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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Deploying the Now Micro Right Click Tools with ConfigMgr

Configuration Manager (ConfigMgr) console extensions have been a widely used tool for administrators to augment the functionality provided by ConfigMgr.  The Now Micro Right Click Tools (Right Click Tools) allow administrators to interact with their ConfigMgr clients in real time, enabling them to shortcut some of the wait times associated with an asynchronous client-based architecture.  This blog post will cover how to automate the deployment of the Now Micro Right Click Tools using the ConfigMgr application model.  The Right Click Tools require the .Net Framework 4.5 or higher, Windows Management Framework 3 or higher, and the Configuration Manager console as prerequisites.  See the linked blog posts for more information on how to create silent installations for these applications.

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Deploying the ConfigMgr Console as a ConfigMgr Application

The Configuration Manager Console is the primary tool used to manage an organization’s Configuration Manager environment. Currently, when using the ConsoleSetup.exe file to install the Configuration Manager Console silently, the R2 RTM version of the console is installed. Also, the Report Viewer is left out of the install. Now Micro’s team of expert engineers presents the process for creating a Configuration Manager application that will silently install the console and the report viewer while also applying the latest cumulative update.

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Deploying Windows Management Framework 4.0 with ConfigMgr

The Windows Management Framework 4.0 is an update for devices running Windows 7 SP1, Windows Embedded 7, Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1, and Windows Server 2012. It allows these operating systems to gain some of the new improvements and functionality available in Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2.

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Deploying .NET Framework 4.5.2 as a ConfigMgr Application

Deploying .NET Framework 4.5.2 as a Package/Program has always been a possibility, and now it can even be deployed with Software Update Management as a feature pack. But, since the .NET Framework’s only purpose is to support other applications, it makes a lot of sense to be able to deploy it using the Application Model in Configuration Manager. This means the .NET Framework can be defined as a prerequisite for another application. Having .NET Framework 4.5.2 ready to go as an application means any requirement can be covered .NET Framework 4 or above.

Installer
The offline installer can be downloaded here from Microsoft.

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Work Smarter, Not Harder Webinar Q&A

During the last Now Micro and Secunia sponsored webinar, our hosts, Nash Pherson and Ryan Ephgrave, got so many requests during their recent webinar, that we decided to put the most popular questions together into one post to share with everyone!

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Now Micro Launches Right Click Tools 2.1 for System Center ConfigMgr 2012

The Now Micro Right Click Tools 2.1 is Now Available and Free to Download.

Now Micro’s Systems Consultant, Ryan Ephgrave, released a new version of the Now Micro Right Click Tools for System Center Configuration Manager 2012 on May 15, 2014.

The main goal for this update was to make the collection of tools faster. Not only does this latest version include new features and bug fixes, but performance has increased 20-fold! Some of the new features added to this release include advanced show collections, additional columns, and bug fixes.

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Now Micro Right Click Tools for ConfigMgr to be Unveiled at System Center Universe

Microsoft MVP, Kent Agerlund, will be divulging the details of Now Micro Right Click Tools for ConfigMgr at System Center Universe on Thursday, January 30, 2014.

During his highly-anticipated “Community Tools” session at the System Center Universe 2014 conference, Microsoft MVP, Kent Agerlund, will unveil the world premiere of the Now Micro Right Click Tools. Kent will be demonstrating how the Now Micro Right Click Tools supercharge the Configuration Manager console for help desk staff and systems administrators.

Originally created by Ryan Ephgrave as the PowerShell Right Click Tools, the Now Micro Right Click Tools enhance organizations’ value of System Center 2012 Configuration Manager.

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