Blog with a focus on Azure and System Center


ConfigMgr 2012 SP1 Cloud Distribution Point In Azure

This blog will show you how to create a cloud distribution point from Configuration Manager in Azure. I chose to create 2 tabs in this blog one called “Create The Cloud DP” and the other “Certificate Creation”. I did this to not make this a lengthy blog and to keep it readible. There are a couple of things that are needed before you can create the Cloud DP. The following things need to be arranged: Configuration Manager 2012 SP1 [icon  icon=”0101.png”][/icon] A PKI Infrastructure [icon  icon=”0101.png”][/icon] Windows Azure Subscription [icon  icon=”0101.png”][/icon] Certificate needed for secure communication [icon  icon=”0101.png”][/icon] Import the certificate in Windows Azure (*.cer file) [icon  icon=”0101.png”][/icon] Export the private key of the certificate (*.pfx file) [icon  icon=”0101.png”][/icon] Create the Cloud distribution point [icon  icon=”0101.png”][/icon] The first 3 steps are clear, no need to say anything about that. The 4th point on the list is creating the certificate. Steps 4 to 6…

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Re-thinking IT, What Has Changed?

I was thinking a lot lately, especially about the changes in the IT world and the speed of all the changes. Having been in IT for more than 20 years, I have seen a lot and I have seen a lot of differences through the years. So I decided to write a short blog not about technical things, but about organization and what I think is important now and what is needed in the current IT world. When I started years ago IT was seen as something you do on the side and basically IT meant al electrical machines within a company, computers, copiers, telephones and yes … even coffee machines. It was the time where you took a floppy and start installing. A bit later there was the cd and when you needed to setup a server or workstation you took the cd and started clicking. Oh what a wonderful…

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Error Installing App-V 5.0 SP1 client with CM 2012 SP1

This week I encountered an issue installing the App-V 5.0 SP 1 client with Configuration Manager 2012 SP 1. I went to a client to upgrade the CM 2012 environment to CM 2012 SP1. Having done this before several  times I had no issues during that process. Since we had some time left the client asked me to help with the installing of the App-V client through CM 2012 SP1. All sources were downloaded, so we could start to create an application immediately. As a command line we used the following: appv_client_setup.exe /q /SHAREDCONTENTSTOREMODE=1 I had used this command line before to distribute the App-V 5.0 client with Configuration Manager, so all looked promising…. and it was promising, CM 2012 SP1 functioned as expected and the application arrived at the targeted workstation. But then CATASTROF, DISASTER! The client failed to install and the picture below shows the details from the…

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Application Model: A Dependency That Has Been Superseded

The new (if you still can call it new) application model in Configuration Manager 2012 has a couple of nice features, but from reading about it is it not always clear how it exactly works. In this blog I like to discuss the Dependency, Supersendence options and what happens if a dependency is superseded. Consider the following scenario: I have created the following applications 7-Zip, Adobe Reader X and Adobe Reader XI. In the 7-Zip application I have set Adobe Reader X as a dependency. With this setup I will go through the following steps: Install 7-Zip Adobe Reader X (dependency of 7-Zip) will be superseded by Adobe Reader XI After the 2 steps I will bring my VM back to the starting stage and execute the last step: Install 7-Zip again with the dependency that has been superseded In the last step I want to find out if 7-Zip…

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Portable test environment

Recently I felt that the test environment I have on my laptop was not really responsive, mainly because of the external disk I used for my vm’s, and because I like to always have a test environment with me when I am at a client I felt the need to change it. My setup was: i7 Quad core laptop (Dell XPS 15) with 256 GB SSD 16 GB memory and a DVD player, 1 Tb external disk for my VM’s. I realized lately that I was not using my dvd player and decided to put a disk in. Since the prices of SSD disk became more accessible I  decided to buy a Samsung 840 500 Gb disk and a universal hd caddy to replace my dvd player. So when I received both items I quickly build it in and started testing…. and wow much much better, my vm’s are flying again. Building a Server 2012 vm (base install)…

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Site Facelift

After blogging for a while, I decided it was time for a bit of a facelift. Instead of using the a standard theme provided by Wordpress I found it time to move into the Metro style. Offcourse this brings a bit of work with it, but luckily with WordPress and a good template the time that is needed to get it al in place is reasonable. New things are the social icons at the bottom of the site and the revamped side bar. I will still have to tweak it here and there and maybe change some colors, but it is a beginning. Hope you like it!  

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 and then I created the Windows Intune Connector role 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, however you probably want to use your internal domain credentials, in my case 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 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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