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Anyone want their 15 minutes of fame?
We’re getting ready to take the community out of beta and preparing a press release to let the world know about the Automox community. As part of the press release we’d like a quote from an Automox customer talking about how the community is useful, especially when it comes to the Worklets section. If you’d like to cash in your 15 minutes of fame and be quoted in the press release, please send me a PM or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org!
COBOL will outlive us all
ZDNet COBOL turns 60: Why it will outlive us all | ZDNet In the beginning, there was machine languages and assembler. Neither was easy to use, but then along came COBOL, and everything changed. An interesting article on ZDNet about the history of COBOL and why it may very well outlive us all. Micro Focus, the company maintaining COBOL, has a campaign to move COBOL apps to the cloud!
Required Software Policy (Normal install location is appdata)
I’m hoping someone has already dealt with this. Trying to push an install with Automox to several laptops at once. My issue is with the install location. Some programs are made to use AppData as an install path. It avoids admin privs and I believe makes it easier for users to customize their environment variables around the program. Well, when Automox pushes stuff, it doesn’t seem to care so much who is logged in, so people with limited privs wouldn’t see it post-install. Can someone clarify or even better, if you’ve come across this, post your story?
Warning Issued For Millions Of Microsoft Windows 10 Users
Forbes Warning Issued For Millions Of Microsoft Windows 10 Users Microsoft was warned, but it released a damaging new update to Windows 10 users anyway... Looks like performance issues galore after updating. Here’s the patch in question: https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/4512941/windows-10-update-kb4512941
Tip of the day: community bookmarks
Is your bookmark bar full and your bookmark lists a mile long? Don’t worry, bookmarking things on here won’t add to the problem. You can bookmark directly in the community by clicking on the bookmark icon, directly to the left of the Reply button: To get back to your bookmarks, click on your avatar in the upper right and then click on the bookmark icon in that menu. (Sorry @dimforest but you can only bookmark posts and topics, not your badge page).
Tip of the day: Earning badges
The Automox community comes with a bunch of badges that you can earn for various activities, such as posting or liking posts: 40%20AM1169×574 41.1 KB You can get to the badge page by clicking on the burger menu (the three horizontal lines to the left of your avatar, in the upper right corner). The badges you’ve earned will have the green checkmark. The number on each badge indicates how many other people have earned it, and clicking on the badge will list those folks. If there’s any badges you’d like to see added to the community, post your ideas in the replies to this topic!
Tip of the day: browser notifications
Another way to be notified when new community activity happens is to turn on browser notifications (also called live notifications). These are short pop-up notifications that appear in a corner of your screen and then disappear after a few seconds. To do that, go to your profile preferences and click on Notifications: 20%20AM875×649 47 KB Click on the Enable Notifications button under the Live Notifications header: This is a per browser setting, so if you use the community in multiple browsers or on multiple computers, you’ll need to enable it from each browser.
Anybody here use Dell's Command Suite?
I dabbled around with it years ago but now I am looking into finding a way to better manage our workstations, all Dells, beyond just AD/GPO. We don’t currently have SCCM either. In the very little bit of research I’ve started doing on the Suite this morning and afternoon, I noticed pretty much everybody else online is integrating it into SCCM and using it THAT way. Is that the standard?
Tip of the day: setting your homepage
The default homepage is set to the Latest view, which shows you all topics with the newest ones at the top. You can change that in your profile preferences, in case you prefer the Categories view. That view shows you the forums on the left, and a smaller view of recent topics on the right. To switch your homepage, go to your profile Preferences tab and select Interface: 44%20AM806×780 49.3 KB The Default Homepage dropdown lets you select from Latest, Categories, New, Unread or Top. This section also lets you change your theme from dark to light, if you prefer a white background, as well as the text size, language and some other assorted preferences.
Tip of the day: Keyboard shortcuts
This community platform has a bunch of keyboard shortcuts that you can use to navigate the site faster. For example, typing g then h will take you back to the homepage. Here’s the full list of keyboard shortcuts: 33%20AM700×706 37.9 KB You can also get to the list from the burger menu (which you can open via the keyboard by typing “=”) and then clicking on Keyboard Shortcuts at the bottom of the drop-down menu.
