I recently figured out a way to automatically patch Slack in our environment AND apply a dark theme to any user who wants it. I accomplished this with PowerShell, this Github repository, and PDQ Deploy and PDQ Inventory. If dark mode allows you to see better, cranks your hacker image up to the next level, or […]

This week on PDQ Live, we shared some great tricks to save you time and money during audit season. Scan Profiles Leverage WMI Scan Profiles to show the user profiles on target workstations. (0:59) User Profiles.xml Retrieve partial Windows Product Keys from target workstations. (3:09) Windows Keys.xml Use the disk scanner from the Standard Scan […]

Have you always liked the idea of scripting and automating, or even dipped your toes in a bit, but felt overwhelmed and didn’t know where to start? I was there a few years ago when I was asked to switch to our Automation/QA team. Are you someone who’s taken the leap and uses PowerShell scripts […]

Most anniversaries are celebrated with balloons, flowers, or maybe a nice dinner. This anniversary, not so much. It was a beautiful spring morning in May 2017. Birds were chirping, the sun was shining as I came into work. All was right with the world. Then we started getting word of something called “Wannacry” or “Wannacrypt” […]

Have you ever been expected to magically manage your environment without the correct permissions to do so? This was me in my previous job. I was required to keep a multitude of applications up to date that required reboots and yet I wasn’t allowed to force reboots. Instead, I was told to send out a […]

Earlier this year, Microsoft officially released the “Windows Family” 1809 image, which they have touted in previous blog posts as specifically being engineered to support automated UI testing of Windows applications.  For those of you familiar with containerization technology, this probably doesn’t sound like a great use case for containers, and when utilizing containers as […]

  At PDQ.com, we are always looking for ways that we can drive the creation, testing, and support of our applications to be as efficient and effective as possible. To that end, I’ve recently been diving into experimenting with Docker, specifically using Windows Containers. I have received several warnings from the internet-at-large along the lines […]

While patching your machines and deploying each software you’re responsible for, we wouldn’t be surprised if the various browsers, readers, and players start to take on a sort of…personality…in your eyes. It’s happened for us, too. So, we decided to create a video series in which this feeling is interpreted literally. In our new “Patching […]

PDQ Inventory 17 is now available for download. This version of PDQ Inventory comes with some smaller features that have unfortunately been on the back burner, but we figure it’s about time we tackle. To enable alerts for new versions of PDQ products, click Options > Preferences > Alerts (or press Ctrl+Comma) and check Auto […]