Category: How-To

December 5, 2018
URLs and SSRS Reports

Don’t we all love lessons learned? Here’s one that I learned years ago about URLs and SSRS reports, but was reminded about this past summer. Last July I was creating…

November 28, 2018
How to Add the Intune Service Administrator Directory Role to a User Account

I’m sure you are wondering why I created a blog post on how to assign the Intune Service Administrator directory role. Wouldn’t it be straight forward? Yes, normally it would…

November 7, 2018
How to Add Alternating Row Colors to SCCM Reports

Have you ever tried reading a very wide SCCM table or matrix report without alternating row colors? I have and I must admit that it’s no fun when you’re trying…

October 30, 2018
How to Create a Compliance Setting to Detect If the Firewall Is Off

IT professionals need to troubleshoot all sorts of issues. Oftentimes, while I’m troubleshooting a problem, I’ll turn off the local firewall to ensure that it isn’t causing the problem. If…

October 17, 2018
How to Report a Bug or an Issue in Microsoft Intune

As a long time System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM) administrator, I finally started integrating Microsoft Intune into my environment because it made a lot of sense. I’d recommend the same…

October 10, 2018
Set the Page Size of SCCM Reports

I always talk about the importance of doing the little things when it comes to enhancing reports and dashboards and also when it comes to creating reports in Power BI….

October 4, 2018
Four Little Reporting Tips with a Big Impact

I get asked all the time, “What can I do to make my reports and dashboards better? What is the best reporting tip you can give me?” Here’s my number…

September 12, 2018
How to Choose a Color Palette for SCCM Reports

I often get asked how someone without a visual arts background can choose a color palette for SCCM reports. I’ll admit that I’m not great at mixing colors together either,…

August 29, 2018
When Was This Report Created? It Needs an Execution Date.

Not long ago a SCCM Administrator, that I was mentoring, was asked by his Manager to create a weekly status report on their upgrade from Windows 7 to Windows 10….

August 22, 2018
How to Spruce-up Your SCCM Reports by Adding Page Numbers

In this day and age, why would you need to add page numbers to a report? Well, the first reason should be obvious. Even in a “paperless society” sometimes a…