Support Tool for Windows Intune is now avalable for both SCCM+Intune AND Intune Standalone service

If you are a Windows Intune user you probably know that to be able to test managing Windows Phone 8 you need a special certificate from Symantec and to get this you also need to have a special Windows Phone developer account. This has been a lot of hassle for people that just want to test the functionally or to demo it. In May Microsoft released a “Support tool” that included a presigned Company Portal that you could install and upload in SCCM and you were all set to start testing enrolling Windows Phones. The problem were that this support tool only worked if you used SCCM+Intune, not if you were a user of the Standalone Window Intune service. The good news is that from today, the Support Tools also work for everyone that want to test Windows Phone 8 management in Windows Intune Standalone service.

Update 2013-12-10 – New version of the “Support Tool for Windows Intune Trial Management of Window Phone 8

Here is the basic steps

  • Log in to your Windows Intune Trial account via http://manage.microsoft.com
  • Install the MSI that you download from Microsoft Download Center It will extract the sample SSP.xap and other sample xap files included in the MSI. The default location for the files is “C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft\Support Tool for Windows Intune Trial management of Windows Phone 8\” Note: The support tool included in the package is not needed for Windows Intune administrators. It is required for only Microsoft System Center 2012 Configuration Manager Administrators.
  • Navigate to "Administration -> Mobile Device Management -> Windows Phone 8". As stated in the text (see below, go directly to step 5

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  • Upload the SSP.xap. Windows Intune Software Publisher will be launched.

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  • In Software Setup page, leave the checkbox “Use the Company Portal App file signed by the sample Symantec code-signing certificate” checked.

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  • Specify the location of software setup files by pointing to the SSP.xap that you’ve downloaded and extracted on your local machine
  • Click on next to complete the rest of the steps to publish the app
  • After completion of the steps above, Windows Intune Windows Phone Trial account enrollment is enabled and you should be able to start enrolling your Windows Phone devices through your trial account.
  • Deploy the sample apps provided in this package as appropriate

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  • Users will now be able to enroll their WP8 device and could browse the deployed sample apps in their SSP.

To  enroll a Windows Phone 8, follow the below steps

  • On the Phone, go to Settings and select “Company Portal”
  • Click “Add account”

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  • Add your account name and password

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  • If everything works you should get a confirmation that the account has been added. Make sure to select to install the company portal

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  • Your device is now added and can be managed from Windows Intune (can take a couple of minutes until you can see it in the console

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A must have for your Windows 7 machine – Microsoft Camera Codec Pack

If you ever wanted to be able to see/open images in RAW format on your Windows 7 machine you have until needed to find a supported codec from your camera vendor. Some of them has been providing this in both x86 and x64 format but not all. If you had different cameras you also need to install from both vendors.

The good things is that Microsoft now released something they call “Microsoft Camera Codec Pack” This enables the viewing of a variety of device-specific file formats in Window Live Photo Gallery as well as other software that is based in Windows Imaging Codecs (WIC).

Below you see the detailed information for the package:

  • Installing this package will allow supported RAW camera files to be viewable in Windows Explorer.
  • This package is available in both 32-bit (MicrosoftCodecPack_x86.msi) and 64-bit (MicrosoftCodecPack_amd64.msi) versions.
  • The Microsoft Camera Codec Pack provides support for the following device formats:
    • Canon: EOS 1000D (EOS Kiss F in Japan and the EOS Rebel XS in North America), EOS 10D, EOS 1D Mk2, EOS 1D Mk3, EOS 1D Mk4, EOS 1D Mk2 N, EOS 1Ds Mk2, EOS 1Ds Mk3, EOS 20D, EOS 300D (the Kiss Digital in Japan and the Digital Rebel in North America) , EOS 30D, EOS 350D (the Canon EOS Kiss Digital N in Japan and EOS Digital Rebel XT in North America), EOS 400D (the Kiss Digital X in Japan and the Digital Rebel XTi in North America), EOS 40D, EOS 450D (EOS Kiss X2 in Japan and the EOS Rebel XSi in North America), EOS 500D (EOS Kiss X3 in Japan and the EOS Rebel T1i in North America), EOS 550D (EOS Kiss X4 in Japan, and as the EOS Rebel T2i in North America), EOS 50D, EOS 5D, EOS 5D Mk2, EOS 7D, EOS D30, EOS D60, G2, G3, G5, G6, G9, G10, G11, Pro1, S90
    • Nikon: D100, D1H, D200, D2H, D2Hs, D2X, D2Xs, D3, D3s, D300, D3000, D300s, D3X, D40, D40x, D50, D5000, D60, D70, D700, D70s, D80, D90, P6000
    • Sony: A100, A200, A230, A300, A330, A350, A380, A700, A850, A900, DSC-R1
    • Olympus: C7070, C8080, E1, E10, E20, E3, E30, E300, E330, E400, E410, E420, E450, E500, E510, E520, E620, EP1
    • Pentax (PEF formats only): K100D, K100D Super, K10D, K110D, K200D, K20D, K7, K-x, *ist D, *ist DL, *ist DS
    • Leica: Digilux 3, D-LUX4, M8, M9
    • Minolta: DiMage A1, DiMage A2, Maxxum 7D (Dynax 7D in Europe, α-7 Digital in Japan)
    • Epson: RD1
    • Panasonic: G1, GH1, GF1, LX3

 

Download Microsoft Camera Codec Pack

Want to be virus free?

