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Month: July 2016

Last Chance to Request July’s Free SSRS Report – Software Updates Dashboard

Time is running out! The Software Updates Dashboard report is only available in July, so send an email to Info AT Enhansoft today! The Software Updates Dashboard report is designed to mimic the Software Update Compliance Status Summary Home Page within the Configuration Manager console. This report allows the security team to access software update information without having to install the ConfigMgr console on their workstations.

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

The report choices in July’s poll are: All-in-one PC View and Count of Office SKUs (Office 2013). The voting is very close this month, so make sure to VOTE HERE! a) The All-in-one PC View report provides an overall general picture of a specific PC.  It shows the major components installed such as hard disks, network adaptors, and software. In the full-feature set this report is the final drill through report from List of PCs by Disk Description and List of PCs by File System. b) The Count of Office SKUs (Office 2013) report will show you all of the Microsoft Office 2013 products installed in your environment by stock-keeping unit (SKU). In the full-feature set this report will drill through to List of PCs by Office SKU (Office 2013), which in turn will drill through to a further report, Mi...

The UPS and Downs – Shutting Down a Server

By Joseph Yedid Setting-up Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS) software is a fairly simple process, but if you have virtual machines (VMs) you have to take some extra care. If the UPS is set to shut down too soon there may not be enough time to turn off the VMs. As a result, the server might hang while trying to shut them down. Another factor to consider is that if you have too many VMs you might run out of battery power. In our lab we are running CyberPower UPS Systems which uses PowerPanel Business Edition software to manage them. First thing you should do is to figure out how much time the batteries will last before they run out. Will there be enough time to shut down all of the VMs and turn off the server in time? To do this, we can look at the Status of the UPS. You can see below that ...

How to Download and Install ADK 8.1 for Use within a Disconnected Environment

By Garth Jones Earlier this year I setup a disconnected environment to install System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager (ConfigMgr) where the Windows Assessment and Deployment Kit (ADK) for Windows 8.1 was a requirement. After a quick search I couldn’t find any details about how to go about this, so I decided to put together this blog post to help you out in case you find yourself in a similar situation. I will show you the steps I took, first downloading the ADK from a connected environment and then using the resulting download for the disconnected environment. Heads up! Everything that you could possibly need for the ADK will be downloaded, so this is a really big download. From a computer with internet access, run the ADK 8.1 Wizard and select Download the Windows Assessment… then cl...

ConfigMgr Application Web Service Pool crashing

I’ve noticed that, periodically, our Application Catalog will stop working with a message that states the server was unable to connect to the database server.  I don’t have a print-screen handy (sorry).  This doesn’t happen often enough for me to spend much time automating a notification or a fix, but each time I can look in and see Event 1309 in the Application log on the catalog server.   Event code: 3001 Event message: The request has been aborted. Event time: 7/25/2016 10:22:05 AM Event time (UTC): 7/25/2016 2:22:05 PM Event ID: 3e09737af0ba4482b71574acf5b65ae6 Event sequence: 7108 Event occurrence: 5 Event detail code: 0  Application information:     Application domain: /LM/W3SVC/1/ROOT/CMApplicationCatalog-1-131138548259300296     Tru...

Community Options For Migrating from BIOS to UEFI and Secure Windows 10

Are you running Windows 7/ 8 but now want to migrate to Windows 10 to take advantage of the many new features and improvements? Then you probably already realize that your PCs need to be reconfigured to use UEFI mode if you want to use security features, like Secure Boot.  Might sound simple but it actually involves repartitioning (and losing data) from each PC’s hard drive. This is no trivial task to automate. Don’t worry, you can do this using ConfigMgr and free tools from hardware vendors—no third-party software is needed. I’ll outline the process below to give you a sense of what’s needed, and point you to instructions from Adaptiva as well as other free solutions that are available through the community at large. Vendor Utilities To automate the switch from BIOS to UEFI and Secure Boo...

Configuring an Android 5.1 RC1 VM

By Garth Jones Continuing on from my last blog post about how to install an Android 5.1 RC1 VM, I will now take you through the Android configuration process.   1. As soon as you boot, you will see the Android logo. 2. Click Next (yellow arrow). Watch out for the mouse/touch pointer within the VM because it is a bit awkward to use in 5.1. I hope they fix this in Android 6.0, but I haven’t seen any news on when it will be released for x86. 3. You can see the mouse location in the screenshot above (green arrow). Drag the mouse/touch pointer to the SKIP button. Then click SKIP. 4. On the WIFI page click SKIP and then click the SKIP ANYWAY button. 5. Enter your account details. 6. Enter your Password. 7. Click ACCEPT. 8. I will not restore the data from my test Android device, so I clicked on ...

How to Setup Android 5.1 RC1 on Hyper-V

By Garth Jones Not that long ago, I wrote a blog set about how to create an Android 4.4 R5 VM. Shortly after completing those posts, I stumbled across Android 5.1 RC1. Why am I using these Android VMs? The answer is simple: I want to test ConfigMgr, Intune and all the cool features of Mobile Application Management (MAM) without having to use a physical device! By the way, to create the VM itself, the steps are exactly the same for the Android 5.1 RC1 as they are for the Android 4.4 R5. If you want to read more about how to create the VM, check out my earlier blog post. This post will take you through the steps on how to create an Android 5.1 RC1 VM. 1. Download Android 5.1 RC1. 2. Start the VM, and then select Installation. 3. Create a new partition. 4. Select No for GPT. 5. Select New. 6....

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

The report choices in July’s poll are: All-in-one PC View and Count of Office SKUs (Office 2013). VOTE HERE!  a) The All-in-one PC View report provides an overall general picture of a specific PC.  It shows the major components installed such as hard disks, network adaptors, and software. In the full-feature set this report is the final drill through report from List of PCs by Disk Description and List of PCs by File System. b) The Count of Office SKUs (Office 2013) report will show you all of the Microsoft Office 2013 products installed in your environment by stock-keeping unit (SKU). In the full-feature set this report will drill through to List of PCs by Office SKU (Office 2013), which in turn will drill through to a further report, Microsoft Office 2013 Details (for a PC). All of our r...

IT/Dev Connections 2016 Session Catalog is Live!

With much fanfare, we’re ready to announce the official 2016 version of the IT/Dev Connections session catalog! To review the 221 sessions currently posted (more are coming!), jump out to the IT/Dev Connections web site (http://itdevconnections.com), tap or click the Our Content menu item, and then choose Session Catalog.

Software Updates Dashboard is July’s Free SSRS Report

Thank you to everyone who voted in last month’s poll! The Software Updates Dashboard report won with 83% of the vote, so it becomes July’s free SSRS report. Make sure to email Info AT Enhansoft for your copy today! This report is only available in July. The Software Updates Dashboard report is designed to mimic the Software Update Compliance Status Summary Home Page within the Configuration Manager console. This report allows the security team to access software update information without having to install the ConfigMgr console on their workstations.

Creating a Standalone VHD

By Joseph Yedid I recently had the need to backup some files before upgrading a system to Windows 10. These files were going to be stored off-site and needed a place reside. What better way than to use a virtual hard disk to store them. Instead of making the VHD on a server, I knew I could create a standalone VHD in Windows 8. First, open Computer Management, then expand Storage and choose Disk Management. Right-click on Disk Management, and then select Create VHD. Next, specify a location to store the file and specify the size in MB or GB. Select whether it will be in VHD or VHDX format. Choose whether the disk type will be fixed size or dynamically expanding. In my case, I specified the file to be saved on the root of C:\. The file size will be 20GB in a VHD format and the file type will...

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