Category Archives: Windows 7

Use cases for Microsoft Intune Client Software vs MDM

Something that often comes up during conversations about managing Windows PCs with Intune is whether they should be managed as a PC or as a mobile device. As with most conversations, there isn’t usually a clear cut answer. In this post I will highlight some of the scenarios where one option might make more sense than the other. In the next post I will have table that compares the two options side by side. Please note that these do not

Office 365 Desktop Applications And Azure RMS

A scenario that is being raised more often now that Microsoft is pushing it’s Enterprise Mobility Suite through the SMB channel is whether or not the version of the Office 365 desktop applications included with the Business and Business Premium plans can interoperate with Azure Rights Management Service. The answer is yes, but with an asterisk. What’s the asterisk? The Business and Business Premium desktop applications do allow you to open rights protected content, but they don’t allow you to

Controlling Windows 10 Upgrades In Managed Environments

Knowing that many of you manage the networks of your SMB customers here are some important updates for controlling the advertisement, and obviously the roll out, of Windows 10 to Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 devices. FIrst up is a post on the Windows for IT Pros blog – Making it Easier for Small Businesses to Upgrade To Windows 10. Customers in the US are initially targetting US customers later in January, with other geos, including Australia, to follow. It’s important to

Internet Explorer 11 and Edge Migration And Mitigation Resources

This post is a reference for some courses I’m running next week that have a section on Internet Explorer 11 and Edge content that I need to provide some additional resources for. Support for older versions of Internet Explorer ends on January 12, 2016 This page addresses some of the frequently asked questions that customers ask, and how to address them. Reasons to upgrade to Internet Explorer 11 This article covers the benefits of upgrading to Internet Explorer 11, and

Say Hi At Infrastructure Saturday In Brisbane Today

Today I’ll be delivering two sessions at Infrastructure Saturday, the pre and post lunch slots. 11:20-12:20 Leveraging the Enterprise Mobility Suite for Windows 10, iOS and Android 13:00-14:00 Managing Windows 10 with Microsoft Online Service Offerings After all the announcements this week there will be no shortage of new things to discuss, so head along and join in the activities.

Sonos finally supports a Microsoft music subscription service, officially.

Many moons ago, you could play back rights managed Zune music files, but it wasn’t exactly a consumer friendly option. You needed to install the Zune software on a Windows, share your music library through Windows Media Player, and then your Sonos units could play back any of the rights protected WMA files. Not exactly integrated, and not exactly end user friendly but it worked. One day, however, a Sonos system update removed this capability. This didn’t completely leave all

Windows Intune Wave D Jump Start Available For Download

Just a heads up that the recordings from a few weeks back are now posted to the Microsoft Virtual Academy. Topics include: (01) Big Picture with Windows Intune (02) Architecture Design Considerations (03) Extending your Identity to Windows Azure Active Directory (04) Intune Administrator Roles, Users, and Groups (05) Intune Policies (06) Intune PC Setup and Enrollment (07) Intune Mobile Device Management (MDM) Setup and Enrollment (08) Intune Software Deployment (09) Setting up Unified Infrastructure with Intune and SCCM (10)

Windows Intune Breaking News…

Some big announcements earlier today on the Microsoft Server And Cloud Blog, pasted below. One of the anticipated changes that was expected with Windows Intune moving into the Server & Tools business alongside System Center – the unbundling of Windows Enterprise Upgrades from Intune subscriptions will open up Windows Intune to a new base of customers, and the integration with System Center helps to position Windows Intune firmly as Microsoft’s solution for mobile device management, including Windows Phone 8 and

Bandwidth Savings With The Peer Distribution Service

One of the many new features introduced with the Windows Intune June 2012 release was the enablement of Peer Distribution of BITS content. While this is something that is usually thought of as being enabled by the combination of Active Directory, Group Policy and BrancheCache, Windows Intune is delivering this capability without any real infrastructure requirements, apart from having multiple client PCs with the same OS and app requirements on the same subnet. Enabling Peer Distribution You need to make

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


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