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Checking Website Certificate Expiry Dates with CheckCentralChecking Website Certificate Expiry Dates with CheckCentral

February 4, 2019
If you have websites for which you maintain the SSL certificates, this PowerShell script will help more efficiently monitor the expiration status of those certificates. The script can be run from anywhere, as it connects to the public URL for the website, and it will email the results wherever you like. This help guide shows how to configure the script to email the results to CheckCentral and create a companion Check to automate the status parsing.
Checks can be added from various locations in the CheckCentral interface, from the Dashboard, Checks page, Activity page, and the Check Group details page.
  • Begin by clicking "
    Add Check
    ."
  • Select "Start Fresh," and click "Start."
  • Name the Check. It can be whatever you like, for example
    Website Certificate Expiry Check
    .
  • Select an existing Check Group or create a new one by clicking
    Check Group icon
    Add Check Group
    .
  • Select an existing Label or create a new one by typing the name in the text field of the dropdown. (optional)
  • Add a description (optional).
  • The Asset ID is used exclusively with certain ticketing systems and is not required for Checks. Asset ID details and ticketing systems are more fully covered by other documents (e.g. Halo Integration (asset ID).)
  • Leave the Asset ID blank.
Your Check so far will look something like this:
Navigate to the next step in CheckCentral by clicking the "Next" button or the tab name.
  • Leave "Scheduled" selected as we will be running the script regularly.
  • Assuming you'll run the script daily, leave the Expected Interval on "1" "Day(s)." If you plan to run the script on another interval, adjust accordingly.
  • The initial expectation time is set by the first email message that is received and processed by its Check. (For example, if a notification email arrives at noon and its Check is set for every half hour, it will expect another notification email at 12:30.)
  • Leave the Set as Overdue setting at "After 30 Minutes." If the script notification email is not received after this amount of time has been exceeded, the Check will be marked as a failure.
Leave Custom Schedule de-selected.
The Matching step is what matches a notification email to its specific Check. It's also where you'll set the notification's CheckCentral destination email. For CheckCentral to parse notification emails, they must be sent to a "mycheckcentral.cc" address. By default, the email address is [your organization name]@mycheckcentral.cc.
A more unique email address is created using the name given to the Check (with white spaces removed).
  • Leave the default selections enabled.
  • Copy the unique email address for later use by clicking on the Copy icon
    Copy icon
    .
Do not add any matching rules. The unique email address is sufficient.
The email address will appear different based on your organization name and the name you specified for your check.
The previous Matching step identifies the incoming email to the Check. The Status step looks for indicators of what type of notification you're receiving (e.g. The job was successfully run, it failed, or there were some issues.) The configuration options you choose can vary considerably, but the approach is the same.
The Default Status is what is set when the other Rules in this step don't match. Criteria for the remaining statuses then need to be defined, requiring their own unique one-to-one matches.
  • Leave the Default Status on "Failure."
  • The "Success Criteria" section is where you'll set the criteria that will mark an activity as successful.
  • Click
    Add Success Rule
    .
  • A successful run (no certificates expired or expiring soon) of the script will have the word "SUCCESS" in the email Subject.
  • Set the rule to "Subject contains SUCCESS" by leaving the default dropdown selections and typing
    SUCCESS
    (all caps) in the empty text field.
  • The "Warning Criteria" section is where you'll set the criteria that will mark an activity with a warning.
  • Click
    Add Warning Rule
    .
A warning result (certificate(s) expiring soon) from the script will have the word "WARN" in the email Subject.
  • Set the rule to "Subject contains WARN" by leaving the default dropdown selections and typing
    WARN
    (all caps) in the empty text field.
Leave the Condense Whitespace and Combine Attachments checkboxes enabled.
Notifications are simply how you want to be informed of Check Failures, Warnings, and some other Status changes.
Email, push, chat and other software can be integrated as well as ticketing systems, allowing for automatic ticket creation and management.
Further configuration is required for each to function and is done via the Notifications tab in the main menu. They can be configured before or after Check creation.
For more understanding of Notification setup, see the CheckCentral Beginner's Guide (Notifications).
  • Select the desired means of Notification. If in doubt of the selections here, leave the defaults.
  • From the Save tab, click the "Save Check" button.
With the Check configured in CheckCentral, you need to install the script onto a machine (where it will regularly run).
  • Download the script: CheckWebsiteCertExpiry.zip.
  • Extract it somewhere on the computer (e.g. C:\Scripts). There will be three files: CheckWebsiteCertificateExpiry.ps1, createScheduledTask.ps1, and websites.txt
  • Edit the websites.txt file to contain the list of websites you want the script to check. Save it. Make sure to put one URL on each line.
  • Open a PowerShell console and run the script to make sure it works. For example:

    Code

    .\CheckWebsiteCertExpiry.ps1 -Websites (Get-Content websites.txt) -EmailFromAddress {Email From Address} -EmailToAddress {Check Email Address}
  • Refresh the Check page or Dashboard to see the new Activity for your Check.
  • You're ready to set up the Windows Scheduled Task so the script will automatically run each day.
  • First, edit the parameters at the top of the CreateScheduledTask.ps1 script and save the changes.
  • You'll see the new Scheduled Task in the Windows Task Scheduler. Run it and verify that a second Activity shows up in the CheckCentral Check.
For more detail on Check creation and best practices, see our Check Creation Guide.
For other guides and support contact information, see CheckCentral Support

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February 1, 2019
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All-New App Selector!All-New App Selector!

