Managing Mac’s using Parallels: Introduction

Parallels is known for running Windows in a virtual environment on your Mac. It is the premiere software program for doing this. They also have another product – an SCCM plugin that allows for Mac management with SCCM. Detailed information, white papers, and contact information can be found here. Advantages The primary advantage of using the Parallels plugin over native...

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Windows Azure: Creating VM’s and SQL Databases

This is part of an ongoing series about Windows Azure. See this blog post for an introduction to Azure. This part in the series will focus on creating and managing virtual machines and SQL databases. Pricing for everything covered in this post can be found on the Windows Azure website. Virtual Machines To create a virtual machine, click the “New”...

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Windows Azure: Virtual Networking

This post is part of a continuing series on Windows Azure. For an introduction, please see last week’s article. This article will focus on virtual networking in Azure. This is the first step in creating your virtual cloud environment. By using Azure virtual networks, you can also connect your virtual machines and resources in Azure to your on premise network....

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Microsoft Azure: Introduction

This will be the first part in an ongoing series about Microsoft Azure. Azure is Microsoft’s offering in the cloud computing/server space. Azure allows organizations from a small businesses to Fortune 500 companies have a cloud presence and take advantage of having their services in a data center that is guaranteed to have 99.9% uptime. You began using Azure with...

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EMET: Enhanced Mitigation Experience Toolkit

EMET is a product from Microsoft that further restricts access to system-level files, folders, and processes. It is like a step above User Access Control. It can be used to restrict access and keep a computer safe. Users primarily use it to mitigate risks associated with browser plugins that are known vectors for infecting computers. When set up properly, this...

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SCCM Compliance Settings: Software Version

This article is part of an ongoing series about Compliance Settings. This article will focus on using compliance settings to ensure that all of your devices have the most up-to-date version of a particular piece of software. I am going to use the VMware Horizon View Client as my example. Application Collection First, we must isolate all devices with a...

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SCCM Compliance Settings: SCCM Client Version

The post will detail the configuration to set up Compliance Settings (formally Desired Configuration Manager) to monitor the versions of the SCCM client that you are running. This is part of an ongoing series are Compliance Settings. See this post for a detailed introduction of  CM 2012 SP1 Compliance Settings. Configuration Item We must first create our configuration item. Navigate...

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SCCM Compliance Settings: Services

Compliance Settings, formally Desired Configuration Manager, is a very powerful feature of SCCM. It allows you to set up configuration baselines, and then do something about them. You can create collections, or just have a report of clients that are not compliant. This post will focus on making sure services are installed and in a particular state. Visit this post for...

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Shavlik Third-Party Patch Management

Shavlik is a third party patch management add-on for Configuration Manager. It brings in updates for Adobe, Java, and Firefox, just to name a few. It publishes these updates just like any other Windows update. Shavlik used to rely on System Center Update Publisher (SCUP). It would fill in the catalog and then the administrator would publish the updates to...

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Microsoft App-V 5.0: Sequencer

This is the second part of a series about App-V 5.0. Part one focused on integrating App-V with SCCM, how to install the App-V client, and some common scenarios where App-V may be appropriate. Part one can be found here: http://www.windowsmanagementexperts.com/microsoft-app-v-5-0-cm-2012-integration/microsoft-app-v-5-0-cm-2012-integration.htm. This part in the series will focus on the App-V sequencer. I will take you through sequencing a simple...

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Microsoft App-V 5.0: CM 2012 Integration

This is the first in a two-part series about App-V 5.0 and how it integrates with Configuration Manager 2012. It will also detail some common scenarios where App-V may be appropriate. Next week we will talk about the App-V Sequencer. These posts will not cover anything to with the standalone server version of App-V 5.0. The first thing you should...

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Clean Up Active Directory and CM 2012 with Orchestrator

This article is in a continuing series about using Orchestrator to automate tasks in CM 2012. See the Windows Management Experts Blog for more articles. Keeping your AD and CM 2012 environment clean of old objects is key to making sure that you can get accurate and relevant information for your environment. Actually keeping these old and unused objects out...

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