Vol. 20, #29 - July 20, 2015 - Issue #1039
Systems Management Briefs
- Editor's Corner
- Ask Our Readers - Upgrade PDC emulator before or after upgrading Exchange?
- SCCM TP2 is now available
- Microsoft Intune June update
- Deploying apps and MAM Policies to mobile devices using Intune
- Let the user's voice be heard!
- Remembering the launch of Windows 95
- Send us your feedback
- Recommended for Learning
- Microsoft Virtual Academy
- Quote of the Week
- Admin Toolbox
- Admin Tools We Think You Shouldn't Be Without
- This Week's Tips
- Enabling MAM for Office apps in Intune
- Move an Outlook PST file
- Automating document translation
- Events Calendar
- North America
- Webcast Calendar
- Register for Webcasts
- Tech Briefing
- Amazon AWS
- Microsoft Azure
- Security and Privacy
- System Center
- Recommended TechGenix Articles
- Recommended articles from websites in TechGenix Network
- Windows Server News
- Three steps to keep your cloud app costs in check
- Is virtual SAN a real storage option?
- A little flash or lot? How to choose a VDI storage system
- Whose problem is VMware solving with Photon and Lightwave?
- WServerNews FAVE Links
- Portable Garage
- Dizzying Aerobatics at Colombia's F-Air Aeronautic Fair
- Amazing Ladder Act by Uzeyer Novruzov - America's Got Talent
- In The Cockpit With Aerobatic Champion Pilot Svetlana Kapanina
- WServerNews - Product of the Week
- Veeam Endpoint Backup FREE!
- SAVE THIS NEWSLETTER so you can refer back to it later for helpful tips, tools and resources!
- SEND YOUR FEEDBACK to [email protected] if you have any comments or suggestions!
In this week's newsletter we're going to catch up with some of the latest things happening in the Microsoft world of managing Windows-based environments. Now as for searching Dilbert.com for a comic strip that could kick off this issue of WServerNews, we decided it was obviously a no-brainer that we shouldn't try using the word "management" as our query since it would probably return hundreds of results. So we decided this week to offer you a random Dilbert cartoon which we found of course by using the word "random" as our search term. Here is the first hit we got:
OK how many of us IT drones have done something similar when we filled out our timesheets? Guilty!!!
Ask Our Readers - Upgrade PDC emulator before or after upgrading Exchange?
A reader named Steve sent us the following request that maybe some of our readers can answer:
I have 2 standard 2003 servers I'm migrating to 2012 R2. One is the Primary Domain Controller and is also running exchange 2003. The second is just a terminal server bit it's the secondary domain controller. My target 2012 servers are all 2012 R2 Standard Edition, in 3 separate VM's. They are all joined to the current 2003 domain ready for migration (in fact, we are running a test migration of the accounting system right now on the new server). At the end of the domain & Exchange migration, the new PDC, Exchange 2010 and Terminal server will all be running as discrete VM Servers so I'm essentially "splitting" the existing 2003 server in 2 and extracting out the PDC and Exchange 2010 into separate servers (all on the same domain of course). This particular installation will continue to run on premises only Exchange 2010. In order to install Exchange in this environment, it is necessary to do so by following a configuration that results in running a live Exchange migration to 2010 at the end of the installation. Basically a one shot deal.
No problem so far but one big question: since the PDC has to be migrated, the server roles have to be migrated to the new 2012 R2 PDC and the old server will then have to be demoted yet still run exchange 2003 until all mailboxes are migrated (200+Gb's of mailbox storage). Question: is it best (or required) to migrate the domain controller and roles BEFORE installing Exchange 2010 or is it necessary or best to install, migrate and wait for mailbox moves to complete on the Exchange 2010 server while it is running on the OLD domain PDC first then do the PDC migration. Which one's first?
Please send your suggestions for Steve to us at [email protected] if you can offer any advice to him on this matter.
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SCCM TP2 is now available
System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM) Technical Preview 2 (TP2) is now available for trial evaluation from the Microsoft Download Center:
You can also download it from Microsoft Connect here:
You can learn more about what's new in this latest release of the next version of SCCM in this post on the
You can also check out the following for some walkthroughs plus some insights about what TP2 offers and any special requirements you'll need like an Intune subscription if you want to use certain features:
System Center Configuration Manager Technical Preview 2 is available for download now! (Jan Ketil Skanke)
First Look At System Center Configuration Manager 2016 Technical Preview 2 (Adin Ermie)
Also see the discussion about TP2 on Reddit here:
Microsoft Intune June update
Most cloud services are regularly updated and Microsoft Intune is no exception. This post from ConfigMgrBlog.com has some info about version 5.0.5235.0 of Microsoft Intune which represents the June 2015 update that was recently rolled out to customers:
More info on this update can be found in the following post on the Microsoft Intune blog:
and in the TechNet Library here:
Deploying apps and MAM Policies to mobile devices using Intune
Mobile devices like iPhones/iPads and Android phones/tables are proliferating like made in business environments and may soon displace Windows PCs/laptops as the device of choice for many workers. Unfortunately the jargon associated with these changes is proliferating almost as fast. Witness for example the following terminology associated with the Microsoft Intune cloud-based management platform:
- MDM = Mobile Device Management
- MIM = Mobile Information Management
- MAM = Mobile Application Management
My only question is, where's MUM? All kidding aside though, the following new article by Anoop Nair which is the first of a short multi-part series walks you through steps for deploying mobile applications together with MAM policies to user or device groups in Intune:
Let the user's voice be heard!
