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19 Jul 2017
Endpoint Systems Management - Covering the Full Life Cycle
A few years ago, we were blown away by how far technology had taken us. Well, today it’s unreal. Every day we interact with countless interconnected mobile devices, laptops, tablets and desktop computers, all laden with a wide range of applications, connecting to numerous servers on premises and in the cloud — and it’s all now become the status quo of doing business. What this means for systems administrators...
18 Jul 2017
Windows 10 Update Sizes Are Shrinking
Still avoiding Windows 10 because it seems like such a hassle to manage the ongoing, bandwidth-clogging updates? Here’s some news that may put a spring in your step. The Unified Update Platform, an emerging Microsoft technology in testing now with Windows Insider Program members and soon to hit general release, is expected to reduce Windows 10 update sizes by a about third. According to Microsoft, the Unified...
17 Jul 2017
Moving to Windows 10? Tips for a Faster, Smoother Transition
Windows 10 offers many advantages for organizations, including cloud integration and stronger security. But, migrating your organization to Windows 10 can be a challenge filled with concerns about security weaknesses, user interruptions, application updates, image deployments and more. Obstacles to a successful migration So, let’s explore several of the issues you might face when transitioning to Windows 10...
15 Jun 2017
Windows 10: Tips for a Successful Migration
Is now the right time to move to Windows 10? The end-of-life for Windows 7 is set for 2020, which will be here before we know it. With all the recent ransomware attacks in the news lately, no one wants un-supported operating systems on their network....
13 Jun 2017
Defang WannaCry and other threats by layering least privilege into your endpoint security strategy
After a decade of working in the regulated banking and finance industry, I now spend my days helping Quest customers improve their layered defense strategies. Unfortunately, eight out of ten of the customers I talk with heavily favor patching over other important layers of security. Patching is just one piece in an overall strategy for defending your network and endpoints. Another critical piece of a robust defense...
16 May 2017
Critical Notification, WannaCry Virus KACE Systems Management Appliance
The WannaCry ransomware patching is causing some SMA (K1000) customers to report a problem with locating the patch for the WannaCry ransomware virus. New Webcast: “ The Next Massive Ransomware Attack ”. Learn vital strategies that will help your network avert the next ransomware attack. How does this affect the environment ? The following Patch, MS17-010, is not found in the Patch Catalog or found in...
13 Apr 2017
5 Ways to Stay on Top of Inventory
Or, what do I have and how do I keep track of it. The old adage of do more with less , is certainly true today for the IT admin as it ever was. Not only are there software compliance audits, but also hardware audits. While most of our hardware as an IT admin will have an IP address what about those hardware assets that do not? As a KACE Engineer and a KACE Systems Management Appliance specialist, I have spoken with...
6 Apr 2017
Are We There Yet?
Anyone taking a long road trip with kids in the back seat will have undoubtedly heard that question before. Anyone on a long, never-ending trip may have thought or said the same thing. Securing your infrastructure is in many ways like a very long ro...
23 Mar 2017
What's new in Desktop Authority 10
New features in Desktop Authority 10.0: Added support for SQL Server 2016 Added support for Microsoft Outlook 2016 Added support for Microsoft Office 2016 Added Off-Network Support (ONS) - allows all domain joined machines to continue receiving new configuration settings, even while disconnected from the corporate network, as long as there is an active internet connection. Please see the Setup and configuration...
21 Dec 2016
Unfortunate Provisioning Scenarios
Imagine it's your first day at a new company. Whether it's your first job out of college or a new company to show off your talent, there are certain expectations you have. You'll likely spend the first couple of days getting to know your...
3 Dec 2016
Importance of Securing All Software Vulnerabilities
Technology advances at a seemingly exponential rate. With these advances in everything from operating systems to applications to Internet of Things, software vulnerabilities also increase. We are constantly introducing more and more electronic devices with more and more vulnerabilities into our daily lives: both at home and in the office. While many systems are running some form of AntiVirus software, malware still impacts...
18 Nov 2016
KACE Custom Inventory Rules – Getting the most out of your inventory.
One of the first items KACE administrators look at during the initial setup is Inventory. Everyone wants to see the details on what they have on their network and run reports to start managing the lifecycle of their devices, software, licenses, patching, etc… This is a great place to start, seeing the data pulled in from the KACE agent, and KACE agentless technology, gives administrators visibility to make decisions...
