Skype for Business upgrade

Regarding all hype about Skype for Business last days her is short overview about it

  1. Skype for Business is available as upgrade for Lync client.
  2. Upgrade is available from 15th of April as KB2889923.

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Knowing which KB is bring this change, System Administrators or responsible persons for updates will be able to control will this update will be applied or not. This will give most of companies time to adopt and test new functionalities of Skype for Business.

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Windows Intune – part 4. – Adding domains. (survival guide)

Hi all

I didn’t write for last month and half. Why? I had some very positive tremors in my life, and good news is on the way. Just watch my LinkedIn profile Smiješak

At 3rd April I will have presentation about Private Cloud based on System Center 2012 tools at MS NetWork 3.0 conference. More info about conference can be founded here www.msnetwork.ba

At the end of April I will have another one presentation. This one will be at WinDays 13, and I will speak about System Center Configuration Manager 2012 and Windows Intune. More info about WinDays 13 can be founded here www.windays.hr.

Link to both conference can be founded at right side of my blog (under logos).

I’m still working a lot with Windows Intune, so my today post is describing how to add your personal domain to Windows Intune.

First log in to https://account.manage.microsoft.com (portal for adding/manage users and groups)

Then go to Domains on your left side and click “Add a domain”.

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New window will open and in this window you must specify domain you want to add in your Windows Intune subscription

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Click “Next”. Now you have to add host record in your DNS server. Host record varies and it is different for every domain and Windows Intune subscription. TTL time must be 1 hour. Here is example.

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After you done that. Don’t click “verify”! Wait, about 30 minutes and then click “Verify”. In most cases your domain will be verified and you will have your domain added to Windows Intune (as I have my marak.biz domain). In rare cases you will have to wait up to 72 hours to verify your domain (as you can see in disclaimer).

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If you don’t have time to wait. You can click “cancel” you will not lose changes you made. Your domain will be prepared and waiting for verification.

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Have nice day

Windows Intune – part 1. (survival guide)

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From second or third of January Windows Intune is available in Croatia. Not just in Croatia. Windows Intune is Available also in Serbia, Macedonia, Montenegro and Slovenia. This is almost whole region. Unfortunately Windows Intune is not available in Bosnia for now. I hope that this situation with Bosnia will change soon. In this series of posts I will try to describe what is Windows Intune, how to configure it, how to use it and what is bigges value of Windows Intune for customers and ITPros.

So what is Windows Intune?

Windows Intune combines both cloud and on-premises capabilities to fit your PC and mobile device management needs.

Of course this is Microsoft sentence but this sentence very good describes value of Windows Intune. My personal opinion is that Windows Intune is very good tailored product for most customers which don’t have or don’t want to have IT departments. Windows Intune have combined System Center Operations Manager and System Center Configuration Manager functionality in cloud. For managing your clients you must have web browser and internet access. And of course Windows Intune subscription. New Windows Intune is supporting BYOD which is most growing trend in IT currently (my personal opinion). Support is enhanced from PCs to Windows 8 RT, Windows Phone 8, Android and iOS devices. Windows Intune integrates with Active Directory Domain Services so that you can align with existing user accounts and security groups form your local Active Directory or from Azure Active Directory. You can also centralize management of updates, software, and policies for user devices. It supports integration with System Center Configuration Manager 2012 SP1. Now you can manage devices which is not part of your domain.

And what I do not want is to turn this post into Windows Intune listing options and capabilities. I will describe it in blog posts that follows. All what you will need after some time is Windows Intune subscription. In next post I will describe how to add users and Windows Intune interfaces.

You can subscribe for a 30 day trial account here.

And here is some pricing and features details. Stay well until next time. Winking smile 

Intune features and prices

From SCCM 2012 RC to SCCM 2012 SP1 in few steps.

I finally upgrade my System Center Configuration Manager form RC version to RTM version with SP1 included.

As I had “small” collation problem I couldn’t just simply reinstall it. For that reason I was uninstall my SCCM completely. Plan was to keep server name in Active Directory and to keep same site name.

In that reinstallation I was separate my SQL server from my SCCM server. Now I have SQL 2012 SP1 for all (future)System Center products, and SCCM is connected to it.

After one working day my job was done and I have fully functional SCCM. Now I have to wait for clients to contact SCCM. Most of clients were contact SCCM in next two days, but some clients don’t.

Then I use some old stuff which can be found on Niall Brady forum. As I’m very lazy Smile, and I don’t want to type all over again You can find solution for deploying/redeploying clients here.

Package Conversion Manager 2.0

Recently Microsoft releases Package Conversion Manager 2.0 (PCM 2.0). PCM 2.0 is tool for conversion packages and programs to deployment type applications in System Center Configuration Manager 2012 SP1. PCM 2.0 also have migration feature which allows package to be migrated from System Center Configuration Manager 2007 to System Center Configuration Manager 2012. PCM 2.0 comes in 6 languages and works with System Center Configuration Manager 2012 with or without SP1

Here is feature summary of PCM 2.0:

You can download PCM 2.0 from here.

More about PCM 2.0 and System Center Configuration Manager can be found here

System Center 2012 Configuration Manager Administrator Cookbook

Before few weeks I receive excellent book about System Center Configuration Manager 2012.

Name of the book is: Microsoft System Center 2012Configuration Manager Administrator Cookbook. It’s written by two MVPs, Brian Manson and Greg Ramsey, and reviewed by two another MVPs Torsten Meringer and Kim Oppalfens.

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The more I read, I more understand complexity of System Center Configuration Manager, and tips and tricks about fine tuning. One of basic things is how to deal with SQL server. If you set up your SQL in wrong way, you will face problems lately. SQL can slow your Configuration Manager performance to almost unusable. But in the book you can find advices how to avoid this to happen.

System Center Configuration Manager is probably the most complex and feature rich product in the System Center suite. For managing all features you will need knowledge about IIS, SQL, WSUS, WMI, PXE, SSRS, operating systems and networking (and much more which I forgot probably). So I found this book very usable in every day working with Configuration Manger 2012 (CM12 as called in book).

Microsoft System Center 2012Configuration Manager Administrator Cookbook also can be very good for total beginners (administrators starting with System Center 2012). In book you can find practical advices and solutions how to continue when you are stuck, or how to do something from scratch (and avoid problems).

Generally I’m very satisfy with my copy of Microsoft System Center 2012Configuration Manager Administrator Cookbook, and I’m using it every day on my job. For checking my previous configuration of my System Center 2012 and when I plan to implement new feature to see how to do it.

If you are interested for this book you can find it on Packt publishing or Amazon.com