TechEd Ready Steady Go! Europe Edition

I’m excited, I’m slightly stressed, I’m like a kid that can’t sleep on Christmas eve, I can’t wait to get to Barcelona but somehow the work gods are expecting me to sort through a ton of work before my flight on Thursday, fear not! I won’t miss my flight and all the work will get done! as always.

On Thursday 23rd Oct I will be jetting off to Barcelona to Hesperia Towers a bit early for TechEd Europe you might say but no I will be attending and speaking at E2EVC (http://www.e2evc.com/home/) The Experts 2 Experts Virtualization conference. It’s probably the best community conference out there for and by the community run by Alex Juschin, Microsoft MVP, Citrix CTP @E2EVC who also happens to be an awesome guy. I don’t know how he does it but he manages to organize a few of these conferences each year. I will be doing a session on User Workspace Management and it’s a privilege to be able to share some of my knowledge with experts in Microsoft , Citrix , VmWare and other hardware & software technologies. Infact most of the Microsoft MVP’s speaking at this conference will also be at TechEd Europe the following week so it just made sense to have it in conjunction with #TEE14. It runs from 24 -26 Oct 2014.

 So Sunday night the magic and fun kicks off for TechEd Europe this edition might just be the last as Microsoft changed the name and combined a whole bunch of events into one major event for North America in 2015 named Microsoft Ignite to be held May 4–8, 2015 Chicago, IL but back to now. TechEd Europe is THE Microsoft event for European IT Pro’s and Dev’s in the Microsoft Arena.

Follow me for up to the minute updates on TEE14 What’s happening, best sessions, events and just about everything I see or experience during TechEd from Sunday till Friday 31 October. I will be making myself available as a #TEE14

 Some events to attend !

Sunday 26 Oct #TheKrewe Meet n Greet thanks to the great support of Thycotic and Vision Solutions; If you are in Barcelona on Sunday evening, make sure you sign up for this great party http://thekrewemng.eventbrite.com TheKrewe meet ‘n greet party on Sunday Oct 26th, thanks to the great support of Thycotic and Vision Solutions; If you are in Barcelona on Sunday evening, make sure you sign up for this great party http://thekrewemng.eventbrite.com

 TechEdYellowPantsTeam Party with Savision on Thursday Oct 31st http://www.savision.com/yellowpants

Follow #TechEdYellowPantsTeam http://www.techedyellowpantsteam.com @Microspecialist

Not to miss links and tips!

Watch the TechEd Countdown videos by Joey Snow and Rick Claus Just love how they pronounce my name in the last show J : http://channel9.msdn.com/Shows/The-Countdown-Show/#fbid=

Check out the TechEd session agenda and build your schedules ! http://europe.msteched.com/Agenda#fbid=-zS7iLThE8f, with detailed sessions here : http://teeu2014.eventpoint.com/topic/list

Participate in the TechEd Europe Forums on Channel 9 : http://channel9.msdn.com/Forums/TechEdEU#fbid=-zS7iLThE8f

Country Drinks Event at the beachfront on Wednesday, as well as the other community events after a days sessions during the week : http://europe.msteched.com/Community#fbid=-zS7iLThE8f

twitter : @teched_europe, #TEE14, #TEE14Community, #TheKrewe, @techedyellowpantsteam, @pdtit, @Microspecialist

facebook: http://www.facebook.com/techedeurope http://www.facebook.com/techedyellowpantsteam

For a list of Frequently Asked Questions follow this link http://aka.ms/tee14faq

Nothing left to say but see you in Barcelona !

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Windows 10 Activation Bug

It has come to my attention that there seems to be an issue sometimes with Windows10 asking to be activated(which it shouldn’t be doing) I think it might be due to Enterprise copy trying to retain the KMS connection in the build.

To resolve this issue :

I used slmgr.vbs to license a copy that requested activation (that silly irritating watermark) showing up.

Open a Windows Administrator Command Prompt or Windows PowerShell in Admin mode.

slmgr.vbs -ipk xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx being your key provided by tech preview blog on download page.

followed by this command

slmgr.vbs -ato

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Another year as MCT Regional Lead of the Netherlands

This morning I just received an email stating my reinstatement as the MCT Regional Lead for The Netherlands for another year.

“Dear Adnan,

Each year we take stock of the Regional Lead Program, work to make sure we are well represented geographically and across technical specialties and also that our current Regional Leads are still interested and engaged in the program. We would like to welcome you back to the Regional Lead Program”

I am once again honored to do all I can to assist Microsoft and my fellow MCT’s around the World and especially in The Netherlands. Over the past year I have enjoyed my time representing and working with Microsoft Learning! Especially cooperation with the Senior MCT Program Manager from Microsoft. I am looking forward to additional ways to leverage my reach to support and strengthen the MCT program.

If any of you reading this post are also MCT’s, and have questions on the Regional Lead program, or MCT program feel free to get in contact with me for additional explanations and what you can do for the MCT community!

Looking forward to The MCT Regional Lead meeting during the MCT Summit NA to be held on 15 – 19 Sept 2014. I will also deliver a session at the MCT Summit NA along with fellow MCT and Regional Lead for Belgium Peter De Tender (Twitter:@PDTIT).

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Microsoft TechEd Europe 2014 RoundTable

Monday morning I will be jetting off to Barcelona for 2 days not just to enjoy some Spanish sun but to join the TechEd 2014 roundtable group in discussions on how we can make TechEd 2014 happening in Barcelona later this year in October more awesome.

If you still don’t know what TechEd Europe is all about, let me recap in a nutshell. It is the largest Microsoft conference in Europe! IT Pro’s and Developers come from all over Europe and the rest of the World to learn all about Microsoft Technologies over the space of 1 week. Have a look on Channel 9 at the type of sessions you can expect to attend in person at this event, that’s last years selection. TechEd Europe is also generally where new announcements are made if going on products released in previous year’s.

Some of the awesome people joining me on this trip is my buddy and fellow #TechEdYellowPantsTeam member Peter De Tender  Like us on Facebook ! and about 8 other IT Pro’s / Developers that all have an affinity with TechEd ! Last but not least we get to hang out with my friends Rick Claus and Joey Snow Technical Evangelists of Microsoft. that Joey is also an awesome DJ! I cant wait to see the countdown shows for TEE14 and see what they have in store for us this time around.

I know the immense value TechEd has brought me attending over the years.  If I can express that in one sentence it would be the fact that it’s so much more than 4 days of technical sessions 5 if you count the Pre-con day (Pre-Conference Seminars) the networking opportunity is invaluable being able to talk directly to the different  Microsoft Product Teams ,Speakers and (MVP) Experts. Many a time somebody helped me with one of my technical issues happened right there at TechEd!

