Author Description

raphael Raphael Perez is a Enterprise Client Management MVP based in UK, he specialises in System Center Configuration Manager (including OS Deployment) and other System Center products (Operations Manager, Service Manager, etc.). He is a Community leader attending the physical and virtual meetings and engaging with the community across forums, twitter, LinkedIn and his blog. He is RFL Systems‘ owner, a System Center specialized consultancy and training services within the United Kingdom.

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Intune Stand-Alone and Hybrid Comparison

Hi All, have you ever need to compare what Intune Stand-Alone and Hybrid can do for you? there are lots of information out there, but none (as far as my research goes), did a comparison between the settings. it is easy to say if you have over 50k devices, you should consider the hybrid scenario (where sccm connects to intune), but if you’re lower than that number? Should you consider Intune Stand-Alone or Hybrid? In his blog post i’ll try to provide you some of the key points and providing a winner (in my opinion). In this post i’m only looking at the MDM solution for iOS and Android Knox comparison and not every single feature that both solutions can provide. Before we start, I’ve focused on the version 1511 of the SCCM with some notes of what available on the 1602 and the latest version of intune, and I…

Cloud (and a bit of Microsoft Azure)

Hi all, I wanted to write something about cloud/azure for long, but time was a constraint for me while working on other things. Today, I finally make the time and I hope you’ll like it. This is my view of the cloud and Microsoft azure and what, again, I think, companies should understand before “moving” to the cloud. To start, what is cloud? Cloud is a concept, and the concept is simple (for me): It is a datacenter, owned by a 3rd party provider, that you trust and where you host your data, not knowing where your data is or who has access to it and you only pay for what you “use”. So let’s transfer this statement to Microsoft Azure. It is a datacenter = Microsoft Azure Owned by a 3rd party = Microsoft You trust and where you host your data = I hope this is yes (well…

SCCM-Reporting

Hi all, Over the last couple of weeks, I’ve been reviewing the latest book from a friend and fellow MVP Garth Jones called System Center Configuration Manager Reporting Unleashed. I have to say that I was impressed how good the book was written and cover most (if not all) aspects of what you need to know about reporting in SCCM. Of course, there are load of things that only the experience will teach you but this book is a good start. Over the years working with many companies that uses SCCM, I could “classify” the SCCM admin in 4 different categories: 1-Novice – someone that is starting with SCCM, he/she normally do not have any experience with SCCM nor with SQL and Reporting 2-Junior – someone that has a good knowledge of the SCCM when using the console, however, cannot do anything else. he/she may have a some knowledge of…

PowerShell – How to name Functions

Hi All, In development world, we normally re-use code. More experienced developers, re-use more code than developers that are starting. It is not just PowerShell, this is also used when coding on any language but with PowerShell, you have the option to create a function within your script or inside modules, but the problem is always the same, how to name these functions. Before writing a function, you need to know what the function will do and what is the expected return of the function. So lets look at an example: I discovered in a code, that I use, lots of time, writing text to a file. if the file does not exist, it will be created and if it does exist, i’ll append text. as you can imagine, the function could be called SaveToFile, AppendToFile, WriteToFile, etc. instead of something like MyFunction. You may be thinking, who would write…

SCCM Administration Free E-book

Hi All, in the past few months, I have dedicated to update a manual that I have been using on my SCCM courses. This manual is now a free e-book and focus on the step-by-step of the basics administration of an sccm environment, so this is the exercises manual. I still development my own material and delivering many sccm courses based on the material, as you can imagine, the courses I provide the “why” click here and there, so if you’re new to SCCM and want to learn more about it, you will be more than welcome to attend to one of our curses. Check them out at .http://www.rflsystems.co.uk/training/ Anyway, this e-book focus on the basics of the administration. In this e-book you’ll be guided since the creation of the lab (that is based on Windows Server 2012 R2 Hyper-V). And we cover topics like, installing SQL, SCCM, Installing Site…

