Month: August 2016

Lookout ConfigMgr Admins, Windows Monthly Updates are Gonna Get Huge

Written for Adaptiva by Cliff Hobbs, Microsoft MVP in Enterprise Mobility and Founder and CEO of FAQShop.com One of the biggest pain points in maintaining any IT infrastructure is keeping it up to date. A vendor software update may be fixing a bug, addressing reliability issue, plugging a security vulnerability, or sometimes adding minor features/enhancements between major releases. Prior to Windows 10 we have been able to selectively decide which updates we want to install rather than a blanket “install all” approach. This selective approach though has given us problems. Probably the biggest issue is that you can potentially end up with different machines having different patch combinations installed across your estate. This does not help in large environments where you are trying to keep...

Last Day to Request August’s Free ConfigMgr Report All-in-one PC View

Make sure to email Info AT Enhansoft for your copy today! This report is only free in August. 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.

Last Chance to Help Choose Enhansoft’s Next Free ConfigMgr Report for the Month of September

The report choices in August’s poll are: Most Vulnerable Computers Online and Max-Avg-Min SCEP Scan Times for PCs within a Collection. VOTE HERE! a) The Most Vulnerable Computers Online report is a two-part dashboard report. The first part returns a summary of the online status for computers within a collection as follows: Not Seen (Inactive ConfigMgr client or no ConfigMgr client) Offline (Active client, but currently not connected to ConfigMgr) Online (Active client connected to ConfigMgr) The second part displays the top 25 vulnerable computers currently online for a collection based on missing patches. This allows administrators to focus their remediation efforts on active computers. This report is configured to auto-refresh every 5 minutes. ConfigMgr 2012 R2 or later is required. b) I...

How to Install Vulnerability Assessment Configuration Pack

By Garth Jones Security is one of the most important concerns for any company, but auditing the security of 100 computers is a huge task, let alone 10,000 computers. This is where System Center Configuration Manager (ConfigMgr) comes into play. ConfigMgr allows you to write a Configuration Item (CI) for each item you want to check. You then can bundle multiple CIs into a Configuration Baseline (CB) which is deployed to a collection of computers, but who wants to try and write a pile of CIs? Do you even know what to track? Lucky for you Microsoft recently released its Vulnerability Assessment Configuration Pack. What is it? To quote the download link, “Configuration Manager Vulnerability Assessment allows to scan managed systems for common missing security updates and misconfigurations whic...

I Said What on Twitter?

By Garth Jones Not long ago, I was trying to find a direct link to one of my tweets and stumbled across this tweet: I certainly didn’t post this tweet! How did it happen? Well, like many of you, I agreed to allow an application to access my Twitter account to review stats, etc. However, I didn’t realize that it also meant that they could post tweets on my behalf without me knowing about it. This is a good time to remind everyone that you should always review the applications that have access to your account and remove them! Use this link in order to review what applications you may have inadvertently authorized, and revoke their access. Make sure that you review the whole list because they can be listed more than once! Plus you can see what or who else has access to your account.   You can...

Why Are My Virtual Machines Slow?

By Garth Jones The other day, I was working on my test SQL 2016 server and everything was “slow.” Since this was a virtual machine (VM), and we all know that disk I/O (input/output) is the number one killer of VM performance, I quickly looked at Resource Monitor. I saw that the host’s Disk Queue Length was over 50! Normally, it should be a max of 5 (red arrow) when I have all of my test labs up and running at the same time. Having a disk queue length of 50 told me right away that one or more of my VMs was writing a lot of data to the disk! Unfortunately, I’ve seen this problem before, so it didn’t take me that long to track down which VM was the culprit. All of my VMs are set to use Dynamic Memory. This means that they rarely have a multiple of 512 MB of memory assigned to them. I opened H...

Fantastic SSRS Reports for ConfigMgr

By Garth Jones Are you getting tripped up by ConfigMgr reports? In my deep dive session at IT/Dev Connections 2016, you’ll learn how to create fantastic ConfigMgr reports! The session will start with a high level overview of how to create ConfigMgr SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) reports. Then it will quickly move onto how to create custom reports by leveraging maps and charts. Finally you’ll learn how to create drill-through reports. This session will shine a light on how you can make fantastic ConfigMgr reports! This and so much more will be presented at IT/Dev Connections 2016 during the week of October 10-13, 2016 in Las Vegas. There are 5 tracks and over 190 sessions that are led by the industry’s top experts. These sessions are packed full of tips and tricks that you can put int...

Reminder to Help Choose Enhansoft’s Next Free ConfigMgr Report for the Month of September

The report choices in August’s poll are: Most Vulnerable Computers Online and Max-Avg-Min SCEP Scan Times for PCs within a Collection. VOTE HERE! a) The Most Vulnerable Computers Online report is a two-part dashboard report. The first part returns a summary of the online status for computers within a collection as follows: Not Seen (Inactive ConfigMgr client or no ConfigMgr client) Offline (Active client, but currently not connected to ConfigMgr) Online (Active client connected to ConfigMgr) The second part displays the top 25 vulnerable computers currently online for a collection based on missing patches. This allows administrators to focus their remediation efforts on active computers. This report is configured to auto-refresh every 5 minutes. ConfigMgr 2012 R2 or later is required. b) I...

Edgy about Windows 10 Edge!

By Garth Jones I’m really starting to “dislike” the Windows 10 Edge browser. Recently I made the mistake of upgrading to Windows 10 during a busy week. As part of the process, Windows 10 overwrote a TON of my default settings and replaced them with Edge as the default program. I first noticed that something wasn’t right when Edge would NOT allow me to login to a website. Seriously, this is an important function of a web browser! I tried to login to the same website with Chrome, FireFox, Internet Explorer, Opera and Yandex. The only browser with the issue was Edge, so I ended up resetting my default browser to IE. Hey, at least IE works! Next, I needed to finish reviewing some comments within a PDF. Everything worked perfectly in the morning, but not after the Windows 10 upgrade! I found ou...

Kelverion at System Center Europe 2016 and free draw

As technology has moved forward, so has Kelverion. Building on our extensive Orchestrator expertise we are now releasing integration products for Microsoft Azure Automation, SMA and PowerShell.  The key first step to this journey is our new Runbook Studio Product. Kelverion will be demonstrating these new cloud solutions at the System Center Universe Europe conference in Berlin 24th – 26th August. During the conference we will hold a draw on Wednesday and Thursday for a free 12 month subscription to the Runbook Studio. We are presenting two sessions at SCU which will demonstrate how the Runbook Studio works and how to interact with systems such as SQL Server and ServiceNow using Kelverion’s smart Integration Modules (IM).   We will also show how you can use the Studio and IMs in SMA, Power...

Why Can’t I Post Pictures/Images to the TechNet Forums?

By Garth Jones As we all know, a picture is worth a thousand words, so as one of the moderators of the TechNet Configuration Manager (ConfigMgr) forums I often ask people to post a picture of the problem. It can be an enormous help to see the exact error message or issue that someone’s experiencing. Unfortunately, ConfigMgr forum moderators cannot validate accounts and a validated account is what you need in order to post an image/jpg file. Instead, what you need to do is to post your request over in Forums Issues. It generally takes a few days, but the TechNet Administrators will validate your account and you will be able to post pictures to your TechNet posts. By the way, here’s a list of ConfigMgr and Intune forums: ConfigMgr 2007 ConfigMgr 2012 ConfigMgr (Current Branch) Intune

All-in-one PC View is August’s Free SSRS Report

Make sure to email Info AT Enhansoft for your copy today! This report is only free in August. 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.  

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