Category Archives: Deployment

TechEd North America Day 3 Summary

No keynote today, but still some great content. First up was Windows Intune in the Enterprise, which touched on some of the new capabilities that were included with Monday’s release, including Active Directory integration and Mobile Device Management. Next up was the upcoming MDOP UE-V session, which included some great demos of user settings following a user across a local application, a remote app session and App-V. For users who have to work across mixed environments like this there will be

My TechEd North American experiences so far…

The first three days have been great so far, here’s a quick summary… Day 0 – Pre Con Session – Configuration Manager 2012 This full day event was something that I attended for a couple of reasons, one of them to see what I could pick up that could be applied to to ever evolving world of Windows Intune, and also to help get me up to speed for a current project. I can report success on both fronts, I

This week at Intunedin…

A busy week this week, a large Windows Intune pilot kicks off today, primarily addressing the remote, mostly disconnected PC scenario. Unfortunately they are a Blackberry house, so we won’t get a chance to do any mobile device management, but I’m sure we can coax an iPad into the mix, even if I finally break down and purchase one myself Final stages of planning for TechEd North America travel are taking place, and I’ve been attempting to whittle down my

Windows Intune April 2012 Pre-Release And On Premise Exchange Server

One of the interesting aspects of the Exchange requirement for Mobile Device Management is that it requires an on-premise Exchange server. While this doesn’t suit everyone at this point in time, there are a few things to consider. While this may appear to instantly rule out Exchange Online users, it’s not necessarily the case. If you are running in hybrid mode to assist in Exchange management, then you still have that on-premise server that is required. However, for users on

Acer AC100–The Windows Intune Accelerator Device–now with more acceleration

I have written several times before about the benefits of a caching solution while deploying large numbers of client updates and new applications. One of the issues I was having with the multi-workload test and deployment workloads of AC100 was the 8GB of RAM it shipped with. In a non-virtualised world, 8GB is more than enough for the typical Microsoft ForeFront Threat Management Gateway (TMG) deployment, especially considering the way that in memory caching works with TMG. During the week

Session Summary – Desktop to Cloud Office 365 and Windows Intune deployment session

While the session focused on the larger issue of IT folk capitalising on their existing skill sets to streamline cloud deployments, the technologies at the heart of the discussion were Windows Intune as the application and update delivery platform, and the Office 365 Professional Plus installable components as the bits being delivered. The new Windows Intune user portal was highlighted for application deployment, with a real time download and installation kick off of Office Pro Plus which only took a

Catch at the Desktop to Cloud event on May 19, Sydney

I will be delivering a session on optimising Office 365 and Windows Intune deployments at the following event, my first public activity in a while, so forgive any rustiness… Details Date: Saturday, 19th of May 2012 Location: North Ryde RSL Club, 33 Magdala Rd, North Ryde NSW. 2113. Time: 8.30am – 5.30pm (doors open at 7.30am) Cost: $44 inc GST ($22 in GST prior to 5th May with promo code EARLYBIRD) Registration: Download Full Agenda Learn what the ‘cloud’

New Virtualization certification articles posted on Australian Microsoft Partner Blog

As mentioned in a previous post, I’ve been writing a series of articles for the Microsoft Australia Partner Team on certification strategies. The latest one on Virtualization is now live, and it’s full of information that’s useful whether you are building out an internal test environment for virtualization projects, or preparing for the related Microsoft exams. The build and test environment here at Intunedin is currently running on top of Windows Server 2008 R2, Hyper-V and System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008

Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2012 Available for Download

Fresh from my inbox is the news that MDT 2012 is available from the Microsoft Download Center. With all of the other activity at MMS 2012 it would have been easy for this one to slip under the radar, but after having used the pre-release it bought in some welcome changes. Key Benefits: · Support for Configuration Manager 2012 · Customizable deployment questions · Ease Lite Touch installation · Secure deployments · Reliability and flexibility · Support for Windows 8 Support for Configuration Manager

Using Windows Intune to stimulate Windows 7 upgrades

For all the praise that Windows 7 has received since it’s release, there’s still a great deal of Windows XP out there. You see it on people’s laptops in cafes and on planes, you see it in kiosks, you may have it in your own environment or see it when you visit your customers. The benefit for partners One of the big benefits of Windows Intune for the Microsoft partner community is that they can target many of their non-Software

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