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2014 in review


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Those who are Familiar with SCCM Software / Application Deployment will find this process very Much Similar . But for those who have no Experience in Deployment tool will find Software Deployment Using Intune quite Easy As well.

Deploying Software /Application Using Microsoft Intune

Login to your Microsoft Intune Account and Click on Deploy Software .

Software Deployment Using Microsoft Intune

Software Deployment Using Microsoft Intune

This Will Launch the “Microsoft Intune Software Publisher ” ( A tool used to Deploy Software / Applications ) . Now Once the Tool is Launched , you will see something similar to screen shot mentioned below :

Software Deployment Using Microsoft Intune

Software Deployment Using Microsoft Intune

You will see 5 Options that can be used but for Deploying Software Choose the first option and click on Next :

Software Deployment Using Intune

Software Deployment Using Intune

In this Example I will be Deploying Apple App from the App Store . Select the Apple App Optino from Drop Down and then Enter the URL of the App from App Store :

Click Next :

Software Deployment Using Intune

Software Deployment Using Intune

Give Specifications . You can Also Associate an Image to this App .

Click Next :

Select the Mobile Device Type

Software Deployment Using Intune

Software Deployment Using Intune

Software Deployment Using Intune

Software Deployment Using Intune

: I selected Both :

Click Next and this will Take you to Summary Page and then Click next for upload Page :

Software Deployment Using Intune

Software Deployment Using Intune

Click Close :

This Will complete the Wizard . NOw you will be required to Deploy it to a Specific Collection / Group :

Software Deployment Using Intune

Software Deployment Using Intune

Select the App and then Select the Group :

Software Deployment Using Intune

Software Deployment Using Intune

Give Specific Criteria like If you want this Deployment to be Mandatory / Required or Available .

Software Deployment Using Intune

Software Deployment Using Intune

Click Finish to Complete the Set up.

On your Mobile Device you will soon see something like this :

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This Post is in Continuation to my previous Post on ”

Remote Lock Mobile Device from Microsoft Intune

URL : https://abheekdutta.com/2014/12/10/remote-lock-mobile-device-from-microsoft-intune/

In this Post we will check on How to Reset Passcode of IOS Devices From Microsoft Intune :

Lock Mobile From Intune

Right Click the Device of which you want to reset the passcode :

Click on Reset Passcode :

Lock Mobile From Intune 2

As you see I have executed the Reset Passcode command from Intune Console and After my IOS device receives the Policy from Server , here is what happens on it :

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As you see the command has been executed .

Note : Since I have Exchange Accounts configured on my device it is asking me to set password before those accounts can download new Emails . 


Lets now start with Various Things that can be done from Microsoft Intune .

Lets get started from Simple first :

Remote Lock Mobile Device from Microsoft Intune 

Today , let us try and Lock a Mobile device which is Enrolled with Microsoft Intune .

refer to below Screen .

Lock Mobile Phone from Intune

Lock Mobile Phone from Intune

Now , If you want to Lock the Mobile from Intune :

Right Click the Device and Click Remote Lock .

Remote Lock Mobile From Microsoft Intune

Remote Lock Mobile From Microsoft Intune

 

Check below for Update on Microsoft Intune Portal :

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In  this post today , we will talk about managing IOS  devices with Microsoft Intune .

Various Steps Involved are :

1. Download a Certificate  Signing Request for a  APNs Certificate

2. Renew the APN Certificate in Apple Portal

3. Upload the APN certificate in Microsoft Intune Portal

4. Download Company Portal app on your IOS device

5. Install the app and Login Using Intune User

6. Use this IOS device and manage it from Intune Portal

Managing IOS based Devices with Intune – Detailed

Login in Microsoft Intune Portal :https://manage.microsoft.co

Manage IOS Devices Using Microsoft Intune

Manage IOS Devices Using Microsoft Intune

Save the Certificate on your Computer

Manage IOS Devices Using Intune

Manage IOS Devices Using Intune

Click on Apple  Push Certificate Portal and Login Using Apple  ID :

Manage IOS Devices Using Intune

Manage IOS Devices Using Intune

Click on Create a Certificate Request :

Manage IOS Devices Using Intune

Manage IOS Devices Using Intune

Accept the Agreement :

Manage IOS Devices Using Intune

Manage IOS Devices Using Intune

Manage IOS Devices Using Intune

Manage IOS Devices Using Intune

Find the certificate that you saved on your Computer and Upload it :

