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].

Overview of System Center Advisor #sysctr

In this blog I’d like to introduce you to System Center Advisor. What is it, what are the benefits and what’s in for me? In this post I’ll start with some background and go through the installation and configuration of System Center Advisor.

What is System Center Advisor?

System Center Advisor is an online service that analyzes installations of Microsoft SQL Server 2008 (and later versions) and Windows Server 2008 (and later versions). The System Requirements can be reviewed here. Advisor collects data from your installations, analyzes it, and generates alerts that identify potential issues (such as missing security patches) or deviations from identified best practices with regard to configuration and usage. Advisor also provides both current and historical views of the configuration of servers in your environment.

Advisor is developed by the Microsoft System Center Advisor product group in partnership with Microsoft Support engineers to ensure that the issues customers report to Microsoft are detected before they affect your environment. Advisor is regularly updated to reflect the most recent experiences of these engineers, who support customers around the world.

What does Advisor analyze?

With System Center Advisor, the following workloads are analyzed:

Forefront Endpoint Protection 2010 Update Rollup 1 #sysctr

Update Rollup 1 for Microsoft Forefront Endpoint Protection 2010 introduces new features and updates. These new features and updates are summarized below.

The following list is a summary of the updates in FEP Update Rollup 1 for server functionality.

  • A tool that facilitates the use of the Configuration Manager software updates functionality to download FEP definition updates and make them available to client computers running the FEP client software.In order to use the software updates feature for definition updates, you must perform the following high-level steps:
    • Download and install the Update Rollup 1 package.
    • Configure software updates to download definitions for FEP.
    • Configure the package by which the definition updates will be distributed, and configure the distribution settings for it.
    • Install and configure the FEP Software Update Automation tool.

    Addition of support for the FEP client software for Windows Embedded 7 and Windows Server 2008 Server Core. For more information on the added client support, see Prerequisites for Deploying Forefront Endpoint Protection on a Client

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First day impression of Microsoft Management Summit 2011

Today MMS2011 officially launched. After registering at the registration desk and help build the booth OpsLogix we are ready for an exciting week.

First session was Instructor-led Lab session of Advanced Software Distribution in Configuration Manager 2012, given by Wally Mead. As usual, we left the lab manuals for what it is and we were a bird in flight taken to the new features of SCCM 2012.

What struck me is that the ribbon is introduced as we know from Office 2010, using sophisticated software deployment is made ??of (global) conditions (expressions/clauses) requirement rule, so it enables refined user centric dispensing. As software distribution relationships and conditions can be complex they are visualized in a mapview. Today we also had a scoop! The Exchange Connector in SCCM 2012. Jeff Wetlaufer demonstrated us the Exchange connector which enables Windows and non-windows (Nokia, iPhone, Symbion) Mobile Devices can be easily discovered and managed. Really awesome! Continue reading “First day impression of Microsoft Management Summit 2011”

MDOP 2011 released! App-V 4.6 SP1 and Med-V 2.0 Resources #sysctr

9th of March the MDOP team announced new releases of App-V and MED-V, the two Desktop Virtualization products in MDOP which are general available right now! You can access App-V 4.6 Service Pack1 and MED-V 2.0 as part of MDOP 2011 through the Microsoft Volume Licensing website, MSDN or TechNet.

Just getting started? Check out the App-V 4.6 SP1 Trial Guide or the MED-V 2.0 Trial Guide. Need more information about App-V sequencing? Download the App-V 4.6 SP1 Sequencing Guide. You’ll also want to check out the new App-V videos that walk you through some of the new features, and the new MED-V 2.0 video series. For information about all of Microsoft’s Desktop Virtualization solutions, visit the Springboard Desktop Virtualization Zone.

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Configuration Manager clients Auto-Site Assignment with DirectAccess IPv6 #sysctr

Currently I’am implementing DirectAccess (DA) infrastructure for a Dutch customer. First I must say I am very satisfied with its operation of DA. Part of DA is remote management (Eventlog, RDP, SCCM, DPM) of Internet DA clients from Intranet, which is pretty nice working as well!

I was wondering how SCCM client auto-site assignment works through DA. Is it a supported scenario and how does I have to define site boundaries as auto site-assignment is based on? Does I have to define my DA server IPv6 or corporate IPv6 prefix as SCCM IPv6 site boundary? Yes, yes, yes!!! Auto-site assignment is supported by DA and works pretty straight foward as it does for your intranet clients :-)

But first some background of IPv6 prefix.

If you have an IPv4 address on the internal facing interface of UAG DirectAccess server, DirectAccess assumes that you don’t have IPv6 deployed in your organization. An IPv6 address is 128 bit – the first 64 bits are the IPv6 “prefix” (which is similar to the IPv4 network ID) and the last 64 bits represent the IPv6 Host ID (similar to the IPv4 host ID). The UAG DirectAccess wizard configures the network prefix information using a 6to4 prefix based on the public IP address bound to the UAG DirectAccess server. Continue reading “Configuration Manager clients Auto-Site Assignment with DirectAccess IPv6 #sysctr”