Microsoft Makes a Change: Enterprise Mobility Suite to become Enterprise Mobility + Security

Enterprise Mobility Suite to become Enterprise Mobility + Security: This name change doesn’t impact existing EMS customers. A new, expanded plan will be generally available later in 2016 and will be known as Enterprise Mobility + Security E5 and the existing Enterprise Mobility Suite becomes Enterprise Mobility + Security E3.

Changes in more details:

Azure Active Directory Premium

  • The existing Azure AD Premium becomes Azure AD Premium P1, with no change for existing customers.
  • Azure AD Premium P2, generally available later in Q3 2016, includes all the capabilities in Azure AD Premium P1 as well as the new Identity Protection and Privileged Identity Management capabilities.

Azure Rights Management + Secure Islands becomes Azure Information Protection

  • The existing Azure Rights Management Premium becomes Azure Information Protection Premium P1, generally available in Q4 2016, with no change for existing Azure RMS customers.
  • The P2 offer adds automatic classification, on top of the manual classification, labeling and everything else included in P1.

Microsoft Advanced Threat Analytics (ATA) become Microsoft Cloud App Security.

The below image show the different between EMS E3 and EMS E5:

 

Enterprise Mobilty plus Security new features 2

Source: Enterprise Mobility and Security Blog

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Products Reaching End of Support in the First Half of 2016

According to Microsoft Support Lifecycle the following products are moving to end of support in April 12, 2016:

  • Microsoft .NET Framework 2.0
  • Microsoft Customer Care Framework
  • Microsoft Customer Care Framework 2005
  • Microsoft Dynamics CRM 3.0
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Compact Edition
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Developer Edition
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Enterprise Edition
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Express Edition with Advanced Services
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2005 for Embedded Systems
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Standard Edition
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Standard Edition for Itanium-based Systems
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Standard X64 Edition
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Workgroup Edition
  • Microsoft System Center Data Protection Manager 2006
  • Microsoft Visual Basic 2005 Express Edition
  • Microsoft Visual C# 2005 Express Edition
  • Microsoft Visual C++ 2005 Express Edition
  • Microsoft Visual J# 2005 Express Edition
  • Microsoft Visual Studio 2005 Professional Edition
  • Microsoft Visual Studio 2005 Standard Edition
  • Microsoft Visual Studio 2005 Standard Edition academic license
  • Microsoft Visual Studio 2005 Team Edition for Software Architects
  • Microsoft Visual Studio 2005 Team Edition for Software Developers
  • Microsoft Visual Studio 2005 Team Edition for Software Testers
  • Microsoft Visual Studio 2005 Team Suite
  • Microsoft Visual Studio 2005 Team Test Load Agent
  • Microsoft Visual Studio 2005 Tools for the Microsoft Office System
  • Microsoft Visual Web Developer 2005 Express Edition
  • Windows Embedded for Point of Service
  • Service Pack 3 for Windows Embedded for Point of Service

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Upgrade to System Center Configuration Manager 1511 (Current Branch)

Recently Microsoft release System Center Configuration Manager 1511, this is not 2016 release, instead you will expect multiple releases on coming year named as System Center Configuration Manager 16XX where 16 is the year and XX is the month, for example, if Microsoft release update in February 2016 the name will be System Center Configuration 1602.

What is new in System Center Configuration Manager (Current Branch)

  • Install updates for System Center Configuration Manager from Console.
  • Service connection point replaces Microsoft Intune connector.
  • Usage data collection.
  • End of support Intel Active Management Technology (AMT) and Out of Band Management.
  • New capability for testing new versions of the Configuration Manager client.
  • Upgrade an operating system from Windows 7, Windows 8, or Windows 8.1 to Windows 10.
  • Windows PE Peer Cache.
  • Manage Windows as a Service in your environment.
  • Deploy Universal Windows Platform (UWP) apps for devices running Windows 10 and later.
  • New modern look for Software Center.
  • Ability to Create and deploy Windows Installer-based apps to enrolled PCs that run Windows 10.
  • Ability to differentiate a Windows 10 computer that connects to Windows Update for Business (WUfB) for software update management versus the computers connected to WSUS for software update management.
  • Schedule and run the WSUS clean up task from the Configuration Manager console.
  • Improved workflow for creating configuration items in compliance settings.
  • Support for managing settings on Mac OS X devices that are enrolled in Microsoft Intune, or managed on-premises by Configuration Manager.
  • System Center Configuration Manager lets you integrate with Microsoft Passport for Work which is an alternative sign-in method that uses Active Directory, or an Azure Active Directory account to replace a password, smart card, or virtual smart card on devices running Windows 10.
  • Introduces improvements to the mobile device management experience.
  • Manage mobile devices using on-premises Configuration Manager infrastructure. All device management and management data is handled on-premises and is not part of Microsoft Intune or other cloud services.