The Download the Push Certificate Created:

Manage IOS Devices Using Intune

Manage IOS Devices Using Intune

Apple APN 6

Now Upload the APNs certificate in INTUNE Portal:

Manage IOS Devices Using Intune

Manage IOS Devices Using Intune

Click Upload :

Manage IOS Devices Using Intune

Manage IOS Devices Using Intune

browse the Certificate and then Enter the Same Apple ID:

Manage IOS Devices Using Intune

Manage IOS Devices Using Intune

Now , the Settings at Server  end  are done:

Open App Store on your Iphone /IOS Device and download Company Portal App:

Manage IOS Devices Using Intune

Manage IOS Devices Using Intune

Click on Enroll :

Manage IOS Devices Using Intune

Manage IOS Devices Using Intune

Manage IOS Devices Using Intune

Manage IOS Devices Using Intune

click on Install :

Manage IOS Devices Using Intune

Manage IOS Devices Using Intune

Manage IOS Devices Using Intune

Manage IOS Devices Using Intune

Now you are Verified :

Manage IOS Devices Using Intune

Manage IOS Devices Using Intune

Manage IOS Devices Using Intune

Manage IOS Devices Using Intune

Now Refresh the Intune Page Check Under all Mobile Devices and Your Iphone /IOS device will Appear there :

Manage IOS Devices Using Intune

Manage IOS Devices Using Intune

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Navigate to Admin >Mobile device management >IOS > Upload APN Certificate

Click on the  Download the APNs Certificate  Request


To automatically deploy the client software by using Group Policy

1.In the folder that contains the files Microsoft_Intune_Setup.exe and MicrosoftIntune.accountcert, run the following command to extract the Windows Installer-based installation programs for 32-bit and 64-bit computers:
Microsoft_Intune_Setup.exe /Extract <destination folder>

2.Copy the Microsoft_Intune_x86.msi file, the Microsoft_Intune_x64.msi file, and the MicrosoftIntune.accountcert file to a network location that can be accessed by all computers to which the client software is to be installed.

Note :

Do not separate or rename the files or the client software installation will fail.
3.Use Group Policy to deploy the software to computers on your network.


As we all know that Intune has gained a lot of buzz during recent past . Today , We will discuss about How do we install Client Intune Agent on Computers .

Client Computer Management in Intune 

There are two ways by which you can do this :

1 . Manually : Here you will have to download the Intune Client Software and then Install It . Please make sure that only one client agent can be installed on one computer , either SCCM Client or Intune . If you already have SCCM Client agent installed you won’t be able to install Intune Client .

 

2. Automatically : You can use software Distribution Programs for this .

How to Manually Install Intune Client on Computer :

First of all you need to download the Client Agent Which can be downloaded from the Intune Portal :

Intune Client Agent Installation - 1

Intune Client Agent Installation – 1

 

Once Downloaded you need to run the set up

Intune Client Agent Installation - 2

Intune Client Agent Installation - 3

 

After the Installation is Complete you will see the Client Computer Showing up in the Intune Console like this :

Intune Client Agent Installation - 4

 

Hardware Inventory in Intune :

After the Initial Hardware Inventory Cycle you will be able to see Hardware related Information related to this Computer as Shown :

Hardware Inventory in Intune

Hardware Inventory in Intune

 

Hope this Post will be helpful to you

 

 


New features in Attachments in Office 565 Exchange Online :

Microsoft has started to released New Office 365 Feature starting October  – New Way to share files with Outlook Web app. Most of you must have noticed it and would like to know more about this new Feature .

Here is what you see when you try to attach file to an Email in Outlook Web app in Office 365 .

New way to share files with Outlook Web App

New way to share files with Outlook Web App

So now you can attach a file from your Computer or from OneDrive

f you choose to attach a file currently stored on your hard drive and select Share with OneDrive, the file automatically uploads to your OneDrive for Business in a folder called Email Attachments.

When you send a file via OneDrive, the attachment appears the same as if the file was attached in the traditional manner, except there is a cloud icon within the file icon , and you will see under the file title the permissions that will be granted to recipients.

 

You also Edit / Manage the Permission of the File ( see below )

New Feature Office 365 2

 

Also, When you share a file as Onedrive it will be attached as a normal file except for that it will have a Cloud picture on it .

