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Watch the WinHEC 2016 Keynote Right Here On-Demand

Today, at the Windows Hardware Engineering Community event (WinHEC) in Shenzhen, China, we joined our partners and hardware engineering creators from around the world to talk about our vision for building the next generation of modern PCs supporting mixed reality, gaming and more; to make mixed reality mainstream; and to introduce always-connected, more power efficient cellular PCs running Windows 10. Looking for an awesome, no-nonsense technical conference for IT Pros, Devs, and DevOps? IT/Dev Connections kicks off in San Francisco in 2017!

Migrating from FRS to DFSR

By Joseph Yedid Recently I noticed that there were some errors in my OpsMan environment that needed my attention. After further inspection, it looked like I was having some GPO replication problems. What was going on? First, I had to check to see which GPO or GPOs were being affected. In reviewing the Group Policy Management console, I discovered that some of the GPOs were not replicating because File Replication Service (FRS) was being used. Since I no longer have any Windows 2003 DCs, the best course of action to resolve the replication issue was to migrate to the new Distributed File System Replication (DFSR), which by the way was introduced in Windows 2008. Subsequently, after the migration was complete the GPO issue was resolved. Full instructions can be found here. Although the docum...

Where after Windows 10? Computer Weekly 500 Club event.

Last week I had the pleasure to present at the Computer Weekly 500 Club. An event for IT leaders that, every month, talks about a different subject about modern challenges faced by organizations. I was invited as one of the three speakers for the night along with Ian Turfrey, IT Director at City & Guilds and Andy Beale, Director of Common Technology Services for GDS. The topic of the month was the future of desktop and technology in general after Windows 10 is released. Conversations were very diverse and the round table discussed very interesting topics proposed by the audience. A great article with the main topics of the events was published on the Computer Weekly website. Check it out. For those who missed the event, here is a brief intro video recorded on the night. Cheers David Nu...

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 […]

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 […]

SCCM 2012 – Firewall for Remote Access

Hi All, SCCM gives you the ability to remote access to client machines. This is not new as this feature has been there for quite a while. Interesting is that SCCM gives you 3 options for remote access: 1- Remote Tools (Remote Control). This is a “SCCM feature” 2- Remote Assistance: This is a “Windows Feature” and what SCCM does is to set local GPO to allow/block access 3- Remote Desktop: This is also a “Windows Feature” and again, SCCM only set local GPO to allow/block access. What is really interesting here is what happen “behind” the scenes regarding firewall. When you open the client settings for remote access, the 1st option is to enable/disable and also configure the firewall. There are many people that think that once you enable, SCCM w...

Remote Support Solutions: The Cost Advantage of DameWare Remote Support vs LogMeIn Pro

SaaS or Self-Hosted?  It’s the question every IT pro has asked over the last few years as they’ve rolled out new IT management solutions. The reasons for and against SaaS offerings are pretty well known by this point, so at the end of the day, what most IT pros want to know is which provides the best value.  In light of LogMeIn’s recent announcement to discontinue their freemium offering (and the ensuing outrage), I thought it might be a good time to do a quick comparison of its popular Pro version and a self-hosted solution, DameWare Remote Support. When it comes to remote support solutions, it’s often difficult to get a true apples-to-apples comparison because some solutions are licensed by user while others are licensed by managed end-points. In the case of LogMeIn Free users, they will...

SCCM 2012 Easy Naming Convention

Hello, A while ago I was on a project that needed to quickly adopt a simple and...

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