Author Description

raphael Raphael is a 9 times Microsoft MVP with over 20 years of experience in IT, in which 13 years have been dedicated to System Center and Automation. His extended experience has been developed through several IT roles, from first-line support to principal consultant, towards a wide range of clients and sectors. One of the four MVPs in Enterprise Client Management in the UK, Raphael holds more than 30 Microsoft certifications and is an MCT (Microsoft Certified Trainer). Since 2008, Raphael has been providing Microsoft trainings from basic to advanced levels in several categories. Throughout his career, Raphael has joined as speaker in well-known events such as TechEd and Gartner Security Risk Management. He also organised community events and lectured around the world, sharing best practices and knowledge within the industry. Bilingual in English and Portuguese, Raphael has authored diverse articles published in Microsoft's TechEd, served as the editor-in-chief of a magazine focused on System Center in Brazil and wrote two books: "Understanding System Center 2012 SP1 Configuration Manager: The walkthrough book" and "System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager: Automation from Zero to Hero".

Author Posts

Unboxing Start Wars!?!?!?

Hi All, today is a happy day for my Star Wars ships collection, after almost 4 years i finally opened 1 box. I started this collection about 6 years ago and by the time my daughter started crawling, i had to take action to keep them “alive”…and the result was to put them in boxes.. I don’t know how exactly how many i have, but i can easily say 70+… Few images if you’re wondering what they look like

Good – Cheap – Fast

Hi All, it’s there, and you find it everywhere… On IT it is not different, you find companies looking for people that knows a lot of technologies, even those technologies do not mach. Examples of it are everywhere, companies asking experts in System Center * (ConfigMgr, OpsMgr, etc) and Exchange, or Windows and Linux, etc. and always expect you to be the best, work fast and be cheap… There are lots of examples, but recently, i was contacted by an agency and our chat was like the following: Agency: Hi Raphael, m name is XXXX from YYYY and we are recruiting for a role that you’ll love. it is really interesting and paying well. Me: Oh, well, I’m not looking for anything at the moment, but if it is really irresistible, why not? Agency: We’re looking for someone with really strong knowledge of SCCM and OS Deployment, do you know…

System Center 2012 R2 RTM?

Hi all, if you’re like me waiting for the System Center 2012 R2 RTM/GA release, you still need to wait few more days as the official announcement should be done with the release of Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2 GA on the 18/10. it means 9 and 1/2 days to day (well..depending on where you’re now, these can be a bit more or less :)) Anyway, as far was i know, there are few System Center products already on RTM just waiting the 18 to be published. But what we’ll get from the R2 release? In terms of Configuration Manager, the main new “feature” will be support for Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2…for me this is the most important one as i rebuild my lab using Windows server 2012 R2 and waiting the R2 be GA to continue with my personal project…it means, less hours of…

Error 401 while connecting to DP

Hi All, During a new build of a test machine using Windows 7 SP1 x64, we had a requirement to add the machine to a workgroup instead of domain. At 1st, it was really easy task, we duplicated the existing and working task sequence and changed the domain information to add to a workgroup instead of a domain and started testing. For our surprise, it failed. On IIS logs, I could see that client (on a WinPE) tried to download the wim file and fails (access denied). Once fail, it connects using the Network Access Account and download worked fine. it applied the wim file and download extra packages without any issue. machine was rebooted and installed the client, once done, another reboot and try to install an app and it failed. looking at the datatransfer log we saw access denied (error 401) CAutoImpersonate::ImpersonateUser Sending PROPFIND request using URL http://SERVERFQDN:80/SMS_DP_SMSPKG$/Content_b8f4d18c-2364-4226-8857-06c0047724eb.1…


Hi All, After more than 1 year, few cancellations and re-starters, I finally managed to finish my CM12 Book. The e-book version is available here. I really like to thanks everyone that helped me to achieve this goal, in special to the reviewers Cleber Marques, David Nudelman, Heinrich Pelser, Niall Brady and Panu Saukko. The printed version will be available soon.


Hi All, After more than 1 year, few cancellations and re-starters, I finally managed to finish my CM12 Book. The book will be available soon in a e-book format on my website and I hope a printed version will be available from Amazon I really like to thanks everyone that helped me to achieve this goal.

Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2 available

Hi All, today Microsoft released the ISO for both Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2 for MSDN and TechNet subscriptions. I’ve already downloaded my and i’m creating a bootable Windows 8.1 iso to upgrade my surface pro. My server will shortly be upgraded to R2 as well… Seems that today will be a long night 🙂 ps. note that Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2 are not currently supported in a production environment and System Center 2012 Configuration Manager R2 is not RTM, it means that you cannot deploy Windows 8.1 with SCCM 2012 SP1 or R2 Preview

Path to Windows 8 – London – 5th July 2013

Hi All, I will be speaking at an event in London UK called The Path To Windows 8.   The Path to Windows 8 event brings together the brightest IT professionals from around the world to talk about Windows 8 and how Microsoft can help you migrate your current desktop infrastructure to Windows 8. In addition, the team will demonstrate all aspects of a Windows migration and, with Windows XP life support ending april 2014, it is time to learn what and how you can do these tasks.   More information and registration here

New Blog

Hi All, this is my 1st blog post here…and let me start talking a bit about myself…. My name is Raphael Perez, I’m Brazilian (as English is not my 1st language, I apologize in advanced for any mistake I’ll make 🙂 ), and I’ve been working in IT field since 1994. Since 2000 I work with MS technologies, such as AD, WSUS, GPO, and so on and back in 2002/3 with Microsoft System Management (SMS 2003 SCCM 2007, etc). Today I can say that I’m SCCM expert. I’ve been helping the Brazilian community since 2005, writing blogs posts, articles, forums etc. and the english comunity with my old blog at wmug ( I’m an Enterprise Client Management MVP based in UK and specializes in System Center Configuration Manager (including OS Deployment). I’m a Community leader attending the physical and virtual meetings and engaging with the community across forums, twitter, LinkedIn and…