Month: November 2016

Last Day to Request November’s Free ConfigMgr Report – Microsoft Office Details

This is the last day to request your copy of this month’s free ConfigMgr report by using your business address and emailing Info AT Enhansoft! The Microsoft Office Details report will show all Microsoft Office software installed on a particular PC. Stay tuned because we will announce December’s free SCCM report tomorrow!

Last Reminder to Help Choose Enhansoft’s Next Free ConfigMgr Report for the Month of December 2016

The report choices in November’s poll are: Computer Service Details and List of PCs With Less Than 10 Percent Free Hard Drive Space. VOTE HERE! At the moment, List of PCs With Less Than 10 Percent Free Hard Drive Space is ahead with 54% of the vote! a) The Computer Service Details report is useful when you need to quickly review the status of each service installed on a PC. For example, if you need to track down PCs that don’t have McAfee service installed, you can review the list of services that are installed on an individual PC to see if it has McAfee (or an alternate anti-virus software) before taking any action. In the full-feature set, this report is the final drill down report from List of Services by Service Account Name, List of PCs with a Service and List of PCs with a Service Se...

Installation Guide to Ola Hallengren’s SQL Server Maintenance Solution

By Garth Jones SQL Server performance is one of the biggest items that will affect ConfigMgr’s performance, so when you ask for help about ConfigMgr’s performance, you will almost always be pointed to Ola Hallengren’s SQL Server Maintenance Solution. Many ConfigMgr administrators, however, are NOT SQL Server experts, so how do you install this solution? This blog post will answer that question. 1. Start by reviewing Ola’s blog post. 2. Next, download the MaintenanceSolution.sql from the blog post link. Since it is a SQL script, it might get blocked by AV software. Keep an eye out for that. 3. Open SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS), connect to your SQL Server and open the MaintenanceSolution.sql file that you just downloaded. The first thing you will notice is that Ola keeps the script up...

Quick Tip: Using Bing to Search Microsoft’s Docs Site

Microsoft’s new Docs site (http://docs.microsoft.com) is an awesome foray into improving the company’s product documentation. But, say you want to use Bing to search specific areas/products of the Docs site. Here’s how to do it… Locate the product topic you want to search within and then use: site:<url> <search parameter> For example, the following delivers results about Private Key in Dynamics 365: site:docs.microsoft.com/en-us/dynamics365 primary key Some of the product areas aren’t as easy to determine, so you’ll have to dig around a bit. For example, the System Center Configuration Manager area doesn’t actually have its own promoted section yet, but you can still search the product area using the following: site:docs.microsoft.com/e...

Microsoft Allows Windows Insiders Some Holiday Reprieve with NO NEW BUILDS

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday all you die-hard Windows 10 testers! You have the week off according to Insider maven, Dona Sarkar… …BUT don’t get too comfortable. I will have A Very Important Assignment for all of you later on this week. Stay tuned! — Dona Sarkar (@donasarkar) November 21, 2016 Looking for an awesome, no-nonsense technical conference for IT Pros, Devs, and DevOps? IT/Dev Connections kicks off in San Francisco in 2017!

Quick Tip: Keeping Track of Microsoft Intune Updates

Microsoft updates its cloud-based management product, Intune, at least once a month. With this steady update cadence it can be difficult to determine the new features that can be taken advantage of. In its new Docs web site (http://docs.microsoft.com) Microsoft has developed an entire section for Intune, but also a couple specific pages to help keep track of Intune feature additions, improvements, enhancements, and bug fixes. Each month, when updates are available, the “What’s New” page will be updated to show the most current additions… Microsoft Intune “What’s New” page: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/intune/whats-new/whats-new-in-microsoft-intune Microsoft also maintains an update archive page. When the “What’s New” page is u...

Microsoft Intune Officially Supports Android for Work with Latest Update

Microsoft has rolled out new features for Microsoft Intune, including enhanced conditional access for mobile apps and Windows PCs and better MAM support in the Intune App SDK. Additionally – and probably the most noteworthy – Microsoft has also unveiled General Availability for Android for Work support that started testing in September. Learn more about Android for Work support: Enable enrollment of Android for Work devices Looking for an awesome, no-nonsense technical conference for IT Pros, Devs, and DevOps? IT/Dev Connections kicks off in San Francisco in 2017!

Lenovo Servers Hang After Installing November Update for Windows Server 2016

From Lenovo: Lenovo M5 or X6 systems running Microsoft Windows Server 2016 can be rendered inoperable after applying the Cumulative update for Microsoft Windows Server 2016: November 8, 2016; KB3200970: https://support.microsoft.com/kb/3200970 The system will not complete POST and hangs at the Lenovo splash screen. Lenovo Workaround until issue is identified: Disable automatic Windows updates. Do not install the Microsoft Windows 2016 Server November update. A future notification will provide further instructions. From Microsoft: On some Lenovo Servers, installing this update will cause the server to fail to start. Lenovo is aware of the issue and is investigating it. For more information, see https://support.lenovo.com/us/en/solutions/ht502912 Looking for an awesome, no-nonsense technical...

How to Enable the ConfigMgr Rebuild Indexes Site Maintenance Task

By Garth Jones I’ve noticed that not many people have enabled the Rebuild Indexes site maintenance task. ConfigMgr administrators are either unaware that this site maintenance task isn’t enabled by default, or do not understand the importance of this task. The reason it is an important task to run on your ConfigMgr site server is because it allows you to get the most out of SQL Server when it is being queried by the ConfigMgr console, reports, collections, etc. For more details about SQL indexing see my blog post entitled, “Why is SQL Server Indexing Important?” By the way, I think this task should be enabled by default, but that’s another story. To enable this task, open the ConfigMgr Console and select the Administration bar. Next, expand the Site Configuration node and then select Sites...

HPE Wants to Use Azure to Be your IT Organization

Under the radar, HPE recently announced a new program where the company wants to use Microsoft’s Azure cloud platform to assume management over specific technology services and functions in for businesses. The offering includes: Management of virtual server, storage and network infrastructure so that clients can focus on their business’s core competencies Service provisioning and de-provisioning as well as infrastructure configurations management so that clients can govern their resources usage based on their application requirements Operations support, active directory management, operating system patching services – all to allow the IT and Business leaders to focus on achieving business outcomes Backup and recovery services, and Security services to ensure that best practices are i...

Windows Defender Gets an App Interface

Microsoft has rolled out an app for Windows 10 devices that allows customers to check protection status and  scan the device (by simply opening Windows Defender on the device), but its main focus is  delivering content from around the web to better inform customers about security issues and tips. Windows Defender Hub is in the Windows Store here: https://www.microsoft.com/store/apps/9nblggh4nn7m Looking for an awesome, no-nonsense technical conference for IT Pros, Devs, and DevOps? IT/Dev Connections kicks off in San Francisco in 2017!

KB3159706 is the Update that Enables Windows 10 Feature Updates for WSUS

In the patching communities this question comes up quite a bit, so its worth having it recorded so its easy to find. Q: Which update is the one I need to apply to enable WSUS to deploy Feature Updates for Windows 10? A: KB3159706.  You must install this update on any WSUS server that is intended to sync and distribute Windows 10 upgrades (and feature updates) that are released after May 1, 2016. Without this update applied to Windows Server 2012 or Windows Server 2012 R2, WSUS 4.0 will only be able to deploy quality updates. The actual update enables ESD decryption provision in WSUS in Windows Server 2012 and Windows Server 2012 R2. NOTE: This update is only for those running Windows Server 2012 or Windows Server 2012 R2. WSUS 4.0 running on Windows Server 2016 already contains the extra c...