Microsoft Office 365 on iPad

By Vincent Brasseur Few weeks ago, Microsoft has announced the availability of Office 365 for iPad. The licensing terms related to the use of the Microsoft Office suite on mobile devices, including the iPad, are confusing. There are different Microsoft offerings covering its use; there are also different ways to access Microsoft Office from a mobile device. Some organizations and users may already be entitled to use the product in this environment, others may require additional licenses. Office 365 is a cloud offering that includes Microsoft Office products. These products are installed locally on devices, but Office 365 also allows…

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Software Update Postmortem: Bruises and Lessons Learned

“My software update was terrible.” Hopefully, no one has said this about your software update, but the reality is that many companies have been there. Since just about every software company in the world provides updates, good preparation is essential. Users expect a smooth, trouble-free experience beginning with the installation through usage of the software. Since the installation is where everything begins, do you have a strategy for creating an update-friendly Windows MSI installer? This white paper, Designing an Update Friendly MSI Installation, can help. It discusses how to design your original Windows Installer setup project to prepare it for…

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Windows Update Agent: Stand-alone Installer Returns

Not sure if it was my griping, kicking, screaming, and general whining to the right people (let’s just say it was), but someone finally came to their senses on the team that controls the Windows Update Agent (WUA) at Microsoft. Today they released an updated stand-alone installer that can be pushed out by ConfigMgr to update the WUA to the latest version; this is detailed in a blog post released on the ConfigMgr Team Blog and KB2887535. This effectively makes the following two posts on this blog OBE (for now at least):

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Version 1.6.7 Released: ConfigMgr Startup Script Updated

A couple of smaller updates to the startup script including a new feature and a bug fix: – The new feature is the ability to delete a registry value. I added this for a recent engagement involving a divestiture where the former parent company was using the ConfigMgr GPO to assign the client site. Because the GPO for this tattoos the registry instead of being a true policy, I needed an easy way to delete the value. – The bug fix, thanks to Mr. Johan (aka Mr. OSD), is for…read more

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How to deploy a SMA worker via Powershell DSC

In my previous article around Powershell DSC I demonstrated some very basic example of what DSC can do. This article will go a bit deeper and show you a complete solution where Desired State Configuration can come in very handy. I recently needed to deploy a couple of SMA (Service Management Automation) Runbook Worker machines. In this case I did not want to install them all manually, as I tend to forget some of the software requirements and I also don’t want to install too many unneeded server roles and features. I couldn’t find anything on the internet, so I thought I’d create a DSC config that will install all … Continue reading

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Largest collection of FREE Microsoft eBooks ever

FREE Microsoft eBooks! Who doesn’t love FREE Microsoft eBooks? Well, for the past few years, I’ve provided posts containing almost 150 FREE Microsoft eBooks and my readers, new and existing, have loved these posts so much that they downloaded over 3.5 Million free eBooks as of last June, including over 1,000,000 in a single week last year (and many, many...

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What is a Management Information Format (MIF) File?

By Garth Jones Whether you are using Configuration Manager 2012, 2007, or SMS there are two different types of Management Information Format (MIF) files (sort of). The first type of MIF file that I am referring to is defined in the Configuration Manager 2007 docs as the following: “Management Information Format (MIF) files can be used to extend hardware inventory...

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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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