O R G A N I C / F E R T I L I Z E R: 07.12

Jul 20, 2012

system center 2012 configuration manager ... UNLEASHED!

hi all. a book that i (and many other authors) worked on has released on amazon as a kindle edition. the paperback will follow up a little later.

based on the title of the book i have to ask a question. if i dramatized the release, would it be... SYSTEM CENTER 2012 CONFIGURATION MANAGER UNLEASHED! ... RELEASED! ...? hmmm. i dunno. :) anyway...


the book description:

imageThis is the comprehensive reference and technical guide to Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager 2012. A team of expert authors offers step-by-step coverage of related topics in every feature area, organized to help IT professionals rapidly optimize Configuration Manager 2012 for their requirements, and then deploy and use it successfully. The authors begin by introducing Configuration Manager 2012 and its goals, and explaining how it fits into the broader System Center product suite. Next, they fully address planning, design, and implementation. Finally, they systematically cover each of Configuration Manager 2012's most important feature sets, addressing issues ranging from configuration management to software distribution. Readers will learn how to use Configuration Manager 2012's user-centric capabilities to provide anytime/anywhere services and software, and to strengthen both control and compliance. The first book on Configuration Manager 2012, System Center Configuration Manager 2012 Unleashed joins Sams' market-leading series of books on Microsoft's System Center product suite: books that have achieved go-to status amongst IT implementers and administrators worldwide.

you can get your copy here: http://www.amazon.com/System-Configuration-Manager-Unleashed-ebook/dp/B008LW61JI/.

Jul 18, 2012

atlanta techstravaganza presentations

if you were fortunate enough to be in atlanta for the event, you might not need it. nice to have as a refresher though. for everyone else, here are the recordings from the event: http://www.atltechstravaganza.com/event-presentations/

not all of them were captured, it turns out. oh well. you can't have everything go right all the time. :)

Jul 11, 2012

powtoon for presentations

spent a few minutes this morning using a service called powtoon. it's basically a flash application that presents a way of creating presentations (or movies) in an animated fashion. after watching a couple of videos, it's actually quite easy to do.

the premise is you have a canvas on which you can add objects of varying types. when you add an object, you're adding it against a timeline displayed in seconds.


the idea is that most objects have some type of controllable egress/ingress. for example, you can make things fade in or move up or down. you can add effects like having a hand show up and pull the object away.


it's a bit limited in what you can do... but it's a really cool start. sign up for a beta invite and try it out.

here's the one I put together this morning for fun: http://bit.ly/O5rlap

Jul 6, 2012

error when using add-type with microsoft.exchange.webservices.dll

yesterday, I was goofing around w/ the ews dll trying to use it to retrieve some information from exchange. well, I got it working on my laptop but could not get it working on my other two systems which kept erring out with the following message:

[3] {C:\temp} > Add-Type -Path "c:\temp\Microsoft.Exchange.WebServices.dll"
Add-Type : Could not load file or assembly
'file:///c:\temp\Microsoft.Exchange.WebServices.dll' or one of its
dependencies. Operation is not supported. (Exception from HRESULT: 0x80131515)
At line:1 char:1
+ Add-Type -Path "c:\temp\Microsoft.Exchange.WebServices.dll"
+ ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
+ CategoryInfo : NotSpecified: (:) [Add-Type], FileLoadException
+ FullyQualifiedErrorId : System.IO.FileLoadException,Microsoft.PowerShell.Commands.

after a few unsuccessful iterations of stupidity, I examined the configuration:

  • working system
    • windows 8
    • powershell v3
    • framework 4.5
  • non-working system
    • windows 7
    • powershell v3
    • framework 4.0

I talked to jonathan walz about it for a short spell because I didn't want to believe the framework was the issue even though I saw a few posts referencing security and opening things up in with caspol and things like that. anyway, it was a partially educated guess and other parts having nothing left to try... but as you've probably already figured out, loading framework 4.5 rc fixed it.

Jul 5, 2012

system center licensing

hi all. my friend marnix recently completed a 5-part series on licensing. licensing can be complicated enough to understand but really gets “complified” when things change between versions so i wanted to point out this series. if you recall at the atlanta techstravaganza, one of the topics was understanding system center licensing.

anyway, here’s the post: