Remotely Disable Windows Data Collection

Posted by Annalisa Williams

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... 

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Topics: Windows 10

What's Up with Adobe Flash? (Silently Install Flash)

Posted by Annalisa Williams

Sep 28, 2015 10:50:00 AM

Adobe Flash 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. 

The Problem

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. 

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Topics: Adobe Flash

PDQ Deploy 7: New Deployment Reports

Posted by Annalisa Williams

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
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Topics: pdq deploy

Silently Uninstall Just About Anything

Posted by Annalisa Williams

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. 

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Topics: pdq inventory

Automate Silent Installs of Firefox (and other applications too)

Posted by Annalisa Williams

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. 

Scheduling the Auto Deployment

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.)

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Topics: mozilla firefox, Auto Deployments

Silently Install Dropbox Across Your Network

Posted by Shane Corellian

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. 

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Topics: Dropbox

Using Get-ChildItem to Find Files by Date and Time

Posted by Kris Powell

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.

  • Which workstations and servers are getting full on space?
  • Which user is a disk hog?
  • Where are all my *.mp3 files?
  • How many marshmallows can I fit into my mouth at once?

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).

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Topics: powershell

The Sys Admin End-of-Summer Checklist

Posted by Annalisa Williams

Aug 20, 2015 10:30:00 AM

You may have a decline of tickets in summer as employees take summer vacations, this is especially so for sys admins working in a school district or other educational setting. The number of end users you have to deal with declines, but as summer begins to wane, you realize...war is coming, and your computers are helpless.
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Happy, Healthy DNS: How to Resolve DNS Errors

Posted by Lex

Aug 19, 2015 9:50:00 AM

The errors are many:

  • Target computer name mismatch
  • Failed to connect to ADMIN$ share
  • The target account name is incorrect
  • The filename, directory name, or volume label syntax is incorrect.

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.

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Topics: DNS

How to Customize Adobe Flash Player

Posted by Annalisa Williams

Aug 12, 2015 3:25:19 PM

Let's talk customizing Adobe Flash. You can make your customizations to Flash with the mms.cfg file. The mms.cfg file is a text file Flash will use to apply customizations. We'll look at some possible customizations and how to silently install Flash on your computers.

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Topics: Adobe Flash

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