Month: December 2018

The 12 Tips of ConfigMas

It’s that magical time of year again! A time for friendship, feasts and festivities. I’m talking, of course, about ConfigMas! That special occasion when Adaptiva delivers a holiday ConfigMgr roundup for all to enjoy. As we prepare to greet the new year, we’ve compiled some of the best advice from MVPs and leading industry experts into the 12 Tips of ConfigMas. If you prefer to hear the 12 tips in a song, please enjoy this rousing rendition from the ConfigMas Carolers. 1. Use the SCCM Office 365 Wizard to Create Your Office 2019 Install Prajwal Desai @PrajwalDesai With Office 2019 utilizing click-to-run technology, MSI technology is no longer used. Instead, Microsoft lets you create your Office 2019 install via the Office 365 installer wizard in the ConfigMgr console. To get the best from t...

What’s in Store for myITforum in 2019

Seeing a few pieces of thinly veiled communications filter around the socialsphere, many of you have asked as about what’s in store for myITforum.com in 2019. We can’t share everything yet, but there are a few pieces that I think will be important to understand as we close out 2018 and head into the new year. Myself and a couple partners have some big things planned for myITforum in 2019. One of those is separating from our current entity and becoming “whole” again. myITforum.com was originally birthed due to necessity. Essentially, a community of like-minded technologists needed a centralized place to congregate, share knowledge, and participate. This resulted in a community-based website that eventually introduced some extremely popular events, conferences, and we...

Microsoft Will Begin Shutting Down Microsoft Virtual Academy on January 31, 2019

Microsoft in 2018 announced a new learning endeavor called Microsoft Learn. And, in doing so, the company also has to shut down its old method of learning to avoid confusion and duplication. Microsoft Virtual Academy will begin the shutdown procedure on January 31, 2019, with full shutdown later in 2019. Microsoft recommends that anyone with unfinished MVA courses should identify those and finish them before the January 31, 2019 date. This is the cutoff date for completing courses. Check your MVA Dashboard frequently for courses you have started that are retiring. To earn your certificates of completion, be sure to finish any courses by January 31, 2019.

No New Windows Update Offline Scan File for Windows 10 1809 Until January 2019

As most are packing up to head home for the Christmas holiday, there’s a tidbit of information that may have been overlooked when Microsoft delivered its December 19 cumulative update for Windows 10 1809 to solve an actively exploited bug in Internet Explorer. Per KB4483235: For customers using Windows Update offline scan file, Wsusscn2.cab, no new December scan cab will be issued. You will need to download the December 2018 WSUS scan cab and then manually download this KB from Microsoft Update Catalog to deploy. An updated scan file that includes this KB will be available in the next security release in January 2019. A Delta package for this update will not be available. Customers using Delta package updates need to apply the Full Update. Customers who do not apply the Full update, ...

Tip: Monitor Power and Configure Low Battery Alerts for ChromeOS

ChromeOS doesn’t yet provide the ability to customize battery percentage alerts, but should in a future release. However, if you would like to have this ability, download and install the Charge Status extension from the Chrome Web Store. Extension page: Charge Status After you install the extension it will take a bit, but after 10 seconds or so your initial battery charge status will display… You can also go to the Profile tab and customize your Low and Critical Alert Thresholds for which you’ll receive notifications. To access these pages later, just tap or click the Charge Status icon in the Chrome web browser Extensions list. For even deeper reporting on the Chromebook’s battery life, you can use the battery_test command in the ChromeOS Developer Shell. See: Tip:...

Tip: Accessing and Using the ChromeOS Developer Shell

If you’ve ever used a Windows PC, you’re probably familiar with the MS-DOS CMD window where you can manipulate files, traverse directories, and run special commands. Or, you might also be familiar with the PowerShell CMD window, where even more powerful Windows command-line wealth is available. Did you know that ChromeOS offers something similar? ChromeOS has the Chrome OS Developer Shell or CROSH. To access it, use the following key sequence on the Chromebook keyboard: Ctrl-Alt-T CROSH opens and runs in a Chrome web browser tab. There’s a stack of ready-made commands you can access in CROSH, containing things like battery status, free memory information, peer-to-peer update sharing, Wake-on-Lan configuration, etc. To find all the commands available to you and how to use ...

