Updated: Exchange Connector permissions changed in Configuration Manager Current Branch (1511 and higher)

Exchange Connector Current Branch

Note! Updated with additional permissions (Get-Mailbox) 04/28/2016

During a Configuration Manager Current Branch (1511) implementation I bumped into an issue configuring the Exchange Connector. After configuring the Exchange Connector, devices which are connected by Exchange were not successfully discovered and therefore not appearing in the admin console.

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Azure AD Premium Public Preview Features…a closer look

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Microsoft is continuously improving their Azure cloud services while new features get introduced in rapid pace. In this blog I want to consider some new Azure Active Directory Premium features which are currently in public preview. ’These features are:

  • Dynamic Groups
  • Azure Application Custom Domain publishing
  • Azure Conditional Application Access

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Troubleshooting: Federation for Windows Intune

During a Windows Intune proof of concept (PoC) I was facing some issues configuring federation in order to enable Signle Sign On (SSO).

Proxy Authentication

When configuring federation we couldn’t convert the the default domain to a federated domain type. By using the –Verbose –Debug parameters of convert –MsolDomainToFederated cmdlet the root cause became clear. Proxy Authentication was required and therefore we couldn’t convert the domain. One down two to go!

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Windows Intune User Provisioning: Having a closer look

At the moment there’re several scenario’s to manage and provisioning users to Windows Intune in order to enable Enterprise Mobility Management (EMM) or simply said – managing your mobile devices. As the process of provisioning users to Windows Intune in combination with Configuration Manager 2012 R2 is not always clear I’ll provide you some insights and tips where and how to troubleshoot.

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As mentioned I’ll will focus in this post on a hybrid scenario using Configuration Manager 2012 R2, Windows Intune and on-premise Active Directory where Azure Active Directory Sync (aka DirSync) is used to syncronize on-premise users to Windows Intune (Azure Active Directory).

Process Overview Windows Intune User provisioning

  1. John Doe is created in (on-premise) Active Directory
  2. John Doe is synchronized by Azure Active Directory Sync to (off-premise) Azure Active Directory
  3. John Doe is discovered by Configuration Manager 2012 R2
  4. John Doe is add to Windows Intune collection in Configuration Manager 2012 R2
  5. John Doe is synchronized by Windows Intune Connector
  6. John Doe is enabled Windows Intune user

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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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The Dutch Community Event: Experts Live 2013! “Call for Sessions” #sysctr

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Experts Live is hèt kennisevenement rondom Microsoft Azure, System Center, Hyper-V, SQL, Windows Server en PowerShell. Dit jaar organiseert Experts Live voor de derde maal een conferentie op donderdag 28 november 2013.

Experts Live wordt georganiseerd dóór en vóór de verschillende community’s zoals Hyper-V.nu, System Center User Group, Windows Azure User Group, Dutch PowerShell User Group, PASS (SQL) en Windows Management User Group (WMUG).

Experts Live heeft zich geprofileerd als hét kennisevenement waar bekende sprekers en MVP’s zich aan hebben verbonden. Community experts zullen bezoekers in één dag volledig bijpraten over de verschillende Microsoft technologieën. Experts Live is een evenement gedreven vanuit de community; dat maakt Experts Live uniek!

De closing keynote wordt verzorgd door niemand minder dan Andre Kuipers, de voormalige astronaut.

Zelf spreken op dit evenement? Tot 11 september a.s. kun je sessie(s) indienen voor Experts Live 2013 door middel van dit formulier en moet ingestuurd zijn vóór donderdag 11 september 2013 aan organisatie@expertslive.nl.

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Experts Live is the Dutch knowledge event around Windows Azure, Hyper-V, System Center, SQL Server, Windows Server and PowerShell. For the third time again Experts Live will be organized on Thursday 28 november 2013,

Experts Live is organized by and for the various communities such as Hyper-V.nu, System Center User Group, Windows Azure User Group, Dutch Powershell User Group, PASS (SQL) and Windows Management User Group (WMUG).

Experts Live has become the knowledge event where well-known speakers and MVP’s have committed themselves to. Visitors will be catched up in one day on the various Microsoft technologies by community experts . Experts Live is an event driven from the community; that makes Experts Live unique!

The closing keynote is provided by none other than Andre Kuipers, the former astronaut.

Itself speak at this event? You can submit your session(s) for Experts Live 2013 through this form and must be submitted before Thursday 11 september 2013 to organisatie@expertslive.nl.

Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2012 Update 1 Beta 1—Now Available for Download

We are pleased to announce that Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT) 2012 Update 1 Beta 1 is now available for download!

Download MDT 2012 Update 1 Beta 1 now! [http://connect.microsoft.com/site14/Downloads/DownloadDetails.aspx?DownloadID=8689]

Download the latest release to stay up-to-date on your deployment needs. New features and enhancements make large-scale desktop and server deployments smoother than ever!

This release expands your deployment capabilities with support for the latest software releases, including Windows 8 Release Preview, Windows Server 2012 Release Candidate, and System Center 2012 Configuration Manager SP1 Community Technology Preview.

Notable new features include:

· Support for using the DaRT 8 Beta with the Windows 8 Release Preview version of the Assessment and Deployment Kit (ADK).

· New “Build Your Own Pages” support for User-Driven Installation (UDI), enabling IT pros to create new wizard panes using simple drag-and-drop operations – no coding required.

· Integration with System Center Orchestrator, enabling task sequences to invoke Orchestrator runbooks at any point in the deployment process.

· Completely reworked “Roles and Features” logic, supporting both installation and removal, as well as providing a new Lite Touch wizard pane for selecting roles and features to install at deploy time.

· Support for PowerShell 3.0 to make it easier to run PowerShell scripts inside task sequences on Windows 8, Windows Server 2012, and Windows PE 4.0.

· Simple monitoring functionality for Configuration Manager task sequences, leveraging the monitoring capabilities provided initially in MDT 2012 for Lite Touch deployments.

· Improved “boot from VHD” deployment capabilities, supporting both bare metal and refresh deployments.

Learn more

Visit the MDT home page: http://www.microsoft.com/MDT [http://www.microsoft.com/MDT]

Get the latest news straight from the MDT team: http://blogs.technet.com/b/msdeployment/ [http://blogs.technet.com/b/msdeployment/]

MDT works with the Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit and Security Compliance Manager to help you plan, securely deploy, and manage new Microsoft technologies—easier, faster, and at less cost. Learn more at http://www.microsoft.com/solutionaccelerators [http://www.microsoft.com/solutionaccelerators].