Author: Nash Pherson

Free Windows 10 Training Event Friday, Aug 14th – Live Jumpstart Online

Tomorrow, Friday, August 14th, there will be free online training event for Windows 10 in the Enterprise hosted by Microsoft Technical Evangelist Simon May.   The methods for provisioning and managing devices are changing rapidly with Windows 10.   There are opportunities to drastically rethink the way devices receive compliance settings, software, and updates which allow IT organizations to ...

The Critical Importance of Deploying 3rd Party Updates

After reading Rod Trent’s post last week announcing Kent Agerlund’s upcoming webcast, I started digging into some of the business justification for deploying 3rd party updates.  Kent does a great job teaching technical staff how to manage updates for third party applications.  However, this all requires an organization to realize how important testing and deploying vendor recommended u...

Another Java ‘Patch All The Things!’ Critical Security Update, this time needing end-user communication

By Nash Pherson  – *CAT-LIKE STRETCH* Now that we’re all well rested after MMS 2013, it’s time to get back to work.  Oracle was nice enough to announce a Java critical security update that fixes a mere 42 bugs today to get us back in shape.  The highest CVSS Base Score of these vulnerabilities is a solid 10.0 on the ‘patch now or disconnect the internet’ scale.  These...

MMS2013: Microsoft wants to give you $50 for focus group participation

The Windows Server and System Center User Experience and Product Design Teams are looking for focus group participants to learn about what you and your organization do when planning, delivering, operating, and managing cloud infrastructure. Take part in these discussion and interactive design sessions and help us understand your workflows and issues in these areas. As a thank you for your particip...

CU1 for ConfigMgr 2012 SP1 Released, 18 Fixes, New PowerShell Cmdlets

By Nash Pherson  – ConfigMgr admins have a nice surprise in their early Easter baskets this morning.  A total of 18 different ConfigMgr fixes and 39 new PowerShell cmdlets are included in the CU1 hotfixes released yesterday. Cumulative Update 1 for System Center 2012 Configuration Manager Service Pack 1 KB2817245:  http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2817245/en-us The issues addressed by the Cum...

Blind ConfigMgr Admin

By Nash Pherson    A ConfigMgr administrator posted his frustrations to a TechNet forum thread today about the difficulty of using the ConfigMgr 2012 Console as a blind person. “I have gone from being the administrator of SCCM 2007, managing the entire software configuration using this powerful tool… to having almost no access to SCCM 2012.” “So, thanks Microsoft for making my job impossible...

Citrix XenApp Connector for ConfigMgr 2012

By Nash Pherson   Citrix’s “Project Thor” has finally been released as the Citrix XenApp Connector for System Center 2012 Configuration Manager.  The release is compatible with ConfigMgr 2012 RTM and SP1, and it enables the XenApp Deployment Type for the Application Model.  With the Connector, organizations can better leverage their existing investments in Citrix using their Conf...

Start thinking about Deploying and Managing Windows 8

MSDN Channel Nine has a great (and short) video that starts talking about deploying and managing Windows 8 with ConfigMgr 2012 SP1 as part of their Reimaging Windows series. Martin Booth, a Sr. Technical Product Manager, touches on Windows 8 application deployment, endpoint protection, operating system deployment, and managing/leveraging Windows 8 features like BitLocker pre-provisioning, always o...

TechNet Radio: See the new Intune work with ConfigMgr 2012 SP1

Mark Williams, a senior product manager on the Intune team, sat down with TechNet Radio to demonstrate the latest Intune update and especially show off the features of a hybrid environment with System Center 2012 Configuration Manager SP1. You may have seen the System Center SP1 launch video already, but this video will definitely wet your systems management whistle.  See some of what Intune and C...

WMF 3.0 hits Microsoft Update Catalog, Possible Issues with ConfigMgr 2012

UPDATED:  — After a week of pain, WMF3.0 has been expired from the Microsoft Update catalog to stop anyone else from experiencing these issues.  Microsoft has said they will work to find out how something like this could have made it through testing.  For the text of Microsoft’s public statements and information about fixing your broken infrastructure, see this post by Rod Trent. ̵...

Wally storms TechNet Radio: MDM improvements with SP1, Intune

Perhaps the most lovable evangelist at Microsoft, Senior Program Manager Wally Mead has taken to the airwaves again with TechNet Radio discussing improvements in Mobile Device Management.  The impending release of SP1 for System Center 2012 Configuration Manager adds a long list of great improvements around managing devices beyond traditional desktops and servers.  With his trademark wit and flair...

Update to Update Rollup 3 for Service Manager

Let’s just ignore the fact that the Cumulative Updates are called Update Rollups, and be happy that the System Center 2012 Service Manager team has been able to fix a bug that was supposed to be squashed in CU3 but wasn’t.  Travis Wright wrote on the Service Manager engineering blog this morning that an update for Update Rollup 3 has been released which should actually fix some of the ...

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