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Microsoft: A Configuration Manager favorite, now in Intune

Microsoft
Role Based Access Control (RBAC) has been a favorite feature of the System Center Configuration Manager community since its introduction, and now it’s available in Intune. RBAC in Intune enables you to easily define who can perform various Intune tasks within your organization, and who those tasks apply to. RBAC gives you greater flexibility and […]

Microsoft on Automating Windows as a Service

Microsoft
Bold lines are important. Blue lines are most important. WaaS is not something “Microsoft-special” and nowadays there is this cruel necessity to hold up the pace and adopt the newest technologies just in time. With WaaS this is accomplished for the Operating System, where by speaking of the coming “new wonderful Features”  we are mainly speaking about Security […]

Citrix: Agent-Based Management Systems in XenApp RDSH & VDI Environments

Citrix Systems
I still hear a lot of talk and debate about using traditional PC management products (e.g. Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager, BigFix, LANdesk) in virtualized environments. Some admins/architects cannot understand why anyone would move away from these existing tools just because their desktops and apps are moving into a virtual world. Others have the opposite reaction, […]

Top 5 questions regarding Microsoft SCOM and OMS

With Microsoft talking about OMS (Operations Management Suite) people are assuming it is a competing product against Microsoft SCOM. Microsoft SCOM has been around for several years and is the backbone of Microsoft’s monitoring solution. At conferences Microsoft OMS is presented as the replacement of Microsoft SCOM (or is that just what people hear) but […]

Citrix: Leverage SCOM to Monitor Citrix VDAs on Microsoft Azure

Citrix Systems
Organizations are constantly expanding their existing on-premises infrastructure to meet growing demand. They need solutions that are flexible and scalable. The most economical solution to achieve this expansion is a hybrid environment — a combination of the on-premises environment along with a cloud solution like Microsoft Azure. This approach allows organizations to scale up or […]

Microsoft Update 1707 for Configuration Manager Technical Preview Branch – Available Now!

Microsoft
Hello everyone! We are happy to let you know that update 1707 for the Technical Preview Branch of System Center Configuration Manager has been released. Technical Preview Branch releases give you an opportunity to try out new Configuration Manager features in a test environment before they are made generally available. This month’s new preview features […]

VMware App Volumes Automated Entitlement Replication

VMware
Deploying App Volumes in a multi-site scenario takes proper planning and consideration. You need to consider a lot of different factors that will influence the level of availability. For example, how quickly must your users be up and running in case the main site goes down? VMware explains the two main options for an App […]

User Happiness in VDI

Login VSI
Recently the VDI Like a Pro team surveyed the State of the VDI/SBC union 2017. From the 600 respondents, we learned that in many organizations the IT Admins are not too proud of their VDI environment. A staggering 34.9% of the respondents indicated that the environment is just OK and they do not get too […]

Microsoft KB: Configuration Manager 2007 client operations fail after you install a May 2017 security update for Windows Server 2008 R2

Microsoft
We have released a new KB article Configuration Manager 2007 client operations fail after you install a May 2017 security update for Windows Server 2008 R2 which contains a solution to the following issue: Client-related operations fail in an installation of Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager 2007 that has the server locator point (SLP) role […]

Microsoft on Protecting Windows Server 2016 using Azure Backup

Microsoft
The IT industry is excited about the general availability of Windows Server 2016 with enhancements to Active Directory, Hyper-V failover clustering, remote desktop services, and file and storage services. Windows Server 2016 is being widely run on physical as well as virtual environments such as Hyper-V and VMware VM and is used for hosting server […]

Microsoft: Monitoring Large DPM Deployments with SCOM

Microsoft
DPM can backup a variety of workloads as SQL, SharePoint, Exchange, Hyper-V VMs, File Servers, among others. One way to monitor the DPM servers centrally is using SCOM. In this blog, our guest, John Joyner,  talks about leveraging Central Console for multi site backup management. The combination of DPM and SCOM is beneficial to distributed enterprises […]

Best Practices for Microsoft Architectures on AWS – #AWS Session Video

Amazon Web Services
Learn best practices for architecting fully available and scalable Microsoft solutions and environments on AWS. Find out how Microsoft solutions can leverage various AWS services to achieve more resiliency, replace unnecessary complexity, simplify architecture, provide scalability, introduce DevOps concepts, automation, and repeatability. Plan authentication and authorization, various hybrid scenarios with other cloud environment and on-premises […]

Microsoft System Center Updates Publisher June 2017 Preview is Now Available

Microsoft
Today we are announcing availability of System Center Updates Publisher (SCUP) Preview.  Many of you are using SCUP 2011 now to: Import updates from external catalogs (non-Microsoft update catalogs). Modify update definitions including applicability, and deployment metadata. Export updates to external catalogs. Publish updates to an update server. This SCUP preview adds support for Windows […]

Microsoft: Troubleshooting SCCM Database Replication Service (DRS)

Microsoft
Problem: SCCM Database Replication Service is not working Solution: Service Broker had been disabled on MSDB, causing SCCM DRM to fail I was recently called in to assist with a large System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM) environment where the Database Replication Service (DRS) was not processing messages. As a SQL Server engineer, I’ve supported customer […]

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