Making a Good Last Impression: Customizing Your Uninstaller

If your software product installs well, what do you hear from your customers? Crickets. But if it goes poorly, your customers will let you know, loud and clear. The same holds true for your uninstaller. So while your initial installation may be smooth and effortless, when it comes to uninstalling your product, if the uninstall is awkward, labor-intensive or unsuccessful, that can leave a bad impression. As a software provider, your reputation is at stake every time someone installs — and uninstalls — your product. Make your last impression as good as your first with a proven customized installer. Most…

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Windows Intune: Software

This part of an ongoing series about Windows Intune. This part will focus on deploying software with Windows Intune. This section is mainly for Windows-based clients, as iOS and Android must go through their respective app stores. Intune Software Publisher The first step is to install the Intune Software Publisher. This will automatically download if Intune does not see it...

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Configmgr 2012 Truncate History Tables

Have you ever noticed, being the extreme ConfigMgr geek that you are, that you have v_gs and v_hs views?  Which point back to current, and History tables in your database.
Have you ever, and I mean EVER, needed to reference anything in the v_hs…

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Remote Server Administration Tools (RSAT) for Windows 8.1

By Garth Jones I don’t need to tell you that Configuration Manager administrators wear many hats and perform several tasks. One of those tasks is managing users and computers in Active Directory (AD). When I needed to perform this task, I noticed that Remote Server Administration Tools (RSAT) were not installed on my Windows 8.1 x64 PC, so this blog...

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Application Readiness Maturity: Level 2 – Standard Process

In the last post, we looked at the first level of Application Readiness maturity, Level 1 – Basic Packaging, where application packaging is a one off manual process and often results in slow and poor quality software deployments. By following consistent standards for preparing applications and establishing a central repository or Definitive Media Library, organizations can move beyond level 1 to level 2 – Standard Process. At this level, organizations have achieved some degree of process standardization, developed and documented packaging processes and established standards. A central application repository has been established, enabling IT to validate requests and develop dashboards…

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Software Audit Top 10 List

If you’re an enterprise, you’ve surely been audited by a software company – likely many times. At it’s annual IT asset management and procurement conference, Gartner shared insights into which software companies are the most aggressive auditors. Not surprisingly, it’s some of the largest software companies that are the most aggressive in conducting software audits on their enterprise customers. The last thing you want to be doing is preparing for a software audit when you get the notice of the pending audit. Leading companies are putting processes in place to ensure continual software license compliance.

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All versions of MSI Studio Pro reach end-of-support

Dell announced that all versions of MSI Studio Pro reached their end-of-support on August 31, 2014 and technical support is no longer available for the product. MSI Studio Pro, a tool for repackaging and editing Windows MSIs, was originally developed by ScriptLogic, a developer of Windows management software products targeted at the small and mid-size business. In 2007, Sriptlogic was subsequently acquired by Quest Software and then five years later, in September 2012, Quest Software became a part of Dell. Any customers that were relying on MSI Studio Pro for application packaging and editing packages will now need to find…

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Creating Your Own Custom ConfigMgr 2012 Compliance Packs

This demonstration will show you how to create your own custom compliance packs to import into ConfigMgr 2012/R2. First, download and install the Microsoft Security Compliance Manager (SCM) solution accelerator.  Note that this can be easily from your workstation computer, it does not need to be on a Windows Server.  Also, a version of SQL […]

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Hotfix Released to Fix an Introduced Bug in the SCCM Connector for Service Manager

When Update Rollup 6 released for System Center 2012 SP1, one of the included fixes was to ensure that the Service Manager could accurately determine software versions when its database was connected to the Configuration Manager database. The problem, though, was that in some cases Configuration Manager wouldn’t report the versioning information in a way Service Manager understood it.

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