Coretek Named as Metro Detroit’s Best and Brightest Companies to Work for 2018

2018-08-31T14:14:13+00:00 August 31st, 2018|Announcements, blog, Home Page, News, Uncategorized|

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Contact: Jennifer Kluge (586) 393-8800

Best and Brightest Companies to Work For® Announced This Year’s Best and Brightest Companies to Work For® in Metropolitan Detroit

July 20, 2018 – Warren, Mich. — Every year companies throughout Metropolitan Detroit compete to be named one of “Metro Detroit’s Best and Brightest Companies to Work For®.” Only companies that distinguish themselves as having the most innovative and thoughtful human resources approach can be bestowed this honor. These select companies will be on honored Friday, September 21, 2018 at the Detroit Marriott Renaissance, downtown Detroit. The winning companies also compete for 13 elite awards, one granted for each category. Also, an overall winner that has excelled in all categories will be honored with a “Best of the Best Overall” award. The elite award winners will be revealed during the luncheon.

Also this year the Best and Brightest Companies to Work For® awards program has raised the bar with a new category. Winners will be pooled by the size of their company. Employers with 1-50 employees will be benchmarked together and will be classified as Small Business; 51-300employees will be benchmarked together and will be classified as Medium Business; 301+employees will be benchmarked together and will be classified as Large Business. Allcompanies, no matter their size, can be a Best and Brightest Company to Work For® resulting inBetter Business, Richer Lives and Stronger Communities.

An independent research firm evaluates each company’s entry based on key measures in various categories. They include Compensation, Benefits and Employee Solutions; Employee Enrichment, Engagement and Retention; Employee Education and Development; Recruitment, Selection and Orientation; Employee Achievement and Recognition; Communication and Shared Vision; Diversity and Inclusion; Work-Life Balance; Community Initiatives; Strategic Company Performance and the Best of the Best Small Business, Medium Business and Large Business. (See following list for winners.)

The annual symposium and awards program will begin with registration, networking and an exhibit gallery at 7:30 a.m. Breakfast will be served at 8:30 a.m., educational programs will follow at 9:00 a.m. The Winners’ Award Reception and Elite Awards Presentation begin at 11:30 a.m.

“Profitability and stability is essential for businesses in today’s economic climate. Companies
that recognize that their employees are the key to their success achieve staying power. Our 2017
winners create their human resource standards to ensure employee satisfaction and they set
standards for every business to aspire toward,” said Jennifer Kluge, President and CEO of B&B
Programs. “We are proud to honor this year’s winners.”

Metro Detroit’s Best and Brightest Companies to Work For® is sponsored by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, NOW Health Group, WDIV Channel 4 News, WWJ Newsradio 950, Davenport University, Baudville, BASIC, Marsh & McLennan Agency LLC, Comerica, Corp! Magazine, Ulliance, Kelly Services, Ultimate Software, EDSI, The Orsus Group, Kerr Russell and Weber PLC, Frankenmuth Insurance, Dave & Busters and V-Suites.
Admission for the awards breakfast and symposium for members is $210. Tables for 10 are also available for $2,000. Recognition as a Table Sponsor with 10 tickets is $2,500. If you are interested in attending the conference, contact MBPA at 866-321-1822 or visit www.thebestandbrightest.com.

The Best and Brightest Companies to Work For® is a program of the Michigan Business and Professional Association that provides the business community with the opportunity to gain recognition, showcase their best practices and demonstrate why they are an ideal place for employees to work. This national program celebrates those companies that are making better business, creating richer lives and building a stronger community as a whole. It is presented annually in several markets including Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Detroit, Houston, Milwaukee, San Diego, San Francisco Bay Area, and Nationally. Nominations are now being accepted for 2019. Visit www.thebestandbrightest.com to obtain an application.

The Michigan Business and Professional Association boasts a statewide sphere of influence that no other organization of its kind can claim, leveraging a depth of programs and community initiatives that positively impact more than 150,000 businesses. Visit them online at www.michbusiness.org.

