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Announcing #WMUG_NL Tuesdays Webinar 10 featuring Ronny de Jong on Tuesday September 15th

Due to the COVID-19 crisis, we (the Windows Management User Group Netherlands) were forced to move our activities to virtual events, which we call WMUG_NL Tuesdays Webinars.

We hope you enjoyed your holiday even in these strange times, we from the WMUG_NL did and are looking forward to organize meetings again for our still growing community.

For tomorrow, September 15th we are proud to announce that Ronny de Jong, lead consultant and Enterprise Mobility & Security MVP at InSpark will host a session about: “Improve the user experience of your workplace with “Insight-driven IT” Endpoint Analytics, a first impression!”

Session abstract:

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Announcing #WMUG_NL Tuesdays Webinar 7 featuring Jörgen Nilsson

Due to the COVID-19 crisis, we (the Windows Management User Group Netherlands) were forced to move our activities to virtual events, which we call WMUG_NL Tuesdays Webinars.

For next week, June 9th we are proud to announce that Jörgen Nilsson, Principal Consultant at Onevinn in Sweden and Microsoft MVP Enterprise Mobility will talk about “MECM Technical Preview update!”

Session abstract:

MEMCM 2005 Technical preview is one of the biggest Technical Preview releases ever! Packed with new great features and peaks at new technology. We will cover and demo all that is new in Technical Previews since the 2002 release. Join us for a demo and discussion about the new features!

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Speaking at Workplace Ninja Virtual Edition 2020

I’m very proud to announce that I will be speaking at the Workplace Ninja Virtual Edition 2020 event. The Workplace Ninja Virtual Edition 2020 event will take place from Tuesday 25th till Thursday 27th of August 2020 and will contain 45 sessions, spread across 3 days. Each day will provide 3 tracks, with 5 timeslots. The event can be attended for free, the only thing you need to do is register via the website.

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Speaking at Workplace Ninja Virtual Edition 2020

The goal of the Workplace Ninja Virtual Edition is to share knowledge and learn together. This covers topics around management of endpoints with SCCM and Intune, as well virtual desktop and the complete security stack of Microsoft. Since the event is virtual, we can’t see each other personally but we will provide a NinjaZone, where we can connect with each other.

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Distributing content to Distribution points and Distribution point groups in ConfigMgr 2012

With the release of System Center 2012 Configuration Manager, Microsoft introduced the distribution point groups functionality. Distribution point groups provide a logical grouping of distribution points and collections for content distribution as described in the following Technet Article: Configuring Content Management in Configuration Manager, Create and Configure Distribution Point Groups

A Distribution Point can be made member of one or more Distribution Point Group, based on the content deployed to that Distribution Point Group and whether the Distribution Point is member of that group, the Distribution Point receives content which is defined for the Distribution Point group.

When distributing content you have the ability to choose whether you want to distribute to a either a Collection/Collections, Distribution Point or Distribution Point Groups. This is actually the point where things start to go wrong, since depending on who is performing the distribution of the content, different options are chosen.Read More

Configuring Group Policies for your ConfigMgr Servers

Disclaimer: Please test and validate this in your test environment, don’t take the information i provide for granted. This article describes a method to determine correct settings and doesn’t supply the answer to your specific environment !

When you are installing System Center Configuration Manager (ConfigMgr) in environments where group policies are used to control the User Rights Assignment and Security Options security settings of the Servers, you have to be extra carefull.

You can expect some strange behavior after the installation because when the companies policy is applied again, it removes some entries made by either the prerequisite installation (roles and features) and installation of ConfigMgr itself, and this can result in some interesting scenario’s. Therefore my advise would be:

If you know the environment in which you are going to install ConfigMgr in, has a lot of restricing group policies make sure you do the installation of ConfigMgr while the servers are member of an OU with minimal policies applied.

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System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager prerequisite overview on Windows Server 2012 R2

Before you can start installing System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager in your environment you have to install the servers with an OS and configure its roles and features. While the Site System Installation Wizard now provides the option to configure some of the roles and features when not installed, I prefer to setup my environment upfront so that the Prerequisite Checker doesn’t give any Errors or Warnings to start with. My ex-collegue Tom Klaver already documenten the settings once for installing ConfigMgr 2012 RTM on Windows Server 2008 R2 – but since some things changed in the meantime i decided to update the spreadsheat to reflect installing System Center 2012 R2 Configuration manager on top of Windows Server 2012 R2. This information is coming from the following documentation on TechNet – Supported Configurations for Configuration Manager via: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/gg682077.aspx#BKMK_Win2k12SiteSystemPrereqsRead More

Some things to consider before installing the ConfigMgr database on a SQL cluster

Note: I’ve already posted this article a while ago, but since my ex-employer decided to whipe the whole website without asking me if I would like a backup it got lost. Therefore i decided to place it here again. Note that this is still valid for ConfigMgr 2012 installations, i’ve modified the article to reflect that.

The System Center Configuration Manager (ConfigMgr) database can be installed on a clustered SQL Server, some things work different though compared to installing ConfigMgr on a normal SQL server installation, and you should be aware of them before starting your installation.

To summarize in front, what you should take into account before starting your installation:

  1. Make sure that the SQL administrators are aware that during installation extra righs are needed and that after installation the Site server must stay local administrator on the cluster nodes
  2. Make sure that the SQL administrators are aware of the fact that ConfigMgr will install a service on the Cluster Nodes, which is used for creating the backup using VSS
  3. Make sure that each shared cluster disk contains a no_sms_on_drive.sms file on the disk
  4. Configure the Site Backup tasks, so that it is either configured to backup to an UNC path or a drive which is suitable for storing the backup files on both the site server and the cluster nodes using the “Different Paths for the Site Backup and Database backup” option

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The self signed certificate could not be created successfully error in the Create Site System Server Wizard

Today, a customer contacted me with a very strange issue while installing a new Site System Server in his System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager environment. While adding a new Site System (in this case a distribution point) on the Distribution Point page of the Create Site System Server Wizard the customer got the following error on the Create a self-signed certificate or import a PKI client certificate part. Read More

How to create ConfigMgr 2012 boot images from scratch

Today, after installing a fresh System Center 2012 Configuration Manager Service Pack 1 environment, we experienced that the Boot images for both 32- and 64-bit were not created. The reason for this is already widely known, because it had to do with the virus scanner which was active at time of installation. There are already some articles describing what can go wrong during an upgrade to Service Pack 1 for example, as described in the following article: Updated System Center 2012 Configuration Manager Antivirus Exclusions with more details on OSD and Boot Images, etc… . So lesson one here: Please disable the virus scanner during installation and make sure the correct exclusions are in place after installing the ConfigMgr environment.

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Role Based Access Control in ConfigMgr 2012: Part 4 Outcome

In the first part of this series I outlined what Microsoft changed in ConfigMgr 2012 in order to introduce Role Based Access Control. In the second part I outlined a possible scenario and started building the scenario. In the third part we mapped the business roles to the ConfigMgr roles and configured them in the ConfigMgr console. In this part we are going to see, what the outcome of this mapping has become.

SSC Operations Administrator

The SSC Operations Administrator can manage the whole environment, except for the security. As you can see, when a SSC Operations Administrator opens the ConfigMgr Console, he isn’t able to modify the security under Administrative Users.

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