Uncover and Resolve Security Blind Spots with Right Click Tools

Its difficult to prevent and fix security issues if you don’t know they exist. Right Click Tools help to surface and remediate blind spots that otherwise slip through the cracks. Our dashboards built into Microsoft SCCM surface common weak points like these and are paired with tools to quickly address problems that are discovered.

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Building a ConfigMgr Lab from Scratch - Series Intro

In this series, I'll be walking through how I've setup our Dev ConfigMgr Lab. This post will give a basic overview, and links to the posts as they are added. At the time of this posting the main lab setup will be complete, but additional items and posts will continue to be added as we add additional features and services into the lab.

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Building a CM Lab - Gateway VM [2]

If we have a lab and we want to keep it separate from rest of our environment, we need a gateway. You can do this with a linux VM, another physical router, or several other options. For our lab, we decided to use Microsoft Windows Server to be our gateway.

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Building a CM Lab - Domain Controller VM [1]

This post will be going over creating the Domain Controller for the Lab. This will be the basic setup, we'll be revisiting the Domain Controller later when we need to extend the schema and start adding additional users and groups into the mix, but for now, we're just going to get it functional, with DNS & DHCP. This post is 99% pictures, not much text.

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Building a CM Lab - ConfigMgr [MEMCM] Server Pre-Reqs [4]

This is the big one, this is our MEMCM server, so much is happening to setup this server it's going to take a few posts. This post is covering some basics, and the pre-reqs, we'll move into SQL & the actual CM Install in up coming posts.

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Building a CM Lab - Configuration Settings (AD / GPO) [5]

Along the way when you setup your lab, you'll need to create accounts, groups, gpos, and other things to make life easier. While you want to keep it fairly clean and lean, if you plan to keep this lab around awhile, you'll want a few of these setup:

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Building a CM Lab - ConfigMgr Source Share [6]

This short post will explain how I've setup the Source Share on the Server. The Source Share is were all content sources for Apps / Packages / Updates / Operating Systems / Drivers, etc will go. It is not the content in the DP, but it's the content that supplies the DP

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Building a CM Lab - ConfigMgr [MEMCM] Installing SQL [7]

So far, we've got our Gateway, DC and started to setup our ConfigMgr Lab Server, in this installment, I'll be going over the SQL install for CM.

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Building a CM Lab - ConfigMgr Install [8]

We've been building up to this one, all the ground work has been laid. Let install ConfigMgr.

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Building a CM Lab - ConfigMgr Settings Setup [9]

This post will go over all the things we need to do now that we have a server

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Building a CM Lab - ConfigMgr Collections / App Deployments [10]

So now we have a functional ConfigMgr Server, lets setup some Collections and Create a few Apps

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Building a CM Lab - Certificate Authority [3]

This is a bonus, you can do everything you want in your lab without this feature, but guess what, if you're going to do anything that needs HTTPS, having your own Certificate Authority (CA) makes this so much slicker.

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Building a CM Lab - Operating System Deployment [11]

In this post, we're going to confirm OSD, and make sure we have what we need for basic OSD. This post will NOT cover the fancy stuff, but just the basics of getting OSD working.

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Building a CM Lab - SQL Reporting Services (SSRS) [12]

So you've got your CM Server and some clients, now you want to surface that data via reporting. [MS Docs] Sure Power BI is cool, but who has money for that, SSRS is included and there are some pretty nifty free reports in the community. In this post, we're going to be installing SSRS 2019, along with getting it configured then installing the Reporting Service Role in ConfigMgr.

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Recast's Endpoint Management Recap - March 2020

What a month! New terms entered our vocabulary, Social Distancing for example, activities cancelled, conferences gone virtual or postponed, schools closed, IT infrastructures put to the test as employers urged working from home, and toilet paper nearly became a currency. It's been a crazy month.

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Women's History Month: Featured Women in IT

March is Women's History Month. We looked around the IT community and noticed so many strong women leaders. This blog highlights a few of them, giving them a chance to tell their stories.

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Recast Endpoint Management Recap - Special Edition - Maximize Bandwidth Potential

Has this happened to you recently? Manager walks over to your cube, "What would it take to enable most of our employees to work from home, like yesterday?".. then walks out saying "Make it happen."

