Introduction to the ConfigMgr Servicing Extension

Microsoft recently released the BETA version of the Configuration Manager Servicing Extension to the ConfigMgr Console. It is available to download via Connect. https://connect.microsoft.com/ConfigurationManagervnext/Downloads/DownloadDetails.aspx?DownloadID=53752 I have really enjoyed the recently little ‘add-ons’ and utilities Microsoft has been releasing for ConfigMgr. Support Center being the first, and now the Servicing Extension. Installation The installation is just an .msi, so you can deploy this to...

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How to Uninstall Lync 2010 using ConfigMgr 2012

  Once you’ve deployed Office 2013, with integrated Lync 2013; you may have noticed that Lync 2010 is still installed. And, that Lync 2010 does not always uninstall cleanly. Here’s how to remove Lync 2010. Create a task sequence. Add > General > Run command Line Rename Name: Taskkill – Communicator Copy/paste into the command […]

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TheDesktopTeam Classroom – Introduction to SCCM 2012 R2

Hi All, the last few weeks we have been busy working on, what we call, TheDesktopTeam Classrom. This is basically a format of online videos we’ll be delivering. We are working hard on the content and will be posting not only videos about SCCM, but also Active Directory, MDT, OS Deployment, etc. The video was recorded at 1920 × 1080, so full screen recommended. To download the video, right click as save as here and here for the slides. I hope you’ll enjoy and if you have any questions, please contact us or twit your question to @TheDesktopTeam and we’ll try to answer as soon as we can.

Read the complete blog: http://thedesktopteam.com/blog/raphael/thedesktopteam-classroom-introduction-to-sccm-2012-r2/

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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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DaRT delayed load in ConfigMgr task sequence – Use Toolkit Package

We use 1E NomadBranch so our builds spend almost an hour in WinPE (pre-caching content) before booting into Windows. There are not many steps but sometimes there can be failures and we cannot always rely on the logs to be properly saved using SLSHARE. DaRT can be very useful here to allow remote access to WinPE. See Johan’s post to get it setup: http://www.deploymentresearch.com/Research/tabid/62/EntryId/131/Adding-DaRT-8-1-from-MDOP-2013-R2-to-ConfigMgr-2012-R2.aspx...

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Event – People Centric IT

Hi All, I know that has been a while since the last post, a bit more than 1 month to be exactly. During this time, i have been busy creating and delivering couple of presentations (Birmingham and Reading) as well as creating content for this site (a blog post about this will happen soon :) ).. Birmingham i presented 4 sessions, (yes, i think people had too much of me that day) and Reading only 1…but was recorded, so once online i’ll post the link for you that missed. anyway, here you can download my presentations: BYOD & CYOD MDM with SCCM & Intune OSD And for those at the locations, send me an email (raphael AT rflsystems DOT co DOT uk) and you’ll be entering in a draw to win a copy of my e-book

Read the complete blog: http://thedesktopteam.com/blog/raphael/event-people-centric-it/

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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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ConfigMgr 2012 Index Optimization

A recent blog post on index defragmentation and comments deserve some space here. The blog: http://blogs.technet.com/b/smartinez/archive/2014/03/28/talking-database-in-configmgr.aspx The blog does a really good job exposing how the Index optimizer decides to rebuild indexes. That is a good thing! Lets walk through some of the key points: This query is what ConfigMgr executes when running the Rebuild […]

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