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Archive for October, 2012

My Microsoft Surface Arrived

Last week I decided that it would be nice to have a Windows 8 tablet :-), especially for the integration between different devices. My laptop had already been upgraded to Windows 8 pro and I felt comfortable with it, actually starting to like it more and more. Anyway I ordered the Surface from Microsoft in Germany, because it is not available in The Netherlands yet. As I did not see an e-mail that the device was on its way, I was quite surprised when it was delivered today. Setting up is easy and the first impression is that I like it. This blog has been created in Word 2013. The cover that is also the keyboard is easy to use and responsive. The image is good and as more apps become available I most likely will only use this tablet instead of the Galaxy Tab. One thing I notice is…

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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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Should You Invest In A Proof Of Concept?

I think a proof of concept is a very good way to check if a new version of software is doing what you want it to do and to see if you should migrate. Having said that from technical point of view, management might think differently because of time, effort and costs. If you work in a large scale organization you know that it can take some time before the company decides to migrates to the new version of System Center 2012 and before you know it you are a year further and you are still waiting for the new goodies that come with the new version. A proof of concept could bridge the gap, if you can convince your managers that they should go for it. I recently ran in to this discussion to do a POC or not and I had to write a document to motivate starting a POC. So…

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