January 30, 2019

We're very excited to announce the release of the all-new app selector in your CloudShow dashboard. When you're editing a device or template and selecting an app, the app selector gives you some new options.

All Apps

The most noticeable change is that all apps are grouped together alphabetically to make finding your app easier.

All Apps

App Filtering

The advanced filtering in the app selector window means you can quickly filter down the apps to the ones you're looking for.

App Filtering

Recommended Apps

There is now a 'Recommended Apps' section at the top of the app selector window. This new section shows apps that support the files you have uploaded in your Content area. For example, if you upload some images and videos, the Image Slideshow and Video Player apps will be listed here for easy access.

Recommended Apps

Check it Out!

Check out the all-new app selector on your CloudShow dashboard today! And as always, if you would like to see an app that we're missing feel free to contact us.

DisplayFusion 9.5 Beta 1 Now Available!DisplayFusion 9.5 Beta 1 Now Available!

January 23, 2019

We're very excited to announce that DisplayFusion 9.5 Beta 1 is now available for download! This version is mostly bug fixes for issues from 9.4.3.

Important Notes!

  • The first time you open the Settings > Screen Saver tab after installing 9.5 Beta 1, it will be very slow to open, due to Windows Defender locking the .scr files for a long time during the initial scan.
  • We've made a change to how refresh rates are set with Monitor Profiles. If you run into trouble with your profiles after updating, you may need to re-save them.
  • WallpaperFusion is now limited to slideshow intervals of 15 minutes or higher to reduce costs.

DisplayFusion 9.5 Beta 1 Highlights

  • Fixed a couple of Chrome issues with Monitor Splitting
  • The "Mirror Selected Area" function now works correctly when run via key combination
  • Updated Google Photos wallpaper source to the new API, as the old one is shutdown
  • Added search support for WallpaperAbyss wallpaper source
  • Fixed an issue with Image Info when using tag
  • Fixed the filter box in the WallpaperFusion tag selector
  • Using "Move Window to Next Monitor" on Remote Desktop windows now moves the connection bar as well
  • Fixed an issue where some refresh rates couldn't be set, note that you may need to re-save your Monitor Profiles.
  • Resolved an issue where Monitor Configuration wouldn't apply on some systems (including VMware with guest 3D acceleration disabled)

Updating DisplayFusion

We encourage everyone to update to this new version today to take advantage of these improvements. If you've already purchased DisplayFusion, it's a lifetime license, so you can upgrade to this version at no cost! If you would like to see a complete list of all the changes, please visit the DisplayFusion Beta Change Log.

Check Frequency Settings and Dashboard UpdatesCheck Frequency Settings and Dashboard Updates

January 21, 2019

We're pleased to announce several updates to CheckCentral, with improvements to Check schedules and dashboard interaction.

We have streamlined the frequency settings for checks, with options for simple and advanced scheduling. With advanced schedules, you can now specify both a daily time window to expect emails, and choose which days of the week emails will be sent.

Check Frequency Settings
Advanced Check Frequency Settings

As well, check filters on your dashboard can now be bookmarked, as the filter will be remembered when refreshing the page or sharing the URL. Also, filtering the checks on your CheckCentral dashboard will only display checks from uncollapsed groups, solving an issue that resulted in displaying all checks from a group when uncollapsing it with filters applied.

Filtered Collapsible Dashboard Groups
Filtered Collapsible Dashboard Groups

Additionally, the CheckCentral Data API can now return the recent history of a check's activity if requested.

If you have feedback or questions about these updates or any aspect of CheckCentral, please let us know!

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DisplayFusion 9.4.3 Now Available!DisplayFusion 9.4.3 Now Available!

December 27, 2018

We're very excited to announce that DisplayFusion 9.4.3 is now available for download! This version fixes a few issues with the recent 9.4 and 9.4.1 release and adds some new tweaks. This version is a very minor release, visit the news post for 9.4.1 for more information on the big changes since 9.4.

Important Notes!

  • The first time you open the Settings > Screen Saver tab after installing 9.4.3, it will be very slow to open, due to Windows Defender locking the .scr files for a long time during the initial scan.

DisplayFusion 9.4.3 Highlights

  • Resolved some issues with the command generator/parser from the 9.3/9.4 releases

Updating DisplayFusion

We encourage everyone to update to this new version today to take advantage of these improvements. If you've already purchased DisplayFusion, it's a lifetime license, so you can upgrade to this version at no cost! If you would like to see a complete list of all the changes, please visit the DisplayFusion Change Log. We'd like to send out a big thanks to the dozens of people who helped with the DisplayFusion translations, and the thousands of people that helped test the Beta versions. Thanks everyone!

DisplayFusion 9.4.3 Screenshots

Mirror Selected Area
Unsplash Wallpaper

DisplayFusion 9.4.2 Now Available!DisplayFusion 9.4.2 Now Available!