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Configuration Manager Extend Hardware Inventory for Software

Someone on twitter pointed out that it would be better to use "Installed Software" instead of "Install Application" for the query, while I don't disagree, depending on your reasons, Installed software is not included in Hardware Inventory by default, so unless you went out of your way to enable it (and you should), you could not use it in a query.

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Webinar Recording: Deploy Single-Purpose Kiosk Devices with ConfigMgr

Do you have a need to lock down devices to support kiosk-style requirements, such as computer labs or digital signage? Watch this webinar recording to see a walkthrough of how to set up these single-purpose devices with ConfigMgr, using Right Click Tools' Kiosk Manager.

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Recast Client Pre-Reqs - The Extras

To fully utilize the Right Click Tools, you need to have some settings configured in your environments.

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Recast Device Collections in the ConfigMgr Console - Queries

This post will walk you through creating Collections to help find machines in your environment that have Recast Software Installed.

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What’s New in Right Click Tools: February Release Roundup

Here’s a quick summary of the new features added, and bugs fixed in Right Click Tools for February. Each month we will provide a full recap of what’s new and each quarter we will publish a series of deep dives of all the big new features you’ve been asking for.

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Recast's Endpoint Management Recap - Feb 2020

‍Welcome to the Recast Endpoint Management Recap, February 2020

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Top Use Cases for Locking Down Devices in ConfigMgr (Using Kiosk Manager)

In a recent customer survey, we found that the use cases for locking down devices are wide and vary by industry, from healthcare to education to manufacturing. Right Click Tools’ Kiosk Manager (previously Lab Manager) allows customers to support common kiosk-style requirements, including Shell Replacement, Automatic Login, Restart on Idle, and more.

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Customer Q&A: Lock Down Computer Labs for State Testing

In this post we dive into how one school district saves hundreds of hours by using Kiosk Manager to more efficiently administer their state tests.

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How to Create Digital Signage Players in ConfigMgr (using Right Click Tools)

See a walkthrough of how to lock down a machine and set up digital signage players in ConfigMgr, using Right Click Tools' Kiosk Manager.

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Generate Manufacturer and Model Collections based on Inventory

Having Model & Manufacturer collections can be quite useful. Targeting Client settings based on Manufacturer, deploying BIOS / Drivers based on Model, having collections makes it a bit easier.

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Right Click Tools 4.1 Release Webinar

Presented by the developers of Right Click Tools, get a closer look at all the new features and improvements in 4.1, plus a transcript of several topics from the Q&A section.

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Recast's Endpoint Management Recap - Jan 2020

Episode three of a monthly edition of recent updates, news and helpful resources for the ConfigMgr community.

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What’s New in Right Click Tools: January Release Roundup

Here’s a quick summary of the new features added, and bugs fixed in Right Click Tools for January. Each month we will provide a full recap of what’s new and each quarter we will publish a series of deep dives of all the big new features you’ve been asking for.

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Hardware Inventory Tips - Hardware Manufacturer Specific

In our recently release of Right Click Tools 4.1, we added the Hardware Audit Dashboard, as we continue to add functionality, to make best use of this feature, you'll have to make sure you're collecting additional information via hardware Inventory, mainly Product in Baseboard.

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Enable Product in win32_baseboard for Hardware Inventory

Learn how to add additional items into Hardware Inventory. Two examples, one for HP and one for Lenovo help to import additional information into your CM Database which will help with reporting and queries.

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Right Click Tools Management Server 4.1 - Technical Guide to upgrading from 4.0

Recast Right Click Tools 4.1 released and as part of it the Recast Management Server also has a new installer. The upgrade is very straight forward, and we have a few minute video to show for it.

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What's New in Right Click Tools: 4.1 Tech Overview - Remote Software Center

Several new tools and features have been added to Right Click Tools version 4.1. A new Remote Software Center can be run remotely from the administrator machine and at scale on numerous devices or device collections.

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What's New in Right Click Tools: 4.1 Tech Overview

Learn more about the 4.1 release of Right Click Tools, now available for download. Several new tools and features have been added to both the Community and Enterprise editions of Right Click Tools 4.1.

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What's New in Right Click Tools: 4.1 Tech Overview - Hardware Audit Dashboard

Several new tools and features have been added to Right Click Tools version 4.1. The new Hardware Audit Dashboard provides a visual of the hardware of the endpoints in an environment.

