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    • Mon, Feb 20 2017

    Robert - ConfigMgr: LogLauncher V3.0

    A lot of my free time of late has been going into many things, one of which was redoing LogLauncher with modern ribbon look, and adding in some much needed functionality. Just a moment ago I updated the TechNet Gallery with V3.0, here’s what it looks like now: It has some strong features: Get at all ConfigMgr\SCCM logs easily, quickly Visualise changes to SCCM\ConfigMgr logs over time using the monitoring feature Open...
    • Mon, Jan 23 2017

    Peter Egerton: Cloud Management Gateway in Azure CSP

    In Configuration Manager Current Branch v1610 Microsoft released one specific feature (previously available in tech preview) called the Cloud Management Gateway. To summarise, this offers an alternative solution to internet based client management utilising Azure therefore removing the need for any internal infrastructure, port openings, network routes etc which can often be complicated and cumbersome for many IT departments...
    • Mon, Jan 23 2017

    Peter Egerton: All change!

    They say the only constant in IT is change. It’s fair to say it’s been a little while since I last did any significant writing or presenting and a lot has changed in my world since then but here I am alive and kicking and getting back into the swing of the IT community again. Where have I been? Just taking time out really, I probably last surfaced somewhere around August 2016 when I was at System Center Europe in Berlin...
    • Tue, Dec 27 2016

    Paul Winstanley: Run Citrix Receiver on a Raspberry Pi 2 or 3

    The Raspberry Pi 2 and 3 are running with enough power to act as a 'thin client' device to connect to a Citrix environment via a specific release of the Citrix Receiver. This blog post takes you through the basic steps to get you installed an...
    • Sun, Dec 18 2016

    Robert - ConfigMgr: ConfigMgr Technical Preview 1612–Features–Recognise Deployment-blocking executables

    I needed a brief moment to think of a suitable way to describe the feature for this posts title, as its pre-release name is Prevent installation of an application if a specified program is running , not as catchy as its in-console name of Installer Handling , which I decided not to use as it isn’t descriptive enough, and may not be the final name for the feature, and decided upon Recognise Deployment-blocking executables...
    • Sun, Dec 11 2016

    Robert - ConfigMgr: Another “life made easy” tool

    Finished up coding Version 2 of the Log Launcher in readiness for a weekend release. Weekends are not the best time to release tools I’ve found, but heck why sit on it a whole weekend waiting for Monday I wrote this tool for the ...
    • Thu, Nov 3 2016

    Paul Winstanley: Slow Start Menu and unresponsive Search in Windows 10 - VMWare

    I thought it would be worth popping this into a blog post as I spent many hours recently troubleshooting problems with the Windows 10 Start Menu and Search bar in a Citrix PVS environment. In some instances the Start Menu was slow to load up or other...
    • Sun, Oct 16 2016

    Robert - ConfigMgr: ConfigMgr Current Branch and Long Term Servicing Branch–LTSB or not to LTSB

    Put simply, literally just a handful of customers will be opting to install System Center Configuration Manager Long-Term Service Branch. For 99% of the rest of us, Current Branch is the install base that should be chosen. It’s where the action is at. A recent Enterprise Mobility blog post on TechNet Blogs, described the Current Branch (CB) and Long-Term Service Branch (LTSB) ‘servicing’ models: If I was to have to distil...
    • Fri, Sep 30 2016

    Robert - ConfigMgr: ConfigMgr Boundary Groups revisited

    System Center Configuration Manager Technical Preview Build 1609 was just released, and one of the most exciting enhancements, as an architect, is the redefinition of how a Boundary Group behaves. Note that there is a bug with Boundary Groups ...
    • Tue, Sep 20 2016

    Robert - ConfigMgr: ConfigMgr Port Checker–CheckPort

    Finding that I often do quick port tests related to ConfigMgr installations @ customer sites, and my traditional approach was to use TELNET and NETSTAT together, checking for ports marked as SYN (no synchronisation packet came back) as an indicator that the port is blocked or not being listened on, so I thought, why don’t I write a new (extensible) Tcp port checker to do the job for me. Falling back to the classic Tcp...
    • Tue, Aug 23 2016

    Robert - ConfigMgr: ConfigMgr Technical Preview 1608 – Bag of awesomeness

    Hey you! ConfigMgr Current Branch Technical Preview build 1608 has released . I highly recommend building a lab VM to host a technical preview build, seeketh out a guide from Niall Brady and others on how to setup the Technical Preview, having one so you can check out impending features is the way to be super cool and be up on the latest product developments. Here’s a run down of the features available for tire kicking...
    • Tue, Aug 9 2016

    Robert - ConfigMgr: ConfigMgr and the Cloud Proxy Point

    Technical Preview 5 using Build 1606 or 1607 let's you play around with the new Cloud Proxy feature, and I thought I’d run up a guide on this awesome feature to help others reach out to play with it a bit more easily, as it is a very enabling architectural element for us to have in the design toolkit and worth checking out. I found the release notes to be a little short on a few details when I got this guide underway...
    • Sat, Aug 6 2016

    Paul Winstanley: Running Ubuntu and Bash on Windows 10 Anniversary Update

    Windows 10 Anniversary Update allows you to run Ubuntu and the Bash shell. This is an optional feature and is switched on via Windows features. Once enabled you'll need to restart your device. You'll then be able to search for bash. a...
    • Sun, Jul 31 2016

    Robert - ConfigMgr: Push-based Replica Management Point

    I decided a while back that when I finally set about to publically document the pathway to enable a new type of Replica Management Point in ConfigMgr, that I wouldn’t go into much detail explaining what a Replica Management Point is, or ...
    • Thu, Jul 14 2016

    Robert - ConfigMgr: I Am Back!

