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?”

Windows 10 IoT Enterprise vs Windows 10 Pro – which is best for Digital Signage?

Choosing between Windows 10 IoT Enterprise and Windows 10 Pro is an important step in setting up a digital signage environment. The right operating system should be easily customizable, secure and fully supported. With its flexible licensing, simple activation and custom settings, Windows 10 IoT Enterprise is the best OS for use in digital signage environments and any embedded/purpose built computing environment. Continue reading “Windows 10 IoT Enterprise vs Windows 10 Pro – which is best for Digital Signage?”

IoT Security Considerations

IoT Security Considerations and Now Micro IoT Player
IoT security has become a discussion point in many organizations after recent reports of compromised IoT devices crippling critical pieces of internet infrastructure via Distributed Denial of Service (DDOS) attacks.  Recent digital compromises of high profile companies, organizations combined with these DDOS attacks has raised the visibility of IoT/Embedded device security and placed critical questions near the top of any organizations device selection criteria. 

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Where to download Office Online Server 2016

So you’ve decided to deploy Office Online Server 2016, but after looking everywhere can’t find where to download it? You’re not alone.

Office Online Server, formerly known as Office Web Apps Server, provides the ability to view and edit Office files in the browser using Skype for Business, Exchange, and SharePoint on premises. Basically the same functionality you get with Office 365. Full details can be found here.

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1610 Legacy to UEFI Conversion

With the release of ConfigMgr 1610 came the ability to transition from MBR (legacy) to UEFI in a single task sequence.  This is an awesome feature and it is outlined nicely here.  And, it works great. 🙂

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Let’s dig into each of these steps:

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