Getting started with SCCM

5.0 01 One of the main challenges when it comes to working with big infrastructure products is how to get your hands on the kit and software to be able to have your first steps. Most laptops/desktops are very capable of running a non-production of SCCM if you want to get your hands dirty. The Windows and Office Deployment Lab Kit may be what you have been looking for! The lab supports the 64-bit editions of Windows 10 and Windows Server 2016 which must be imported to set up a lab once Hyper-V is installed. The Hyper-V Host on which the Windows 10 PoC Lab needs to be imported must meet the following minimum specifications: Hyper-V role installed Administrative rights on the device 150 GB of free disk space (300 GB recommended) High-throughput disk subsystem 16 GB of available memory (32 GB recommended) High-end processor for faster processing This Lab…

Awesome news – Book & Software

0.0 00 Hi All, i have some awesome news to share with you. 1st news, yesterday my new SCCM e-book was finally released. It took some time to write up and test. With 197 pages divided in 33 chapters, you’ll find lots of good info. The book has also over 160 powershell scripts, so you can automate almost (if not all) SCCM tasks you’ll be performing on day to day basic. And on top of that, it is free. To download, access https://goo.gl/CmRTcm, fill up the form and download the PDF. 2nd news, yesterday we also released a new version of our Dashboard software, now called DataExplorer with modules for SCCM, SCSM, Hyper-V, Active Directory and Office365. To download a trial version of the software, access https://goo.gl/O0foHg, fill up the form and download the Setup file.

SCCM Administration Free E-book

4.0 04 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,…

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

4.5 02 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…

Software Update – kb2920189 & VM Secure boot

0.0 00 Hi All, Yesterday i was updating my lab and i noticed that every single vm was failing to install kb2920189. All my vm’s are running windows server 2012 R2 under a WS2012 R2 host, it means i created a 2nd generation of VM’s and the Secure boot was enabled. Looking at the logs, i found the error 0x800f0922 and if you look at the internet, there are lots of things about this error that was not relevant to the issue here, until i found a forum post that helped me. basically, if you’re having this problem with your 2nd generation machines with secure boot enabled, perform the following tasks: 1- shutdown your VM 2- Edit the VM settings and under Firmware, disable the Enable Secure boot 3- Bring the VM up and install the hotfix 4- Shutdown the VM again 5- Edit the VM settings and under Firmware,…

Path to Windows 8 – London – 5th July 2013

0.0 00 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

Hyper-V Hands on training for I.T. Professionals

0.0 00 Virtualising Servers with Hyper V Date: Tuesday, 28 February 2012Topic: Cloud User: IT Pro Location: Park Plaza, Plaza 3-6 Room, Boar Lane City Square, Leeds, LS1 5NS Synopsis The aim of this camp is to provide a practical introduction to Hyper-V, for people new to server virtualisation or those experienced in other server virtualisation technologies. The exact content of each camp is driven by you, the delegate. However, we will follow some broad topics around virtualisation such as:     •  Virtual networks in Hyper-V     •  A first look at System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2012     •  Installing Hyper-V     •  Hyper-V licensing and licensing virtual machines     •  Microsoft support for virtualisation Source: http://uktechdays.cloudapp.net/it-pro-camps.aspx

Microsoft Assessment and Planning – MAP Toolkit v6.5

0.0 00 The Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit (MAP) is an agentless, automated, multi-product planning and assessment tool for quicker and easier desktop and server migrations. MAP provides detailed readiness assessment reports and executive proposals with extensive hardware and software information, and actionable recommendations to help organizations accelerate their IT infrastructure planning process, and gather more detail on assets that reside within their current environment. MAP also provides server utilization data for Hyper-V server virtualization planning; identifying server placements, and performing virtualization candidate assessments, including ROI analysis for server consolidation with Hyper-V. MAP helps make the following IT planning projects faster and easier: Migration to Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2, and Microsoft Office 2010 Migration to Windows 7 compatible versions of Internet Explorer Migration to cloud-based services Server virtualization with Hyper-V SQL Server consolidation and migration to SQL Server 2008 R2 Assessment of current software usage and client access…