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December 2019 Patch Tuesday Index
Patch Tuesday is here! Celebrate by reading up on what’s new today in the patch world: blog.automox.com December 2019 Patch Tuesday Index For the latest Patch Updates from Microsoft and third-party vendors, bookmark the Automox December 2019 Patch Tuesday Index, updated live throughout the day. And remember to sign up for the webinar on Thursday: go.automox.com Webinar: Automating Patch Tuesday: December 2019 Join Richard Melick for a review of December's Microsoft Patch Tuesday and third-party security patches and learn tips for automatically protecting your infrastructure from these vulnerabilities.
Automox community now supports reply by email
I’ve enabled the reply by email feature, which means you can now reply directly to notification emails, either to reply to a topic or a private message. When you click the reply in your email client, you’ll now see that the return email address has this format: firstname.lastname@example.org The alphanumeric portion after the + is how the inbound email notifies the community which topic or post to reply to. Don’t worry, it also checks to make sure the email address you are replying from is the same email address that the notification was sent to, as an additional layer of security. The email polling interval is 5 minutes, so it can take up to 5 minutes for your post to show up after you send the email.
OpenText buys Carbonite
Looks like OpenText wants to extend its portfolio: TechCrunch OpenText buys data security firm Carbonite for $1.42B – TechCrunch Carbonite has agreed to a $1.42 billion purchase by OpenText, an enterprise information management giant, ending weeks of speculation about the anticipated buyout. The deal marks a 78% premium on Carbonite’s share price on September 5, when it was... Anyone here a Carbonite customer?
What books have changed your life the most?
Include a couple that helped you in your career, and a couple that helped you in life in general. For me for career I’d have to go with: amazon.com The Practice of System and Network Administration, Second Edition Thomas A. Limoncelli, Christina J. Hogan, Strata R. Chalup 4.4 out of 5 stars, and amazon.com Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity 4.4 out of 5 stars, ISBN: 978-0670899241, Viking, January 8, 2001, $13.49 For general life: Taught me to manage money better: amazon.com How to Get Out of Debt, Stay Out of Debt, and Live Prosperously*: Based on the Proven Principles and Techniques of Debtors Anonymous 4.6 out of 5 stars, ISBN: 978-0553382020, Bantam, May 8, 2012, $14.20 This one is technically a business book, but it helped me in other areas of life too
How To Manage IIS Websites In PowerShell
A friend of mine from the Spiceworks community, Bill Kindle, just wrote a nice article on using Powershell to automate managing your IIS sites. Check it out here: Adam the Automator – 3 Dec 19 How to Manage IIS Websites with PowerShell [Tutorial] Learn, step by step, how to build a PowerShell script to create an IIS website, managing IIS bindings and more!
Blog: Cyber Security Tips to Help Keep Your Company Safe During the Holidays
Every year, Cyber Monday kicks off the holiday season. Online consumers are poised and ready to take advantage of the cyber sales to stock up on holiday gifts for family, friends and, well, themselves. But, consumers aren’t the only ones positioned for “attack” on cyberspace. Cybercriminals are also at the ready to exploit the holiday shopping season and conduct malicious campaigns like spear-phishing to deliver malware in addition to your holiday presents. Why are the holidays a prime time for hackers? According to an article in ZDNet.com, in 2017 there was a 57.5% increase in attempted cyberattacks during the holiday season, with the peak hacking period occurring between Christmas and New Year’s day. And, this followed a year that saw a 21.5% increase above normal levels in the number of attempted cyberattacks during that same season. Why are the holidays a prime time for malicious online activity? Two key reasons exist: Cyber attackers have more opportunity to act without being no
Device Facts on Macs - Gatekeeper, FileVault, Firewall status
Curious if anyone else is using Automox to report on security feature status of Macs, namely whether or not Firewall/FileVault/Gatekeeper are enabled or disabled. I know it’s not in the Device Detail screen. Has anyone created a worklet or some other inventive way of managing this through Automox?
