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  • Blog Post: Install App-V Sequencer

    Hi All, this is another step-by-step on how to run Java virtualized app's with SCCM 2012 SP1 I already downloaded and installed SCCM 2012 SP1 Beta (More info about it here ) Before you start, download and install the following softwares: 1- Download app-v 5 from https://connect.microsoft.com/MDOPTAP...
  • Blog Post: Windows 8

    Hi All, another step-by-step, but this time is deploying Windows 8 (I'm using Enterprise x64) with SCCM 2012 SP1 Beta. To Start, copy the Windows 8 DVD file to a place where the Server can access and share the folder. I'm using D:\Source$\Windows 8 Enterprise x64 and the share is Source$. I'm...
  • Blog Post: Office 2013 (Part 1)

    Hi All, another step-by-step, but this time is how to deploy office 2013 using CM12. This is part 1 of 2. In this post, we'll prepare the installation files. 1st, you need to download the office 2013 from the net. I downloaded it from the MSDN website and the file name is en_office_professional_plus_2013_preview_x64_916516...
  • Blog Post: System Center 2012 Configuration Manager + Windows Server 2012 + SQL 2012 CU 3 + SUSE Cross Platform Client

    Now the 2012 family all work together, well, in the lab until SP1 for System Center 2012 Configuration Manager is released Server 2012 SQL 2012 Customer Update 3 ConfigMgr 2012 SP1 Beta Cross Platform Client Some rough shots of SUSE Enterprise Linux 11 SP 2 showing up in the CM12 SP1 Beta console The...
  • Blog Post: Office 2013 (Part 2)

    Hi All, this is the part 2 on deploying office 2013 with SCCM 2012 SP1 Beta. Part 1 is available here 1. Now, open the CM12 console, go to Software Library -> Application Management and Applications 2. Click Create application 3. On Location, browse to proplusww.msi (where you extract the Office,...
  • Blog Post: Install Guide - ConfigMgr 2012 SP1 Beta + Server 2012 + SQL 2012 CU 3

    *** UPDATED *** Here's a guide for installing ConfigMgr 2012 SP1 Beta onto Windows 2012 with SQL 2012 RTM CU 3 Please keep in mind that this guide is suited for the lab only, do not use SP1 Beta in production. There is no upgrade path from SP1 Beta to SP1 RTM We can now for the first time join together...
  • Blog Post: ConfigMgr 2012 SP1 Beta & Linux Client

    Hi All, over the past few days i was playing with SCCM 2012 SP1 Beta and Linux...and i have to say that there are few bugs (i'll see bellow), but it works quite well... anyway...before you start, you need a Linux box...I'm using Suse Enterprise Server 11. I downloaded it from https://www.suse...
  • Blog Post: Deploying Windows 8 Apps

    Hi All, another step-by-step, now on deploying windows 8 apps... 1st of all, create your app (you can follow my post on how to do it here) Now, on CM console, we need to change the powershell execution policy, to do this, change the default client settings -> computer agent ...
  • Blog Post: [Project] - CM12 Automation - beta is coming

    Hi All, I'm really loving doing this project..and it is almost in a beta stage...there are lots of things to do still and i'd love your imput, even for bugs..(send it to me to raphael AT rflsystems.co.uk) Anyway...the webpage of the project is http://cm12automation.codeplex.com/ and the beta...
  • Blog Post: [Project] - CM12 Automation - beta release

    Hi All, today i'm proud to announce the release of the CM12 Automation beta... The download can be found at http://cm12automation.codeplex.com/releases/view/95777 and for more information on how to use it, look at this post: http://wmug.co.uk/wmug/b/dotraphael/archive/2012/09/28/project-cm12-automation...
  • Blog Post: Monitoring Bandwidth Transfer

    Hi All, i'm doing some tests and i'd like to monitor the network bandwidth to confirm the amount of data transfered from the server to the client (and vice versa) during many actions, like OS Deployment, SW Deployment, etc... i was looking over the net (and asked help from MVP friends), but unfortunatelly...
  • Blog Post: Which one is the right method to deploy apps during OS Deployment?

