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Month: December 2015

Last Reminder – Help Choose Enhansoft’s Next Free SSRS Report for the Month of January

The report choices in December’s poll are: Count of Service Account Names OR List of PCs by Sound Device Status. VOTE HERE! a) The Count of Service Account Names report will display the total number of all accounts used to run a service. This report is useful prior to deleting a service account or changing its password because you can proactively see how many services use a particular account before making any updates. In the full-feature set, this report drills through to List of Services by Service Account Name, which in turn drills through to Computer Service Details. b) The List of PCs by Sound Device Status report returns a list of PCs by sound device status. Many companies use softphones (Voice Over Internet Protocol – VOIP), so they rely on PC sound systems to function correctly. Th...

Ten-Step SAM Guide: Review

This post is a review of Rory Canavan’s Ten-Step SAM Guide. I’m all about promoting useful content and tools to the ITAM/SAM community. This e-book definitely falls into that category. To summarize, the content is a concise, but comprehensive guide for a new SAM program manager, or any stakeholder new to SAM. The technical jargon is stripped out but the important high-level concepts and framework for a SAM program remain. If you are looking for a Cliff Notes guide to get you or a SAM team member started in the right direction, I wholeheartedly recommend this guide! Section headings include the following: Governance Scope Roles and Responsibilities Data Sources Tool Selection Policies, Processes and Procedures Implementation SAM Reporting Continuous Improvement BAU SAM   Here’s the Int...

Last Reminder – System Center Endpoint Protection (SCEP) Dashboard is December’s Free SSRS Report

Make sure to send an email to Info AT Enhansoft before the end of the month! In the System Center Endpoint Protection (SCEP) Dashboard report, you’ll see that the main details about your SCEP environment are displayed in three easy to read tables, Anti-Virus Signature Version, Engine Version, and Client Version (client version is sometimes referred to as platform version). The tables are arranged from left to right (Anti-Virus Signature Version, Engine Version, and Client Version). The reason for this arrangement is to give you information first about the most important and frequently changing SCEP details (Anti-Virus Signature) to more static details (Engine and Client) for your SCEP environment. The latest version update appears on the top row of every table’s column. Ideally, all of you...

Configuration Manager (1511) – SMSPXE.log: “Failed to retrieve version of the file…Error code: 0x80004005”

While working on my lab, I saw smspxe.log errors like the one in the title for the Configuration Manager 1511 release that was recently made public, and since I noticed others reporting the same errors in the log of their 1511 builds, I wanted to post this quick FYI explanation about them. These errors seem to be occurring in the log on sites with PXE-enabled distribution points as well as those without PXE-enabled DPs; however, normal functionality does not appear to be affected in anyway. And while the error code indicates a permissions problem (0x80004005), verification shows no discrepancies with assigned permissions to the path/file indicated in the log. These “errors” are simply the result of some logging changes for the 1511 release of Configuration Manager, and can be ignored w/o i...

Changing the DPI Resolution with Snagit

By Garth Jones I am in the process of finishing up a book on ConfigMgr and SSRS report writing, and my publisher requires all screenshots to be 300 DPI. Like many people, I use Snagit and in Snagit 10 you could set an option to always capture your images as 300 DPI. In Snagit 11 and 12, however, that option is missing and by default the resolution of DPI images is 96. Fortunately, I was able to find an easy way to convert my images to 300 DPI and I want to share this information with you! Start by capturing your image normally. Now here’s the trick. Select the Image menu, then Resize, and then Resize Image. Notice that the image resolution is 96 DPI by default. You can also see that the image dimensions are 6.98 x 3.07 inches, and 670 px x 295 px. Change the DPI to 300 and click OK. Tip: W...

Windows 10 and SSRS Folders

By Garth Jones Recently I was browsing the SSRS website with the new Edge Browser in Windows 10. I was dismayed at how messy the SSRS folders looked in this browser because I would have thought that Microsoft would have at least made their own browser work nicely with SSRS. If you want to order the folders in a nicer way, simply click on the Details View. By doing this you will make the folders easier to read. See the screenshot below.

System Center Endpoint Protection (SCEP) Dashboard is December’s Free SSRS Report

Make sure to email Info AT Enhansoft for your copy of December’s free report! In the System Center Endpoint Protection (SCEP) Dashboard report, you’ll see that the main details about your SCEP environment are displayed in three easy to read tables, Anti-Virus Signature Version, Engine Version, and Client Version (client version is sometimes referred to as platform version). The tables are arranged from left to right (Anti-Virus Signature Version, Engine Version, and Client Version). The reason for this arrangement is to give you information first about the most important and frequently changing SCEP details (Anti-Virus Signature) to more static details (Engine and Client) for your SCEP environment. The latest version update appears on the top row of every table’s column. Ideally, all of yo...

Getting the best of the Cloud with System Center & Azure

Sponsored Blog Organizations have a lot of concerns when they start considering moving to the Public Cloud due to its limits of information storage policies and potential security risks. However, the Cloud can offer businesses many benefits. And what about businesses that already have an on-premise System Center environment? Will the cloud replace their investment or can it work as an extension? It is not too late to take advantage of the Public Cloud, after all, a cloud computing solution is only as effective as your IT department can make it. If you want to take advantage of the Public Cloud, Microsoft Azure offers a variety of solutions that you can use together with your on-premise environment. In Savision’s new whitepaper entitled “Make the most of the Cloud with Microsoft Syste...

TechNet Configuration Manager (Current Branch) Forums

By Garth Jones They’re here! The System Center Configuration Manager (Current Branch) forums are now available. You can access them from this link. See you there!

Bringing Back the DIP Switch: Saving Those Like-Settings as a Single (Bitwise) Value – Made Easy

Remember the DIP switch? One usually has to be "of a certain age" to vividly remember using those physically manipulated computer components that were there solely to configure Boolean settings for different hardware components. They usually came with 4 or 8 individual switches, but anywhere from 2 to 12 was not unheard of. A quick flick of one or more switch saved settings that configured how your hardware responded. I personally had one board once that the configuration of three dip switches changed the Baud rate that the board would use. The days of DIP switches are gone, but retaining settings certainly are not. Today’s settings are stored in configuration files or the registry, and although many script and program developers do write code that has configurable componen...

Reminder to Vote in this Month’s Poll to Help Choose Enhansoft’s Next Free SSRS Report for the Month of January

The report choices in December’s poll are: Count of Service Account Names OR List of PCs by Sound Device Status. VOTE HERE! a) The Count of Service Account Names report will display the total number of all accounts used to run a service. This report is useful prior to deleting a service account or changing its password because you can proactively see how many services use a particular account before making any updates. In the full-feature set, this report drills through to List of Services by Service Account Name, which in turn drills through to Computer Service Details. b) The List of PCs by Sound Device Status report returns a list of PCs by sound device status. Many companies use softphones (Voice Over Internet Protocol – VOIP), so they rely on PC sound systems to function correctly. Th...

Cleaning-up My Hard Drive

By Garth Jones Back in October I tweeted that my hard drive was down to 89.9 MB free!! In this blog post I’ll tell you how I cleaned it up. Here’s a bit of background. I wanted to test Windows 10, so I did everything possible to clean-up my hard drive. I removed my offline files, I turned off my drop-box caching, I cleaned-up temp files, and I even uninstalled unused applications. You get the picture! The best that I could do, however, was about 2GB of free space. This wouldn’t last for long because software updates would get deployed to my laptop and the space would get all used up again. What was using up all of the space? It turns out that C:\Windows\Installer was consuming ~50 GB of the 118 GB drive! What is this used for? In short it is a cache directory for all MSI that get installed...