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ConfigMgr 2012 SP1

Application Model: A Dependency That Has Been Superseded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 In this blog I like to discuss the Dependency, Supersendence options and what happens if a dependency is superseded.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 With this setup I will go through the following steps: Install 7-Zip Adobe Reader X (dependency of 7-Zip) will be superseded by Adobe Reader XI After the 2 steps I will bring my VM back to the starting stage and execute the last step: Install 7-Zip again with the dependency that has been superseded In the last step I want to find out if 7-Zip…

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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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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: 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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