XenApp Connector for System Center 2012 Configuration Manager

The XenApp Connector for System Center 2012 Configuration Manager enables administrators to orchestrate the tasks required to deliver applications both to end-users and XenApp Servers seamlessly with Microsoft System Center 2012 (and SP1).

With the XenApp Connector, administrators can:

  • Extend the Configuration Manager 2012 user-centric and rules-based application delivery capabilities to deliver applications to users in the most appropriate manner for the device they are using: MSI, App-V, CAB, or XenApp
  • Enable user self-service of XenApp hosted applications from both Receiver and the System Center Application Catalog
  • Orchestrate the process of deploying applications to XenApp servers, farms, and worker groups from within the Configuration Manager console, both directly, for traditionally managed farms, as well as for streamed farms when used in conjunction with Provisioning Services Continue reading “XenApp Connector for System Center 2012 Configuration Manager”

MED-V configuration pack for SCCM

Hello folks,

Microsoft has released a configuration pack for System Center Configuration Manager 2007 to facilitate MED-V.

This MED-V Configuration Pack tracks the successes and failures of FTS using the Desired Configuraiton Manager in Configuration Manager 2007.

After MED-V and its required components are installed, MED-V must be configured. The initial configuration of MED-V is known as first time setup (FTS). This is a critical step and if not completed users will not be able to use MED-V. This MED-V Configuration Pack provides a way for administrators to use the Desired Configuration Management feature of System Center Configuration Manager to track the successes and failures of FTS..

On this page you can download the pack and the reference guide.

System Center Configuration Manager Shutdown Utility – Updated version

Hi guys,

Kent Agerlund posted a new blog post where Coretech developed a really nice shutdown utility for use with ConfigMgr.

Read the full post here. 

Download the updated version here: ShutdownTool-0.6.0.zip. The Shutdown utility is to include a company logo. To display the logo, create a jpg, png or bmp files in the same folder as the utility and name it shutdowntool.jpg/png/bmp.

To suppress or not suppress a computer restart when deploying software and software updates that is the question. No matter what you do, you most likely will not win the “best colleague of the Month” award.

If you do not force a computer restart you might face problems like:

Automatically Deploying Forefront Endpoint Protection Updates through SCCM

While Forefront Endpoint Protection 2010 (FEP) is integrating with System Center Configuration Manager 2007 R2 (ConfigMan) for management and monitoring, out of the box there is no preferred method for pushing updates using SSCM’s Advertisements.

Out of the box, FEP supports 5 methods of getting updates: Continue reading “Automatically Deploying Forefront Endpoint Protection Updates through SCCM”

Use SMSMap tool to document FEP components

Visio is one of the most popular tools for creating diagrams that describe effective systems and processes. In every project in which I participate, when it comes to documenting what you did I always have to create a diagram where I defined architecture, server configuration, network, etc. A picture is worth a thousand words and Visio is the tool of choice in these documentation tasks. Continue reading “Use SMSMap tool to document FEP components”

Version numbers Microsoft and McAfee products

Hi guys,

Don’t you find it anoying that some products are named RC1/SP1/V1 or something like that and when checking the product you only find a build number. This list i’m creating here is an overview of the most common Microsoft and McAfee version/build numbers. If you find something not in this list or wrong please let me know by sending a email to jack at jackcobben dot nl. Continue reading “Version numbers Microsoft and McAfee products”