Parallels Mac Management for SCCM review (part 1)

At TechEd North America I came across the booth from Parallels and they were advertising with a product called Parallels Mac Management for ConfigMgr. Parallels Mac Management for SCCM was awarded with the “The Best of TechEd award”. So for me worthwhile looking at and of course everything that integrates with ConfigMgr 2012 attracts my attention This blog is a review...

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Enabling Remote Administration on a Mac OS X device with Compliance Settings

In the past three blogs you have seen how to change a user preference, how to change the background and how to change a system preference by changing the logon window text. In this blog I want to show you that you are also able to enable remote administration, including VNC access and that you are able to manage or...

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How to set background of Mac OS X with ConfigMgr 2012 R2

While Apple is slightly changing how preferences are stored. For instance, until Mac OS X Mountain Lion the background was managed in the preferences located in file ~\Library\Preferences\com.apple.desktop.plist . You could easily change the background key in this file. With the release of Mac OS X Mavericks this setting is moved to a database file instead of preference file. The...

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How to set user preferences in Mac OS X 10.x with ConfigMgr 2012 R2

Yesterday I presented a session about Mastering Apple OS X with Configuration Manager 2012 R2 at the Swiss Configuration Manager User Group in Bern. Mac OS X support by Configuration Manager 2012 R2 has two ways of supporting Settings Management namely, managing settings through preferences directly or managing it through Shell Scripts. One of the things I showed was the ability...

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Sample #PowerShell code for my TechEd Session – Demo 2 – Create Collections and Maintenance Windows for Server Patching.

Here’s an example of creating collections (with maintenance windows) for server patching. Start with a .csv of servers, and the desired patch window (download sample csv). You then run the PowerShell script to group the systems and populate new collections. Download Script… (if you’re having trouble with copy/paste of the code, or if code doesn’t […]

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How to minimize your ConfigMgr Footprint with 1E

I will be presenting the next 1E webinar – Minimize your ConfigMgr Footprint and Maximize Reliability and Performance.  So if you are currently planning your new ConfigMgr 2012 design or you are looking at ways to trim back your current ConfigMgr 2012 hierarchy, join me on Thursday, May 22nd at 11:00 ET and learn how this can be easily achieved with […]

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Running Actions Based on ConfigMgr Status Filter Rules with PowerShell

Here is an example of running a custom action when an Application is deployed (based on status filter rule). Save this script as “C:\Scripts\StatusFilter\NoSecretDeployments.ps1″ Now create a new application, and observe NoSecretDeployments.log in c:\scripts\statusfilter. You can also debug the execution by reviewing statmgr.log: In this example, you see how we can easily write the information […]

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