First things first – Download the content and watch the video – if you use ConfigMgr, you need this 90 minute deep dive on content.
A big thanks to everyone who attended our July meeting. We received great feedback from the sessions, and gave away some great books from Kent Agerlund and Johan Arwidmark. Parallels demonstrated their product to enable you to easily manage Macs with ConfigMgr.
Register for MMS 2015 – In case you missed the memo, MMS 2015 (Nov 9-11, Minneapolis MN) registration is open. The early bird registration is only $599, and ends on July 27th. This is a great conference, full of deep dives and networking opportunities. Please consider joining us at MMS 2015.
New Easy Setup for Onsite Configuration Manager – Sangee and Kerim discussed how ConfigMgr upgrade and setup will be evolving to meet the rapid pace of Cloud-Based Devices, as well as the new cadence of Windows 10 releases. As you know, all of these devices update (and provide new features) multiple times a year, so ConfigMgr needs to be more agile to support these features – customers can’t wait until the next major or minor revision of ConfigMgr. This new easy setup will extend/improve the current experience that we have with enabling Intune extensions. This was more of a Q&A session, primarily gathering feedback on the audience for how we currently handle upgrade and install, and where we have pain points. Give your feedback on http://configurationmanager.uservoice.com. Keep that url handy – that’s what we should all use for submitting feature requests, as well as voting up others feature requests. This helps the product team understand our biggest pain points, and helps them prioritize. In fact, I submitted two today (check here and here). Take a look, and if you agree with the value, consider casting one (or more) of your votes.
Deep Dive – Understanding Content – This was another great session, led by Kerim, Prasanna and Bippen from Microsoft. You need to watch the video and download the slides. Anyone who has worked with ConfigMgr has struggled to understand how content is distributed to DPs and downloaded from clients (present company definitely included). The team did an outstanding job describing the difference between DP types, potential bottlenecks, and diving deep into understand workflow between provider, distmgr, sender, scheduler, and pkgxfermgr, as well as troubleshooting and understanding the client-side process. They also discussed the content management utilities that are part of the ConfigMgr 2012 R2 Toolkit:
- Content Library Explorer – Helps viewing and troubleshooting issues with the content library on DPs
- DP Job Manager – Helps manage ongoing distribution jobs to DPs
- Content Library Transfer Tool – Helps consolidate or move content library from one drive to another
One hot tip that I learned at the session is that when using Pull DPs, set the priority of the source DPs to a higher priority (a lower number) than the destination/child DP (view blog post for how to do this). You want to always ensure that the source DP has the content first.
The team also answered a lot of questions from the audience, and collected a lot of feedback around our thoughts for how to improve content management, and the admin experience.
Remember to watch the video and download the slides. You won’t be disappointed.