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poweredbywindowsazureYou may have noticed that this blog was less available since Friday. Today I noticed that there were issues with the database (account) so at the end I moved the blog to a dedicated Microsoft Azure Virtual Machine. So this way there is no need for paid MySQL plans anymore. I hope that the website will be more stable, if you notice issues or missing links please let me know!

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mac-os-x-parallels-80Last month Parallels released version 3 of the Parallels Mac Management for SCCM. Today we will have a look at the new features that are coming with this new release. If you want to see what I covered in the five earlier blogs, look here (1), here (2), here (3), here (4) and here (5) :) See in this blog my highlights of the new version. When installing the plugin, the configuration wizard will help you setting it up and a SQL database is created to store the configuration. Before installing the new version, the old 2.5 version needed to be uninstalled by hand but all objects in ConfigMgr are preserved and usable with the 3.0 version.

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mac-os-x-parallels-69So now we have looked at the features and Client in the first blog, looked at the deploying software in the second blog, looked at the Mac OS X Configuration Profiles in the third blog and looked at the “other” configuration items in the fourth blog we are now going to look at deploying an Mac OS X Operating System via Configuration Manager 2012 R2.

To be able to support Operating System Deployment for Mac OS X devices we need to set up the Netboot integration with our PXE Enabled Distribution Point.

See how you are able to upgrade Mac OS X 10.7.5 to Mac OS X 10.9.3 using Configuration Manager 2012 R2.

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Available Configuration Items

Available Configuration Items

After three earlier blogs about the Parallels Mac Management for SCCM plugin, we are now quickly going to look at the other Configuration Items that come with the plugin for Configuration Manager 2012 R2. Besides managing Mac OS X Configuration Profiles, Parallels Mac Management is also able to manage FileVault 2 settings, Parallels Desktop Configuration settings and Parallels Virtual Machine Configuration settings. Let’s see how this works before deploying an MAC OS X Operating System via Configuration Manager 2012 R2. :)  Read more

sccmug-hamburgOn December the 4th I am invited to speak at a new System Center Configuration Manager User Group in Hamburg. I will speak during this event about Mastering your Mac OS X devices with Configuration Manager 2012 R2. It will be more like the same session as during the Configuration Manager Community Switzerland event last June. Let’s see if I am able to show more about the Parallels plug in. :)

Other speakers on the list are; Mirko Colemberg. Carsten Hartmann, Markus Klein, Julian Müller-Lindloff, Andreas Riedl and Markus Rosenbrock.

If you live in Germany or in the neighborhood, be sure to visit this new SCCM User Group. Hope to see you there!

Speaker GraphicOnly 48 days left until the IT/Dev Connections Conference will kick of in the Aria Hotel in Las Vegas. This year I have the honor to present a session together with Greg Ramsey about the Company Portal. Yep, the Company Portal. :) We are still shaping the session but it will be a demo heavy session with a lot of devices, so that’s going to be lot’s of fun :) The conference is set up in five different tracks with, Windows, SQL Server, Exchange, SharePoint and Development. Those five tracks will give the attendees the opportunity to learn through indept training and meeting their peers during the event and the social gatherings.

Besides Greg and me, lot’s of other experts are on stage during this week of learning in Las Vegas. You want names? Think of Brad Anderson, Kent Agerlund, Johan Arwidmark,  Mark Minasi,  Rod Trent, Kenny Buntinx, Jarvis Davis, Tim De Keukelaere, Kaido Järvemets, Rick Claus, Michael Niehaus, Nash Pherson, Jeffrey Snover and Dieter Wijckmans. If you ask me, a great list of speakers if you are into System Center 2012, Windows Client and Windows Server, what an honor to be part of this list!!  :)  Then I haven’t talked about the four other tracks, with also superb speakers on the deck.

If you want to go to this great event, only a few days left to don’t miss out on an awesome opportunity! Register by July 31st for the change to win 2 tickets to Cirque du Soleil Zarkana. Also, don’t forget to use promo code SOCIAL14 when you register to save!

Hope to see you there!



While being in the process of migrating a Configuration Manager 2012 SP1 hierarchy to a new single Configuration Manager 2012 R2 Primary Site I did not want to clean up those very well working Task Sequences created with the MDT Integration plugin in Configuration Manager 2012 R2. Normally migrating MDT based task sequences with the migration feature of Configuration Manager won’t work without removing all the MDT related tasks. Today I did not want to do that because of the fact that this task sequence was using too much MDT steps and it would take me to much time to correct everything. ;)

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citrix-connector-7_5-00Thanks to a tweet of fellow ECM MVP Marius Sandbu I was triggered that yesterday the new version of the Citrix Connector for Configuration Manager 2012 was released.

Last year I spend some time on and blogged about the earlier version of the Citrix XenApp Connector. If you ask me a very nice addition to Configuration Manager 2012 and Citrix XenApp or Citrix XenDesktop if you need to manage both. With this connector you are able to manage the Citrix farms from a single pain of glass, the Configuration Manager console :)

This version supports XenApp, XenDesktop 7.1 and XenDesktop 7.5. So this means more testing and new blogs are coming up in the next couple of weeks/months :)



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Today the Cumulative Update 5 for System Center 2012 SP1 Configuration Manager has been released. So if you did not already update your Configuration Manager 2012 environment to R2 you might want to check if there are bug fixes that you might want to fix. If you already have R2 installed, Cumulative Update 2 has been released a couple of weeks ago.


Cumulative Update 5 fixes issues and updates functionality in the following subjects.

  • Task Sequences
  • Site Systems
  • Application Management
  • Configuration Manager Client
  • Administrator Console
  • Endpoint Protection

Further more there is an issue addressed regarding Azure Guest OS Family 1 Retirement Impacts Cloud-Based Distribution Points. New Cloud Based Distribution Points are now using Azure Guest OS Family 2.

Mac OS X 10.9 and Umbuntu 14.04 are now also supported in Configuration Manager 2012 SP1

If you want to download Cumulative Update 5, do it here.

The new version number of the updated Configuration Manager 2012 SP1 is: 5.0.7804.1600

Hey, that’s cool!!! Today the Configuration Manager Servicing Extension beta has been released, the what? Yeah the Configuration Manager Servicing Extension beta ;) The Configuration Manager 2012 Servicing Extension provides useful information for maintaining your Configuration Manager environment.


By installing the Servicing Extensions a Site Servicing node in the Administration workspace is added which provides you the following capabilities:

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mac-os-x-parallels-22Earlier this week I discussed how Mac OS X packages can be deployed to Mac OS X devices. Today I want to have a look at the Parallels Configuration Items. With for instance the Mac OS X Configuration Profiles you are able to create a configuration item that allows you to deliver Mac OS X configuration profiles to managed Macs.

When a configuration item containing a profile is evaluated for compliance and it is not compliant, the necessary changes are made to the noncompliant Mac OS X configuration settings. Let’s see how this works.

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