    Hi All, Many times I’m asked: How should I deploy this app: Add it to the base image, during the OS Deployment (as application) or after (sw deployment via computer collections/user) This is a trick question and my answer is always couple of questions: 1- Size of the application 2- How...
  • Blog Post: [Project] - CM12 Automation - RC is coming

    Hi All, This project is really going somewhere, i received lots of inputs, including lots of Microsoft people, what is really great... Anyway..i'm finishing the RC version (final testings) and i hope i'll be able to publish it before christmas... at the moment, these are the main changes: 1-...
  • Blog Post: [Project] - CM12 Automation RC is out!

    Hi All, i've been busy working on the RC release of CM12Automation (http://cm12automation.codeplex.com/) and today i'm happy to say that it has been released... the codeplex page is being updated and also, i'm uploading videos on youtube. I'll update this page once everyting is there...
  • Blog Post: 3rd Party patch management - Part 1

    Hi All, this is the beginning of a series of posts about 3rd party software management. but before we start this, i want to say that the focus of this will be configuration manager 2012 SP1 and nothing else. Few days ago, Department of Homeland Security advised to stop using java due security "problems"...
  • Blog Post: 3rd Party patch management - Part 2

    Hi all, in this post i'll start installing SolarWinds patch manager... i'm using the beta version that is compatible with Windows Server 2012 and System Center 2012 Configuration Manager SP1. To download it, go to solarwinds webpage ( http://www.solarwinds.com/patch-manager.aspx ). The current...
  • Blog Post: 3rd Party patch management - Part 3

    Hi all, on this post we'll start the configuration of the software. to do this we need open the Patch Manager console. on the Product features selection, select system center configuration manager extension pack and click continue on welcome solarwinds patch manager getting started guide...
  • Blog Post: 3rd Party patch management - Part 4

    Hi All, this is the part 4 where we will see how to prepare the environment (gpo and certificates). As we are using a self-signed certificate, we need install this certificate on all machines that will connect to the wsus, it means, every single machine on the network. to do it easily, i'll be doing...
  • Blog Post: 3rd Party patch management - Part 5

    Hi All, this is the part 5 where we will see how to install a remote console and integrate with SCCM 2012 SP1. I'll be using the SCCM Site Server itself instead of a remote SCCM Console. the 1st step, execute the patch manager setup on the welcome screen, click next accept the license...
  • Blog Post: 3rd Party patch management - Part 6

    Hi All, this is the part 6, last one talking about SolarWinds Patch Manager, and in this post we'll see how to publish updates to be used by the SCCM... 1st, on the SCCM console, go to Software Library, 3rd Party Updates, Updates overview, all updates, this month under Vendors, click Mozila...
  • Blog Post: 3rd Party patch management - Part 7

    Hi all, in this post i'll start preparing the server for Secunia CSI... i'm using the CSI v6 that is compatible with Windows Server 2012 and System Center 2012 Configuration Manager SP1. To download it, go to secunia webpage ( http://secunia.com/products/corporate/csi/ ). there is also the...
  • Blog Post: 3rd Party patch management - Part 8

    Hi all, today we'll set up the CSI and to do this, you will need to run the csi as administrator once you open, connect using your CSI username/password if its the 1st time, it will ask you information about the password, recovery, etc... once its done, you'll be able to scan hosts...
  • Blog Post: 3rd Party patch management - Part 9

    Hi all, today we'll set up the CSI SCCM Plugin. To do this, you need to download it from http://secunia.com/vulnerability_scanning/corporate/sccm_plugin/ Once you have downloaded, execute it (I'm doing it on the SCCM Server itself). On the Welcome screen, click Next Choose where you...
  • Blog Post: 3rd Party patch management - Part 10

    Hi All, today is the last part of the secunia csi integration after the installation, open the SCCM console as administrator navigate to software library (note that there is a new node called Secunia) expand the node and click configure and enter your credentials if you havent configured...
  • Blog Post: Lab - System Center 2012 Configuration Manager - #5 MDT 2012

    NOTE: I had to move a few articles I wrote away from their existing location and on over to this blog, it’s old information now, since we have MDT 2013! Here's a quick guide to installing MDT 2012 Update 1 Beta 1. There isn't much to the installation itself, and is intuitive enough not to need...