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

 

Office 365 Migration Concerns from Customers


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

Direct Access and SCCM Internet Client based management


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

Diffrence Between Applications and packages in SCCM


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

How to Create a Runbook Using System Center Orchestrator – For Dummies


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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Cumulative Update 3 for System Center 2012 Configuration Manager Service Pack 1


Cumulative Update 3 for System Center 2012 Configuration Manager Service Pack 1 has been released .

Some of the changes that have been made are related to Powershell, Operating System Deployment Bugs .,SOftware Distribution etc .

To Download : http://support2.microsoft.com/kb/2882125

More Detailed Information can be found here :  http://support2.microsoft.com/kb/2882125

All about Distribution Group in Exchange 2013 Online – Mystified


Hi All,

 

Today we will talk in depth about Distribution groups  in  Exchange  Online 2013 .We  will see how we create a Distribution Group , What are  the default Settings and how they can be changed .  be noted that by default when Created Distribution Groups do not allow Email from External domains  to be sent to it .

Here is the list of screen shots :

 

Distribution Group Exchange 2013 Online 1
Distribution Group Exchange 2013 Online 1

 

Distribution Group Exchange 2013 Online 2

 

Distribution Group Exchange 2013 Online 1
Distribution Group Exchange 2013 Online 1

 

Distribution Group Exchange 2013 Online 1
Distribution Group Exchange 2013 Online 1

With  this the DG is created.

Distribution Group Exchange 2013 Online 6

Distribution Group Exchange 2013 Online 8

 

As you  can see here , by default ,you  cannot receive  Emails from External Domain:

 

below Steps Explain :

 

Distribution Group Exchange 2013 Online 10

 

Distribution Group Exchange 2013 Online 11

Now ,change the  option and you will receive Emails  from External Domain

 

Distribution Group Exchange 2013 Online 12

 

Distribution Group Exchange 2013 Online 13

 

Hope  you like the post

How to Check Azure Subscription ID


Many a times , you want to know the Azure Subscription ID .

 

To find that  , below are  the steps :

 

How  to  Find Azure Subscription ID
How to Find Azure Subscription ID

 

Click on view my bill and then a new  window will open up which will have the subscription  ID :

 

How to Find Azure Subscription ID
How to Find Azure Subscription ID

 

There you go , it  is as simple as that.

 

 

System Center Orchestrator Installation Step by Step Guide


Let’s Talk About System Center Orchestrator today .

Orchestrator is a workflow management solution for the data center. Orchestrator lets you automate the creation, monitoring, and deployment of resources in your environment.”

 

Today , In this post we will talk about Installing  Orchestrator Step by Step .

 

System Prerequisites required for Orchestrator are defined here (http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/hh420348.aspx)Orchesterator Installtion 1

 

Enter the Name of your Organization , Product Key and then Click on Next :

System Center Orchestrator Installation Step by Step
System Center Orchestrator Installation Step by Step
System Center Orchestrator Installation Step by Step
System Center Orchestrator Installation Step by Step
System Center Orchestrator Installation Step by Step
System Center Orchestrator Installation Step by Step

 

Orchestrator Installation
Orchestrator Installation

 

Orchestrator Installation
Orchestrator Installation

 

Orchestrator Installation
Orchestrator Installation

 

Orchestrator Installation
Orchestrator Installation

 

Orchestrator Installation
Orchestrator Installation

 

Orchestrator Installation
Orchestrator Installation

 

Orchesterator Installtion 12

 

Orchestrator Installation
Orchestrator Installation

 

Orchestrator Installation
Orchestrator Installation

 

Orchestrator Installation
Orchestrator Installation

 

Orchestrator Installation
Orchestrator Installation

Error in Installing .NET Framework on Windows 2012 and Windows 2012 R2


A few Days back , I was working on Installing SCORCH on Windows 2012 box . As a Prerequisite I had to Install .NEt Framework 3.5 on the server and While I tried to Install it using Server Manager it gave me Error Every time ( As Shown Below ) 

 

.NEt Framework not Getting Installted on Windows 2012 and Windows 2012 R2
.NEt Framework not Getting Installted on Windows 2012 and Windows 2012 R2

 

After a little thought process I found this Solution to the problem .

Enter the Windows 2012 Disc and then Enter the Following Command as an Admin ( You Might get an Error if you try to Execute the Command Using Normal User stating that Elevated User Rights are Required )

 

dism /online /enable-feature /featurename:NetFX3 /all /Source:drive Name :\sources\sxs /LimitAccess

The Drive Name should be the Name of the Drive where you Windows CD is :

After you execute the command :

DISM Execution

 

Now , ON the Ass Server Roles Window Click on Specify an Alternate Source Path and then Enter the same path there (drive Name :\sources\sxs )

 

Install the .NET Framework 3.5 and the issue is solved .

 

Note : Share your Feedback at abhdutta@abheekdutta.onmicrosoft.com

 

 

 

 

How to Set up External Communication in Lync – Office 365


Hello  Guys , Today we will  talk about  setting up External communication in Lync -Office 365 .

So,  we have a scenario like  this ” The Users in your Organization want to communicate with users in some other Organization over Lync  “

 

To achieve this follow the below steps :

1. Switch on External communication:

Turn on External Communication in Lync Online

 

2. Once this is achieved , it is better to wait for 24 hours before performing the next steps .

3.  In Lync Admin Center ,  go to tools and then Set  up Lync for External Communication

External Lync Communication 2

 

4.

External Lync Communication 3

 

5. Click , it has been 24 hours

External Lync Communication 4

 

6. External Lync Communication 5

 

7.

External Lync Communication 6

 

 

Now , you are done .

 

Add the user from one of the Lync client and check if they are able to communicate as  shown below:

 

External Lync Communication 7

 

Phases of a Private Cloud


We all know that Private cloud is now getting a lot of attention . Here’ s a post on Various phases a Private cloud goes through :

 

Private Cloud Life Cycle
Private Cloud Life Cycle

 

The first phase of a private Cloud Life Cycle is :

 

Building the Private Cloud

Deploying services to the Private Cloud

Managing and Operating the Private Cloud

Monitoring the Private Cloud