Top 10 Application Readiness Blog Posts 2014

It is that time again when the end of the calendar year is fast approaching. In the world of technology, 2014 was another disruptive year with thousands of new software versions and upgrades released by software vendors. In this post, we will look back at the most popular Application Readiness blog posts this year. The topics that generated the most interest in the past 12 months were the impending end of life of Windows Server 2003, Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI), and ongoing updates from Microsoft. #1 Top 5 Technology Trends for IT in 2014 Rapid innovation and consumer technology continued…

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Enterprises Yet to Complete Windows 7 Deployment

Within two years, Microsoft has launched three new operating systems (OS) – Windows 8, 8.1 and most recently version 10. This is when many enterprises are yet to complete their Windows 7 deployment. With agile software development on the upswing, and the frequency of operating system (OS) roll outs, IT organizations – which are already strapped for resources – are crushing under the pressure of trying to keep pace with new technology.

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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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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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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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Whole Disk .WIM backup using SCCM 2012 R2

Players, Recently I needed to provide my client with a little confidence in OSD around what was possible with backups … there was some fear over users data etc … so I needed to lay down the Iron Curtain … the task was simple and yet politically complex as they needed to capture certain users entire disk drives for many uninteresting reasons… Now, we have a few options available to us when it comes to SCCM, we could use witchcraft enchantment spells called hard-link and create a state-store (USMT) that holds the data inside a folder on the C Drive. Or we could summon the powers of the State Migration Points and keep data in users profiles for a certain period of time in hardware replacement scenarios. But what if all you need is to capture everything in one go? Easy, here’s how and it will take you about 10 minutes to set…

Read the complete blog: http://thedesktopteam.com/blog/heinrich/whole-disk-wim-backup-using-sccm-2012-r2/

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Windows XP Migration Lessons: Focus on Application Compatibility

By Randy Littleson Google+ Great article out yesterday on TechTarget entitled “Windows XP migration lessons: focus on application compatibility.” As most probably know, Microsoft officially ends support for the 12 year old Windows XP on April 8th. Based on the article and several others I’ve seen recently, Windows XP remains surprisingly popular and widely deployed, still representing around 27% of internet traffic. The article focuses on best practices for completing a Windows 7 migration and draws the conclusion based on speaking with many IT pros that have aleady done so that application compatibility should be the biggest priority. The migration…

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SCCM 2012 – Cutomizing Windows lock screen

Hi All, today i’ll talk about how to customize the Windows Lock Screen as well as the user/guest picture via OS Deployment (read as Task Sequence) it is really easy. the way i do is always copy the files i need to have on the client machine after the apply os and before the setup windows using robocopy. if you want to know how to do this, check my post about robocopy and task sequence here anyway, the problem is simple, which file and copy where… there are 4 files responsible for the user picture as well as picture. yes, that picture you see when you log on to a machine while typing your username/password. These files (user.bmp, user.png, guest.bmp and guest.png) should be put under c:\ProgramData\Microsoft\User Account Pictures See here for more information Now that you customized the icon, this is what you’ll see when trying to log on…

Read the complete blog: http://thedesktopteam.com/blog/raphael/sccm-2012-cutomizing-windows-lock-screen/

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Achieving Continuous and Predictable State of Application Delivery Performance

By Maureen Polte IT organizations are increasingly under pressure from the business to improve service delivery performance and responsiveness to changing business requirements. Application delivery performance is no exception. Today, IT needs to evolve Application Readiness process maturity to ensure a continuous and predictable state of application delivery performance that is: Adaptive and scalable to changes in technology and business needs Predictable in terms of outputs and measures Technology agnostic While Windows 7 migrations are winding down (Windows 7 deployments are estimated to be about 50% complete with the majority remaining underway) ahead of Microsoft’s April, 2014 Windows XP support…

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