So if YOU yes YOU reading this post do have any questions or suggestions as to how TechEd can be improved or something about a past experience that happened let me know via twitter . I can forward that to the right people planning on making this the best TechEd Europe yet! and don’t forget that Registration with the early bird discount is still valid for the next month till 7 July!

Hoping to see you all there! I’ll be there with my Yellow Pants!

 

 

 

 

 

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User Experience Virtualization 2.1 Beta

User experience virtualization or Workspace virtualization is a topic I frequently speak about at conferences all over the world. One which I believe is vital in todays multi device, user centric work style. Having the same work style experience syncing your settings across all your windows devices (tablets, laptops and desktops or VDI ).

I’ve blogged on this subject before last time on Mitch Tulloch’s WServerNews Blog and newsletter click Here!

Recently the new User Experience Virtualization 2.1 Beta was released this new version builds on the previous offerings by adding support for Microsoft Office 2013 now shipped with the agent to be able to personalize 1500 office 2013 settings and Office 365.

Further improvements include support for credential manager and certificate settings. Windows store and app sync experience improvements more Windows 8 & Windows 8.1 settings roaming. Lastly backup and restore support.

I am really glad to see more good work has been done in MDOP products. Try the Beta download  User Experience Virtualization 2.1 Beta

 

 

 

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My Post TechEdNA 2014 Review

Better late than never stopping over 6 time zones later to get this finally online.

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These past few weeks have been filled with excitement and immense learning opportunities and networking moments. I attended Microsoft’s TechEd in Houston Texas held during 12 – 15 May all thanks to my company OGD and Microsoft for allowing me to help out the Windows Client team in the tech expo at the mobility booth.

I love the buzz of TechEd in fact I’m hooked! I can’t see myself not attending! Along with fellow MVP Peter De Tender we’ve even rebranded ourselves the #TechEdYellowPantsTeam after Microsoft employees running the Microsoft Learning Experience noticed us last year accidently yes! by chance both wearing yellow pants on the same days. Since we already do a lot of community work together hosting events, speaking sessions and are good friends we just started doing it to make us more approachable during the masses.

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We like to create excitement about the TechEd experience before and during the event by doing some social community events and helping out with any questions attendees might have both of a technical nature , certification or just about anything really.

I mainly assisted the Microsoft Windows team in the Mobility Booth in the Tech Expo demo’ing the power of mobility with Windows ,Phone and Devices. brings to the enterprise with things such as Windows to go, Windows phone 8.1 and using a tablet. How all the built in features allow people to have access to all their data and settings across the different devices and being able to work anywhere on any device enabling that rich user experience. I also attended the Ask The Experts as a Windows Expert IT-Pro MVP, I was on hand to answer any technical questions attendees had during the evening and also just to socialise and chat with all the different attendees from all over the world.

The Keynote revealed a lot of new features with Azure and Microsoft Cloud services such as Office365. It’s always a pleasure watching Brad Anderson speak. Other highlights included personally chatting to many of the TechEd speakers some I regard as friends.

The key message pointed out were the benefits to moving to Azure. “The cloud can add value to everything that you do” Brad Anderson

Keynote recording can be watched here:

http://channel9.msdn.com/Events/TechEd/NorthAmerica/2014/KEY01#fbid=

Key New Improvements :

Microsoft Azure ExpressRoute , Microsoft Azure Files – Azure storage,  Azure API Management, New Virtual Machine Sizes (A8/A9), Azure Site Recovery, Azure RemoteApp.

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For the rest there were excellent breakout sessions in Deployment, Server 2012 R2 features and functionality, System Center as always and Windows features and Security. One of my favourite sessions this year was by Sami Laiho Windows 8.1 Blackbelt troubleshooting including How to Build a Bulletproof Bitlocker which was also a good one.

All sessions can be viewed on Channel 9 as on-demand recordings are available and downloadable PowerPoint slides at: http://channel9.msdn.com/Events/TechEd/NorthAmerica/2014

There are a select number of Hands-on Labs also available at: http://channel9.msdn.com/Events/TechEd/NorthAmerica/2014

Become a TechEd Insider and get regular updates on TechEd , by subscribing to the TechEd Newsletter.

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Next Event E2EVC

So just 12 days before the craziness starts from 12 – 15 May its TechEd Week in Houston my craziness starts on the 8th May already I will be heading to Houston then taking a quick 2 day stop in LA before heading back to Houston for TechEd.

So why go to LA? For E2EVC of course it is the first time the Experts 2 Experts Virtualization Conference hits the United States held on 9 – 10 May. It has a great line up of speakers and it is one of those Independent conferences where you get everybody Microsoft Experts, Citrix CTP’s, VMware Professionals and the other Vendor Experts giving their independent views on Implementation, Management and other solutions on the different products out there.

E2EVC is held at the Radisson hotel at LAX so no rush for me to get back to Houston in time.

There might still be opportunity to REGISTER for E2EVC if you are out in LA area or can make it. For those in Europe E2EVC will be held in Brussels in June check the website.

Follow @E2EVC on twitter for regular updates by my friend Alex Juschin  

See you all soon!

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Speaking at Briforum London 2014

This year marks the 10th Anniversary of Briforum in London yes the 10th occurrence of this event for the past ten years in London I think it’s quite a milestone. It also proves that the organizers are doing great work and providing quality IT offerings to the international community. This years event will be held on 20-21 May 2014.

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Once again I have the opportunity to speak at this conference along with great International speakers.I believe it is always the invaluable independent content that makes this conference unique. Content is certainly why I choose conferences I personally attend.

“So, why BriForum? BriForum is the only independent conference of its kind to provide a vendor-neutral perspective on current and emerging technologies and services in today’s marketplace. Navigating through the data, the devices, and the details (not to mention the vendor-hype) can be a challenge to even the most experienced IT pro, never mind an organization that is just getting its feet wet in the virtualization market. At BriForum we lay it all out for you, whether you’ve been down this road before or you’re just beginning your journey.” That my friends is certainly true! I am already looking forward to the sessions I will be attending.

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I will be delivering two sessions “Death to XP! Deploying the New Desktop OS Windows 8.1” and “Virtualising the User Workspace” 2 sessions that build on each other. Click Here!

So if you haven’t already registered … there is still time to do so on Briforum Website! See you all there!

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Speaking at TechFuse 2014 in Minneapolis

I’ll be speaking at TechFuse Conference in Minneapolis the 7th annual TechFuse conference initiative of Benchmark Learning http://www.benchmarklearning.com . I will be presenting on Deploying Office 365 Pro Plus and Rethinking Application Delivery. I’ll be there along with other great tech speakers Paula Januszkiewicz and Peter De Tender (my other half in the #TechEdYellowPantsTeam) See the full list of speakers on www.techfusemn.com

Looking forward to my first time in Minneapolis and Minnesota for that matter. Hope to see you all there!

