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Cloud and Data Center

Today I got a call from a System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM/ConfigMgr) customer that wanted to automate the creation of device collections for each SCCM client version, that was in their environment. I guess summer time means “time to cleanup/fix all the broken clients” :-)A couple of years ago I create another similar script for CU updates: https://gallery.technet.microsoft.com/SCCM-Creating-Collections-f334c7f0 but this time I wanted to make the script simpler, fully automated and only create the collections that was needed by the customer.This script will pull a list of all the client versions from the SCCM site server, and create a collection…

This week Microsoft will kick off the Tech Summit event in Copenhagen, where you have the opportunity to meet Microsoft, Community Experts and Microsoft Partners. After the last session Thursday, you can join me at the “Ask the Experts Reception” where Speakers, Microsoft and Community experts will help you with all your technical questions, about Microsoft Technologies and the transition to the cloud. One of the great things about the Microsoft Tech Summit is opportunity to meet with colleagues, customers, partners, fellow MVP’s and friends. So, if you want to have a chat, coffee or a beer during the event…

Today I got a call from a customer that was working on a Office 365 Project. As part of the Project they wanted to change the Exchange Email Address Policies to filter on the Company Name for each user. Only problem was that some of the users had a blank or misspelled Company name…Luckily, someone invented PowerShell so we started by pulling a list of all Company Names by running this command:Get-ADUser -Filter * -Properties Company | Group Company | Select Name,CountThe result was as expected… Too many company names. Misspelled Company Names and users with no company name specified…

This year, I’ll be presenting at the Global Azure Bootcamp in Aarhus, Denmark.So if you want to meet with peers and learn more about Azure, this is the event you don’t want to miss.This is a full day event with lots of sessions, Ask-The-Experts and Hands-on labs. And its 100% free!About Global Azure Global BootcampGlobal Azure BootCamp is a free one-day training event, taking place on the 22nd of April 2017 in several venues worldwide, driven by local Microsoft Azure enthusiasts and experts. Our goal is to provide the catalyst for Azure communities to grow around the world, not just…

Last week Microsoft Released a new version of Azure AD Connect, which is now incremented to version 1.1.443.0. This March update includes the following improvement:Fixed issuesAzure AD Connect syncFixed an issue which causes Azure AD Connect wizard to fail if the display name of the Azure AD Connector does not contain the initial onmicrosoft.com domain assigned to the Azure AD tenant. Fixed an issue which causes Azure AD Connect wizard to fail while making connection to SQL database when the password of the Sync Service Account contains special characters such as apostrophe, colon and space. Fixed an issue which causes…

Next month I’ve been invited to deliver a session about “Protecting Cloud Data and Identities using Microsoft EMS” at the Lowlands Unite event in Amsterdam. This a great event where both national and international top speakers will be delivering technical sessions about Enterprise Mobility, Azure and System Center. Check out the full agenda and register here:http://wmug.nl/2017/02/15/11-april-lowlands-unite-netherlands-edition/ Speakers Enterprise Mobility / Enterprise Client Management track Azure / OMS / System Center track Looking forward to see you all in Amsterdam!

Today I was working with a customer that wanted upgrade MBAM from 2.0 to 2.5 SP1. It was a simple stand-alone configuration with a two server setup. Deployed exactly like this example: https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/3046555. Great guide. The upgrade process is (normally) pretty straight forward. Basically, you need to back up the database, uninstall the old version of MBAM, Install the new version of MBAM and then run the configuration wizard. But in this scenario the IIS service didn’t survive the upgrade, so the helpdesk and the self-service portal wasn’t working. So while we’re trying to fix this problem, helpdesk calls for…

With the release of Windows 10, more and more customers are starting to move from the traditional KMS based activation model to Active Directory-based activation (ADBA). In a single domain environment, the setup process is really simple, and a complete step-by-step guide can be found here: https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dn613828.aspx. But if you’re using a multi domain setup, you might see this errors when you try to Activate online. In this specific scenario, we had the KMS server installed the child domain, and new servers in the forest root domain was activated using a MAK key. This is not supported if you want…

When you install the latest cumulative update for System Center 2012 Configuration Manager (SCCM), it automatically creates 4 new packages for client, server and console updates. If you forget to clean up after each update, you’ll end up a situation like this: Unfortunately the SCCM user interface does not support multiselect and delete, so if you want to delete all these packages, you need to walk through the delete wizard for each package. That is both extremely boring but also takes a lot of time. So I wrote this little PowerShell script that will delete all post SCCM 2012 CU4…

Here is a list of all the 35 NEW cmdlets that was added in System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager CU4. More information and examples will be added to this post later. Add-CMDeploymentTypeDependency Add-CMDeploymentTypeSupersedence ConvertFrom-CMApplication ConvertFrom-CMConfigurationItem ConvertTo-CMApplication ConvertTo-CMConfigurationItem Get-CMClientOperation Get-CMCertificate Get-CMDeploymentTypeDependency Get-CMDeploymentTypeDependencyGroup Get-CMDeploymentTypeSupersedence Get-CMMigrationSource Get-CMObjectSecurityScope Get-CMQuery Get-CMSiteRole Invoke-CMQuery Invoke-CMSystemDiscovery Invoke-CMUserDiscovery Invoke-GroupDiscovery New-CMADGroupDiscoveryScope New-CMDeploymentTypeDependencyGroup New-CMEmbeddedObjectInstance New-CMEmbeddedProperty New-CMEmbeddedPropertyList New-CMQuery Remove-CMCollection Remove-CMDeploymentTypeDependency Remove-CMDeploymentTypeDependencyGroup Remove-CMDeploymentTypeSupersedence Remove-CMQuery Set-CMDeploymentTypeDependency Set-CMDeploymentTypeDependencyGroup Set-CMDeploymentTypeSupersedence Set-CMQuery Sync-CMMigrationSource /Enjoy

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