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Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2012 Update 1 Beta 1 is now available for download! This release expands the deployment capabilities with support for the latest software releases, including Windows 8 Release Preview, Windows Server 2012 Release Candidate, and System Center 2012 Configuration Manager SP1 Community Technology Preview. New features and enhancements make large-scale desktop and server deployments smoother than ever with new features, such as: New support for System Center 2012 Configuration Manager SP1 Integration with Microsoft Diagnostics and Recovery Toolset 8 (DaRT) Beta New “Build Your Own Pages” support for User-Driven Installation (UDI) Integration with System Center Orchestrator Support for…

Today I received an email from Microsoft and I am delighted to share that I have been awarded “Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) 2012 for the fifth consecutive year in System Center Configuration Manager. 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 released a new cumulative update package (CU7) for SQL Server 2008 R2. The build number is 10.50.2817.0. You can request the update here: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2703282/. Normally Microsoft don’t announce if Configuration Manager and other System Center product has support for Cumulative Update (Only Service Packs), so this update should be fully supported by System Center 2012 Configuration Manager. Don’t forget to test it in your lab first… 🙂

The Community Technology Preview (“CTP”) of System Center 2012 Configuration Manager Service Pack 1, is now available on Microsoft Download. There a lots of great new features in SP1, but most important is the support for Windows 8, Mac OS clients and Linux/Unix servers. Download the CTP build here: http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=30133 Enjoy.

After more than 3 months of waiting, I finally got my result on the Microsoft Test 71-243 “Administering & Deploying System Center 2012 Configuration Manager”. Normally I don’t do beta tests, but as a Configuration Manager MVP, I thought that this might be the right test to try, and it was really great to take the test before the product was even released. When we took the test, I was told that the result would be available within 6-8 weeks. As it turned out, it was closer to 15 weeks! Helmer Zandbergen has a blog post that explains what happened,…

This guide will help you though the process of converting a System Center 2012 Configuration Manager (SCCM) Evaluation, to a Full Product Version. From the start menu navigate to All Programs -> Microsoft System Center 2012 -> Configuration Manager, and select Configuration Manager Setup. Select Perform site maintenance or reset this Site, and click Next. Select Convert from Evaluation to Full Product Version, and enter your 25-character product key, and click Next. Volume License Customers can find the product key here: https://www.microsoft.com/licensing/servicecenter/default.aspx (AFAIK all volume license customers has the same key for all System Center 2012 products). Accept the license terms,…

Awesome! I’ve been selected to participate in Tech·Ed Europe 2012 as a Microsoft Product Expert in the Technical Learning Center (TLC). This is is my 4th TechEd where I get the chance to staff as a Microsoft Product Expert (Ask the Experts) in the System Center 2012 Configuration Manager booth. I’m really looking forward to get the chance to talk to customers and partners, and show them all the great features in System Center 2012 Configuration Manager. So if you get the time, please drop by the Configuration Manager booth, and talk to us. See you in Amsterdam!

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