Effective Imaging using SCCM with ImageConnect

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  Additionally, the images the vendor uses are quickly out of date as new updates, drivers, or applications are applied to the image deployment process.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  These snapshots work great for deploying to new systems, but they become out-of-date in short order.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.

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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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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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Skype for Business Voice and PSTN Calling

With Microsoft’s announcement of the new E5 plans, Micah Linehan, Now Micros’ Cloud Sherpa evaluates what this gives us.

I have had the pleasure over the past several of months to be a part of the Skype for Business closed preview, and there are a few things that I am excited to share about the experience I have had so far. There are a bunch of great features but more importantly the refresh of Skype Voice in the office environment.

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