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  • Blog Post: System Center 2012 Configuration Manager R2–New Software Updates specific Maintenance Window

    Handy new enhancement to Maintenance Windows is the Software Updates specific Maintenance Window, which compliments the existing Maintenance Window type (All deployments) and the Task Sequence Maintenance Window type, which, once defined, will install all Software Updates through that defined schedule...
  • Blog Post: System Center 2012 Configuration Manager R2– Virtual Hard Disk feature

    Virtual Hard Disks. It’s a rather odd inclusion in the pantheon of updates that come in System Center 2012 Configuration Manager R2, but curiously, it fits well and opens up a door for creating bespoke VHD’s built directly from custom task sequence. These VHD’s can then be moved by whatever means to...
  • Blog Post: Lab - System Center 2012 Configuration Manager - #1 The Lab

    REPOST - Lab - System Center 2012 Configuration Manager - #1 The Lab 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 ConfigMgr 2012 R2! This guide kicks off my tour of System Center 2012 Configuration Manager...
  • Blog Post: Lab - System Center 2012 Configuration Manager - CAS - #2 Do I need one

    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 ConfigMgr 2012 R2! Following on from my previous article on System Center 2012 Configuration Manager where I talked about setting up a good test last, we can...
  • Blog Post: Lab - System Center 2012 Configuration Manager– #3 Setting up the CAS

    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 ConfigMgr 2012 R2! Following on from my previous article for System Center 2012 Configuration Manager where I talked about the pro’s and con’s of having a Central...
  • Blog Post: Lab - System Center 2012 Configuration Manager - #4 Setting up the Primary

    Lab - System Center 2012 Configuration Manager - #4 Setting up the Primary 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 ConfigMgr 2012 R2! Following on from my previous article on System Center 2012 Configuration...
  • 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...
  • Blog Post: Lab - System Center 2012 Configuration Manager - #6 CMTrace

    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 ConfigMgr 2012 R2! I thought I’d write some stuff about CMTrace, the Configuration Manager free log tracing tool. I still find folks who don’t know how useful...
  • Blog Post: WMUG Interview - Johan Arwidmark - ECM MVP - DeploymentArtist

    WMUG presents an interview with Johan Arwidmark ConfigMgr ECM MVP, consultant, trainer, speaker, presenter and director of DeploymentArtist. The host for this interview is Robert Marshall ConfigMgr ECM MVP, consultant, trainer and director of SMSMarshall Ltd, and the recording was made over Lync as...
  • Blog Post: WMUG Interview–Johan Arwidmark

    I managed to get Johan Arwidmark ECM MVP (ConfigMgr + MDT) together for another in the WMUG Interview series The interview is audio only, no access to a web cam when we began the recording. Listen to the Johan Arwidmark interview here Enjoy.
  • Blog Post: What do you want to hear about? Get in touch

    We’re making plans for our next WMUG event, the biggest one yet. So we wondered, what do you guys really want to know about? It can be anything related to the System Center product suite and it’s interoperability with other products. Azure, Virtualisation, HA, Design best practices, Intune, Orchestrator...
  • Blog Post: WMUG Event - Wally Mead–UK–November-2013

    We had Wally Mead back over for a day covering System Center 2012 Configuration Manager R2 … WMUG produced a newsletter covering the event for those that couldn’t make it. Video will appear on the WMUG website soon, but there’s 6 hours to render into sessions ready for viewing. Stay tuned. http://wmug...
  • Blog Post: Kreyos Smart Watch – WP8 Compatible

    This is a slightly off topic blog post for me but interesting all the same, although some may say that’s a matter of opinion. I’m sure most of you have heard about smart watches but I wonder how much people actually know about their capabilities or even how they work. Very simply, they hook up to your...
  • Blog Post: And now for something completely different–The CM12R2 Toolkit is here