New Feature Office 365 3

 

 

 

 


Today in this Post we will  talk about the installation  of Vmware Vcenter 5.5 step by step . Somehow , I found that there was a lack of a simple guide on Installing Vcenter. Basically Vcenter offers two  types of installation .One is Simple and other is Customized. If you opt for Simple  installation then the set up will  install all the Mandatory components itself and if you  opt for Customized Installation then  you will  have to install  each  component manually.

Vmware VCenter 5.5 Installation Step by Step

In  this post I  will walk you through the Simple Installation Process :

Vmware Vcenter Installation 1

Click next to Proceed :

Vmware Vcenter Installation 2

Accept the agreement

Vmware Vcenter Installation 3

click  Next:

Vmware Vcenter Installation 4

Enter Password which will be used to login:

Vmware Vcenter Installation 6

Keep as Default

Vmware Vcenter Installation 7

You  may change the default location of Installation  of SSO :

Vmware Vcenter Installation 8

Click  Next

Vmware Vcenter Installation 9

Vmware Vcenter Installation 10

Vmware Vcenter Installation 11

Vmware Vcenter Installation 12

If you already have your Port 80 being used you may look to change it

Vmware Vcenter Installation 13

Click  ok..

The  Set up will run for time before  completing Successfully .

SCCM Sample Architecture Diagram


Sample System Center Configuration Manager 2012 Architecture Diagram :

 

Let us talk about a sample scenario and then prepare a High Level Architecture Diagram . Let us assume that we have a Customer who has 7 different locations with 500 machines connected with good bandwidth . Then in such a case we can prepare a sample attached pasted below :

SCCM Architecture Diagram

SCCM Architecture Diagram

 


Today , In this Post we will discuss about Various Concerns Customers have about Office 365 Migration from the Data Integrity perspective . Customers want their Data to be Secure and safe .

When we talk about Office 365 , Microsoft has a Concept of Trust Center. The Office 365 Trust Center is the place where Microsoft share its commitments and information on trust-related topics.

As Per Microsoft :

With the Office 365 service it’s our responsibility to keep your data safe and secure. It’s your data. You own it. You control it. And it is yours to take with you if you decide to leave the service. The core tenets of our approach to earning and maintaining your trust are:
Learn moreBuilt-in security

  • Service-level security through defense-in-depth
  • Customer controls within the service
  • Security hardening and operational best practices
Learn moreContinuous compliance

  • Proactive processes to meet your compliance needs
  • Customer controls for organizational compliance
  • Independently verified to meet evolving standards
Learn morePrivacy by design

  • Your data is not used for advertising
  • You have extensive privacy controls
  • You can take your data with you when you want
Learn moreTransparent operations

  • You know where your data resides and who has access
  • Visibility into availability and changes to the service
  • Financially backed guarantee of 99.9% uptime

For More Details Visit : http://office.microsoft.com/en-001/business/office-365-trust-center-cloud-computing-security-FX103030390.aspx


Off Late a lot of people have been writing to me regarding Direct Access and SCCM Internet based client management.

So , I thought I would clarify this in the post . So , if your company  has Direct access Implemented then you do not need to Implement SCCM  Internet Client Based Management as  the Inetrnet Based clients will be managed using Direct Access.

Please see figure  below for More Clarity.

Direct Access and SCCM

Direct Access and SCCM


Are you planning to Migrate form your Existing Email System to Office 365 . Then it is important that take a look at the below plan

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Email Migration to Office 365

Email Migration to Office 365


For those of you who have been looking for exact Difference between Packages ( Which was mostly used in SCCM 2007 ) and Applications ( a New Concept in 2012 ) below chart will explain things in detail:

App Vs Packages


Hello  Friends ,  Today we will talk about how  to use System Center Orchestrator to  create Runbooks .

In this post here we will talk about Runbooks and how to create a Sample Runbook.

Lets  first open up Orchestrator and then create a New Folder : Screen Shot below:

System Center Orchestrator

System Center Orchestrator

Once Folder is  clicked , then name it the way you want . I named it Abheek

System Center Orchestrator

System Center Orchestrator

The runbook I am going to create is a  simple runbook which  will  start a service if at all it finds its being in stopped state .

from the right pane , drag and drop  Get Service  status onto the middle pane:

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Once this is done , we need to configure the get  service thing:

Just double click it  and then fill in the below information (computer name and the service name)

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Once  this is done , drag and drop start  stop service activity  from right pane and link two :

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Double click on the arrow between the two activities to get the status of Service and enter below:

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Once you  get the status ,  click on start /stop  activity and then click on start:

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Thats it . Now you are done

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