New UR’s for SC 2012 R2 & SP1, Updated Exchange 13 MP & more

Wow another exciting day for Microsoft and specifically System Center! Microsoft is moving at a fast pace and doing some cool things. There were several announcements today. These included: Update Rollup 4 for System Center 2012 R2 http://aka.ms/yktkfk App Controller is not included in this. I am not surprised by this. Configuration Manager and Orchestrator […]

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ConfigMgr evaluation expired – what now?

I just rescued myself out of a pretty embarrassing situation… My home lab is managed by ConfigMgr and I am using the eval version for it, all good so far. System Center 2012 eval versions are valid for 180 days, after that you either need to reinstall them or add a license key, whichever you like.   How to add a license key to Configuration Manager post install Adding the license key to ConfigMgr post install is pretty easy. Just run the setup.exe from your local ConfigMgr Installation directory. DO NOT use the installation media, it won’t work! Choose “Perform Site Maintenance or reset this site”: The next page normally … Continue reading

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ConfigMgr Application catalog broken

I just had an issue at a customer’s site where the ConfigMgr Application Catalogs would complain. Here’s the quick and easy solution to it. Server Error in ‘/CMApplicationCatalog’ Application This customer does quite a lot of customisation on their servers. Granting permissions, taking them away, redirecting folders from here to there. They for example redirect the system temp to C:\temp and take away all the permissions the user ‘Local Service’ has to that temp directory. As soon as I added ‘Local Service’ again with full permissions, all was fine and the ConfigMgr Application Catalog started up again. – David

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ConfigMgr Application catalog broken

I just had an issue at a customer’s site where the ConfigMgr Application Catalogs would complain. Here’s the quick and easy solution to it. Server Error in ‘/CMApplicationCatalog’ Application This customer does quite a lot of customisation on their servers. Granting permissions, taking them away, redirecting folders from here to there. They for example redirect the system temp to C:\temp and take away all the permissions the user ‘Local Service’ has to that temp directory. As soon as I added ‘Local Service’ again with full permissions, all was fine and the ConfigMgr Application Catalog started up again. – David

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Second year as MVP for Enterprise Client Management

Today I got the probably most important email in October 2014. On the day that Microsoft announced Windows 10, Microsoft re-awarded me for the second time with a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional Award for Enterprise Client Management. This expertise includes Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager (ConfigMgr / SCCM) and Intune / MDM. I am very thankful for this award and couldn’t have achieved all this without my always understanding wife Sandra. Becoming an MVP means working late, travelling to events (most of them on the weekends) and mainly doing stuff non-IT people consider ‘work’ and as such think is a waste of time I’m looking forward to another very exciting … Continue reading

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Second year as MVP for Enterprise Client Management

Today I got the probably most important email in October 2014. On the day that Microsoft announced Windows 10, Microsoft re-awarded me for the second time with a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional Award for Enterprise Client Management. This expertise includes Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager (ConfigMgr / SCCM) and Intune / MDM. I am very thankful for this award and couldn’t have achieved all this without my always understanding wife Sandra. Becoming an MVP means working late, travelling to events (most of them on the weekends) and mainly doing stuff non-IT people consider ‘work’ and as such think is a waste of time I’m looking forward to another very exciting […]

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ConfigMgr uber-Hydration Kit v0.9 with Powershell DSC

Are you a ConfigMgr (or SCCM) administrator? Are you sometimes (or often, like me) in a position where you need to rebuild your ConfigMgr 2012 lab environment? I, again, was in that situation and just came out of a very interesting discussion with a co-worker and thought to myself, why not use Desired State Configuration to do all that? I am calling it uber-Hydration Kit, but to be fair, it’s not 100% automated yet. There are still a couple of things that need to be done manually. I will explain later on, that is why it is still at version 0.9. Enter: Powershell Desired State Configuration I have already used […]

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ConfigMgr uber-Hydration Kit v0.9 with Powershell DSC

Are you a ConfigMgr (or SCCM) administrator? Are you sometimes (or often, like me) in a position where you need to rebuild your ConfigMgr 2012 lab environment? I, again, was in that situation and just came out of a very interesting discussion with a co-worker and thought to myself, why not use Desired State Configuration to do all that? I am calling it uber-Hydration Kit, but to be fair, it’s not 100% automated yet. There are still a couple of things that need to be done manually. I will explain later on, that is why it is still at version 0.9. Enter: Powershell Desired State Configuration I have already used … Continue reading

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Microsoft Private & Public Cloud Poster

On August 1st Microsoft released a new Cloud Ecosystem poster. Microsoft has a great Public and Private cloud story. With Microsoft technologies On-premises and public Azure and other Microsoft public cloud technologies such as Intune are really tied together. Microsoft Private and Public cloud consist of Windows Server 2012 R2, System Center 2012 R2 and […]

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