ConfigMgr – Create Office 365 Package through Console

Today I would like to show you, how you can easily create and deploy an Office 365 Application within Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager Console.
Within the ConfigMgr Console navigate to the “Office 365 Client Management” Dashboard, and click on “Office 365 Installer”:
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ConfigMgr – Windows 10 Feature Update without a Task Sequence

Today I would like to talk about the upcoming update cycles you have to do, when you are using Windows 10 Current Branch or Current Branch for Business. This means, if you have started to install Windows 10 1507 (which represents the first Windows 10 Release, some may call it also RTM) in spring of last year, you will be soon required to upgrade to a newer version of Windows 10. Also if you are using Windows 10 1511, with the upcoming creators update, the 1511 version of Windows 10 will be soon unsupported, following the official guidelines.
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Windows 10 – Deploy Profile Picture to Logon Screen

In my current deployment I wanted to get our fancy pictures from Active Directory to our Windows 10 Machines where it can be used for the logon screen and other places like start menu:
Windows 10 Logon Screen User Picture

First, I want to let you know, how I add the Picture to my user accounts. Well this is quite simple, I just use those two lines of Powershell:
$userphoto = [byte[]](Get-Content "C:\temp\MYUserPic.jpg" -Encoding byte)
Set-ADUser -Identity MYUserPic -Replace @{thumbnailPhoto=$userphoto}

If this is done, and you have also Azure AD Connect in Place, your picture will be synced to Azure AD as well, and therefore the picture will show up in Office365. Mind that there are different recommendations for specific systems (Exchange, Office365, Skype for Business), but you can also use high-resolution images. See also this Microsoft Knowledgebase article for issues with pictures larger than 100kb: Technet Article Exchange Online Hybrid Image size
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Windows and Local Administrator permission delegation

In this post, I would like to explain, what my experiences and solutions for the delegation of local Administrator permissions are. In a Client deployment Scenario, you will often be asked for a solution to provide IT Professionals and maybe also end users with local Administrator permissions. I will point out the most useful solutions which I do prefer.

  1. Local Administrator Account
  2. Permanent Local Administrator permissions for IT Professional
  3. Microsoft Local Administrator Password Solution for spontaneous permission
  4. Local Administrator delegation based on group per client

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Microsoft Cloud Platform Partner of the Year, fifth time in a row!

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Today at the Microsoft Connection Days in Switzerland, Microsoft has announced the winners of the Swiss Microsoft Partner of the Year awards. itnetX the was again finalist in the category Cloud Platform. Some hours ago, the happy message that we won the Microsoft Partner of the Year – Cloud Platform award arrived in my inbox. This is great news and it is the fifth time in a row itnetX won the Microsoft Partner of the Year award.
•Microsoft Partner of the Year 2011 – Datacenter (itnetX)
•Microsoft Partner of the Year 2012 – Datacenter (itnetX)
•Microsoft Partner of the Year 2013 – Datacenter (itnetX)
•Microsoft Partner of the Year 2014 – Datacenter (Syliance IT Services, since merged with itnetX)
•Microsoft Partner of the Year 2015 – Cloud Platform (itnetX)

The Swiss IT consulting and engineering company itnetX, is focused on Microsoft Cloud and Workplace solutions based on Microsoft System Center, Windows Server an Microsoft Azure. I am proud we could win this award for the fifth time, and to work with highly focused and qualified team, which maybe works at one of the best workplaces in Switzerland to deliver first-class Microsoft cloud solutions to our customers.