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CCMEXEC.COM – by Jörgen Nilsson

After a long days wait for THE email, it finally arrived! I have the great honor of being rewarded with the 2014 Microsoft® MVP Award – Enterprise Client Management

Thank you Microsoft and thanks to all out there in the Community! Hope to see you all at TechED Europe 2014 in Barcelona.

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I have the great honor together with my collegue Anders Olsson (http://itsakerhetsguiden.se/) to deliver a session at Techdays Sweden 2014! :D

We will be talking about how to manage your devices and protect your sensitive information using Enterprise Mobility Suite (EMS),which I truly believe is the future. The session is in Swedish.

En ny era är här! Den traditionella IT-miljön finns inte längre kvar, våra användare kopplar upp sig överallt från olika enheter och sparar företagsinformation överallt.

Med hjälp av Enterprise Mobility Suite från Microsoft kan vi hantera enheter, identiteter och skydda känslig information oavsett vart den lagras. Kom och se Client Management Specialisten Jörgen Nilsson tillsammans med IT-Säkerhetspecialisten Anders Olsson där de demonstrerar Windows Intune, Azure Active Directory och Azure Rights Managment.”

More information about the session can be found here:

http://www.techdays.se/Program/Sessioner/Hantera-enheter-och-skydda-kanslig-information-med-Enterprise-Mobility-Suite-EMS

See you at Techdays in Stockholm!

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Looking for the latest version of the Dell CCTK to be able to automate BIOS settings on Dell hardware?

The latest version of CCTK is now part of the Dell Client Command Suite and is called Command Configure and can be found here: http://en.community.dell.com/techcenter/enterprise-client/w/wiki/7431.dell-client-command-suite

KB2918614 which is part of the August patch Tuesday is released to solve a security issue in Windows Installer. What it does is change the way that Windows Installer handles repairs and advertised shortcuts as well. The description for the update doesn’t provide that much information.

UPDATE!! a workaround is described below

This security update resolves a privately disclosed vulnerability in Microsoft Windows. The vulnerability could allow elevation of privilege if an attacker runs a specially crafted application that attempts to repair a previously-installed application. An attacker must have valid logon credentials and be able to log on locally to exploit this vulnerability.

Normally a user could repair an application from the control panel without any additional permissions but after the update is applied if you try to repair for instance Adobe Reader you will, depending on your UAC setting be prompted for credentials.

UAC1This has caused some headache for many the last weeks not just for the auto-repair but for all using Activesetup and launches a msiexec.exe command in there to apply the users settings at first logon, and for advertised shortcuts as well.

Uninstalling the update brings back the normal behavior of Windows Installer again.

UPDATE!!

Thanks to HappySCCM http://happysccm.com/kb2918614-uac-gate/ who have posted the answer from Microsoft and a valid workaround..

Below if from HappySCCM’s site!

Microsoft:

This security update resolves a privately disclosed vulnerability in Microsoft Windows. The vulnerability could allow elevation of privilege if an attacker runs a specially crafted application that attempts to repair a previously-installed application. An attacker must have valid logon credentials and be able to log on locally to exploit this vulnerability.
Workaround if you have problems with repairing application:
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1. Uninstall the application and reinstall it with the security update installed. (sourcehash file generated with security update)

2. Manually copy the sourcehash file to c:\windows\installer folder. As the sourcehash file is generated based on the application files, the sourcehash file generated on computer A can be used on computer B.

Below is a screenshot of the sourcehash file:
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Just tested it and it works fine if you uninstall/install Adobe Reader again. After the installation the sourcehash file is generated and after that the repair is successful again.

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Then at least newly installed computers can have the Update installed as it will not affect them.

Thanks for sharing HappySCCM!!

At TechED in Houston North America 2014 I had time to look at the Advanced Installer in the Expo Hall, I was impressed of the demo. I have always recommended Flexera AdminStudio as the tool to use for repackaging in the projects that I am involved with as this is a very powerful tool for repackaging software to Windows Installer packages/App-v packages.

