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MFA, MFA or MFA?

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The other day I saw a blog post from Peter Daalmans regarding the difference between the MFA service via Microsoft Intune and via Office365. Peter makes a great job in his article about how these two services differentiate between one and another. I would however like to talk about a...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Deploy Update 1 (KB2919355) to Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2: Smooth Sailing Style

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At a customer the other day they said that they had some problems on a handful of servers while deploying a particular patch. While looking into it I could see that the troublesome patch were KB2919355 more known as Update 1 to Windows 6.3 aka Windows 8.1 and Server 2012...

Notes from TechEd Europe 2014 Round Table

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We’ve just left Barcelona and I’m on my flight back home to Sweden. For about 24 hours we were thirteen people gathered by Microsoft in the lovely city of Barcelona in Spain trying to share our thoughts on TechEd and how to make it an even better event. There were...

TechEd Europe 2014 Round Table

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I’ve been invited to join the TechEd 2014 and Channel9 team in a round table discussion about the upcoming event in October. For those of you that haven’t heard about TechEd, it’s really the Microsoft event both for Technicians and Developers. Well Build is a really cool event as well...

Get-CMPackage Does Not Support Wildcard Post ConfigMgr 2012 R2 CU1

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After you’ve installed CU1 for Configuration Manager 2012 R2 you can no longer use wildcard with Get-CMPackage. Pre-installation of CU1, it works just fine to use Get-CMPackage –Id CM100* If your Site Code is CM1 that is. However, after you’ve installed CU1 and restarted PowerShell it nolonger works. Instead we...

Friendly Reminder Before You Install ConfigMgr 2012 R2 CU1

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Have you noticed that CU1 for ConfigMgr 2012 R2 has been released? If not head over here and read more about the Cumulative Update and what goodies it holds. I’ve had contact with a customer that tried to install the update but ran into a warning during the installation. The...

Automate Stuff On the ConfigMgr Server Using Status Filter Rules

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Sometimes you want to automate stuff on the ConfigMgr server. For instance when a Task Sequence for OSD completes successfully. One way to do this is to configure Status Filter Rules. In order to make those rules dynamic one must use variables to find out what site it happened at...

Unattended installation of Windows 8.1 – Skip Join Wireless network and Microsoft Account

I decided to give myself a little treat for xmas last year. After looking around I decided on an Intel NUC that can serve as a remote debugging machine for Visual Studio as well as a host for my MDT Deployment Share at home my lab. In order to install...