Recast’s Endpoint Management Recap – February 2021

Recast Software's Monthly Endpoint Management Recap

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

Let’s start by saying big things are happening at Recast. “Recast Software, a global leader in productivity and security tools for Systems Management, announced that it has acquired Enhansoft, whose technology enables asset inventory retrieval and reporting within Microsoft Endpoint Configuration Manager (MECM).” Read rest of the post here

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Thanks for checking out the February 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]

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

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

  • FYI… a new ODT released, you’ll want to use this for your deployments.

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

ConfigMgr Tech Preview [What’s New Page]

  • TP 2101
  • The coolest thing in this release (if you’re asking me) is the ability to install console extensions from the console! Yes, you can now install Recast Right Click Tools from the Console!
  • [Blog Post] Required application deployments visible in Microsoft Endpoint Manager admin center (Niall C. Brady @ncbrady)
  • TP 2102 Release Post

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 that, 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 5.0.4 Fixes:
  •   Fixes miscellaneous issues.
  •   Fixes some BIOS SoftPaqs not installing when command line InstallType set to All.
  •   Fixes /Offlinemode trying to access Internet.
  •   Remove Ctl+Shift+S from Download SoftPaqs and Create Driver Pack functions.
  • Enhancements:
  •   Support for NTLM and Kerberos proxy login.
  •   Support for relative paths when running Analyze from command prompt for file path locations

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

  • The Command Repository Manager is now available in 10 different languages, so even more users across the regions can benefit from the tool. The Command | Cloud Repository Manager can help simplify update management by allowing IT admins to tailor updates specifically and uniquely to their environment. With cloud accessibility, that means update catalogs can be accessed for up to two years – providing a single source of truth and minimizing update errors during testing and rollouts.

Lenovo  [Enterprise Tools Landing Page][Blog Site]

  • Nothing new to Report this Month
Microsoft [Surface]
  • Nothing new to Report this Month

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

Recast Software Updates

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