Application Compatibility of Internet Explorer 8, 9, 10, 11 and beyond

In a recent blog post “Enterprise Conversations on Internet Explorer Support Changes”, the App Compat Guy discusses the recent change in support for Microsoft Internet Explorer and the challenges corporate customers are facing. “I speak to customers all the time, and with every single customer I’ve spoken with, I find some vendors who only support IE8, some that may support IE8 and IE9 (my favorite was the one who was promising that they would get IE9 support in about a year!), some that support only n or n-1 so IE11 and IE10, and all kinds of other permutations. Windows 7,…

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10 Tips for a More Successful Windows Image Build & Capture

In a recent build and capture (b&c) task sequence for ConfigMgr 2012 R2 that I was helping a customer with, I decided it was worthwhile to list the top things that can be overlooked.  If these are done prior to beginning the process, then it can help to shorten and troubleshooting time involved. Create an […]

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MVP Unplugged at TechED Video

Savision just released a video they put together of interviews with several MVP’s from TechEd NA 2014. MVP’s in the video include: Robert Butler’ Cameron Fuller Kevin Greene Ahmed Nabil Mahmoud Rick Heiges Colin Smith and me The video was to gather our opinions on the following topics: System Center & VMM Security Concerns in […]

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Add or remove features in MDT WinPE

Not going too deep here, just something I found the other day. In your MDT 2013 Deploymentshare, if you go to the share’s properties, you will find the WinPE Tab and the WinPE’s features: In here you can add components to your boot images. These components are either in C:\Program Files\Microsoft Deployment Toolkit\Templates\Distribution\Tools (like DaRT: http://www.deploymentresearch.com/Research/tabid/62/EntryId/131/Adding-DaRT-8-1-from-MDOP-2013-R2-to-ConfigMgr-2012-R2.aspx ) or in your ADK install directory here: C:\Program Files (x86)\Windows Kits\8.1\Assessment and Deployment Kit\Windows Preinstallation Environment\amd64\WinPE_OCs If you take a look at the latter, you might see that there are components in there that don’t show up in that list in your MDT Deploymentshare, for example WinPE-FMAPI.cab (File Management API). Why is that? … 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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Mobile Application Management top of Mind in AdminStudio Suite 2014

AdminStudio® Suite powers an enterprise’s Application Readiness process for packaging, planning, and delivery of physical, virtual, and mobile applications. This release includes capabilities designed to reduce risk, remove costs, and create operational efficiencies. Top 5 reasons to download AdminStudio Suite 2014; Streamline Delivery of Mobile Apps Test Mobile Apps for Device and OS Compatibility Identify Risky Apps and Establish Mobile Application Management Policies Support for application virtualization with VMware® ThinApp 5.0™ Keep up with the latest Microsoft Patch Tuesday For more details on the new features and enhancements, refer to the AdminStudio Suite 2014 Release Notes How to get it:…

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How to publish URL shortcuts to Windows 8.1

A customer of mine asked me to create a new Windows 8.1 Enterprise SOE (golden image, standard image, whatever) and also customise the Start Menu and Start Screen layout. This customer is pretty easy as most of their applications are web apps. Therefor I only have to deploy all the shortcuts to their web applications. Job done. Easy. I asked the customer to give me all their shortcuts so that I can then copy them to the default user’s profile during deployment (in this case MDT 2013 stand alone, but that doesn’t matter). All the shortcuts looked like this: “%programfiles%\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe” https://www.google.com.au Regular shortcut you’d think, right? The special thing … Continue reading

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Windows Azure: Creating VM’s and SQL Databases

This is part of an ongoing series about Windows Azure. See this blog post for an introduction to Azure. This part in the series will focus on creating and managing virtual machines and SQL databases. Pricing for everything covered in this post can be found on the Windows Azure website. Virtual Machines To create a virtual machine, click the “New”...

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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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Survey: Help Shape Windows Roaming Technologies

This is an extremely quick, 2-question survey and your answers will help shape a Microsoft decision on roaming technologies in the Windows client and server OS. The survey duration is short, too, so getting your participation quickly is needed. We’ll wrap up the results and send them off to Microsoft on Tuesday, June 24, 2014, so you have until Monday...

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Software Update – kb2920189 & VM Secure boot

Hi All, Yesterday i was updating my lab and i noticed that every single vm was failing to install kb2920189. All my vm’s are running windows server 2012 R2 under a WS2012 R2 host, it means i created a 2nd generation of VM’s and the Secure boot was enabled. Looking at the logs, i found the error 0x800f0922 and if you look at the internet, there are lots of things about this error that was not relevant to the issue here, until i found a forum post that helped me. basically, if you’re having this problem with your 2nd generation machines with secure boot enabled, perform the following tasks: 1- shutdown your VM 2- Edit the VM settings and under Firmware, disable the Enable Secure boot 3- Bring the VM up and install the hotfix 4- Shutdown the VM again 5- Edit the VM settings and under Firmware, Enable the…

Read the complete blog: http://thedesktopteam.com/blog/raphael/software-update-kb2920189-vm-secure-boot/

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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

Read the complete blog: http://thedesktopteam.com/blog/heinrich/internet-explorer-bug-ms14-021/

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