All posts tagged System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager

WP_20151031_17_16_49_ProIn my blog of a couple of weeks ago I wrote to you that ConfigMgr is alive and kicking and ready for the future, and so it is! The first week of November we were as Enterprise Mobility MVP’s invited at the MVP Summit to attend 4,5 days full of System Center Configuration Manager and Microsoft Intune content.

Unfortunately for you most of it was NDA and we are not allowed to talk about it. Except for one part, we were able to be part of a real hackaton with the Configuration Manager product group!

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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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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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Busy times while Ignite is going forward. Yesterday the Configuration Manager team released Cumulative Update 5 for Configuration Manager 2012 R2.

This bundle of updates/fixes will fix issues in the following areas;

  • Reporting
  • Software Distribution and application management
  • Site servers and site systems
  • Client
  • Operating system deployment
  • Endpoint Protection

The new version of Configuration Manager is 5.0.7958.1604 and the Endpoint Protection client will have 4.7.0209.0 as the new version. It can be downloaded here.

rbaTogether with some customers of mine we are testing and implementing Microsoft Intune connected with Configuration Manager 2012 R2 (hybrid scenario). Regardless of the fact the Configuration Manager 2012 R2 is managed by the Configuration Manager admins they want to be able to give certain employees (admins) of their company only permissions to manage only the mobile devices and configuring and deploying settings and profiles for those devices. To be able to do this we need to use the Role Based Administration feature in Configuration Manager, we would be able to use some of the default roles but I created a couple that combine everything we need.

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BLOG-1000070While writing my last blog I realized myself that in Microsoft Intune, where the Mobile Device Management Authority has been set to Configuration Manager, objects of devices and users were also appearing in Microsoft Intune. Correct me if I am wrong, but earlier this was not the case. Let’s see why those objects are now also in Microsoft Intune.

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BLOG-1000140Yesterday announced and today a new Intune Extension for Configuration Manager 2012 R2 was available. The extension enables us to set up conditional access for customers using Exchange Online, you are able to restrict Exchange ActiveSync for users that have their devices enrolled.

Let’s see how this works together with Exchange Online.

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BLOG-1000135Last week I had a couple of content related issues at a customer after a Configuration Manager 2012 SP1 to Configuration Manager 2012 R2 upgrade. What happened is that one day all the content was nicely distributed to the distribution points and after enabling Content Validation on the Distribution Points almost half of the packages were “gone”.

After redistributing the content to the distribution point it all looked well again, but after a content validation task the content “is gone” again. (see in the left picture) Let’s see what happened.

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A for your info blog. 😉 As I guess many IT-Pros are using the new Windows 10 builds daily to test the new great Operating System. Same here, I know we are not really supposed to do that but in a way it is eat your own dog food 😉 and you are able to give good feedback while using it on a daily basis! A couple of weeks ago one of my colleagues wanted to push the Configuration Manager 2012 R2 client after I had tested enrolling Windows 10 into Microsoft Intune, but for some reason he was not able to push it.

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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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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!