Intel Updates Its Modern Drivers to Support More Games

In late November, Intel finally released hardware drivers to support Windows 10 1809’s new Modern Driver feature. Prior to this release, those attempting to install Windows 10 1809 would suffer from bugs and glitches, particularly for games. Microsoft had to place an upgrade block on Windows 10 1809 due to the problem. The November release helped solve customer problems and help put Windows 10 1809 back into play. Now, Intel has updated those drivers. There are further bugs fixes in the new drivers, but the company is highlighting the release as something that supports more games. The release works for Windows 10 1709, 1803, and 1809. The download is available from here: Intel Graphics – Windows 10 DCH Drivers

Tip: Tool to Remove Backgrounds in Images on ChromeOS

There are a number of options for working with images on ChromeOS. Some of those are actually Android apps installed from the Google Play Store. However, a recent entry may actually prove to be the best option for the most important reason of all – its automatic. The site is: https://www.remove.bg/ The site isn’t a PWA, but you can still run it as an app on ChromeOS by using this tip: Turn Any Website into a PWA on ChromeOS Using the tool is easy. You simply upload the image to the site and presto-changeo, the background of the image is removed automatically. You can then save the prepared image (without the background) locally as a PNG file. Note that this only works on images that have people in them. This is a great tool to add to our growing list of graphics app favorites f...

Google Launches Chrome Canvas – a PWA for Quick Drawings and Sketches

Google today has launched a new Progressive Web App (PWA) called Chrome Canvas. Chrome Canvas is a web-based drawing tool, giving users the ability to make quick sketches and drawings using a small toolkit of pens, pencils, and erasers. Chrome Canvas: https://canvas.apps.chrome/ The tool is pretty basic, but according to rumors, Google may be developing this into a more feature rich artists tool. Your drawings are automatically saved and you can export any drawing as a PNG file. You can also open a local image file to draw or write on it. It works well with a finger, a mouse cursor, or a compatible stylus. You can access this on any ChromeOS device and through the Chrome browser, or install it as a PWA app. To install a PWA, once on a PWA-enabled website, just choose the “install” option o...

Corel Acquires Parallels

Over the years, Parallels has become the bonified defacto standard in Mac management, while Corel might be remembered most for its premium graphics applications and its acquisition of Word Perfect. Now, these two companies will merge as Corel has announced that it has acquired Parallels. Press Release Corel Acquires Parallels, Further Accelerating its Growth in Global Software Market With significant investment from Corel, Parallels has new opportunities to amplify its proven ability to create innovative solutions for businesses and consumers Ottawa, ON – December 20, 2018 – Corel Corporation today announced that it has acquired the Parallels business, a global leader in cross-platform solutions best known for its #1-selling software for running Windows on Mac. Corel now offers the complet...

Trend Micro Completes Compatibility Patches for Windows 10 1809

Trend Micro today has updated its plan list for providing fixes for its products to work with Windows 10 1809. The company finalized another update this afternoon. See: Trend Micro Business Endpoint Support for Windows 10 October 2018 Update (RS5) Microsoft has yet to lift the Upgrade Block, but that should happen soon.

Microsoft Delivers Out-of-Band Security Update for Internet Explorer

Microsoft has identified a vulnerability in Internet Explorer and is delivering an update today to close a remote code execution hole. CVE-2018-8653 | Scripting Engine Memory Corruption Vulnerability A remote code execution vulnerability exists in the way that the scripting engine handles objects in memory in Internet Explorer. The vulnerability could corrupt memory in such a way that an attacker could execute arbitrary code in the context of the current user. An attacker who successfully exploited the vulnerability could gain the same user rights as the current user. If the current user is logged on with administrative user rights, an attacker who successfully exploited the vulnerability could take control of an affected system. An attacker could then install programs; view, change, or de...

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