How Do You Wipe Clean a Hard Drive?

By Garth Jones Similar to many IT professionals, I often receive requests from friends and family about how to wipe sensitive data from old computers. Usually what I suggest, and do myself, is to pull the hard drive out and stock pile it. I know this isn’t always the most practical or secure solution, although it reminds me of my...

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7 Tips for Mobile Device Management

By Garth Jones Thank you to everyone who attended the recent MVP Cloud Roadshow which was organized by the Ottawa Windows Server User Group. I had a great time talking about the 7 tips I recommend for mobile device management with Exchange Connector, Intune (hybrid) and Configuration Manager. As promised, here is a link to my presentation: http://www.enhansoft.com/downloads/PPT/7tipsforMDM.zip. In addition...

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System32 Directory Error

By Suzanne Tighe One of our client’s installed Warranty Information Reporting (WIR) within the c:\windows\system32 directory and it was giving them the following error every time they attempted to run it: When I clicked on “Yes,” I was taken to http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2715633 which documented Shim errors for .Net. This led me to doing a lot of work trying to verify that...

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Configuration Manager 2012 and Anti-Virus Software Exclusions for Site Servers

By Garth Jones As I explained in my previous blog post, I was doing some work for a client and one of the items we discussed was anti-virus software exclusions. These exclusions are not only important for workstations, but also for site servers. In fact, anti-virus software exclusions are even more important to the overall performance of a Configuration Manager...

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Configuration Manager 2012 and Anti-Virus Software Exclusions for Workstations

By Garth Jones While I was doing some work for a client we discussed what anti-virus software exclusions are needed for workstations. This may seem counter-intuitive, but in order for Configuration Manager to run efficiently, without causing too much overhead to Disk IO and CPU, there are a number of recommended anti-virus software exclusions that should be implemented. You would...

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McAfee Anti-Virus Software and SCCM

By Garth Jones The following two issues involving McAfee software keep coming up on all of my clients that use McAfee and any version of Configuration Manager. 1) DISM.exe generates an Error: 5 or Access Denied when VSE 8.8 Access Protection is enabled https://kc.mcafee.com/corporate/index?page=content&id=KB76867 2) Microsoft SMS Agent Host service (ccmexec.exe) triggers the Access Protection rule: Prevent termination of McAfee...

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How to Install CentOS 7 on Hyper-V With Integration Services

By Garth Jones In my last blog post, I showed you how to install a CentOS 7 Linux virtual machine in Windows Hyper-V Server. In this blog post I will demonstrate how to install Linux integration services for Hyper-V. STOP the installation! I learned a few things while putting together this post. First, I was under the impression that I...

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