Microsoft MVP 2015 Award

October 1, 2015 Leave a comment

They say time flies when you are having fun. My first year as an Enterprise Client Management MVP has gone by and today on October first I was up for my first renewal cycle.

Earlier today the mail below came in, and I am proud and honored to announce that I have been awarded the 2015 Microsoft MVP Award.


I am looking forward to another great year with my ECM MVP peers and off course with all of you that are part of this great system center community! Thanks for your ongoing support, reading my blog, attending my sessions, etc. !

Until next time!


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IT/Dev Connections 2015 Speaker

September 8, 2015 Leave a comment

End of this week I will be heading to Las Vegas again for the 2015 edition of IT/Dev Connections. The event is taking place from the 14th to the 17th of September at the Aria Resort.

This year I will be delivering 2 sessions again with my regular co-speaker Kenny Buntinx. Both sessions are in the Enterprise Management and Mobility track:

# 1 – Securely Delivering Traditional Windows File Server Home Folders to BYOD Devices.

Discover the most hidden and underestimated Windows Server 2012 R2 feature, called Work Folders. Work Folders lets you leverage your file server investment while simultaneously providing end users with anywhere access to their data, from their work PCs to their personal devices. In this session you’ll learn about challenges for secure implementation and management not only with traditional home folders but also in the BYOD world. Discover how to deploy and manage Work Folders servers and clients, gain an understanding of how Work Folders operates end-to-end and integrates into your existing infrastructure, and learn how Work Folders takes advantage of capabilities such as multi-factor authentication, Workplace Join, and Selective Wipe to ensure that corporate data remains secure wherever it goes.


#2 – Arming Your Mobile Workforce Warriors for the 21st Century

In today’s world, your mobile workforce will most likely have expanded significantly. Managing your ever-expanding legion of mobile warriors and their arsenal of devices can be a challenging task. During this session we’ll show how Configuration Manager and the Intune extensions can help you manage your troops and arm them with the correct tools for battle. Learn how Intune and System Center Configuration Manager make it easy to manage all your Windows, Windows Phone 8, iOS, and Android devices with a single pane of glass. We’ll walk through how to easily configure devices for your users by pushing Wi-Fi, VPN, certificate, and email profiles as soon as they’re enrolled. We’ll cover configuration and management of device settings; provisioning profiles for email, VPN, and Wi-Fi; and other native features that come through the standard Intune extensions.


DevCon-Teaser1.Next to Kenny and myself there is a third member presenting at IT/Dev Connections: Dieter Wijckmans is going to rock and roll in the Cloud & Datacenter track. Have a look at his sessions here.

Similar to last year the three of us will be using the #meetthebelgians hash tag during the event. Will you help us get this hash tag listed into the Twitter analytics again for this edition? Make sure to do so, and most of all: reach out if you see us hanging around – we are looking forward to meeting you!

Registrations for the event are still open!

Hope to see you there.


ConfigMgr vNext : Technical Preview 3 released

August 19, 2015 Leave a comment

Today Microsoft has released System Center Configuration Manager and Endpoint Protection Technical Preview 3.


As listed on the Configuration Manager Team Blog this release includes the following new features:

  • Deployment of required applications to Windows 10 devices managed via on-premises mobile device management (MDM).
  • Cluster-aware settings.
  • High availability support with SQL Server 2014 AlwaysOn.
  • Ability to run software update cleanup tasks

All features available in previous Technical Preview releases are also included in this release.

Read the full article here and download the sources here.

Until next time!


Cumulative Update 1 for Configuration manager 2012 SP2 and R2 SP1 released!

August 7, 2015 Leave a comment

metrofixEarlier this week Microsoft has released Cumulative Update 1 for Configuration manager 2012 SP2 and R2 SP1.

The cumulative update contains a series of fixes for the following components:

  • Console
  • Client
  • Site Systems
  • Content Management and Software Distribution
  • Operating System Deployment (including Windows 10 driver import)
  • Hybrid setups (Intune) and MDM
  • Reporting

Next to these fixes there are also updates for Asset Intelligence, SCEP and Debian 8.

More details and download location can be found in KB3074857.

Until next time!


Update for Windows Update Client addresses ConfigMgr 2012 Update Scan Issue – Windowsupdate.log Error 8007000E

June 3, 2015 1 comment

Exclamation-iconYesterday Microsoft has released an update for the Windows Update client. This relates to the issue with Windows 7 and Software Updates which I blogged about a few weeks ago.

This is the KB article: Windows Update Client for Windows 7 : June 2015

Interesting: the KB Article mentions this update does not only address the out-of-memory issue but also contains general improvements made to support upgrades to a later version of windows.

If you have Windows 7 x86 clients in your environment the best approach would be to release this update in your environment as soon as possible. Important : you need to install the hardening update KB2938066 on your WSUS servers prior to releasing this update!

Hope it helps!


ConfigMgr R2 SP1 upgrade does not clean up previous Cumulative Update entries in Control Panel > Programs and Features

June 2, 2015 Leave a comment

Hi All,

Just a quick blog post on a small anomaly with Configuration Manager R2 Service Pack 1.


When upgrading an existing Configuration Manager site it seems the Installed Updates entries related to prior Cumulative Updates are not properly cleaned up. After upgrading a site the end result for Installed Updates looks like this:


The above example is based on a site that was up to Cumulative Update 5 – but the same happens with earlier released Cumulative Updates.

Although this is not really an issue and more cosmetics, it is something that could have been handled more properly by the Service Pack installer. A scenario where this potentially may cause unwanted effects is when using this information in your queries (collections, etc.).


The entries displayed are read from the registry. The screenshot below shows the entry in the registry for the particular cumulative update:


I used the following steps to clean this up:

  1. Start the Registry Editor (regedit.exe)
  2. Go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall .
  3. Locate the key for CU5 (see screenshot) and take a backup (right-click > export).
  4. Delete the key for CU5.
  5. All done – the entry is no longer displayed.

Note that this cleans up the cosmetics part only – any other leftovers (if any) from Cumulative Updates (and alike) will still remain on the system.

Until next time!


ITPROCeed 2015 Speaker

May 30, 2015 Leave a comment

2015-05-30_203420After a successful first edition in 2014 the next edition of ITPROCeed is only a few weeks away. The concept remains the same: a unique event organized and driven by the top Belgian ITPro user groups and strong support from Microsoft.

I’m happy and honored to be part again of this event and will be delivering two sessions:

  • In the first session I am teaming up with the three other Belgian ECM MVP’s: Nico Sienaert, Kim Oppalfens and Kenny Buntinx. In this session we will discuss the changes and new features available in the next Service Pack for System Center Configuration Manager 2012.
  • The second session will be with my regular partner in crime Kenny Buntinx and is entitled: delivering traditional file server workloads in a secure manner  to modern devices.
  • And there is a lot more: have a look at the full agenda which spans no less than 5 tracks here.

    Also this year this will be a free event!
    So mark your calendars for June 11th. Place to be is Utopolis in Mechelen.

More details and registration on the event website.

See you there!


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