How to Enroll Windows Phone 8 with Microsoft Windows Intune

Hey,

Good Day to You all. If you are using SCCM + Windows Intune or Just a standalone Intune subscription, here is the good news. If you are a Windows Intune user, probably you may know that its possible to manage Windows Phone 8. But for that you need to have a special certificate from Symantec and also to get this again you need to have a Windows Phone developer account. Definitely this will be a much complicated scenario for IT Pros who needs to test the functionally of the behavior of Windows Phone with Windows Intune. Therefor, Microsoft has released a Support Tool for Windows Intune Trial Management of Windows Phone version 1.2 on 10th of April 2014. This tool is working with SCCM + Windows Intune and also with the Standalone Windows Intune subscription.

So in my below steps I have given you the each step by step guide explaining “How you can enroll Windows Phone with Standalone Windows Intune Subscription”.

So lets start then J

Step 1-

You must download the Support Tool for Windows Intune Trial Management of Windows Phone version 1.2. To download it please Click Here

Step 2-

Install the downloaded MSI file in to your PC which you use to login in to Intune Portal. When you are installing the MSI file, It will extract the sample SSP.xap and other sample xap files in to the default installation location which is “C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft\Support Tool for Windows Intune Trial management of Windows Phone\”

 

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Step 3-

Then you must login to your Windows Intune Trial account via http://manage.microsoft.com

Step 4-

On the Windows Intune portal Go to “Administration —-> Mobile Device Management —–> Windows Phone “. Yellow colour notification box stated go directly to step 5. Since we are going to use the trial tool, we can ignore Step 1-4.

“Administration —-> Mobile Device Management —-> Windows Phone”. As stated in the text

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When you click the Upload Signed App File. It will ask you to download the Setup.exe file. Just run the .exe file to launch the Windows Intune Software Publisher Portal.

Step 6 –

Select the Upload Windows Phone 8 Company Portal App file Option and Click Next to Continue the installation as follows

 

 

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Step 7-

Click the Next on the Before You Begin Page

Step 8 –

On the Software Setup Page Click the Browse tab and Go to “C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft\Support Tool for Windows Intune Trial management of Windows Phone\SSP” and select the SSP.xap file and click Next.

Note– Under Software Setup page, leave the checkbox as it is “Use the Company Portal App file signed by the sample Symantec code-signing certificate” checked.

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Step 9 –

On the Software Description page just fill the details as you want and click Next and finally Click Upload Tab to Upload the file to your Windows Intune Subscription.

 

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Step 10 –

Then you can upload the sample Applications to Windows Intune Portal and deploy those to your windows phone.

Step 11 –

Now next is to enroll the Windows 8 Phone with your Windows Intune trail account.

On the Phone, go to Settings and select “Company Portal”

Click “Add account” and type your account User name and Password

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Step 11 –

After you successfully added your Windows Phone 8 to the company Account you will prompt a window with “Install Company App” checked. Make sure to leave it as it is and Click Done tab as follows.

 

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Step 12 –

Finally there you are. If all the above steps works fine, then you will enrolled the Windows Phone 8 to your Company account as follows.

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Step 13 –

Below shows you the Company Portal Icon.

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Step 14 –

The below screen (In my example) shows you how it looks like after you logged in to your company portal through your Windows Phone.

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So I believe you all get some idea how you can enroll your WP8 devices for your trial period and test it out.

Thanks J

Apple Mac PC Management using SCCM with Parallels

It is good to hear that from now onwards with the combination of Parallels Adding there is no more guessing how many Macs are really in your infrastructure. It is possible to  do a Automatic scan on your corporate network and discover the Macs on your network. Once it discovered, next will be auto-enroll these Mac’s into System Center Configuration Manager. The plug-in ensures you have the broadest range of Macs covered, including Mac OS X 10.9, 10.8x, 10.7x, and 10.6x.

 

For further details please CLICK HERE.

If you want a try out this you can request a trial period from Parallels.

How to migrate of Windows XP to Windows 8 Enterprise with user state data using SCCM

Hey there

Woo.. It is 8th of April 2014. So you guys remember what is special today? Well it is the Windows R.I.P. Day. Really sad to say good bye to such a good client OS. 😦

For more information please refer to the below link.

Additional Information about Windows XP End of Life

 

However, most of the organizations are still heavily using Windows XP. So what is the next step? Moving forward the best option is to migrate your existing Windows XP to latest client OS’s. But then again what about the User Data?

So considering all the above factors i just created a quick Video for you all to see how we can migrate Windows XP machine to Windows 8 Enterprise version while keeping the User Data as it is.

In this Video clip i have created a very basic Task sequence using SCCM to migrate the windows XP to Windows 8 Enterprise, Therefore, just have a look and get some idea how this works for you.

 

To see the Video Please Click Here.

