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.
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Recast 2.5 Release Feature Preview

The Recast 2.5 release is the first release that merges the free and enterprise versions into a single installer.  Previously Recast RCT Free and Recast RCT Enterprise were separate downloads with independent code bases.  Combining them allows us to more efficiently fix bugs and add features to both sets of tools.  To accommodate this, there are significant changes to both Recast RCT Free and Recast RCT Enterprise. View the Recast 2.5 Release Webinar from Sept 12th for an in depth walk through of these updates and new features.  Continue reading “Recast 2.5 Release Feature Preview”

StateLocker: Configuring the Unified Write Filter from within ConfigMgr

Locking down devices can be a difficult task.  Even when we take administrator permissions away, our users still find ways to defeat our best intentions. When we restrict things too much, we run the risk of making the device unusable.  One way we could prevent configuration drift is by reverting the device to a known-good state at every reboot.  There are many solutions that take this approach, but often times they fall short with ConfigMgr managed devices.  When combining ConfigMgr with state reset software, administrators need to take extra precautions to ensure their devices are patched, have the latest malware definitions, and maintain healthy ConfigMgr clients.  Often ConfigMgr administrators are forced to schedule unlock intervals to allow their workstations to receive these updates.

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Recast RCT Free 2.4 Release

icon-48We have released Recast RCT Free 2.4.  We appreciate all of the feedback given since the release of the 2.3 version of Recast RCT Free.  We focused on improving the FQDN and DNS reverse lookup features based on that feedback.  With the 2.4 release, we’ve added the ability to enable or disable each of these features in the Configure Right Click Tools menu.

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Webinar Recap: Recast RCT Enterprise 1.1

The Recast RCT Enterprise version 1.1 webinar presented some of the latest key features that make the tool such an invaluable administrative asset for Configuration Managers.  These updates and new features were inspired by conversations with enterprise level administrators to help them manage devices quickly and effectively.  The latest release provides administrators the security measures they need, the data they want and the means to take swift, deliberate action once they find what they are looking for.

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Recast Query Tool simplifies ConfigMgr data retrieval

The Recast Query Tool is an exciting new feature in Recast RCT Enterprise 1.1 which extends the Query node in the ConfigMgr console.  The new Query Tool lets users avoid some of the shortcomings of the console’s built-in functionality and adds useful features.
Take a look at this short video to get the full overview of all the new and improved features you receive with the Recast Query Tool:

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How to save time using Status Messages

Status messages are a great tool for Configuration Manager Administrators, but they are hardly ever used. Many times it is much easier to get information on a problem through log files than figuring out a good status message query and running it for the information. Recast RCT Enterprise helps Configuration Manager Administrators easily access status messages tools where they make sense to decrease troubleshooting times of problems. Watch the video to see how Recast RCT Enterprise can help you troubleshoot Task Sequence problems quickly without ever having to look at a smsts log file:

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Boot to Kiosk Mode: Turn Your Computers into Single Purpose Devices using the Recast tools

How often are system administrators asked to provision computer labs or groups of computers for single use type scenarios such as testing terminals, kiosks or library machines? Or make a lab available for outside groups to use a single application? This is typically accomplished by a mess of specific user credentials and group policy settings which never fully accomplish the goal and leave a lot to be desired. The Lab Manager plugin for Recast Right Click Tools Enterprise helps you use Microsoft ConfigMgr 2012 to better manage these scenarios and many more.

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