Desired State Configuration (DSC) Training

On February 25th Microsoft will hold a free all day training on Desired State Configuration (DSC). This will be from 9AM to 5PM PST on Microsoft Virtual Academy. Here us the Course Outline: Getting Ready for DSC Performing a Push Deployment Configuring Pull Servers for Deployment​ Deploying Configurations Using a Pull Server Resource Roundup Writing […]

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Bye bye Windows – Hello Mac

2015 brought its first big change for me, I’ve sold my Surface Pro 3 and bought a – wait for it – MacBook Air. Why did I sell the Surface Pro 3? Well, I was very, very excited when I got the Surface. I had the first Surface Pro, my wife had the first Surface RT and we were both pretty unimpressed with Microsoft’s first Surface. My wife still occasionally uses the Surface RT for some stuff, but I sold mine with great financial loss. Then, when Microsoft released the Surface Pro 3 I wanted to have it right away (the i5, 128GB version). Even with a 10% off voucher […]

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Managing Microsoft Client Access Licenses (Part 3 of 3)

By Vincent Brasseur Microsoft is delivering Cloud services through products such as Intune and Office 365. These products add a layer of complexity to the Client Access License (CAL) software asset management challenge. Microsoft Enterprise Agreement (EA) customers have the option to trade their on premises perpetual licenses for subscriptions for Office 365 and Intune. Access to server workloads such as SharePoint, Exchange, Lync and Project is already part of the subscription delivered with Office 365. As a result, the Microsoft Office 365 online subscription overlaps, to some extent, and does not exactly match the entitlement delivered with the Core…

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Heading Back to the System Center Community for System Center Universe 2015

Due to family health issues last year, I was absent from the 2014 System Center Universe. I sorely missed it. I was still able to keep tabs over social media and such, but it wasn’t exactly the same as being there, and of course, watching the comments about awesome sessions and community activities only made me pine for being there...

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System32 Directory Error

By Suzanne Tighe One of our client’s installed Warranty Information Reporting (WIR) within the c:\windows\system32 directory and it was giving them the following error every time they attempted to run it: When I clicked on “Yes,” I was taken to http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2715633 which documented Shim errors for .Net. This led me to doing a lot of work trying to verify that...

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How to Enable WMI Logging in Windows 8

By Garth Jones It’s a long story as to why I was looking at WMI logs, but the short story is that a client needed help with a custom WMI script that they wrote. To track down the problem I had to enable WMI logging. It turns out that enabling WMI logging is easy to do once you know where...

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Support Costs Down, Satisfaction Up with Automatic Application Updates

What makes a happy end user? Start with a smooth, effortless installation experience. But that’s just the beginning. Ensure satisfied, repeat customers down the road by efficiently and consistently delivering new capabilities, upgrades, security alerts and other patches. According to a Flexera Software survey, a majority of application producers are not taking advantage of solutions that automatically deliver these critical updates. Not doing so can put your users at risk, especially if an urgent security alert or quality update needs to be shared. The consequences of an inadequate software update process can include dissatisfied customers, higher support costs, reduced profits,…

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