Deploy iOS App via ConfigMgr\Windows Intune

January 17, 2013 at 7:37 am in Uncategorized by nsienaert


Hi All,

As you might have heard since ConfigMgr 2012 SP1 we are able to manage Mobile Device like iOS, WP8, Windows RT and Android via an Intune Connector.

I’m not gonna explain how you have to set up the Intune interopability, colleague v-TSP Steve Beaumont is doing that for you.

Let me just show the experience how you can deploy an iOS App.

First of all we need to add the application in ConfigMgr, the required files are IPA (the app) and PLIST (a manifest file)


Once that is done, it’s time to deploy the Application


It’s important you choose here the collection you selected for enablement in the Windows Intune Subscription Wizard.


Distribute the App to Windows Intune (Azure) DP.

And that’s all!

Let’s go to the device….

Open the Portal, select the device, Approve you want to install and you are done.

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Till next time!

Nico Sienaert

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Configuration Manager 2012 SP1: Windows 8 Deep-Link Issue

October 31, 2012 at 9:09 pm in Uncategorized by nsienaert


Hi All!

One of the new deployment types within Service Pack 1 is deploying a Windows Application from the Windows App Store, also called deep link.


The way how it works is that you have to point to a Windows 8 machine where the App is already installed. When pointing to the App, ConfigMgr can determine the deep link URL of the application.

In fact ConfigMgr just specifies the command line, there are no source files for this deployment type. When deploying such an application ConfigMgr will only point to the URL within the Windows Store.

The issue that I encountered was that I could not connect to my Windows 8 clients. I always received the following error.


After spending some time I was able to solve this by configuring the inbound firewall rules of the Windows Remote Management.

One way to this, is executing following command:

 winrm quickconfig (make sure you have an elevated command prompt)

As from now you can see the list of all Windows 8 Apps that are installed on the machine.


Let’s take the Wiki App for the sake of demo.

As you can see, the content of the Application is just the URL Link to the Windows Store, so no installation files.


So what is the user experience when we deploy such an App?

I made this available to all my Windows 8 machines, so I have to look in Software Center.


Once you hit the “Install” button and the Windows Store will open and redirect you to the correct install page (URL)


Important to realize is that the user will need to hit the Install button within the Windows Store and provide his Live ID.

What happens if you deploy this as a “required” deployment?

Well, as soon the policy arrives, the App Store will open automatically but the user still needs to hit the Install button and enter his Live ID.

So yes, when you want to use this Deployment Type within your environment there is the requirement that all your targeted users have their own Live ID.

If you want to learn more about new stuff in Service Pack 1, don’t forget to register for the following TechNet Livemeeting:

Till next time!

Nico Sienaert

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Technet LiveMeetings (Windows To Go and ConfigMgr SP1)

October 17, 2012 at 6:06 pm in Uncategorized by nsienaert


Hi All,

As promised some updates regarding the upcoming TechNet LiveMeetings.

Be careful both sessions are scheduled on a new date. So update your agendas!!

Windows 8: Windows To Go

Starts: Tuesday, November 13, 2012 10:00 AM
Time zone: (GMT+01:00) Paris

Discover great reasons to move on to Configmgr SP1

Starts: Tuesday, November 27, 2012 4:30 PM
Time zone: (GMT+01:00) Paris

See you and hear you all there!

Nico Sienaert

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Configuration Manager 2012: Deployment error “script is not signed”

September 14, 2012 at 8:44 am in Uncategorized by nsienaert


Hi All,

As I described in one of my previous blog posts Client Settings in ConfigMgr12 changed significantly.

One of the new settings that can be applied is the Execution policy of Powershell.

Let’s have a look what the experience is when executing a PS script if Powershell Execution is restricted.


To avoid this just configure the Computer Agent Settings.


That’s all. It doesn’t have to be complicated all the time isn’t it! :-)

Till next time!

Nico Sienaert

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Upcoming Technet LiveMeetings: Put them in your agenda!

September 12, 2012 at 7:50 pm in Uncategorized by nsienaert


Hi all,

The upcoming weeks I will host 3 TechNet LiveMeetings

TechNet Live Meetings

Migrate from Configuration Manager 2007 to 2012.

If you want to have a complete end-to-end overview how you handle such a migration project then you need to attend this session.

When:  Tuesday, October 02, 2012 2:00 PM
             Time zone: (GMT+01:00) Paris


Windows To Go

Let’s dive into this new Windows feature. Why should you use it? How do you create, deploy and maintain? What are the caveats?

When:  Thursday, October 25, 2012 2:00 PM
             Time zone: (GMT+01:00) Paris

Register: The registration link is not available yet. I will communicate it later on.

