Where to find myITforum at TechEd 2014

We’ll have lots to share this week, as all our TechEd 2014 plans are finalizing, but we wanted to give you at least one tidbit today on how to find us at TechEd 2014. Here’s where we’ll be located in the Expo: Grab the full expo map:  TechEd 2014 Expo Map (594k) And, here’s our swanky digs, where you can...

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Changing the conversation: OS Migrations to Proactive Application Lifecycle Planning

By Randy Littleson Recently, you’ve seen that I, along with other members of our Application Readiness team have shared a few posts and links to articles based upon the impending End-of-Life of Windows XP. Well, the magic date of April 8 is now passed and the question now becomes, “Now What?”. In addition to future OS migration projects, how does an enterprise plan for and embrace the new world of continuous application transitions in an increasingly complex environment that includes mobile, virtual, desktops and servers? On Thursday, April 17, 11AM EST, I will be moderating a panel discussion with both…

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CM12 R2 and SQL14 – Sneak Peek

Does Microsoft support SQL 2014 on ConfigMgr 2012 R2 yet? Nope. But we should get word soon about it and I’m basing that speculation on the fact that I went ahead and tried SQ14 in my lab last week and it works! And a week later and into Patch Week,…

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How to configure client activity settings in ConfigMgr

When does the ConfigMgr client become Inactive or Active? Ever wondered what triggers the ConfigMgr client change its Client Activity status from Active to Inactive? My lab doesn’t have any inactive client at the moment, but I guess you know what I mean Client Status Settings There isn’t too much information on the internet how to configure the client’s behaviour and I myself searched about 1.5 hours today until a colleague of mine helped me out with a simple screenshot. I always forget about this configuration menu and I really don’t understand why Microsoft put it there. This should be in the client settings or discovery node. In this menu … Continue reading

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Webinar: Integrate Software License Optimization and ITSM to Increase Efficiency and Reduce Costs

By John Emmitt IT Service Management (ITSM) and Software License Optimization are converging, with more organizations seeing the value of an integrated approach to these two disciplines. Attend the “Integrate Software License Optimization and IT Service Management to Increase Efficiency and Reduce Costs” Webinar to learn: How ITSM and Software License Optimization processes and technologies can be integrated About the benefits that can be gained, including: increased operational efficiency, reduced software and IT operational costs, and improved end user satisfaction How the data provided by a Software License Optimization solution enhances ITSM functions such as Request, Change, Configuration, Performance and…

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Who Should Do SAP Named User Consolidation—You or SAP?

By Andrea Greuel Sometimes I hear customers say: “I don’t use the License Administration Workbench (LAW) from SAP. I send the various protocols and leave it to SAP to consolidate them.” This statement always leaves me wondering when I hear it. SAP has always delivered the SAP system measurement tool, also known as transaction USMM, with the SAP system. This has to be executed when SAP sends the letter requesting an SAP system measurement, which is usually once a year. Many years ago it got more and more common to have more than one SAP system. The consequence was to…

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