Deploying .NET Framework 4.5.2 as a ConfigMgr Application

Deploying .NET Framework 4.5.2 as a Package/Program has always been a possibility, and now it can even be deployed with Software Update Management as a feature pack. But, since the .NET Framework’s only purpose is to support other applications, it makes a lot of sense to be able to deploy it using the Application Model in Configuration Manager. This means the .NET Framework can be defined as a prerequisite for another application. Having .NET Framework 4.5.2 ready to go as an application means any requirement can be covered .NET Framework 4 or above.

Installer
The offline installer can be downloaded here from Microsoft.

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Be Proactive in 2015: Three Significant Opportunities for Success or Failure

The three biggest IT challenges for 2015 are all things you can start today, so there’s no excuse when you get asked about them a year for now.

We know the pace of change is accelerating, and looking ahead at 2015 there is reason to expect that to stop.  As we start a new year we get an excellent opportunity to leave behind the business practices that have not served us well. It is time to seriously work to cut the boat anchors slowing us down and try to build a fast and capable ship that our customers are proud to be associated with. Sooner or later, the organizations whose IT shops look like junkers from last century will decide to bypass them entirely if they can’t provide useful services or respond to their changing business needs. IT will no longer be able get away being a boat anchor on the business.

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Off Boarding and Linking User Identities From Office 365

During a recent Microsoft Office 365 migration, Now Micro’s Cloud Sherpa, Micah Linehan, encountered a tenancy migration where he had to work through reinstalling Exchange on premise. In this particular case, a vase majority of users had previously been created without Exchange. As Micah moved forward and installed Exchanges, the users were directory synchronized; however, a remote user in Exchange was not. He put together the following recommendations and best practices for working through these issues, as he found there were few technical resources (articles, blogs, etc.) out there. Hopefully this post will alleviate some of the confusion and ease any off boarding or tenancy conversion issues within Office 365.

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Now Micro Named to CRN’s 2014 Fast Growth 150 List

Now Micro Named to CRN’s 2014 Fast Growth 150 List of technology integrators with exceptional growth between 2011 and 2013.

Now Micro has been named to this year’s Fast Growth 150 list by CRN. The Fast Growth 150 list recognizes those solution providers that have been the fastest growing over a two-year period based on gross revenue from calendar year 2011 to 2013. These solution providers have demonstrated exceptional business finesse in order to thrive despite a turbulent IT economy.

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Work Smarter, Not Harder Webinar Q&A

During the last Now Micro and Secunia sponsored webinar, our hosts, Nash Pherson and Ryan Ephgrave, got so many requests during their recent webinar, that we decided to put the most popular questions together into one post to share with everyone!

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Delivering a Secure, Customized Experience with Microsoft Windows Embedded

Now Micro’s solutions leveraging Microsoft Windows Embedded deliver a customized user experience, ensure a secure device, and decrease costs.

Microsoft Windows Embedded on Now Micro hardware has several key advantages over traditional methods of delivering single-purpose devices, such as kiosks, digital signs, tablets, POS terminals, or customer-facing computing devices.

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Managing User Identities in ADFS

Windows Active Directory - Now MicroNow Micro’s Micah Linehan identifies common issues with identities in an ADFS environment and provides insight on how ADFS and directory synchronization actually work.

User Creations and Troubleshooting
User management after deploying ADFS can be more confusing to the direct staff and those who support it. For example,

  • Are the addresses stuck as .onmicrosoft.com and not switching?
  • Are staff unable to add in alternate email addresses?
  • What about directory synchronization errors?

It is amazing how simple process and workflow user account provisioning can remediate most of those issues. Here are a few things that can ease a lot of issues with user identities:

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Microsoft Office 365: Down to Basics

Wondering if Office 365 is Right For Your Organization? Now Micro’s Micah Linehan Lays Out the Basics to Get You Started.

Microsoft Office 365 - Now MicroWhat is Office 365?
Microsoft Office 365 is a high availability hosted environment for Exchange, Lync, and SharePoint. They are all nested under a single environment that can be managed almost identically to an on premise environment without the headaches of patching, server maintenance, storage management, database corruption, and all others that can arise in an internal environment.

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Now Micro Named to CRN’s 2014 Solution Provider 500 List

Now Micro is honored to be recognized by CRN’s on its annual Solution Provider (SP500) list.

CRN Solution Provider 500 - Now MicroNow Micro made the 2014 ranked list of the Channel’s Top Technology Integrators. CRN’s prestigious Solution Provider 500 list also included some of the most recognized names in the technology industry, including IBM, HP, and Dell.

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Now Micro Launches Right Click Tools 2.1 for System Center ConfigMgr 2012

The Now Micro Right Click Tools 2.1 is Now Available and Free to Download.

Now Micro’s Systems Consultant, Ryan Ephgrave, released a new version of the Now Micro Right Click Tools for System Center Configuration Manager 2012 on May 15, 2014.

The main goal for this update was to make the collection of tools faster. Not only does this latest version include new features and bug fixes, but performance has increased 20-fold! Some of the new features added to this release include advanced show collections, additional columns, and bug fixes.

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