ConfigMgr HealthCheck toolkit – Beta 04

Hi All, after long, long time, we are happy to announce that the HealthCheck toolkit is once again available for download and we released a new version, beta 04 with some small fixes… What is the System Center Configuration Manager HealthCheck Toolkit? The System Center Configuration Manager HealthCheck Toolkit (CMHealthCheck) has been created to check for problem and/or misconfiguration in the SCCM environment and, when possible, will provide you with some solutions for problems. You can download it for free from: http://www.rflsystems.co.uk/software/healthcheck-toolkit/ how to use it: 1- CollectData.ps1 (This script will collect information from a CM12/R2 Infrastructure). Open the powershell (64 bits) and run with an account that has admin rights on the cm boxes as it will connect remotely to registry, wmi, etc. CollectData.ps1 -smsprovider servername (ie. CollectData.ps1 -smsprovider srv0003) Once it collect data, it will create a CollectData.log under _Logs and will create a Date\servername folder (ie. 2013-12-05\srv0003)…

RFL Systems’ BI Dashboard v1.0 release

Hi All, today we are proud to be releasing the v1.0 of the RFL Systems’BI Dashboard, a cutting-edge SCCM-focused platform that streamlines the access, control and management of strategic data. Compliance for software updates, application deployment, client health and anti-malware monitoring are some of the key indicators that you can manage through the BI Dashboard. We take care of simplifying your SCCM data analysis whilst focus on making effective and well-grounded decisions CustomisableYou can tailor how you want to access your data anytime, anywhere. Crystal-clearOur technology makes it easier to convert data into business value. SecureYour data security is a priority through our on-premises software. Easy-to-useStraightforward and simple software and interface. Trial it now! Make sure you download the software here and enjoy a 45 days trial. Hope you will enjoy and feel free to ask questions and provide feedback.

Book Review – Windows-noob OSD guides

Hi All, today I would like to comment about a book that I have read in the last few weeks that is the “The Windows-noob OSD Guides for Configuration Manager 2012 R2, by Niall Brady”. the 1st thing to say is the author, if you don’t know him, I suggest you access windows-noob.com. Niall has been publishing tutorials there for quite some time and it is a must-stop for those that are stating with SCCM as well as for those that has more experience. The book is well written and clear of what you need to do to achieve the goal, if it is to integrate SCCM with MBAM, deploy a surface pro, custom windows 8.1 start menu or anything else that is related with OSD. Customising boot image, creating custom forms to be using during OSD (HTA forms), drivers, etc. those are things that you need to know to…

RFLSystems-New Website and updated tool

Hi All, Today I’m proud to announce that RFL Systems’ new website is finally live and more content will be added soon. This is a great milestone for the company and I only have to say thanks to everyone that helped us until now. With the release of the site, we are also releasing the 1st public beta of our professional version of the dashboard, now renamed to Business Intelligence Dashboards for System Center Configuration Manger (or what we are calling BI Dashboards for SCCM), with the final version to be released in the next few of weeks. The development of the BI Dashboards for SCCM started last year and it is a cutting-edge data visualization platform which helps enterprises to streamline the access, control and management of strategic business information. The BI Dashboards for SCCM makes it possible by displaying the status of key metrics and indicators in one…

Automation Backup in a Hyper-v for Small Business/Start up

Hi All, small business and start up’s are always looking for ways to save money. As you should know, small companies they don’t have money to buy fancy products and when people decide to open their business, they have a small amount of money to do some X (this could be buy a PC, server, etc) and keep it running for a couple of months/year without need to invest anymore. When I started RFLSystems while ago, I had the same, a money to start the business and keep it running for some time. in my case, I needed an environment that would be used to do demos to customers as well as running production stuff like CRM, SCCM, File Share, etc. As you can imagine, for me going to cloud was easy, I could add some vm’s, buy services from provides, etc. but, money was a restriction. for me, having…