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Configuration Manager Servicing Extension : how to add custom RSS feeds

8:05 am in Configuration Manager by timdk

In my previous blog post on the Configuration Manager Servicing Extension I mentioned it was possible to also add custom RSS feeds in the blogs node. This is a quick follow-up post to to demonstrate how to do that. The process is really straightforward, you just have to know where you can enable them.

I initially looked for a way to add feeds in the Blogs section, but as you can see there is no real option to do so:

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To add RSS feeds you need to move one step up to Site Servicing and then expand the About section. At the bottom you will find a button called Manage RSS Subscriptions.

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Click the button to add/remove RSS subscriptions and change the order.

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Additional subscriptions are displayed in Site Servicing as soon as they have been added.

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And they also become visible in the dropdown in the Blogs section.

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Hope it helps!

Tim

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Implementing the Configuration Manager Servicing Extension

4:05 pm in Configuration Manager by timdk

In the beginning of this month Microsoft has released the Configuration Manager Servicing Extensions. In this blog post we will have a look at the implementation process and which features these extensions can offer.

Before we begin we must get the installation binaries from the Microsoft website, here.

Note that the extensions can be installed on systems running the SP1 Configuration Manager console or a higher version. Based on the requirements page only Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 are supported Operating Systems.

I installed the extensions manually as in my lab I only have one console running. This is on a 2012 R2 server so I’m not sure how strict (or correct) the requirements on the download page are. The installation took 5 seconds as there are only a few steps to go through:

  1. Run the Configuration Manager 2012 Servicing Extension.msi
  2. Accept the license agreement and click Install
  3. Click Finish

Next time you start the console you should see the Site Servicing node in the administration workspace.

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Now lets have a closer look at what else actually became available.

The releases node gives an overview of updates that have been released for Configuration Manager. The release category drop-down allows to filter on specific products.

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Next entry we see are the site versions. This gives an overview of all sites in the environment and what version they are running on. Additionally it displays information about installed Cumulative Updates (CU’s).

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The third one is Client Targeting. In this node you can get an overview of client versions that are available.

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By clicking the create query link at the bottom pane (or from the column in the top pane) you can create queries to list clients with that specific version or a higher one; or to create one for those running a lower version.

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The result of this is visible in Queries in the monitoring workspace:

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The fourth and last one is Blogs. This can be used for catching up on blog feeds. From the dropdown you can initially only select feeds from the Configuration Manager Team blog or the Configuration Manager Support Team blog. It is possible to add custom feeds as well – I will come back on this in a small follow-up post later on.

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That’s all! As you can see these extensions are really easy to implement and they can provide some additional helpful features and information to the Configuration Manager admin.

Enjoy the holidays!

Tim

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Microsoft Intune: more new capabilities released

11:00 pm in Enterprise Mobility Management, Microsoft Intune by timdk

MicrosoftIntune_LogoOn Monday Brad Anderson has announced that a new set of updates was coming to Microsoft Intune this week. Brad described this release as the most significant set of updates in the history of the product.

This is the summary of the new capabilities that Brad provided in his blog post:

  • Mobile Application Management: introducing containers to separate corporate data and application from personal data and applications.
  • Conditional Access to Exchange Online: allowing to restrict access to Exchange online only to devices that are enrolled for management and are meeting the compliance policies defined by the IT administrators.
  • Deep Management of the Office Mobile Apps on iOS and Android and restricting copy/paste possibilities and save locations.
  • Managed Browser and Managed PDF View, AV Player and Image Viewer apps. Full details on this capability and some scenarios are outlined in this earlier blog post by Brad.
  • Bulk enrollment of iOS devices using Apple Configurator: through integration with Apple Configurator bulk enrollment of devices is now supported. This also enables the use of configuration files that can be imported into Intune to set custom iOS policies

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This service update is being rolled out at this very moment; between December 9th and December 12th. To see when tenants will be updated customers can have a look at the Intune Service Dashboard.

As this is currently only applicable to Intune Standalone the next logical question would be if / when we will see these features for UDM implementations (integrating Configuration Manager with Intune). That question remains unanswered for now but based on this post on the Microsoft Intune blog we can assume these will be made available shortly.