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Month: June 2017

Configuring for Standard or First Release options in Office 365

You can sign up for an early release so that your organization receives updates first. You can designate that only certain individuals receive the updates. Or, you can remain on the default release schedule and receive the updates later.   Looking for an awesome, no-nonsense technical conference for IT Pros, Developers, and DevOps? IT/Dev Connections kicks off in San Francisco in 2017!

Last Day to Request June 2017’s Free ConfigMgr Report

Today’s the last day! Make sure to request your copy of June 2017’s free ConfigMgr report, Asset Intelligence Computer Details, by using your business address and emailing Info AT Enhansoft. The Asset Intelligence Computer Details report is a brand new report! This report is designed to fill-in the gap created by ConfigMgr’s built-in AI reports. We heard that you wanted to see both the normalized and true product name software titles in one report, so you’ve got it! If you’re asking why you would need this information the answer is simple. Have you ever tried to determine who has SQL Server 2016 Management Studio (SSMS) only to discover that the normalized name is Microsoft SQL Server 2016 (all components) which not only includes SSMS, but also SQL Server Configuration Manager, SQL Server ...

Episode 3, IT Pro Today PODCAST

This week our round table discussion focuses on another malicious attack similar to the WannaCrypt Ransomware in May, why patches are not being applied even after WannaCrypt, and work Microsoft is doing in the upcoming Fall Creators Update to further enhance security for both enterprise and consumer users.There is no interview segment in this episode because we have tweaked the format to alternate episodes between a round table discussion and an interview. This will allow us to keep the show under 30 minutes without making each segment seem too brief for a good discussion/interview. Thanks for tuning in and be sure to share our show with your friends and colleagues. Looking for an awesome, no-nonsense technical conference for IT Pros, Developers, and DevOps? IT/Dev Connections kicks off in...

Petya/NotPetya Kill Switch and SCCM

By Garth Jones There’s yet another WannaCry variant out there and this time it’s called Petya! I heard about a method in ZDNet from Amit Serper that will prevent this variant of WannaCry/Petya from infecting computers. This method involves creating a file called perfc with no file extension. In my opinion this is solely a stop-gap measure, but in spite of its apparent short-comings, I decided that I’d figure out a way to easily implement it by using System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM) and Configuration Item (CI). I’m going to use SCCM 1702 in my example below, BUT there isn’t any reason why it shouldn’t work with all versions of SCCM going back to 2007. I wrote this script in PowerShell, and I will use this script for both CI checking and CI remediation. $win=$env:windir $strFileNam...

Alexa Skill of the Week: Babbleship

Each week, we take a look at new and important Alexa skills you might want to consider enabling for your Alexa device. Amazon continues to improve Alexa with its own updates, but skills are software components that allow Alexa users to extend functionality across all Alexa-enabled devices in use for very specific functions. Alexa is available for Amazon devices Echo, Dot, Tap, Echo Show, Echo Look, Dash Wand, Fire tablets, and Fire TV, but also on iOS, Android, and the web with Reverb.ai. This week’s skill: Babbleship Description: Captain, you’re under attack! The enemy has sent a fleet of 5 babbleships to attack you from the ocean. The enemy’s ships are positioned on a 10 by 10 ocean grid. Each target has a corresponding letter and number coordinate. To pick a target, ch...

List of June 2017 Security Downloads for Non-supported Microsoft Platforms

Microsoft went against the grain again this month, delivering security updates for older Windows versions due to a severe vulnerability in the wild (Microsoft Security Advisory 4025685). These security updates are not delivered through Windows Update since the operating system versions are no longer supported by Microsoft, but they are available for download and manual installation. Microsoft has put together a web page that gives information and provides links to manually download applicable security updates. The updates are available for Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 8, and Windows Server 2003. The page: Microsoft security advisory 4025685: Guidance for older platforms: June 13, 2017 Looking for an awesome, no-nonsense technical conference for IT Pros, Developers, and DevOps? IT/Dev...

