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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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What a great list of speakers next week.

What a great list of speakers during IT/Dev Connections.

Last week I had the honor to present a session at the IT/Dev Connections conference in the Aria Hotel in Las Vegas. IT/Dev Connections is a conference with 227 sessions across 5 tracks that attracts top speakers from around the world. IT/Dev Connections is a community friendly conference where nobody gets lost and the quality of the (technical!) sessions are high. A great environment to learn the latest from your peers and meet them to network and exchange knowledge. If you was not able to join, be sure to watch the website for IT/Dev Connections because the date of next year will be announced soon.  Read more

Last week I had a nice meeting with Parallels in Las Vegas when I learned that a new version of Parallels Mac Management for SCCM was released. Version 3.1 has a lot of fixes but also some new cool features and improvements. Below the following improvements are announced and available from the release notes;


  • Added ability to initiate policy download from Mac Client.
  • Added ability to uninstall Applications via Parallels Application Portal on Mac.
  • Added sorting of applications in Parallels Application Portal.
  • PKI certificates are now stored in Keychain on Macs.
  • Personal FileVault 2 recovery keys are now stored in Keychain on Macs.

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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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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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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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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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mac-os-x-parallels-00At TechEd North America I came across the booth from Parallels and they were advertising with a product called Parallels Mac Management for ConfigMgr. Parallels Mac Management for SCCM was awarded with the “The Best of TechEd award”. So for me worthwhile looking at and of course everything that integrates with ConfigMgr 2012 attracts my attention 😉 This blog is a review of Parallels Mac Management, let’s have a look. In Part 1 we will have a look at the features, the components and how we are able to deploy the client.

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mdm seriesUnfortunately my Windows IT Pro sessions about the Microsoft’s Mobile Device Management solutions were cancelled due the lack of booked “seats” in the virtual classroom. Sad that it won’t go through, I put a lot of effort in it. But the good thing about that it is cancelled is that I am able to share everything with you on my blog. 🙂

So what I am planning to do is to write a series of blogs and record a series of short webcasts to show you how to build a complete Mobile Device Management solution with Exchange 2013, Configuration Manager 2012 R2 and Windows Intune. All together managed from Configuration Manager 2012 R2.

In this blog I will give an overview of the Exchange ActiveSync Connector and refer a lot to earlier blogs about this feature within Configuration Manager 2012 R2.

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Today the first Cumulative Update for Configuration Manager 2012 R2 has been released. Cumulative Update 1 will fix issues related to the following areas:


  • Administrator Console
  • Mobile Device Management
  • Reporting
  • Application Virtualization
  • Internet-based clients
  • Software Center
  • Operating system deployment
  • Endpoint Protection
  • Application management
  • Supported operating systems (Mac OS X 10.9)
  • Site systems
  • Windows PowerShell
  • Wake-up proxy

Download and read more about the update here.