Category Archives: Field

Windows Updates: Policy Change

I’ve updated Group Policy on all staff workstations to prevent installing updates immediately upon shut down. Previously when there were updates scheduled to install, the start menu Shut Down option would be replaced with “Install updates and shut down.” This update gives you back the ability to choose either option. At this point we’re just testing how this plays out for folks.



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.

Firefox and Chrome scheduled releases

For those that are interested,

I was doing some digging and found the release schedule for chrome and firefox.  Chrome version 44 comes out May 15th, with version 45 following on June 26th. Firefox ESR version 38 will be released on May 19th, support for version 31 will end on August 11th.

If you would like to reference this information and look at more future date information.



VPN on Windows Image

I need to provide everyone with a little heads up regarding the VPN on our Windows image.
First and furmost, the switch over to the new MDT service and our processes, some computers may have made it through check-off without the OSU VPN being properly installed. We are working to address this issue.
Also, we will be changing our standard VPN from old Cisco client to AnyConnect (
Please let me know if you have any questions.