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I guess it’s about time to send your grandfather to the retirement home…

The title doesn’t refer to your grandparents at all, I’m talking about what in my opinion is probably the biggest grandfather of the client operation systems: Windows XP.

Microsoft is making the world aware that Windows XP becoming ‘end-of-life’ is imminent, I already put April 8th 2014 in my calendar so I’m aware of this myself as well. Microsoft has more information about this event available as well:

http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/endofsupport.aspx

Oh, and they seem to have Office 2003 becoming ‘end-of-life’ in the process as well.

This date may look far away, but I believe that organizations who still use Windows XP should really get started to plan a migration to Windows 7 or Windows 8. I believe it’s a good thing though, because it will basically force organizations to welcome themselves in the 2010’s and start thinking about their IT in the 2010’s…

Other newly announced releases indicate that Microsoft is saying goodbye to Windows XP as well, MDT 2013 does NOT support Windows XP anymore. I guess something similar is happening with the upcoming release of Configuration Manager 2012 R2 but I need investigate…

 
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Posted by on 23/06/2013 in Opinion

 

Windows Intune: issue verifying your domain using the default method…

More and more customers are requesting to initiate a Proof of Concept for Windows Intune. Customers are looking for a management solution for devices which are outside their corporate (and sometimes on-premise) environment because corporate users receive devices of this nature. Examples of these devices are tablets and smart phones (I haven’t seen any requests managing fat clients with Windows Intune).

Windows Intune provides a decent management solution to manage these kind of devices. Though I need to dedicate a blog about my more in-depth impressions about Windows Intune regarding functionality and usability, I believe the product itself is somewhat far from finished. However, knowing the nature of updating by the Windows Intune Product Team, it is a decent way to start managing these devices.

If you use Configuration Manager 2012 SP1, then add the Windows Intune subscription allows you to manage these devices by single console. Windows Intuse is more or less used as a stepping stone to deliver service to these mobile devices…

Setting up Windows Intune is painfully easy, verifying your domain can be quite a challenge.

You need to provide a domain which has a valid registrar. Organizations might have a local domain which isn’t registered but they do have an ‘external’ domain which is. According to the Windows Intune instructions, you need to add a DNS record in that domain that has the following properties:

  • Name: @
  • Type: TXT
  • Body: MSxxxxxxxx  (where ‘x’ is a number)

Unfortunately, some DNS servers don’t allow you to create such a record. reasons can be technical but also organizational because they simply don’t allow it. Adding an MX record is not allowed either.

NOTE: This issue is similar when using Office 365. However, if you already use Office 365 then you don’t need to do this again..

After looking around an alternative method was posted on the Office 365 forums, which is available here: http://community.office365.com/en-us/forums/148/t/3745.aspx#13965

The alternative method creates a DNS record with the following properties:

  • Name: MSxxxxxxxx (the same numbers)
  • Type: CNAME
  • Alias: ps.microsoftonline.com

The alternative method should allow you to verify your domain.

I’m happy to see that Microsoft allows organizations to play around with Windows Intune to investigate its usage.

With the coming release of System Center 2012 R2 I expect Windows Intune to be upgraded as well. I hope that mobile devices can be managed more thoroughly.

 

 
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Posted by on 16/06/2013 in Windows Intune

 

Heading to the Clouds: Additional skill required…

This blog is not technical at all. It is more related to something I experience more and more often so I decided to write about it.

For many organizations, introducing cloud computing is something that can be particularly scary to people. The idea that applications and services are somewhere on this planet but unknown where exactly they are, is something that most organizations cannot really comprehend.

For me, being a Technical Consultant, people like myself need to deal with one of the biggest emotions known to man: fear. However, I am a technical guy and I never received the proper training to deal with fear.

So this means I need to have a psychologist with me for these kind of projects or I need to become one. In that case, guys and girls like me need to go to back to school again and get a psychology degree.

This blog may sound a bit funny but more often it has become a reality. Not dealing properly with fear may result in not implementing cloud computing at all or the implementation may become a failure. The fun part is that from a technical point of view, the implementation may be succesfull but the fear factor totally overshadows the result. The solution itself becomes completely irrelevant.

 
 
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