Luckily we still have the BriForum pictures

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This week I was able to attend and speak at BriForum in Denver. Wow what is BriForum a nice community event, no sales, no marketing just techies sharing knowledge and experience with others. What a great week it was, met some really nice people and attending a non Microsoft only conference was sometimes a real eyeopener 😉 Without joking, normally I attend Microsoft oriented conferences like TechEd and MMS (both Microsoft Management Summit as Midwest Management Summit) but BriForum is a place where you can find it all. Microsoft, Citrix, Vmware all the VMI and Mobility experts. So much knowledge in one building, phew. Being part of BriForum felt like being part of the BriForum family since many of the attendees and speakers knows each other for years and years.. To summarize it in three words: IT WAS GREAT!

Luckily we still got the pictures and the nice memories. Look for the official BriForum pics here or Download my Slides here and session resources here.

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As part of book writing I used Azure Active Directory Connect to setup Directory Sync, ADFS and ADFS Proxy in a lab environment. While configuring I saw something helpful which I wanted to share with you. If I wanted to initiate a Sync with the good old DirSync I always ran the Configuration Wizard again, since the last step of the wizard was initiating a sync. Always fun with remembering the accounts and passwords. 😉

With Azure Active Directory a scheduled task is configured to run every 3 hours after the initial configuration. This means that you are able to start the task manually to initiate a sync. May save you some time waiting for objects to be synchronized to Azure Active Directory.


AAD Sync Scheduled Task


briforumsessionYesterday I was honored to speak at BriForum about managing Mac OS X devices with ConfigMgr 2012 R2 SP1 natively and with the Parallels Mac Management for SCCM plugin. During this session I showed what we need to enable and configure Mac OS X support in ConfigMgr 2012 R2 SP1 and what options are currently available.

If you want to “play” with the different Configuration Items I showed during the demo’s, please have a look here. You are able to download and import them into your ConfigMgr environment.

During the session I showed also the Parallels Mac Management (PMM) for SCCM plugin, the version I showed was beta-3 of version 4.0. Next Friday the new version of PMM available. Expect more about the new abilities later on this blog. Also referred to the fact that Mac OS X support for Microsoft Intune has been announced at Microsoft Ignite, if you want to see that session again have a look here.

If you want to read earlier blogs about managing Mac devices with ConfigMgr have a look here.

Thanks for joining my session and hopefully until next year. If you have any feedback, please let me know.


Last two months it was community wise very busy, I spoke at BriForum London, TechDays Netherlands and last Friday I was invited to speak at the Swiss Configuration Manager Community. Next month I am invited at BriForum in Denver to speak about managing Mac OS X devices with SCCM 2012 R2 natively and when you extend it with the Parallels Mac Management plugin for SCCM.

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Console extendedCurrently more and more applications in the Apple and Google Play stores become manageable via Microsoft Intune.

For instance, when you have the Microsoft Office mobile apps available in Microsoft Intune for a while you may want to use the Mobile Application Management policies to control what the users are able to do with the corporate data in the apps. Currently, if you do nothing the app currently stay unmanaged.

So let’s see what you can do in both Intune and Configuration Manager.

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sccmfeedbackToday the Enterprise Client Management Team of Microsoft released two new initiatives to allow the community to shape both Configuration Manager and Microsoft Intune. Microsoft uses the Uservoice platform to get feedback from their users / us. You are able to submit feedback or ideas for features you like to see in the products or not.

Other users are able to vote for the best (new) features or feedback.

Have a look via the links below and shape Configuration Manager and Microsoft Intune so that it fits your needs :)

I have posted some ideas here, here,  here and here.


msemsToday I placed a section on my blog where I will be keeping track on all (free) Store Apps that are supporting the Mobile Application Management Policies in Microsoft Intune and Configuration Manager 2012 R2 SP1.

Have a look here, and please let me know if you know other apps that are not yet listed! Let’s make a nice collection of apps together!

Till later!



Microsoft is going strong! During the May update of Microsoft Intune lot’s of new features arrived in the service. The new version of Microsoft Intune is: 5.0.5161.0. In the Administration Overview of the Microsoft Intune console you are able to see the current version and see if your tenant has been updated.

During the past week the following is added;


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briforumlondonLast week I was invited to present one session at BriForum London. BriForum is all about end-user computing as they on the website: “We live, eat and breathe at the point where end users intersect with enterprise IT technology”. A very nice conference and setup about virtualization, VDI, enterprise mobility, DaaS platforms and much more, held for the 17th time.

BriForum gives you an opportunity to interact with the speakers and fellow IT Pro’s that are attending the 30+ sessions during the two days that BriForum is happening.

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mam-sccm-00A couple of months ago I wrote a series of blogs about the Mobile Application Management Policies in Microsoft Intune. With the release of Configuration Manager 2012 R2 SP1 lot’s of new features arrived in Configuration Manager.

Both Microsoft Intune and Configuration Manager 2012 have the same Mobile Device Management features now. More on the new features in later blogs, today I want to focus on the Mobile Application Management Policies in Configuration Manager 2012 R2 SP1.

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