Recast’s Endpoint Management Recap – April 2022

Welcome to the Recast Endpoint Management Recap, April 2022 – by Gary Blok.

You might have noticed that April’s edition is earlier than usual and that’s because I’m getting ready for my Midwest Management Summit (MMS) sessions at the Mall of America in Minneapolis. Also, because of that, this month’s recap is going to be a bit shorter than normal. Can you believe that MMS is almost here? I hope to see many of you very soon.

In other news, Microsoft started off April with some big announcements about Windows 365 and Windows 11. I had already decided to focus on Windows 11 in this month’s recap, so my timing couldn’t have been any better. I’ve been testing some of the new Win 11 features and had a chance to publish a new blog post last week. I’ll tell you more about it a little later on in the recap

Please remember, if you want me to include a community event or blog post, please reach out to me on Twitter. I’ll also be updating you about the usual list of items, so use the quick links to get to what you need first.

win11

MMS Mall of America (MOA) is just around the corner and, as I said earlier, I’m preparing for my three speaker sessions. As part of my preparations, I wanted to learn all that I could about Windows 11 and OSD. While testing Win 11 in my lab, I realized that a Sys Admin could accidentally install Win 11 on devices that do not meet Win 11’s hardware requirements. In order to help you out, I modified Microsoft’s detection script to include a pop-up message. I think it’s very helpful and you can read more about it in this blog post, Initial Review of Windows 11 and ConfigMgr OSD.

If you have any questions about my Windows 11 blog post, please contact me @gwblok.

Lastly, I want to share that I have accepted employment elsewhere; you can look it up on LinkedIn after May 16. This will be my last Endpoint Recap for Recast Software. It’s been a pleasure creating this newsletter and helping to keep the community apprised of information.

events

Please note, after the product name, there are several standard links to product specific landing pages, YouTube channels, or related content. As I find more items that are handy to be associated with a product, I’ll append them on. I’ll often reference past Endpoint Recaps just for those different links.

Products:

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

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

Microsoft 365 [Landing Page][Licensing][Roadmap][Tech Community][Youtube][ODT Release]

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

  • 2203Early Update Ring – I’m personally quite excited for this release. I’ve been trying to hack together a method to escrow the BitLocker recovery password during OSD, but now it’s solved and supported. Adding the custom icon support for a task sequence and a package is also huge when trying to provide a polished end user experience in Software Center. Dark theme is cool. Also it’s nice to remove a Community hub item you contributed. Overall, another great release.
    • Escrow BitLocker recovery password to the site during a task sequence.
    • Custom icon support for task sequences and packages.
    • Dark theme for the console.
    • Delete a contribution you made to Community hub.
  • Seamless update experience for organizations on Windows 11

ConfigMgr Tech Preview [What’s New Page]

Intune [What’s New Page] [Tech Community] [Feedback] [Overview][YouTube Channel]

Windows [Landing Page] [Tech Community][Release Information][PowerToys][YouTube Channel]

Security Alerts and Info [Microsoft Security Portal – Security Update Guide]

I’m only listing changes. If you want a more complete list of their tools, check out the 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]

HP MIK – Version 5.0.0 released for both MECM server add on as well as client Softpaq. It includes an update to Patch Assistant to current HPIA version.

HP CMSL – Version 1.6.5 (final testing currently) being released to support commands to create up-to-date Driver Packs, as well as ability to support HP 2022 personal systems new, faster, BIOS update process.

HP Image Assistant – Version 5.1.5 (final testing currently) being released to support Windows IoT versions (would match equivalent business releases), a new 64-bit client, and support for more debugging features.

HP Connect for MEM – Updated script engine to place downloaded CMSL and logs to more secure location on client devices. Existing logs and CMSL will be moved automatically to new location. This requires that a user create a new policy and publish it or remove/reapply existing policy.

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

A new Dell Thunderbolt Dock – WD22TB4 is available. Want to upgrade your old dock? See upgrade module. Admin guide covering firmware updates, DCU & DCM #MEMCM etc.

Lenovo  [Enterprise Tools Landing Page][Blog Site]

Microsoft [Surface]

One more note, I do my best to provide Twitter accounts with the blog posts. I do this 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

‍Thank you for checking out Recast’s Endpoint Management Recap – April 2022. Stay tuned for more helpful content coming your way.

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