As we all know, a Antivirus system is a must on your computer today but unfortunately this is not always the case if you look at your friends and family computers (and even if they have one it is not updated). So here is two very good tools (and free) that will help you get some free dinners if you invite to help you friends and familySmile

 

Microsoft Security Essentials

A real-time protection that helps guard your home or small business PCs against viruses, spyware, and other malicious software

Note that Microsoft Security Essentials is also available for small businesses with up to 10 PCs

Download Microsoft Security Essentials

 

Microsoft Standalone System Sweeper

Microsoft Standalone System Sweeper Beta is a recovery tool that can help you start an infected PC and perform an offline scan to and identify and remove rootkits and other advanced malware. In addition, Microsoft Standalone System Sweeper can be used if you cannot install or start an antivirus solution on your PC.

Note that Microsoft Standalone System Sweeper is not a replacement for a full antivirus solution providing ongoing protection; it is meant to be used in situations where you cannot start your PC due to a virus or other malware infection.

Download 32-bit version

Download 64-bit version

Easier to download Microsoft Security Essentials for none English users

If you for example used a Swedish Windows 7/XP you haven’t been able to download the Microsoft Security Essentials in a easy way (only if you had the direct link to the download file) – You were told that it wasn’t released for you country. Now they changed that and until the tool is released in your language you can download the English version of it.

For those of you that don’t know what Microsoft Security Essentials is – It is a free antivirus/spyware software from Microsoft. It’s supported to run on Windows XP, Vista and Windows 7 (no server OS).

Download Microsoft Security Essentials

A nice to have tool – Disk2vhd

In the past there have been some free and easy to use tools for converting a physical machines to Vmware vmdk disks but I haven’t found any if you want to create a vhd. Of course you can use System Center Virtual Machine Manager but that is not always what you have i mind. Some weeks ago Microsoft released a small tool that do just this.

  1. Download the Disk2vhd from Microsoft (you can even run it directly from from Live.Sysinternals.com)
  2. Start the machine you want to convert (Windows XP SP2, Windows Server 2003 SP1, and higher, including x64 systems)
  3. Copy the tool to the machine and follow the wizard

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How to manage drivers for your HP machines

If you ever been working with OS deployment, you know that one of the biggest hassle is to download drivers and keep your driver “repository” up-to-date. Since some companies now need to download drivers for both Windows XP, Windows Vista and soon Windows 7 for both x86 and x64 architectures it gets even harder and more time consuming. The good new is that HP has a nice small tool that help you a lot. Below you can se some print screens of the tools.

  1. First you need to do some basic configuration. Here you can specify how/where you want the downloaded files. You also specify in what language and for what OS type/architecture.
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  2. Then you select what type of machine and for what OS
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  3. Click the “Find Available Softpaqs” icon on the left top of the application and it will now show you a list of all types of Softpaqs that are available
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  4. Select the Softpaqs you want to download (there is quick selections if you click on the “Select Softpaq” drop-down-icon")
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  5. Select “Download and unpack” (this is very useful if you need to import the drivers in some other tool that require the standard drivers instead of an exe file”), then click the “Download” icon to start the download
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  6. The files will now be downloaded to your computer and also be unpacked. During the download you have Progress information in the lower left of the application. If you open the file explorer you will see the files and folders.
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Download HP SoftPaq Download Manager from HP

 

If you have any other tool(s) that helps you manage drivers for other computer brands, send the info to me by adding a comment to this post

Update to Microsoft Deployment is available

This week Microsoft released the first update to Microsoft Deployment (the replacement for Business Desktop Deployment 2007). At the same time, they decided to change the name to Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2008 (MDT). The update includes both fixes and new features:

 

  • Support for Vista Service Pack 1
  • Full support for Windows Server 2008
  • Additional Actions including Configure DHCP, Authorize DHCP, Configure DNS, and Configure ADDS during server deployment 
  • New scripts that will automate the installation of Mass Storage Drivers for Windows XP and Windows 2003 Systems
  • Ability to use a WSUS server for the Windows Update script
  • Improved performance for the PXE Filter for System Center Configuration Manager unknown computer support
  • Improved documentation including a new Quick Start Guide for System Center Configuration Manager and a guide for implementing the Management Pack for System Center Operations Manager

PS! From what I can see, the new automatic installation of mass storage drivers for XP and Windows Server 2003 is only during the unattended installation (when you create the master image). I was really hoping they would add this function so you don’t need to rebuild the master image every time you get a new storage controller:-(

Download Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2008

Have you ever wanted to verify your Small Business Configuration – Now you can

Microsoft has now released a new “Best Practices Analyzer” tool, this time for Small Business Server 2003 (you can run it on all 2003 versions). When running the tools, it will check the following components:

  • Exchange Server 2003
  • Update Service
  • Network configuration
  • Windows SharePoint Services
  • SQL Server when it is present

Note that the tool will only inform you, not do any changed for you.

 

Download  Small Business Server 2003 Best Practices Analyzer from Microsoft