Build change awareness – May2015

– PC builds again have Adobe Acrobat Pro & Reader – pls remove reader.

– Duplicates Office 2013 icons are on desktop –  pls remove.

– All laptop placed over last month have login failures due to WiFi preference not set to connect automatically to osu_access. New users cannot authenticate – pls provide domain users’ the ability to log in.

– Browser Bookmarks and Homepage are now generic – pls standardize OSU home page & restore CN bookmarks during checkoff.

– WOT is no longer installed due to EULA violation for personal use.

– Admin rights need to be checked if they have unified account.

– Need to quit telling customers to leave PCs on Tuesday evening for patches. Shutdown may be recommended for clean boot and power-savings.

SCCM Application Catalog

The SCCM application catalog should be working again for self-service installs on Windows clients. Please update your SCCM client machine policy and try it out (see below for instructions). As always, let me know if you run into issues.

Note: The Application Catalog has not been made available to customers yet. You can test then while logged in with your regular or User+ account. On a customers workstation you can use “Run as different user” and point your browser to

How to update your SCCM client machine policy:

  • Go to Control Panel and click on Configuration Manager.
  • Click on the Actions tab and select “Machine Policy Retrieval & Evaluation Cycle.”
  • Click on Run Now.

Expectations (how things should be working):

  • Internet Explorer 10/11 (preferred) – Automatically passes your Windows credentials through and takes you to the Application Catalog website.
  • Firefox ESR latest version – Rawr, this connection is untrusted! Blahbity blah blah. Trust the connection, authenticate, activate Silverlight, and proceed as usual.
  • Chrome latest version – Authenticate, activate Silverlight, and proceed as usual.

Opportunity: New Tech mag needs contributors

The Recompiler, a new print and online magazine is getting started in Portland and they are looking for contributors.

From their website:

The Recompiler is a feminist hacker magazine, launching in Summer 2015. Our goal is to help people learn about technology in a fun, playful way, and highlight a diverse range of backgrounds and experiences. We’re especially interested in infrastructure: the technical and social systems we depend on. We want to share what it’s like to learn and work with technology, and teach each other to build better systems and tools.

The Recompiler is especially interested in work from people who are part of under-represented groups in technology.

This is an excellent opportunity you want to share your ideas and experiences as well as develop your professional writing skills.

If interested please take a look at the Submission Guidelines.