Deploying OneDrive for Business – An Example

  Deploying OneDrive for Business is a task that can easily be handled with ConfigMgr. Configuring the deployment is easy but the process is not typical. My colleague, Paulo Jorge Morais Dias, has written a blog on how to do this – available here. The process he describes is similar but different from what I…

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OSD SMSTSDownloadProgram Option

Had an interesting scenario recently while working with a large customer with a LOT of locations. The challenge was that they needed to stage imaging content on local servers at each location to facilitate imaging without overloading the network links. OK, easy – right? The twist was that they could not make the local servers…

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Compliance Settings – Examples

Note:  These screenshots are difficult to read.  The exported configuration items are attached along with a  few additional examples.  They are intended only for import in a lab environment. Compliance Settings, formerly Desired Configuration Management in ConfigMgr 2007, has been a key ConfigMgr capability for years and remains one of the most capable, but often…

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OSD – Standalone Media, Version Control and Auto-Updating

Standalone media is a very useful option for building bare metal systems in areas with limited or no network access. Standalone media is also a great failsafe solution to allow builds to continue when problems exist that prevent contact with the ConfigMgr server or related systems. When using standalone media in scenarios where zero network…

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Inventory or Compliance Settings–Making the Right Choice

Inventory, for both hardware and software, is a long standing capability of ConfigMgr. Both features work well and do what they claim –provide an inventory of either hardware or software on a system based on specific configurations. Inventory is also a very familiar component for anyone who has worked with any version of ConfigMgr. Because…

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Speaking at Live! 360 Orlando

I’ll be speaking at Live! 360 Orlando, November 16-20.Surrounded by your fellow industry professionals, Live! 360 provides you withimmediately usable training and education that will keep you relevant in theworkforce. I’ll be presenting the following sessions: Windows 10 Deployment with Config Man OSD –Planning and Strategy   Workshop: Application Deployment – TheConfiguration Manager Way SPECIAL OFFER:…

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ConfigMgr 2012, the Application Model and advanced Detection Logic

Two previous blog posts, here and here, detail the inner workings of the new ConfigMgr 2012 application model. When properly used the application model is a capable mechanism to help administrators manage and track applications throughout their lifecycle. As administrators use and are successful with the application model their understanding of its various capabilities increase…

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Speaking at ITDev/Connections

ITDev/Connections, The Technology Conference.  Happening September 14-17 at the Aria in Las Vegas. http://devconnections.com/ Come learn about the deep dark secrets of software updates in a full day workshop that I will be presenting. http://devconnections.com/sessions/the-deep-dark-secrets-of-software-update-management-in-configuration-manager-2012 Want to understand SQL replication in ConfigMgr?  I will discuss that too in a breakout session. http://devconnections.com/sessions/understanding-configuration-manager-sql-replication-concepts Hope to see…

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Power belongs to YOU–the OSD Prestart Command

The topic of imaging is big with lots of options, lots of flexibility, lots to learn and lots of decisions to make! One such option is deciding whether to make use of the prestart command. Configuring the prestart command is done either directly on the boot image or when creating task sequence media. Let’s start…

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Setting ‘available time’ on a deployment

I’ve had customers over the years use the setting ‘available time’ on deployments. This option is disabled by default.  It is a perfectly fine option to use as long as it is understood.  Often times it isn’t. The ‘available time’ defines the specific time at which a deployment set to systems becomes available.  I can…

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