Month: September 2017

Last Chance to Vote for Asset Intelligence Dashboard or SSRS Stats Dashboard

The report choices in September 2017’s poll are: Asset Intelligence Dashboard OR SSRS Stats Dashboard. The winning report in September’s poll will become October’s free Configuration Manager (SCCM) report! All of our dashboard and report giveaways are found within Enhansoft Reporting. To learn more about Enhansoft Reporting, please visit the product page. VOTE HERE! SSRS Stats Dashboard Have you ever wanted to know which SSRS (SQL Server Reporting Services) reports are running the most or if they have ever been run before? Do you want to know which reports take the most time to run (execute)? This report will tell you those stats for your SSRS server. This report will also help to identify reports that generate significant data or take significant SQL Server CPU time. Knowing this informat...

Last Reminder – System Center Endpoint Protection (SCEP) Dashboard is the Free Report

Today’s the last day to get your copy of September 2017’s free System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM) report, System Center Endpoint Protection (SCEP) Dashboard, by CLICKING HERE! System Center Endpoint Protection (SCEP) Dashboard Ever since December 2015, when System Center Endpoint Protection (SCEP) Dashboard was last the free report we’ve received several requests for it, so we thought we’d put it in last month’s poll. Guess what? It ended up winning, so it is now September 2017’s free report. In the System Center Endpoint Protection (SCEP) Dashboard report, you’ll see that the main details about your SCEP environment are displayed in three easy to read tables, Anti-Virus Signature Version, Engine Version, and Client Version (client version is sometimes referred to as platform versi...

Alexa Tip: Calling Actual Phone Numbers

Amazon recently rolled out the full functionality for Calling and Messaging in that you can now use your Echo device to call US, Canada, or Mexico phone numbers for free. If the contact shows up in the Alexa app, you can just say “Alexa, call <person name>.” If the person doesn’t show up in the contact list in the Alexa app, you can still call them by giving the full phone number. For example, “Alexa, call 555-555-4444.” When the remote end receives the phone call, the phone number you used to register the Alexa App for the Calling and Messaging feature is shown. You can opt out of using your phone number as the caller ID through your contact card in the Alexa app. If you opt out, the remote recipient will be shown as “unknown.” 911 services ...

Goodbye Microsoft Ignite

It was a great week for the Enhansoft team at Microsoft Ignite 2017! We loved all of the conversations we had with both old and new friends, but now it is time to say, “Goodbye Microsoft Ignite 2017.” Goodbye Microsoft Ignite If you didn’t get a chance to stop by, well it’s never too late to call, email or even tweet us! Don’t forget to sign-up for our newsletter where we provide Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager tips and tricks! For those of you who signed-up for our free tools and dashboards, we’ll be sending them out starting next week. We’ll also be announcing October’s free report next week, so stay tuned and keep an eye out for our blog posts, check back to our social media pages Facebook, LinkedIn and Google+, or see our tweets @Enhansoft about it! It’s still not too lat...

Fire TV Can Now Use Alexa to View Your Smart Home Camera Feeds

Amazon has been promising new capabilities for turn Fire TV devices into (essentially) Echo Show devices. That update is now available. Now, you can use Alexa voice commands to ask the Fire TV device to show your security camera feeds on your large TV screen. When you connect a compatible smart home camera to Alexa, you can use your voice to access the live camera feed on supported Fire TV devices and Echo Show. Commands available… Show your camera feed “Show [camera name].” “Show the [camera name] camera.” Hide your camera feed “Hide [camera name].” “Stop the [camera name] camera.” “Stop.” “Go home.” Amazon has posted the full description in its online Help documentation: Use Smart Home Cameras with Alexa Follow...

Alexa-enabled Product of the Week: Echo Spot

With Alexa’s ever-increasing popularity, new Alexa-enabled products deliver almost daily. Some are duds – some are interesting and valuable. When new and interesting products are available, we take a look at new and important Alexa add-on hardware you might want to consider adding to your Alexa device farm. Alexa is available for Amazon devices Echo, Echo 2, Dot, Tap, Echo Spot, Echo Plus, Echo Show, Echo Look, Echo Connect, Dash Wand, Fire tablets, and Fire TV, Amazon Fire TV Edition TVs, in the Music app, but also on iOS, Android, and the web with Reverb.ai. This week’s hardware: Echo Spot Description: Echo Spot brings you everything you love about Alexa, in an all-new stylish and compact design that can show you things. Just ask to see the weather, get the news with a ...

