I guess in the meantime most of my blog readers know the concept of my Week in Review blog posts. This is my list of stuff to catch up on for the past week:
- Kaido blogs about Working with Security Scopes in Configuration Manager with PowerShell and recent changes under the hood in Configuration Manager 2012 R2 CU1.
- Rod Trent looks further into what exactly EMM is. Do you share his opinion that this is mainly an evolution in name only?
- Garth Jones has published a step-by-step guide on how to deploy CMTrace using the Application Model.
- Released: KB2962927 – You cannot distribute a driver package to a package share on a pull-distribution point.
Until next time!
Tomorrow I will be delivering a Technet Webcast on Configuration Manager Compliance Settings. The session starts at 10.00 AM (GMT+1) and I will kick off with a short overview of this very powerful feature, then outline how to implement it, and also cover and demonstrate some practical scenarios.
This is the session abstract:
Compliance settings, formerly known as DCM, remains one of the often unexplored features in Configuration Manager. During this session we will walk through the new capabilities and improvements of this feature in ConfigMgr 2012, discuss implementation details, and demonstrate how you can start using it to fulfill actual business requirements.
Registrations are still open! If you want to join just click here to register.
This week was a very busy and exciting one with the first edition of ITPROCeed taking place. All the effort put into the event by many paid off and the event was really a success – stay tuned for a short debrief somewhere next week.
In-between project work and the event preparations there were a few items that I did flag for further reading. Here they are outlined in this week’s review:
- Interesting article on the ConfigMgr blog on how the Configuration Manager Content Library manages disk space.
- Be aware that Configuration Manager 2007 will be out of mainstream support in a few weeks. More details in this article by Rod Trent on WindowsITPro.com.
- Peter Daalmans published two interesting articles: one on how to set user preferences in Mac OS X 10.x with ConfigMgr 2012 R2 and another one on how to set background of Mac OS X with ConfigMgr 2012 R2
- Pay attention when deploying the newly released Security Update KB2965788. It requires multiple reboots so it will fail when deployed in a Task Sequence. See KB2894518 for details about this issue with Task Sequences (and note that HB2965788 is not listed – yet).
See you next week!
Time again for my weekly list of things to look further into:
- Beginning of the week Microsoft has announced that it will be retiring Azure guest OS Family 1 images (Windows Server 2008). Retirement date is September 2nd. This is a concern for those having Configuration Manager implementation with cloud based Distribution Points. Currently recommendation from Microsoft is to hold off on updating cloud based DP’s. Read more about this here.
- Short tutorial on how to Deploy a web clip on iOS devices that links to the Mobile Web Portal.
- Brian Mason has been experimenting with Management Points and Distribution Points with the server GUI. Read all about the idea, its purpose, and the outcome of the test here.
- Kent Agerlund blogs about troubleshooting issue with collection updates in Configuration Manager 2012.
Enjoy the weekend and see you next week!
Time flies – another week and month have gone by. Here are a few things that I personally wanted to catch up on from last week. Maybe there are a few things of interest for you as well:
- Microsoft support published an article entitled Configuring and Troubleshooting Operating System Deployment in System Center 2012 Configuration Manager. If you are looking for the basics on setup up OSD then this article may be of interest to you. I’m missing the details about the troubleshooting though.
- Must read article on myITforum on Configuration Manager 2012 Index Optimization
- Released: KB2961924 – A command-line action that has a linked package doesn’t start in System Center 2012 Configuration Manager.
- Released: KB2962909 – Active Directory discovery creates computer names that use the domain NetBIOS name in System Center 2012 Configuration Manager.
- Saw this tweet from David O’Brien flying by talking about something called Chocolatey applications. Never heard of them but they look interesting and I definitely will look further into these for usage in my labs.
See you next week!
Quick wrap up on things that caught my attention in the past week. I have a rather short list this time due to the fact I was at Briforum in London for 3 days.
- During our session at BriForum I spent quite some time talking about DirSync. Check out this article describing the list of attributes that are Synced by the Windows Azure Active Directory Sync Tool.
- Fellow SCUG Member and ECM MVP Nico Sienaert has posted an interesting blog article on how to deny Windows Phone apps with Configuration Manager and Intune.
- Matt Hinson is working on a new blog series describing how to set up a Windows Intune/ConfigMgr 2012 R2 with ADFS On-Prem and Azure Lab. Check out the first part of the series here. References to the follow-up parts can also be found on that page.
Enjoy the weekend!
This is my first Week in Review blog post, so I will start with a quick introduction on what the purpose of these recurring posts will be: while at work at a customer there is a massive amount of information that I see flying by all the time. It comes from different sources: email, RSS, Twitter, LinkedIn, Etc. There is simply no time to track and keep up with all that information at that time. So if at first glance a piece of information seems interesting I add it to a list to review it in detail when more time is available. I try to keep track and clean-up my “to review” list by the end of every week.
As these bits and pieces of information may be interesting for others as well I will be sharing my list on a regular basis. To start of this initiative let’s have a look at the list for calendar week 18:
- In their Support Announcement for April 2014 article the ConfigMgr team has confirmed that Configuration Manager 2012 SP1 and Configuration Manager 2012 R2 in a SQL upgrade scenario. It is not supported to install a new site with SQL Server 2014. In the same article support for Application Virtualization 5.0 SP2 is announced.
- Also on the Configuration Manager Team blog is the article outlining the updates to the Configuration Manager Documentation Library for April 2014.
- Released: KB2923078 – Reporting Services installation fails on System Center 2012 Configuration Manager Service Pack 1 that has SQL Server 2014 installed.
- Released: KB2931044 – Discovery Data Manager slows when it rebuilds .ncf files on startup in System Center 2012 Configuration Manager Service Pack 1.
- Session recordings from the TechDays in The Netherlands have been published on Channel 9. Plenty of interesting items to catch up on! Click here for a full overview.
- Shockwave in the world of ECM: Wally Mead has left Microsoft after 22 years to join Cireson. One of the first articles about it could be found on PRWeb. Is this an indicator the future of Configuration Manager as a product is at risk? Rod Trent has written an excellent article on the subject.
Happy reading and see you next week!