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The 12 Tools of ConfigMas

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“It’s the most wonderful time of the year.” ConfigMas is back, or as we’ll know it in future years, MEMCMas. Hmm maybe not.

Adaptiva is here in this special holiday period to offer joy, peace, and goodwill to all—but especially to IT pros managing endpoints! This ConfigMas we’re providing you with a festive list of super cool tools, developed by MVPs, leading industry experts, and a surprise, mystery entry on day 12!

Follow our twitter at @adaptiva or check back on this blog every day to see each new tip.

Wishing you and your loved ones a Very Merry ConfigMas!!

Tool #4 Patchmaster

Robert Marshall @robmvp

Turn Software Updates into an automated task that removes the admin overhead associated with patching your endpoints. Patchmaster is a freeware tool which can be used as an alternative to automatic deployment rules and is developed by 11-time EM MVP Robert Marshall.

Getting started with Patchmaster is fully documented here. The latest release, 1.8, is available from TechNet Gallery.

Tool #3 Driver Automation Tool

Maurice Daly @modaly_it

The goto tool for driver automation. You may just download and create driver packages for your hardware models, or to go the whole hog and import in the drivers into your ConfigMgr or MDT environments.

The tool, created by EM MVP Maurice Daly, supports Dell, HP, Lenovo & Microsoft client hardware. The tool is constantly updated, with a newer release due in this festive month.

Download the tool and read more about it here.

Tool #2 UI++

Jason Sandys @JasonSandys

When it comes to OSD front ends then UI++ hits the spot every time. Updated back in April this year, UI++ provides a fully customizable interface. It can capture details such as computer name, location, business unit or … well, whatever you decide. You can output the results collected as task sequence variables and consume then during build time.

The app is fully documented by Jason and the site contains a support forum. Take a look here.

Tool #1 Windows 10 Toast Notification Script

Martin Bengtsson @mwbengtsson

Want to get your users onto the next Windows 10 release? Let them know an update is available using Martin’s script. It plugs into Windows 10 toast notifications to give the end user a funky toast pop up. It can be used for other notifications such as device restarts or password notifications.

Simple and easy to set up, follow Martin’s guide in his blog post.

Paul Winstanley
Microsoft MVP and SCCM Consultant.