Monthly Archives: March 2012

What does the Windows 8 CTP Mean For Windows Intune Today and Tomorrow?

Thus far the Windows Intune client won’t install on Windows 8, but that’s expected for something during this early stage of pre-release. The big benefit at this point in time is the eligibility to move to Windows 8 Enterprise or what the similarly capable version will be with Windows 8. It’s not a safe assumption that there will be 1:1 version mapping, below I give a couple of reasons why. ARM Tablets are one of the obvious areas that the

MDOP component applicability to different types of Windows Intune users

The last update gave a quick run down on what MDOP includes, but now it’s time to see how these components can be used in various types of organizations. We will start with with an unmanaged, distributed workforce, and add structure and potentially complexity through each example. The chart at the end of the post gives each component an applicability rating, but remember that these are just the views of the author, and I am more than willing to be

What’s Included In The Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack add on for Windows Intune

The MDOP add on for Windows Intune is an interesting offering from Microsoft, allowing subscribers to get even more of the capabilities that would usually only be available to a customer under a Microsoft volume license agreement that included desktop software assurance. MDOP is a collection of technologies from Microsoft, and here’s a description of it in Microsoft’s own words…looks like we need to remind them that it’s available via Windows Intune as well… MDOP The Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack

US TS2 Team Tackle Intune and 3rd Party Antivirus Solutions

Follow the link for the full article, but here’s my take… The inbuilt and integrated AV is one of the core benefits of Windows Intune, and is really the only way for a customer > 10 but < System Center Configuration Manager to get the MS AV endpoint technologies. It’s part of what I call the perfect storm for Intune applicability to a customer – expired or expiring AV, a relatively unmanaged environment, and preparing for an SOE or desktop

Windows 7 WEI Comparisons – Acer AC100 versus the HP NL36 MicroServer

Why the Windows Experience Index? Well, it’s simple, it’s included in Windows 7, and I didn’t want to run an extensive test of the disk performance under different RAID options, not yet anyway. That would be something outside of scope for what I’m really doing with these devices. First up, the HP MicroServer N36L, which has a dual core Athlon Neo at 1.3Ghz. As you can see the CPU score is quite low by modern standards, but when this is being used

Acer AC100 Micro Server First Impressions

The Acer unit arrived yesterday, and the first thing I noticed was that it ships in a much smaller box than the HP MicroServer, but I wasn’t surprised by how much smaller the Acer would be in comparison. This is instantly a big plus for me at the moment with some extended travel coming up, something small and light, with a degree of flexibility is what I need. So far I have 8GB installed, and have been in contact with

Battle Of The Micro Servers

With an extended overseas journey approaching, and some spare time which will be dedicated to some software and scenario testing, I’ve decided to purchase one of the Acer AC100 micro servers for this purpose. The Acer box is a very different beast to the HP MicroServer, with Acer going down the path of a high performance Xeon versus the ultra low voltage AMD CPU in the HP. For general NAS, storage or other light CPU overhead work, this difference won’t

Project TWIAD Part 4

This is just a short update, primarily confirming that the NIC traffic in Hyper-V VMs is being accurately reported again. I’m not quite sure what has triggered this, but I’ve got a few VM snapshots I can revert to when I want to dig further into the issue. The other piece of the testing that I’ve just confirmed is working as expected, that is traffic is being cached comprehensively, is the single NIC proxy/caching only scenario for TMG that I wanted initially.

Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2012 RC1 Now Available

I’ve mentioned before that I’m a big fan of MDT, and using whatever tools possible to help with the automation and customisation of OS images, so was pleased to get this information today. SCCM 2012 and Windows 8 support are the two things that should get most people excited, and by most people, I mean a subset of most people, who like technology that helps deploy operating systems.   Reliable and Flexible OS Deployment-now with support for System Center Configuration

Project TWIAD Part 3

Today’s post is a recap of some of some of the testing and scenarios I’ve been through. All of this unscientific, not laboratory controlled, and can be interpreted many ways, and here is my take on it all… I’m not saying I understand exactly what I am seeing here, but am open to suggestions. I originally started all of my testing running Windows 7 VMs against a single NIC, proxy/caching only solution, but I noticed that there was alot of traffic

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