What Worklets are you using?
We’ve been building up our community library of worklets here: https://community.automox.com/c/worklets and we’d love to hear what worklets you’re using in your environment. Whether they’re ones you’ve written yourself, downloaded off the community, or gotten from support, please let us know what you’re using and how they work for you. And if you do have a worklet you wrote yourself, feel free to share it on the community for others to make use of: What is a Worklet and how do I use or create one? Worklets A worklet can accomplish any task that can be scripted. The Automox platform is based on an open extensible automation architecture that allows IT operations to create any custom task that they can imagine. Automox consumes and automates worklets, powered by PowerShell and Bash scripting, and continuously enforces them across any managed devices. These reusable units of work can be shared with peers and applied across Windows, Linux, and OSX devices. Be
Tip of the day: Two Factor Authentication for your community account
This community platform supports two factor authentication. If you want to enable that, go to your preferences by clicking on your avatar in the upper right and then the gear icon. Once on your profile page, click on Manage Two Factor Authentication: Then click on New Authenticator: From there scan the QR code in the supported MFA app of your choice and away you go! 56%20PM643×520 21.9 KB
Tip of the day: Quoting posts
If you’re replying to a specific post in a longer discussion thread, you can quote the person you are replying to. That makes it clear which person you are replying to and what question you are answering. There are two ways to quote. The first is to highlight a section of text in the post you are replying to, and then hitting the reply button. The second is to click on the quote button (the word balloon icon) after hitting the reply button. Note that you need to click on the reply button directly underneath the post you are quoting, rather than the reply button at the very bottom of the the discussion topic: 24%20PM1515×636 76.5 KB Let me know if you have any problems getting quoting to work!
Weird email issue (365, rules)
So I have a user who routinely complains about not getting emails from a few of us. Whenever it happens, it’s the same deal… I go into Message Trace to verify an email was sent at all: they are. However, they are being filtered by a rule and sent straight to deleted. So then we look at her rules in Outlook - nothing. … I haven’t had a chance to actually really sit and click around more than what I listed above but I just got a ticket this morning from her complaining about the same thing and if I am able (or one of my minions) to click around a bit, I’m wondering if maybe other mailboxes she has access to could affect this? She has quite a few. The emails being filtered though are being sent to HER… 😐
Tip of the day: navigating longer topics
This community platform doesn’t have pagination and all topics use an infinite scroll interface. This can make navigating longer topics, such as this one, more difficult: Introduce Yourself! Water Cooler Hi, I’m Nic, the community manager here at Automox. I’ve managed a bunch of other IT communities, like Webroot, Intuit, LogRhythm, and Spiceworks. Prior to being a community manager I worked as a sysadmin myself. If you’re new to the community, please reply to this post and let us know who you are, where you work, and where you are from. To remedy this, the topics have a scroll bar on the side to replace pagination: Click and drag the slider up and down to jump around the topic. As you drag the slider it will show you which post you are jumping to and what date that post was made. To get to the end of the topic, drag the slider all the way to the bottom.
General product feedback thread - tell us what you think!
Our product team is looking for your feedback about the Automox product. What do you like, what don’t you like, what do you wish we could add to the product? No feedback is too big or too small - whether it’s a button in the wrong place, or a complete redesign of our reporting, let us know!
Tip of the day: filling in the rest of your profile
After you’ve selected an avatar, there’s still more to do on your profile page. If you click on the Profile tab on your preferences page: 55%20AM825×599 31 KB then you’ll have several fields you can fill in, including an “About me” section, website, more background images, and your date of birth. The two background images are for your profile background (similar to the banner image on Twitter or Facebook) and your user card, which is the image that pops up when people click on your avatar in a post: 43%20AM738×246 60.1 KB If you fill in your profile all the way you get the Autobiographer badge as a reward.
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