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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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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iPhone Keyboard Accessories

Up until recently I haven’t really acknowledged a need for a keyboard on the wave of mobile platforms and devices with touchscreens. With the future of Blackberry still worrying many corporate IT staff, the idea of adding a keyboard to an existing touchscreen mobile device could be very appealing and perhaps the best of both worlds.  Several Android manufactures, such...

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iPhone 5S in the Enterprise

In the regular yearly Apple announcements today, apart from the new colorful iPhone 5C, probably the most interesting is the new iPhone 5S, that supports the new A7 CPU running a 64-bit architecture. It will also support 32-bit applications. I would assume that enterprise applications will need to be compiled in 32-bit to run on all the iOS devices, and...

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How to Find Missing Monitors Using a Partial Serial Number

Recently we worked with a number of our clients to enhance the features of Monitor Information Reporting.  One of the items that many of them were looking for was a way to locate monitors based on a serial number or a partial serial number. One of the major reasons for knowing this information was to locate leased computer equipment. In...

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SCCM 2012: Deploying Dell BIOS Updates using the Application Model

During a recent migration from SCCM 2007 to SCCM 2012 SP1, I wanted to really start taking advantage of the new Application Model for software and driver deployments. My goal was simple, to create an Application that would deploy any Dell BIOS Update, to any applicable system, and handle daisy-chaining and even reboots. All this without (much) scripting. The process...

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Dell Server Deployment Pack Ver 2.1 for ConfigMgr Released

Dell has released the Server Deployment Pack version 2.1 for System Center Configuration Manager, supporting ConfigMgr versions, 2012, 2012 SP1, 2007 R2, 2007 SP2, and 2007 R3. The Server Deployment Pack enables you to use ConfigMgr to configure, create images, and deploy Dell-manufactured servers. Grab the 82MB download from here:  Dell Server Deployment Pack Ver 2.1 for Microsoft SCCM

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