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It’s friday afternoon, and I’m sitting in my office, preparing my new SCCM 2012 R2 demo environment for the upcomming Microsoft CampusDays in Copenhagen. During this preperation I just noticed a new default built-in query; “All jailbroken or rooted devices”. It really made me smile, and gave me a few ideas to a new demo. So I though I’d share it here Have a great weekend.

Today I got a support call from a customer, where all software update was being deployed successfully, except the Microsoft Office 2010 Service Pack 2. About a year ago, I had customer with a similar issue, so I though, it might be worth sharing in a blog post… At this customer all clients was stuck at “Downloading (87% Complete)….” System Center 2012 Configuration Manager had a lot of great built-in reports, and the report; “Management 7 – Updates in a deployment missing content”, will show what deployed updates is missing content in the packages/distribution points. The report showed us, that…

Today I received an email from Microsoft and I am delighted to share that I have been awarded “Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) 2013 for the sixth consecutive year in Configuration Manager/Enterprise Client Management. I would like to thank everyone of you who have supported me in any form especially my family, friends, colleagues, all members of the Danish System Center User Group and other community partners. But also my MVP Lead, fellow MVPs and the Configuration Manager team at Microsoft in Redmond. A team of people I really admire and respect for their dedication and knowledge. The following is…

Microsoft has release a preview of the next version of the “Cloud OS” vision. This release was announced at TechEd Europe during the Keynote in Madrid earlier today. This release includes both the Server OS, the System Center suite, SQL and Windows Azure. Evaluation versions of this new “R2” wave, is now available on MSDN and TechNet: Windows Server Evaluations Windows Server 2012 R2 Preview for IT Professionals Windows Server 2012 R2 Preview on Windows Azure Windows Server 2012 R2 Preview for Developers Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials Preview Windows ADK 8.1 Preview Remote Server Administration Tools for Windows 8.1…

Introduction A couple of months ago, I wrote the “Installing SCCM 2012 SP1 CU1 – Quick Start Guide”, and this post has been one of most visited blog post I’ve ever created, so my guess is that it would good idea to create one for Cumulative Update 2 (CU2). Installing this update is very similar to CU1, but a few things has changed. In this blog post, I’ll walk you through the upgrade process step-by-step, in a standalone primary scenario. As always you should start by checking the health of the system, very the backup etc. Just like any other…

I’m a huge fan of Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT), so with the announcement of SCCM 2012 R2 adopting some of the core MDT features, I was wondering what the roadmap would be with the “LiteTouch” product. At TechEd, Aaron Czechowski and Michael gave some of these answers, and so far it’s looking good . Here is what they shared at TechEd 2013 in New Orleans during the “What’s New with Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2012 Update 1” Session: The preview release of MDT 2013 will be available in June 2013. Added support for the following scenarios: Windows 8.1 Windows Server 2012…

Microsoft TechEd North America 2013 in New Orleans has kicked off, and the sessions has started to show up on Channel 9, where most sessions and PowerPoint slides will be available 24 hours after the presentation. I’ve just watched the WCA-B328 Microsoft System Center 2012 SP1 – Configuration Manager Overview session by Jason Adams and Dilip Radhakrishnan. And even if it the session title says SCCM 2012 SP1, lots of the new R2 stuff was covered. Truly a great overview session. View online session: http://channel9.msdn.com/Events/TechEd/NorthAmerica/2013/WCA-B328 Download PowerPoint: http://video.ch9.ms/sessions/teched/na/2013/WCA-B328.pptx Here are my notes from the session:(The R2 screenshots are from the…

Why this post? I often get questions on requirement rules and global expressions, so I thought I’d make a blog post to explain some of the things you might need to consider, before you choose what strategy and method you want use, and also what kind of reporting you need. Introduction When deploying applications in System Center 2012 Configuration Manager (SCCM 2012), requirement rules are often used to determine what deployment type are to be used in the current scenario. But even if the application only have a single deployment type, I still recommend to use requirement rules to reduce the risk…

One of the new feature that has been added in ConfigMgr 2012 SP1 (and updated to support 32-bit in CU1), is support for deploying Windows to computers that are configured to use UEFI. I’m currently working on a Windows 8 deployment project, where one of the requirements was to support Windows 8 deployment to UEFI enabled devices. At this customer, we also integrated MDT 2012 with ConfigMgr 2012. The configuration was easy, and PXE boot worked like a charm. But after the OS Image was downloaded the Task Sequence failed, and after a few minutes we found the problem. The…

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