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What should your employees learn?

As a Microsoft Certified Trainer it is important to keep up to date with the latest technology and to know exactly which trainings are available. As an MCT I regularly get the question what should we teach our employees to keep them up to date, what are the skills they need to do there job as an IT professional. Developments in IT are going rapidly and what is new today is gone tomorrow. If I look at myself when it comes to learning new technology, I make a plan for the a year and not further. So what do I think is important to learn for me and the students I teach. I have come up with a short list. The list concentrates on Microsoft, because that is what I am focused on. Over the last year I have given a couple of trainings and workshops and what I try to do is to add some extra’s,…

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New ideas, new direction, new start

It has been a while since my last post here and yes too long. It has been a busy year, not only with projects, but also with changes in what I do. For some years I already had the wish to become a MCT (Microsoft Certified Trainer), but never had the chance to accomplish this. In my current job I had this chance and immediately took the opportunity. I wanted a combination of field work and teaching other people about the knowledge I like and add my experience that I accumulated over the years. So I have been teaching classes, gave workshops for training tracks and had, and still have, a great time. In my current job I have the chance to do projects and give classes and help the organization developing training methods on how to keep the workforce up to date. This is a challenge by itself as you might understand,…

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Configuration Manager 2012 R2 Cumelative Update 2

It has been a while since my last blog, so time to change that! I have been busy lately mostly because earlier this year I changed jobs which took some time to get used to the organization and find my way in the new working environment. Next to that I went from project to project, so no complaining of making the move to KPN Consulting. Ok, Yesterday (27/06/2014) the CU (cumulative Update) 2 for Configuraton Manager 2012 R2 has been released and I decided to immediately test the installation in my test environment. You can request the hotfix at the following link: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2970177 This page also provides an overview of the fixes that have been solved and the the action you have to do after installation. I would suggest to read through this page and if you are using Powershell in your environment I would also recommend to read the next page http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2962855 where you can…

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Add Network Driver To A Bootimage

At the moment I am training an employee at a client to get more familiar with Configuration Manager task sequences and we ran into the following problem. When we PXE booted a new model of hardware (a laptop) the machine could not connect to the network and therefor did not get the task sequence. Offcourse for purpose of training this was a good thing… something going wrong 🙂 First we had to find out that the machine did not get a ip address and when we knew we needed to solve it. It was clear that the network driver for the new model was not available within the bootimage. The next step was to import the driver and add it to the bootimage used…. and go for it again. Unfortunately no success, still no network and no image deployment. Maybe the wrong driver? Or something else. Together we discussed the…

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Hello 2014!

First of all Happy New Year to you all and that the year 2014 will be an exiting and healthy year! I had a short break during the Christmas period and spend some time in the sun on Gran Canaria to do basically nothing! off course it was time to look back, but foremost to look forward. With all the updates of the System Center Suite it soon became clear that there was no lack of new interesting things to learn or to explore in 2013 and that it was more a matter of when to find time to keep up to date. During the last year I started with a lot of Configuration Manager projects, did some Windows Intune demo’s and proof of concepts and ended the last part of the year with Operations Manager projects and that is what I will start with this year. I have updated a couple of my certifications, MCSE…

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Selective Synchronisation With DirSync For Windows Intune

The popularity of Windows Intune grows as more people want to use it for mobile device management. I have written a couple of blogs on the matter, but felt the need to write another blog, since I did a couple of proof of concepts for Windows Intune lately. When you want to use your Active Directory accounts in Intune you have the possibility to synchronize your users to Intune (actually Azure directory) and the tool to use is DirSync. If you follow the steps in the Intune portal you will do an installation of DirSync, however by default it will synchronize all the users in your AD to Intune. This might not be what you want, there usually is no real need to synchronize service accounts for instance. It is possible to do a selective synchronization and below I will walkthrough the steps on how to accomplish this. In my…

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Configuration Manager 2012 SP1 CU3

Cu3 for ConfigMgr 2012 SP1 has been released, so I immediately thought I should test installation in my testlab environment. As a matter of fact I want to implement it next week in the project I am working on if all goes well. Information about the things that new and that are fixed can be found at the following link: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2882125 and you can request the hotfix there as well. Installation is similar to the previous cumulative update, with the same installation to go through. I added 2 screenshots of the installation below. This screenshot shows you where to apply the update and it will create packages that you can deploy to the clients, console machines or site systems. The second screenshot shows that the installation was a success and you can reboot your server to finish. After the patch has been applied to a client the client version will be 5.00.7804.1400 as you can see…

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MAC OS-X Management With ConfigMgr 2012 SP1 – Intro

I am currently working on a project where the organization wants to manage MAC OS-X in the environment by using Configuration Manager. Ofcourse this is very interesting and educational for me to finally see what is possible. Since I have made already quite some progress I want to share my findings so far. Since there are several subject to talk about, I decided to write several parts to go through the basic of MAC-OS-X support. Intro – MAC OS-X Management With ConfigMgr 2012 SP1 Part 1 – Prepare your environment for MAC OS-X Part 2 – Configure certificates in CM 2012 SP1 Part 3 – Installation  And Enrollment of the ConfigMgr Client for MAC OS-X Part 4 – Application Deployment MAC OS-X Part 5 – Compliance Settings MAC OS-X It could well be that more parts will follow during the journey through MAC land, I will update this page when needed. I will start with the…

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