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ConfigMgr 2012 SP1 and Windows Intune: Configure and Install DirSync tool

In the previous 2 blogs I have prepared the ConfigMgr environment for Mobile Device Management (MDM), well I made a beginning to first create the subscription http://focusonsystemcenter.nl/?p=216 and then I created the Windows Intune Connector role http://focusonsystemcenter.nl/?p=245 Now I will take a next step in the process. What I want to accomplish is that my management is handled from ConfigMgr and that my internal users can access the Intune portal with their already used credentials. I defined a user collection in ConfigMgr for users that are allowed to use the Intune portal and their mobile devices. Windows Intune offers synchronization from your internal AD to Intune. The sync process is handled with a tool called Dirsync. When you sign up for an Intune trial, you get a username looking like rverbeek@rlvit.onmicrosoft.com, however you probably want to use your internal domain credentials, in my case rverbeek@rlv-it.nl. Also when you create a new user you want the object…

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ConfigMgr 2012 SP1 and Intune: the Windows Intune Connector role

A short blog in the ConfigMgr and Intune series. In my previous blog  http://focusonsystemcenter.nl/?p=216 I started off with creating the subscription in ConfigMgr. This blog continues with creating the Windows Intune Connector role. The role is needed make mobile management from ConfigMgr possible. With creating the subscription, beside the cloud distribution point, a new site role became available, namely the Windows Intune Connectorrole. We need to create this role to get mobile device management into place. I have prepared the screenshots to guide you through the process. First go to the Administration node in the ConfigMgr Console, Site configuration and click Servers and Site System Roles. Right click the site server you want to create the role on and click Add Site System roles. The wizard starts and you just have to follow the screens. Check the Windows Intune Connector Role. This concludes the connector role installation, not a complicated process…

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ConfigMgr 2012 SP1 integration with Intune for Mobile Device Management

One of the new features in ConfigMgr 2012 SP1 is the Intune integration to manage mobile device. It seems that mobile device management is hot, since more and more companies want to see what it is and what it can do. Given that, I decided to take a deep dive into the matter. Since there is a lot to tell here I will probably be writing more than one blog about MDM (mobile device management). To shine a bit more light on the subject you can find a lot of information at the following TechNet link: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/jj884158.aspx When we talk about MDM we mean iPads, iPhones, Windows Phone, Windows RT devices and Android devices. So what is needed to get the integration going, first we need a Windows Intune subscription. If you don’t have a subscription already you can take a 30 days trial for free, all you have to do…

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Upgrade SCCM 2012 to SCCM 2012 SP1

As mentioned in my first blog of this year a walkthrough of the upgrade to SCCM 2012 SP1. First of all needless to say maybe, but download all the things you need. This is not only the media of SCCM 2012 SP1, but also ADK (Windows Assesment and Deployment Kit) that can be found here http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=30652 To make sure you are ready to start check the following pages: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/jj591552.aspx http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/gg682077.aspx http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/jj628195.aspx Check the version of SQL you are using and check if this is supported for SP1, otherwise take care of the matter before you continue. Then install the  following items from ADK: Then, if you are upgrading in a production environment, make sure you have backups and check that your environment is healthy. When everything is ready to go start the SP1 installation. Below you will find the screenshots with remarks if needed. As you can see below, we have…

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Important info to know before upgrading to CM 2012 SP1

Recently Microsoft released information about what to do before you upgrade to CM 2012 SP1 when it will be released. The following link has all the interesting information http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/jj822981.aspx On the page there is a Configuration Manager SP1 Checklist section for you available and the Considerations For Upgrading To Configuration Manager SP1 section…  you can read what you need to check and what will happen automically, what you need to do as an administrator before and after ugrade and which configurations are affected. Handy information.

SCCM 2007 / 2012 and subnet boundaries

Recently I encountered an issue with subnet boundaries in SCCM 2007. Personally I rather not use subnet boundaries, but rather IP ranges or AD sites. In this case the client felt more comfortable with subnet, since they used them successfully in the past and did not want to change that. In preparation for a new location, boundaries needed to be put in SCCM and one of the boundaries was a supernet 10.129.0.0/19 (subnet mask 255.255.224.0). If you enter a this information in SCCM 2007, SCCM will create a subnet ID of 10.129.0.0 and treat this as a /24 range. See pictures below Making a /24 subnet (IP adress 10.129.0.1 – 10.129.0.254) instead left us short of a couple of subnets that are in the /19 subnet. In reality the supernet (/19 subnet) has 5 bits extra which make up 1+2+4+8+16 = 31 subnets (IP address 10.129.0.1 – 10.129.31.254). Needless to say that things did not work…

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Multiple SUP roles CM 2012 SP1 Beta – Part 2

I recently blogged about multiple SUP roles in CM 2012 SP1 Beta and promised to come up with a follow-up which would be looking at how it works and what happens when there is a failure. This all sounds very exiting 🙂 so lets get started. In my previous blog I mentioned that the first SUP in your environment is seen as the sync source (or primary SUP) and that SUP’s installed later will be replica’s. So what happens when there would be a failure of the primary SUP? I turned of my primary SUP and triggered a sync from the console to find out (as expected) that synchronization failed. Software updates however  still works and software updates can be deployed using the replica SUP servers, meaning that redudancy is working. A side note offcourse is that the Endpoint Protection definitions will not be updated, simply because synchronization is not working. Basically…

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Multiple Software Update Points connected to a CM 2012 SP1 Beta Site Server – Part 1

In System Center 2012 Configuration Manager SP1 Beta you now have the exiting option to have multiple SUP roles connected to a site server. To see how that works I started testing this. My starting point is 1 primary site server S01 installed on server 2012 OS with CM version 2012 SP1 Beta and my endpoint should be 1 primary site server with 2 remote SUP’s. The 2 remote servers I have installed with server 2012 OS and I enabled WSUS, but did not configure WSUS since we want to have CM 2012 handle this. Having all servers prepared I jump into the CM 2012 console to add the first SUP to the S01 primary site server. In the Administration node I click on Sites and choose Create Site System Server in the ribbon, see pictures below   The wizard is started I will not put all the screenshots in this blog, I…

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