Archive for March, 2012
Were you unable to register for MMS before the record-breaking sell out this year? The MMS team has made it possible for everyone to join the event virtually!Watch the Keynotes LIVE
Brad Anderson, CVP Management and Security Division will be presenting: Microsoft Private Cloud. Built for the Future. Ready Now. April 17 | 8:30AM – 9:45AM A World of Connected Devices April 18 | 8:30AM – 9:45AM
MMS offers over 175 breakout More >
OS Deployment and patch management has always been big challenge for many admins around the world. Not just the testing, but also to get the customer image patched made many ConfigMgr admins a lot older .
One of the new features in ConfigMgr 2012 allows you to apply updates to an OS image that’s been imported to the ConfigMgr 2012 library. This feature only supports “Component Based Servicing” (CBS) updates, and can be applied to Windows Vista and above.
To use this feature, navigate to Software Library -> Overview -> Operating Systems – Operating System Images, select the Image that you wish More >
Before you start adding drivers to Configuration Manager, you should spend a few minutes to decide where and how you wish to structure your drivers. There is no “one-size fits all”, but this model should fit most customers.
The Driver Source The driver source, is the path where the drivers are imported from. The source files should always be placed on at network share, that can be accessed from the Configuration Manager Site Server. I always prefer to use DFS, as it provide me the flexibility I need when migrating ConfigMgr or the file servers hosting the source files.
This is how I like to More >
Support for file shares that use the Server Message Block (SMB) 2.2 protocol
Live migration enhancements
Virtual Machine Manager (VMM) in the community technology preview (CTP) of System Center 2012 SP1 provides the following new features:
VMM in the CTP release of System Center 2012 SP1 provides support for the network virtualization capabilities available in Windows Server "8" Beta.
Network virtualization provides the ability to run multiple virtual network infrastructures, potentially with overlapping IP addresses, on More >
The built-in migration tool in System Center 2012 Configuration Manager is a great tool to help you in the process of migrating from Configuration Manager 2007 to System Center 2012 Configuration Manager. It can migrate all your content like packages, drivers, Task Sequences, OS images etc. But if you’ve integrated the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2010 Update 1(MDT) in your current environment, the Task Sequence might have steps that can’t be migrated to the new version.
To migrate an MDT 2010 Task Sequence, you need to integrate MDT 2012 with the ConfigMgr 2012 site. But the wizard can only More >
When troubleshooting OS Deployment in System Center 2012 Configuration Manager, I really miss the state messages from the advertisement status in ConfigMgr 2007.
You can find the same information in reports, but for this scenario, I really prefer the Status Messages.
This guide will help you create a Status Message Query for a Specific Deployment ID.
First you need to get the deployment ID of the Task Sequence you wish to monitor.
Monitoring -> Overview -> Deployments. (The Deployment ID are not displayed by default).
Navigate to the Status Message Queries:
Monitoring -> Overview -> System More >
I’ve been playing around with Windows 8 Beta today, and it’s amazing how well the OS integrates with Windows Live, SkyDrive and other cloud services.
When I wanted to enable BitLocker it even recommended to save the recovery key to SkyDrive.
Awesome. Looking forward to see the final release in a near future.