    After a long holiday away from blogging, I am back! Over the next few months I plan on overviewing all the cool Technical Preview features, as well as rocking on back to Current Branch to kick the tyres on the super awesome functionality that is bundled. One technology I haven’t covered much outside of work is Intune. I’m really liking how that technology is progressing, and I plan on pushing out a few posts over the...
    • Tue, Jun 21 2016

    Peter Egerton: Update 1606 for Configuration Manager Tech Preview

    Update 1606 for Configuration Manager Tech Preview is now available through the Updates and Servicing node of your Configuration Manager Technical Preview installation. https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/enterprisemobility/2016/06/20/update-1606-for-configuration-manager-technical-preview-available-now ConfigMgr as a managed installer with Device Guard ( https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/enterprisemobility/2016/06...
    • Wed, Jun 8 2016

    Peter Egerton: **UPDATED** Configuration Manager Patch - KB3155482

    On the 27th May 2016 Microsoft released an update rollup for Configuration Manager Current Branch related to knowledgebase article KB3155482 . This is a significant update in that it is the first update rollup to be released through the current branch...
    • Tue, May 24 2016

    Peter Egerton: Configuration Manager in a single label domain

    I’ve been implementing Configuration Manager in an organisation recently which has multiple domains including a single label domain. Now to cut the whole post short I’m not going to step you through how to implement in a single label domain, it can’t/shouldn’t/isn’t supported to be done unless you set up a disjointed DNS namespace. I’m installing Configuration in a sub domain and that is all happy and wonderful so far...
    • Mon, May 23 2016

    Robert - ConfigMgr: WSUS and KB3159706 - ESD decryption provision

    Be aware, some of my customers and others in the community have been reporting issues once KB3159706 is deployed to their WSUS servers. This is a known issue, and you’ll need to do the manual steps at the end of the KB3159706 article to get your WSUS server operational again. This patch replaces KB3148812 which kind of had some ‘issues’. Here is an example of the kind of whining you’ll get if you connect to WSUS once...
    • Fri, May 20 2016

    Peter Egerton: System Center Universe 2016 – Berlin

    If you follow WMUG the chances are you work with Microsoft System Center products, there is also a good chance that you’re in Europe. Quite probably, you like to attend seminars/conferences and user groups meetings too. Who doesn’t? It’s a day off work and you get to learn stuff and hang out with like minded people who you can bounce ideas off. So with that in mind I present to you… 3 days of top quality sessions in 4...
    • Tue, Apr 5 2016

    Peter Egerton: Using the TLS cipher in Configuration Manager

    Before we get into this I should state that I’m not an IT security expert, I apologise up front for any inaccuracies or misunderstandings I may have made in this post. Feel free to correct me in the comments I was asked recently to extend an existing Configuration Manager environment to manage a number of untrusted devices. The solution to this involved creating a new HTTPS enabled management point, distribution point...
    • Mon, Apr 4 2016

    Peter Egerton: UK IT Roadshow - Hybrid Cloud Infrastructure & DevOps

    If you are interested in what Microsoft have to offer in the way of hybrid cloud and devops then I’m pleased to say that I will be speaking on 27th April in Birmingham at the Microsoft UK IT Roadshow. I will be speaking alongside a great speaker line up including Gordon McKenna – Cloud and Datacenter Management MVP (12th year!) Martyn Coupland – DevOps Team Leader and Author Ryan Boud – Senior Cloud Consultant and Author...
    • Sun, Apr 3 2016

    Peter Egerton: Book - Troubleshooting System Center Configuration Manager

    Well it’s been a little while now since I’ve done much blogging, particularly for WMUG as I’ve been a little pre-occupied the past 12 months or so writing a book with Packt Publishing. I’m very happy that my WMUG colleague Gerry Hampson agreed to co-author with me and he did a great job too. As the title suggests the book covers troubleshooting of Configuration Manager and covers many aspects of the product in all recent...
    • Fri, Mar 11 2016

    Robert - ConfigMgr: ConfigMgr Build 1602– Deploy overview

    Today I see that ConfigMgr current Branch B1602 released, I installed it onto 1511 today, and thought I’d put together a brief guide to provide a light overview of the installation process, showing how easy it is now that it is integrated into the product . Configuration Manager as a Service (CaaS) really is kicking in, with the flow of change ramping up. The actual Updates and Servicing feature entirety relies on the...
    • Sat, Mar 5 2016

    Robert - ConfigMgr: ConfigMgr B1511 and On-Premise MDM

    I thought I’d cover On premise Mobile Device Management using ConfigMgr Build 1511. So let’s take a look. The simplified list of the pro’s and con’s of mobile device management versus full client management, laid...
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