What’s new in Configuration Manager SP1?

Let’s discover all the new features that SP1 offers.

When:  Tuesday, November 13, 2012 10:00 AM
             Time zone: (GMT+01:00) Paris

Register: The registration link is not available yet. I will communicate it later on.

Put these dates in your agenda!

Till next time!


Nico Sienaert

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Speaker at Community Days

May 22, 2012 at 8:04 pm in Uncategorized by nsienaert

Hi all,

Next month the sixth edition of Community Day 2012 will take place in Utopolis Mechelen, Belguim on Thursday 21st of June.

17 user groups are working together to bring you a full day of sessions for both the Developer and IT-Pro community!

6 paralles tracks, more than 40 sessions, already over 400 registrations and still counting! 

This is a great opportunity to increase your knowledge and to network with your peers.

I will present a session talking about System Center 2012 and how it deals with challenges like Cloud, BYOD and Windows 8.

As Getronics is Gold Sponsor we will have booth where we will demonstrate some System Center Private Cloud concepts.

Don’t miss it! Register your free spot now.

Click here to download the Outlook Calendar file (*.ics) to save the date in your agenda!

See you there!

Nico Sienaert (twitter: @nsienaert)

System Center 2012 Configuration Manager Day!

May 11, 2012 at 6:51 am in Uncategorized by nsienaert


Hello everyone!


Besides the preparations for Community Day and Best of MMS, is preparing another great event for you.

We will organize a Configuration Manager Day, a day full of deep dive ConfigMgr content.

As we are still in the middle of preparing the event not much can be communicated yet,

only the following:

– Put the 4th of July in your agenda

– The complete team will be available delivering content and answering your System Center questions

– and oh yeah… Wally Mead is coming as well.

So no kidding, the rising star of the ConfigMgr Product Team will be on the scene.

Stay tuned for more details like location and agenda!


See you there!


If you haven’t registered yet for Community Day or Best of MMS, do it now!


Nico Sienaert


SCORCH Runbooks not visible in Service Manager 2012

April 13, 2012 at 10:26 am in Uncategorized by nsienaert

Hi there!

For those that are already testing with Service Manager 2012. It might be possible that you run into the following behaviour.

I noticed that my Orchestrator Runbooks did not show up in Service Manager.

My SCORCH connector in Service Manager was setup correctly and when syncrhonizing I saw a successful entry in Service Manager but in fact nothing happened.

The reason of this behaviour is that the Orchestrator Console is refreshing every 10 minutes.

Flushing the cache of the Orchestrator database can speed this up.

TRUNCATE TABLE[Microsoft.SystemCenter.Orchestrator.Internal].AuthorizationCache

Till next time!


Nico Sienaert


Error when installing Service Manager 2012

April 11, 2012 at 8:22 pm in Uncategorized by nsienaert

Hi there!

When installing the latest release of Service Manager I bumped on an odd issue during the installation. Almost at the end of the installation I received following error and a rollback of my installation happened.

Error: “the upgrade has failed before permanent modifications were made…”

Just to be clear, I’m not upgrading this is just a fresh installs so not a real helpful error.


When investigating the SCCMInstall log file (which is located under %temp%) with my favorite CMTrace tool Knipogende emoticon I could see only one red line telling me the MSI 1603 error which isn’t really helpful either.


When analysing the log file more in detail the following was specified:


I decided to reinstall SQL and hey guess what…


Till next time.

Nico Sienaert


Microsoft Virtual Machine Converter

April 4, 2012 at 2:41 pm in Uncategorized by nsienaert

Hi there!


The Solution Accelerator team has released recently a new interesting tool, MVMC which is in CTP.

Today the only supported way to convert VMDK files to VHD files was using System Center Virtual Machine Manager.

Nothing wrong with that but as we all will massively convert our VMDK files to VHD format with Windows 8 Client its Hyper-v role that is coming up, it would be nice to have a lite tool for this isn’t it? Knipogende emoticon

Well that’s exactly when MVMC comes along.

Currenlty it’s a very simple command line tool which will do your conversion, nothing more nothing less.

Command line:

mvmc.exe “<path>\test.vmdk” “<path>\test.vdh” /dyn

The “/dyn” switch is optional if you want to create a dynamic VHD disk instead of a fixed VHD.

Here you have a screenshot of the user experience. You execute the command line and you will see that your VHD will be created.


Some notes you have to be aware of:

– only support of Windows Vista \ Server 2008 and above

– disks up to 150GB are currrently not supported

– Bulk conversion of multiple virtual machines are not supported

– Full machine conversion is unsupported for this release.

For more details, download the tool and read the Release Notes at the Connect site.

Till next time!


Nico Sienaert

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