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Change published FQDN for Server 2012 R2 RDS Deployment – Name Mismatch

Hi All, I was working on a Remote Desktop Services deployment on Server 2012 R2 earlier this month and hit a snag. The client site I was working on had a disjointed namespace (.local internally and .com externally) which was causing issues. I had secured all of the RDS services with a SAN certificate from a third party...
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UAG Configuration missing after Service Pack 4

With the release of UAG SP4 that gives support for Windows 8.1 and Internet Explorer 11 clients I have had a few people ask me about why their pre-upgrade configuration has disappeared. The simple answer is that the configuration schema has changed between the updates and hence it does not import...
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SCOM 2012 – Dynamic Group of VMware VMs

Operatons manager out of the box allows for the detection of Virtual Machines and this detection can be used to build a group for Virtual Servers.   The only problem is that this is detection is only for Hyper-V, so what happens if you need to detect and group VMware VMs? Well the solution is pretty simple. Within the SCOM console, open...
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Fix WAS Error 5172

I have recently been working with a customer who had a half implemented Exchange 2013 infrastructure but were suffering issues where no client could connect.   After a little investigation the World Wide Web Publishing Service would not start due to a dependency failure on the Windows Process Activation Service. Looking at Event Log I could see...
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Error in Failover Cluster Manager 2012 Console

So you have taken the leap your going to build that Hyper-V 2012 Cluster.    You build your hosts, you configure Hyper-V and Failover Clustering.   Then like any good IT Professional you patch all the hosts to the same level only to find that when you open the Failover Cluster Management Console you get the bellow...
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App-V 5 SP1 Client – Quiet Install

I was messing about in my SCCM 2012 R2 lab earlier and thought I'd try to integrate the newest version of App-V which comes bundled as part of MDOP 2013. (You guys can get access to all of these goodies with an MSDN subscription :)) Since SP1 SCCM 2012 has had the ability to stand in for the...
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Bye-bye Snapshots, Hello Checkpoints!

Just a quick post for those who are using Hyper-V in either Server 2012 R2 or Windows 8.1 (Client Hyper-V). The feature previously known as 'Snapshot' is no longer present - it has been replaced by the term 'Checkpoint'. For those that did not know, this allowed for virtual machines to be returned to a previous state...
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SCCM 2012 R2 – Failed Prereqs

I finally got chance to install the SCCM 2012 R2 version in my lab today to have a play with the new features. All was going well until I hit the pre-requisites checker on the install media which showed a failed, even though I'd installed the relevant software from the WADK (Windows Assessment and Deployment Kit). Read more

SCCM 2012 – Client Cache Tips

The purpose of this post is to provide some tips about the cache on SCCM clients. Hopefully some of these pointers will assist if you're experiencing strange behaviour relating to the cache or wish to change the default settings.
  • The cache is a storage location where applications are downloaded
  • The default location for the cache is %windir%\ccmcache
  • The default cache...
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SCCM 2012 User Device Affinity – ‘window manager\dwm-1’

I have been working on a large System Center 2012 deployment recenetly and we needed to get SCCM User Device Afiinity working to feed Service Manager with Asset owners. Nice and easy, created an GPO to audit successful logon events, set a client policy with User and Device Affinity settings, everything was good or thats what i thought....... All...
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SCCM 2012 – Icons for Applications in Software Center

Hi All, One of the new niceties that came with SCCM 2012 was the ability to add icons to applications created using the 'Application' delivery model (as opposed to the old method of 'Packages'). This may seem confusing at first, but the draw here is that users see the familiar icon they are used to alongside the...
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Agent Pending but not shown in SCOM 2012 console

I was having to do a few manual agent installs recently and when i went into the console to approve them it errored and threw me out.   When I went back into the console and the server was not in the agent managed secion, so i went into pending management to do the approval again but then agent had disappeared. So a...
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Subject Alternative Name Certificate Issue with ADFS 2.0 Farm

It seems like I'm focussed a lot on certificates recently, but I found a corker today... Here's the scenario - ADFS 2.0 on Windows Server 2012 configured with an external certificate where the name you wish to use for federation is NOT the common name. As I already had my certificate downloaded from my CA with a...
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Dispelling some of the Office 365 licensing myths

I have been pulling some licensing quotes together over the last few days for a customer and the LAR I deal with suggested that I look at using some Office 365 Licensing so as to cover the Office and CAL requirements.   OK I thought but the customer uses RDS which last time I looked meant...
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Service Manager 2012 Data Warehouse High Watermark Monitor

I have been deploying a multi product System Center deployment for a large client recently.   I have deployed Operations Manager 2012 SP1 and Service Manager 2012 SP1 both running the latest Cumulative Update (CU2).   Everything is working perfectly in both deployments, I have deployed some basic Management Packs (Core OS, etc) to SCOM and it...
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Lync 2013 Voicemail Configuration

So we have our new Lync 2013 deployment configured and we have done the initial integration with Exchange 2013 to allow us to use the Unified Contacts Store (UCS) and the various archiving options (see my previous article).   We now need to move on to setting up Lync 2013 voicemail...
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