Reflection on 2013 Simply Thankful

Today, I’m taking the road less traveled (actually, never been traveled) on this blog, from the usual technical articles, to get a little personal. Yesterday was Thanksgiving Day here in the US. For many people it’s a day filled with football and beer, family (love ’em or hate ‘em, YMMV) and entirely too much food….

SCCM 2012 SP1 CU3

Are you’re running System Center Configuration Manager 2012 SP1 and you need to now support Windows 8.1 and Server 2012 R2 clients? Or, do you want to utilize new Server 2012 R2 machines as Configuration Manager site systems? You’ll need to download and install SCCM 2012 SP1 Cumulative Update 3. Here is an example of…

MS TechEd 2013

This year I was given the opportunity to attend and experience TechEd North America in New Orleans June 2-6. This was my first time attending and I was not quite sure what to expect. Could the assembling of so many nerds in one city be a good idea? As it turns out, this is an awesome idea.

 

The trip didn’t get off to the smoothest start. On Sunday I was set to take a flight from Charlotte > Houston > New Orleans. Unfortunately the flight departing Charlotte was delayed for 30 minutes and ended up being about two hours delayed in total. When you’ve got a connecting flight, the last thing you want is a delay of your first flight; however, during this time I started making conversation with the only other person headed to New Orleans, who was also heading to TechEd. I was chatting with Brien Posey. I didn’t know it at the time, but he is a 10-time MVP and freelance technical writer. We had a nice conversation, he’s a great guy, and after looking around a bit I’ve read some of his articles I just didn’t place the name with the articles when we were talking.

 

The flight from Houston > New Orleans was also delayed, but when we landed I only had 20 minutes to catch the flight, no time for lunch! Once aboard I jumped in on a conversation between Brien and a Duke Energy employee, turns out the Duke Employee knows a good friend of mine who also works at Duke in Charlotte on the Active Directory team. It’s a small world. Before I knew it I was in New Orleans and getting dropped off at the Renaissance Pere Marquette.

SCCM 2012 Part VII: Client Initialization, Reporting, and Closing Thoughts

This will be the last post in my System Center Configuration Manager 2012 series. Here in Part VII, we will be pushing the client to servers, showing what the Endpoint Protection client looks like on the servers, configuring custom Reports, and then closing out the series. Here is a summary of what we’ll be making…

SCCM 2012: Part VI – Endpoint Protection Manager Agent and Configuration Manager Agent Setup

Now that our hierarchy is configured and we have successfully installed and validated all of the Configuration Manager roles we will need, its time for us to configure the Agent and Endpoint Protection Policies. We’ll configure the Endpoint Protection default Policy settings first. Navigate to Assets and Compliance > Endpoint Protection > Antimalware Policies. Right-click…

SCCM 2012: Part V – System Configuration – Security and Roles

Here in Part V we’ll be performing more configuration of our SCCM 2012 environment. We’ll pick back up where we left off in Part IV, on the Administration tab of the SCCM console. Before we continue with the configuration of the site and adding new roles, we need to configure the Security section. By default,…

SCCM 2012: Part IV – Hierarchy Configuration

In Part III we completed the installation of System Center Configuration Manager 2012. Now we’ll turn our attention to setting the baseline for the SCCM console by configuring the necessary components in the Hierarchy Configuration section of the Administration page. Make sure you are already inside of the SCCM Console. If not, click Start >…

SCCM 2012: Part III – Installation

In Part I we completed the preparation of Active Directory, along with our SCCM Management Point and SQL Server. In Part II we setup the SCCM Certificate templates, created Group Policies for our clients, and setup all of the proper certificates on our SCCM Management Point. Now we have finally reached the point here in…

SCCM 2012: Part II – Certificate Configuration

In Part I, we covered the configuration of Active Directory and the SCCM Management Point Server as well as the SQL Server. In Part II, we will be covering the Certificate Configuration needed for System Center Configuration Manager 2012. This includes creating templates, Group Policies, and Certificate registration on the Management Point (MP). As I…

SCCM 2012: Part I – Pre-Configuration

in Part I, I will be detailing the necessary steps to lay the foundation needed to install System Center Configuration Manager 2012 in your environment. I will be assuming a couple of things here. This series of blog posts assumes: – You have a 2003/2008 Active Directory Domain in place – You have Domain Admin…

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