During this week at IT/Dev Connections in Las Vegas I am allowed to give some Mastering System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager books away. Thanks to my publisher Sybex / Wiley for sending over the books. So if you want to have the change to get one of the books, be sure to attend the session from Greg Ramsey and me on Thursday at 10:45 in room Bristlecone 9.


What a great list of speakers next week.

What a great list of speakers next week.

This Friday I will be leaving for Las Vegas where the IT/Dev Connections conference will be held in the Aria Hotel. Next week I will be presenting a session together with fellow Enterprise Client Management MVP Greg Ramsey about the Company Portal(s) of Windows Intune and Configuration Manager 2012 R2. Learn when and how to use them, learn what you are able to do with it and learn how to troubleshoot all the different portals on different devices. Yep we prepared some nice demos ;)

Be sure to attend our session, we will be able to give some Mastering System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager books from Sybex away.

If you want to learn about what the IT/Dev Connections conference will bring you, download here the Conference Guide. If you do not have a ticket yet, be quick and join us next week use SOCIAL14 to save $200!

Yesterday a new Mac OS X Client has been released for Configuration Manager 2012 SP1 and Configuration Manager 2012 R2.

This client fixes an issue with not communicating with the Management Point when discovering the Video Controller (Win32_VideoController) class via Hardware Inventory. See more about this issue here.

You can download Mac client for System Center 2012 Configuration Manager SP1 here.

You can download Mac client for System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager here.

The new version of the ConfigMgr 2012 R2 client is: 5.0.7958.1102

The new version of the ConfigMgr 2012 SP1 client is: 5.00.7804.1304

Windows-Intune-3Last week Microsoft released new features in Windows Intune stand alone. As from now you are able to provision iOS and Windows Phone 8/8.1 devices with Email profiles like we already could via Configuration Manager connected with Windows Intune. (hybrid solution)

With this feature you are able to provision devices with email profiles and restrictions by using Exchange ActiveSync. Configure the exchange host, account name, the primary SMTP address and the synchronization settings and provision the devices of your users from Windows Intune.

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WMUG NL meetings coming up!

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Busy times at the Windows Management User Group Netherlands. In two weeks we will be organizing a meeting around Virtualizationwmug_nl_kl with some great speakers from the Dutch community. This meeting will be held at PQR in De Meern. Look for more information here.

The sessions will be in Dutch, so if you want to join us book your ticket today because there are only a couple left!

On October the 8th our Workspace Management meeting will be held at IT-Concern in Gorinchem. The program is not yet completely finished but for this meeting we were able to arrange Jason Sandys to come over and join us for this evening. Jason is a six time Enterprise Client Management / Configuration Manager MVP and he will be presenting a session about managing (Internet based) workspaces via HTTPS and System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager.

Book your ticket here. If you join us this evening you will be participating in the raffle and you are able to win a ticket for the Midwest Management Summit 2014 (MMS 2014). MMS 2014 is a 3-day conference purposely capped to just 500 attendees so that nobody gets lost in the crowd, organized by the Minnesota System Center User Group. You will be able to choose from more than hundred 300-500 level sessions led by community experts from around the world. Read more about this great conference here: http://mms.mnscug.org/

We are back online!

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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!

Thanks for your support!


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!