    A bag of awesomeness dropped yesterday in the form of the System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager Toolkit . Here’s the payload of tools: Server Based Tools * DP Job Manager - A tool that helps troubleshoot and manage ongoing content distribution jobs to Configuration Manager distribution points....
  • Blog Post: WMUG Interview - Robert Marshall - ECM MVP - SMSMarshall Ltd

    WMUG presents an interview with Robert Marshall ConfigMgr ECM MVP, consultant, trainer, and director of SMSMarshall Ltd. The host for this interview is Johan Arwidmark ConfigMgr ECM MVP, consultant, trainer, presenter and director of DeploymentArtist, and the recording was made over Lync as audio...
  • Blog Post: WMUG event location

    We want to hear from you again. Where would be your preferable location for a WMUG event? Join in the poll on our LinkedIn group page - http://www.linkedin.com/groups?gid=118888 If you’re not already a group member then get yourself added and you can keep up to date with what’s going on at WMUG.
  • Blog Post: Switzerland–User Group-All day with Wally Mead and Friends

    Another awesome engineer friend of mine is giving his start-up User Group in Switzerland a go with it’s first all day event. The UG is called ConfigMgr.ch, he has an all-day event set for the 13th of Jan 2014 and the main attraction is Wally Mead along with a bunch of excellent speakers! Here’s the complete...
  • Blog Post: New ConfigMgr tool coming–Custom DDR

    *** UPDATE *** I updated the script a bit to V1.2 and produced some instructions, check it out here ( http://gallery.technet.microsoft.com/CustomDDR-for-ConfigMgr-831d30d5 ) *** UPDATE *** Wrote a new tool last night, it was actually a complete rewrite of some code I whipped up for a Client...
  • Blog Post: New Tool–CustomDDR

    *** UPDATE *** I updated the script a bit to V1.2 and produced some instructions, check it out here ( http://gallery.technet.microsoft.com/CustomDDR-for-ConfigMgr-831d30d5 ) *** UPDATE *** I’ve written a new ConfigMgr related tool to handle retrieving properties from WMI, Registry, Environment...
  • Blog Post: BenQ BL2411 Review

    I’m very fortunate to be sitting in front of a new panel I’ve got for review purposes, the BenQ BL2411PT , it’s a 16:10 (1920x1200) 24” IPS panel with quite a lot of features, and just so happens to be involved in a hot debate on whether the Dell U2412M 16:10 24” IPS panel has finally been usurped. I...
  • Blog Post: Controlling Management Point access during OSD

    I wrote a tool called SwitchMP to force an existing ConfigMgr Client to perform Management Point rotation, and while doing so attempt to control which Management Point the Client eventually selects to use. See, there’s no real Location Awareness for Management Points in ConfigMgr, not based...
  • Blog Post: Configuration Manager DP Configuration Status and Content Validation

    I was working with a customer recently on a new Configuration Manager 2012 R2 implementation and we started to come across some content mismatches between the content library and the distribution point. This is nothing new to Configuration Manager and there is lots documented about this from 2007 and...
  • Blog Post: System Center 2012 Configuration Manager R2–CU1 as arrived

    Cumulative Update 1 for System Center 20212 Configuration Manager R2 has arrived in the form of KB2938441 . Here’s the enhancements: App-V 5.0 SP2 is now supported Updated Endpoint Protection Client PowerShell changes There’s a list of bugs that have been fixed, some...
  • Blog Post: Free online training from Microsoft MVP’s

    If you have not heard about this one then you should definitely go check it out. On 31st March and 1st April Microsoft are publishing a series of videos where UK and Ireland MVP’s take you through different components of the Cloud OS. This incorporates Windows Server, Windows Client, Azure and System...
  • Blog Post: WMUG Interview - Jörgen Nilsson - ECM MVP - CCMEXEC

    WMUG presents an interview with Jörgen Nilsson, MVP in Enterprise Client Management and System Center Consultant. The host for this interview is Robert Marshall ConfigMgr ECM MVP, consultant, trainer and director of SMSMarshall Ltd, and the recording was made over Lync as audio only. We hope...