A couple of days ago Microsoft released a new Configuration Manager 2012 SP1 and R2 clients that support the new version 10.10 of Mac OS X. Together with a hotfix (KB3013398) for Configuration Manager 2012 SP1 and R2 you will be all set to support your updated Mac OS X clients.

  • For Configuration Manager 2012 R2, you can download the client here. The new Client version is 7958.1102
  • For Configuration Manager 2012 SP1, you can download the client here. The new Client version is 7804.1304
  • Download the hotfix for ConfigMgr 2012 R2 CU3 or ConfigMgr 2012 SP1 CU5 here.

See my earlier blogs about managing Mac devices with Configuration Manager 2012 here.



BLOG-1000070One of the many many new features of Microsoft Intune releases the last couple of months is the Intune App-Layer protection. In short, with Intune App-layer protection you are able to protect your corporate data with managed apps, in other words Mobile Application Management support is added to Microsoft Intune. But how do we manage apps with Microsoft Intune and what is possible? Let’s have a look in the next couple of blogs at what it is, which flavors are available and how you are able to set it up.

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Yesterday the Configuration Manager Team released the final version of the Microsoft System Center 2012 Configuration Manager Servicing Extension. In an earlier blog I already described the main features of the Servicing Extension.

A new cool feature that is added is that you are able to add custom RSS feeds from blog that you follow to the Configuration Manager Console.


ConfigMgrBlog.com added to the Servicing Extension

Download the latest release here.

Last week I had the pleasure to talk during the SCCM User Group Hamburg about Mastering your Mac Devices with Configuration Manager 2012 R2. If you attended this session you will find here the references to the slide deck and the Configuration Item examples.

If you want to play with the examples showed during my session have a look here:

You can download the slidedeck here.

If you want to read earlier blogs about managing Macs, have a look here.

BLOG-1000070Earlier this week I described how to enable Multi Factor Authentication for Microsoft Intune via Office 365. In a (Twitter) conversation with EMS Technical Evangelist Simon May I learned that there are some differences between the MFA implementation for Microsoft Intune and Office 365.

Let’s have a look at what the differences are.

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BLOG-1000070Today I was playing with my Office 365 subscription and I noticed that there is an option to enable the free Multi Factor authentication option. Office 365 supports MFA since February this year. TechNet states that Multi-Factor Authentication for Office 365 (powered by Azure Multi-Factor Authentication) works exclusively with Office 365 applications and that it is managed from the Office 365 portal. But after enabling this option for one of my users, it was also enabled while logging on to the Microsoft Intune portal. Very logical if you ask me since they share the same users.

Update: Since last week MFA is also available in Microsoft Intune, the only thing is that this option is only visible (in a different location) in Microsoft Intune standalone, not when you are using Configuration Manager 2012 R2 to manage your mobile devices. (Thanks Simon)

Let’s see how this works when using Microsoft Intune in a hybrid scenario.

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intuneThis week Microsoft Intune (was Windows Intune) will be updated to a newer version. This major update will give us some really cool features that will enhance currently the standalone Microsoft Intune platform only. The service will be updated between November the 17th until November the 19th. Microsoft is doing a good job by updating the service so quickly, more than a year ago this process would take some weeks to complete! :)

Some of myhighlights that will become available after the Microsoft Intune service update are:

  • Bulk enrollment of devices using a single service account
  • Lockdown of Supervised iOS devices and devices using Samsung KNOX with Kiosk mode
  • Enforcement of application install or uninstall
  • Deployment of certificates, email, VPN and WiFi profiles
  • Ability to push free store apps to iOS devices
  • More convenient access to internal corporate resources using per-app VPN configurations for iOS devices
  • Remote pin reset for Windows Phone 8.1 devices
  • Multi-factor authentication at enrollment for Windows 8.1 and Windows Phone 8.1 devices

Read the complete blog from the Microsoft Intune Team here.

MMS180x1501After a superb MVP Summit I had last week the pleasure to (co)-present four sessions at the Midwest Management Summit. This event, fully organized by the Minnesota System Center User Group with the help of other community members from around the world. What a great three day conference that had the feeling and experience of one big community and that was the intention of the whole event, organized at the Radisson Blu at the Mall of America in Minneapolis.

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