Signing Windows 8 applications using an Internal PKI

So – your development cycles have been completed and now you are ready to deploy the much anticipated Windows 8 based application that you have developed to your clients. You will quickly realize that the deployment of your newly created Windows 8 application cannot happen until the appx assembly has been signed. All methods of…

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Printer Remapping in Windows 7 Deployments

One of the challenges that I frequently come across is the shift from 32-bit operating system environments to 64-bit operating system environment during deployment projects. Windows 7  ships as both 32-bit as well as 64-Bit, with the 64-bit version becoming more popular due to its ability to handle large amounts of RAM and the wider…

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Automatically Populate the PATCH Property for the ConfigMgr Client Installation - Updated for ConfigMgr 2012

Update 2013-06-12: The newest version of this script can be found here.   Two years ago I posted a script to automatically set the PATCH property used by ccmsetup.exe to install client updates during the Configuration Manager client installation in a task sequence.  That post is found here.  Since Cumulative Update 1 for ConfigMgr 2012…

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Approval request notification for Systems Center 2012 Configuration Manager

  My favorite feature in Systems Center 2012 Configuration Manager (Configuration Manager) is without a doubt the new and shiny self-service Application Catalog portal. The new Application Catalog feature is packed with benefits for both the application owner and the end user. As an IT department or Line of business (LOB) application owner, you can…

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Dynamically Installing ‘Computer Specific’ Applications Using Configuration Manager with MDT

  There is a little known component of the MDT database that, when used with Configuration Manager, can automatically re-install applications that were previously installed on a device.  It is not well known, simply because it isn’t readily visible from the database view within the Deployment Workbench. I decided to write this entry, to explain…

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Released – MDT 2012 Beta 1

The MDT team has been busy working on MDT 2012 and have announced the release of Beta 1 today. Ok so what new things are you going to see when you install MDT 2012? Well you won’t see a lot really. This beta is really about the “under-the-hood” stuff, those continuous improvements that that make…

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