New Tool for Creating Configuration Manager 2012 Report Reader AD Security Groups

By Garth Jones Recently I ran into an issue at a client’s where a non-ConfigMgr 2012 Administrator could run all of his organization’s SSRS reports, but none of them were populated with data (see the example screenshot below). I asked them to use Brian Mason’s Report User Security Role tool because I suspected that their reports weren’t populating because they...

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Simplifying Your Windows 10 OS Deployment with an Enterprise App Store

By Jason Snook, Practice Manager at Flexera Software Later this summer, Microsoft will release Windows 10. Windows 10 is a unified platform that runs on computer devices, tablets, and mobile phones, and enterprises are expected to widely adopt the new platform. Unfortunately, some enterprises view OS migrations as a single point in time event and most of the solutions and processes they developed for the Windows 7 migration were thrown away, and must be developed again for the next migration project. This is extremely costly and leaves no lasting solution, or value for continually updating systems and applications. When delivering…

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Becoming a SCCM automation hero: SCCM & PowerShell automation course

Hi all Are you looking to be the SCCM automation hero? Look no further with my SCCM & PowerShell automation course I’ll be delivering a 3 days online course next July. The next course is scheduled to happen on 08, 09 and 10 July 2015 In this class, you’ll learn how to use Windows PowerShell to automate the deployment and management of a SCCM 2012 R2 environment What you’ll see/learn* – Overview of Automation, PowerShell and WMI – PowerShell, the basics – Tools & Resources – Deploying and Managing sites – Deploying and managing site system roles – Administrative Tasks – Assets and Compliance Tasks – Software Library Tasks – Console Extension – custom scripts and custom forms – Client Management (including Remote Management) *it may be subject to change During this course, you’ll have remote access to a lab environment where you will be able to learn while using….

Read the complete blog: http://thedesktopteam.com/blog/raphael/becoming-a-sccm-automation-hero-sccm-powershell-automation-course/

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Operations Management Suite in SCSM Console

Today I was playing around with Service Manager and decided to add a view for Operations Management Suite in the Service Manager Console. I have placed it in a management pack for use in other Service Manager environments. I have uploaded the management pack to TechNet Gallery. Once you load the management pack an Operations […]

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Can’t change SCOM agents Primary Management SVR in SCOM Console

Problem: When in SCOM you go to change the primary management server on a SCOM agent but you cannot. It is grayed out. More details about this issue referenced on the following links: https://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/systemcenter/en-US/c5214222-0cc3-4da5-a40e-64cbeff91573/r2-cannot-change-primary-management-server?forum=operationsmanagergeneral http://www.systemcentercentral.com/forums-archive/topic/moving-agents-from-one-gateway-server-to-another/ I built a quick script to help with this. It can be used in any SCOM environment. Details are as […]

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SCCM 2012 – Add-CMDeploymentTypeGlobalCondition

Hi All, when i was preparing the presentation for the thedesktopteam workshop day last year (http://thedesktopteam.com/blog/raphael/workshop-day-5th-april-2014-london/), i created few scripts to add requirements to a existing application/deployment type. by the time, i tought that this was too advanced for what i wanted to deliver on that workshop and because work related stuff, i never had a change to publish it. Few days back, i was speaking with Rick and he told me that it was impossible to achieve some of the requirements via script/powershell and i said it was possible and i had a script for it. what he was trying to do is to add a OS requiement for an application. to clarify my answer, the ConfigMgr console is also a “script” language. of course, it probably uses c# or c++, but it is a compiled script, so if they can, any other scripting language also can do, we…

Read the complete blog: http://thedesktopteam.com/blog/raphael/sccm-2012-add-cmdeploymenttypeglobalcondition/

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An Enterprise App Store Can Provide Access to Technology Business Users Need Daily

In a recent Forbes article, “You Have The IT Department You Deserve”, by Peter High, Mark Sunday, CIO of Oracle outlines his thoughts on how IT should be driving higher levels of value to their business. What do IT leaders need to do in order to improve IT’s performance and its image? Ensure that the basics of IT are operating flawlessly If people do not have consistent and flawless access to data and to the technological tools they need on a daily basis, IT will not have the credibility to become more strategic IT must simplify its portfolio. This means…

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Installing the Service Manager Self Service Portal (SSP) on Windows Server 2012 R2

When Microsoft released System Center 2012 R2 Service Manager in October 2013, I was quite suprised that the server the webparts for the Self Service Portal only were supported on SharePoint 2010. At that time, installing SharePoint 2010 was only supported on Windows Server 2008 R2. Luckely somewhere around May 2014 Microsoft released Service Pack […]

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Configuration Manager 2012 R2, SSRS and Windows Authorization Access Group

By Garth Jones In order for Configuration Manager 2012 R2 (CM12 R2) to use the Role-Based Administration (RBA) feature within SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS), the SSRS execution account (EA) needs to be able to determine who is running the report. Then the EA will determine what CM12 rights the user has before displaying the report results. In some cases...

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Delivering Winning Installations – Real Company Stories

Whether you’re looking for ways to improve building installations or trying to make a business case for using an installation tool, these “true tales” of installation offer great ideas and showcase true results. Learn how Websense uses InstallAnywhere to build a single installation project that works for every platform they target Explore how Clearion Software saved time and increased reliability by standardizing on one installation platform using InstallShield Download these case studies today to discover how to turn your challenges into a success story. InstallShield® is the world’s leading Windows installation development solution. InstallShield is designed to enable development teams…

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Be careful on what you sign

Hi all As you may be aware, I’m partner at Xinfra (http://www.xinfra.co.uk) and my role there is CTO, basically this is part of my role as the company grows. The main role is being principal consultant, it means that I’m always onsite. However, from time to time when things at Xinfra is slow, I wear my contractor hat for few weeks until things start catching up again. This time of the year is a good example, UK school half term, just after Easter, so I had to wear my contractor hat again and when this happen, I need sign some paperwork. Last week, I was speaking with a company and after few phone conversation and interviews  I finally got a face-to-face interview. But before the day before the interview  I got the contract and started reading and noticed some things: 1- there was nothing saying working hours, but was saying…

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Webinar: Core Best Practices to Drive Software Asset Management Success

By John Emmitt Flexera Software is pleased to host Gartner Research Director, Victoria Barber, for a webinar on Core Best Practices to Drive Software Asset Management Success. Victoria is all about SAM processes and has recently published a research note on this topic: Gartner Research: Core Practices to Drive Software Asset Management Consistency and Excellence. Software asset managers face a number of challenges: Managing license entitlements effectively Maintaining software license compliance Understanding software asset management roles and responsibilities in a changing market Ensuring continuous improvement of data quality, analysis and accountability Implementing or amending processes to ensure consistency and control…

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