Today Windows XP has gone end of Support and if you haven’t replaced your operating System you should really consider it because Windows XP will from now on not get any security updates and you are exposing yourself and others for security threats.
More about it here.
Microsoft has provided support for Windows XP for the past 12 years. But now the time has come for us, along with our hardware and software partners, to invest our resources toward supporting more recent technologies so that we can continue to deliver great new experiences.
As a result, after April 8, 2014, technical assistance for Windows XP will no longer be available, including automatic updates that help protect your PC. Microsoft will also stop providing Microsoft Security Essentials for download on Windows XP on this date. (If you already have Microsoft Security Essentials installed, you will continue to receive antimalware signature updates for a limited time, but this does not mean that your PC will be secure because Microsoft will no longer be providing security updates to help protect your PC.)
If you continue to use Windows XP after support ends, your computer will still work but it might become more vulnerable to security risks and viruses. Also, as more software and hardware manufacturers continue to optimize for more recent versions of Windows, you can expect to encounter greater numbers of apps and devices that do not work with Windows XP.
Jörgen and I have been selected to present at TechEd North America and it will be a real pleasure to share our thoughts and tools from the Community.
PCIT-B320 Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager Community Jewels
Hope to see you there.
To set the minimum rights needed for an account to join computers you need to set the following on the OUs you want to join in computers to.
Scope “This object and all child objects”
- Create Computer Objects
- Delete Computer Objects
Scope “Computer Objects”
- Read All Properties
- Write All Properties
- Read Permissions
- Modify Permissions
- Change Password
- Reset Password
- Validated write to DNS host name
- Validated write to service principle name
As System Center Configuration Manager 2012 has been in the game for a while id thought it be worthwhile mentioning what the current levels 2014-01-29 are. *Updated 2014-04-06*
System Configuration Manager 2012 RTM
System Configuration Manager 2012 SP1
System Configuration Manager 2012 R2
Worth mentioning is the upgrade from SP1 to R2, at first there was an issue that the changes introduced in CU3 for SP1 had changes for Pull Distribution Points that where not included in the R2 release. Microsoft corrected this by updating its prerequisite files. So if you do like many others downloads them once and keep them for every install you do you should really download the prerequisite files again and keep doing that on a regular basis or for every install you do. Read more about the SP1 CU3 to R2 issue here.
Here are the links from mine and Jörgens session “Configuration Manager Community Treasures” that we presented at the System Center User Group meeting in Stockholm 14/1 -2014. There are so many great community tools out there, it would be impossible to even find them all even more to list them all.
Thanks to everyone attending for making it a great event and a special thanks to Wally Mead for spreading some Configuration Manager love.