Consolidate multiple RSS feeds into one

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So this blog post might be “out of topic” in comparison to my other posts, but this was just too cool to skip. While working on my company’s new public web site, Lumagate.com, I had to consolidate all RSS feeds from each and every consultants blog site and then turn...

How I used PowerShell to download Channel9 recordings from events

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Previously I’ve written Session Downloader to get all (or selected) session recordings from events such as TechEd and Build. Before I wrote the app, I wrote scripts based in PowerShell for the same thing. Now, in time for the Connect() conference I’ve written a PowerShell module in C# that allows you...

Azure Multi-Factor Authentication Server port requirements

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During a Proof of Concept at a customer I had to dig up information about what network ports the Azure MFA Server needs when it is placed behind a firewall. While other services could use the proxy service to access the Internet, the Azure MFA Server needs direct access out...

Free On-Demand Webinar on Modern Workplace

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Some days ago I held a webinar on the topic ‘The Modern Workplace’. The video is now online on Vimeo and thanks to my employer Lumgate I can share it with all of you. I will present on a new webinar not that far into the future. Stay tuned and...

Increase Task Sequence Error Dialog Timeout

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A customer asked me if it is possible to increase the timeout that is associated with the error message shown during OSD with Configuration Manager or MDT. This is of course possible. First, you can do this with Collection variables in ConfigMgr, but there is a solution that works in...

Build Your TechEd Europe 2014 Schedule

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With less than two weeks to go, it is now time to Build your TechEd Europe 2014 sessions Schedule if you haven’t already done that. You access the schedule builder at https://teeu2014.eventpoint.com/ScheduleBuilder. There are a lot of session throughout the event so there can be a good idea to split...

In the case of no client certificate on a ConfigMgr client

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Even when you run a ConfigMgr infrastructure in non-HTTPS mode each and every client still has a certificate that it uses when it talks to a Management Point. In the case of a HTTP environment the client will create a self-signed certificate if it doesn’t find a working one in...

ConfigMgr Collection based on Installed Windows Server Features and Roles

Sometimes it is necessary to create a collection based on what Windows Server Features and Roles have been installed on a server. For instance, I have a customer that is using System Center Endpoint Protection to protect their servers from malware. Therefore we want to have collections that are automatically...

ConfigMgr Collection Membership based on NOT existance

Every now and then the need for an inverted membership is required for a collection. Such can be when deploying a new software to servers, one might want to filter out all servers that already has the software or servers with a different software. In this case at a customer,...

ccmsetup.exe has stopped working (APPCRASH)

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While helping a customer I stumbled upon a rather strange problem. While installing the ConfigMgr client on a Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 system, we got an error where the ccmsetup application crashed.   After a reboot we got the very same error. We used a bat file with a command...

A lot of fixes in CU2 for Configuration Manager PowerShell wise

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As I wrote some time ago Cumulative Update 1 for Configuration Manager 2012 R2 broke the wild card support for getting packages using the Get-CMPackage command in PowerShell. Happily Cumulative Update 2 fixes that problem along with “some” other commands. Get the full list of fixes and updates here. However,...

Capture Windows Image using DISM – With Bells and Whistles

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A little over a month ago (May 19th 2014) my friend Mikael Nyström wrote a blog article with an attached script that allowed you to capture a WIM / reference image using DISM instead of ImageX that MDT (Microsoft Deployment Toolkit) normally does. Making the switch improves capture time by...

Configuration Manager 2007 is running out of support – life cycle to ConfigMgr 2012 R2 now

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Still running System Center Configuration Manager 2007? It’s about time to migrate to ConfigMgr 2012 (R2) now. As of writing this blog post it is less than a week left of the Mainstream support for ConfigMgr 2007. I’m quite sure you remember the pain to migrate from Windows XP in...

Post CU2 Updates Configuration Manager 2012 R2 When Using Intune and Unified Device Management

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As you might have seen Cumulative Update 2 for Configuration Manager 2012 R2 has been released. After you’ve installed the CU you get a notice that there is an update to the Windows Phone 8.1 Intune extensions. First time you start the console after you’ve installed CU2 you’ll get the...

In the new world of IT

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During TechEd something quite spectacular happened. Everyone should have been prepared and awaiting this news but none the less it felt like the community was woken up from a coma. Brad Anderson made a great opening keynote when he emphasized that Microsoft is going Mobile-First; Cloud-First. But that’s not what...