17 Nov 2016
Quest: Reduce your IT administration
Our journey towards innovation aimed at reducing IT administration continues. We’ll deliver solutions that ensure that productivity, simplicity and value are synonymous, not exclusive. We'll help you manage and protect your data, take control of your Microsoft environment, keep track of every network-connected device, and provide appropriate user access across various platforms. This is who we are and how...
7 Nov 2016
5 Easy Steps to Change Management Support with the K1000 Service Desk
Customers utilize change management support by creating a specific queue for “Change Requests”. There are many advantages to doing it this way; for instance…
27 Oct 2016
What’s New for Desktop Authority – October 2016
This monthly publication will provide new and updated information regarding the products that we offer and organized in the following categories: product notifications, new knowledgebase articles, product life cycle, services, training, trending videos, awards, and testimonials. New Knowledgebase Articles 213469 - Amazon Web Service is not accessible The Amazon Web Service (AWS) is not accessible The information...
24 Oct 2016
5 Step Guide to Ensure a Successful IT Imaging Deployment
5 Step Guide: We don’t outline what you have to do, but rather the things you need to think about to have successful image deployments in any IT environment.
18 Oct 2016
Desktop Authority 10.0 has finally been released! So, What's New?
A major release of Desktop Authority has been a long time coming. Here are just some of the exciting new features and enhancements included in the latest version: Off-Network support for domain joined machines The new Off-Network Support (ONS) feature allows all supported domain joined machines (desktops, laptops, tablets, etc.) to continue receiving new configuration updates, even while disconnected from the corporate...
17 Oct 2016
4 Reasons Why You Should Attend a KACE Backyard Boot Kamp
Are you ready to learn?! Sir, YES SIR! Howdy, y’all! Ron Colson here from the KACE training team. I’ve been running the KACE Backyard Boot Kamps (also known as BBK) for a few years now with my awesome colleague Andrew Lubchansky and le...
13 Oct 2016
Why I Hate My KACE Appliance- JK!
So long, sneaker net! As our marketing team gathered to talk about a “Throwback Thursday” post to our Endpoint Systems Management community (we all love those entries, don’t we?), it sparked a couple of immediate thoughts in my b...
13 Oct 2016
How to Write Simple, Scalable HTML Powershell Graphic User Interfaces for managing Rapid Recovery (1 of 3)
Part two of this series may be found here . Part three of this series may be found here . Over the years I have written hundreds of PowerShell scripts for RapidRecovery/AppAssure Management and Automation. One of the constant requests I have heard from customers was to embed some kind of GUI in the scripts that were NOT supposed to be run on a regular basis using the same parameter values over and over again (in...
6 Oct 2016
If KACE Were a Car, What Model Would it Be?
During the weekend, I sit on my sofa relaxing, watching one of my favorite events – NASCAR ! You may be surprised to know that this racing series is one of the most popular events in the world; generating $3.1 billion annually and a following o...
13 Sep 2016
Coming soon… A new Quest
Thank you for taking a minute to read this short post. I know your time is valuable , so if you want to skip the text and just watch the video , go for it. Still reading? Cool. As you should know by now, Francisco Partners and Elliott Management have announced an intent to acquire the Quest Group. In the coming months, we’ll be starting a new chapter and launching a new company known as Quest. Our plan is...
16 Aug 2016
Delta Stumbles – What IT lessons should we all learn?
Let me start with this – I am not “piling on.” This kind of outage could happen to anyone. I remember when I first heard that Delta had to cancel many flights over the last few days, I assumed that their systems had been hacked. I ...
4 Aug 2016
Deadlines, Deadlines: How the Feds Upped the Ante with FITARA Compliance
Read how the federal mandate for government IT needs to comply with FITARA, Federal Information Technology Acquisition Reform Act, in 2016.
3 Aug 2016
What’s New for Desktop Authority: June-July 2016
Updated monthly, this publication provides you with new and recently revised information and is organized in the following categories; Documentation, Notifications, Patches, Product Life Cycle, Release, Knowledge Base Articles. Subscribe Use IE only New Knowledgebase Articles 208444 - Continually rebooting after upgrading to Windows 10 208082 - Prevent Windows from Automatically Assigning a Drive Letter Prevents...
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