December 25, 2018

We're very excited to announce that DisplayFusion 9.4.2 is now available for download! This version fixes a few issues with the recent 9.4 and 9.4.1 release and adds some new tweaks. This version is a very minor release, visit the news post for 9.4.1 for more information on the big changes since 9.4.

Important Notes!

  • The first time you open the Settings > Screen Saver tab after installing 9.4.2, it will be very slow to open, due to Windows Defender locking the .scr files for a long time during the initial scan.

DisplayFusion 9.4.2 Highlights

  • Resolved an issue that prevented the hotkeys from binding correctly

Updating DisplayFusion

We encourage everyone to update to this new version today to take advantage of these improvements. If you've already purchased DisplayFusion, it's a lifetime license, so you can upgrade to this version at no cost! If you would like to see a complete list of all the changes, please visit the DisplayFusion Change Log. We'd like to send out a big thanks to the dozens of people who helped with the DisplayFusion translations, and the thousands of people that helped test the Beta versions. Thanks everyone!

DisplayFusion 9.4.2 Screenshots

Mirror Selected Area
Unsplash Wallpaper

DisplayFusion 9.4.1 Now Available!DisplayFusion 9.4.1 Now Available!

December 24, 2018

We're very excited to announce that DisplayFusion 9.4.1 is now available for download! This version fixes a few issues with the recent 9.4 release and adds some new tweaks.

Important Notes!

  • The first time you open the Settings > Screen Saver tab after installing 9.4.1, it will be very slow to open, due to Windows Defender locking the .scr files for a long time during the initial scan.

DisplayFusion 9.4.1 Highlights

  • Re-enabled Chrome hooks to fix Window Snapping
  • Added an advanced setting to disable the Maximized Window Dragging text messages
  • Some apps no longer fail to maximize on splits if the Windows taskbar is vertical
  • Folder shortcuts with a trailing slash now open correctly
  • "Desktop Unlocked" and "Desktop Locked" Trigger events are more reliable now, and have a 1 second delay
  • Resolved some minor memory usage and performance issues from 9.4
  • Alt+Tab compatibility improvements
  • Taskbar compatibility improvements
  • TitleBar Button compatibility improvements

Updating DisplayFusion

We encourage everyone to update to this new version today to take advantage of these improvements. If you've already purchased DisplayFusion, it's a lifetime license, so you can upgrade to this version at no cost! If you would like to see a complete list of all the changes, please visit the DisplayFusion Change Log. We'd like to send out a big thanks to the dozens of people who helped with the DisplayFusion translations, and the thousands of people that helped test the Beta versions. Thanks everyone!

DisplayFusion 9.4.1 Screenshots

Mirror Selected Area
Unsplash Wallpaper

DisplayFusion 9.4 Now Available!DisplayFusion 9.4 Now Available!

December 20, 2018

We're very excited to announce that DisplayFusion 9.4 is now available for download!

Important Notes!

  • The first time you open the Settings > Screen Saver tab after installing 9.4, it will be very slow to open, due to Windows Defender locking the .scr files for a long time during the initial scan.

DisplayFusion 9.4 Highlights

  • Functions: Added the ability to export/import Custom Functions
  • Functions: New Function: Mirror Selected Area
  • General: Chrome is now blocking all application hooks, DisplayFusion now works around this
  • General: Universal apps are now hooked correctly when first opened
  • Monitor Config: Fixed an issue with setting higher refresh rates on some monitors
  • Monitor Fading: Added an option to ignore monitors that have a full screen window
  • Monitor Fading: Monitor Fading can now ignore monitor splits
  • Monitor Splitting: When dragging a maximized window to move it, it now restores to the correct size
  • Mouse Management: Added an option to prevent the mouse from sticking in Windows 10 Sticky Corners
  • Screen Saver: Mouse cursor no longer sits visible above the DisplayFusion screen savers
  • Taskbar and Alt+Tab: No longer shows windows on other Windows 10 desktops
  • Triggers: Added a "Delay before checking Match Conditions" option, so that you can check window titles that take a few seconds to load (e.g. website page titles in browser windows)
  • Wallpaper: Combined wallpaper configurations no longer get messed-up if a monitor sleeps/disconnects and reconnects
  • Wallpaper: Provider updates for Facebook, Vladstudio, and Unsplash
  • Wallpaper: Wallpaper fixes when Oculus Rift is running
  • Window Management: New option for always maximizing windows that are dropped on split monitors
  • 48 languages bundled (if you'd like to help translate DisplayFusion into your language, please contact us)
  • Many other performance, stability, and bug fixes

Updating DisplayFusion

We encourage everyone to update to this new version today to take advantage of these improvements. If you've already purchased DisplayFusion, it's a lifetime license, so you can upgrade to this version at no cost! If you would like to see a complete list of all the changes, please visit the DisplayFusion Change Log. We'd like to send out a big thanks to the dozens of people who helped with the DisplayFusion translations, and the thousands of people that helped test the Beta versions. Thanks everyone!

DisplayFusion 9.4 Screenshots

Mirror Selected Area
Unsplash Wallpaper
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