System Center 2012 R2 and Windows Server 2012 R2

Microsoft has announced preview version of whole new System Center 2012 R2 suite.

You can download evaluation version together with Windows Server 2012 R2 preview here

http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/server-cloud/system-center/system-center-2012-r2.aspx

http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/server-cloud/windows-server/windows-server-2012-r2.aspx

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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

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 Service Pack 1 is generally available

Finally. Microsoft promise to customers that SP1 for System Center will be available “very early in 2013”. And 15th of January, SP1 is generally available. Smile

This service pack brings vey much new things but crucial is fully support for Windows Server 2012 and Windows 8 OS

More information and download location can be found here: http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/server-cloud/system-center/default.aspx.

Windows Intune is available in Croatia

Finally Windows Intune is available in Croatia. You can sign up for try in next 30 days

Windows Intune offers unified solution for managing your laptop, PC and different mobile devices.

More about Intune can be found here

You can manage up to 5 devices per user

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

WinDays 13

Today Microsoft Croatia starts with Early Bird registrations for Windays 13 conference.

Windays 13 will be held in Umag from 22 – 26 April 2013.

More about conference and Early Bird registration can be found here www.windays.hr

If you want to present on Windays 13 you can nominate your presentation here www.windays.hr/nominacija

MVP Award

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October 1st about 17:00 (GMT+1) I receive mail from support@mvpaward.com. Title of the message was “Congratulations 2012 Microsoft MVP!

I was very exciting that moment, and I feel very proud, and happy. It was hard to get this award from Microsoft, and now I’m stimulated to keep it.

For those who want became MVP one wise man said (he will know): MVP is way of life

VERY SPECIAL THANKS to Tomislav Bronzin, Alessandro Teglia (MVP lead for CEE and Italy),  Microsoft Croatia, Ilija Brajkovic, Adis Jugo, Nenad Trajkovski, Igor Pavlekovic, Marin Frankovic,  Robert Petrunic, Tomica Kaniski, Marko Culo, Marko Sever and Drasko Ivanisevic. If I forgot somebody please don’t be angry at me.

Also THANKS  to my wife (she is so patient) and to my nine month kid (he does not understand anything now but…). They are also part of my success.

And for final I want congratulate to my new MVP colleagues: Romeo Mlinar and Spaso Lazarevic, and old MVP’s to renewal.

Best regards

Dubravko

MobilityDay 2012

I’m one of the speaker at conference Mobility Day.

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Mobility Day will be at September 27. in Zagreb.

You can register for watching online, or you can come to conference Smile

Conference have four tracks: Business, Smart Devices, Development and ITPro track.

My presentation will be in ITPro track and I will speak about how to use mobile devices in enterprise environment.

More about my presentation can be founded here

Best regards

Dubravko

Microsoft Private Cloud Solution

January 17 Satya Nadella announced System Center 2012 as a Microsoft solution form manage private cloud.

System Center 2012 unites 8 independent components to one full management solution. The newest thing is System Center 2012 Unified Installer

System Center 2012 You can evaluate for free at Microsoft Server & Cloud Platform website