Alexa Skill of the Week: What’s New on Amazon Prime Video

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, Echo 2, Dot, Tap, Echo Spot, Echo Plus, Echo Show, Echo Look, Echo Connect, Dash Wand, Fire tablets, and Fire TV, Amazon Fire TV Edition TVs, in the Music app, but also on iOS, Android, and the web with Reverb.ai. This week’s skill: What’s New on Amazon Prime Video (Unofficial) Description: Daily updates of what’s new on Amazon Prime Video including the new releases, weekly highlights and a complete list of n...

Alexa Tip: Enabling Stubborn Notifications

Amazon recently rolled out the ability for third-party skill providers to enable notifications for their skill content. There are a few skill builders that do that already, including AccuWeather. For AccuWeather, specifically, it essentially turns your Alexa device into a NOAA weather radio. Cool feature. However, this ability doesn’t work right away for some people. If the skill is already installed, when trying to enable it through the Notification screen you can toggle the switch to turn on notifications but it doesn’t retain your selection. Because this is a new feature, the addition of the Notification function requires you to agree to new permissions – specifically the “Amazon Notifications” permission. Sadly, there’s nothing anywhere to tell you t...

Hulu Promises Full Alexa Support Before Year’s End

Amazon Fire TV customers can already use Alexa services to locate TV shows that exist on the Hulu service, but coming later this year, Hulu will be delivering full Alexa support to its services. …we are very happy to announce today that, beginning this fall, Hulu will be among the first 3rd-party entertainment services to support Amazon’s voice service, Alexa. Full announcement: Hulu Will Launch Support for Amazon’s Alexa This Fall Looking for an awesome, no-nonsense technical conference for IT Pros, Developers, and DevOps? IT/Dev Connections kicks off in San Francisco in 2017!

Review: ROMOSS 10000mAh Aluminum Power Bank

We’ve reviewed Romoss products in the past – and most of those have been portable power banks. However, this brand continues to impress and the company behind the hardware somehow continues to improve with each generation of devices. This latest device I’ve been testing is the 10000mAh power bank. Its a bit heavier than those I’m used to testing, but it still fits in the hand. The extra heft is due to the enormous battery capacity that allows it to charge two devices at once. This is an awesome power bank for those that either currently don’t have one, or for those looking for a portable power bank that can charge two devices at once with lots of varying port options. Incidentally, we’ll be giving one of these away (among other things) during the IT/Dev ...

Review: DBPOWER T21 1500 Lumens LCD Mini Projector

I’ve often thought about acquiring a mini-project for home theater so when I got a chance to test and review this one from DBPOWER I was more than thrilled. Though this projector has a number of port and connection options, for my testing I wanted to see if I could turn this into a portable home theater. For my testing, I attached an Amazon Fire TV stick to the HDMI port. This worked perfectly. Though I tested with the Amazon Fire TV stick, you can connect just about any device to this projector. It includes ports for VGA, HDMI, USB (in and out), AV, headphones, and an SD card. So, with the proper adapters you can connect your smartphone, your PC, or even just play a slideshow from your camera memory card. The projector seems to run a little hot. Of course, at 1500 Lumens, you have t...

Last Chance for Enhansoft’s Free Giveaways

With the Microsoft Ignite expo hall closing at 4:00 p.m. today, you’ll only have until 4:00 p.m. to stop by and get Enhansoft’s free giveaways. Once the expo hall closes, so do the giveaways! Get to Booth #1246 before times runs out! What Are Enhansoft’s Free Giveaways? This year’s giveaway is special! Not only are there two dashboards, but we’re also giving away a 200 client-count license key to Warranty Information Reporting. That’s over $1,000 in free software! Do you or does someone in your organization need to know: -What computers are still under warranty? -The age of computers? -Which computers need to be replaced next year? -Your patch status? -When an application was last used? If you need answers to any of those questions, then stop by Booth #1246 before times runs out! Want to K...