FREE Inventory Solution

Initially it was planned to create a Solution to store status Information from SmartHome Devices… But during testing, I always used data from my PC and realized that inventory a PC isn’t a big challenge… The solution is published as “Thingtory” (no, there is no political background !) on Codeplex (https://thingtory.codeplex.com/). A few Key-Features: “Thingtory” is agentless; on the Client...

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10 #1 best practices for OS Deployment with ConfigMgr 2012 R2

Here’s a quick list of the links from my TechEd Europe session this morning.  More info to follow over the next few weeks! “KISS—start simple, and work your way toward complexity.” – Rob Marshall “Automate process to import drivers and create driver packages.” – Kent Agerlund and “Automate, Automate, Automate. Manually building images is not […]

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Do I Deploy 1E Nomad Everywhere, or to Remote Clients Only? (Part 1)

BACKGROUND OK, so you’re tired of the out-of-the-box Configuration Manager software distribution process melting your WAN links, and fed up with baby-sitting Distribution Points (DPs). Add to that the 1E Sales guy and his techie sidekick have you convinced that 1E Nomad is clearly the right solution to your problems. Maybe you did [...]

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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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I’ll See You at the Midwest Management Summit!

Just in case you haven’t heard the news yet, my friends over at the Minnesota System Center User Group are sponsoring the inaugural Midwest Management Summit (MMS)!  This is going to be a great conference. Think old-school Microsoft Management Summit, remove the keynote, as well as the 100, 200, and most 300-level sessions. Oh yea, remove […]

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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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