12 Jun

Why Lawyers Should Take Windows 7 End-of-Support Seriously

As IT consultants for attorneys, we are all for making your technology purchases last. Windows 7, unfortunately, can’t be one of them. As of January 2020, Windows 7 will no longer receive security patches. If you are still running it next year, you will be actively posing a risk to your clients’ data. In 2017, Read more…

10 Jun

Citrix Synergy 2019 Highlights

The Citrix Synergy 2019 conference in Atlanta was as big as ever, and as usual Kraft Kennedy sent a team of technical consultants to ensure we had the ground covered. Couldn’t make it? No worries. We’ve done our best to pare down a ton of content to the topics most relevant to law firms. You Read more…

31 May

How to Deploy Volume Licensed Visio and Project With Office 365

How to deploy volume licensed Visio and Project with Office 365? This question has been coming up lately. By default, you can’t install Visio or Project 2016 MSI-based installers alongside an Office 365 installation. You will receive an error message and get blocked at installation time. This chart describes some scenarios by which deployment can Read more…

21 May

MMS 2019 at MOA – Reporting From the Midwest Management Summit

The sixth Annual Midwest Management Summit (MMS) wrapped up earlier this month at the Radisson Blu of Mall of America in Minneapolis, Minnesota. For longtime folks in the industry, this conference was a replacement for the Microsoft Management Summit that used to be held annually in Las Vegas until its demise through consolidation into TechEd Read more…

12 Mar

Windows 7 End of Life

Windows 7 End of Life is Approaching The deadline is here. (That is, it’s in January 2020, but if you want to make it, you should start planning your desktop upgrade project now!) As of that date, Windows 7 will no longer receive patches and updates from Microsoft. Contact us today to schedule your upgrade Read more…

20 Feb

Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT) 8456 Released

Last month, Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 8456 was released. While not earth-shattering, it did finally update the ZTIGather script to fix two longtime nuisances. One I originally blogged about back in June 2013. Better late than never. From the release notes: The following list is a summary of the major changes in this version: -Nested task sequence Read more…

27 Nov

Office 365 Shortcut Name Change

A client firm experienced an issue with a broken Start Menu after updating Office 365 clients. The firm had several Office applications such as Word, Excel, and OneNote pinned to the Start Menu and Taskbar. After looking into the issue, I found that the new Office365 ProPlus version changed the shortcut names from Excel 2016.lnk to Excel.lnk. That Read more…

14 Nov

How to Prevent SSD Hardware Encryption in Your Task Sequence

By now a lot of us have heard of the SSD hardware encryption issue that’s been reported on the blogosphere and confirmed by Microsoft. If your physical hard drive supports hardware encryption, Microsoft will use it by default–and therein lies the problem. The hardware encryption method is potentially less secure than software encryption via BitLocker. Read more…

09 Oct

Intel Online Connect Breaks DirectAccess on Lenovo Devices

During a recent DirectAccess implementation, our team was left perplexed at an issue with DirectAccess. The DirectAccess connection was listed in Network Settings, but its status was stuck at “connecting” and the connection would ultimately fail. This issue occurred across multiple Lenovo devices, although a few machines were able to connect for a few seconds Read more…