The 2018 Metropolitan Detroit’s Best And Brightest Companies
To Work For® Winners
A Program of the Michigan Business and Professional Association
2313 Inc.
A.E. Mourad Agency, Inc.
Acro Service Corporation
A-Line Staffing Solutions
Amerisure Mutual Insurance Company
Angott Search Group
Aqua Tots Swim Schools
Argent Tape and Label
Aristeo
Arrow Strategies
Arthur J. Gallagher & Co.
Austin Benefits Group
Baker Tilly Virchow Krause
Barton Malow Company
BDO USA, LLP
Billhighway
blue chip Talent
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan
Brightline Technologies, Inc.
Broder & Sachse Real Estate
Brooks Kushman, P.C.
Brown & Brown of Detroit
Burns & McDonnell
C/D/H
Cambridge Consulting Group
Capital Mortgage Funding
Clarity Voice
Clayton & McKervey, P.C.
Community Financial Credit Union
Contract Professionals, Inc. (CPi)
Conway MacKenzie
Coretek Services
Cornerstone Municipal Advisory Group, LLC
CoStaff Services LLC
Credit Acceptance
CrossFire Group
Danlaw Inc.
Decypher Corp
DeMaria Building Company, Inc.
DFCU Financial
Diag Partners
DigitasLBi
DKSS CPAs + Advisors
Domino’s Pizza
DTE Energy
Easter Seals – Michigan, Inc.
Educational Data Systems, Inc. (EDSI)
Emagine Entertainment
Enterprise Rent-A-Car
Envista Forensics
Epitec, Inc.
ES3, Inc.
ESG Automotive, Inc.
Etkin LLC
Farbman Group
Financial Group
Fisher Unitech LLC
Flagstar Bank
Friedman Integrated Real Estate Solutions
Genisys Credit Union
Ghafari Associates, LLC
Gordon Advisors, P.C.
Grand Rapids Metrology
Great Lakes Caring
Greenleaf Trust
G-Tech Services, Inc.
Harada Industry of America, Inc.
Harley Ellis Devereaux (HED)
Health Management Systems of America
Honigman Miller Schwartz & Cohn LLP
HRPro/BenePro
Humanetics Innovative Solutions, Inc.
Humantech
Huron Valley State Bank
Ideal Contracting
imageOne
ImageSoft, Inc.
Imperial Beverage
International Bancard
Jackets for Jobs, Inc.
Kapnick Insurance Group
Lake Michigan Credit Union
Level One Bank
LJPR Financial Advisors
LLamasoft, Inc.
Lormax Stern Development Co LLC
LOVASCO
Mahindra Automotive North America
Marsh & McLennan Agency LLC
Marvel Technologies
MassMutual Great Lakes
Michigan Community VNA
Michigan Financial Companies
Michigan First Credit Union
Michigan Medicine
Michigan Office Solutions
Michigan Planners
Midwest Mobility Solutions
Morrey’s Contracting
Nemeth Law, P.C.
New Horizons Rehabilitation Services, Inc.
NTH Consultants LTD
Nuspire Networks
OHM Advisors
OneMagnify
OpTech, LLC
Panasonic Automotive
Pcubed
Plex Systems, Inc.
Potestivo & Associates P.C.
Prudential Advisors, Great Lakes
RapidAdvance
Real Estate One, Inc.
Recruitment Management Consultants, LLC
Red Level
REDICO LLC
Rehmann
Relapath, LLC
Reliance One, Inc.
Sachse Construction
Sakti3, Inc.
Schupan Recycling
Service Express, Inc. (SEI)
Service First Logistics Incorporated
Signature Associates
SME
Spalding DeDecker
Stout Risius Ross, LLC
Stratacomm LLC
Stuart Mechanical
Taylor’s Special Care Services Inc.
Technosoft Corporation
The Birmingham Group
The Detroit Athletic Club
Total Quality Logistics
Trion Solutions Inc.
T-Squared Designs Inc.
Turner Construction Company
UHY Advisors MI, Inc.
United Shore Financial Services
University of Michigan Credit Union
US Foods
VersiCare Group
Vision Information Technologies
V-Suites
VTC Insurance Group
w3r Consulting
Wade Trim
Walbridge
Work Skills Corp
WOW! Internet, Cable and Phone
Yeo & Yeo CPAs & Business Consultants
ZF North America, Inc.
Zolman Restoration

Coretek Services Named AppSense 2015 Partner of the Year, Central Region

2017-07-27T00:00:58+00:00 April 12th, 2016|News, Uncategorized|

FARMINGTON HILLS, Mich. and SUNNYVALE, Calif., April 12, 2016Coretek Services, one of the leading IT consulting and systems integrators, and AppSense, the global leader of secure user environment management (UEM), today announced that Coretek Services has been named AppSense 2015 Partner of the Year, Central Region. The award, presented during AppSense’s annual North American Elevate Partner Conference in New Orleans, La., recognized Coretek Services for its exceptional achievement in the areas of customer engagement, revenue growth and implementation innovation.

