Windows 10 Management

In a previous post, we took a quick look at a fresh install of the Windows 10 Technical Preview, and we ended with the successful installation of the ConfigMgr 2012 R2 client. Now that we want to perform some management functions on the Windows 10 machine, there are a few environmental items of note: Microsoft .NET Framework – The installed...

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Windows 10 First Look

With the Windows 10 Technical Preview now available, let’s take a first look at installing the new OS from the perspective of installing and managing a Windows 10 system. The initial setup phase is pretty much unchanged from Windows 8.x. You boot from the ISO, decide if you want to upgrade or do a clean install, select/create a partition, accept...

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Windows 10 Timeline

With the formal announcement yesterday of the next version of the Windows operating system, Windows 10, the first question for enterprise IT professionals is “when and how will I support this?” When: The currenty timeline for full release of Windows 10 is late spring to early summer of 2015.  However, the Enterprise Technical Preview of Windows 10 will be available...

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Using your Configuration Manager data to Populate your Companies CMDB

As Users of this forum will know System Center Configuration Manager captures a massive amount of Asset data about the devices it has installed Agents onto. This is exactly the sort of data companies want to record in their CMDB but there has been no easy way to extract that data and use it.  So companies have resorted to the...

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FREE Orchestrator IP for Microsoft System Center 2012

How often have you gone to build an automated System Center 2012 process and discovered that the Orchestrator IP for the System Center 2012 product you want to automate is missing the critical Activity you want to automate? If you are like us, practically every day. Microsoft’s Integration Packs for their System Center 2012 toolset, lack certain capabilities that many...

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ConfigMgr 2012 – Adding Content to Distribution Point Groups with PowerShell

I recently had a situation where a newly installed Distribution Point server was brought online late in the day with the intent of having all of the required production content (Applications, Packages, OS images, etc.) copied to the server after hours on the local network before it was powered down and shipped to a remote site.  With this particular environment, there...

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Windows 8.1 Management Path

In case you missed it, Microsoft has moved the client platform to a more rapid release cycle.  This also means the release cycle for the client management platforms like Microsoft System Center 2012 Configuration Manager and Windows Assessment and Deployment Kit (ADK) have been brought in line with that release cycle.  The result can be a great deal of confusion...

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CM 2012 – Troubleshooting – The Create Application Wizard completed with errors

I have set up a lab within Hyper-V for various System Center Products and I wanted to run through some scenarios with SCCM 2007 to CM 2012 migrations. There are about twelve or so servers setup to simulate a domain, DNS, DHCP, etc…. the basic things needed to do system and scenario testing and extra servers for playing around. So,...

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Monitor Information Reporting (MIR) VS. Win32_DesktopMonitor

Not too long ago, a senior SCCM consultant gave us the idea to put together a webcast comparing Monitor Information Reporting (MIR) to Win32_DesktopMonitor. If you were planning to use Win32_DestopMonitor to give you reliable and accurate results about your monitor inventory, after viewing this webcast, you might think twice. http://youtu.be/eNCE7qZF1sU  

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Deploying the UE-V Agent in ConfigMgr 2012 Using Settings Storage Path

Using ConfigMgr to deploy the UE-V agent can present a nasty surprise if you try to specify the SettingsStoragePath using the %USERNAME% environment variable. Microsoft released the User Experience Virtualization (or UE-V) agent with MDOP 2012 as a means of ensuring a consistent user experience across multiple devices, providing yet another tool to put to rest the pain that is “roaming...

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