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CeBIT 2014 Hannover Germany

I was privileged enough to attend CeBIT in Hannover, Germany this past week compliments of my employer OGD ICT-Diensten in Delft and Hannover Consultancy B.V. for the sponsored entrance tickets. I visited the Messe with 3 other colleagues including fellow MVP, Sander Berkouwer (Directory Services). In a one-liner the Expo was amazing!

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My main goal of attending was to gain insight in all the technology trends and innovations happening around the world and new technological inventions.

I think the best part of my visit was shaking someone’s robotic hand from Touch Bionics a women who had on a prosthetic arm and hand has now almost fully functionality in her daily life with this wearable technology. She showed how there was an app running on her mobile / iPod containing more than 50 hand positions connected to the robotic arm via Bluetooth  to adjust the hand position, She also showed implants she had in her upper in combination with her own upper arm muscle twitches and what combination of arm and hand movements could be performed.
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Overall there were many Robotics on display but the medical functionality was by far the most impressive to me after just having seen the movie Robocop a few weeks ago. I can say we are getting closer and closer to the bionic man.

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On the Information Technology arena Microsoft had an enormous presence at CeBIT with huge floor space. The best part for me was the IT Pro Academy stage where fellow MVP’s and Microsoft staff presented technical sessions on Azure, Cloud, BIG Data, Virtualization, Remote Desktop Services, mobility and social business and more.

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Another major trend is the internet of things where just about any device even farm equipment, cars etc. are accessible via the Cloud. Read more on Microsoft’s own blog click here.

Lots of innovations in Farming, Education, Business, Fitness and many more industries even drones.

I even spotted a computer still running Windows XP!

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I had a great informative and inspiring learning experience visiting CeBIT and already planning on attending next year. For more in-depth listing of what was on display and presented at CEBIT go to the official website and click Here!

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XP End Of Life Celebration

The end of the road is approaching for Windows XP. Microsoft will no longer support this operating system after 8 April 2014.With that said I’m excited to announce our Microsoft STEP event to be held in the exotic location Hof Ten As in Belgium. This event is a celebration of what’s been a long successful lifespan of Windows XP. At this event we will showcase what’s next. Learn how to migrate off Windows XP in an easy no fuss way to Windows 8.1.
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See how Windows 8.1 can empower your users and business with its new functionality and features. See how your Infrastructure will be more secured. This day will be more than just deploying Windows 8.1 You will learn how to customize the user interface to suit your needs! don’t like the start screen interface? no problem! especially if you just need the desktop. Learn how to best deploy or use your applications and application settings. See how optimizing your application delivery can speed up productivity and mobility of your users.

At this event we also discuss the latest Server operating system Server 2012 R2 to awe you with some of the features sure to improve any business IT Infrastructure and needs. Interested in BYOD ? We will show you how you could access company resources from any Windows 8.1 device without it being domain joined.
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Lots of Technical content will be onboard on this day proudly backed and sponsored by Microsoft. I will be co presenting with fellow MVP Peter De Tender IT Pro from Belgium.

To register for the event click Here

To see our official website for this event Click Here

Don’t let the ramifications of the “end of life” for your systems impact your business TAKE CONTROL! Move forward to ensure that your organization stays protected while meeting all of its compliance requirements.Make the choice! stay ahead!

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Attending Cloud OS MVP Roadshow

I will be attending the Cloud OS MVP Roadshow hosted by Sander Berkouwer MVP Directory Services on this Friday 7 March 2014 at Microsoft Offices Schiphol. This event is all about Microsoft’s vision called the Cloud OS consisting of the following products Microsoft Hyper-V Server, Windows Azure and Windows Server 2012 R2.

Still time to register Click Here.

All presentations will be delivered by Dutch speaking MVP’s.

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WMUGNL 12 February 2014

The WMUGNL (Windows Management User Group Netherlands) will be hosting our next live event on the 12 February 2014. This evening will be all about monitoring mainly the use of System Center Operations Manager.

Our evening will be hosted by VXComany in Baarn. They have always done a super job hosting meetings in the past. Our speaker list includes PFE Stefan Stranger (@sstranger) of Microsoft NL , Dieter Wijckmans (@DieterWijckmans) a Belgian SCOM expert and SCUJedi !! and lastly one of our favorite sponsors co-founder Dennis Rietvink from SAVISION.

See the full agenda Here at WMUGNL

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Windows 8.1 Update 01 Leaked Improvements

Ok so this post is not about the fact that it has leaked but more what can be expected. My colleague and fellow MVP Sander Berkouwer blogged about some features here:

http://blogs.dirteam.com/blogs/sanderberkouwer/archive/2014/02/03/a-first-look-at-windows-8-1-update-1-build-9600-16596.aspx

ImageSignificant changes which looks like it will appeal to end users “normal enterprise windows consumers” and I speculate that this is the market that this update needs to impress. As much as I loved Windows 8 and its new look I am still happy with Windows 8.1! some features that stand out to me that indeed are meaningful improvements are :

Apps can Pin to Taskbar so be run in desktop mode

Power Options button on start screen for Shutdown or Restart.

A Search icon on the start screen

Title Bar for Apps with minimize and close icons in top right corner. The mouse pointer also doesn’t turn into a hand pointer/icon to close the app by click + dragging down

A new enterprise mode in internet explorer

Many functional changes may still occur before the final release version which should be due sometime April as rumored by Microsoft-watcher Mary Jo Foley.

I am really keen to get my hands on the update when it finally gets released! I’m sure lots of cool features will be included and those that were not so happy with Microsoft and its new vision of the future Windows client OS will be feeling happier too.

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TechEd Europe Dates Announced !!

Microsoft finally released the long awaited date for TechEd Europe. It will be in Barcelona from 27-31 October 2014 at the FIRA Barcelona venue. Rumors were that it would be held either in Barcelona or Amsterdam. I am glad that we are at least having a TechEd in Europe this year, it’s the largest conference event for IT Pro’s and developers held annually, and it would be a shame to not have this type of event in future as rumored it’s to be the last ( I doubt that !! )

I will be attending and hopefully assisting in some way or the other at the event. This IT Pro will be looking forward to TechEd Europe as always this year.

Link to the website : Here

 

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2014 Off to a good start

My year got off to a great start after spending the quietest New Years Eve ever. I got Awarded with an Windows Expert-IT Pro MVP Award from Microsoft on 1 Jan 2014. More on the MVP program here http://mvp.microsoft.com/en-us/overview.aspx.

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This award means a lot to me (extremely honored Thank You Microsoft and whoever nominated me). It’s nice to be part of a great community of IT Professionals who all share their expertise with the rest of world.

Looking forward to lots of incredibly awesome IT events this year!

