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Month: August 2017

Community Leader Zone is the Next Microsoft Community Project to Get the Ax

Microsoft’s community engagement focus has come and gone over the years. The company has enthusiastically started but then stopped many different programs. Usually, Microsoft strengthens its community focus when the company’s revenue is flowing and company outlook is good. And, when the company’s outlook isn’t so great, it starts cutting community efforts first, followed by marketing jobs, and then a complete revamp of its sales organization and licensing structures. This time seems different – but who really knows? Maybe there’s something on the horizon we’re not aware of yet. Microsoft today is sending Dear John letters out to those who signed up for early access to a new community program it was working on call the Community Leader Zone. Stating...

Microsoft Provides AWS Integration Tools for Its Developer Community

A day after announcing a partnership with Amazon for cross-device integration for its voice assistant technologies (Alexa and Cortana), Microsoft has announced that it is releasing Web Services tools for Microsoft Visual Studio Team Services cloud service. Microsoft’s announcement post: Amazon AWS and new NDepend pricing plans in August’s VSTS extension round-up Microsoft’s hope is that by providing integration services, more developers will choose its own web service with which to produce tools. Despite a strong narrative, according to the end of last month Microsoft still only owns about 11% of the cloud services market. Amazon still leads the category by 34%, while Google remains at 5%. These tools will be covered at IT/Dev Connections 2017 in October, along with educational...

How to Increase the ASP.NET Timeout

From the myITforum TipLine: You might need to increase the ASP.NET timeout for web services on a server for a number of reasons. One reason, might be performance issues – particularly for servers that are hosting the WSUS role. Increase the ASP.NET timeout… Make a copy of \Program Files\Update Services\WebServices\ClientWebService\Web.Config. Open \Program Files\Update Services\WebServices\ClientWebService\Web.Config. Find the element “<httpRunTime”. It will look like this (in an unmodified web.config): <httpRuntime maxRequestLength=”4096″ /> Modify httpRunTime by adding an executionTimeout attribute: <httpRuntime maxRequestLength=”4096″ executionTimeout=”3600″ /> Save the web.config to a different location and copy the modifie...

Using Offline Files Causes Applications to Freeze for Windows 7 through Windows 10

Here’s a potentially significant issue for those organizations using the Offline Files feature. Microsoft has now posted a KB Article describing the situation where the only workaround is to disable the use of Offline Files through GPO. If you must use Offline Files – well – you’re out of luck. Microsoft says no ultimate workaround (besides disabling the feature) is coming. KB4039810: Applications freeze when they concurrently try to access a file on a network drive in Windows     Looking for an awesome, no-nonsense technical conference for IT Pros, Developers, and DevOps? IT/Dev Connections kicks off in San Francisco in 2017!

Last Chance to Get Your Copy of Patch Compliance Progression by Collection

Today’s the last day to request a copy of August 2017’s free System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM) report, Patch Compliance Progression by Collection, by using your business address and emailing Info AT Enhansoft today! This report is ONLY available in August 2017. Patch Compliance Progression by Collection The Patch Compliance Progression by Collection report will provide you with a count of missing software updates (patches) and the last hardware inventory date for each PC within a collection. The deployed state report parameter allows you to select the deployed state of the software update. The deployed states are: -Yes: The effected software update is deployed within your environment. -No: The effected software update is NOT deployed within your environment. -Both The classificati...

Free eBook Download: Introduction to Windows Containers

Microsoft Press has made another book available free for download. Written by John McCabe and Michael Friis, Introduction to Windows Containers introduces you to Microsoft’s implementation of containers in relation to the company’s partnership with Docker. Download: https://aka.ms/containersebook Want to learn more than the basics? Check out the sessions on Containers at IT/Dev Connections 2017! http://itdevconnections.com/dc17/Public/Sessions.aspx?Keyword=containers  

Microsoft Finalizes Security baseline for Windows 10 Creators Update 1703

Microsoft has now finalized the security baseline for Windows 10 Creators update version 1703. The baseline will be included in Security Compliance Toolkit soon, but the company is sharing the importable GPOs, tools for applying the GPOs, custom ADMX files for Group Policy settings, and all the settings in spreadsheet form now. Get it here: Windows 10 RS2 Security Baseline   Looking for an awesome, no-nonsense technical conference for IT Pros, Developers, and DevOps? IT/Dev Connections kicks off in San Francisco in 2017!

