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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