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Absolute Manage – Adding Dell Warranty to Inventory

by January 23, 2011 » Add the first comment.

Update: As of Absolute Manage 6.0, this is no longer needed. AM 6 now includes this functionality. Having warranty information on the machines you manage is important to have as part of your PC life-cycle management. It makes it easier to plan future PC replacements, assess risk and possibly know when to purchase another extension […]

 

Google releases MCX manifest for Chrome

by December 16, 2010 » Add more comments.

Yesterday Google stepped up their effort to get Chrome accepted by enterprises by releasing details about managing Chrome with group policy and Open Directory.

 

Updated: Send softwareupdate command through ARD

by April 8, 2010 » Add more comments.

This script will run software updates only on machines that are logged out. This ensures you don’t reboot machines that are in use and don’t leave machines in an inconsistent state (by not rebooting after patching). This is not a perfect solution to patching but it’s better than nothing. You can even schedule this to […]

 

Absolute Manage (LANrev) webinar archive available

by March 31, 2010 » Add the second comment.

Edweek.org did a webinar featuring Absolute Manage yesterday and the archive is available online. You can either watch the webinar (bit less than 1 hour) or just download the slides. It featured a case study from a school district with a few thousand managed machines and has a heavy focus on asset management and software […]

 

Add directory services data to LANDesk inventory

by March 27, 2010 » Add the first comment.

I posted over at the LANDesk community site on how I add AD and OD data to inventory, most of which LANDesk does not collect on it’s own. Much of this I did because we were moving from one OD domain to another and needed a way to see which machines remained on the old […]

 

Allow Non-Admin users to Manage Printers

by January 24, 2009 » Add more comments.

Apple added a "feature" to Leopard which restricts non administrator users from managing printers on their Macs. While this is desired behavior on a public machine such as a classroom, it is a problem for single user machines such as faculty, staff and 1:1 deployments.

 

Leopard – Keeping the Guest Account Disabled

by November 24, 2007 » Add the second comment.

Much has been said about the new Guest account in Leopard, and how it’s not as simple and secure as Apple makes it sound. The Lame LeopardTuttle SVC I think this is a good feature for what Apple probably intended, at home for friends and family members to “borrow” your Mac. But in a higher […]