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Month: April 2018

What’s NOT in Windows 10 Version 1803

Much has been said by Microsoft and Microsoft-centric websites about the features that are included with Microsoft’s latest client OS update, Windows 10 April 2018 Update. But, not a lot has been noted about what’s NOT included in this update – i.e., what has been removed. Additionally, there are some other minor features that – as of this release – Microsoft has also stopped developing. The full list is here: Features removed or planned for replacement starting with Windows 10, version 1803 Here’s some highlights that might matter to some… Groove Music Pass – removed HomeGroup – removed XPS Viewer – removed from a clean installation image Software Restriction Policies in Group Policy – no longer developing Windows Help View...

New Upgrade Assistant Available for Windows 10 April 2018 Update

Despite some web sites suggesting users could go download the Windows 10 Upgrade Assistant ahead of time to be ready for the Windows 10 April Update, Microsoft today has delivered an updated version of the assistant. The old one doesn’t recognize Microsoft’s latest update. So, if you downloaded the previous version hoping to get bumped in line to get the latest update, you’ll need to go through the process again. Go here: Download Windows 10   Looking for an awesome, no-nonsense technical conference for IT Pros, Developers, and DevOps? IT/Dev Connections kicks off in Dallas, Texas in 2018!

Sysinternals Sysmon Updated to Version 7.02

System Monitor (Sysmon) is a Windows system service and device driver that, once installed on a system, remains resident across system reboots to monitor and log system activity to the Windows event log. It provides detailed information about process creations, network connections, and changes to file creation time. By collecting the events it generates using Windows Event Collection or SIEM agents and subsequently analyzing them, you can identify malicious or anomalous activity and understand how intruders and malware operate on your network. This latest update provides memory leak fixes in the thread and process tracking callbacks. Download the latest: Sysmon v7.02   Looking for an awesome, no-nonsense technical conference for IT Pros, Developers, and DevOps? IT/Dev Connections kick...

Windows Analytics the Culprit for WSUS-caused High Bandwidth

Customers have been stressed over high network bandwidth utilization for a while, wondering why scans for Windows updates were causing problems out of the blue. Microsoft has now identified and reported the problem. According to KB4163525, the problem is due to an over-aggressive component of the Windows Analytics service. Introduced as a new management features in Windows 10 1607, Windows Analytics is part of the Windows Upgrade Analytics Service that allows the collections of telemetry from Windows 10, Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 machines and have them uploaded to the cloud where they are analyzed for known issues. Microsoft has also offered mitigation for the problem which involves making sure the client can access the settings-win.data.microsoft.com and adl.windows.com sites. Microsoft s...

Tip: How to Lock in the $99 Amazon Prime Subscription for Another Year Before the Price Goes Up

Instead of passing along savings to its customers after reporting massively positive revenues this week and its share price going through the roof, the company has still decided to increase its annual Amazon Prime subscription.  At over 100 million Prime subscribers, Jeff Bezos just can’t seem to amass enough money. On May 11, the cost of a new subscriptions to its annual Prime membership in the U.S. will rise to $119 (currently at $99). On June 16, the price for renewing the subscription for current Prime customers will apply to all renewals starting June 16. But, here’s a trick. You can lock in another year at the $99 price by doing one simple thing before the May 11th deadline… Just out to the following link and “gift” yourself a year of Amazon Prime: Give ...

And, Oh Yeah. Windows Server, Too

Instead of getting the fanfare of a personal blog post announcement that Windows 10 April Update did, the Windows Server version got an addendum. A Windows Server Semi-Annual Channel update post from March 29, 2018, got the following simple, one-sentence update… UPDATE: Windows Server, version 1803 will be generally available for Software Assurance customers on May 7, 2018. You can access the VLSC portal on that date to download the bits. So, the next iteration of Windows Server will also be available for delivery the first of May. Why didn’t Windows Server get the same exaltation? Just some logical speculation, but, considering Microsoft is trying to move its customers to the cloud, and considering the massively positive results of its revenue reporting on April 26, 2018 led b...

