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Tip: Lockdown Creation of Microsoft Teams and Office 365 Groups

MVP, Anthony Caragol has put together a tool that provides the ability administrators to keep Teams and Office 365 Groups from being created except for those designated to do it. In this case, the tool can be used to lockdown creation to just a specific security group or to global and other admins. Download: Microsoft Teams and Office 365 Creation Lockdown Tool

System Center Service Manager Authoring Tool 2019

The System Center Service Manager Authoring Tool 2019 is a tool for customization and extension of the built-in functionality in System Center Service Manager. This release supports modifying existing process management packs and creating new management packs that define extensions to the Service Manager database for tracking additional information, customizations of forms or new forms, and new wo...

Tip: Roll Your Own Windows 10 Toast Notifications for Upgrades and Reboots

Martin Bengtsson has put together a cool script that you can use to develop your own toast notifications to warn users about available upgrades or PC reboots. The Windows 10 Toast Notification Script enables you to create nice and nifty toast notifications for the logged on user in Windows 10. This can be done with Configuration Manager or with Group Policy Preferences and Scheduled Tasks (and pro...

Tip: Keeping Microsoft Teams from Installing as a Default App for Office 365 ProPlus

If you to exclude Microsoft Teams from installing as part of the overall Office 365 ProPlus installation, you’ll need to modify the XML file with the ExcludeApp element. Use the Office Deployment Tool to make the modifications to add the ExcludeApp element: <Configuration> <Add OfficeClientEdition=”64″ Channel=”Monthly”> <Product ID=”O365ProPlusRe...

Tip: Using PowerShell to Perform Offline Servicing to a Windows Operating System Image

OSDBuilder is a PowerShell module capable of performing offline servicing for Windows images. OSDBuilder is the product of David Segura, a self-described Windows Offline Servicing and Customization Expert.  Details including documentation and guidance are available from the same website as the download: OSBuilder Home OSBuilder is a PowerShell module to help you perform Offline Servicing to a Wind...

Tip: Run Gmail Offline on ChromeOS

Chromebooks are intended to be used with an Internet connection – at least that’s how it all started. As time has progressed, though, and as ChromeOS has started becoming a more viable alternative to Windows, there are more and more apps and options for using a Chromebook offline. Did you know that Gmail also offers the ability to be used offline? When you turn on offline use for the G...

Tip: Tricking Skype for the Web to Allow ChromeOS to Work

Recently, Microsoft “enhanced” its Skype for the Web components. In doing so, the company left out Chromebook users from being able to utilize the web-based app. The Skype app for Android still works on ChromeOS, so users can use that if they need to connect to meetings. However, there’s also another way to accomplish this, proving that there’s literally no good reason why ...

Tip: Building a Modern Desktop Deployment and Management Lab Kit

Microsoft provides a free full lab kit full of trial software to allow customers to plan, text, and validate modern desktops. Download from here: Modern Desktop Deployment and Management Lab Kit What’s included: Windows 10 Enterprise, Version 1809 Windows 7 Office 365 ProPlus, Version 1901 System Center Configuration Manager, Version 1802 Windows Assessment and Deployment Kit for Windows 10,...

Tip: Client TCP Port Tester for System Center Configuration Manager

If you need to test and verify port accessibility for ConfigMgr clients, there’s now a tool available from Trevor Jones. This tool is for TCP port testing on SCCM client systems. It checks the local ports required by the SCCM client as well as connectivity to management point, distribution point and sofware update point servers. In addition, there is a custom port tester for testing any inbo...

Tip: Reimage and Recover a Surface Hub

Bad things can happen. And, when bad things happen to a Microsoft Surface Hub, there’s are tools available to help get it back to working order. Download: Surface Hub Tools for IT This download contains the Microsoft Surface Hub Recovery Tool and the Surface Hub Replacement PC drivers. The Surface Hub Recovery Tool helps you re-image your Surface Hub Solid State Drives (SSD) using a Windows ...

Tip: The Complete Guide to Microsoft WSUS

Microsoft recently revamped its complete guide to Microsoft WSUS. The new document is longer, for sure, but contains every important bit for installation, deploying, managing, and troubleshooting WSUS in an organization. Save this link: The complete guide to Microsoft WSUS and Configuration Manager SUP maintenance

Tip: Opening the ChromeOS Task Manager

Those coming from a Windows environment to ChromeOS might wonder if Google’s operating system has a Task Manager-type application for reviewing running processes. Yes, it does. There are a few different ways to access Task Manager for ChromeOS. Using key combinations: Shift-Esc Search-Esc Using OS components: With the Chrome browser open, right-click on the title bar… With the Chrome b...