Manage Deployments easily with PDQ Deploy from Admin Arsenal

PDQ Deploy from Admin Arsenal

Deploying software is a fact of life for IT employees, especially since the introduction of UAC and the enforcement of (or supposed enforcement of) limited or standard user accounts in Windows.  Since it is somewhat difficult for corporate computer users to install applications due to these new restrictions, many times IT is called to visit the workstation to put in the correct credentials and move the process forward.Continue Reading

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I think I have a learning problem

I am coming to believe that I have a learning problem.  It isn’t a bad thing other than it is pretty impossible to keep up… the issue is that I haven’t enough brain power and time to learn all of the cool technology products that I come in contact with.  Yes I realize chunking up the learning, getting through the applications one at a time would probably solve these issues, however that is no fun (or at least, slows down the process).… Continue Reading

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SolarWinds Drops NPM v. 11

SolarWinds launched the latest iteration of their Network Performance Monitor product on Wednesday July 30.  The application helps IT professionals see what is going on within their networks and provide assistance in keeping things running smoothly.  The application is still a key piece of the Orion framework and works alongside other SolarWinds applications.… Continue Reading

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Controlling Applications with AppLocker

Recently I have found the need to remove access to various flavors of third party toolbar from some Windows 7 computers.  In the past a remote uninstall was attempted which removed the problem application, but also removed or tweaked some dlls that other applications might have had some inclination to use… long story short, problems were had.… Continue Reading

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PowerShell is Coming

I realize that PowerShell is here, and can pretty much run the administration of Windows machines and in some cases other devices as well.  PowerShell is significantly newer than the point and click GUI that Microsoft has made the cornerstone of the Windows Operating System.  In prior command line environment, custom command line tools were sometimes created to allow scripting of tasks in Windows.… Continue Reading

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Review: OmniFocus 2 Standard – Simpler Project and Action Management

I have been waiting to see what the next iteration of OmniFocus might be for quite some time and have to admit, I do not hate it. So far (at the time of this writing) the total investment was about 3 hours and it is much more streamlined than I expected and this is an awesome new approach.… Continue Reading

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Multi-Platform difficulties

So I have discovered a bit of a quandary.  It is not new by any stretch of the imagination and it centers for me around productivity.  What to use and how to use it across all the platforms I work on in a given day.  I like Omnifocus for task and project management (although my overall use habits there need a bit of work) but it is Apple only.… Continue Reading

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Thank you Windows XP

Thank you Windows XP - 

For showing us a picturesque wallpaper of rolling hills, but neglecting to tell us that the up and down nature of those hills may be hinting at restarts to come (until we install Service Pack 3).

Thank you Windows XP - 

For providing much needed insight into reasons why software installations were not successful… Does 1603 ring a bell?… Continue Reading

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Moving away from Windows XP

So here we are.  The last day of updates and support for Windows XP… at least from Microsoft.  Surely there are many IT shops and consulting firms still making XP work as well as ever.  Personally, I think I am down to about 18 computers needing an upgrade, out of about 100 I don’t think that is too shabby.… Continue Reading

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Backup Exec Dedupe Folder Sometimes Useful, When It is Around

Backup Exec De-duplication Storage folders are interesting. They use postgreSQL to manage usernames and passwords for access to the contents of the folder from within BE.

The service in Windows is generally managed by BE, but can sometimes get stopped and not stay running. If this is not running the jobs fail.… Continue Reading

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