Admin Arsenal

PowerShell: Enabling/Disabling Java (NPAPI) in Google Chrome by Using the Registry

Posted by Kris Powell

Apr 16, 2015 12:38:00 PM

As some of you may know, the most recent release of Google Chrome disables any NPAPI (Netscape plugin API) plugins by default.

Read More

Topics: powershell

Manage Java's Control Panel and Exception Site List

Posted by Shane Corellian

Apr 7, 2015 11:06:41 AM

We all know how easy it is to deploy Java to all of our computers using PDQ Deploy. If you would like a refresher you can watch this video where we deploy Java 8.

Managing Java's Control Panel and Exception site list from a single source is not only possible, but totally do-able and you can also use PDQ Deploy to help you do this. Let's manage the Java 8 control panel and exception site list from a single source. To do this, in addition to your own customized properties file, you'll need two additional files. 

Create a deployment.config File

A default deployment.properties file, located in a User's profile is where the control panel and exception site list are usually managed. However, this is only on a per-user basis. This is not too helpful to a sys admin needing to manage multiple computers or maintain standard settings across their enterprise. 

Read More

Topics: java

See What's New in PDQ Deploy 6

Posted by Annalisa Williams

Apr 2, 2015 1:40:00 PM

PDQ Deploy 6 is currently in beta. Get the latest features (and alerts for new betas) by going into Preferences > Auto Update and enabling Include Beta Versions. You can also click the link sign up for email notifications.

What's New?

New Steps for Packages

Access to all the different steps are now under a New Step button. You'll also notice some new steps in PDQ Deploy 6. 

Read More

Topics: pdq deploy

Silently Uninstall Java

Posted by Annalisa Williams

Mar 25, 2015 4:45:00 PM

Did you know you can silently uninstall Java from all of your Windows computers? PDQ Deploy has pre-built Uninstall packages in the Package Library for Enterprise-level users, (or, of course, you can write your own uninstall package).

Silently Uninstalling Java

There are three Java uninstall packages available in the Package Library. Each package uninstalls Java installations in a particular family. The three families are: Java 6, Java 7 and Java 8.

Each uninstall package will kill browsers and any currently running Java processes before proceeding to the uninstall. This is generally considered a best practice as you can encounter some nasty errors if a target computer has Java actively running at the time of either an install or uninstall. 

Read More

Software Deployment and Group Policy with Jeremy Moskowitz

Posted by Shane Corellian

Mar 23, 2015 1:47:00 PM

If you manage Active Directory and/or Group Policy, there's a good chance you've already heard the name Jeremy Moskowitz. Jeremy Moskowitz is a Microsoft MVP expert on all things Group Policy. He also founded PolicyPak, a necessary add-on for centrally managing applications via Group Policy. 

Read More

Topics: Group Policy

Create Shortcuts on User Desktops using Powershell

Posted by Kris Powell

Mar 19, 2015 1:10:00 PM

Let’s take a fairly common task that many system administrators face: creating shortcuts on all user desktops.

PDQ Deploy and PowerShell go together like eggs and bacon. There are so many things that PowerShell can do by itself, but when combined with the power of PDQ Deploy, the sky becomes the limit for what's possible.

We’re going to assume that PDQ Deploy and PowerShell are already installed.

Using PowerShell to Create a Shortcut on All User Desktops

Read More

Topics: powershell

Silently Install OpenOffice

Posted by Annalisa Williams

Mar 18, 2015 4:13:08 PM

If you're interested in how the pre-built package from the package library for OpenOffice works and how to make customizations to the package, or need to create a package to silently install OpenOffice yourself, watch the video below and read on. 

Read More

Topics: OpenOffice

Silently Uninstall Applications

Posted by Annalisa Williams

Mar 11, 2015 3:24:03 PM

Methods for uninstalling applications will vary from application to application. Because there isn't a standard way to perform uninstalls, you will need to do your homework

Read More

Topics: silently uninstall

Deploy Java 8 Update 40 To All Windows Computers

Posted by Shane Corellian

Mar 6, 2015 1:32:52 PM

Oracle has issued a surprise update to Java 8. Oracle generally sticks to its scheduled release dates (Jan, Apr, Jul, Oct) however they released a "Limited Update" on March 3rd. As always, you can deploy Java 8 Update 40 from the PDQ Deploy Package Library.

Read More

Topics: java

Secure Password with PowerShell: Encrypting Credentials - Part 2

Posted by Kris Powell

Mar 5, 2015 12:21:00 PM

In continuing with my previous post, Secure Password with PowerShell: Encrypting Credentials Part 1, I’d like to talk about sharing credentials between different machines/users/etc.

To recap my last blog, part 1 of Encrypting Credentials, when you use ConvertTo-SecureString and ConvertFrom-SecureString without a Key or SecureKey, Powershell will use Windows Data Protection API (DPAPI) to encrypt/decrypt your strings. This means that it will only work for the same user on the same computer.

When you use a Key/SecureKey, the Advanced Encryption Standard (AES - wiki link) encryption algorithm is used. You are able to use the stored credential from any machine with any user so long as you know the AES Key that was used.

Read More

Subscribe to Email Updates