x-settings-management-23In the past three blogs you have seen how to change a user preference, how to change the background and how to change a system preference by changing the logon window text. In this blog I want to show you that you are also able to enable remote administration, including VNC access and that you are able to manage or add users to a remote Mac OS X device. This can be handy if you need to manage a lot of Mac devices and if you do not want to configure them by hand. Let’s see how this works, again the Mac community was very helpful in explaining how to for instance create a user via Shell Script.

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mac-os-x-settings-management-24As part of my session at the Configuration Manager Community Event in Bern last Friday I showed a couple of use cases where you could use the Compliance Settings of Configuration Manager 2012 to manage your Apple OS X devices. Check earlier blogs here and here. A couple of them were using the discovery and remediation scripts instead of directly editing the preferences. In this blog I will show you a quick tip if you want to set a welcome message or some kind of other message at the logon screen of the Mac device.

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