All posts tagged System Center 2012 Configuration Manager

Yesterday the Configuration Manager Team released the final version of the Microsoft System Center 2012 Configuration Manager Servicing Extension. In an earlier blog I already described the main features of the Servicing Extension.

A new cool feature that is added is that you are able to add custom RSS feeds from blog that you follow to the Configuration Manager Console.

http://blogs.technet.com/b/configmgrteam/archive/2014/12/08/success-with-enterprise-mobility-webcast-series-kicks-off-tomorrow.aspx

ConfigMgrBlog.com added to the Servicing Extension

Download the latest release here.

Last week I had the pleasure to talk during the SCCM User Group Hamburg about Mastering your Mac Devices with Configuration Manager 2012 R2. If you attended this session you will find here the references to the slide deck and the Configuration Item examples.

If you want to play with the examples showed during my session have a look here:

You can download the slidedeck here.

If you want to read earlier blogs about managing Macs, have a look here.

BLOG-1000070Earlier this week I described how to enable Multi Factor Authentication for Microsoft Intune via Office 365. In a (Twitter) conversation with EMS Technical Evangelist Simon May I learned that there are some differences between the MFA implementation for Microsoft Intune and Office 365.

Let’s have a look at what the differences are.

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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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