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Latest Member of the Springboard Series Technical Experts Panel (STEP Program)

I am excited to announce that I have been selected as the latest member of the Springboard Technical Expert Program (STEP).

“Congratulations and welcome to the Springboard Technical Expert Program (STEP). You have been identified as one of the top IT pro influencers in the world due to your knowledge and impact on the IT pro community around Microsoft technologies.”

Click on the links to learn more about the Springboard & STEP!

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The Springboard Series is basically a community of experts that help evangelize, deploy and maintain Windows Client Technologies, Office, MDOP (Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack), Desktop Virtualization, and Internet Explorer. I am really excited to be a part of STEP and consider this as a wonderful platform to help evangelize Microsoft Technologies.

I would like to extend my  thanks to Ben Hunter, Tony Mann & Stephen Rose for their valuable support and consideration in helping me to be a part of the STEP program.

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Installing WSUS on Server 2012 Step by Step

Here’s my step by step account of installing WSUS on a member server in your domain. I understand that it can be a bit buggy sometimes installing this Role on a server due to account restrictions during the role creation especially when creating the database. This method is my simple way of creating the WSUS database on a remote SQL server usually a highly available SQL cluster used for management of infrastructure separate from the Production / Application databases.

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Select Windows Server Update Services

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Click add features

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You do not require any other extra features for this role so just click next.

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Deselect WID database Only Select the bottom two WSUS Services and Database

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Select Store updates in following location (I always pre-create this folder on a drive with enough space to store the content) enter the location to your content folder.

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Enter the name and instance of your Database server and test the connection.

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The defaults are fine so just click next.

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On the confirmation page just click next.

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Once the role is installed you have to finish some configuration tasks. This is where you can find yourself scratching your head why isn’t it continuing successfully. My tip is to go to this location C:\Program Files\Update Services\AdministrationSnapin and startup the WSUS.msc

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Here you can re-enter the SQL Server name and instance of your database server for WSUS to go and create the database on. Also add the path where you would like to store the content for WSUS. Click on Run!

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WSUS should now have successfully created your database and startup the wsus console.

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Leave the sync with Microsoft update option and click next.

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If you require a Proxy server for access to internet you can enter the details here. I didn’t so I just clicked next.

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Click on Start Connecting to start up your connection to Microsoft Update.

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Here you can select an extra language to support if you require a specific language for the software you installed.

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Choose the products for which you want updates you can always update this list if you forget something.

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Now choose the type of updates you want to receive or you would want to service to your clients.

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Configure your sync schedule I always set mine to a time that won’t impact the backup schedule or Network bandwidth.

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Select begin initial sync to get the update classifications for the products you selected.

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Click Finish you WSUS should now be configured properly to get the updates for the clients you specified. That completes the setup of WSUS!

You are still not done though there are still a few tasks to complete before your clients will gather the updates from this newly installed WSUS server.

1. You need to create computer groups within WSUS.
2. You need to create a policy (GPO) to specify the clients to use this WSUS server and put them into a specific group.
3.Configure your auto approval rules …

Now a hint create a test group I usually place non important servers like a management server I setup for Admin tasks with RSAT tools etc including other test servers here you can go and implement an auto approval rule… once updated and everything works fine on these servers usually after a day or 2. Then you can go and approve the updates for the rest of the servers in your organization. Good luck with setting up WSUS !

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Windows 8.1, Server 2012 R2 & System Center 2012 R2 goes GA

Today marks the official availability of the next gen / wave of products from Microsoft. Windows 8.1 the new improved update on Windows 8 available as a FREE update.

Server 2012 R2 with its new and improved features my favorite being work folders more on that in a forthcoming blog post.

The latest version of System Center 2012 R2 of which I’m most keen on working (playing) with System Center Configuration Manager 2012 R2 as I’m a deployment junky!

These are immediately available on MSDN and TechNet (while it lasts) subscriptions

See here: how to update to Windows 8.1

Download Evaluation Windows Server 2012 R2 Here!

Download Evaluation for System Center 2012 R2 Here!

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Selected as MCT Regional Lead

Something I am quite proud of! Representing and working with Microsoft Learning! Recently I was selected as MCT Regional Lead for the Netherlands. I received an email from Karen Juhl the Senior MCT Program Manager (Microsoft)

“Dear MCT Regional Leads,

Welcome newly accepted applicants to the regional lead program and  returning regional leads to another year of participation!  It’s exciting to see the interest in the MCT regional lead program.  We have an opportunity to continue to build on what has been established as well as find additional ways to leverage the regional leads reach to support and strengthen the MCT program.”

If any of you reading this post are also MCT’s, and have questions on the Regional Lead program, feel free to get in contact with me for additional explanations and what you can do for the MCT community!

Looking forward at meeting the rest of the European MCT Regional Leads at the MCT Summit in Helsinki Finland in Nov 28 -30 2013.

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Setting up a Server 2012 KMS Host

Volume activation has always been the easiest way to not just activate computers in the enterprise but to also manage licenses in the enterprise.The following post shows just how easy it is to setup a KMS host on Server 2012.

Volume activation services has become a role so you would go to add new role or feature select the Activation services role walk thru the wizard and it will get installed on the Server.

You will see a yellow triangle in Server manager indicating the role is installed but there are additional post deployment configuration required. Click Volume Activation Tools to finish off configuring the new role of volume activation.

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Enter the server name for the KMS Host.

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Enter your Server 2012 CSVLK (Volume license key) The key will also activate previous Microsoft Windows Server Operating systems such as Server 2008 , Server 2008 r2 and Windows clients 8 , 7 etc

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At Configuration evaluate the settings and tick the domain profile to create the firewall exception for the KMS port. You can add a FQDN for the DNS zone but the configuration will be published / created in the primary DNS zone by default so you could leave that blank as displayed. Click on commit to write the configuration to DNS.

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Click Close to close the wizard.

Once completed you can check the KMS host registration in DNS. I always use the VAMT 3.0 part of the Windows ADK to manage the activation of clients. Download the free tool from Here!

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Cloud Solutions Event in Amsterdam

As with all good things there’s often a story attached. A few months ago I partnered my business with a good friend of mine Peter De Tender and many good things came from that partnership this event will be another collaboration along with the Arrows Group.

We will be presenting on the new Microsoft technologies Windows 8.1, Server 2012 R2 and what they can do for businesses. Looking forward at seeying you all there in Amsterdam. Click on flyer for details.

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Next up Rome! E2EVC

E2EVC_LogoMy next speaking engagement will be at E2EVC in Rome on Nov 1-3 2013 at the H10 Roma Citta Hotel It will be my first time at this community driven conference. The best part of this type of conference is that its for and by the community itself. Most if not all of the attendees are experts in IT and Virtualization and will be delivering a technical topic as well. I will be bringing my talk on virtualizing the user experience.