How to list out those computer is non-compliance on single worklet Policy
Hi All, I have created the Worklet without a schedule to detect the computer setting, and assigned to the group included over 300 computer, how can I list out this computer is non-compliance on this single worklet or single policy?
Useful links added to community header
I’ve added some links to various resources such as the www.automox.com and the support site. Let me know if the links I’ve selected are useful and if there’s anything else you’d like added to the header: 24%20AM1068×72 10.2 KB Note that when you scroll down through longer discussion topics, some of the links disappear to make room for the topic title in the header. If you scroll back up to the top of the page then all of the links show up again: 50%20AM1070×63 9.84 KB Let me know if you have any questions or feedback!
Future features and ideas portal
I know it’s linked in a pinned thread (sorry @Nic) , but I wanted to shoot this out here to make sure ya’ll see it. Automox keeps a board up-to-date with our new, upcoming, planned, and suggested feature ideas here: Feature Suggestion & Voting Obviously you can submit ideas there, and add your vote to existing ones, but as an employee here I’m curious what ideas you’re most interested in and opinionated about. Personally, I am most passionate about Dynamic Groups and the Device Compliance Report. From my point of view, being able to populate groups based on a set of rules, and have new devices that come online automatically move to the appropriate group is a game changer. Especially for customers with a good amount of churn on devices in their environment (reimages, replacement hardware, etc.). Any easy to use, group/policy filterable, compliance report is so helpful to admins having to report to management. You should be able to quickly pick a group or set of groups and see all
Windows 10 Insider Build 19023 Released With Optional Updates Test
BleepingComputer Windows 10 Insider Build 19023 Released With Optional Updates Test Microsoft has released Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 19023 (20H1) to Insiders in the Fast ring, which will test a new "optional" update experience for Windows drivers. In a new experiment running through November 25th, 2019, PCs running 20H1 Build 18980 and newer will not automatically download and install driver updates that are labeled as “optional”. Instead users will find these drivers under the new Settings > Windows Update > Optional Updates screen shown below.
Embedding Your Access Key into the Automox MSI
If you’re rolling out your Automox installation, or adding more endpoints, here’s our handy guide to embedding your access key into the MSI file using the free MSI editor that Microsoft provides, named Orca: https://support.automox.com/help/embedding-your-access-key-into-the-automox-msi Once you’ve added the key to the MSI file you can keep using it for future installations, until we release a new version of the agent. While an older version of the agent will install and automatically update to the latest version, it’s always a best practice to install from the latest agent version.
Blog: What is SCCM? How Does SCCM Work
In case you haven’t had the pleasure of encountering SCCM, here’s @D-D-D-D-DropTheTable’s blog post explaining what it does and the pros and cons: What is SCCM? How Does SCCM Work Microsoft’s SCCM (System Center Configuration Manager) is a paid lifecycle management solution from Microsoft that keeps track of a network’s inventory, assists in application installation, and deploys updates and security patches across a network. While SCCM uses Microsoft’s WSUS patching system to check for and install updates, it gives users additional patch management control over when and how patches are applied, and includes many more features which make it an attractive option for large enterprise networks. However, Microsoft SCCM presents several challenges for organizations looking for one solution to provide patch management across all devices, operating systems, and third party applications, so it is important to evaluate the pros and cons of patching with SCCM. Pros and Cons of SCCM Pros of SCCM P
Worst IT ticket you ever got?
Mine was probably to let me know that a computer had caught fire after a truck hit the power line to our building (there was still power, but we had a voltage spike that blew that computer’s power supply). What’s the worst, silliest or most alarming ticket you’ve gotten?
Automox training program - Feedback requested
Hey Automox Customers! We are currently working on some new Automox training material, from KB articles, webinars, to video walkthroughs and I would love your feedback. Whether you are new to the product or consider yourself an expert, please weigh in. What topics would you love to see in our next iteration of material? What topic do you think we have covered really well? What is your preferred learning format? (Video, write up, self-guided material)? Thank you all in advance.
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