Every quarter Microsoft awards community leaders around the world with the Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) Award. Every first of April I am up for renewal, today I received the (most wanted) email that I have received the Microsoft MVP Award for the fourth time in a row. So cool and honored that I have received this award again and that I am part of the Enterprise Client Management (Configuration Manager / Windows Intune / EMS) community! Thanks to all of you that visit my blog, attending my sessions and providing me from feedback, without you this wasn’t even possible!

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briforum_europe_logoIn the next couple of months I will be speaking at two great events. On the 19th of May I will be speaking at BriForum Londen. In London I will be presenting a session together with Kenny Buntinx with the subject “How to Get Started With The Microsoft Enterprise Mobility Suite“. Great speakers are lined up during this two day conference.

If you want to join us in London use my code FRIENDOFSPKR15  for 20% off the full registration price. If you register before 31 March, you will receive an additional £65 off your already discounted registration. Register via this link to get the discount!

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On Monday the 20th of July I will be presenting my session about Mastering your Mac OS X Operating System with Configuration Manager 2012 R2 at BriForum Denver.

If you want to join me at BriForum 2015, July 20-22 in Denver, CO. Use my code FRIENDOFSPKR15 for 20% off the full registration price. If you register before March 31, you will receive an additional $100 off your already discounted registration. Register via this link to get the discount.

What a great honor to be invited at both events, already looking forward to May and July!

Hope to see and meet you there!

BLOG-1000070While writing my last blog I realized myself that in Microsoft Intune, where the Mobile Device Management Authority has been set to Configuration Manager, objects of devices and users were also appearing in Microsoft Intune. Correct me if I am wrong, but earlier this was not the case. Let’s see why those objects are now also in Microsoft Intune.

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BLOG-1000140Yesterday announced and today a new Intune Extension for Configuration Manager 2012 R2 was available. The extension enables us to set up conditional access for customers using Exchange Online, you are able to restrict Exchange ActiveSync for users that have their devices enrolled.

Let’s see how this works together with Exchange Online.

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BLOG-1000135Last week I had a couple of content related issues at a customer after a Configuration Manager 2012 SP1 to Configuration Manager 2012 R2 upgrade. What happened is that one day all the content was nicely distributed to the distribution points and after enabling Content Validation on the Distribution Points almost half of the packages were “gone”.

After redistributing the content to the distribution point it all looked well again, but after a content validation task the content “is gone” again. (see in the left picture) Let’s see what happened.

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BLOG-1000070During the montly update of Microsoft Intune of March new features to Microsoft Intune (standalone) are added. Part of the new release are the following updates;

  • Ability to streamline the enrollment of iOS devices purchased directly from Apple or an authorized reseller with the Device Enrollment Program (DEP)
  • Ability to restrict access to SharePoint Online and OneDrive for Business based upon device enrollment and compliance policies
  • Management of OneDrive apps for iOS and Android devices
  • Ability to deploy .appx files to Windows Phone 8.1 devices
  • Ability to restrict the number of devices a user can enroll in Intune

Read the complete blog with all the updates here.

 

msemsIn the next two months two cool Enterprise Mobility Suite Jump Starts are coming up at the Microsoft Virtual Academy. Be sure to attend the following jump starts to get up to speed with the Microsoft Enterprise Mobility Suite.

Azure Active Directory Core Skills Jump Start, March 26, 2015

Microsoft Intune Core Skills Jump Start, April 23, 2015

Both Jump Starts will be hosted by Brad Anderson and Simon May.

 

BLOG-1000070A quick non technical blog to start the day with! Yesterday Microsoft announced that the licensing model around the Enterprise Mobility Suite is going to be changed on March the first, until now EMS is part of the Enterprise Agreement. As from next week the Enterprise Mobility Suite will also be available via the Open License model! This opens doors for a lot of customers to be able to use the Enterprise Mobility Suite. Early March, Microsoft Action Pack subscribers, along with Silver and Gold competency partners, will receive access to EMS and Azure AD Basic as part of their Internal Use Rights benefits. So this is really great news!

Read the complete announcement here.

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A for your info blog. ;) As I guess many IT-Pros are using the new Windows 10 builds daily to test the new great Operating System. Same here, I know we are not really supposed to do that but in a way it is eat your own dog food ;) and you are able to give good feedback while using it on a daily basis! A couple of weeks ago one of my colleagues wanted to push the Configuration Manager 2012 R2 client after I had tested enrolling Windows 10 into Microsoft Intune, but for some reason he was not able to push it.

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BLOG-1000070This morning Microsoft announced the February update for Microsoft Intune. The following new features are currently rolled out throughout the datacenters in the different continents. The service will be updated between February 6 and February 11.

Further Microsoft plans to add new features to Microsoft Intune on a monthly basis, so lot’s of more features to Microsoft Intune are coming rapidly!

The following features are updated/added;

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