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Prepping Prod AD for SCCM 2012

As already presented, I am going to be implementing a Central Administration Site, along with a single primary site in my production environment. This initial build will use two instances from the pre-existing SQL Cluster, and 3 machines, one dedicated to the Central Site and the others for the Primary site. As this is production, the Active Directory and Certificate Services are already in place, however we will need to extend the Schema for Configuration Manager, and create its Container in the System OU. All my servers are created with Windows 2008 R2 Server with SP1 and current Hot Fixes installed, and functioning members of the production domain.

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Deploying SCCM 2012

With SC 2012 now released, it is time to deploy this code to the production environment. Over the last number of months I have being conducting tests in my lab environment, and more recently in a distributed pre-production environment to get an better understanding of how things work and how quickly. The excellent blogs of Niall Brady, along with the guidance of fellow Irish MVP Paul Keely (Infront Consulting) and Aidan Finn (Micro Warehouse) have offered some excellent advice and support.

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Technet UK - Manchester IT Camp

First 2 day camp is done and it was good fun., fast paced, and very interactive. Andrew, Simon and Alex have these camps well mastered, with less then 30 minutes of power points to be seen during the course of the 2 days. The content is very much driven by the attendees, right down to the point that Andrew and Simon are like the new generation Rolf Harris, drawing images on paper as they depict on the screen for everyone in great detail how everything gel’s – It is very refreshing.

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MMS 2012 Take Away

What a great week, MMS 2012 is clearly one to be remembers with the official launch of System Centre 2012, and a peek into the future. The week was very long starting every morning with breakfast meetings at 7am, following through with 5 additional presentations normally ending at 5.15pm. After the presentations completed, we then moved into focus topics (these were called Birds of a Feather sessions), discussing @ level 200-400 both solutions and issues, lasting anywhere from 45 minutes to 2.5 hours.

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SC2012–Downloading the Suites

Microsoft have reached a major milestone today, with the General Availability of the Fantastic System Centre 2012 Suite.

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Win8 Tip: Unsecure SMB shares

With all the focus now on SMB2.2 Microsoft have snuck a nasty little change into the builds which now REQUIREs that all SMB connections are secured. This is not a problem as long as your SMB storage offers up a secure connection, however there are many Linux devices, and NAS devices (Including Hitachi HNAS) which will not co-operate, and you will be greeted with a meagre reply stating that your not welcome.

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Win8 Tip: .NET 2.0 and 3.5

On the current builds of Windows 8, the .NET Framework 2.0 and 3.5 require a special process to install, as the the binaries are not copied into the SXS folders during installation.

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Desktop Virtualisation–UE-V and APP-V Beta’s

Virtualisation is not going away, and just a few days ago Microsoft added more changes in this space for Desktop Virtualization – User Experience Virtualization (UE-V). And announced application virtualization product is being updated to its next major version – Application Virtualization 5.0 (App-V 5.0).

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Subscribing to Windows Azure

The actual process of subscribing to Windows Azure is relatively easy; all that is required is a Windows Live Account along with a Credit Card which will be charged for any service usage which is beyond the allocation offered in the selected trail or offer.

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Windows PowerShell for the Busy Admin

If you are interested in getting a kick start, or a refreshed on PowerShell now that we have access to the CTP of Windows 8, and the RC for System Centre 2012; then you will be very interested to know that the Scripting Guys are starting a week of really good content to feed that appetite.

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