All posts tagged System Center 2012 Configuration Manager

The last few days and weeks during my holidays lot’s of things happening around Configuration Manager and Intune. Let’s write a little recap;

Windows Intune to be renamed to Microsoft Intune

Yesterday Microsoft announced the renaming of Windows Intune to Microsoft Intune later this year. Read the complete announcement here!

IOS 8 support added to ConfigMgr through Intune Extensions

Microsoft released an update for Configuration Manager 2012 R2 via the Windows Intune Extensions, the update adds support for the newly released IOS 8 operating system. Read more on the Extensions here. Read more on the update itself here.

Post Configuration Manager 2012 R2 CU3 hotfix KB2990658 released today!

This hotfix is a very welcome hotfix because it adds the ability to instantly retire or wipe a mobile device based on iOS, Andriod and Windows 8.1. Without the hotfix a retire and wipe could require 24 hours to run successfully. Read more on the update here!

Yesterday a new beta version of the System Center 2012 Configuration Manager Servicing Extension have been released to the Configuration Manager Open Beta community. Configuration Manager Servicing Extension provides useful information for maintaining a Configuration Manager environment. Servicing Extension provides the following capabilities:

  • Notifies you of Configuration Manager updates as they become available, with the ability to filter updates according to which major release they apply to
  • Provides details on the sites in your environment, including the last major Configuration Manager version installed and the most recently installed Cumulative Update
  • Provides a list of Configuration Manager client versions that may be present in your environment, and makes it easy to create queries to locate these clients
  • Provides a built-in RSS reader to display recent blog postings from the System Center Configuration Manager Team Blog and The Configuration Manager Support Team Blog

You can download the Configuration Manager Servicing Extensions here. If you have feedback, leave the feedback here. read my earlier blog here.

source: connect.microsoft.com

MMS180x1501The Midwest Management Summit (MMS) will be the community event of the year, organized by and for the community! Right after the MVP Summit which is held the first week of November in Seattle I will fly to Minnesota to present at least three sessions at MMS. Be sure to attend this highly educational event with alot’s of Microsoft MVP’s and experts that will come over to share their knowledge with the attendees! Get your ticket here now! ( http://mms.mnscug.org )

Currently I will be (co-) presenting the following three sessions;

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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