All posts tagged SCCM 2012

Experts_Live_logo_2014On the 18th of November I will be speaking at Experts Live in the Cinimec in Ede. Together with m buddy Kenneth van Surksum I will be trying to answer the question if Software Updates in an enterprise a nightmare or a blessing? During this session we will cover the Software Updates feature of System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager but also the ability of Secunia Corporate Software Inspector. Learn how vulnerability management of third party software can help you safe your day! So be sure to attend our session!

Tomorrow a full list of sessions will be online, and I can tell you that there will be very nice sessions by excellent speakers divided into seven tracks. So be sure to secure your ticket and come by our session on the 18th of November.

mac-os-x-parallels-69So now we have looked at the features and Client in the first blog, looked at the deploying software in the second blog, looked at the Mac OS X Configuration Profiles in the third blog and looked at the “other” configuration items in the fourth blog we are now going to look at deploying an Mac OS X Operating System via Configuration Manager 2012 R2.

To be able to support Operating System Deployment for Mac OS X devices we need to set up the Netboot integration with our PXE Enabled Distribution Point.

See how you are able to upgrade Mac OS X 10.7.5 to Mac OS X 10.9.3 using Configuration Manager 2012 R2.

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Available Configuration Items

Available Configuration Items

After three earlier blogs about the Parallels Mac Management for SCCM plugin, we are now quickly going to look at the other Configuration Items that come with the plugin for Configuration Manager 2012 R2. Besides managing Mac OS X Configuration Profiles, Parallels Mac Management is also able to manage FileVault 2 settings, Parallels Desktop Configuration settings and Parallels Virtual Machine Configuration settings. Let’s see how this works before deploying an MAC OS X Operating System via Configuration Manager 2012 R2. :)  Read more


While being in the process of migrating a Configuration Manager 2012 SP1 hierarchy to a new single Configuration Manager 2012 R2 Primary Site I did not want to clean up those very well working Task Sequences created with the MDT Integration plugin in Configuration Manager 2012 R2. Normally migrating MDT based task sequences with the migration feature of Configuration Manager won’t work without removing all the MDT related tasks. Today I did not want to do that because of the fact that this task sequence was using too much MDT steps and it would take me to much time to correct everything. ;)

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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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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.


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.

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

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.


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