My Sessions at the Midwest Management Summit

I am really honored to have been a speaker at the first ever Midwest Management Summit (aka the new MMS), that took place November 10th – 12th in Minnesota.  This event was the who’s who of systems management and did not disappoint.  There were over 100 sessions delivered in three days by 50+ experts (which included 32 Microsoft […]

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New Intune Capabilities

  Awesome new Intune capabilities. The new Intune standalone features include: Enhanced user interface for Intune administration console Ability to restrict access to Exchange on-premises email based upon device enrollment Bulk enrollment of devices using a single service account Lockdown of Supervised iOS devices and devices using Samsung KNOX with Kiosk mode Targeting of policies […]

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Tool to change Security Scopes in ConfigMgr!

At MMS someone mentioned there was no good way to mass change scopes in an environment. You have to click on each item and edit the scope in order to change it. I’ve never been a fan of clicking that much, so I decided to make a tool to make it easy to change scopes! Just tell this tool what...

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Hotfix extends client notification in System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager to MDM devices

Players, I had a bit of a panic induced call from a former client this morning because it took to long time to wipe a device from SCCM. Luckily there is a hotfix for this. He applied it and … as if my magic, the issue went away, we were unable to test this on Android devices, but his iOS and Windows 8.1 devices were all wiping a lot faster. Prerequisites To apply this hotfix, you must have CU3 for System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager installed. Restart information You do not have to restart the computer after you apply this hotfix. Hotfix can be found here http://support2.microsoft.com/kb/2990658/en-us Enjoy @Heinrich_Pelser

Read the complete blog: http://thedesktopteam.com/blog/heinrich/hotfix-extends-client-notification-in-system-center-2012-r2-configuration-manager-to-mdm-devices/

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SCCM 2012 R2 – Visual Studio 2013

Hi All, have you ever tried to install Visual Studio 2013 with SCCM 2012 R2? Well, a client of mine tried and it failed. the error he was getting was to install the user running the installer to the group Performance Log users. as you can imagine, the user running the action is SYSTEM… i have tested it with VS2012 Update 2 and the installer worked fine, and back in the company, we downloaded the new version (Update 3) and it was failing. once i did another test with Update 3 at home, it failed. because this, we had to create a script using psexec to be able to install the VS, but what does this script do? Simple, it create a local user and add it on the local administration group. it execute the vs installer via psexec as the created user once the installer is done, it removes…

Read the complete blog: http://thedesktopteam.com/blog/raphael/sccm-2012-r2-visual-studio-2013/

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System Center 2012 Configuration Manager – Software Update Point Monitoring Failing

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Recently had an issue with my lab where my HTTPS Software Update Point was throwing some errors.  The SMS_WSUS_Control_Manager was show that it was failing to monitor the WSUS Server. WSUS Control Manager failed to monitor WSUS Server “CM04.LAB.LOCAL”. Possible cause: WSUS Server version 3.0 SP2 or above is not installed or cannot be contacted. […]

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SCCM 2012 R2 SMSTS.LOG location

Players, I’m literately sitting in a meeting room, and the conversation is focused on OSD with SCCM 2012 R2 and some of the difficulties the deployment guys face when they are troubleshooting task sequences. They complained about the log file location (mainly the smsts.log) and how it keeps changing location. Truth is, it has to, because quite a few things happen during a task sequence, as Im sure you understand. So here are the locations of the smsts.log during a typical deployment … 1. It will start here x:\windows\temp\smstslog\smsts.log during a PXE boot and will stay here until the disk is formatted. 2. Once the drive has been formatted, it changes location to here x:\smstslog\smsts.log and c:\_SMSTaskSequence\Logs\Smstslog\smsts.log 3. Once you’re in Windows and the SCCM agent hasn’t been installed the log files are here c:\_SMSTaskSequence\Logs\Smstslog\smsts.log 4. Once you’re in windows and SCCM agent is installed, but the task sequence inst complete the log file can be…

Read the complete blog: http://thedesktopteam.com/blog/heinrich/sccm-2012-r2-smsts-log-location/

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ConfiMgr 2012 R2 Health Check toolkit – Beta 02

Summary we started developing it back in 2012 (with 1st version released in April 2013) to check the health of a SCCM 2007 environment and in October 2013 (about 1 year ago), we released the 1st version for 2012 environment. This tools has been created to check for problem/misconfiguration in the environment and, when possible, will provide you with some solutions for problems. And today, we’re proud to announce a new version of our ConfiMgr 2012 R2 Health Check toolkit, our beta 02 version. This version contains a series of bug fixes, performance improvements as well as new functionality as we can summarize bellow: Fixed hierarchy connection added debug mode to record log queries fixed some queries issues, where queries where returning more data or not return any data at all fixed bug when collecting Roles Installed fixed bug when collecting service status added information about issues found added possible…

Read the complete blog: http://thedesktopteam.com/blog/raphael/confimgr-2012-r2-health-check-toolkit-beta-02/

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Disable First Logon Animation in Windows 8.1 (SCCM 2012 and MDT)

Players, I thought I’d share this simple little tip to disable that annoying “Hi” screen when you login for the first time after a fresh build. You know this screen …  I created a registry key to disable the animation when you first login and added it to my task sequence as a package. Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00 [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System] “EnableFirstLogonAnimation”=dword:00000000 The command line that I used was a follows … regedit.exe /S Disable_First_Run_Animation.reg And if you want to disable this via GPO – you can change these settings to disable the message once you’re on the domain: Computer Configuration\Administrative Templates\System\Logon\Show first sign-in animation Enjoy. H  

Read the complete blog: http://thedesktopteam.com/blog/heinrich/disable-first-logon-animation-in-windows-8-1-sccm-2012-mdt-heinrich_pelser/

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Windows 10. Top 6.4 things you want to know

Players, Windows 10. Excited? Well you should be. Or maybe you shouldn’t. I don’t know about you, but my entire body is numb with the constant barrage of “new and totally awesome this time round, we promise software” from Microsoft. Here is some stuff you might want to know. 1. Windows 10 for Business If it wasn’t for enterprise clients, Microsoft would be dead. So tailoring a new OS that will replace, well, Windows 7, is a must. The “vision” is that end users will have an intuitive and much more familiar desktop experience as things are taking a step back into the norm. There is also a promise that management of Windows 10 can be done with existing enterprise solutions such as System Center or InTune. The push is towards the cloud and we will see more and more releases from Microsoft that will introduce cloud bases management of enterprise kit and data….

Read the complete blog: http://thedesktopteam.com/blog/heinrich/heinrich_pelser-windows-10-top-6-4-things-you-want-to-know/

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10 #1 best practices for OS Deployment with ConfigMgr 2012 R2

Here’s a quick list of the links from my TechEd Europe session this morning.  More info to follow over the next few weeks! “KISS—start simple, and work your way toward complexity.” – Rob Marshall “Automate process to import drivers and create driver packages.” – Kent Agerlund and “Automate, Automate, Automate. Manually building images is not […]

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