Month: January 2016

Last Chance – Count of Service Account Names is January’s Free SSRS Report

Email Info AT Enhansoft to get your copy of January’s free report today! 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.

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

The report choices in January’s poll are: Patch Compliance Progression by Collection OR List of PCs by Wakeup Type. VOTE HERE! a) For each PC within a collection, the Patch Compliance Progression by Collection report will provide you with a count of missing software updates (patches) and the last hardware inventory date. The deployed state report parameter allows you to select the deployed state of the software update. The deployed states are: Yes – The effected software update is deployed within your environment No – The effected software update is NOT deployed within your environment Both   The status count parameter allows you to select whether or not expired software updates are included in the status count. In ConfigMgr, software updates that are expired are still listed. When co...

New Book – System Center Configuration Manager Reporting Unleashed

By Garth Jones As many of you know, I specialize in ConfigMgr reporting. As such, I am happy to announce that you can now pre-order my new book entitled, System Center Configuration Manager Reporting Unleashed. What I love about this book is that there are so many demonstrations. These demonstrations help reinforce the topics discussed within the chapters. Reporting Unleashed will show you from start to finish how to create a ConfigMgr report. Best practices for report design and creating report templates are noted, and all of the listings, code snippets and RDLs can be found within the online content. There is even a section on how to create Role-Based Administration (RBA) reports, along with lots of helpful troubleshooting tips. This book has been years in the making. It stayed on the ba...

Updated – Troubleshoot ConfigMgr Hardware Inventory Issues

By Garth Jones Many years ago, I published a blog post to help folks track down issues involving Hardware Inventory. By accident, while helping someone troubleshoot a hardware inventory issue, I noticed that a step was missing. In 99% of cases, no one would need or notice this step, but since I realized it was missing I decided to update my post. From now on this guide should help pinpoint any (I hope) issues within the inventory flow from PC to Configuration Manager (ConfigMgr) database. There are three sections: Phase 1 – Client PC, Phase 2 – MP Server, and Phase 3 – Site Server. All screenshots are from a System Center 2012 Configuration Manager (CM12) client and site server; the site server is running Windows 2012 R2. However, the steps that I perform ARE applicable to all versions of ...

Windows 10 Compatibility: Ensuring Application Compatibility in the Enterprise

Most organizations opted not to deploy Windows 8 and many administrators had a bad experience migrating from Windows XP to Windows 7, and simply were not ready to repeat the experience by migrating to Windows 8. One of the biggest reasons why organizations largely held off on migrating their enterprises to Windows 8 is that operating system migrations have been costly, complex and risky projects. Without proper Application Readiness processes in place, there are often negative impacts to end users and critical business processes when there are issues with application compatibility. System administrators are now facing a migration to Windows 10 that can present a number of challenges related to Windows 10 compatibility. Administrators are under pressure to migrate relatively quickly and Gar...

Protect Yourself from Ransomware

By Garth Jones The other day I received a call from a friend about how his computer was hit with ransomware. What is ransomware? Ransomware will generally encrypt all of your files so that you can’t use them anymore. Ransomware does NOT copy your files, it just makes the files unusable. Then it “ransoms” those files for money. This is extortion! For more details about ransomware, see the Microsoft Malware Protection Center. How do you prevent it? Following best practices with respect to security and anti-virus protection can help to significantly reduce the possibility of getting infected. However, the only way to prevent being infected is to accept that you will get infected. Yes, I said you will get infected! Therefore your prevention MUST also include a good backup strategy on top of an...

SYDI Tool for ConfigMgr

By Garth Jones Enhansoft’s free SYDI (Script Your Documentation Instantly) tools will document your ConfigMgr environment. Our latest SYDI tool will work with ConfigMgr 1511. In our test lab it produced a 51-page document! You might ask yourself why you should care about documenting your ConfigMgr server. Well, there are many reasons ranging from being compliant with SOX (Sarbanes-Oxley Act) to making your boss happy. Our scripts will quickly produce a document about your environment which you can customize to your own style. This latest free tool along with versions for ConfigMgr 2012, 2007 and SMS 2003 is found on Enhansoft’s customer profile page under the Free Tools section. Feel free to send us a tweet @Enhansoft to let us know how we can make our SYDI tools work better for you!

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

The report choices in January’s poll are: Patch Compliance Progression by Collection OR List of PCs by Wakeup Type. VOTE HERE! a) For each PC within a collection, the Patch Compliance Progression by Collection report will provide you with a count of missing software updates (patches) and the last hardware inventory date. The deployed state report parameter allows you to select the deployed state of the software update. The deployed states are: Yes – The effected software update is deployed within your environment No – The effected software update is NOT deployed within your environment Both The status count parameter allows you to select whether or not expired software updates are included in the status count. In ConfigMgr, software updates that are expired are still listed. When complying...

System Center Universe Starts Tomorrow!

There are a number of great sessions and speakers at this year’s event including Wally Mead (What’s New in System Center Configuration Manager) and Jason Sandys (Software Updates by Example). Don’t miss out! Make sure to sign-up for the FREE virtual simulcast today! For more information about the sessions, here’s a link to the agenda. The fifth annual System Center Universe conference is a one-day globally available technical event featuring Microsoft product gurus and community experts.

My PMP Journey: Lessons Learned

In an effort to give back to the community, this post documents my experience with the Project Management Professional (PMP) certification process. I hope it helps someone in a similar way as I have been helped by others that have shared their experiences. Benefits of the PMP are numerous My objectives for undertaking this challenge were to: Enable myself to manage projects using the standard approach and language currently being used in the industry. Fill in any gaps in my project management knowledge. Validate my project management experience and skills.   I feel as though my objectives have been met, and then some! This experience has provided me the chance to become much more knowledgeable and confident about my project management skill set. My ability to communicate with others t...

Count of Service Account Names is January’s Free SSRS Report

Don’t forget to email Info AT Enhansoft to get your copy of this month’s free report! 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.

Logo Changer and ConfigMgr (1511)

By Garth Jones With the release of Microsoft’s System Center Configuration Manager (1511), the question asked of our Enhansoft Support team was, “Does your free tool, Logo Changer, work with the new ConfigMgr?” I am happy to report that the answer is yes! As you can see from the screenshots below, Logo Changer quickly and painlessly updates all of the default ConfigMgr SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) reports with your company’s logo. Before: After: For instructions on how Logo Changer works, see the blog post and video demonstration.

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