PowerShell with System Center Configuration Manager 2012 Shortens Long Administrative Efforts with Task Sequence Dependencies by Dujon Walsham

In large System Center Configuration Manager estates, you may encounter issues such as having to update various applications, as well as packages. For whatever reason, you will eventually need to look into these things. One long administrative task you may encounter is when you have applications/packages that are tied in various task sequence dependencies that…

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GeoFlow for SQL Server Database and Tabular Model

One of the highlights of PASS Business Analytics Conference in April 2013 was the announcement on GeoFlow Preview for Excel 2013. As you may already know, GeoFlow is a 3D Visualization of geospatial data. There are a number of reviews available since the Beta version was announced and even more since the Public Preview  announcement….


Windows Server Hyper-V Virtual Machine Storage, by Aiden Finn

Want to learn more about Windows Server Hyper-V Virtual Machine Storage? Check out this piece by Aidan Finn: http://www.petri.co.il/hyper-v-virtual-machine-storage.htm. The piece provides an in-depth overview of what an organization needs to consider when configuring virtual machine storage with Hyper-V. Areas covered in the post include virtual machine storage hardware needs (IDE controllers, SCSI controllers, and Fiber Channel), virtual machine storage…

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System Center 2012, or Microsoft Deployment Toolkit for OS Deployment, Part 3, by Dujon Walsham

If you’ve been following my series of blog posts, you know I’ve been walking through alternative ways to deploy an OS. (If you haven’t been following my series, here are links to the first two posts: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/customer_reviews_of_stb_products/archive/2013/03/11/os-deployment-system-center-configuration-manager-2012-or-microsoft-deployment-toolkit-or-both-by-dujon-walsham.aspx and http://blogs.msdn.com/b/customer_reviews_of_stb_products/archive/2013/04/07/system-center-2012-or-microsoft-deployment-toolkit-for-os-deployment-part-2-by-dujon-walsham.aspx.) This third part will now focus on showing the theoretical design. I’ll now put in place everything I explained…

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Two-Factor Authentication with PhoneFactor in a Law Firm, A Review by Robert Morrison

To maintain a high level of security in our law firm, we needed a two-factor authentication solution for users. We looked around at different options, and finally settled on PhoneFactor. The three persuading points were ease of use to set up and manage, flexibility of the agent to create a fully redundant system, and the ability to…

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New File Server Features in Windows Server 2012

Want to learn more about the new file server features in Windows Server 2012? Check out this blog post by James van den Berg: https://mountainss.wordpress.com/2013/05/01/high-performance-highly-available-file-share-storage-for-server-applications-smb-ws2012-hyperv/. It provides a good overview of the new file features that help you store server application data on file shares and obtaining a similar level of reliability, availability, manageability, and high…

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System Center 2012 or Microsoft Deployment Toolkit for OS Deployment, Part 2, by Dujon Walsham

NOTE: I’d like to thank Dujon Walsham for writing this series of blogs. Please let me know if they are useful, and submit your own! Thank you! Karen Forster   This is part 2 of my blog, “OS Deployment: System Center Configuration Manager 2012, or Microsoft Deployment Toolkit, or Both,” http://blogs.msdn.com/b/customer_reviews_of_stb_products/archive/2013/03/11/os-deployment-system-center-configuration-manager-2012-or-microsoft-deployment-toolkit-or-both-by-dujon-walsham.aspx? Inthis part, I will…

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OS Deployment: System Center Configuration Manager 2012, or Microsoft Deployment Toolkit, or Both? –by Dujon Walsham

I wanted to write this article in order to establish the differences with two Microsoft deployment technologies, System Center Configuration Manager 2012 (SCCM) and Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT), and provide scenarios of what they can do and cannot do and the benefits and drawbacks of each Organisations always don’t tend to have the same type…

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