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Introducing the Application Catalog and Software Center in System Center 2012 Configuration Manager

System Center 2012 Configuration Manager introduces many exciting new features for deploying software that benefit both administrators and end users. With Configuration Manager, users get a consolidated view of the software status by using Software Center. In addition, users can install or request applications by using the web-based Application Catalog. You might be wondering how...

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Get started with Remote Desktop Services in Windows Server “8” Beta

For Windows Server “8” Beta, the Remote Desktop Services documentation team has written topics that you can use to evaluate and deploy Remote Desktop Services within your environment. We will cover Windows Server “8” Beta enhancements in future blog posts. Following is a list of all the Remote Desktop Services documents that were published to...

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Building Custom Endpoint Protection Reports in System Center 2012 Configuration Manager

One of the advantages of having the Endpoint Protection and Configuration Manager data integrated into a single database in Configuration Manager 2012 is that it simplifies building custom reports.  Though we offer over 400 total System Center 2012 Configuration Manager reports out-of-box, there will certainly be scenarios where you’ll need your own reports. For example,...

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Tips and Tricks: How to Take Action on Assets That Report a Failed Deployment in System Center 2012 Configuration Manager

You’re up and running with the new software deployment features in System Center 2012 Configuration Manager – deploying applications, software updates, package and programs, configuration baselines. But there will inevitably be a few deployments that have problems. You can see these from the Monitoring workspace, when you click the Deployments node and then click the...

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Troubleshooting In-Console Monitoring for Deployments in System Center 2012 Configuration Manager

The Configuration Manager console has been greatly improved in System Center 2012 Configuration Manager, which enhances its usability. In addition to improvements in performance and layout, the console now supports a quicker way to monitor application deployments. However, you might come across a situation where you see a discrepancy between the completion statistics section for...

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Michael Wray’s Bio

I am a Software Development Engineer in Test on the Configuration Manager team. Configuration Manager features that I’ve tested include Network Access Protection, software distribution, application deployment, and my current focus for System Center 2012 Configuration Manager is deployment and content monitoring. I have been at Microsoft since 2005....

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New VDI Management Capabilities in Windows Server “8” Beta Overview

As part of the Windows Server “8” Beta, we have updated the Remote Desktop Services administration capabilities to simplify deploying virtual machine-based and/or session-based desktops or applications. This includes new features related to pooled deployment (single virtual desktop template across many users), personal desktops (one VHD per user), and user profile disks. Adam Carter has...

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