Our favorite SCCM 2012 R2 SP1 New features

Microsoft announced the release of SCCM 2012 SP2 and SCCM 2012 R2 SP1. This service pack includes tons of new features. We covered the complete installation, now we decided to compile a list of our favorite SCCM 2012 R2 SP1 new features and we’ll be describing how to enable them and explain why they made the cut. Preferred Management Points Official description from Technet : Preferred… Read More »

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How Do You Wipe Clean a Hard Drive?

By Garth Jones Similar to many IT professionals, I often receive requests from friends and family about how to wipe sensitive data from old computers. Usually what I suggest, and do myself, is to pull the hard drive out and stock pile it. I know this isn’t always the most practical or secure solution, although it reminds me of my...

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Microsoft Intune App-layer – Manage your own App

In the first blog of this series we looked at what the features of Microsoft Intune App-Layer protection are, in the second blog we wrapped a custom application with the Microsoft Intune Application Wrapper. So now that we have a custom application and an application enabled for management via Microsoft Intune that we are able to deploy them via Microsoft...

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SCCM 2012 – Powershell for Creating iOS Store Apps

Hi All, Have you ever need an application/dt based on an iTunes link? if yes, you know how time consuming it is and the experience is not great. Based on this, i’ve created this powershell that will, from a itunes link, identify the name of the application, publisher, category and create a new application (if needed) as well as a new deployment type called iOS, also if needed. to use this powershell, you need to pass the sdkserver and the sitecode as well as a text file with the iTunes links (1 per line) the text file should look like the following: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/microsoft-word/id586447913?mt=8 https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/microsoft-powerpoint/id586449534?mt=8 https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/microsoft-excel/id586683407?mt=8 the command line would look like: .\ImportiTunesApplication.ps1 -sdkserver “SRV0007″ -sitecode “CLC” -filename “c:\temp\ituneslist.txt” at the end, you’ll see all apps being created [crayon-54afae865b366193407282/]  

Read the complete blog: http://thedesktopteam.com/blog/raphael/sccm-2012-powershell-for-creating-ios-store-apps/

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SCCM 2012 R2 – Driver Packages (Specific driver packages to specific devices)

Players, When it comes to driver packages and deploying Windows to multiple hardware variants using the same task sequence, every man and his dog has a way of doing it. Some of us like to be precise and other don’t mind how this is configured as long as all the drivers are on the DP and they get onto machines one way or another … So, lets pretend that we want to be a little more specific with drivers and we don’t like “Auto Deploy” as we have taken the time to create individual driver packages for each hardware variant. Here is some guidance on how to deploy specific driver packages to specific devices via the task sequence. 1. We need to know what the model name is for the specific machine/s first. So open command prompt (or PowerShell if you want to look cool) and type WMIC Computersystem GET Model you should get…

Read the complete blog: http://thedesktopteam.com/blog/heinrich/sccm-2012-r2-driver-packages-specific-driver-packages-to-specific-devices/

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Free Disk Space Data and ConfigMgr 2012

By Garth Jones This question comes up from time to time, “I am not getting Free Disk Space (MB) data in Hardware 01A – Summary of computers in a specific collection report. Why?” The answer is simple. Free disk space data is not collected in System Center 2012 Configuration Manager (CM12) by default, so in order to collect this information...

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What if Windows 8.1 had intelligence and no-one cared?

I am currently working on a Windows 8.1 deployment that will end up on quite a few tablets used in retail stores. Interesting project from a requirements perspective, because usually I never had to worry about machines being stolen by customers that much New Feature in Windows 8.1 Update Of course, I am deploying Windows 8.1 Update (latest and greatest!) to these tablets which is easy. Create a Build & Capture Task Sequence in MDT and afterwards deploy it with whatever you like. I have to stick to MDT as a deployment tool for the time being, as the customer has not yet upgraded their ConfigMgr environment to 2012 R2. … Continue reading

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What if Windows 8.1 had intelligence and no-one cared?

I am currently working on a Windows 8.1 deployment that will end up on quite a few tablets used in retail stores. Interesting project from a requirements perspective, because usually I never had to worry about machines being stolen by customers that much New Feature in Windows 8.1 Update Of course, I am deploying Windows 8.1 Update (latest and greatest!) to these tablets which is easy. Create a Build & Capture Task Sequence in MDT and afterwards deploy it with whatever you like. I have to stick to MDT as a deployment tool for the time being, as the customer has not yet upgraded their ConfigMgr environment to 2012 R2. […]

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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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Considerations to Keep in Mind While Deploying SSD in your IT Environment

Solid State Drives (SSD) offer high performance and low latency and for this very reason, storage admins are now evaluating the need to deploy SSD in their IT environment. There are also other reasons why SSDs are better for certain environments – speed, high availability, faster file access, quick to boot up, and so on. Storage admins often fire fight,...

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My Image Mule

While attending SCU 2014 (at the Alamo in Denver) someone mentioned using SSD during their presentation and it brought up some conversations in our audience about using SSDs for deployment testing so I thought I would share what we use for our deployme…

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