Software Center on Windows Server Core

This post will present a PowerShell script that brings the functions of installing software and updates from SCCM to Server Core. Server Core is a version of Windows Server first introduced with Server 2008 R2 that does not have a GUI. When a user logs into the server, they are presented with a command prompt, and that is it. This...

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Azure Active Directory Premium: Users and Groups

This is part of a continuing series on Azure Active Directory Premium and Microsoft’s Enterprise Mobility Suite. This post will focus on user and group management from Azure AD. First, anyone can sign up for a 90-day trial of Azure AD Premium. To do so, log in to your Azure account, select your Azure Active Directory, then select “Azure Active...

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PowerShell Desired State Configuration

With the release of Windows Server 2012 R2 and Windows 8.1, Microsoft provided a new way of ensuring that your devices are at a good configuration state. This new method uses PowerShell to ensure that required roles and features are enabled, registry settings are correct, files are in place, and a whole host of other management tasks. Note that this...

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OneDrive: Business vs. Personal

Microsoft has two versions of OneDrive. Individuals can sign up for OneDrive, which gives them 15GB of cloud storage (as of this writing). Organizations can also get OneDrive for Business when they sign up for Office 365. This service gives each user 1TB of cloud storage. Both the personal and business editions come with Office Online, which provides users an...

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Windows 10 Technical Preview: First Look

Microsoft recently released the first technical preview for Windows 10. There will be two versions for Windows 10, consumer and enterprise. The article will look at the enterprise version and some of the new features. Start Menu The big news about Windows 10 revolves around the Start Menu. Microsoft has brought back the Windows 7 style Start Menu, while still...

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SCSM: Populate List of Printers in Web Portal

This post will detail a method to add the list of printers from you Service Manager environment. These printers can be found at Configuration Items > Printers. Printer issues are some of the most common incidents that are submitted. Using this method, your end users can select their printer from a list, and it will automatically be added as an...

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System Center Service Manager: Service Catalog

One of the core pieces to Service Manager is the Service Catalog. This is the website where end users can go to submit incidents or service requests. The website is built from a SharePoint site and runs a Silverlight plugin, so there are a lot of possibilities for customization. There are two parts to adding items to the service catalog...

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Windows Intune: Software

This part of an ongoing series about Windows Intune. This part will focus on deploying software with Windows Intune. This section is mainly for Windows-based clients, as iOS and Android must go through their respective app stores. Intune Software Publisher The first step is to install the Intune Software Publisher. This will automatically download if Intune does not see it...

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Windows Intune: Groups and Updates

This is part of an ongoing series about Windows Intune. This week will focus on groups and updates. Groups In Intune, groups work similarly to collections in SCCM. You can group devices and users for various tasks, such as organization or deployment of software. Just like with collections in SCCM, membership can be based on criteria (similar to queries) or...

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Windows Intune: Policy

This is part of a continuing series about Windows Intune. This section will focus on creating policies for the different types of clients. If you are familiar with setting client policies in SCCM, this will be very similar. Adding Policies To add a policy, click “Add Policy” under Tasks in the Policy node of the web interface. There will be...

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