E2EVC represents the best in Virtualization technologies available right now and in future with around 42 sessions 20 MVP’s, 18 countries represented, 16 CTP’s, 6 Vexperts all in 3 days… whew! Looking forward to hanging out with those Virtualization experts I have a lot of questions :)

There’ s still time to Register ! Click Here! for the direct link to registration.

 

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Speaking at IT Pro Dev Connections 2013 Greece

I know I just came back from Dev Connections in Vegas and that was an extremely rewarding experience where I delivered 2 wonderful sessions to great attendees. Next up will be IT Pro / Dev Connections Greece on Dec 7 – 8 2013. I will be delivering my talk on UE-V and the future of setting up the user environment.

This event is hosted by the Greek IT professional community autoexec.gr, in cooperation with the Greek developers community, dotNETZone.gr.

Looking forward at meeting everybody in Greece in December! To Register or have a look at the website click Here!

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MsTechEd NA 2013 a brief summary

I love my life and what I do …I get to hang out with some of THE brightest minds in the Microsoft world from time to time. Just over a week ago I attended Microsoft TechEd North America in New Orleans and I had an amazing time.

I spoke to people such as Mark Minasi, Stephen Rose, Evangelists Joey Snow & Rick Claus, Countless MVP’s and Microsoft Program managers too many to mention many folks in the International MCT Community along with Michael Bender & #THEKREWE.
About all the Technology stuff you can look that up on Channel 9 site Here!

Where you can filter on the technology, product or speaker on the things that interests you. I managed to attend quite a lot of sessions on the technologies I focus on Windows Client and Server, Deployment sessions with MDT and System center configuration manager. Azure office365 you name it it was all there. What made it even more awesome for me was that I got to not just once but 2 opportunities to speak at MS TechEd NA for the first time. I was approached by Richard Campbell (Great guy You will know him from the DotNetRocks fame with Carl Franklin) to take part in Speaker Idol the competition they have every year where the best speaker wins a slot for next years TechEd. As unfortunate as I was not to win I am happy to say that not the best man won but the best woman @ubergeekgirl Jessica DeVita won this years speaker idol looking forward to seeing her very first breakout session next year.

I got to present and host a Birds of a Feather (BOF-ITP24) session on Microsoft User experience Virtualization pretty much what I’m trying to get people excited about using or incorporate into their enterprises. The new way of virtualizing a user’s state and getting that to follow him no matter what device he\she may be using having all their data available , application settings and windows settings including virtualized apps. Exactly in a way as you would experience using a Microsoft account on a Windows 8 device but this within an organization using domain credentials and enterprise infrastructure. Stephen Rose along with Ronald Dockery gave a good presentation showcasing this technology in their session the replaceable pc – re-enjoy the moment by watching the recording of their session Here!

If not the best part of being there, was taking advantage of the crazy deal on the Microsoft Surface RT 64GB and Surface Pro 128 GB Microsoft allowed every attendee to buy one of each.
Just a few more days I can’t wait to assist Microsoft Learning at Teched Europe in Madrid (Spain) as a MCT Ambassador.

Here’s a link to the interview that Mathew Caldwell from Microsoft Virtual academy had with me on the fly outside the Certification Booth at the Techexpo. Click Here!

It was an honor being among the best speakers in the world on Microsoft Tech! The best part of enjoying my life comes in helping others achieve their needs and dreams. Its all part of community the Microsoft IT Community.

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Windows Server 2012 R2 and System Center 2012 R2

It seems like we were just getting used to Server 2012 and System Center 2012 SP1 Microsoft announced the forthcoming releases at MsTeched North America 2013 in New Orleans. I was lucky enough to be there and catch a few of the technical breakout sessions where information on the new releases were displayed.

An old friend of mine Saud Al-Mishari (@saud_ms) Snr PFE Microsoft UK already created a nice list on their blog so I’ll just link to that wegpage Here.

The breakout sessions are listed on channel 9 for your viewing pleasure. Lets all get up to speed on what new features and opportunities will be made available with  Windows Server 2012 R2 and System Center 2012 R2 and Windows 8.1 I for one cannot wait till next week when some of the previews will be made available (26 June 2013).

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Infrastructure-as-a-Service Product Line Architecture Deployment Guide

Microsoft recently released a really good deployment guide fro IT Pro’s wanting to create a Private Cloud. This document provides guidance on building a Private Cloud utilizing Microsoft’s current Cloud OS Windows Server 2012 and System Center 2012 SP1.

You can Download the IAAS PLA deployment guide Here

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TechEd Europe 2013

With TechEd North America behind us theres just over one week left until TechEd Europe. I am happy to announce that I will be on-hand assisting TechEd IT-Professionals in Madrid as a MCT-Ambassador working with Microsoft Learning.From what I’ve experienced in TechEd_NA attendees are in for some exciting stuff as theres alot being announced at teched europe, such as 2 keynotes and those wishing to get certified onsite will have amazing help from Microsoft learning.

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There will be exam prep sessions , practice exams talk to me or other MCT experts to help you choose the right certification track not to mention great giveaways and swag ! It would’nt be a teched without it, Right! Also “All Microsoft certification exams will be offered at 50% off the regular price to registered TechEd Europe attendees!” bang for your buck right there! So you have no time to waste catch up on the latest Microsoft Technologies and do that exam you’ve been holding off from doing …Me included so if you see me there come say Hi! and ask me if I took an exam lately!

So have a look at all the offerings from Microsoft Learning and Certification from the Official TechEd Site Here.

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Windows 8 End User Guide

Latest Windows 8 end user brochure available for download . This guide targets end users people needing to get their way around Microsoft’s Windows 8 operating system. It showcases all the shortcuts available via the windows key ,gesture and touch screen usage including use of the mouse within Windows 8.

A really handy guide get it now.

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TechEd North America

With less than 2 weeks left TechEd 2013 North America in New Orleans will be upon us. I am so excited to be going to the event. I won’t be staffing there this year but I will be hosting a Birds of a Feather session check it out in the catalog Smoothing the Kinks in the User Experience.

I have also been contacted to take part in Speaker Idol during the conference. Will definitely need to up my game to win that. So if you see me and I’m sure we will say Hi , shake hands gimme a hug or just a chat and connect with me for a few minutes. I will be attending alot if not all the evening events or networking sessions as I like to call them, some include  the #TheKrewe meet n greet and mixer event , Springboard Party and some of the other sponsors events and social gatherings. Come have a drink and chat tech!

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Hot off the Press: Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack 2013 Release.

