Configuring Boundaries and Discovery Methods in SCCM 2012 R2

Boundaries and Discovery in SCCM 2012 R2

After completing the installation of SCCM 2012 R2, you will have to perform some initial configuration before you can start assigning clients to the site. Discovery can be used, to locate potential clients prior to installing client software on those systems, to create custom queries and collections based on the discovered objects, or to determine if clients are still healthy and reachable. Boundaries can, through Boundary Groups, be used for assigning clients […]

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SCCM 2012 R2 Quickstart Installation Guide

SCCM 2012 R2 Quickstart Installation Guide

This is a quickstart installation guide for installation of SCCM 2012 R2. In this guide, we will quickly go through the prerequisites neccessary for installing SCCM 2012 R2, and then we will go through the actual installation process for quickly getting a SCCM 2012 R2 stand-alone primary site up and running. If you are installing SCCM 2012 R2 in a test lab, you only need a Domain Controller, in addition to the […]

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Installing SCCM 2012 R2

Installing SCCM 2012 R2

In the previous blog post we looked at the different prerequisites that need to be met, before you can install SCCM 2012 R2. In this blog post we will go through the installation process for a stand-alone Primary site. At the time of writing the latest version(s) for Microsoft System Center 2012 Configuration Manager are SCCM 2012 SP2 and SCCM 2012 R2 SP1. Both of them actually share the same binaries. When […]

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Installing SCCM 2012 R2 Prerequisites

Installing SCCM 2012 R2 Prerequisites

Before you can install Microsoft System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager, certain prerequisites need to be met. These prerequisites relate to Active Directory, installation of SQL Server, installation of roles and features on the server you are installing SCCM 2012 R2, and installation of additional required software. In this blog post we will go through each prerequisite, to get a better understanding of why that prerequisite is required. If you just want […]

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SCCM 2012 R2 Architectural Components

SCCM 2012 R2 Architectural Components

Microsoft System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager is an enterprise management tool that provides a complete solution for Windows client and server management, including delivery of new¬†software packages, virtual applications, software updates and operating systems. SCCM 2012 R2 also has, to a certain extent, the capability to perform mobile device management and management of devices running non-windows operating systems. In this blog post we will briefly look at the¬†architectural components of SCCM […]

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Installing Active Directory on Windows Server 2012 R2

Installing Active Directory on Windows Server 2012R2

This is a step-by-step guide on how to create the first domain controller in a new Windows Server 2012 R2 forest. If you are going to perform a test lab of any kind, involving Windows servers, you will most certainly need an Active Directory Domain. Dcrpomo.exe is deprecated beginning in Windows Server 2012, so the process is slightly different from how it used to be in the 2008 iterations of Windows Server. […]

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Enabling Configuration Logging in Citrix XenApp 6.5

XenApp 6.5 Configuration Logging

In most any enterprise environment there will be more than one administrator who will perform configuration changes in a XenApp 6.5 farm. Whenever issues arise due to changes being made in a farm, it can be beneficial to know what administrator made which specific change, and when that change was made. By identifying the modification that was made, you can perform a rollback, by undoing that change. In XenApp 6.5 there is […]

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Installing SQL Server 2012

Installing SQL Server 2012

This is a step-by-step guide on how to install SQL Server 2012. You can use this installation as the basis for the SQL instance, where you will store the database for XenApp 6.5 or System Center Configuration Manager 2012. We will only install the Database Engine Services in this guide, because that’s the only requirement for a basic XenApp 6.5 or SCCM 2012 installation. The other services are used to perform optional […]

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Enabling LDAPS with certificate from a 3rd party CA

LDAP over SSL

Occasionally you will have to install appliances and applications, which will not utilize Kerberos, SASL or NTLM to communicate with Active Directory Domain Services. They will rather use simple BIND, which exposes the users’ credentials in clear text. So anyone with malicious intent, can use network monitoring or packet sniffing tools to capture packets of the communication between the Domain Controller and the client, to view the username and password information in […]

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Enabling Printer Location Tracking

Enabling Printer Location Tracking

Adding printers can be cumbersome for non-tech savvy users. Fortunately, you can use the Printer Location Tracking feature to make this process easier for them. When you enable PLT, only printers in the users’ own location will be listed in the Add Printer Wizard by default, when they try to add a network printer. For Printer Location Tracking to work, you need to enable the Group Policy setting related to PLT. You […]

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