Author: Adaptiva

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 ...

Custom Configuration Items: Maybe the Most Underrated Tool in Your ConfigMgr Kit

ConfigMgr has many little gems tucked away, underutilized, forgotten at times. Configuration Items (CI) is one of these gems. CIs have been around since Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager (ConfigMgr) 2007 days, when they were known as Desired State Configuration. Configuration Items are created, set to a Configuration Baseline (CB) that is then deployed to a collection. Compliance is ev...

Windows 10 Security Checklist Starter Kit

I love it when a tech speaker lays out an overwhelming topic so clearly that it starts to feel approachable. That’s how I felt during a recent ITPro Today webinar with Orin Thomas on security configuration management for Windows endpoints in the enterprise. I’ve gone through Orin’s webinar and pulled out many of the items into a checklist that you can use as a starting point. It’s obviously not a ...

Survey: IT Pros Want to Secure Endpoints Daily but Don’t Have the Time

If you work in IT today, you are walking on a razor’s edge trying to get security right. The Adaptiva 2018 Endpoint Security Survey can help you avoid missteps. We polled over 300 IT professionals about Windows security in a business environment. Findings include: Windows 10 deployments measured (past the half way point!) Security hygiene tasks prioritized Staffing shortages The biggest help desk ...

ConfigMgr Pros Get Help from OneSite

ConfigMgr implementers, architects and administrators don’t have the luxury of getting it wrong. You have to nail everything in order for the organizations you support to succeed. That’s a lot of pressure! More and more, ConfigMgr professionals are enlisting Adaptiva OneSite to help businesses and government organizations prosper. Instead of telling you why, I’ll let you hear it directly from them...

MMS 2018 Recap: A Day in the Life of an OSD Guru

At MMS, I presented a session with Johan Arwidmark called “A Day in the Life of an OSD Guru.” Times certainly are changing, and unless you’ve been living under a rock, you know that the way operating systems are traditionally deployed is facing some challenges. Our session attempted to address those challenges by conveying how we think IT pros should handle deployments in their organiz...

Is Windows Defender Mature Enough to Replace Third-Party Anti-virus/Anti-malware?

Think you already know everything you need to know about Windows Defender Antivirus versus third-party solutions? If you haven’t heard what Sami Laiho has to say, then I suggest you read on just to be 100% certain. Sami is an elite global cybersecurity speaker and author. He provided a very interesting take in a recent webinar, Get Smart on Windows 10 Application Security. (View the full webinar h...

Cloudlisting Is the New Whitelisting for Windows 10 Application Security

Your Windows 10 enterprise is only as secure as the shadiest app allowed to run. No matter how carefully you configure the OS itself, it can still run recklessly insecure applications. The obvious solution is:  Don’t let users run garbage apps! The Garbage App Law: Windows 10 apps are guilty of being garbage until proven to be totally secure. This does not mean that the apps are insecure. It just ...

Infographic: Windows 10 Security Features

I probably don’t need to convince you that Microsoft Windows 10 is a security must-have for enterprises. As a myITforum reader, you must know that security is critical to your company’s success. You also know that Windows 10 contains scores of must-have business security features. You may not know, however, exactly what all the key Windows 10 security features are. This infographic explains each f...

Infographic: Enterprises’ Greatest Endpoint Security Challenges

This infographic shares some of the key insights from Adaptiva’s Enterprise Endpoint Security Survey of 175 IT professionals. The survey focuses on Microsoft Windows endpoints. The findings reveal that most companies are unable to keep all endpoints secure at all times. To learn more about the many factors contributing to the vulnerabilities, download the full report. Download Report Download Info...

The One Third-Party Patching Best Practice ConfigMgr Pros Need to Know

For most ConfigMgr pros, third-party patching is a bear of a problem—and that’s putting it politely. In a recent Adaptiva Endpoint Security Survey, 48% of IT pros called it “especially challenging.” At the same time, they rated it as one of their top security priorities. What Exactly Is Third-Party Patching? Third-party patching is the process of updating non-Microsoft software applications and dr...

How to Stay Calm While Deploying Windows 10 to 100,000+ Endpoints

It’s easy to get stressed out when tasked with deploying Windows 10 across an enterprise. While upgrading your personal system was probably cake, migrating 100,000 or more systems is a whole different beast of a challenge. For starters, you can’t hire 100,000 of you to each go to a computer and run an upgrade! Suddenly you’re worrying about getting the money and time to build out global deployment...

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