Monday, November 17, 2014

Microsoft Intune new wave hitting this week

Microsoft has come a long way in the last year.  They are poised to definitely take on other MDM and MAM vendors.  One of the latest changes was to break away from the Windows Intune in favor of the Microsoft Intune.  Because Intune can do more than just Windows (IOS, Android, etc) it is only natural

Some of the newest changes are listed here:
  • Enhanced user interface for Intune administration console
  • Ability to restrict access to Exchange on-premises email based upon device enrollment
  • Bulk enrollment of devices using a single service account
  • Lockdown of Supervised iOS devices and devices using Samsung KNOX with Kiosk mode
  • Targeting of policies and apps by device groups
  • Ability to report on and allow or block a specific set of applications
  • Enforcement of application install or uninstall
  • Deployment of certificates, email, VPN and WiFi profiles
  • Ability to push free store apps to iOS devices
  • More convenient access to internal corporate resources using per-app VPN configurations for iOS devices
  • Remote pin reset for Windows Phone 8.1 devices
  • Multi-factor authentication at enrollment for Windows 8.1 and Windows Phone 8.1 devices
  • Ability to restrict administrator access to a specific set of user and device groups
  • Updated Company Portal apps to support customizable terms and conditions

for more information see the entire Microsoft Blog post here:

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Transform the Datacenter MVP Roadshow

Are you going to be in Houston, TX on Friday , September 26, 2014?

Come see the "Transform the Datacenter MVP Roadshow" presented by a Microsoft MVP, Anil Desai.

IT professionals face many challenges in their struggle to deliver the infrastructure, applications, and services that their organizations need. Common issues include limited budgets, datacenter infrastructure complexity, and technical expertise to support a wide variety of changing goals. New features in the Windows Server and Microsoft Azure platform can help address these problems by increasing resource utilization and by simplifying administration.
This "Transform Your Datacenter MVP Roadshow" will focus on specific approaches, methods, and features that attendees can use to ultimately improve the services delivered to their users. We'll begin by examining the issues that often prevent or delay infrastructure upgrades, and look at ways in which IT professionals can use modern approaches to overcome them. Methods include leveraging cloud services where they make sense, and migrating from older OS's, such as Windows Server 2003.
More information can be found here:

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

SQL and SECP 2012

Is your 2012 site system showing faults (errors) in the Resource Explorer with SQL installed and SCEP 2012 enabled?

Do you have a SQL 2012 Exemption for the process.  You might not have a predefined process:

First Select the Endpiont Protection SQL 2008 and click copy

I name mine Endpiont Protection SQL 2012. 
Edit the Exclusion Settings in your new Policy
You will need to make sure you modify all the appropriate paths for SQL 2012:

Also, make sure if you have an Instance name that you add that to the path for SQL. 
Note the addtion of :
%Program Files%\Microsoft SQL Server\MSSQL11.CONFIGMGRSEC\MSSQL\Binn\SQLServr.exe
This is to ensure all Secondary servers are not affected. 
This should be similar to your ConfigMgr 2007 exclusions as well as the SQL 2008 exclusions already contained in ConfigMgr 2012.