Author: Kenneth van Surksum

Distributing content to Distribution points and Distribution point groups in ConfigMgr 2012

With the release of System Center 2012 Configuration Manager, Microsoft introduced the distribution point groups functionality. Distribution point groups provide a logical grouping of distribution points and collections for content distribution as described in the following Technet Article: Configuring Content Management in Configuration Manager, Create and Configure Distribution Point Groups A Di...

Installing the Service Manager Self Service Portal (SSP) on Windows Server 2012 R2

When Microsoft released System Center 2012 R2 Service Manager in October 2013, I was quite suprised that the server the webparts for the Self Service Portal only were supported on SharePoint 2010. At that time, installing SharePoint 2010 was only supported on Windows Server 2008 R2. Luckely somewhere around May 2014 Microsoft released Service Pack […]

Introducing the Windows Management User Group Netherlands (WMUG NL)

Text below is in Dutch, together with Bob Cornelissen, Marnix Wolf and Peter Daalmans we created a new User Group called the Windows Management User Group Netherlands or in short WMUG.NL. With the user group we want to provide a platform for and by people involved with managing the Microsoft Windows platform. Our first session [...]

Role Based Access Control in ConfigMgr 2012: Part 4 Outcome

In the first part of this series I outlined what Microsoft changed in ConfigMgr 2012 in order to introduce Role Based Access Control. In the second part I outlined a possible scenario and started building the scenario. In the third part we mapped the business roles to the ConfigMgr roles and configured them in the [...]

Role Based Access Control in ConfigMgr 2012: Part 3 Mapping OpCo roles to ConfigMgr roles

In the first part of this series I outlined what Microsoft changed in ConfigMgr 2012 in order to introduce Role Based Access Control. In the second part I outlined a possible scenario and started building the scenario up to the point where the OpCo roles will be mapped to the ConfigMgr roles, this post will [...]

Role Based Access Control in ConfigMgr 2012: Part 2 Scenario

In the previous post I introduced Role Based Access Control in ConfigMgr 2012 as the new way to delegate administrative access to a ConfigMgr hierarchy. In this post I’m going to walk you through a scenario and show you how we can delegate the access in order to meet the requirements. The Scenario: The Customer [...]

Role Based Access Control in ConfigMgr 2012: Part 1 – Introduction

One of the reasons to install multiple primary sites in a System Center Configuration Manager 2007 hierarchy often was due to the fact that Administrative access had to be separated between different departments within a company. Within large companies mostly a Central Primary Site would be installed, not servicing any clients, and under that Central [...]

Techdays NL 2013: ConfigMgr 2012: Notes from the field

During Techdays, the annual event organized by Microsoft in the Netherlands, i had the honor of presenting a session together with Peter Daalmans, Microsoft MVP on ConfigMgr. Our session, named ConfigMgr 2012: Notes from the field discussed what’s new in both ConfigMgr 2012 and ConfigMgr 2012 SP1 and included our best practices and tips & [...]

Beware when installing ConfigMgr SP1 when still using vSphere 4 or running other platforms not supporting Windows 8 – UPDATED

Update: Microsoft has released CU2 for Configuration Manager 2012 Service Pack 1, allowing you to use Boot images based on Windows 7 from the WAIK again (with some contstraints but workable). See the KB 2854009 article for more information VMware’s vSphere 4 doesn’t and will not support running Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012 as a [...]

Best practices for Implementing drivers in ConfigMgr

One of the most time consuming tasks when working with OS Deployment in ConfigMgr is implementing the drivers needed to support different hardware models. There are a couple of reasons for this: Determining if drivers installed correctly can only be determined by executing an actual Task Sequence, which takes a lot of time. Each Hardware [...]

How to add Branding to your OS Deployment in ConfigMgr 2012 – Part 3: Create Compliance Baseline

In part 1, I showed you how to enable the Branding to Reg steps, and where you could find the information in the registry. Part 2 showed you how you can extend what information is branded into the registry, and in this part I will show you how you can use Compliance Settings and Compliance [...]

How to add Branding to your OS Deployment in ConfigMgr 2012 – Part 2: Modify OSDBranding

In part 1 of this series, I showed you how to enable the Branding to Reg steps, so that during a Task Sequence some information about the Task Sequence is stored in the Registry under HKLM\Software\Microsoft\MPSD\OSD. In this part, we are going to extend the information which is written to include some information we want [...]

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