Month: March 2016

Running Bash on Ubuntu on Windows

Announced at Build 2016, Microsoft is moving to allow Bash on Ubuntu to run directly on Windows 10 – nothing else required. The ability will come with the “Anniversary Edition” of Windows 10 that will release sometime close to the July 2016 timeframe. Here’s how this works: But, wait…there’s probably more… Follow me on Twitter Add me to your Google+ circles or Connect with me on LinkedIn Looking for an awesome, no-nonsense technical conference for IT Pros, Devs, and Devops? Check out IT/Dev Connections!

Last Chance to Get March’s Free SSRS Report – Last Collection of Update Times

This is the last day to email Info AT Enhansoft for this month’s free SSRS report! The Last Collection of Update Times report provides details as to when each collection was last updated along with when the membership last changed. Stay tuned because tomorrow we’ll announce April’s free report!

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

Make sure to vote in this month’s poll to help decide which report becomes April’s free SSRS report. The choices are: Computer Advertisement Status OR Computer Collection Details. VOTE HERE for your favorite report!  a) The Computer Advertisement Status report allows you to view the following details about a selected computer: user name, advertisement name, last status, last result, date, and context. This information is useful for troubleshooting client advertisement issues by allowing you to understand if there is a problem with a PC or with the advertisement itself. In the full-feature set this report is the final drill through report from List of PCs by Month and Advertisement Status. b) The Computer Collection Details report will return a list of all collections for a specific PC alon...

Android VM Setup Tips

By Garth Jones You finally setup your Android VM! Congratulations! Here are a few tips that I found useful and I think that you will too! Turn Off the Screensaver I know this one might seem like a dumb tip, but seriously, this one will save you from a lot of frustration. Why? If you don’t turn off the screensaver your Android VM will go to sleep. The problem isn’t that it’s gone to sleep, but trying to wake it up again! Despite numerous attempts, I usually end up turning off the VM and then re-starting it. If you turn off the screensaver to begin with, your Android VM will never sleep and therefore you will never have the problem of waking it! There is a slight downside to turning off the screensaver: 1. It will use CPU cycles on your Hyper-V server. In my opinion this is not a big deal as...

Microsoft Says It’s ConfigMgr Right-click Tools are Better

This community has taken the reins of creating right-click tools for years to solve some missing capabilities in System Center Configuration Manager. The right-click tools give administrators the ability to perform valuable actions directly in the ConfigMgr console, particularly when it comes to managing remote PCs. In the latest version of ConfigMgr, Microsoft is paying special attention to developing right-click tool functionality directly into the product. A recent blog post (What’s New With ConfigMgr’s Client Notification Feature) explains some of the improved functions of some of the new tools.  Additionally, Microsoft explains how one of these new sets of tools work and how they have been architected to behave more responsibly on the network. Microsoft says… In a nu...

System Center Configuration Manager Upgrade Assessment Tool with Windows 10 Support Released

Available as a package to distribute through System Center Configuration Manager, the Upgrade Assessment Tool has now been released with Windows 10 support. Here’s what the tool can provide: Retrieves device driver compatibility information for installed peripheral devices and creates reports that you can use to determine which device drivers need to be upgraded to support the Windows operating system. Allows you to see which computers meet the recommended system requirements for Windows operating systems and to customize these requirements for your environments. Creates summary reports that you can use to see an enterprise wide view of operating system upgrade readiness. Allows you to create dynamic collections for an operating system deployment. The collection query rules can be based on...

Microsoft Message Analyzer 1.4 Released

Microsoft Message Analyzer 1.4 has been released and the new version comes with enhancements and new features that are based on community feedback. Here’s a sampling of what’s new: Flat Message List P-Mode Auto IP Address Resolution Time Offset Decoded URLs Enhanced Bit-field Display Save as Binary WPP Symbol Configuration Trace Custom GUIDs Drag and Drop Enhanced OPN Viewer Updated Status Details here: Announcing Microsoft Message Analyzer 1.4 Download here: Message Analyzer 1.4 But, wait…there’s probably more… Follow me on Twitter Add me to your Google+ circles or Connect with me on LinkedIn Looking for an awesome, no-nonsense technical conference for IT Pros, Devs, and Devops? Check out IT/Dev Connections!

Microsoft Retires the SMSDOCS Feedback Email Alias

The older I get and the more this community evolves, the more changes I see. Some of the best things that helped build this community have been ditched to the wayside. Sometimes these changes work out, sometimes they don’t. Sometimes it’s just change for change sake. On the Microsoft Intune blog, of all places, Microsoft has announced that the old, familiar, well-loved SMSDOCS feedback alias is being retired in lieu of other feedback mechanisms. I’m not even sure now when SMSDOCS was actually created, but was sometime in the early 2,000’s. It was created to give a direct line to the docs teams at Microsoft to ensure SMS/SCCM customers had a part in having documentation created that provided actual value. The docs team at Microsoft has been one of the more community-driven organizations ove...

How to Configure a First-Time Android VM

By Garth Jones In my last two posts, I showed you how to create a VM and then how to install an Android 4.4 R5 within that VM. In this blog post I will show you how to configure the Android device. 1. After the initial boot, the Android logo will appear on the screen for about a minute.   2. At the Welcome page, click on the “triangle” button.   3. Wait for about another minute.   4. Skip the Wi-Fi.   5. Next, select Skip anyway. 6. Since I have a Google Account, I will select Yes.   7. Enter your Google account details.   8. Click OK. 9. Then wait… 10. Click the Down arrow. 11. Click the Next button. (Somehow this screenshot turned into a Ghost!)   12. Click on NO THANKS.   13. Make sure the date and time are correct and then click on the Next/Triangle button.   14. Set the personalizatio...

Microsoft Intune provides support for iOS 9.3

Intune supports managing iOS 9.3 devices.

Deciding Between ConfigMgr and Intune for Windows 10 Management

Here’s one that I’m sure will burn through the thought wires pretty quickly given enough time. Windows 10 is changing how companies think about managing and servicing business PCs and devices – or at least it should be. There’s long been discussions about which tool, System Center Configuration Manager or Microsoft Intune, makes the most sense in various situations. And, it’s true that depending on the level and style of IT in the organization, either one can be structured to fit the environment. Obviously Configuration Manager is the beast product, providing the full range of manageability features, but there’s also something to be said about the lighter-weight Microsoft Intune which has steadily improved in feature and function. A new post by the Microsoft Intune team attempts to solve t...

Windows 10 1511 February ISO contains the Insider Hub Package

If you’re using Windows 10 ISO’s to develop and deploy your upgrades and images for Windows 10 throughout your organization, you should be aware that the Insider Hub app is actually included in the image. Is this on purpose or by accident? That remains to be seen, but according to a thread on the SCCM list, the Insider Hub is currently treated as if it’s a Windows “feature” and installs by default. Damon Johns gives a solution to remove it: If you don’t want this in your reference image then maybe add something during deployment for online removal scenario. Dism /Online /Remove-Package /PackageName:Microsoft-Windows-InsiderHub-Package~31bf3856ad364e35~amd64~~10.0.10586.0 Michael Niehaus indicated that the next Windows 10 feature release will provide options to easily remove this like any o...