Recast’s Endpoint Management Recap – April 2021

Welcome to the  Recast Endpoint Management Recap, April 2021 by Gary Blok

Hi Bloggers! If you’re in the community and you’re blogging things, feel free to send me a DM or tag me in your Twitter post when you tweet your latest blog post so I know it’s out there. I browse Twitter fairly regularly, but I’m sure I still miss a lot of great content being created. If you’ve started blogging and it never shows up on my list, hit me up! @gwblok

Thanks for checking out the April edition of our recap. As always, the layout to the post:

  • 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. If you’re new to this monthly post, you’ll want to look back at previous months, so much great content.

Events

‍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.

Products:

Microsoft Edge Browser (Based on Chromium Engine): [Landing Page][What’s New Page][RoadMap Portal]

  • v90 released with some pretty sweet new features

Microsoft Defender Advanced Threat Protection – [Landing Page] [Resource Hub]

Microsoft 365 [Landing Page] [Roadmap] [Tech Community] [Youtube Channel]

ConfigMgr [What’s New Page] [Tech Community] [Virtual Hub][MS Q\A][Reddit]

ConfigMgr Tech Preview [What’s New Page]

Intune [What’s New Page] [Tech Community]

Windows 10 [Landing Page] [Tech Community][Release Information][PowerToys]

Security Alerts [Microsoft Security Portal – Security Update Guide]

Hardware Vendor Updates

I’m only listing changes. If you want a more complete list of their tools, check out previous month’s posts.

For a full list of tools, blog posts and information about the vendors, check out the ConfigMgr Manufacturers’ page.
** Much of this information is provided directly from the vendor, so when you see “we,” think of it as “Vendor Name,” and not Recast Software.

HP  [Enterprise Tools Landing Page] [Community / Blog Site] [Outlet Site]

HPIA 5.1 t is about to release. This update adds a json file output with the recommendations and/or output of installed Softpaqs. In addition the following enhancements have been made

  • Enhancements:
    • Adds support for Windows 10 v21H1.
    • Adds support for the dashboard reporting feature of HP MIK – Patch Assistant plugin.
    • Adds Negotiated Authentication proxy support.
    • Changed default to SoftPaq View after Analyze Image.
    • Removed ISO option from Create Driver Pack.
    • Location for Visit Forum menu link in HPIA changed.

Dell  [Enterprise Tools Landing Page] [Refurbished Sale Site] [Outlet Site]

  • We are preparing for some updates to the cloud repository manager that will be ready for July. If you have any questions or feedback about the cloud repository tool – we [Dell] are always looking to see how we can improve or enhance the experience.

Lenovo  [Enterprise Tools Landing Page][Blog Site]

  • We have updated Lenovo System Update, Thin Installer, and Update Retriever recently to pick up the latest Lenovo Certificate Verification Library.  Customers using these tools will need to update in order to work with the very latest update packages signed by new certificates.
  • [Blog Post] Configure BIOS Settings Through Intune with the Think BIOS Config Tool

Microsoft [Surface]

Community Tools \ Blogs

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
 Other SysAdmin Info
Tool Updates
  • TSCommander adds the possibility to run server-side commands from a running MEMCM Task sequence.
  • Company IT Tools – modified version of “About My PC” from Damien
  • WMI Code Creator: Have you ever wondered what WMI Queries are available to you? This tool gives you a nice interface with dropdown menus and gives you the correct syntax for what you are looking for. – Tip from Niclas Andersson @NiAndeIT
  • Updated the 2Pint BranchCache Tuner CI for MEMCM

Recast Software Updates

‍Thanks for checking out the post, and look forward to more monthly updates of what’s going on.