Set Windows 8 Lock Screen Image (KB2770917)

Microsoft have recently released a Windows 8 and Server 2012 cumulative update KB2770917. One of the important features of this update is the ability to customize the Windows 8 lock screen with corporate branding and set this across your domain joined computers using Group Policy. From the KB: This cumulative update includes the following… Read more

ConfigMgr 2012 SP1: Deploy iOS and Android Apps!

With all of the excitement surrounding the Beta 1 release of ConfigMgr 2012 SP1, there’s been a fairly big feature that’s been rarely spoken about… Deploying iOS/Android apps to ‘un-managed’ devices! This post wont be a deep dive into creating and deploying iOS/Android apps, it will just take you through the high-level announcements and give… Read more

Home, Sweet Home

Well the PFE team are now back from TechEd 2012 held on the Gold Coast, Australia. As nice as it is to be home, we all had a terrific time on the GC – great weather, great sessions and great speaking with all the ConfigMgr engineers Australia wide. The official TechEd Australia 2012 site is… Read more

PFE’s at TechEd Australia 2012!

  Heaps of PFE’s speaking at this years TechEd Australia!   Ian Bartlett & Mohnish Chaturvedi – Microsoft Application Virtualization 5.0 Introduction (Wed 12 Sep, 9:45-11:00) Grant Holliday – From Server to Service: How Microsoft Moved Team Foundation to Azure (Thu 13 Sep, 11:30-12:45) Matt Shadbolt & George Smpyrakis – Implementing SCM for Compliance in… Read more

ConfigMgr 2012 – Where’s my PXE CacheExpire gone!?

  In ConfigMgr 2007 we had a registry key called CacheExpire which would allow a client to start a new PXE session after 60 minutes. The idea is, if a build is mandatory the cache will hold onto the session to ensure it doesn’t get into a rebuild loop. It was a bit of a… Read more

ConfigMgrDogs at TechEd Australia!

Your ConfigMgrDogs team will be speaking at TechEd Australia 2012! Come and check out our sessions & buy us a beer! Matt Shadbolt and George Smpyrakis – Configuration Manager 2012 and Security Compliance Manager Ian Bartlett and Mohnish Chaturvedi – Introduction to App-V 5.0   Session time and room information will be posted shortly.  … Read more

How NOIDMIFs can extend your Hardware Inventory

ConfigMgr hardware inventory is a very important and widely used feature. We use it to collect all sorts of information, from hardware info such as disk configuration, amount of RAM, etc. Hardware Inventory is also used to query the Add/Remove Programs to see what software is installed on a machine. All hardware being queried by… Read more

ConfigMgr 2012: Upcoming Enhancements in SP1

The Product Group have recently announced the Beta of ConfigMgr 2012 SP1 at TechNet 2012 North America. You can view the announcement at  Enhancements include: Platform Support: Windows 8 Windows 8 tablet (Intel SoC) support Mac OS X Linux and Unix Operating System Deployment: Windows To Go support Application Delivery: Win 8 apps Deep… Read more

Trace32.exe/CMTrace.exe Hidden Features

So I posted this on my blog ages ago, but for some reason it didn’t make the migration over to our new Technet ConfigMgrDogs blog, so thought I should repost as a new entry. I still find it staggering how many customers I visit who had no idea about these features! Trace32’s Error Lookup… Read more

List of ConfigMgr 2012 KB Articles and Hotfixes

A list of Knowledge Base Articles and Hotfix information for Configuration Manager 2012 has been published on the Technet Wiki. This is a living document and will be updated regularly: I suggest subscribing to the RSS feed and checking it regularly. That way you’ll always have the most up-to-date information: Note that these… Read more