Decommission ADFS: How to switch from ADFS to Password Sync for Office 365

Recently, two new methods for Office 365 SSO have become available: Azure AD Seamless SSO, and Azure AD Domain Join. Active Directory Federation Services (ADFS) had (and still has) its place within Office 365 environments, but it is not nearly as attractive and easy to use as the new methods. Continue reading “Decommission ADFS: How to switch from ADFS to Password Sync for Office 365”

Now Micro, Inc Named to CRN’s 2017 Solution Provider 500 List

St, Paul, MN, June 5, 2017 – Now Micro, Inc, announced today that CRN®, a brand of The Channel Company, has named Now Micro, Inc to its 2017 Solution Provider 500 list. The Solution Provider 500 is CRN’s annual ranking of the largest technology integrators, solution providers and IT consultants in North America by revenue. Continue reading “Now Micro, Inc Named to CRN’s 2017 Solution Provider 500 List”

Customizable OSD PowerShell Web Service

Using web services for OSD is a great way to allow your task sequence to request changes to your ConfigMgr or Active Directory environment even if your devices are running from WinPE.  The problem with building web  services for many IT administrators is that they either need to find a web service online that has all of the functionality that they need, or they need to learn a web development framework to build their own.  I wrote the PowerShell Web Service to help bridge the gap – it allows you to customize all of the available web calls by writing new PowerShell scripts or editing the out of box samples. Continue reading “Customizable OSD PowerShell Web Service”

Recast 3.0 Release Preview (Part 2)

Recast 3.0 has not been released yet – we will post an announcement when the new tools are out.This blog will provide an overview of the latest features coming to both Recast RCT Free and Recast RCT Enterprise. 

Local Group Members (RCT Free and RCT Enterprise)
The System Information Tool now has a Local Group Members tab showing the users in each local group.  Right clicking on a group will show a “Remove From Group” tool that will remove the selected user(s) from the selected group(s). Continue reading “Recast 3.0 Release Preview (Part 2)”

Recast 3.0 Release Preview (Part 1)

Recast 3.0 has not been released yet – we will post an announcement when the new tools are out. This blog will provide an overview of the latest features coming to both Recast RCT Free and Recast RCT Enterprise.

RCT Builder / RCT Runner (RCT Enterprise)
The RCT Builder tool will let you right click on objects in the ConfigMgr console and create actions to be performed on those objects.  The various properties of the object can be used as input to run multiple Recast actions.
Continue reading “Recast 3.0 Release Preview (Part 1)”

Improving ImageConnect with 2Pint

ImageConnect is Now Micro’s solution for using a customer’s ConfigMgr task sequence to image devices they purchase from us.  Internally we give each ImageConnect customer a unique VLAN that’s designed to service PXE requests for their environment.  Before 2Pint, we maintained a table mapping customer to VLAN ID and our staff would need to SSH in to the appropriate switch to change the VLAN.  This blog post will describe how Now Micro uses the iPXE Anywhere solution from 2Pint Software to help us remove some of the manual steps by automating the VLAN switching process. Continue reading “Improving ImageConnect with 2Pint”

DSE 2017: Showing TCO Reductions through new mixes of playback, compute and storage

Now Micro had the pleasure of being in the Intel IoT booth at Digital Signage Expo demonstrating a number of technologies, all focused around lowering total cost of ownership and performing work in the correct place in your total solution.  This all delivers increased customer satisfaction by reducing screen downtime when it inevitably occurs and helping customer select the right mix of playback, compute and storage for their connected landscape which: Continue reading “DSE 2017: Showing TCO Reductions through new mixes of playback, compute and storage”

How to Use Office 365 First Release

What is first release?

First release is a selective program that any administrator can enroll in to try out new Office 365 features before they roll out to everyone else. This is a part of all Microsoft’s Office 365 plans (with the exception of consumer plans). The features that you receive will be fully functional as they are tested by Microsoft internally before they reach your doorstep. Continue reading “How to Use Office 365 First Release”

Will It Play 4K?

One of the most common questions I’m asked by customers about choosing the correct digital signage media player for their application is: “Which media player supports playing 4k content?”.  This invariably leads to a host of questions.  Almost all of our digital media players support 4k content, however your playback application has the biggest impact on whether or not a player will work in your installation. Using the product selector in tandem with some of the questions below will help you evaluate a 4k media players. Continue reading “Will It Play 4K?”