Its Back. Microsoft Re-re-releases KB4039884

Its been like watching a tennis match courtside with this latest update for Windows 7 SP1 and customers are losing, 40-love. A botched update that was released and yanked is now once again available. On Wednesday, Microsoft yanked KB4039884 without warning and explanation – even wiping out all references to the update in its support knowledge base. Even with this re-release, there’s still glaring known issues: Due to a defect in WLDAP32.DLL, applications that perform LDAP referral chasing can consume too many dynamic TCP ports (potentially exhausting them) after installing KB4025337 and KB4025341. Applications and roles known to make these referrals may include Outlook.exe, DFSR, and others. The WordPad application can sometimes crash on launch after KB4025341 is installed. &nb...

Last Reminder to Help Choose Enhansoft’s Next Free Configuration Manager Report

The report choices in August’s poll are: Error Message Lookup Dashboard OR System Center Endpoint Protection (SCEP) Dashboard. The winning report will become our next free Configuration Manager report in September! Currently the SCEP Dashboard is ahead with 55% of the vote. Next Free Configuration Manager Report There’s still time, so make sure to VOTE HERE! Check back often to see how your favorite report is doing! We’ll announce the winning report on Friday. Error Message Lookup Dashboard a) The Error Message Lookup Dashboard is a report that the Enhansoft team created for internal use about a year ago. We recently gave it out to one of our partners who wanted a quick way for service desk team members to lookup error messages using hex error codes. This dashboard gives them exactly that!...

Alexa Tip: Service and Media Limitations for Audio Groups

With the release of Audio Groups – Amazon’s whole-home audio synchronization feature – there are some service and feature caveats you should be aware of. We’ve covered a few other functional limitations already about Bluetooth, Amazon Tap, multiple group support, single network limitation, and voice command restrictions. This particular tip comes from the result of many complaints in the communities about which services that Audio Groups supports – particularly after they’ve setup their own Audio Groups only to find that those devices left out of the group cannot play music when a group of devices is playing. Amazon says… Multi-Room Music groups only support music playback. Other media and audio, like Flash Briefings, Kindle books, and content from...

Alexa Tip: Voice Commands that Work and Don’t Work for Audio Groups

As many Alexa device owners are testing the recently released Audio Groups functionality, many are finding specific voice commands that work with the synchronized music feature, and some that don’t. Here’s the list of commands that work: “Alexa, play (song / album / playlist / etc.) on (group name)” “Alexa, pause” “Alexa, set volume for (group name) to (level)”   Here’s what doesn’t currently work: At this time, you can’t use your voice to rewind or fast-forward during Multi-Room Music playback. Alexa is available for Amazon devices Echo, Dot, Tap, Echo Show, Echo Look, Dash Wand, Fire tablets, and Fire TV, Amazon Fire TV Edition TVs, but also on iOS, Android, and the web with Reverb.ai. Follow me on Twitter Add me to your Google+ circles or ...

Alexa Tip: Bluetooth Speakers and Audio Groups

One of the more common issues Alexa devices customers are reporting after testing the new Audio Groups feature, is that speakers connected to Alexa devices via Bluetooth aren’t working. Amazon has now provided guidance on this: External speakers connected via Bluetooth and the Alexa Voice Remote for Echo do not currently work during Multi-Room Music playback. Once you stop playing music through your group, your Bluetooth speakers and/or remote will work with the paired Echo device once again, like usual.  You can listen through external speakers, as long as they’re linked to your Echo device(s) using a wired connection. Alexa is available for Amazon devices Echo, Dot, Tap, Echo Show, Echo Look, Dash Wand, Fire tablets, and Fire TV, Amazon Fire TV Edition TVs, but also on iOS, A...