exam 70-696

In December I registered for a free beta exams 70-695: Deploying Windows Devices and Enterprise Apps and 70-696: Managing Enterprise Devices and Apps. January 30, I received the results of the exams: I do not pass 70-695 because of the minimal experience with PowerShell, WDS and App-V, and I passed 70-696 because all the questions were related to the Configuration Manager and Microsoft Intune. 🙂

Dear Microsoft Candidate:
Congratulations on passing the new Microsoft 696 – Managing Enterprise Devices and Apps exam!

By passing this rigorous exam you have joined the group of Microsoft professionals throughout the world who have demonstrated their knowledge and skills in the Managing Enterprise Devices and Apps exam.

Half way to the MCSE: Enterprise Devices and Apps is passed. If I have a lot of free time, I will prepare for 70-695. 🙂

Now exams are no longer in beta and fill free to register.

the very first SUP synchronization and ID 6703

After installing WSUS and SUP the first synchronization does not pass.

wsyncmgr.log:

Sync failed: WSUS update source not found on site BFT. Please refer to WCM.log for configuration error details.. Source: getSiteUpdateSource

STATMSG: ID=6703 SEV=E LEV=M SOURCE=”SMS Server” COMP=”SMS_WSUS_SYNC_MANAGER” SYS=sccmtest1.firma.com SITE=BFT PID=2144 TID=4260 GMTDATE=Thu Feb 19 02:00:00.445 2015 ISTR0=”getSiteUpdateSource” ISTR1=”WSUS update source not found on site BFT. Please refer to WCM.log for configuration error details.” ISTR2=”” ISTR3=”” ISTR4=”” ISTR5=”” ISTR6=”” ISTR7=”” ISTR8=”” ISTR9=”” NUMATTRS=0

Sync failed. Will retry in 60 minutes

At the same time there are no errors in WCM.log , there is only information about the every minute endless attempts:

Attempting connection to WSUS server: sccmtest1.firma.com, port: 8530, useSSL: False

Successfully connected to server: sccmtest1.firma.com, port: 8530, useSSL: False

Category Product:a105a108-7c9b-4518-bbbe-73f0fe30012b (Windows Server 2012) not found on WSUS

Starting WSUS category sync from upstream…

WSUS sync was already in progress

WSUS sync running

WSUS sync running

WSUS sync running

Usually after installing WSUS console open is not necessary, because all WSUS settings are managed by SUP.

Solution is open the console, go to Windows Server Update Services Configuration Wizard, click Next four times, then Start Connecting and close the wizard:

WSUS_configuration

The result is seen in WCM.log:

Successfully connected to server: sccmtest1.firma.com, port: 8530, useSSL: False

Successfully refreshed categories from WSUS server

Attempting connection to WSUS server: sccmtest1.firma.com, port: 8530, useSSL: False

Successfully connected to server: sccmtest1.firma.com, port: 8530, useSSL: False

Subscribed Update Categories <?xml version=”1.0″ ?>~~<Categories>~~ <Category Id=”Product:a105a108-7c9b-4518-bbbe-73f0fe30012b”><![CDATA[Windows Server 2012]]></Category>~~</Categories>

Attempting connection to WSUS server: sccmtest1.firma.com, port: 8530, useSSL: False

Successfully connected to server: sccmtest1.firma.com, port: 8530, useSSL: False

After this step the first synchronization works great, also wsyncmgr.log can help you find an additional information about results of the first successful synchronization.

Cumulative Update 4 for System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager

Today Cumulative Update 4 for System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager was released:

  • 25 fixes;
  • PowerShell changes and new cmdlets;
  • Mac OSX 10.10 and Suse Linux Enterprise Server 12 (x64) support;
  • October 2014 anti-malware platform update for Endpoint Protection clients.

You can download CU4 here.

Azure AD Connect Public Preview

Azure AD Connect is an “updated” Azure AD Sync utility, which is used to synchronize user accounts from Active Directory to Microsoft Intune. Now all efforts will be directed at stabilizing Azure AD Connect, which is now in the Preview mode and available for testing in a lab environment. Dirsync and Azure Active Directory Sync will no longer be updated.

You can download Azure AD Connect Preview here. Details about the software are in the Active Directory Team Blog.

The biggest plus for me seems possible to install AD FS for Single Sign-On, or configure an existing farm during Azure AD Connect installation:

azure ad connect installation_11

a third time

Microsoft MVP Banner

Dear Ievgen Liashov,

Congratulations! We are pleased to present you with the 2015 Microsoft® MVP Award! This award is given to exceptional technical community leaders who actively share their high quality, real world expertise with others. We appreciate your outstanding contributions in Enterprise Client Management technical communities during the past year.

The following classes for which you are trying to import settings do not exist

If you import a custom inventory classes and see the message «The following classes for which you are trying to import settings do not exist. Import the required class definitions and then try to import the settings again.»

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then make sure you add the classes in the Default Client Settings.