Where after Windows 10? Computer Weekly 500 Club event.

Last week I had the pleasure to present at the Computer Weekly 500 Club. An event for IT leaders that, every month, talks about a different subject about modern challenges faced by organizations. I was invited as one of the three speakers for the night along with Ian Turfrey, IT Director at City & Guilds and Andy Beale, Director of Common Technology Services for GDS. The topic of the month was the future of desktop and technology in general after Windows 10 is released. Conversations were very diverse and the round table discussed very interesting topics proposed by the audience. A great article with the main topics of the events was published on the Computer Weekly website. Check it out. For those who missed the event, here is a brief intro video recorded on the night. Cheers David Nudelman

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6th MVP Award, a thank you post

Great news! I’ve been awarded as Microsoft MVP for the 6th time. It is a great honour to accomplish that. 2014 was a very challenging year, with the loss of my dear mother and a lot of good hard work going unnoticed. Fortunately, with the support of some great people, I can move on and achieve great things. ♪♫ I get by with a little help from my friends ♪♫ I would like to thank “The Desktop Team”, Raphael Perez and Heinrich Pelser for the motivation and for never giving up on me. The ITPRO.es community for being the best group of crazy friends someone can have. Dani Alonso, Miguel Hernandez y Carlos Luengo helped me through this complicated year. And I would like to thank Cristina Gonzalez, a lot, for the continuous support. A big thank you! David Nudelman

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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

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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….

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@Heinrich_Pelser SCCM 2012: Knowledge Base Articles

Players, I get asked a lot if there is a pulic knowledge base for SCCM and I normally email people the technet wiki links. But I decided to place it on the website so everyone can see it. Its created and updated by the community so its a very good way of keeping an ear to the ground when it comes to issues MS have fixes for etc … Find it here http://social.technet.microsoft.com/wiki/contents/articles/9539.sccm-2012-list-of-public-microsoft-support-knowledge-base-articles.aspx Enjoy Heinrich

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Internet Explorer Bug MS14-021

Players, I thought this was old news now, but I have noticed (and also been asked about) the security bug in IE might still be unknown to some. The long and short of the vulnerability is that a hacker can execute remote commands on all versions of Windows through IE. The bulletin from MS can be found here  https://technet.microsoft.com/library/security/ms14-021 It has since been patched since early May, but if you find yourself without the patch please have a look here … SCCM administrators … you know what to do :)  http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2964358 Enjoy, Heinrich Pelser

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Windows 8.1 Update 1. Top 10 things you need to know

A moment of silence please. Windows XP is dead. Please pull a sad face … Anyway, Windows 8.1 Update 1 is here! So, here is my top 10 things you need to know, about the new update. 1. Its free. For Windows 8.1 users, you can download it from here http://windows.microsoft.com/en-gb/windows/download-shop 2. Booting to the desktop (its not new) is now easier! If you are using a PC without a touch screen you can now boot to your desktop by default! Finally right? But if you have touch screen what then? Well Microsoft now makes it easier (somewhat) to boot straight to your desktop via the Taskbar and Navigation properties. (Right click on your taskbar and select properties) 3. The Power and Search buttons are finally visible! Like many others, it took me a while to get to grips with where to find things at first, mainly … how to turn…

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SCCM 2012 to SCCM 2012 Service Pack 1 Upgrade Gotchas!

Hi There, I recently completed (successfully I might add) a SCCM 2012 upgrade to Service Pack 1 for a client. I’ve moved clients from SP1 to R2 before but never to Service Pack 1. So I thought I’d compile a list of gotchas that I found whilst upgrading. 1. Built-in collections are overwritten, you wont lose any of your custom collections (although I wish Microsoft would delete direct membership collection as they are the work of evil and lazy admins …) so if you make any changes to them whilst in your current version of SCCM, these changes are reverted post SP1. You can back them up (I didnt do this, hence the blog post) see http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2739984 for more info 2. The Admin Console needs to be updated too. I noticed a few of the operators behind me complain as they couldn’t do certain things, but luckily the upgrade creates some upgrade…

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