I have gotten many comments about downloading CMTrace from my blog and that would seem kind of obvious that it should be here in regards to the name of my blog. But due to distribution I cannot make the CMTrace available on the blog. But if you download and install the System Center Configuration Manager 2012 R2 Toolkit CMTrace is available after you install it.
Microsoft has released a book about Enterprise Mobility Suite, if you want to read up more on the suite and how you can manage your mobile workforce with the help of EMS.
EMS is a bundling of Microsoft Intune, Azure AD Premium and Azure RMS. Together the products makes up a great suite of functionality to protect and manage information and devices you manage it also gives you great benefits of managing your identities.
I was one of the reviewers of the book and I can guarantee you that its a great read for all of you who want to learn more about EMS and what it can do for your organization.
More information about it can be found here.
If you encounter problems to install the Software Publisher where it states it’s already installed you might need to do some manual actions described in this post.
When installing the app you might get prompted by a message saying that the application is already installed and you may look in programs and features and you are not able to find something to uninstall. As this is not an app that get installed in normal manner you will need to clean the old one out manually. this happens if you have had the app installed previously.
Cannot Start Application
You can view the Details and a Log file will open where you can see that the application is already installed.
“Unable to install this application because an application with the same identity is already installed. To install this application, either modify the manifest version for this application or uninstall the preexisting application.”
To get the Application to Install and run you need to delete the 2.0 folder under your profile and then rerun the install and it should work.
When preparing for our session a TechEd 2014 in Barcelona on Community Tools, Jörgen and I found this nice little tool that adds BranchCache support in WinPE, which means that during OS deployment the client can download the content from a client on the local network instead of pulling it from a DP, this is great for small branch offices for instance without a Distribution Point. It can be found here: http://2pintsoftware.com/portfolio-items/branchcache-for-osd-toolkit/ At TechEd 2014 Europe it was also announced that BranchCache support will be added in WinPE in ConfigMgr vNext as well, so this is a technology that is coming.
We created an OSD Task sequence, updated the boot image, enabled BranchCache and added the tools and steps from the toolkit to my Task Sequence. To prestage the data on another client in the network we created a check in the start of the Task Sequence to see if the “Prestage” variable was set to TRUE, if so the Task Sequence will not install anything on the client but it will download all the content and add it to the BranchCache on the client.
Then we deployed the task sequence with the option “download all content locally before starting the Task Sequence” remember to make sure that the content will fit in the CCMCache.
After that we deployed a client and it used the BranchCache from the client on the same network, really cool! We like free stuff.
The reporting is awesome as well be sure to check it out!
Here is a short video from 2Pint Software as well: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4HcRRb-ayW4