Troubleshooting Microsoft (Windows) Intune Extensions

Most of you are problably aware of Microsoft (Windows) Intune extensions and using them briefly without any issue(s). New extensions becomes automatically available through the Microsoft Intune connector and new updates are merged or installed to introduce new features taking benefits of the Microsoft Intune cloud services platform.

So far so good…but if you’ve bad luck extensions comes partly down or becomes not available at all to your Configuration Manager instance! Unfortunately there is no way to force a trigger of the tenant discovery process and thus the installation of Microsoft Intune extensions. In normal circumstances it will take up to 24 hours after registering your Intune subscription untill the Intune extensions comes down to your Configuration Manager instance. This pitty if you would speed up the process of installing new deployments or you’re in a disaster recovery scenario. Hereby some guidelines for troubleshooting Microsoft Intune extensions, logs locations(s), Certificate Thumbprint ID, SQL query and validating the connectivity with Microsoft Intune.

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Configuration Manager 2012 R2 Hotfix introduces instant Remote Wipe and Retirement of Mobile Devices

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Exciting times upfront of Configuration Manager & Microsoft Intune! After announcement of renaming Windows Intune to Microsoft Intune and expected new functionalities in Q4 Microsoft released this week an imported hotfix for Configuration Manager 2012 R2. In short this hotfix allows you to remote wipe or retire your mobile devices almost instanlty with out any delay…how cool is that! Continue reading “Configuration Manager 2012 R2 Hotfix introduces instant Remote Wipe and Retirement of Mobile Devices”

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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A closer look at Windows Intune Extensions…what’s in it for me?

In a nut shell: Windows Intune Extensions are new features which will be delivered by your Windows Intune Cloud Services (Windows Intune Connector) into your Configuration Manager site.

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proces of installing Windows Intune Extensions

What are Windows Intune Extentions?

With extensions you are able to introduce new capabilities through Windows Intune are available from within the Configuration Manager console. Configuration Manager administrators can enable individual extensions to gain access to these new capabilities without waiting for the next service pack or major product release to introduce that functionality. Continue reading “A closer look at Windows Intune Extensions…what’s in it for me?”

CU3 for System Center 2012 Configuration Manager SP1 is released #SysCtr

Just before the release of System Center 2012 R2 which is expected half of October, Microsoft releases CU3 for System Center 2012 Configuration Manager SP1. This update adds support for Windows 8.1-based client computers in Microsoft System Center 2012 Configuration Manager Service Pack 1. Windows 8.1 is added to the supported platform list for the following features:

  • Software distribution
  • Software update management
  • Compliance Settings

In addition to support for Windows 8.1 and Windows server 2012 R2 this cumulative update provides fixes for the following components:

  • Operating System Deployment (OSD)
  • Windows PowerShell
  • Software Distribution
  • Windows Intune
  • Endpoint Protection
  • Reporting
  • Software Updates

For detailed information see KB article http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2882125

The cumulative updated can be downloaded here.

As mentioned it might worth considering to skip the installation of CU3 since R2 will be released October 18th 2013.

Cumulative Update 2 for Configuration Manager 2012 SP1 available for download! #sysctr

Thanks to my colleague Tom Klaver for pointing me the fact Cumulative Update 2 (CU2) for System Center Configuration Manager 2012 SP1 has been released. CU2 contains fixes for Microsoft System Center 2012 Configuration Manager Service Pack 1 (SP1).

Configuration Manager 2012 SP1 CU2 – version 5.0.7804.1300 

Configuration Manager 2012 SP1 CU2 – version 5.0.7804.1300

Use the following references how to install this cumulative update:

To install client updates during the Configuration Manager client installation in a Task Sequence:

Cumulative Update 2 for Configuration Manager 2012 SP1 can be requested here.

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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].