Last week an upgrade of the Configuration Manager 2012 SP1 SQL Servers was scheduled . This was a straightforward upgrade of SQL Server 2008 R2 SP1 to SQL Server 2012 SP1 which was affecting both Central Administration Site (CAS) server and Primary Site Server (PSS).
After the upgrade we noticed that Reports are not longer available. Opening a random report resulted in an error:
Failed to load expressions host assembly. Details: Could not load file or assembly ‘SrsResources. Culture=Neutral’ or one of its dependencies. The system cannot find the file specified.
When you install a secondary site, you can use an existing instance of SQL Server or allow Setup to install and use an instance of SQL Server Express. Whichever option that you choose, SQL Server must be located on the secondary site server. The version of SQL Server Express that Setup installs depends on the version of Configuration Manager that you use.
In the past months I was glad to had the opportunity to accompany a number of customers with a Windows Intune proof of concept, primarily focused on the Mobile Device Management features introduced by Wave-D of Windows Intune.
The Proof-of-Concept’s (PoC) for Windows Intune showcase the benefits and features of using the Windows Intune service to manage mobile devices in IT environment through the cloud or in a hybrid scenario.
During the POC we had a challenge how to introduce selective synchronization of user objects between on-premise Active Directory and Windows Azure Active Directory. This to achieve to synchronize only those user accounts which are Windows Intune ‘enabled’.
Windows Intune Infrastructure overview.
Windows Phone 8 enables companies to publish and distribute Windows Phone apps (XAP file format) directly to their employees or other users, bypassing the Windows Phone Store. Users can install apps published by their company only after they enroll their phones for app distribution from their company, and only users that are enrolled for app distribution from the company can install the company apps.
Today is an exciting day for Microsoft as Windows Azure Infrastructure Services is announced general available. The announcement is a significant step in Microsoft’s cloud computing strategy, which has been influenced directly by discussions with customers and partners around the world. Read the complete story here…
Implementing Windows Intune might be for the most of us an ease approach because it is uses commonly used standards like http and https. Nevertheless, in organizations where internet access is controlled using firewall(s) and proxy servers this might be a challenge.
Specific services or websites has to be disclosed to work properly. The same applies to Windows Intune. For those who have to implement in such environments where internet access is limited the overview below outlines the required domain and ports in order to let Windows Intune work like a charm.
Required domains for documentation, online Help, and support
||80 and 443
||80 and 443
Microsoft has released Update Rollup 2 for Microsoft System Center 2012 Service Pack 1 (SP1). This article discusses the issues that are fixed in Update Rollup 2 for Microsoft System Center 2012 Service Pack 1 (SP1) and contains the installation instructions for Update Rollup 2 for System Center 2012 SP1.
The update packages for App Controller, Service Provider Foundation, Operations Manager, and Data Protection Manager are available from Microsoft Update
How to obtain and install Update Rollup 2 for System Center 2012 Service Pack 1
To manually download the update packages from Microsoft Update Catalog, go to the following Microsoft websites:
For detailed information about Update Rollup 2 for System Center 2012 Service Pack1 see the original Microsoft article.
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February this year Microsoft has released Service Pack 3 for Forefront UAG 2010. Today Microsoft Forefront Unified Access Gateway (UAG) product team has released Rollup 1 for Forefront UAG 2010 Service Pack 3.
Issues that are fixed in Rollup 1
The issues that are fixed in Rollup 1 are listed in the following articles. To view the issues, click the article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base.
- 2810229 FIX: You cannot redirect local computer resources in an RDS session after you disable the client endpoint components in Forefront Unified Access Gateway 2010
- 2831570 FIX: "The URL you requested cannot be accessed" error message may be returned when a client sends an HTTP POST request to a portal in Forefront Unified Access Gateway 2010
- 2831573 FIX: Traffic is not forwarded or you receive an error message about ADVAPI32.dll when you use a Windows XP client to start an application from a Forefront Unified Access Gateway 2010 Service Pack 3 portal
- 2831865 FIX: The endpoint policy expression "Any Personal Firewall (Windows)" is incorrect for Windows 7 and Windows 8 in Service Pack 3 for Forefront Unified Access Gateway (UAG) 2010
- 2831868 FIX: Endpoint policies for existing trunks are not updated after you install Forefront Unified Access Gateway 2010 Service Pack 3
- 2832679 FIX: You receive a 500 Internal Server error when you run the File Access application from the Forefront Unified Access Gateway 2010 Service Pack 3 portal trunk
- 2832681 FIX: You receive a script error that prevents file access configuration in the Management Console in Forefront Unified Access Gateway 2010
- 2832685 FIX: The Forefront Unified Access Gateway 2010 portal may intermittently become unresponsive to clients after Service Pack 2 is installed
Rollup 1 for Forefront UAG 2010 Service Pack 3 can be requested here
Forefront UAG 2010 Service Pack 3 is available for download from the Microsoft Download Center, as an upgrade from UAG 2010 Service Pack 2.
This week Microsoft Management Summit (MMS) 2013 officially launched and brings together the brightest IT professionals from around the world to increase their technical expertise through an intensive week of training led by experts in desktop, device management, datacenter, and cloud technologies.
Keynote, Cloud Optimize Your Business with Microsoft Management Solutions
Brad Anderson, corporate vice president in Microsoft’s Windows Server and System Center Group, took the stage this morning to kick-off the Microsoft Management Summit in Las Vegas. Anderson’s keynote to more than 5,000 attendees highlighted the company’s Cloud OS strategy and how IT professionals can use Microsoft technologies to transform their datacenters.
The keynote, which included live demos, will be available on Channel 9 for on-demand viewing. Anderson also posted to the Official Microsoft Blog today.