Intune Extensions install process improved /w April Service Update

Last week Microsoft updated their Intune cloud services with the April service update. This April service update (5.0.5118.0) introduces a lot of new features which were recently announced by the Microsoft Intune team. More details on this can be found here.

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Most of you are familiar with the fact it can take up to 24-hours until the Intune extensions finally comes down in your Configuration Manager 2012 R2 instance. Initially there is no method for forcing the extensions to come down. Especially working with customers engagements (proof of concepts) it is very annoying to have to wait a day before you can enable these extensions.

The Microsoft Intune Product Team did a great job to speed up this process, which comes with the April update. The time it takes when Intune extensions comes down into your Configuration Manager 2012 R2 instance is significantly improved. By shorten the interval at the backend new tenants should be able to see extensions within 10 mins after connector role has been setup successfully. For the extensions published after installation, it is up to 6 hours.

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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/

Session Confirmation ExpertsLive 2013 #SysCtr

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Last week I received my session confirmation for ExpertsLive 2013. ExpertsLive is the Dutch knowledge community event around Microsoft Azure, System Center, Hyper-V, SQL Server, Windows Server and PowerShell. Experts Live is organized by and for the communities such as Hyper-V.nu, System Center User Group, Windows Azure User Group, PowerShell User Group, PASS (SQL) and the Windows Management User Group.

Together with my colleague Stijn Callebaut we provide the audience a cloud forecast; standardization, automation and process integration with Service Manager and Windows Azure. Showcase a self-service scenario provisioning IaaS to Windows Azure.

Service Manager 2012 R2 forecast “Cloudy with a chance of Iaas” – Ronny de Jong & Stijn Callebaut

Microsoft provides a consistent Cloud OS but how consistent is the deployment of these in a public or private cloud scenario? The lack of process integration, supply of various portals, too many steps, too many clicks! Service Manager provides an interface that allows Cloud OS. On a standard and automated way After going through change management process VMs in public (Azure) or private cloud (SCVMM) provisioned. All this on the assumption Cafeteria, standardization and automation of your public or private cloud.

Looking forward to see you at ExpertsLive 2013!

 

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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.

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.

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: