Windows Assessment and Deployment Kit (Windows ADK) for Windows 8.1 Update released.

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Today Microsoft released an updated version of the Windows Assessment and Deployment Kit. This release of Windows ADK includes new and updated functionality to improve assessment and deployment scenarios including support for Windows 8.1 Update.

To determine what version of the Windows ADK you have installed, go to Control Panel > Programs > Programs and Features. The versions are:

  • Version 8.100.25984 is for the Windows ADK for Windows 8.1 RTM
  • Version 8.100.26629 is for the Windows ADK for Windows 8.1 Update

Version increments between 25984 and 26629 are updated versions of the RTM release. Version increments higher than 26629 are for the Windows 8.1 Update.

For a complete list of changes, see the Windows ADK Release Notes.

For a list of new features included in the Windows ADK for Windows 8.1 Update, see What’s New in the Windows ADK for Windows 8.1.

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Presenting @ Microsoft Cloud OS MVP Roadshow

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Last week I was happy surprised to be speaking at Microsoft Cloud OS MVP Roadshow. This event is part of Microsoft’s global campagne to promote Microsofts new CloudOS. Part of the Cloud OS proposition I’ll talk about how to empower People Centric IT by Unified Device Management (UDM) – also known by the market as Enterprise Mobility Management (EMM).

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Windows Intune "Sorry, but we’re having trouble signing you in" error "80041317"

Make sure when updating your configuration settings of the federated domain for the on-premises Active Directory Federation Services (AD FS) service these settings are updated to the Windows Azure Active Directory (Windows Azure AD) authentication system. Last week I updated my on-premises token-signing certificate without updating federation trust data. This causes the claim that the AD FS service supplies to be malformed and therefore rejected by the Windows Azure AD authentication system.

When a federated user tries to sign in to a Microsoft cloud service such as Office 365, Windows Azure, or Windows Intune from a sign-in webpage whose URL starts with “https://login.microsoftonline.com/login,” authentication for that user fails. Additionally, the user receives the following error message:

Sorry, but we’re having trouble signing you in
Please try again in a few minutes. If this doesn’t work, you might want to contact your admin and report the following error:
80041317 or 80043431

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Save the Date for TechEd Europe 2014!

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This year TechEd Europe will be held 27-31 October at Fira Barcelona in Barcelona, Spain. We hope you will join us to increase your technical expertise through deep hands-on learning, sharing of best practices and interaction with Microsoft and a variety of industry experts.

Registration will open in the spring of 2014.

 http://europe.msteched.com

Microsoft anounced new update of Windows Intune Services; “Modern mobile devices should be managed from a cloud service”

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Today Microsoft announced new enhancements of Windows Intune Service as per next week. These updates include:

  • Ability for the administrator to configure email profiles, which can automatically configure the device with the appropriate email server information and related policies, as well as the ability to remove the profile along with the email itself via a remote wipe if needed.
  • Support for new configuration settings in iOS 7, including the “Managed open in” capability to protect corporate data by controlling which apps and accounts are used to open documents and attachments, and disabling the fingerprint unlock feature.
  • Ability for the administrator to remotely lock the device if it is lost or stolen, and reset the password if the user forgets it.
  • In addition to our unified deployment mode and integration with System Center Configuration Manager, Windows Intune can now stand alone as a cloud-only MDM solution. This is a big win for organizations that want a cloud-only management solutions to manage both their mobile devices and PC’s.

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Should I use Service Management Automation (SMA) or System Center 2012 – Orchestrator?

An actual question that is asked regurlarly. Hereby in short some pro’s and con’s to consider.

Orchestrator

In System Center 2012, System Center 2012 SP1, and System Center 2012 R2, the Orchestrator component enables you to automate business processes and IT operations in your data center without scripting or programming. Orchestrator is a feature in System Center 2012. If you already have System Center 2012 installed, and you do not plan to install Windows Azure Pack, use Orchestrator.

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  • Automate business processes and IT operations in your data center without scripting or programming.
  • You can also use PowerShell cmdlets to run other System Center 2012 components/Cmdlets.
  • Let you use integration packs that are not covered by PowerShell. (Example : Leveraging Service Manager)

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Greatness of a small country: Client-, Data- and Cloud Management

Today was exciting day for the Dutch community as the new website of System Center User Group Netherlands was launched. Theme of the new website is “Dutch Clouds” by Dutch famous painters (1400 – 1600 century) with a wink of the past and glimpse to the future cloud developments.

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The renewed website is part of a range of new initiatives to better serve the Dutch community and beyond. In addition, the organization of the user group undergoing renewal with IT-pro’s Helmer Zandbergen (MCT), James van den Berg (MVP), Robert Smit (MVP) and Ronny de Jong (MCT) and communication/organization brain Brenda Kager.

As mentioned the user group has the ambition to better serve the community with various (new) initiatives, meetings, guest speakers, webcasts and intensify cooperation with various User Groups by organizing joint events like Experts Live and System Center Universe 2014.

Looking forward to see you!

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http://www.scug.nl/