Have you been granted VPN rights, but now you don’t know the first thing to do? Here is your next course of action.
(Note: This presumes you’ll be using a county laptop to connect to the network, but won’t need to connect to a desktop in your office from that laptop.)
Set up Pulse Secure
Find and double-click MCG Software Center on your desktop. (This is only on county computers and you will not find this on your home computer.)
Find and click to install Pulse Secure Client from the list. Go through the installation.
Run Pulse Secure. We now need to establish a connection (something you’ll do only once, as you will just use that saved connection after this point). The screen should show an empty list of connections and we’ll add one.
Click the plus (+) button in the Pulse Secure window to add a connection.
Add the necessary info:
Type: (use the default Policy Secure or Pulse Secure).
Name: Call this whatever you would like. I recommend MCG or VPN.
Server URL: https://secure.montgomerycountymd.gov (unless DTS told you your server is secure2, in which case it would be secure2.montgomerycountymd.gov)
Click the Add button.
Connect to the VPN
Launch Pulse Secure (if you have not already).
Find the saved item for the county VPN and click the Connect button.
Input your county single sign-on username and password (i.e., what you use to log into Windows in the office) when prompted and click the Connect button.
Wait for the connection to be made successfully. You will know it was successful if you see the green check mark next to the name of the saved connection.
Disconnect from the VPN
Click the Disconnect button in the Pulse window when you are finished with county servers and want to disconnect.
With the 800 MHz P25 changes to both the nomenclature and fleetmap, maybe you want to see it all in action before you pick up the radio to practice. Here are some quick YouTube videos showing the portable radio:
If a county holiday falls on your regular day off, you need to take another day off (using holiday lave, not your annual/sick/comp leave) within the same pay period.
Scenario: Christmas Day (12/25) falls on a Friday and the employee works every other Friday in his normal schedule. 12/25 happens to coincide with that regular day off. The total number of hours in the preloaded MCtime timecard shows zero (0.0) hours on 12/25.
Add a row.
Change the Pay Code from Hours Worked to Hol – Holiday Leave.
Put in the number of hours for a full work day in the date of your choice (again, it must be in the same pay period). This applies whether you work 8, 9 or 10 hours on your regular schedule.
Delete the preloaded number of hours worked for the date you have chosen.
Have you filled out a PDF, only to find that it wasn’t there when you tried to save the form? Did you save a form of data and believe it to be fine, but then e-mail it and the recipient(s) said that no data was there?
Next time, don’t choose Save when you are finished. Instead, choose to print and then name the PDF writer as the printer.
The user will be prompted for a filename and location. The data will be saved with the form and then viewable by the people who need to see the form after you send it.
Do you need to drop the file size on your PDF? Do you have the full version of Adobe Acrobat? If so, this post is for you.
Open your PDF in Acrobat.
Click the Tools menu and select Optimize.
Note the new toolbar that appears, which includes the following two buttons:
Click the Reduce File Size button.
Identify a saving location and go through the save process as it appears on-screen.
Note: The Advanced Optimization button (as seen above) features six screens of options. Try to use the basic Reduce File Size button, to see if it meets your file size needs, before diving into these options.
Are you using Teams for video meetings? Here is how to change your background to one of the available built-in images.
Click the Join button to enter your meeting pre-stage screen.
Find and click the Background Settings button, located beneath the Join Now button in the video preview screen.
Note the Background Options pane that opens on the right side of the screen.
Click the background of your choice. The first in the list (circle with a slash) will cancel the background image and show your actual environment. The second item will show only a blurred background. All other options are images you may choose. After selecting an image, click the Join Now button to enter your meeting.
Are you trying to open a pre-plan PDF on your MDC and Adobe Reader insists on taking up the right side of the screen with an extra pane? Here’s a tip to turn it off permanently so you have more space for your PDF.
Hide the Tools pane, as you normally would.
Access the Edit menu and select Preferences.
Click the Documents side-tab, and then check the box for Remember Current State of Tools Pane.
Getting flooded with messages that you don’t want and all have a common theme (from the same person, the same subject, etc.)? Outlook enables you to set up a rule to clean it all up in one fell swoop.
Right-click one of the messages.
Select Rules and then Create Rules.
Click Advanced Options in the dialog box that pops up. The advanced options will give you more control with your rule than just the few options first presented.
Choose a condition, such as the subject containing certain text. (Since you right-clicked a specific message, the sender and subject should appear in the options from which you’ll choose.)
Click the Next button.
Choose what you want to do with the message, such as delete it. (If you just want to file the messages away and read them at a later time, choose to move the message into a folder.) Click the Next button to continue.
Add any exceptions (although this is rare).
Specify a name for the rule. This takes the theory that you may have several rules as time goes by and naming a rule with something obvious means you won’t need to go into the rule details to determine why you created it in the first place.
Click the Run this rule now on messages already in the inbox checkbox. This is crucial for cleanup when you have been plagued by a lot of messages for which you are writing a rule.