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A Week of Task Sequence Tips - Day 07 - Run PowerShell Step

This is the final post of a mini series of small (but important) tips to help you when troubleshooting your Task Sequences. Tip 7 is: Run PowerShell Step

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What’s New in Right Click Tools: December Release Roundup

Here’s a quick summary of the new features added, and bugs fixed in Right Click Tools for December. Each month we will provide a full recap of what’s new and each quarter we will publish a series of deep dives of all the big new features you’ve been asking for.

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A Week of Task Sequence Tips - Day 06 - Static IP Addresses and OSD

This is the sixth of a mini series of small (but important) tips to help you when troubleshooting your Task Sequences. Tip 6 is: Static IP Addresses and OSD

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A Week of Task Sequence Tips - Day 05 - Run Task Sequence Step

This is the fifth of a mini series of small (but important) tips to help you when troubleshooting your Task Sequences. Tip 5 is: Run Task Sequence Step

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Recast's Endpoint Management Recap - Dec 2019

Episode two of a monthly edition of recent updates, news and helpful resources for the ConfigMgr community.

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A Week of Task Sequence Tips - Day 04 - SMSTS Log Stamping

This is the fourth of a mini series of small (but important) tips to help you when troubleshooting your Task Sequences. Tip 4 is: SMSTS Log Stamping

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A Week of Task Sequence Tips - Day 03 - Variables Gather and Capture

This is the third of a mini series of small (but important) tips to help you when troubleshooting your Task Sequences. Tip 3 is: Variables Gather and Capture

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A Week of Task Sequence Tips - Day 02 - Task Sequence Pause

This is the second of a mini series of small (but important) tips to help you when troubleshooting your Task Sequences. Tip 2 is: Task Sequence Pause

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A Week of Task Sequence Tips - Day 01 - Tag Version in Description

This is the first of a mini series of small (but important) tips to help you when troubleshooting your Task Sequences. Each day we'll post something simple and easy to start using right now. Tip 1 is: Use the Description Field as a way to version your Task Sequence.

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Announcing Right Click Tools 4.0 - Unified Write Filter Manager

This post we'll cover Microsoft's Unified Write Filter (UWF) technology and how Recast's solution will remove some of the pain of implementation of UWF.

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Overview of Microsoft UWF (Unified Write Filter)

Microsoft's Unified Write Filter, its a windows feature included in your OS, off by default, but gives you the ability to prevent changes to your system. This post is geared toward a general overview and demo of implementation.

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What’s New in Right Click Tools: November Release Roundup

Here’s a quick summary of the new features added, and bugs fixed in Right Click Tools for November. Each month we will provide a full recap of what’s new and each quarter we will publish a series of deep dives of all the big new features you’ve been asking for.

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Recast's Endpoint Management Recap - Nov 2019

This is the first of many to come, a monthly edition of recent updates, news and helpful resources for the ConfigMgr community. Highlights include events, Microsoft product announcements, hardware vendor updates, community tools and Right Click Tools updates.

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Right Click Tools Refresher & 4.0 Release Webinar

Interested in getting a refresher of some of our most-used Community tools? How about a look at what's new in 4.0 Enterprise edition? Check out a recent webinar from the developers of Right Click Tools for all of this and more.

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MMS Jazz Recap Through the Eyes of Recast Software

A recap of MMS Jazz 2019, including sessions presented by the Recast team and photos of the event.

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Recast Kiosk Deployment via Task Sequence

Recast Kiosk Manager is a fan favorite, used by many of our Enterprise customers to help control machines with a few clicks. Sometimes you want to deploy a computer and already have all of these settings applied, using the process Kiosk Manager uses, and stealing the end results, we can create a Task Sequence Module to deploy Recast Kiosk settings during OSD.

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Right Click Tools Client: Community Tools

This post covers the automated deployment of the Recast Right Click tools Community edition.

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Right Click Tools Client: Enterprise Tools Standalone

This post covers automating the Install of Right Click Tools, Enterprise Standalone.

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Right Click Tools Client: Enterprise w/ Server Deployment

For this post we'll focus on deploying Right Click Tools Client with Enterprise server support and automating the Deployment of the Recast Client Tools.

