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Technet Webinar: What’s new on the Configuration Manager horizon – Debrief

November 30, 2015 Leave a comment

faq1Thanks to all who attended my webinar on What’s new on the Configuration Manager  horizon last Friday. As promised a quick debrief blog post to highlight and answer some of the questions from the Q&A.

Here we go:

Q: So you can do an in-place with 2012 right? And for side by side is the full new build?

In place upgrade scenario will be supported from the following:

  • System Center 2012 Configuration Manager SP1
  • System Center 2012 Configuration Manager SP2
  • System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager
  • System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager SP1

Side-by-side migrations are not supported. A possible approach is to Setup a new vNext environment, then upgrade your existing environment to vNext and then migrate your objects to the new vNext environment you built in step 1.

Q: Will the Application Catalog site still depend on Silverlight?

Application Catalog will be merged into the new Software Center – no need for a separate web interface anymore.

Software Center has a new, modern look and apps that previously only appeared in the Application Catalog (user-available apps) now appear in Software Center under the Applications tab. This makes these deployments more discoverable to users and removes the need for them to use the Application Catalog. Additionally, a Silverlight enabled browser is no longer required.

Q: So no 2016 , no new UI, just monthly updates?

Yes, Yes, and no not really. 🙂

There is a lot more to Configuration Manager than just the “as-a-service” approach. See the session recording for details.

Q: On-prem MDM will support iOS and Android as well as hybrid SCCM+Intune?

In the technical previews support is limited to Windows 10 devices only.

Currently there is no information if/when other platforms will get in scope.

Q: Will SQL Server AAG (AlwaysOn Availability Groups) be supported for an upgraded installation and not only for a new installation?

Currently not supported in the TP.

In future releases you will be able to move to using SQL always on, on already installed sites.

Q: Are there any Statements when ConfigMgr vNext will Support Server 2016 for deployment and for being used as Site Server OS?

I am not aware of any exact statements on timing. Do assume there will also be a ConfigMgr release at the time 2016 products are released.

Q: Can you make software available to the Windows 10 (Business) App Store?

There is no integration with the Business Store yet.

Q: Do you have a list of features you listed and what is in TP4 today?

Have a look here : https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dn965439.aspx

Q: Are there changes in the app deployment for other os (mac / linux)?

There was a recent announcement where Intune support for Mac OS X was unveiled.

That article also indicates that: for customers using System Center Configuration Manager integrated with Intune to manage devices in a hybrid deployment, we’re excited to announce that all these same Mac OS X management features will be available in the upcoming major update to Configuration Manager.

 

Update 30/11 : Session recording is available here. And also on Channel 9 here.

Until next time!

Tim

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Technet Webinar: What’s new on the Configuration Manager horizon

November 26, 2015 Leave a comment

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Tomorrow I will be delivering a Technet ITPro Webinar on the next release of Configuration Manager.

During this session I will give a high level overview on what to expect from this new version.

The agenda in a nutshell:
– Roadmap for Configuration Manager
– High level overview of infrastructure changes and new features
– How to prepare for and get to the next version

At the end of the session there will also be a Q&A where you can fire away any questions you may have.

Registrations are still open so you can still join us! Click here for details.

Hope to see you there!

Tim

TechNet Webcast–Configuration Manager 2012 Compliance Settings 101 slide deck published

August 4, 2014 Leave a comment

A few weeks ago I delivered a Technet Webcast on Configuration Manager Compliance Settings. This was 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.

The content of that webcast has been published on SlideShare by the Microsoft Technet Belux team. Click here to view it.

As always: questions, feedback and comments on this session are welcome!

Until next time!

Tim

Technet Webcast – Configuration Manager 2012 Compliance Settings 101

June 16, 2014 Leave a comment

Metro-EventTomorrow 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.

TechNet Subscriptions retirement

July 2, 2013 1 comment

Yesterday, out of the blue, TechNet subscribers received a notification that the TechNet Subscription service is going to be retired. I am one of those subscribers, and have been for many years now.

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From my perspective this is very bad news: my entire demo/lab environment is running on software I retrieve using the subscriber downloads. This environment is my main source for learning products and technologies and also to demonstrate them to customers. In the long run I would assume this is also beneficial for the vendor in many cases – hence I find it very difficult to understand the motivation behind this decision.

End of this year my subscription expires. It seems an MSDN subscription is being proposed as an alternative by some, but from a pricing perspective this is really not an option for me. The package including the same products as my current TechNet subscription would cost 6551 EUR!

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I sincerely hope Microsoft will come forward with a more affordable alternative or reverts the decision for retiring the TechNet subscription service. Although I do realize that the chances of the latter happening are extremely small.

Looking at social media today it seems a lot of my fellow TechNet subscribers feel the same way. I see many tweets and blog posts on the subject and there is even an online petition asking for a comparable (affordable) MSDN subscription.

To be continued …

Tim

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