Advanced Installer in the latest version looks like it could be an alternative to AdminStudio as there are many new features, App-V support, Snapshot support and so on.

I also have a feeling that many Flexera AdminStudio users, admins that do repackaging doesn’t really use all the features in AdminStudio and that Advanced Installer could be a less expensive option AdminStudio and provide enough features.

From a licensing perspective Advanced Installer is interesting as well if you are a consultant or an organization that repackages applications for customers, there is no additional license cost in the these scenarios for Advanced Installer. You can package applications using your license and selll them or give them to your customers.

If you haven’t had a look at it before more information on Advanced Installer can be found here: http://www.advancedinstaller.com/

Here is a short video on how to repackage 7-zip using Advanced Installer:

Here are some other free options, some with limited functionality, but all available out there for repackaging your applications/script or whatever teaks you are doing to .MSI:

InstEd: http://www.instedit.com/

Adminstudio Configuration Manager Edition: http://www.flexerasoftware.com/landing/adminstudio-configuration-manager-download.html

Orca (the true hardcore tool): http://www.technipages.com/download-orca-msi-editor

AdvancedInstaller free: http://www.advancedinstaller.com/download.html

Wow! I have the great honor to be presenting at TechED Europe 2014 in Barcelona!

I will be delivering the session called “EM-B211 Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager Community Jewels” together with fellow ECM MVP Stefan Schörling(http://www.cmtrace.com/).

During this session we will demo and present community solutions and tools that can make life easier for us as ConfigMgr admins and do things that we normally can’t do or need to script in ConfigMgr. There are so many fantastic tools/solutions out there so one of the hardest things will be choosing which ones to demo. We have done some sessions on community tools before, this time we will do even more demos and show some new tools and tips.

Join us and be inspired!!

Hope we will see you all there!

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The Enterprise Mobility Suite is the new Black(EMS) is the new black!

In the new world with modern devices being used more and more in daily work, managing them or actually what it all is about managing the information that is on them and providing secure access to the information they are to be able to consume. EMS is a bundling of three cloud services that together represents the bundle Enterprise Mobility Suite. The three services are:

  • Microsoft Azure Active Directory Premium
  • Windows Intune
  • Microsoft Azure Rights Management

Here is an introduction EMS that is a great place to start.

Some of us has been using or at least have evaluated Windows Intune for a while now to manage our clients or modern devices with i, Azure AD is new has a lot of cool features. In this post I would like to focus on the Coolest if you ask me and probably least adopted technology as it has been around for a long time Microsoft Azure Rights Management.

OK, so Azure Rights Management has not been around for a long time but the technology it build upon has been around for more that ten years. The reason why it is not implemented that frequently is of course that it requires a lot of work to classify data and now what data to protect. But in our Mobile first and cloud first world I would really like to stress that this is the most important feature for me at least. What is most important, it is of course the data itself.

Many times when I have demoed, or made presentations on Windows Intune as a mobile device management solution, I have been asked “how do I protect my data?” The answer has been ADRMS, now that these are bundled together I truly believe this will take customers view on Device Management solutions to a new level.

If you haven’t looked at ADRMS before I really suggest that you do. It is a really cool feature that extends the protection of you sensitive information beyond your own managed devices.

Here is a session from a colleague of mine from TechX in Sweden which is pretty cool (in Swedish though):

More information on EMS can be found here: http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/server-cloud/products/enterprise-mobility-suite/

Not the MMS that many of us attended before but the original thought and what MMS was from the beginning is back!

This time hosted by the The Minnesota System Center User Group and Do Good Events. The attendee number is capped at 500 so it will be a very intimate event where you will have time to speak to other attendees and speakers as well.

The speaker lineup looks great as well and the content is promised to be very technical so don’t miss this event it looks to be a one of a kind world class event!

Be sure to check it it out here: http://mms.mnscug.org/

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