How to Customize a boot image that uses Windows PE 3.1

If you want to customize a boot image that uses WinPE 3.1, there are several steps need to follow. On my following steps I am going to show you how to do it and what needs to follow.


1. First you must Install the Windows AIK on a computer that does not have another version of Windows AIK /ADK or does not have any Configuration Manager components installed.  Please use the following link to download the Windows AIK.  Download AIK.

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2. Next step will be the installation of Windows AIK Supplement for Windows 7 with SP1. Download Windows AIK Supplement for Windows 7 SP1 from the Download AIK Supplement.

3. Use the below command to apply the AIK Supplement.

xcopy F:\  C:\Program Files\Windows AIK\Tools\PETools  /ERDY

Where F:\ is the root directory of the ISO image

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4. Next Copy the boot image which is winpe.wim from the Windows AIK installation folder (for example in my case, C:\Program Files\Windows AIK\Tools\PETools\amd64\) to a folder on the computer from which you will customize the boot image. I used the C:\WinPE as the folder name in this example.

5. Next step you have to use DISM to mount the boot image to a local Windows PE folder as follows

dism.exe /mount-wim /wimfile:C:\WinPE\winpe.wim /index:1 /mountdir:C:\Mount

Where C:\WinPE is the folder that contains the boot image and C:\Mount is the mounted folder.

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6. After completing the mounting boot image step, then use DISM to add optional components to the boot image. The optional components are located in C:\Program Files \Windows AIK\Tools\PETools\amd64\WinPE_FPs\. The above path is for WinPE 3.1.

Please make a note that the path you use might be different depending on the version and installation options you choose for the Windows AIK.

Use the following commands to install the additional components:

dism.exe /image:C:\Mount /add-package /packagepath:”C:\Program Files\Windows AIK\Tools\PETools\amd64\WinPE_FPs\winpe-wmi.cab”

dism.exe /image:C:\Mount /add-package /packagepath:”C:\Program Files\Windows AIK\Tools\PETools\amd64\WinPE_FPs\winpe-scripting.cab”

dism.exe /image:C:\Mount /add-package /packagepath:”C:\Program Files\Windows AIK\Tools\PETools\amd64\WinPE_FPs\winpe-wds-tools.cab”

Where C:\Mount is the mounted folder.

7. If you want you can use the DISM to add specific drivers which you want to the boot image using the following command.

dism.exe /image:C:\Mount /add-driver /driver:< path to driver .inf file >

Where C:\WinPEMount is the mounted folder.

8. Type the following to unmount the boot image file and commit the changes.

dism.exe /unmount-wim /mountdir:C:\Mount /commit

Where C:\Mount is the mounted folder.

9. After that Add the updated boot image to the Configuration Manager and Update Distribution Points accordingly.

What are the options available to migrate Windows XP to Windows 7

As we all aware, Windows XP is going to Rest in Peace on 8th of April 2014. So organization needs to plan out how and when they do this migration. At glance it is not an easy task specially when it comes to user state data. Because users have their data in the machines. So we have to make sure the user data is not going to miss.

However, after 8th of April 2014 Microsoft will no longer give any support or patch updates for XP. So what is the risk we have in future? !!!!! Hackers are Welcome and No support for any technical issues. Therefor, to safe guard our end we have to take necessary actions.

 

Therefor, considering all the above factors, there are couple of methods you can do.

1-How about using SCCM ?

With SCCM you can do it in very gentle manner from a central location and pretty much easy

2- How if you don’t have SCCM in house?

Then you can user Microsoft free tools for this.

MDT

Note- if you never know how to do it via MDT Please click HERE.

How to Add the Company Logo to SCCM Reports

Most of the admins prefer to have their company logo in to SCCM reports. So this is about a way which you can do this.

1- Go to Primary Site Server and open the following Folder location

C:\Program Files\SMS_SRSRP\Style

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2- Now to add the Image we have to change the Report_Header_Right.png file with our company logo. Before replace it, please make sure to keep a backup of the Report_Header_Right.png original file.

3- Then Replace the Report_Header_Right.png file with your company logo and use the exact same name for the .png file.

4- After that you have to do small Registry setting. For that you have to edit the registry under

HKEY_Local_Machine\Software\Microsoft\SMS\SRSRP\SRSInitializeState

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5-Then Right Click the SRSInitializeState and select Modify option and put the value 0 instead of 1.

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6- After little while you just try to open the report and verify the Company Logo is visible in reports.

Cumulative Update 1 available for SCCM 2012 R2

Cumulative Update 1 (CU1)  for System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager is now available to download .

To Download the CU1 and to read more in formations Please Click Here.

The update contains fixes for various issues. Mainly the CU1 focus on the following areas;

Administrator Console

Mobile Device Management

Reporting

Internet-based clients

Software Center

Operating system deployment

Endpoint Protection

Application management

Site systems

Windows PowerShell

Wake-up proxy