Recast's Endpoint Management Recap - Feb 2020

Welcome to the  Recast Endpoint Management Recap, February 2020

Episode four of a monthly edition of recent updates, news and helpful resources for the ConfigMgr community. Highlights from the last month include: 

  • Events / Conference News
  • Microsoft Product Announcements
  • Hardware Vendor Updates (Tools / Security / Features)
  • Community Tools / News
  • Recast Updates

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.

Events & Conferences

Upcoming Events and User Group info.

  • Ignite the Tour - Chicago - April 15-16, 2020
  • Ignite 2020 - September 21–25, 2020 - New Orleans, LA
  • GeekWeek - Truesec - March 23-27, 2020, Chicago or March 2-6, 2020, Stockholm

There are a lot of user groups, not every group meets every month, but there are a lot of ways to get plugged in, meet peers, make connections, and know you're not alone in this MEMCM journey. Reach out to @RecastSoftware if you're interested and unsure where to start, and we'll try to help you connect with your local group.

Microsoft Product Announcements

Microsoft Edge Browser (Based on Chromium Engine): LANDING PAGE

What do we like about the new Edge?  It's secure, it's fast, it's easy to patch, it's managed, has "IE Mode" for legacy support based on your Enterprise Site List, use profiles for separation, huge extension library (since you can use Chrome extensions), and it's just sweet.

Intune What's New Landing Page

ConfigMgr What's New Landing Page

ConfigMgr Tech Preview Landing Page

  • TP 2001.2 released
  •  Improvements to Orchestration Groups
  •  New cmdlets for phased deployments
  •  Improvements to task sequence as a deployment type
  •  Improvements to Microsoft Edge Management dashboard
  •  Additional improvement to task sequence progress
  • TP 2002
  •  Evaluate software updates after a servicing stack update
  •   Improvements to Orchestration Groups
  •   Improvements to Microsoft Edge management
  •   Improvements to BitLocker management
  •   Additional improvements to task sequence progress

Hardware Vendor Updates

HP [New Feb Updates]
Dell [No Feb Updates]
Lenovo [New Feb Updates]
Microsoft [Surface]

Community Tools \ Blogs

Check out some of our favorite tools for ConfigMgr, along with several blog posts covering a wide range of areas and ideas to all help with Endpoint Management.  

This month we'll give a call out to some great resources, these sites have several contributors, and get posted to frequently, all worth a bookmark.

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.

PodCasts / Blog Series / Video Blogs

Blog Posts

 Cloud Tech
ConfigMgr Task Sequence / OSD / WaaS
General ConfigMgr
 Other SysAdmin Goodies
 Tools / Newsletters / Docs

Recast Updates

Right Click Tools 4.1 was released with several new tools and features added. A new Remote Software Center can be run remotely from the administrator machine and at scale on numerous devices or device collections. The Hardware Audit Dashboard provides a visual of the hardware of the endpoints in an environment. And, several improvements were made to the ReLAPS Dashboard and LAPS tools. Click here to read more about what's new, watch an on-demand webinar and download the new version today.

Thanks for checking out the post, and look forward to more monthly updates of what's going on.  If you think we missed something, or want any other news added, find us on Twitter: @RecastSoftware