Got suggestions on how Microsoft can improve SCCM or Intune? Post your comments to UserVoice as follows:
System Center Configuration Manager Feedback
And if you want to provide Microsoft with product feedback via Microsoft Connect, be sure to read the following post on the Windows PowerShell Blog about how Microsoft has the Connect interface and submission forms to make it easier for users to submit feedback:
Remembering the launch of Windows 95
One of our favorite blogs is The Old New Thing by Raymond Chen of Microsoft. Check out his recent post titled Hazy memories of the Windows 95 ship party which is found here:
How many of our newsletter readers remember the day Windows 95 was launched? Email your reminisces to [email protected]
Send us your feedback
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Recommended for Learning
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On-demand: Azure RemoteApp Core Skills
IT Pros, if you're interested in remote application management, enterprise mobility, and Windows 10, be sure to watch this exploration of Azure RemoteApp. Build on your Enterprise Mobility Management (EMM) core skills, and find out how to increase productivity and #EMMpower a unified environment. Watch now:
Quote of the Week
"We haven't got time to automate this stuff, because we're too busy dealing with the problems caused by our lack of automation." --read online somewhereUntil next week,
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Enabling MAM for Office apps in Intune
If you want to use Mobile Application Management (MAM) policies for managing Microsoft Office mobile apps with Microsoft Intune, you should check out the following tip by Peter Daalmans on ConfigMgrBlog.com:
Move an Outlook PST file
Need to move a Microsoft Outlook data file from one computer to another? Check out this tip by Alexander Gundelack Jensen on the Coretech website:
Automating document translation
Would your organization like to be able to integrate document translation into your workflows? You can do just that by using the Microsoft Translator app and API as described in this post from the Microsoft Translator Team Blog:
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How to Connect Your On-Premises Active Directory to AWS Using AD Connector (AWS Security Blog)
Coming Updates to the CCIE Program (Daniel's Networking Blog)
IPv6 Multicast - notes for the CCDE exam (Daniel's Networking Blog)
Exchange Server 2013 offsite protection using DPM and Microsoft Azure (Part 2) (MSExchange.org)
Building Windows Server Failover Cluster on Azure IAAS VM – Part 2 (Network and Creation) (Ask the Core Team)
Security and Privacy
The Trouble with Security (WindowSecurity.com)
Azure Active Directory‘s Access and Usage Reports (Microsoft Cyber Trust Blog)
OpsMgr 2012 Data Warehouse Health Check Script (Tao Yang)
Include Details from Parent Work Items in Notifications (Antoni Hanus)
Saying Goodbye to On-Premises Exchange (Part 3)
Doing your Database on AWS (Part 3)
Taking a Close Look at Hyper-V Host Properties in SCVMM 2012 R2 (Part 1)
Active Directory in the Cloud (Part 1)
Active Directory Insights (Part 1): Configuring DNS on domain controllers
Three steps to keep your cloud app costs in check
While cloud is known for its cost-efficiency, the savings don’t always come easy. Fortunately, there are many ways users planning a cloud deployment can control costs. Follow these three steps to optimize your cloud computing costs today.
Is virtual SAN a real storage option?
Virtual SAN is often touted as a way to avoid all the woes of SANs and storage appliances. Still, it’s crucial to look past the hype and determine if the virtual SAN value proposition really has a place in the data center. Discover why virtual SAN may not be the storage savior you once thought it was.
A little flash or lot? How to choose a VDI storage system
There are many storage options to help VDI shops keep up with the demands of their workloads, such as all-flash arrays, hybrid storage systems and flash-based caching, but it can be extremely difficult to determine which storage system is the best fit for your organization. Learn more about the top 4 VDI storage system options, and find out which one meets your needs.
Whose problem is VMware solving with Photon and Lightwave?
New data center upstarts are superseding old client server applications in the form of containerized applications. To manage these modern applications, you need a different infrastructure, and VMware’s two new infrastructure offerings are set to keep it relevant in the container world. Learn more about how these offerings will make it easier to run containerized applications today.
This Week's Links We Like. Tips, Hints And Fun Stuff
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Who needs a garage when you've got something like this?
Dizzying Aerobatics at Colombia's F-Air Aeronautic Fair
The annual F-Air Aeronautic Fair in Colombia draws big crowds as industry representatives show off the latest advancements in the sector:
Amazing Ladder Act by Uzeyer Novruzov - America's Got Talent
The amazing ladder act by Uzeyer Novruzov impresses the judges and audience of America's Got Talent 2015:
In The Cockpit With Aerobatic Champion Pilot Svetlana Kapanina
Svetlana Kapanina - World's top female aerobatic pilot - shows her amazing skill during a live TV broadcast over the Olympic Stadium in Sochi:
WServerNews - Editors
Mitch Tulloch is Senior Editor of WServerNews and is a widely recognized expert on Windows administration, deployment and virtualization. Mitch was lead author of the bestselling Windows 7 Resource Kit and has been author or series editor for almost fifty books mostly published by Microsoft Press. Mitch is also a ten-time recipient of Microsoft's Most Valuable Professional (MVP) award for his outstanding contributions in support of the global IT pro community. Mitch owns and runs an information technology content development business based in Winnipeg, Canada. For more information see www.mtit.com.
Ingrid Tulloch is Associate Editor of WServerNews and was co-author of the Microsoft Encyclopedia of Networking from Microsoft Press. Ingrid is also manages research and marketing for our content development business and has co-developed university-level courses in Information Security Management for a Masters of Business Administration program.