When Windows 10 IoT Core was released by Microsoft, we saw a path to deliver a low cost, reliable and high performance HTML5 digital signage device. We’ve taken learnings from the industry around Android and Chrome OS devices and created the Now Micro IoT Player to address them in a way that fits with customer expectations of more costly digital signage players. Continue reading “Introducing Now Micro’s IoT Player”
Digital Signage Ecosystem
Digital signage is becoming a seamless and ubiquitous part of our physical world in the 21st century. We often consume the information on these displays without realizing exactly what has occurred in public and private spaces. Displays giving us direction, advertisements, ambiance have become a critical way of communicating dynamic information. Continue reading “Intro to Windows IoT Core”
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”
Significantly reduce the time needed to create usable boot media and remove one of the bigger barriers to updating the ADK you are using. Adding the network and storage drivers you need to newly created boot media.
With the new “Current Branch” model of ConfigMgr and Windows 10 we can expect a faster release cycle of the ADK, which means new boot images pretty regularly! Creating new boot media is really simple. However, reimporting all of your required drivers into that boot image can be a real chore. Here is a script that that identifies the drivers in a source boot image and imports them into a destination image. Give it a spin and give me some feedback.
Deploying hundreds if not thousands of systems on a national or international digital signage roll out is a daunting task for any organization. As a system integrator with a focus on device management we have helped companies prepare devices for field deployment by third party implementation companies for years.
A Typical Deployment
The deployment process usually plays out as a multi-stage process involving a different partner at each step. First, an operating system image is designed in collaboration with our engineers, the Digital Signage/CMS provider and the end-user, and optionally an operations/monitoring partner. Continue reading “Deploying Media Players without fear of Configuration Error”
The script can be found here
Deploying an updated Office installation has always been an annoyance of mine. It is ideal to be able to deploy a fully updated Office installation so you don’t have to run a software update scan and then wait for all the office patches to download and install. Having to install less software updates can reduce your deployment or build and capture times significantly.
It’s a DevOps world, and that means the pace of change is only going to keep accelerating. But what direction is that change going to take? You are the biggest part of that answer.
Feedback Driven Change
The ConfigMgr and Intune teams are laser focused on customer feedback and data to drive decision making. We see evidence of that in every single major release and minor technical preview. Participating in the processes means that you help shape Continue reading “ConfigMgr and Intune Feedback”
Purchasing imaged devices from vendors can be a hassle. Often times the images sent to the vendor need to be produced differently from the normal image deployment process, leading to extra work for the IT department. Additionally, the images the vendor uses are quickly out of date as new updates, drivers, or applications are applied to the image deployment process. In a typical VAR scenario, a vendor is given a point-in-time snapshot of the image. These snapshots work great for deploying to new systems, but they become out-of-date in short order. With ImageConnect, WIMs are no longer shipped manually to the vendor. We utilize your existing System Center Configuration Manager environment to make sure Now Micro’s production facility always has the most up-to-date version of your image. Since the devices are deployed in the same way as you would deploy them in house, they are ready to ship directly to the end user. When utilizing ImageConnect, the I.T. department no longer needs to finish the image deployment process in house by manually joining the domain, encrypting the devices, or running Windows updates.
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.
Are you currently spending an extensive amount of time to find folder paths within ConfigMgr device collections? In this blog post we will walk through three methods and demonstrate how using different data structures can decrease the time spent when querying for large amounts of data.