Author: Windows Management Experts

Deploy a LOB “Modern” Windows 8 Application: Part 1

The introduction of Windows 8 brought a whole new type of application. This application was first known as “metro”, and now “modern”. These applications are designed for tablets and touchscreens. This will be a two-part series on these new apps. This part will be an introduction to these new apps, the difference between desktop and modern apps, and sideloading apps vs. using AD. Introduction to Mo...

Capturing Application Settings after Install

One of the biggest challenges in application deployment is modifying settings post-install. These “settings” can include customizing application preferences, tying the application to a data source, activating the software, or accepting the EULA. This article will explore where to find these settings and how to deploy them as part of your deployment. These processes are system-agnostic, meaning tha...

Application Deployment: Using AdminStudio Repackager

AdminStudio is a product from Flexera Software that can be a complete, end-to-end application management system. It includes products for application modification and deployment. It comes with Repackager, Tuner, and InstallShield, as well as a host of other products. This article will focus exclusively on Repackager. I will start with all of the information you need to know about Repackager, then ...

Creating an Endpoint Protection Alert using System Center Orchestrator

CM 2012 does not provide a built-in method for alerting administrators when a remediation action fails for Endpoint Protection. When remediation fails, the device is still considered infected. Even more of a concern is if the infection changes Endpoint Protection settings. This is the first of a two part series that will go over how to create an alert so that administrators can be notified when re...

Migrating Clients from SCCM 2007 to CM 2012

Migrating clients from SCCM 2007 to CM 2012 is the last step in completing your migration. As with the rest of the migration process, this step should be carefully planned and thought-out before attempting the client migration. Migrated Client Data When migrating clients from SCCM 2007 to CM 2012, the client GUID and advertisement history are preserved. This is how CM 2012 can put the client in th...

Three options for managing mobile devices using SCCM 2012 without Windows Intune

In System Center Configuration Manager 2012 the spectrum of devices that can be brought under centralized management is significantly expanded. In SCCM 2007 Windows Mobile and Windows CE were the only platforms that could be managed, and to do this required native mode (http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb633175.aspx). Does this mean that with SCCM 2012 you can now remotely manage applica...

Creating an Endpoint Protection Alert using System Center Orchestrator

CM 2012 does not provide a built-in method for alerting administrators when a remediation action fails for Endpoint Protection. When remediation fails, the device is still considered infected. Even more of a concern is if the infection changes Endpoint Protection settings. This is the first of a two part series that will go over how to create an alert so that administrators can be notified when re...

Configuring Migration and Migrating Objects from SCCM 2007 to CM 2012

This is the second part in a series about migrating from SCCM 2007 to CM 2012. For a high-level overview of the migration process, please click here: http://www.windowsmanagementexperts.com/migrating-from-sccm-2007-to-system-center-2012-configuration-manager/migrating-from-sccm-2007-to-system-center-2012-configuration-manager.htm. There are several key points that are worth mentioning again from t...

SCCM 2012: Application Deployment Requirements

This is an article in a continuing series on the new Application model in SCCM 2012. You can find a high level overview of applications and how they differ from packages here: SCCM 2012: Applications vs. Packages. Requirements allow administrators to target applications to users or devices that meet a certain setof conditions. The application model in SCCM 2012 expands greatly on the available req...

SCCM 2012: Application Deployment Detection Methods

This is an article in a continuing series on the new Application model in SCCM 2012. You can find a high level overview of applications and how they differ from packages here: http://www.windowsmanagementexperts.com/sccm-2012-applications-vs-packages/sccm-2012-applications-vs-packages.htm. Detection methods allow the administrator to check software installs to ensure that the application is not al...

Migrating from SCCM 2007 to System Center 2012 Configuration Manager

Microsoft released its System Center 2012 Suite in April of 2012. With this release came a much improved and very different version of Configuration Manager. Right off the bat, SCCM now has a native console, instead of running off a MMC, which has improved the stability of the console. It also puts Software Center (formally Advertised Programs) in a website. So why should you migrate? What is the ...

SCCM 2012: Applications vs. Packages

With the introduction of SCCM 2012, Microsoft debuted a new way of managing software. This method is Applications. The new application model closed a lot of the gaps left by packages in SCCM 2007. This article will go through the similarities and differences between the two, and will also tell you when one may be better then the other. The application model, combined with the application catalog, ...

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