All posts tagged System Center 2012 Configuration Manager

What a great list of speakers next week.

What a great list of speakers during IT/Dev Connections.

Last week I had the honor to present a session at the IT/Dev Connections conference in the Aria Hotel in Las Vegas. IT/Dev Connections is a conference with 227 sessions across 5 tracks that attracts top speakers from around the world. IT/Dev Connections is a community friendly conference where nobody gets lost and the quality of the (technical!) sessions are high. A great environment to learn the latest from your peers and meet them to network and exchange knowledge. If you was not able to join, be sure to watch the website for IT/Dev Connections because the date of next year will be announced soon.  Read more

Last week I had a nice meeting with Parallels in Las Vegas when I learned that a new version of Parallels Mac Management for SCCM was released. Version 3.1 has a lot of fixes but also some new cool features and improvements. Below the following improvements are announced and available from the release notes;

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  • Added ability to initiate policy download from Mac Client.
  • Added ability to uninstall Applications via Parallels Application Portal on Mac.
  • Added sorting of applications in Parallels Application Portal.
  • PKI certificates are now stored in Keychain on Macs.
  • Personal FileVault 2 recovery keys are now stored in Keychain on Macs.

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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 Today a full list of sessions will be became 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.

Windows-Intune-3Last week Microsoft released new features in Windows Intune stand alone. As from now you are able to provision iOS and Windows Phone 8/8.1 devices with Email profiles like we already could via Configuration Manager connected with Windows Intune. (hybrid solution)

With this feature you are able to provision devices with email profiles and restrictions by using Exchange ActiveSync. Configure the exchange host, account name, the primary SMTP address and the synchronization settings and provision the devices of your users from Windows Intune.

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mac-os-x-parallels-80Last month Parallels released version 3 of the Parallels Mac Management for SCCM. Today we will have a look at the new features that are coming with this new release. If you want to see what I covered in the five earlier blogs, look here (1), here (2), here (3), here (4) and here (5) :) See in this blog my highlights of the new version. When installing the plugin, the configuration wizard will help you setting it up and a SQL database is created to store the configuration. Before installing the new version, the old 2.5 version needed to be uninstalled by hand but all objects in ConfigMgr are preserved and usable with the 3.0 version.

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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

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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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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