How to import boot image drivers from your exiting boot image

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. 

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Deploying Media Players without fear of Configuration Error

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”

DICE Portal Overview

What is the DICE Portal?
The Now Micro DICE Portal is an interactive web interface based on our Device Information Collector Engine (DICE) software. DICE is a solution created at Now Micro to automate data collection of hardware and order information for devices we sell. Historically, when customers wanted information about the devices they had purchased from us, that information had to be manually collected and aggregated into a spreadsheet. The DICE Portal allows our customers direct access to the data collected about their purchases.

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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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Better manage PC refreshes using ImageConnect

As computers become more of the medium for content creation and consumption in education, the device count continues to increase every year.  Today’s education IT departments are challenged with procuring, managing, deploying, and securing those devices in exponentially increasing numbers each year.  ImageConnect was developed by Now Micro to alleviate the burden of provisioning PCs from deployment to delivery for medium to large school districts.

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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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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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