A short list of items that caught my interest during the past week. I expect things to slow down a bit further during the holiday period.
- Interesting article on Mac OS X 10.9.3 Support for System Center 2012 Configuration Manager Clients on the ConfigMgr team blog.
- Also on the ConfigMgr team blog came the announcement that SQL Server Service Pack 2 is now supported with Configuration Manager 2012 SP1 and R2. At the time of writing this blog post this change was not documented yet in the supported configurations in the online documentation (here).
See you next time!
Another week gone by, so time for the weekly review post. It has been a slow week so only a few items were added to my list this time:
- Nice and detailed article on the ConfigMgrDogs blog about Windows Update process on the client.
- A best practice guide for (task) sequences in Configuration Manager 2012 R2 has been made available through the Microsoft download center. Note there are six files in total to be downloaded; although the naming convention hints there would be seven in total it seems file number VI does not exist.
Until next week!
A few highlights of the past week:
- On Friday Microsoft has released Cumulative Update 2 for System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager (KB2970177). This cumulative update also brings some changes in Powershell which are documented in a separate KB (KB2962855). And a third KB (KB2976481) documents the changes for the Linux and Unix clients.
- Garth Jones outlines a procedure on how to Avoid Receiving Inventory Re-Sync Requests for Snapshot VMs.
- As of July 1st Microsoft is suspending the use of email notifications for security bulletins and advisories. Instead you can now subscribe to a series of RSS feeds to get the information. An overview of these feeds is published at the Security TechCenter.
Enjoy the weekend and see you next week.
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!
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!