Who loves to look at log files and sift through the boring details? Nobody does. But, that's okay.
Oct 6, 2015 11:21:00 AM
Oct 1, 2015 10:36:43 AM
There's no shortage of articles or blogs on data collection (or if you like a little sensationalism..."spying") in the new Windows 10 and more recently, Windows 7, 8, and 8.1. As a sys admin, maybe you (or your manager) don't want your company to participate in Microsoft's data pool. So how you you stop Windows data collection? Read on...
Topics: Windows 10
Sep 28, 2015 10:50:00 AM
Adobe Flash 188.8.131.52 was released September 21, 2015. This is a critical patch. You can read the security bulletin for vulnerability APSB15-23 here. This is a priority 1 patch. However, many sys admins have noticed that this update to Adobe Flash does not completely remove earlier versions of Adobe Flash.
If you installed this new update on a machine with a previous version you may have noticed that the Windows Control Panel will still show two versions of Adobe. This is a known bug with this update of Adobe Flash.
Flash fails to remove the registry key from the previous version when updating so the Control Panel and inventory systems (such as PDQ Inventory and SCCM) show two versions as being installed.
There is a preventative measure you can take to make sure the offending Adobe Flash is completely removed and the new Adobe Flash is successfully installed.
Topics: Adobe Flash
Sep 25, 2015 10:38:01 AM
PDQ Deploy 7 is now available. To update your console click the link that states "A new version is available" in the lower right side, from there you'll be able to click "Download and Install Now" to update.
Note: If your PDQ Deploy license is expired, you will need to renew it before you will be able to update to get the latest features. Log in to your customer portal to renew your license.PDQ Deploy 7 allows you to print, export or email reports on your deployments and scheduled deployments.
Topics: pdq deploy
Sep 24, 2015 3:08:00 PM
We often discuss ways to silently install various applications and how to customize those installations to work for you in your environment. But what if you need to silently uninstall an application? Well, let's go into it.
Topics: pdq inventory
Sep 3, 2015 1:52:46 PM
Around here we often refer to a "Baseline Package" or a "Baseline Schedule". This is a set of applications that are must-haves on your machines for your end-users to get started with a machine. Common examples are things like Flash, Java or a favorite web browser such as Firefox.
One of the biggest hurdles to keeping applications updated on your computers is the fact that new versions are always popping up. What if you could have those applications just magically be updated? Picture it, Mozilla Firefox silently installing while you fill your coffee mug. That's what setting up Auto Deployment can do. Scroll down to see a full video tutorial on setting this up. (See which applications can be automatically deployed by viewing the Package Library here.)
Aug 31, 2015 8:59:00 AM
If your organization uses Dropbox then you have probably felt the pain of deploying this application to all the users who need it. The big problem with deploying Dropbox has always been that it was installed per user (so there could be multiple versions of Dropbox on a single computer that was used by multiple people) but, unlike other per-user applications, it required Administrator privileges to install.
Aug 25, 2015 2:39:00 PM
As a sysadmin (system administrator), we often find ourselves needing to take inventory of the workstations and servers that we manage. We have all likely faced similar questions at some point in our careers.
These are important questions. We have all probably had the wonderful opportunity to panic when realizing that we're getting dangerously low on disk space (or marshmallows).
Aug 20, 2015 10:30:00 AM
Aug 19, 2015 9:50:00 AM
The errors are many:
These errors don't necessarily mean that name resolution via DNS is broken but the chances are good that DNS needs some attention. The only exception is the error "Failed to connect to ADMIN$ share" which can be caused by a number of problems not related to DNS.