What I was waiting for has finally arrived. The all new MDOP 2013 fine tuned for Windows 8. The Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack is a set of FREE Products made available to Microsoft’s Volume license customers with software assurance. These tools allow customers to create Virtualized Applications , virtualize User and computer Settings ,troubleshoot Operating systems , Manage & deploy Bitlocker security and group policy.

The Products are:
App-V 5.0 Sp1 – Virtualize Applications on Microsoft Operating systems.
UE-V Sp1 – To virtualize the user experience across devices to keep the same work style.
Dart 8.0 Sp1 – Diagnostics and repair and antimalware tool suite for Windows 8 and other Microsoft desktop OS’s.
AGMP 4.0 Sp1 – Advanced group policy management for Windows 8 for uniformity in enterprise desktop configurations.
MBAM 2.0 – Manage Bitlocker security and provide simplicity in the provisioning of Bitlocker.

I’ve just downloaded it from TechNet Here.

For Volume Licensing Customers download Here.

I’m going to spend the rest of the evening upgrading my lab with the new MDOP, especially UE-V , DART , MBAM and APP-V.

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Windows 8 Hardware Requirements

I have been using Microsoft Windows since Windows 3.1 and I’ve never been more excited using a Microsoft Windows product than I am now. The latest Client OS from Microsoft runs on Computers and tablets that is x86 / x64 and arm architecture as Windows RT. Windows 8 the first Microsoft client OS with Cloud integration allows you to sync certain settings, preferences and content for apps to your computer \ tablet by using a Microsoft Account.

Coming to the requirements to run this operating system well it doesn’t require much more than what we already used too. To begin with any computer that could run Windows Vista / Windows 7 will run Windows 8 just fine and probably better ..I have personally seen an old pc running Windows 8 better than when it ran Windows 7.

The Minimum requirements for Windows 8 is:
1 gigahertz GHz or faster processor
1 GB of RAM for 32bit (x86) and 2 GB of RAM fro 64bit (x64).
16 GB Hard disk 32bit and 20 GB Hard disk for 64bit
DirectX 9 graphics device with WDDM driver

There are also some additional specs needed for specific features such as :

Secure Boot requires a UEFI Bios.
Client Hyper-V requires 64bit architecture with SLAT support.
Full Bitlocker features require a TPM chip.
A monitor or screen supporting multi touch to be able to use touch.

Download a 90 day evaluation copy of Windows 8 Enterprise Here! and get started with Windows 8!

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Metered Connections in Windows 8

With Windows 8 you have the ability to set an internet connection as a metered connection. A metered connection is nothing more than an internet connection where you get billed for the amount of data used, such as 3g/4g or connections with bandwith data limits.

So this cool bit of functionality built into windows 8 allows you to set certain network connections as metered how do you do that ? simple really.

1. Click directly on your  network connection icon (Wireless network icon or Wired network icon) on the taskbar. (and skip to step 4)

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2. Or swipe your screen from left to bring up the charms bar or click in the right corner of your screen to bring up the charms bar select settings.

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3. Click on your network connection icon (Wireless network icon or Wired network icon)

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4. This brings up your network list

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Clicking with your right mouse button on your connection displays a menu where you select “Set as metered connection”

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Right clicking on the same network connection displays “Set as non-metered connection”.This allows you to change it back to a normal use connection.

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This handy feature can end up saving you a considerable amount of money. You can set which features/settings or applications are allowed to update over metered connections in the Sync settings section  of PC settings.

Seen here by just setting it to on:

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Read more on metered connections on the microsoft windows website Here!

 

 

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Dutch Techdays 2013 Session Recordings Available

I love Tech conferences whether i’m speaking at them or just attending. The recent Techdays 2013 held in The Hague ,Netherlands was a superb event and a lot of my favorite speakers and friends had some really good sessions and topics. I was lucky enough to attend this 2 day event with compliments of my employer OGD ICT-Diensten and Microsoft Netherlands.

You can watch them all Here for free !

The security sessions topped it for me by Paula Januszkiewicz , Windows application infrastructure by Chris Jackson and the Developer sessions by the latest Dev Rockstar Iris Classon.

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Cumulative Update 1 for System Center 2012 Configuration Manager Service Pack 1

Recently the latest Hotfix \ Cumulative Update was released for System Center 2012 Configuration manager SP1. The Download can be found Here.

A quick look at the list of component issues that should be fixed with this Update:

Administrator Console
Site System
Device Management
Software Update
Client Issues
Powershell

This Should be a list of powershell commands added to the PowerShell module:

•Add-CMDistributionPoint
•Import-CMAntiMalwarePolicy
•Import-CMDriver
•New-CMAppVVirtualEnvironment
•New-CMMigrationJob
•New-CMPackage
•New-CMSoftwareUpdateAutoDeploymentRule
•New-CMTaskSequence
•New-CMTaskSequenceInstallUpdateAction
•New-CMTaskSequenceMedia
•New-CMUserDataAndProfileConfigurationItem
•Remove-CMTaskSequenceInstallUpdateAction
•Set-CMTaskSequenceGroup
•New-CMTaskSequenceGroup
•Remove-CMTaskSequenceGroup
•Set-CMApplicationCatalogWebsitePoint
•Set-CMAppVVirtualEnvironment
•Set-CMClientPushInstallation
•Set-CMClientSetting
•Set-CMDistributionPoint
•Set-CMDriver
•Set-CMEndpointProtectionPoint
•Set-CMEnrollmentPoint
•Set-CMEnrollmentProxyPoint
•Set-CMHierarchySetting
•Set-CMManagementPointComponent
•Set-CMOperatingSystemImageUpdateSchedule
•Set-CMOutOfBandManagementComponent
•Set-CMReportingServicePoint
•Set-CMSite
•Set-CMSoftwareUpdateAutoDeploymentRule
•Set-CMSoftwareUpdatePointComponent
•Set-CMStateMigrationPoint
•Set-CMStatusSummarizer
•Set-CMSystemHealthValidatorPointComponent
•Set-CMTaskSequence
•Set-CMTaskSequenceInstallUpdateAction
•Set-CMUserDataAndProfileConfigurationItem
•Start-CMDistributionPointUpgrade

Before applying this update be sure to backup your site! to be able restore your site in the event of an installation failure or corruption that may happen by applying this update.

And If its only the new powershell commandlets you want, you just need to install the Administrator Console. See this post from Rod Trent Here.

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Upcoming Speaking Engagement Briforum 2013 London May 16 -17.

Its with great excitement and pleasure that I can speak at this independent event organized by Brian Madden and his Team. I will be presenting my “Smoothing the Kinks! A Seamless User Experience with Microsoft UE-V” session.

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My session will be covering all the ins and outs to this wonderful technology.

