That's the idea, a high level overview of things going on that you'll want to be aware of and you can dig into them further on your own. If you're new to this monthly post, you'll want to look back at previous months, so much great content.
If anyone has anything else you think would be of value to the community, let me know on twitter and I'll add it here.
I've removed the detailed list of User Groups this month, if you're new here and want to get a list of groups to follow on Twitter, hit up the previous month's Recap.
Microsoft Products & Announcements
Microsoft has posted a page with a lot of great resources during this time, to help IT professionals, Educators, Families, and Remote Business, along with how Microsoft is helping in the battle on Covid-19 on their Responding to COVID-19 together page.
We are seeing some notebooks that are left plugged in 24x7 while customers are working from home, that it is negatively impacting the battery. We implemented a charging algorithm in BIOS under the “Battery Health Manager” setting. The default for any recent BIOS is “Let HP manage my battery charging” This setting engages the algorithm that will generally prevent battery damage from being plugged in all the time.
For our customers there are 2 actions they can take :
Update their BIOS. New BIOS versions have better versions of this algorithm that will make the user experience much better and prevent damage to the battery.
Deploy the setting if they do not wish to update BIOS. If this setting does not exist, on older systems it may be set to “maximize battery life” which will allow for 100% charging 24x7 and is generally not what you want if you are keeping the system plugged in all the time.
Tip: Use HPCMSL to manage the setting: Get-HPBIOSSettingValue -Name "Battery Health Manager"
!!Blog Post from HP with more info an how-to on resolution!!
Additionally, there are some additional resources in the form of how to videos. The first set of videos have been released for DCU and can be found onDell.com/Command or via Dell’s client management playlist on Youtube.
The system specific driver pack pages went through a bit of a facelift to improve usability for customers searching for the appropriate drivers. This change should help make the process of finding the specific packs quite a bit easier.
One more note, I do my best to provide Twitter accounts with the blog posts, both to provide credit where credit is due, and so you can then follow them yourselves to stay in the loop as things are coming out and ideas are being discussed on twitter.
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