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What’s New in Right Click Tools: October Release Roundup

Here’s a quick summary of the new features added, and bugs fixed in Right Click Tools for October. Each month we will provide a full recap of what’s new and each quarter we will publish a series of deep dives of all the big new features you’ve been asking for.

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Recast Proxy: Deployment

In this post, we'll cover deployment of the Recast Proxy Software. Using ConfigMgr to Deploy the Proxy Installer is pretty easy, and can be done in a few different ways.

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Recast Proxy: Overview

Recast Proxy is a feature that enables you to extend your reach of the Right Click Tools into previously untapped areas, such as: Untrusted Domains, WorkGroup Machines, and machines the user [ConfigMgr Console User] doesn't have rights on directly.

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Enterprise Customers Upgrading Recast Server 3.2 to 4.0

Upgrading from Right Click Tools 3.2 to 4.0 has some special steps to get you upgraded. Due to the large infrastructure changes, and new features in 4.0, a simple upgrade, migrating settings just isn't possible.

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Right Click Tools 4.0 - Kiosk Manager

Deep dive into Kiosk Manager (previously Lab Manager) to apply several settings to a machine or group of machines to lock it down, or turn it into a single use machine... like a kiosk, for example.

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Announcing Right Click Tools 4.0 - What's New Overview

Recast Software recently released Right Click Tools 4.0. Updates include minor enhancements to the Community edition and an entire infrastructure overhaul to the Enterprise edition. Here's a quick overview on what's new:

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Announcing Right Click Tools 4.0 - Whats New in Builder

Recast Software recently released the new 4.0 version of the Right Click Tools. Get a deep dive into what's new in the automation platform Builder.

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Right Click Tool Highlight: System Information – Collection Mode

Collection mode will give you a nice quick overview of the machines. This view allows customization and adding / removing columns.

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Right Click Tool Highlight: System Information - Device Mode

Over the past 7 years of being a ConfigMgr admin and having the Right Click Tools at my finger tips, one of them stands out as my most used tool: System Information.

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Right Click Tools Highlight: Advanced Collection Information

Another one of my Top 10 Right Click Tools is Advanced Collection Information. Right now you're thinking, ha, that tool is obsolete, in 1906, ConfigMgr now gives a list of collections a machine is in the lower pane. At first glance, you'd be right, however, once you launch the tool and take a closer look, you'll see some additional useful information.

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Status Messages and a Nifty Right Click Tool

This week, we highlight another nifty little tool, which is great for troubleshooting and reporting. Before I tell you which one it is, I'm going to talk about something instrumental in ConfigMgr, but not something we often think about, Status Messages.

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ReLAPS, bringing visibility to an overlooked security necessity.

LAPS is simple to setup, and greatly reduces a previously easily exploitable attach vector.

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Overview of Microsoft LAPS (Local Administrator Password Solution)

The "Local Administrator Password Solution" (LAPS) provides management of local account passwords of domain joined computers. Passwords are stored in Active Directory (AD) and protected by ACL, so only eligible users can read it or request its reset

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Back to Basics: Collection Membership

Ever wonder why a machine doesn't show up in a collection?

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Tools: Add and Remove Computers To/From Collection

Hey Recast Right Click Tools users. This is a nifty tip that I often forget about, but is pretty powerful when adding or removing machines to and from collections.

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Windows 10 Rollback (SetupRollback.cmd) and ConfigMgr

A deep dive into the issue with Rollback in Windows 10 and what you can do to fix it.

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Going From Good and Great in I.T.

The success or failure of a systems management effort at any organization often hinges on the ability of it's IT department to manage people problems.

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Tip of the Week: Add AV Exclusions to Avoid Console Slowdowns

In some scenarios, installing Right Click Tools 3.2 can cause noticeable console slowness due to Endpoint Protection or other AV apps having to scan additional XML files that Right Click Tools add into the console.

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A Happy You is Good for the Org, Too

Being Happy and Engaged in the Work is Critically Important... Especially in IT.

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How to Delete User Profiles in ConfigMgr

The System Information tool has a wealth of actionable information available at your fingertips. Here's how to use this tool to delete User Profiles from a device.

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5 Ways Right Click Tools Save Organizational Resources

See the top reasons how Right Click Tools Enterprise edition helps SysAdmins be more productive and reduce the chance of human errors.

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