Institutions, Educators, and Students Sign Up for Free AWS Credits and More

Similar to what Amazon does for the educational sector with its free Prime Member accounts (Prime Student), it is now offering free AWS credits. Check out the features that are part of this program… Amazon believes that if it can hook you early enough, you’ll be a customer for life. That has definitely been the case for us. Our two oldest graduates remain Amazon Prime customers and our second youngest, who is just entering college, is already signed up for the benefits of Prime Student. Can it do the same for AWS? With the increasing demand for cloud employees, AWS Educate provides an academic gateway for the next generation of IT and cloud professionals. AWS Educate is Amazon’s global initiative to provide students and educators with the resources needed to accelerate cloud-re...

Better Integrate Echo Dot into Your Life with a Flush Mount

Mount Genie has released a new Alexa companion that allows you to better integrated the device into your life, but also into the room without being too intrusive. The Flush Mount requires some experience working with drywall situations (cutting a hole, using spackle, and sanding), but once installed makes the Echo Dot look like it belongs there. The mount is also designed to optimize the Dot’s small speaker sound with a patented “Sound Channel.” Install it in a wall, in the ceiling – or just about any spot you can work with. Available from Amazon for around $15: Flush Dot Mount 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, Developers, and DevOps? IT/Dev Connect...

The new unified Enterprise Mobility + Security management experience in the Azure Portal

Learn how we’re making your Enterprise Mobility + Security experience more productive with a unified admin experience in the Azure portal. Get a quick tour of how this helps you apply protections to corporate data of the user, device and application and file level. And how you can build your own custom management console that travels with you. NOTE: Simon May (seen in the video) will be delivering educational sessions on this topic at IT/Dev Connections 2017. IT/Dev Connections 2017 will be the first opportunity where customers can get deep-dive access to these technologies. Simon is an alumni speaker for IT/Dev Connections. See his sessions for this year: Simon May   Looking for an awesome, no-nonsense technical conference for IT Pros, Developers, and DevOps? IT/Dev Connections...

32-bit Outlook 2010 Patch Pulled, New One Promised

Its been a rough month for Microsoft, but the customers are really the victim here. The company deployed its updates as normal on Patch Tuesday, but those updates delivered new problems that Microsoft has spent the last week trying to get right before the long July 4th weekend. One of the areas where problems were introduced, was Microsoft Outlook. Customers have had to deal with several issues with Outlook since Patch Tuesday. Microsoft delivered supposed fixed updates just a couple days ago, but now we learn that one of those updates had problems, was removed, and will be replaced (sometime). The original KB article (KB3015545) has the updated information, though if you don’t scan the page carefully you’ll miss it. Here it is: Note A new update for 32-bit Outlook 2010 is unde...

Last Reminder to Help Choose Enhansoft’s Next Free ConfigMgr Report for the Month of July 2017

This time we’re mixing things up and trying something new! Instead of choosing reports from Enhanced Web Reporting to be in the poll, we’re taking one of the following often-requested items seen in the forums and mailing lists and we’re going to turn one of them into a dashboard set based on the voting results! –.NET versions –Internet Explorer versions At the moment .NET has 65% of the vote. Will .NET stay in the lead or will Internet Explorer come from behind to win? VOTE HERE! The dashboard set will include: -Count of (.NET OR Internet Explorer) Versions -List of Computers by (.NET OR Internet Explorer) Version -Computer Details for (.NET OR Internet Explorer) We want to hear from you! After voting in the poll, let us know which one you want to see win by tweeting @Enhansoft using the h...

Career Advice: Why are you not more successful?

Full of career advice that you can use starting today. Learn about getting good and getting noticed from someone who has walked the walk and succeeded in startups, academe and top tech companies.   Looking for an awesome, no-nonsense technical conference for IT Pros, Developers, and DevOps? IT/Dev Connections kicks off in San Francisco in 2017!