Microsoft Ignite Pre-Day Registrations Now Open!

The 2018 Microsoft Ignite Florida event is fast approaching, so now is the time to secure your spot at one of the pre-day sessions. For those wanting to go deep on Windows 10 Modern Management and Mobile Device Management through Microsoft Intune, I recommend you attend the pre-day session “Modern Management for a Modern World…

Troubleshooting MSI Deployments over the MDM Channel

The ability to deploy Win32 MSI apps to MDM enrolled devices is becoming more popular and there is a lot of great information out their on how to deploy MSI payloads either through Intune Standalone or Intune Hybrid (ConfigMgr). This post is aimed at assisting you in some troubleshooting steps when things go wrong. For…

ConfigMgr 2012 R2 Certificate Requirements and HTTPS configuration

We have had a number of recent requests from our customers on the certificate requirements and configuration steps required to configure HTTPS communication in a ConfigMgr 2012 environment. I would like to give a massive thank you to Ravi Kalwani, a member of the ANZ Microsoft ConfigMgr Premier Field Engineering (PFE) team who put this…

Managing APP-V Deployments in ConfigMgr 2012

Many customers are still configuring collection structures similar to 2007 and using collections to control the validity of who should receive which applications. Where possible we should be changing how we now manage application deployments and move the validity processing of the application back to the client by using our Global Conditions (state based) to…

Creating Custom RBAC Enabled Reports in ConfigMgr 2012 R2

This post will step you through the process of creating custom reports in ConfigMgr 2012 R2 that will enforce your Role Based Access Control (RBAC) policies. Configuration Manager reports are now fully enabled for role-based administration. The data for all reports included with Configuration Manager is filtered based on the permissions of the administrative user…

Understanding ConfigMgr 2012 APP-V Virtual Environments

ConfigMgr 2012 SP1 introduced APP-V Virtual Environments (VE). APP-V VE’s work differently to APP-V 5.0 Connection Groups in a “Full Infrastructure Model” (ie Publishing Server) so we need to do some application mapping before implementing APP-V Virtual Environments. You can think of ConfigMgr VE’s as a “Rule Set” that the ConfigMgr client evaluates when doing…

Software Update Compliance Reports – Detection State Unknown

I have been working with a number of customers recently that have had issues running their monthly Software Update compliance reports due to a high number of “DETECTION STATE UNKOWN” results reporting back long after the update deployment has successfully run. As usual the first thing we want to identify is whether it is on…

MDT Monitoring: Another Reason to Implement MDT 2012 Update 1 into your ConfigMgr 2012 SP1 Environment

I have been doing a number of customer engagements recently around Windows 8 deployments through ConfigMgr 2012 SP1 and one question I often ask our customers during the planning phase is “Will you be integrating MDT 2012 Update 1 into your ConfigMgr 2012 SP1 environment?” The general response I get is “What are the benefits…?”…

Package Conversion Manager (PCM) in ConfigMgr 2012

The ConfigMgr 2012 Package Conversion Manager (PCM) tool allows administrators to convert their legacy SCCM 2007 packages and programs into the new ConfigMgr 2012 Application and Deployment Types. This applies for all legacy packages apart from virtual APP-V packages that will automatically be converted to the new application model during the migration process. Once your…