We really value the relationship we have with AppSense,” said Ray Jaksic, Chief Technology Officer Coretek Services. “They are truly a ‘channel focused’ organization.  It’s the value their products provide within our solutions and their flexibility in doing what it takes to close deals that has resulted in many great wins for both of our organizations and our customers.”

AppSense continues to be a staple within the Coretek virtual desktop suite of solution offerings and has also proven to be a valuable solution to help secure physical endpoints without impeding end user’s ability to do their jobs.  Coretek has leveraged AppSense Environment Manager for years to provide a “persistent” end user experience without requiring a “persistent desktop image” within VDI. In recent years, Coretek has also leveraged the entire DesktopNow suite with its VDI implementations. The company also now leverages

Performance Manager to optimize the performance of VDI desktops when running applications that are either poorly written or have very high I/O or processor requirements.  This has demonstrated particularly significant successes with graphically intense Engineering Applications.

“AppSense has grown within our solution portfolio to help secure and migrate physical endpoints as well,” added Jaksic. “We have been able to use AppSense to lockdown physical endpoints to eliminate the launch of ‘unknown’ executables, and give all users only the minimal rights necessary to do their jobs without providing full administrative access.”

“We are pleased to recognize Coretek Services as our 2015 Partner of the Year, Central Region,” said Jim Airdo, vice president of channel, AppSense. “Coretek Services continues to demonstrate an exceptional commitment to our mutual customers, driving new opportunities for AppSense solutions and providing sales, technical and support excellence. We look forward to our continued partnership in 2016 the years ahead.”

The AppSense Partner of the Year awards were selected following close evaluation of each partners’ annual contributions based on planned expectations in the areas of engagement, revenue and growth. Commitment to AppSense training, dedicated personnel and overall performance was also considered.

 

An AppSense Go+ Platinum Partner, Coretek Services offers a complete suite of AppSense UEM solutions including DesktopNow, DesktopNow Plus, DataNow, Application Manager, and AppSense Insight which enable IT organizations to centralize desktop security, management and personalization policies with a prescriptive view into security-related activity. These solutions allow users to have greater desktop personalization while improving security, performance, desktop consistency, and reliability.

 

About Coretek Services
Coretek Services is a Systems Integration and IT Consulting Company that delivers high value and innovative solutions.  Coretek works with your team to custom-design an IT architecture based on each clients’ unique requirements; the solution encompasses server and desktop virtualization, optimization of a virtual desktop environment, cloud desktop, mobile device management, infrastructure consulting and project management.  Our goal is to help our clients achieve Project Success.  No exceptions. For more information, visit www.coretekservices.com.

 

About AppSense                                                                                                         
AppSense is the leading provider of UEM solutions for the secure endpoint. AppSense user virtualization technology allows IT to secure and simplify workspace control at scale across physical, virtual and cloud-delivered desktops.  AppSense Solutions have been deployed by over 3,600 enterprises worldwide to 9 million endpoints. The company is headquartered in Sunnyvale, CA with offices around the world. For more information, please visit www.appsense.com.

 

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PowerShell – AD Recycle Bin Check or Enable…

2017-07-27T00:00:58+00:00 March 24th, 2016|Uncategorized|

When I begin working with a new customer Active Directory environment, one thing I always like to know is whether or not the AD Recycle Bin is enabled for safety.  If you don’t already know, the Active Directory Recycle Bin is a feature that appeared in the 2008 R2 era, and gave us the not-too-easy ability to save us from our own administrators.  Over the years, especially with Server 2012 R2, the ability to restore AD objects have become as easy as a few clicks.  I won’t say that it’s a “no-brainer”, because there are a couple reasons why you might not want to enable it, but I will say that it only takes deleting a couple objects accidentally to make a compelling argument for implementation.  For some further reading, check out this TechNet Guide.

