All posts tagged OS Deployment

pmm-4-03Last year I wrote several blogs about a great plugin for Configuration Manager 2012 R2, Parallels Mac Management for Configuration Manager. While I was in Denver for BriForum presenting about the 3.5 version, the new version 4.0 was released with some great new features related to OS Deployment of Mac OS X images.

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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.

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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sccm2012-logoWith the upcoming release of Service Pack 1 for Configuration Manager 2012 lots of really cool new features come available to us. I would like to dedicate the next blogs to my top 10 new features in Configuration Manager 2012. Kicking off in part 1 about a new enhancements while deploying a Task Sequence.

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While implementing Configuration Manager 2012 at a customer recently, I had a nice Configuration Manager experience which I really want to share. 😉 See the following scenario; for security reasons a  customer is not allowing DHCP in their network. For this customer I need to implement a Operating System Deployment solution with Configuration Manager.

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I came across an old issue that is still there when installing Software Updates during the Operating System Deployment process. This is what happens, when there are too many Software Updates available for installation, the deployment process can hang while “Waiting for job status notification”. This issue can occur in while deploying Windows 7 via Configuration Manager 2007 but also with Configuration Manager 2012. It is a Windows 7 issue, nevertheless Configuration Manager 2012 has a nice feature to overcome this issue.

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This time just a quick note about something nice 😉 While playing around with Configuration Manager 2012 and writing one of my chapters about Operating System Deployment for the book Mastering System Center 2012 Configuration Manager I came across a nice warning when a user wants to install a new Operating System.

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This week I was triggered by a question on the support forum of the Configuration Manager 2012 CEP about a nice new feature in Configuration Manager 2012. With Configuration Manager 2012 you are able to service your OS Images by integrating the latest Software Updates from the Configuration Manager Console. Let’s see how this works.

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During the Microsoft Management Summit in Las Vegas a couple of weeks ago, Deployment guru Johan Arwidmark had a session about troubleshooting Configuration Manager 2007 OS Deployments. During this session Johan had a couple of nice tips to make the troubleshooting a little bit easier.

One of the tips was adding the “SMS Trace” (trace32.exe) tool to Windows PE and changing the log size of the smsts.log file. Normally this file has a maximum size of 1MB, after the file reaches the maximum size another smsts-<date>.log file will be created. Also this file has a limit of 1 MB and it will rollover when the maximum size is reached. With setting the maximum log size to a higher level no log entries will be lost. Read more

Day two at the Microsoft Management Summit started with the Keynote of Brad Anderson, the corporate vice president of the Management and Security Division at Microsoft. This Keynote was about “You. Empowered By The Cloud”, giving the vision of Microsoft about the Public and Private Cloud. During the Keynote some nice announcements were made.

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