As quoted on BriForum Website 
This session showcases Microsoft’s User Experience Virtualization. UE-V is an enterprise-scale user state virtualization solution that delivers a user’s personal Windows experience across multiple devices, showcasing simplicity in deployment and easy integration with other management tools. During this presentation, Adnan will discuss how to:
Install and configure UE-V
Integrate with Microsoft desktop virtualization products to roam the user experience in heterogeneous environments
Retain user application experience without having to reconfigure applications when they log in from a different Windows instance (regardless of whether it is a rich desktop or virtual desktop session)
See how it automatically delivers a personal experience to Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows Server 2008 R2, and Windows Server 8-based devices, giving users the flexibility to work from anywhere
Know what to do when it goes wrong (i.e. if a user accidently applies unwanted changes, IT can simply roll back to the initial state)

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Installing Server 2012 Core

Server 2012 Core has been greatly improved since the previous version Server 2008 R2 Core. It reduces the attack surface and installation footprint or space required on disk. It is also the “new” preferred default installation. Server 2012 Core can also be converted to the Full GUI and vice versa! and also to a minimal GUI interface the best of both Worlds.

Start by booting off the Server2012 DVD / iso. Enter your required language and  local preferences.

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Click on Install

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Enter your product key

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As I am installing off my TechNet Subscription Software I only have the standard option. Select the Core Installation.

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Accept the license terms.

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Choose Custom.

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Select your partition.

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Confirm OK.

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Your installation starts.

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After finishing the server restarts.

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Once login completes your are greeted with this nice command window. Your Server 2012 Core installed successfully.

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Now you can go about changing the usual configuration options such as renaming the computer name setting a fixed IP address / IP Configuration using either Command prompt commands or PowerShell Commands ;-)

See a list of commands here  and PowerShell Commands to configure Server 2012 Core here!

Happy administering your Server 2012 Core installations.

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The sweet and short of OS Deployment : My Quick Start Guide:

Part 1: Setting up your Deployment Server – Installing MDT 2012 Update 1 and the Windows ADK.

The Latest version of the product MDT 2012 Update 1 version 6.1.2373.0 (Version 6.1.1 on Microsoft download page) dated 19/9/2012.

My guide assumes you understand the different prereq Infrastructure components involved and their uses as no detailed information will be explained for the different components. Check my previous posts for installation guides of these components.

There are a few prereq infrastructure requirements needed:
Domain controller
DHCP Server
WDS – Windows Deployment Services (Server 2012)

We will focus on creating the following components in the infrastructure.
Microsoft Deployment Toolkit version MDT2012 Up1 can be downloaded here:
WADK –Windows assessment and deployment kit can be downloaded here:

An OS/Image to Deploy, Can be Custom Wim or for Windows 8 or Server 2012 directly off installation media. (Covered in Part 2)
You can Download a Windows 8 Enterprise 90 day Eval copy Here.

In a small or test environment they could all exist on the same machine but in a real scenario they exist on several for this guide we will Use a Domain Controller using Server 2012 Std with DHCP and WDS and a Deployment\MDT server to deploy the Image also using Server 2012 std. See some of my previous posts on installing Server 2012 and Installing DHCP and WDS.
On a new member server in the domain logon as a user with administrative rights.
I’ve chosen to install the 64bit msi MicrosoftDeploymentToolkit2012_x64.msi

Start the installation using the msi. Its pretty much a next next finish installation. Below the Steps in picture format this is a dummy edition afterall :

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There We all done with the installation the MDT icons \ Tiles on the Start screen.
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Now to create our Deployment share. Right click on Deployment shares.
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Select or enter the drive to place it on. I want it as D:\DeploymentShare
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You could change the name. I generally create multiple Deployment shares one for capturing images and another for deploying images(more on that in another post.)
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A meaningful description always helps.
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These options can be changed again later so just click next.
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Just a summary of of the information entered. Click next.
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The Deployment share gets created. IF you click on show script. You see the powershell script that is executed.
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You could save this script and adjust it to create other deployment shares?
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Back in the Deployment Workbench You see the Deployment Share listed with all the sub folders within MDT.
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Now Installation of Windows Assessment and Deployment Kit:
The Installer for the WADK pretty much works as a downloader where you could Download the bits for a later install. I want to directly install the WADK.
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You could select to either join the CEIP or not I just selected NO.As I’m just building a lab environment.
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Accepts the license agreement like we ever say no.
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Here you can select the features to install you really just need 2 \ 3 features to deploy Windows 8. Select the deployment tools and Windows PE. Optional is adding the USMT and click on Install. Read up on the WADK Here.
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Installation progress of all the features selected.
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Confirmation of the installation .selecting the check box will launch the getting started guide.
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And Viola ! Now our Infrastructure is pretty much setup! That was Part1. In Part 2 we look at Placing Windows media into MDT and deploying it onto a VM or physical computer.

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System Center 2012 SP1 General Availability

So excited Microsoft has finally released its latest release of its Integrated Management Platform System Center 2012 SP1. Having played around with it in my lab for awhile I can truly say it has great new functionality and features.

To get you quickly started with the product Download the Eval VHD’s :

My favorite out of the suite Configuration Manager Downloaded Here:
System Center 2012 Service Pack 1 Configuration Manager – Evaluation (VHD)

and runner up,System Center 2012 Service Pack 1 – Operations Manager – Evaluation (VHD) Downloaded Here:

The Entire Private Cloud Evaluation Downloaded Here:
System Center 2012 SP1 plus optional Windows Server 2012 download

More to come in future System Center Blogs!

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Installing DHCP and Windows Deployment Services (WDS)

This post demonstrates a step by step approach to installing the following two roles DHCP and WDS on Windows Server 2012.
From my previous posts you would have learnt how to Install Windows Server 2012 and Install Active Directory Services. The procedure in this post could be installed on the same server or on separate member servers or on a Domain controller.

Starting from Server Manager click on Manage and select Add Roles and Features.

The Wizard opens up displaying the Before you begin informative step. This step can be skipped in future by checking the Skip page by default option.
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Leave the default add role or feature based installation.
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The next step displays the servers available on which you can select to install this role or feature.I only have the server I want to install this role on you can also install a role or feature on a virtual hard disk (vhd) I’ll cover that in a later post.
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Select the role required in this case I selected DHCP Server.
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The popup displays the dependent features required click on Add Features.
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Scroll down and select the Windows Deployment Services role.
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The popup displays the dependent features required for the WDS role click on Add Features.
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Once all required roles are selected click next.
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Any Features you may want to install can be selected. Just click on next to continue with the wizard.
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The next step displays information on the roles being installed first the DHCP Server pay attention to the take note recommendations.

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Then some information about WDS is displayed.

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Next steps displays the specific role services relating to WDS. Make sure Deployment Server and Transport Server is selected. Selecting an option displays information on the right hand side.

