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Windows 10

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...

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 complete checklist. That’s why I’m calling it a “starter kit.” You can use it to see how your company stacks up on these essential items. Then you can take steps to address any shortcomings and toward building a comprehensive checklist to help make your organization more secure. Organization-Wide Checklist These items apply to all Windows 10 endpoints the entire organization. □ Managing All System...

Does IT Have Anything to Fear from Automation?

Automation has been a buzzword of recent weeks–and,  as buzzwords go, quite a fearsome one, replete with World Bank warnings and sufficient general anxiety to get some pundits whispering of a “Silicon Valley backlash.” The general gist of all the coverage was that our species is set to make itself permanently redundant. Automation and IT, of course, go hand-in-hand. But what about IT automation–that is, the increasing ability to further automate processes within the engine of society’s larger technological transformation? With growing amounts of tasks that previously required some form of manual intervention–such as OS deployments–becoming automated and remotely managed, should IT workers be as nervous as (for instance) taxi drivers regarding the future viability of...

BitLocker Basics: Don’t Miss Out on Essential Security

Sponsored Post BitLocker disk encryption technology has been a part of the Windows operating system since Windows Vista. It didn’t really hit its stride until Windows 8.1, and now, with Windows 10, it’s almost perfect (in terms of compatibility and manageability). Bottom line as to why you should use it—it just works. It can be enabled during the imaging process from both MDT and ConfigMgr, or enabled via script and controlled by Group Policy. The decryption and recovery keys can be stored in Active Directory or the Microsoft BitLocker Administration and Monitoring (MBAM) product. There are also several decryption methods, such as TPM unlock, smart card requirements or PIN requirements. All in all, it’s very versatile and totally manageable. This post assumes that you are running Windows 1...

Make SCCM the Universal Enforcer of Endpoint Health, Security and Compliance

If you are an IT professional responsible for maintaining thousands or millions of Windows endpoints, questions like this may be keeping you up at night: Are you sure all your applications—security, in-house and third-party—are current, configured correctly and running successfully? Do you know if all your Windows endpoints are operating within company policies for privacy, security and regulatory compliance? If you discover a security breach or vulnerability, do you a have the ability to quickly find out which machines are affected, and automatically remediate them across a global enterprise? When you combine SCCM with Adaptiva Client Health™, you can rest easy.  Adaptiva Client Health lets SCCM handle those things quickly, easily and automatically. Some of the largest companies in the wo...

The Recent Past and Future of SCCM: User Voice, Rapid Development and Windows 10

Sponsored Blog By Bill Bernat It’s only January, and SCCM is moving like a bullet train. Adaptiva is investing more in Configuration Manager and other Microsoft technologies this year than ever before. To help you understand why, let’s start by taking a look back at 2016. Throughout the history of SCCM, Microsoft has built significant new features and functions into every release, as seen in SMS 2003, SCCM 2007 and SCCM 2012. The next major version was given a super snappy name: “1511.” With this release, Microsoft did something totally revolutionary. Instead of just delivering new SCCM enhancements and capabilities, they re-engineered the way they build them. While SCCM 1511, 1602, 1606 and 1610 deliver a cornucopia of great new features, the big story is the fact that there actually were...

Free Windows 10 Training Event Friday, Aug 14th – Live Jumpstart Online

Tomorrow, Friday, August 14th, there will be free online training event for Windows 10 in the Enterprise hosted by Microsoft Technical Evangelist Simon May.   The methods for provisioning and managing devices are changing rapidly with Windows 10.   There are opportunities to drastically rethink the way devices receive compliance settings, software, and updates which allow IT organizations to be far more agile than they have been. Improvements to Azure AD Domain Join, Microsoft Intune, and a slew of other cloud technologies also have the potential for changing the way IT challenges had been overcome in the past.   Check this session out for everything you need to get your IT organization ready for Windows 10 in the enterprise. Simon will talk about changes to deployment, servicing...