Archive for April, 2011

Usefull apps for an IT pro: Part II

Posted: 26th April 2011 by Seth Killey in Apps

Here’s some other apps I frequently use: PsTools – Not sure how I forgot this one.  Perhaps the most frequently used tool for desktop support.  Specifically PsExec (remotely execute any command), PsList (list all running programs…for remote task manager type screen use PsList -s \\computername), and PsLoggedon ProcessExplorer – Another Sysinternals gem…you know what just […]

Usefull apps for an IT pro

Posted: 18th April 2011 by Seth Killey in Apps

This kinda piggybacks off an article on good, lightweight apps found here http://www.maximumpc.com/article/features/small_powerful_30_useful_apps_under_2mb.  Of these apps, I’ll second the following: SpaceSniffer – Use this to track down a folder of file that is draining free space on your hard drive.  On Windows 7, I also use Windows Search with the parameter size:gigantic to quickly track […]

A handy tool for the dreaded BSOD – bluescreenview

Posted: 5th April 2011 by Seth Killey in Apps

I’ve been on Windows 7 on my network for about a year now and for the first time I had to analyze a dump file for a blue screen of death.  So yeah, Windows 7 is significantly more stable than previous versions of Windows.  In the past, this has been a fairly arduous task that […]

Using SCCM 2007 to deploy Adobe Reader Updates

Posted: 4th April 2011 by Seth Killey in SCCM

Here’s some instructions for updating staff computers to the latest version of Adobe Reader using Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager 2007. These steps will allow you to silently deploy Reader. 1) Go to http://www.adobe.com/products/reader/rdr_distribution1.html and apply to distribute Flash Player 2) Once approved, follow the link to download the appropriate .exe file.  They don’t provide […]

Using SCCM 2007 to deploy Adobe Flash Updates

Posted: 4th April 2011 by Seth Killey in SCCM

UPDATE: Starting with Flash 11.2, Adobe now has a command for silently running a background update.  You can read more at http://helpx.adobe.com/flash-player/kb/administration-configure-auto-update-notification.html I too find Adobe’s parameter naming convention to be contradictory.  However, from what I gather you should use the following in mms.cfg to disable the annoying user prompt while enabling background updates when […]

Using SCCM 2007 / 2012 to deploy Java Runtime Engine Updates

Posted: 4th April 2011 by Seth Killey in SCCM

Here’s some instructions for updating staff computers to the latest version of JRE using Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager 2007 / 2012. These steps will allow you to silently deploy JRE LAST TESTED: JRE 7.21 on Windows 7 For info on upgrading from version 6 to version 7 1) If Java is already installed on […]