Dell has two very interesting tools to integrate with SCCM.
The first is the Dell Command | Set that allows you to create executable files to configure your company’s desktops and notebooks. Available at http://en.community.dell.com/techcenter/enterprise-client/w/wiki/7532.dell-command-configure
The second is the Dell Command | Warranty that brings online warranty data, customer service and purchase of each equipment registered in SCCM. Available at http://en.community.dell.com/techcenter/extras/m/mediagallery/20441033/download
Dell Command | Configure
It is necessary to have standardized security companies, specific options on the machines or standardization of features. For example, enable PXE, TPM, BIOS change password, boot order, power saving options, disable HW features (plates, USB, eSata) and any other existing options in the BIOS.
This tool is very simple to install and use, as can be seen the main screen of the authoring console, the settings options:
- Create a package for any equipment which may be non-existent options in all the company’s equipment
- Create a package based on equipment location, where only what is the template that is being used for the console appears, useful when all equipment are standardized
- Open a package already created to edit or clone
- History of the packages created, edited and exported
To start creating a package simply click the Edit button and select the desired option:
In this case I set the boot order of the machines to avoid it being used the DVD or USB as primary boot. Note that the console have the Add Device button that allows you to configure all kinds of device, in the desired order.
After the edits, just click on the button Export Config to save the package in order to then be able to change it or Export. EXE to generate the executable and the sh file containing the metadata to be imported into the CONFIGURATION MANAGER:
Soon after generating the executable, the next step is in the SCCM console use the Import button Dell Command | Configure Package as the image below shows. Important to remember that the two folders within Packages are created by the installer:
Once created the package, unless the executable and imported into SCCM the process is just like any other package, making the Deploy to the collections that you want to configure the BIOS.
To download and install the Dell Warranty it creates a shortcut that opens a command window, since the tool has no graphical interface from Dell. Below includes the graphical tool link from Microsoft available on TechNet Library:
Note in the window above the first command serves to indicate where is the data through the SCCM database. Below the DellWarranty-CLI command makes the link to the SCCM database:
In the sequel we can ask for the utility with the command DellWarranty-CLI bring all warranty data, as the image below demonstrates with the result in CSV:
Can be seen in details such as type of purchase, complete model, guarantee, warranty and service, etc.
With the Dell Warranty Extension tool available in https://gallery.technet.microsoft.com/Dell-Warranty-Status-20-ae67cc13 you can view this data by right-clicking the equipment:
Gartner has released in the middle of last month the new quadrant of hypervisors x 86.
In relation to the previous quadrant highlights the gap between VMWare and Hyper-V compared to other products
In the case of Microsoft Suite Gartner highlights the integration of System Center with Hyper-V and Azure for hybrid clouds, but recognize that System Center has superior features in relation to managing the it environment as a whole.
To read the full report click http://www.gartner.com/technology/reprints.do?id=1-2JFZ1KP&ct=150715
Microsoft announced last week an interesting book for anyone who wants to use the Azure along with System Center Data Protection Manager Backup tool.
The book covers the basic concepts of DPM and deepens integration with Microsoft Azure, in addition to basic concepts of data protection, and other platforms.
http://blogs.msdn.com/b/microsoft_press/archive/2015/06/15/free-ebook-microsoft-system-center-data-protection-for-the-hybrid-cloud.aspx‘ _display="block" _position="static">To download the book you can use the link to the blog at http://blogs.msdn.com/b/microsoft_press/archive/2015/06/15/free-ebook-microsoft-system-center-data-protection-for-the-hybrid-cloud.aspx
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One of the novelties of the System Center Technical Preview 2 is in the Virtual Machine Manager now integrates VMs you have in the Azure, which let us orphan with the end of the app controller.
To do this simply go to the console in Azure Subscriptions and insert signatures.
To find the signatures in the web panel of Azure and copy the signature ID and download the certificate in management of tab settings, like the image below:
Multiple signatures may be added in VMM:
VMM will automatically populate the list of VMs each signature, integrating the visualization:
From the integration it is possible to generate reports, view the settings, start and stop VMs and automate with Orchestrator.
There are still limitations, for example it is not possible to create VMs in VMM console what I hope will be possible when there is the launch of System Center 2016.
Microsoft is hosting a virtual event with MVPs in various places in the world available in Portuguese, English and Spanish.
The date of the event will be the same of the other countries of the world in 14 and 15 may, details at http://mvp.microsoft.com/en-us/virtualconference.aspx
Registration can be done by the link: http://aka.ms/mvpvirtualconference2015
The link http://mvp.microsoft.com/en-us/virtualconference-sessions.aspx#Brazil it is possible to view the full grid of lectures in English, Portuguese or Spanich, made by native MVPs.
Along with Vidal have two presentations (pt-BR) and invite everyone to participate!
Already for some time we have available to download preview versions of System Center, and a question on send is often about SCCM and the app controller.
Where’s the SCCM TP?
First we take the Configuration Manager (SCCM). Despite being part of the family (suite) of System Center products, SCCM is handled by a separate group. While the Group of Program Managers of CDM (Cloud and Datacenter Management) takes care of the entire suite, SCCM is under the Enterprise Group Client Management since you’re more connected to client tier than servers and it operations as other products.
Thus, SCCM is not yet available in Technical Preview version.
Now let’s talk about the app controller. This tool is one that particularly I loved (http://www.marcelosincic.com.br/search.aspx?q=appcontroller), because it integrates the administration of private environment (via VMM) with the public environment in Azure, allowing to use the same templates and a single administrative tool.
In version vNext System Center it will be discontinued, and the reason is that few companies used the app controller to manage hybrid environments, using the app controller as self-service portal.
With the launch of Windows Azure Pack (WAP), the main customers of the app controller have been given a much more robust self-service tool and complete for IaaS, PaaS and SaaS (app controller only provided IaaS).
I discussed this tool in the past (http://www.marcelosincic.com.br/post/Virtualizacao-de-Aplicacoes-de-Servidores-com-o-Server-App-V-do-VMM-2012.aspx) and its functionality has always been little used.
With telemetry and use Microsoft’s research found that customers use more templates with the applications and software’s installed than the sequencing of applications/services.
Based on this low usage and duplicity of ways to embed applications, Microsoft decided by more economical which is discontinue development.
There are still some other items, but are less relevant and obvious, such as older versions of vCenter and Xen.
All the removals are available at https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dn806370.aspx