Month: May 2015

Last Chance to Request May’s Free SSRS Report, Computer Printer Details

As May draws to a close, don’t forget to send an email to Info AT Enhansoft for this month’s free SSRS report, Computer Printer Details. It is only available in May! The Computer Printer Details report will show you all of the local printers attached to a specific PC. This report will also tell you what port each printer uses and each printer’s capabilities. Knowing this information is useful for various reasons including ensuring that there is sufficient toner or ink on hand. All of our reports have the Role-Based Administration (RBA) feature enabled. This means that if you are using System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager, this report will work with all RBA clients. Don’t worry if you are not using SCCM 2012 R2 because you can still run this report as usual. Next week we will announc...

Last Reminder to Help Choose Enhansoft’s Next Free SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) Report for the Month of June

The report choices are: Count of SQL 2012 Editions OR List of PCs by Graphics Scores. In the last week, the List of PCs by Graphics Scores report has surged ahead of the Count of SQL 2012 Editions report in our poll, but you still have time to vote. Every vote counts, so make sure to VOTE HERE! a) The Count of SQL 2012 Editions report will provide a count of all SQL 2012 editions within your environment. In the full-feature set you can drill down further to see the report List of PCs by SQL 2012 Edition, which in turn drills through to Computer SQL Details. b) The List of PCs by Graphics Scores report will provide you with detailed Windows Experience Index system component scores for each PC with a specific graphics score. Knowing this information allows you to ensure that the PCs in your ...

Integrate Software License Optimization and IT Service Management to Increase Efficiency and Reduce Costs

IT Service Management (ITSM) and Software License Optimization solutions have evolved along parallel but complementary paths. Enterprises are realizing that the integration of ITSM and Software License Optimization is a natural progression of this evolution. By enabling these two solutions to interoperate and share data, enterprises can enhance the capabilities of both. With this combination, an enterprise can drive down costs even further and lower the risk of license compliance violations while ensuring that business users have the applications and service quality they need to continue to achieve business success. We invite you to download this free White Paper titled...

Are Smart Phones Too Smart for the Enterprise?

By John David, VP Global Application Readiness Today’s digital enterprises are driven by technology and employees depend on their smart phones to get work done where ever, whenever. The ability to work on the road, in an airport, or pretty much anywhere you go has helped employees become more productive than ever, but all that freedom does come with some risk. On a recent episode of the Today Show, Jeff Rossen, National Investigative Correspondent, exposes a location tracking feature that most people are unaware of. Both iPhones and Android devices keep a running history of all the locations you visit...

Our favorite SCCM 2012 R2 SP1 New features

Microsoft announced the release of SCCM 2012 SP2 and SCCM 2012 R2 SP1. This service pack includes tons of new features. We covered the complete installation, now we decided to compile a list of our favorite SCCM 2012 R2 SP1 new features and we’ll be describing how to enable them and explain why they made the cut. Preferred Management Points Official description from Technet : Preferred… Read More »The post Our favorite SCCM 2012 R2 SP1 New features appeared first on System Center Dudes.

8 Ways to Monitor Distribution Points in Configuration Manager 2012

Distribution Points are an important part in the infrastructure of SCCM especially if you rely on an inefficient network. Clients must able to reach them to install applications, packages, software updates and operating systems. If you plan to install new distribution points in your organization, refer to our distribution point installation guide in Configuration Manager… Read More »The post 8 Ways to Monitor Distribution Points in Configuration Manager 2012 appeared first on System Center Dudes.

What Does it Take to Achieve Software License Optimization?

It's becoming more and more important now for organizations to have an effective Software License Optimization solution in place to ensure they can reduce their ongoing software license costs as well as maintaining continuous license compliance. Manual processes are no longer sufficient to manage these processes and can prove too time consuming for the team involved. Organizations, like yours, are realizing that they have a lack of company-wide visibility into what software is owned, who is using it, how it is being used and whether its use is in compliance with the company's software license agreements. We invite you to...

Calculating the average size of all package types in ConfigMgr

A question came up on the myITforum mssms email list this morning about the average package and application size of everyone’s ConfigMgr environment. I look at the package size data all the time in the console, so I knew it was buried in SQL somewhere, I just had to find it. Low and behold v_PackageStatusRootSummarizer had what I needed, SourceSize represented in KB. I threw that together in a quick SQL query and created a quick way to gather the average size of all your package types! select pkg.PackageType [Type Number],    case pkg.PackageType    when ‘0’ then ‘Package’    when ‘3’ then ‘Driver Package’    when ‘4’ then ‘Task Sequene’    when ‘5’ then ‘Software Update Group’    when ‘25...

Creating Configuration Manager 2012 Report Reader AD Security Groups

By Garth Jones In my previous blog post I told you about how I decided to update Brian Mason’s Report User Security Role tool instead of having to adjust the permissions each time. I discovered that this extra step was required when trying to allow a non-CM12 administrator to read SSRS reports in CM12 R2. In order to grant users access to CM12 SSRS reports without having them leverage the bulky CM12 console, you can use the new Enhansoft Report Readers tool to set up a report reader AD security group. This blog post will guide you through the step-by-step process. 1. In Active Directory Users and Computers (ADUC), right-click on the appropriate Organization Unit (OU) (Users in the example below), point to New and then click Group. 2. Enter the Group name and click OK. 3. Double click on th...

InstallShield Says: It’s a Major Upgrade

InstallShield defaults speed up installation development, but those defaults sometimes need to change to help out customers. One example is letting customers know about a major upgrade. In the default InstallWelcome dialog box, a major upgrade looks identical to a first-time installation. To change that default, you can add a text control to the InstallWelcome dialog box and conditionally display the control only if the FindRelatedProducts action places any old product codes in the action property. Because the FindRelatedProducts action runs before InstallWelcome is displayed, you can safely use the action property from the Upgrade table in conditions. Read the...

Internet Explorer 11 Can Ease Your Windows 10 Migration

Web browsing in Windows 10 will provide more flexibility to enterprises and the new operating system will ship with two internet browsers. To prepare for the move to Windows 10, many organizations will need to upgrade and replace aging versions of Internet Explorer (IE). To understand the scope of the browser migration issue, we polled our recent webinar audience and asked what versions they where still supporting in their organizations. The results show that many companies still run a number of older IE versions that all will reach their end of support in just a few months (January 2016). A...

IT/Dev Connections 2015: The Right-sized, Highly Engaged, Deeply Personal, IT Technology Conference

With a couple big Microsoft events under our belts already this year, it’s time to set our focus to the other side of IT event offerings, specifically the deep-dive, valuable, and community infused conferences. At BUILD 2015 we were inundated with upcoming technologies through a litany of proposed product announcements, and then most of those were duplicated at Microsoft’s first-ever Ignite conference. Microsoft held back and saved a few announcements for Ignite, but not many more. Cobble together the numbers for both events, and roughly 30,000 people should now be fully versed in what’s coming in the next Microsoft technology drop. The product improvements announced are enough to wow us for a long time to come, but for many companies the announcements fell flat for a num...

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