Understanding and troubleshooting the Software Update Management process in Microsoft Configuration Manager

We have a new guide available that helps troubleshoot the software update management process in Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager, including client software update scanning, synchronization issues, as well as detection problems with specific updates. The information in the guide applies to System Center 2012 Configuration Manager (ConfigMgr 2012), System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager…


How to Create and Deploy PFX Certificate Profiles in Configuration Manager

With Microsoft System Center 2012 Configuration Manager Service Pack 2 (ConfigMgr 2012 SP2) and System Center R2 Configuration Manager Service Pack 1 (ConfigMgr 2012 R2 SP1), we now have the ability to provision personal information exchange (.pfx) files to user’s devices. PFX files can be used to generate user-specific certificates to support encrypted data exchange,…


How to deploy Potentially Unwanted Application protection with Microsoft Configuration Manager

Potentially Unwanted Application (PUA) is a threat classification based on reputation and research-driven identification. Most commonly, these PUAs are unwanted applications that come bundled with some other application installer. With Microsoft System Center 2012 Endpoint Protection and Configuration Manager, you can protect your users from PUAs by simply deploying an antimalware policy in your Configuration…


Managing Windows 10 Device Guard with Configuration Manager

We are excited to share information on how to deploy Device Guard on Windows 10 devices managed by Configuration Manager, using existing capabilities in System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager SP1. Why Device Guard? Device Guard is a new feature…(read more)


How Microsoft MDM technologies can help prevent ransomware and other infections on employee devices

Over the years, we’ve seen ransomware continuously dominate the threat landscape. Its prevalence is largely attributed to the fact that malicious hackers find this to be a very lucrative revenue stream. 2014 saw exponential infections from ransomware, with families such as Ransom:JS/Krypterade, Win32/Crowti, Win32/Reveton, and Win32/Teerac garnering more than 4 million infections. The start of…


Setting up Multicasting in Microsoft Configuration Manager 2012

Multicasting was a feature added into System Center Configuration Manager 2007 R2 which has continued support into System Center 2012 Configuration Manager (ConfigMgr 2012 and ConfigMgr 2012 R2). Multicast allows for image deployment with a much reduced network load in the environment, which means that by utilizing multicast in ConfigMgr 2012 you can significantly reduce…


Taking a look at the Software Metering workflow in System Center 2012 Configuration Manager

~ Pramod Sathyanarayana Kashyap Hello everyone, my name is Pramod Sathyanarayana Kashyap. I recently worked with a customer who had some questions regarding the workflow of Software Metering in System Center 2012 Configuration Manager (ConfigMgr 2012) so I thought I would go ahead and share that with all of you here as well. The information…


How to get even better insights into your Configuration Manager data using Microsoft Power BI

System Center Configuration Manager and Microsoft Intune allow IT Pros to manage PCs and mobile devices, keep software up-to-date, set configuration and security policies, and monitor system status. The database and reports in System Center 2012 Configuration Manager hold a wealth of information about the state of these devices, including hardware inventory, compliance states, software…