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Supersedence: Not Just for Unintentional Rollouts Anymore

App Model: Good.  Supersedence: Bad From the start I’ve tried to make the most of the ability to define application dependencies and supersedence relationships.  For instance, we create dependencies for Visual C++ redistributables so that we can identify the apps that rely on those that are not longer supported.  The later however, supersedence, has rightfully […]

MMS Debrief: Questions Answered

I went to MMS. I have a blog. You figure it out.

Software Update Maintenance Script Updated: All the WSUSness

Things got real last week and ‘all of a sudden’ organization realized that what the product MVPs have been saying for years is true and simply not optional: you must be running a software update maintenance script. I’ve updated mine to be more useful. Because I’m like that I guess.

So … You Want to Write a PowerShell Script

With the Olympics over, my MMSMOA session drafts in, taxes done, and a thousand or so pages of classic sci-fi read it’s time to post something. My degree is software engineering and for a brief period of time I was a professional developer.  Instead of a profession it’s become more of a hobby that I enjoy […]

Yet Another Software Update Dashboard

When looking to prove that Configuration Manager was actually patching devices I quickly found the built-in reports lacking. I looked at existing solutions but I wanted something just stupidly simple that I could send to management and be informative at that level. At the same time I wanted to be able to drill-down so that administrators could identify and resolve any issues. Here’s what I came up with … let me know what you think in the comments section.

Compliance Report For Latest Cumulative Updates

There’s lots of ways to define compliance but if/when you move to the cumulative update model the biggest question is simply: do I have the latest cumulative update applied. You’d think that’d be easy to report on but it gets messy quickly. Here I’ve released my first shot at it.

How to Handle Driver/Firmware/BIOS Vulnerabilities

It has not been a good year for hardware manufacturers or the companies that slap parts together to create end-user devices. Apparently when they write drivers the put safety first and security was somewhere on the second page. Here’s how I’ve been trying to handle this. If you have a better way, I’d love to hear it.

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