If you want to use PowerShell to check if the AD Recycle Bin is enabled, run the following command to find out (requires that you have the PowerShell AD modules installed):

Get-ADOptionalFeature -Filter 'name -like "Recycle Bin Feature"'

…and if it is NOT enabled, you will see a result something like this in the image below; notice that among the other information, the “Enabled Scopes” is empty.

AdRecycleBinCheck

So if the Recycle Bin is NOT enabled, and you want it enabled, what then?  Well, if your Forest Functional level is already at Server 2008R2, one way is to enable it with the following PowerShell command:

Enable-ADOptionalFeature `
–Identity 'CN=Recycle Bin Feature,CN=Optional Features,CN=Directory Service,CN=Windows NT,CN=Services,CN=Configuration,DC=domain,DC=com' `
–Scope ForestOrConfigurationSet `
–Target 'domain.com'

…which looks a bit like this, as I enable the feature and then re-check:

AdRecycleBinEnable

As you can see above, the AD Recycle Bin is now enabled in my lab AD forest.

Note that in the above code example, I’m using “back-ticks” to be able to wrap lines.  However, in my screen cap I put it all on one line.  I’ll go over the back-ticks in a future post, but for now be careful with them, or remove them and include the entire command on one line.

So to recap, when ENABLEDSCOPES isn’t populated (e.g. {} ) it’s off.  If it contains values, then it is enabled!

And remember this: after enabling the AD Recycle Bin, you cannot disable it anymore!

PowerShell – Bulk Convert Global Groups to Domain Local…

2017-07-27T00:00:59+00:00 September 29th, 2015|Uncategorized|

Recently I was working with someone who spent a bunch of time building Active Directory groups for a project I’m working on.  After he was done, I noticed the groups he made were Global type groups (which is the default type in ADUC) instead of Domain Local type groups, which I needed for my project.

Instead of causing the person to panic, I told him we could turn to PowerShell to easily flip the type.  However, there is one caveat… You cannot convert groups directly from Global to Domain Local, so they have to be converted to Universal first.

Fortunately for me, all these groups were in a single OU, and we could fix this with just a few simple commands.  Just read along in the comments for explanations of each line.

# So before we begin to process groups, we set a variable to set your searchbase:

$MySearchBase = "ou=Groups,ou=ABC,dc=lab,dc=local"

# For our first step – we load up a variable with the groups we want (filtered by type):

$MyGroupList = get-adgroup -Filter 'GroupCategory -eq "Security" -and GroupScope -eq "Global"' -SearchBase "$MySearchBase"

# If you want to validate you got the correct groups in the variable, list out the names of your objects in the variable:

$MyGroupList.name

# Now, for every group in the list, we flip the type to Universal:

$MyGroupList | Set-ADGroup -GroupScope Universal

# Now for our second step – we re-load the variable:

$MyGroupList = get-adgroup -Filter 'GroupCategory -eq "Security" -and GroupScope -eq "Universal"' -SearchBase "$MySearchBase"

# Again, if you want to validate you got the correct groups, list them out:

$MyGroupList.name

# Finally, convert them from Universal to Domain Local:

$MyGroupList | Set-ADGroup -GroupScope DomainLocal

And of course, I thought it’d be great to pass it along in case it helps stop some panic in your world…  Enjoy!

Coretek Services Reboot Manager, Pt. 2

2017-07-27T00:00:59+00:00 July 15th, 2015|Uncategorized|

Please see this link for Part 1. 

For Part 2, let’s examine the Coretek Virtual Desktop Enhancement Suite (VDES) Reboot Manager Console in more detail. 

The VDES Management Console, shown in the screenshot below, is a simple interface which is broken down into 3 core areas: License Manager, VDES Farm, and Reboot Manager. 

  • The License Manager is simply where the license code for the components is managed.
  • The VDES Farm section allows the servers to be broken down into functional server types, which is useful to manage one of the other core functionalities of VDES, called XAppNow.  This is a feature which speeds up the reconnect times by 4-5 seconds for double hop published applications running inside a Virtual Desktop.
  • The Reboot manager section allows us to define multiple reboot schedules for the target servers.