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On the confirmation step the roles to be installed are displayed with their corresponding features. You can select restart automatically if a restart is required. Click on install to start the installation of the roles.
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The installation progress is displayed. This step you can close the Wizard during installation.
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Once completed the notification flag displays some tasks that need to be completed and services that need to be configured.
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Clicking on complete DHCP configuration ,the post install configuration wizard opens up and click on Next.

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This step you need to enter the credentials of an account to authorize the DHCP server in Active Directory. This account must be a member of the Enterprise Admins group. I used my Domain Administrator account. Click next.

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Summary is displayed and the DHCP server is all ready to be used.

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You see the DHCP Server role on the left in the list.

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Clicking on Tools and selecting DHCP opens the DHCP console. The Server name is displayed along with IPv4 and IPv6 option right clicking on IPv4 brings up a menu with which we can create a scope of IPv4 addresses. Select New scope.

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The New Scope Wizard opens click next.

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Enter a meaningful name and description.

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Next you need to enter the IP Range and configure the correct length and Subnet mask

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If you want to exclude any IP Addresses within the Scope Range you can define that here.

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Now here you specify the lease time interval (amount of time the pc \ device will retain or get the same IP address.)You can leave the default of 8 days.

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Now you have the option to configure the rest of the scope options. This can also be set at the server level. Just leave at No and click next.

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Finally the Wizard has completed note that we still need to activate our scope ,click finish.

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Right Click on the newly created scope and select Activate notice the red icon on the scope folder. You can also select the scope and click on the green “pointing Up” arrow on the menu bar to activate it.

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The Scope has been activated and the server is ready to service devices by giving out IP addresses requested by DHCP clients. Further options can be configured such as Default gateway settings or DNS Server IP addresses.

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That was how you would go about creating a DHCP server role on Server 2012 along with WDS role this post falls inline with the rest of my step by step how to guides to build an entire infrastructure. All the different Roles follow in a way to end in my specialty field of Deployment.

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A new year with new opportunity. Looking back @2012 year of community

2012 was a great year for me getting back into the swing of things after having taken a back seat in the IT arena due to… well many reasons but I made a commitment to contribute more in the community for 2012. I look back at 2012 with pride. I managed to be a part of many IT events local and international and count myself lucky, being in the company of fellow IT pro rock stars and the company of the MSL learning team. This post features some of my highlights.

TechEd Europe 2012

TechEd Europe was a success after not having had a TechEd in Europe as it skipped a year it was extra special being selected as an MCT Ambassador by Microsoft Learning and I loved my role in staffing the study hall and lounge. Assisting students and delegates with information on Microsoft certifications in preparing for exams, helping out in exam cram sessions and also handing out free books. Even assisting students with technical info on certain subjects I regard myself expert on. I hope to get selected again in future events to serve Microsoft Learning *fingers crossed* . A local community organization NGN also asked me to host video interviews for them at TechEd Europe interviewing some of the TechEd speakers.

MCT Summit Europe

The MCT Summit in Poland was a great experience as I won my entry to start off with via their twitter giveaway. Also being hosted by Paula Januszkiewicz in her home town everything was well organized and one of my best conferences attended ever.

NA MCT Summit

MCT Summit North America in Microsoft land held in Seattle partly at the Marriot Conference center and Microsoft Campus was special because this was the holy land of Microsoft and felt like I was on some pilgrimage OK the Microsoft Company Store was definitely a highlight on this trip. Checkout my bag filled with goodies thank you Microsoft!

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My main reason for going to the MCT Summit in North America was because I presented on something I’m extremely passionate about, Deployment. I presented my session Deploying the future: Windows 8 and office 2013 using MDT2012 Update 1 and SCCM SP1. Microsoft Learning treated us to FREE Exams and I evaluated some of the MTA exams for MSL. I still wear my MTA swag.

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The company I work at OGD ICT Diensten http://www.ogd.nl in the Netherlands also held a well organized event Samen Slimmer showcasing Windows 8 and Server 2012 together. I did a demo on my favorite feature of Server2012 on Identity and Access: Dynamic Access Control. I also answered questions attendees had on Microsoft technologies.

MVA

I managed to attain the No 1 spot on the Netherlands Microsoft Virtual Academy site. The MVA is a great way to learn Microsoft technologies for free allowing you to earn points in doing so. For being in the top 5 in the Dutch MVA I was interviewed by my friend, colleague and MVP Sander Berkouwer on behalf of TechNet Netherlands for their Dutch TechNet newsletter. I love being part of this community in the Netherlands and also experts worldwide.

Here’s a link to that interview (In Dutch) TechNet Interview (https://soundcloud.com/technetnl_interviews/mva-interview-ad-hendricks)

Springboard Series

I am a big fan and avid member of the Springboard series blogs and newsletters THE resource for desktop IT professionals where you get the latest news, resources, tools, and guidance to help you explore Windows client Operating systems. I was honored by being mentioned in the November Issue of the Springboard Newsletter as their Twitter Alert . A big thanks to Stephen Rose Microsoft.

Also the local SCUG event System Center User Group had Wally Mead come present to us in The Netherlands on my favorite Microsoft product SCCM 2012 it was a pleasure speaking to Wally again and picking that brain of his.

So that was some of my highlights in a nutshell looking forward to all the fantastic community events to come . Some must attend conferences in the coming year include MMS 2013 , TechEd_NA 2013, TechEd Europe and the MCT Summits .

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Installing Server 2012

There is no real difference between Standard and Datacenter editions of Server 2012 other than their virtual use licensing rights.
* I used the server 2012 evaluation download for this tutorial which is why only that edition is listed during the install.
Installing off an iso loaded in a HyperV client VM.

First step is to select your language , time and currency and keyboard input type.

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Click on Install Now.

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During manual install you get asked for the key immediately to continue with setup.

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Select your type of installation core or gui. Remember this can still be changed later using powershell if you want.

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Accept the license terms as usual (do we ever not accept them?).

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This is a clean install so select the Custom option.

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Select your disk or partition at this step.

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The real install starts at this point.

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When the installation completes the server will be restarted.

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You immediately get asked to change / set the Administrator password.

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Setup gets finalized.

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You are presented with the default lock screen so press Ctrl + Alt and Delete.

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Enter the Administrator password to login.

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After login the new server manager dashboard opens with which you can manage your server.

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Using the Menu options Manage you can add roles and features , Tools on the menu will show you all the tools available with which to administer the different roles and features installed.

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Windows 10 Resources

A quick note on where to find information on the new Windows 10 Technical Preview released recently.

Windows Blogs

http://blogs.windows.com/bloggingwindows/

http://blogs.windows.com/business/

Here’s a link to the download page:

http://technet.microsoft.com/evalcenter/dn781243

The techncial forums on TechNet to help people with questions and feedback!

http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/home?category=WinPreview2014

more to follow!

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