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Tip: Rename Alexa Smarthome Devices Using Voice

Amazon has now added the ability for Echo device owners to rename their smarthome devices with just their voice.  Prior to this updated capability, Echo device owners needed to use the mobile app to make these adjustments. To perform this function, just say something like: “Alexa, rename the kitchen plug“ Alexa will walk you through the rest of the steps to successfully rename the devi...

Apple Records Stuck in ConfigMgr After Hybrid Migration to Intune

If you’re a System Center Configuration Manager customer who has opted to do the Hybrid migration of your managed Apple devices, the Apple records have been found to get stuck in the ConfigMgr console – essentially creating duplicate records on-premises and in the cloud. Microsoft is aware of the problem and offers the following solutions until a resolution is developed: If you happen ...

Tip: Getting Notified of the Features Added Weekly to Microsoft Intune

While System Center Configuration Manager won’t be going away anytime soon due to a large group of on-premises holdouts and old-timers, Intune has become a very viable alternative for many organizations. So, when Enterprises do decide to “cut-the-cord,” Microsoft Intune will be ready. Microsoft continues its steady pace of bolstering its web-based endpoint management technology, ...

Workplace Join for non-Windows 10 Computers

Microsoft has provided an installation tool for non-Windows 10 computers to enjoy self-service registration on the corporate domain. The tool is distributed through an .MSI file and is available for download: Microsoft Workplace Join for non-Windows 10 computers The tool allows you to register non-Windows 10 computers for Workplace Join and supports the following non-Windows 10 systems: Windows 7,...

Tip: Admin Training for Microsoft Teams

Microsoft provides the following resources to help get you up to speed on implementing and managing a Microsoft Teams environment in your organization.   Title Video PowerPoint Foundations – Core Components Video Deck Windows Desktop Client Video Deck Governance, management, and Lifecycle Video Deck Network Planning Video Deck Call Quality Overview Video Deck Meetings introduction Video...

Tip: Changing the Default Sharing Method for ChromeOS with Android Apps

Those that install and use Android apps on ChromeOS may find that they no longer want the Android app handling requests. For example, if you want to share a web page or document using the web browser but at one point you told ChromeOS you’d rather use the Twitter Android app (as shown in the next image), locating how to change this back can be difficult. For this tip, we’ll continue us...

Tip: Notepad Nerd – a Better Windows 10 Text Editor

Duckhead Software has released what it calls a modern version of Windows Notepad. The software provides a more up-to-date interface for Notepad and adds some nice features that have been lacking for a long time. Obviously, Notepad is not a critical component for Windows for Microsoft, but to those customers that rely on it every day, having a refresh is definitely welcome. Here are some of the fea...

Tip: Viewing and Customizing the Data Google Assistant Collects

All voice assistants and smart speakers capture user data to ensure that the service is tailored to a more personal experience. But, they all also provide logs and customization settings so you can view what’s been captured and then modify the type and amount of information that’s collected. Google does this with its Google Assistant. And, now that the company has rolled out Google Ass...

Tip: Customizing Google Assistant on ChromeOS

As we’ve already noted, Google has now made ChromeOS 72 available which offers the ability to turn on Google Assistant for all supported Chromebooks. See: Tip: Enabling Google Assistant for ChromeOS 72 and Later After enabling Google Assistant, you can also customize how the assistant interacts with you and how much (or how little) it knows about you. To locate the customization settings, fi...

Tip: Enabling Google Assistant for ChromeOS 72 and Later

Google has recently begun the rollout of ChromeOS 72 to supported Chromebooks. In this update is the ability to (finally) enable the Google Assistant. To enable this, you have to toggle a few flags and then modify the ChromeOS Settings. To do it… First, run chrome://flags in the browser, and then search for ‘Assistant.’ There are two flags to enable: Enable Google Assistant Enabl...

Tip: Changing the Default App Association for Files in ChromeOS

Changing which app opens which file type in ChromeOS isn’t easy to find and there are caveats. For most file types, the default is good enough, but for others, you may want to change the app that opens the file type because you like something better. For example, the default app for opening PDF files doesn’t currently support markups, signatures, or bookmarks. We recently recommended X...

Tip: Adding Support for 802.1x Through the Hyper-V vSwitch in Windows 10 1809 and Windows Server 2019

Starting with Windows 10 1809 and Windows Server 2019, Microsoft added the ability to provide support for 802.1x through the Hyper-V vSwitch. To enable it, a registry modification is required. Run the following with elevated credentials: reg add “HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CURRENTControlSet\vmsmp\parameters” /v 8021xEnabled /t REG_DWORD /d 1 /f shutdown /r /t 0 This makes the necessary registry mod...