Figure 3 - VDES Management Console

Under the VDES Farm node, a server can be configured with the appropriate settings to allow reboot manager to function correctly and enable logging.  The Drain Mode Command(s) can be customized, but are predefined for XenApp workloads.  Logging can be enabled via the Logging Enabled and Log File command for debug logging.  The SMTP configurations can be defined to enable mail notifications to administrators to notify when the servers state changes (for example, drain mode enabled, server reboot started).

Figure 4- VDES Server Settings

When right-clicking on the Reboot Manager node, it is possible to add Reboot Schedules.

Figure 5 - Right Click on Reboot Manager Node

The Reboot Schedule window allows the selection of the day(s) on which to reboot the server, the time at which we would like to start the drain mode, the time of day to force a reboot of the server, and the customized Warning Message to be displayed to the users.

Figure 6 - New Reboot Schedule Window

On the Notifications tab, Email and Event Log notifications can be enabled to give the administrator peace of mind that the server(s) have been properly rebooted.

Figure 7 - Reboot Manager Notifications Tab

After the schedule and notification have been defined, the highlighted schedule under Reboot Manager allows servers to be included or excluded from the selected schedules.  Servers can be added to multiple reboot schedules without issues.

Figure 8 - Reboot Manager Adding Servers

And that’s all there is to it.  Powerful control with simplicity and peace of mind! 

Drop us a line if you are interested in a trial of our Reboot Manager or other compnents of the VDES toolset – we look forward to hearing from you!

Server 2003 EOS, Part 6…

2017-07-27T00:01:00+00:00 July 9th, 2015|Uncategorized|

For previous parts of this blog series, see Parts 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5.

In just a few days it will be July 14th.  And that means End Of Support (EOS) for Windows Server 2003 after more than ten years!  Mind you, I won’t be celebrating; but I might just pause a moment to think of all the critical applications and services that I’ve experienced on Server 2003 throughout the years.  And my, how times have changed since then…

Now, we know there are still some of you out there that have Server 2003 running somwhere in your datacenters, or under a desk, or on a server plastered behind a wall.  It happens.  And we are here to help you. 

So start by checking out our 4-part webinar series on how you might approach different aspects of your migration away from Server 2003, which you can finnd at these links:

If all that’s not good enough, check out Microsoft’s dedicated Server 2003 EOS site for even more detail. 

…and then send us a message from our Contact Page, and let us help you with your critical Server 2003 workloads.  We can’t wait to help you solve your Server 2003 problem and get you back into a fully-supported, modern compute and workload environment.  Talk to you soon!

Coretek Services Reboot Manager, Pt. 1

2017-07-27T00:01:00+00:00 June 24th, 2015|Uncategorized|

At Coretek Services, we have been successfully implementing Virtual Desktop environments since 2008.

A continuous request we receive from our customers is the ability to require a more granular approach to managing reboots and end-user and administrative notifications for reboots.  We originally attempted to script reboot management via PowerShell and had varying levels of success.  We ultimately decided to go our own way; and the end result was the Coretek Services Reboot Manager – now part of the Virtual Desktop Enhancement Suite (VDES).

When working with Virtual Desktop infrastructures – be it VMware Horizon, XenDesktop, or using XenApp to presented desktops or applications – one of the major challenges is the ability to reboot the operating systems with minimal impact to the end-users.  But in environments which have a 24×7 user load, XenApp presented desktops are particularly difficult to drain users and schedule reboots without impacting the users or manual intervention by the administrator. 

Typically, in XenDesktop infrastructures, the DHCP lease times are relatively low.  With a PVS delivered XenDesktop image, this can create a problem with the DHCP conflict detections attempts if this not enabled (http://support.citrix.com/article/CTX135938), since the PVS delivered image will not request a DHCP lease extension.   

Let’s take a look at the XenApp 6.5 Reboot Behavior policies:

The Reboot logon disable time policy provides a maximum of a 60 minute window before a server reboots.  In an environment with users on the servers 24×7, this is inconvenient for the users and disrupts their workflow.  Ideally, you would want to put the server into drain mode to cover an entire shift as to not disrupt the users.

The Reboot warning interval policy can trigger a warning to the users every 1, 3, 5, 10 or 15 minutes.  If the maximum amount of time the server remains in drain mode is 60 minutes, this may not be an issue.  However, if you want to allow the server to persist in drain mode for a longer period of time, a notification every 15 minutes would be quite annoying for the users.