Recast’s Endpoint Management Recap – March 2021

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

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Thanks for checking out the March 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]

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]

  • Nothing new to report this month.

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

  • Latitude XX20 Line
    • New KB: Xx20 Systems INACCESSIBLE_BOOT_DEVICE – The systems can PXE boot and connect to the SCCM server. After choosing the task sequence the system’s SSD will correctly partition and format, the OS will be downloaded, and the drivers are injected. After the first reboot to Windows 10 the system Bluescreens and the “INACCESSIBLE_BOOT_DEVICE” error is shown.
    • New Intel Rapid Storage Technology Driver – Enhanced the system stability
  • Dell Flash64W 3.3.11 – Feb 23 2021
    • Include support for BiosMeasurement in efi version of the tool
    • Add command line option EC=HardReset
  • Dell WinPE Cab – Feb 23 2021

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
  • [PowerShell Module] Win32AppMigrationTool (Ben Whitmore @byteben)
  • OSDCloud Overview – OSDCloud (osdeploy.com) (David Segura @SeguraOSD
    • I’m going to give a special call out to this last one, I can’t start to stress enough how huge this is. Being able to run “OSD” by pulling down the Windows Media from Microsoft directly, and then transitioning to AutoPilot, along with pulling down and applying vendor drivers directly from the vendors. There are also come cool lessons along the way, like leveraging PowerShell gallery in WinPE. I strongly suggest you check this out.
  • UI++ 3.0.3.0 Released with a couple of new bug fixes and a small feature tweak.
  • [Newsletter Signup] Deployment News – Deployment Research.
  • [New Book – Paid] Learning Microsoft Endpoint Manager: Unified Endpoint Management with Intune and the Enterprise Mobility + Security Suite (Scott Duffey @Scottduf)
  • [Tool] Intunewin right click tool: Extract content of intunewin file with a right-click on it (Damien Van Robaeys @syst_and_deploy) tweeted.
  • [Script] Import Win32 IDesktop API C# with PowerShell. Change desktop wallpaper on any monitor on the fly [Twitter Demo] (Ioan Popovici @IoanPopovici)

Recast Software Updates

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

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