For more information, check the below:

https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/mt622084.aspx    

Upgrade Path

The good news is you can do in-place upgrade to System Center Configuration Manager (current branch) if you running:

  • System Center 2012 Configuration Manager with Service Pack 1.
  • System Center 2012 Configuration Manager with Service Pack 2.
  • System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager.
  • System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager with Service Pack 1.
  • An evaluation install of System Center Configuration Manager (In place upgrade to a fully licensed version of System Center Configuration Manager).
  • A release candidate install of System Center Configuration Manager (In place upgrade to a fully licensed version of System Center Configuration Manager).

Notes:

  • Technical Preview for System Center Configuration Manager (any version) not supported to upgrade to a fully licensed installation.
  • If you are running System Center 2012 Configuration Manager without Service Pack, you need first to install Service Pack 1 or Service Pack 2 in order to perform in-place upgrade.
  • If you are running System Center Configuration Manager 2007, you need to perform side by side migration to System Center Configuration Manager 1511.

Upgrade checklists

The following link will guide you to plan well before upgrade to System Center Configuration Manager:

https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/mt627853.aspx#bkmk_checklist

Upgrade Steps

The following scenario consist of upgrade stand-alone System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager with Service Pack 2 to System Center Configuration Manager:

  1. Lunch splash.hta and click on Install.

  1. On the Before You Begin page, click Next.

  1. On the Getting Started page, choose Upgrade this Configuration Manager Site and click Next.

  1. On the Microsoft Software License Terms, check on I accept these license terms and click Next.

  1. On Prerequisite License, accept prerequisite license terms and click Next.

  1. On the Prerequisite Download, specify path where you want to download Prerequisite or use exist path if you already download Prerequisite before, and click Next.

  1. On the Server Language Selection, it will show previous configuration and you can’t change it during upgrade, click Next.

  1. On Client Language Selection, it will also show previous settings and you can’t change it, click Next.

  1. On the Usage Data, Click Next.

  1. On the Service Connection Point Setup, select Yes, let’s get connected and click Next.

  1. On the Settings Summary, click Next.

  1. On the Prerequisite Check, configure any missing Prerequisite and click Begin Install.

  1. Upgrade will now start

  1. Click Close once upgrade is complete.

System Center Configuration Manager 1511 version number is 5.00.8325.1000, to check simply open System Center Configuration Manager Console -> Administration -> Overview -> Site Configuration -> Sites -> right click on your primary site that you upgrade and go to properties to check the version as showing below:

To upgrade clients automatically you can enable Client Upgrade feature from System Center Configuration Manager Console -> Administration -> Overview -> Site Configuration -> Sites -> right click on your primary site and choose Hierarchy Settings then go to Client Upgrade tab and check Upgrade all clients in the hierarchy using production client.

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Cumulative Update 2 for System Center 2012 Configuration Manager Service Pack 2 and System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager Service Pack 1

Microsoft released on 11/10/2015 Cumulative Update 2 for System Center 2012 Configuration Manager Service Pack 2 and System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager Service Pack 1 and solve some issues related to:

– Administrator Console
– Configuration Manager client
– Site systems
– Operating system deployment
– Software distribution and content management
– Microsoft Intune and mobile device management
– Software update management

Plus the some changes that are included in this update for Endpoint Protection, Software distribution/content management, and Microsoft Intune and mobile device management,

For more information and to download the hotfix, check the following link:
https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/3100144?utm_content=bufferfedd3&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

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Update Rollup 8 for System Center 2012 R2 Released

Microsoft recently released Update Rollup 8 for the following System Center 2012 R2 Components:

Microsoft System Center 2012 R2 App Controller
Microsoft System Center 2012 R2 Data Protection Manager
Microsoft System Center 2012 R2 Operations Manager
Microsoft System Center 2012 R2 Orchestrator
Microsoft System Center 2012 R2 Service Manager
Microsoft System Center 2012 R2 Virtual Machine Manager
Windows Azure Pack

For more details about Update Rollup 8 including Issues that are fixed, How to obtain and install and Installation instructions, check KB3096378

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Important note about deployment of Exchange 2013 on Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS)

Based on virtualization requirements for Exchange 2013 on Microsoft TechNet which was update in May 2015, deployment on Microsoft Azure virtual machines is supported if all storage volumes used for Exchange databases and database transaction logs (including transport databases) are configured for Azure Premium Storage.

Exchange 2013 Iaas is supported if all supportability requirements are met.

For more information about Exchange 2013 virtualization requirements, check the below post from Microsoft TechNet:

https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/jj619301(v=exchg.150).aspx

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SCVMM 2012 R2 Update Rollup 6 is available

Update Rollup 6 for System Center 2012 R2 Virtual Machine Manager is now available, some issues are fixed and some features are added to VMM:

New Features:

For more information about new features and list of issues solved by Update Roll up 6 check KB3050317

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