Windows 10 April Update to Come with Delivery Optimization Enhancements

Microsoft today announced that it will begin delivery of its latest Windows 10 Feature Update on Monday, April 30. As part of that release, the company is delivering some key enhancements built into the operating system to ease network bandwidth burden and IT headaches through better utilization when delivering security and feature updates. Most of the technology community know this as peer caching which was pioneered by companies like Adaptiva, 1E, and 2Pint Software. Microsoft calls it Delivery Optimization. …Delivery Optimization enhancements are coming in the Windows 10 April 2018 Update… Delivery Optimization allows for one device to download an update and then use the local network to deliver that update to peers. This significantly reduces bandwidth (by as much as 90 per...

Microsoft Makes Office 2019 Commercial Previews Available Today

In tandem with announcing that the Windows 10 April Update will make the month’s end deadline, Microsoft is also making available a Commercial Preview of its Office 2019 suite. Today, we’re pleased to announce the Office 2019 Commercial Preview of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, Publisher, Access, Project, Visio and OneNote for Windows 10. This milestone is the first in a series of preview announcements for the Office 2019 wave, and in the coming months we’ll release previews of Office 2019 for Mac, Exchange 2019, SharePoint 2019, Project Server 2019, and Skype for Business 2019.  To join the Office 2019 Commercial Preview, sign up HERE. Full announcement: Office 2019 Preview is ready for Commercial customers Looking for an awesome, no-nonsense technical conference for IT Pro...

Microsoft Promises to Make the April Deadline for Its Latest Windows 10 Feature Update, Explains Renaming

Unless something extremely major happens (again), Microsoft has gone on record in a blog post about upcoming new features to promise that the Windows 10 April Update will go live for customers on April 30… The April 2018 Update will be available as a free download beginning Monday, April 30. The blog post focuses on three big updates in the upcoming release. Those are: Timeline – With Timeline, your Windows 10 PC lets you go back in time up to 30 days to find your stuff, whether you were working on it earlier today, last week, or a few weeks ago. Focus Assist – Turn on Focus Assist whenever you want to get things done without distractions, like social media or other notifications. Microsoft Edge enhancements – mute-a-tab, full-screen reading, clutter-free printing, ...

Tip: Retrieving Windows Registry Information Using PowerShell

If you need to check values stored in the Windows Registry, use the following example: $Registry_Key = “HKLM:\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon” Get-ItemProperty -Path $Registry_Key -Name LastUsedUsername The example sets the registry key path and value and then retrieves the stored value for LastUsedUsername and also provides additional information about the registry. You can change the registry key and value to what you want to retrieve. Looking for an awesome, no-nonsense technical conference for IT Pros, Developers, and DevOps? IT/Dev Connections kicks off in Dallas, Texas in 2018!

The Daily Debrief at IT/Dev Connections 2018

Each year, based on attendee feedback and popularity of mini-events, the conference adds new features. Essentially, this conference continues to grow because of community feedback. Its always transforming into more of what is important to IT Pros and developers. This year, one of the new features is the Daily Debrief. According to the IT/Dev Connections blog: What is the Daily Debrief? At the end of each conference day we set aside 2 complete hours for a Daily Debrief for each content track (Cloud, Data, Developer, and Security). The Daily Debrief provides direct access to the day’s speakers setup in a panel format where attendees can ask questions directly. Each Daily Debrief is emceed by the Track Chair. This gives attendees the opportunity to ensure that the day’s content delivery is cl...

Alexa Skill of the Week: AnyPod

Each week, we take a look at new and important Alexa skills you might want to consider enabling for your Alexa device. Amazon continues to improve Alexa with its own updates, but skills are software components that allow Alexa users to extend functionality across all Alexa-enabled devices in use for very specific functions. This week’s skill: AnyPod Description: AnyPod lets you play any podcast. Enrich yourself with thousands of comedy, drama, music, tech, news, education, and pop culture audio programs. Real world use: I’ve been a long time Podcast listener and fan, but for some reason my love of Podcasts had not translated to Amazon’s Echo speakers – though it seems now like such a logical thing. I guess I was so caught up in enabling my Smart Home and listening to music the Alexa-enable...

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