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Month: September 2018

Survey: IT Pros Want to Secure Endpoints Daily but Don’t Have the Time

If you work in IT today, you are walking on a razor’s edge trying to get security right. The Adaptiva 2018 Endpoint Security Survey can help you avoid missteps. We polled over 300 IT professionals about Windows security in a business environment. Findings include: Windows 10 deployments measured (past the half way point!) Security hygiene tasks prioritized Staffing shortages The biggest help desk time sinks So much more …   Windows 10 Deployments Pass the “50/50” Milestone Adaptiva has been polling IT pros about their Windows 10 deployment plans and progress since the OS was released in 2015. Windows 10 is crucial for IT security. In fact, security is the top reason enterprises are moving to Windows 10—if you don’t count “we have to in order to keep getting support.” For the fir...

Tip: Ensuring Computers Can Register to Azure AD

For customers using Azure Active Directory in a hybrid scenario, the following URLs need to be accessible by each computer you are trying to join. Keep these URLs handy in the event you also need to troubleshoot connectivity later on. https://enterpriseregistration.windows.net https://login.microsoftonline.com https://device.login.microsoftonline.com   Looking for an awesome, no-nonsense technical conference for IT Pros, Developers, and DevOps? IT/Dev Connections kicks off in Dallas, Texas in 2018!

Microsoft Rolls Out Smaller Update Sizes Today for WSUS and ConfigMgr

Microsoft is still working on solving customer complaints about its OS updates. Starting today for organizations that utilize WSUS and System Center Configuration Manager, x64 updates will be smaller in size. The new feature updates, released as Electronic Software Distribution (ESD) files through WSUS, provide you with the option to download the x64 file as a separate package. By separating the files by system type, the download file becomes approximately 2.6 GB for the x64 package, saving you approximately 2.2GB of download size immediately. This separation is also similar to what customers experience with new feature updates through Windows Update today. More: Reduced Windows 10 package size downloads for x64 systems Looking for an awesome, no-nonsense technical conference for IT Pros, ...

Dell, HP, Lenovo, and Toshiba Join Microsoft’s Windows Autopilot Program

Windows Autopilot is a suite of capabilities powered by cloud-based services. It is designed to simplify deployment and management of new Windows 10 PC’s along with enhancements to Mobile Device Management and new Device Health features in Windows Analytics. Essentially, order standard equipment through a specific process of providing corporate information, and the equipment shows up (directly to the end-user if chosen) ready to go – including connecting to the corporate network, standard apps, image, etc. Prior to an announcement this week, Autopilot was only designed for Microsoft’s own Surface devices. But, Microsoft has now recently announced that Dell, HP, Lenovo, and Toshiba are participating device manufacturers and Panasonic and Acer will be coming soon. Windows 10 Fall...

Microsoft Re-releases Windows 10 Cumulative Updates Because Something was Missing

Forgotten or just not ready yet? That’s the question on many customer minds today after Microsoft re-released a couple cumulative updates. Stated in the re-releases for 1709 and 1803, Microsoft says… This update has been re-released because of a missing solution. If you installed build <build number>, please install this newer version of OS build <bigger build number>. These cumulative updates originally delivered on September 20th, and then re-released just three days later. In a world where Microsoft’s customers have a difficult time trusting Microsoft’s patches, this doesn’t make it any better. Microsoft doesn’t go on to say exactly what was missing, or if the missing “thing” was critical to function or security. Forgotten or j...

Learning from Its Latest Massive Outage Microsoft Enables Alerting for Azure Service Health

Microsoft has now enabled a new ability in Azure Service Health for customers to configure health alerts that monitor resources and then notify when they become unavailable, are in recovery, or go through health transitions. We’re announcing a new feature in Azure Service Health that will help you stay informed about Azure service issues and maintenance. You can now configure alerts to notify you of any changes in the health status of individual resources. Through the Azure portal, you will be able to access resource health information through the Azure Activity Log to understand the impact of issues, prepare for planned maintenance, and learn about other changes which could affect the availability of your resources. This new feature will keep you informed minute-by-minute of the sta...

Important Changes to Office 2019 that Affect Deployment

As we noted recently, Microsoft considers Office 2019 as a set of applications meant for customers that aren’t ready for the cloud. Office 2019 is also being developed separately from Microsoft’s core Office applications, meaning that features, functions, and capabilities will continually be different. It is also the last version of Office that will be available for installation outside the Microsoft app store. Essentially, Microsoft really wants its customers to move to Office 365. Here are a few important things to be aware of in relation to deploying Office 2019 in an organization. Office 2019 is supported on Windows 10 but isn’t supported on Windows 7 or Windows 8.1.  To configure and perform installations, you use the Office Deployment Tool. The Office Customization Tool t...

Microsoft Rolling out Sticky Notes App to Windows 10 Users

If you have the April 2018 Update for Windows 10 installed, you’re in luck. Microsoft is now rolling out a new Sticky Notes app to all Windows users. Sticky Notes works just like the app has worked in past versions of Windows, except now the notes you keep will be synched and available across Windows devices because: the cloud. But, we know that Microsoft’s focus isn’t exactly Windows these days, so there’s a good chance this app will show up for Android and then maybe iOS later on so your notes will be available across all devices. Here’s list of features: Create Sticky Notes – A simple and smart design that makes capturing your all your notes – small and big – easy, quick and fun. Sync Your Notes – Take your notes with you, and back them up. Neve...

Office 2019 is for Customers Not Ready for the Cloud, Reaches GA for Windows and Mac

Microsoft today has taken the wraps off Office 2019 as part of its announcement extravaganza week (called Microsoft Ignite) for IT Pros. Commercial volume license (trusted) customers can access Office 2019 starting today. Office 2019 will be available to all customers, consumer, and commercial, in the next few weeks.   Interestingly, the Microsoft Office 2019 website states that this version of Office is for those customers not ready for the cloud and offers a free eBook to dispel any “Fake News” about migrating to the cloud. Could Microsoft eventually resort to cloud shaming to get customers to migrate to its cloud platform?   Details: Office 2019 is now available for Windows and Mac Looking for an awesome, no-nonsense technical conference for IT Pros, Developers, an...

Microsoft Rebrands Virtual Academy, Launches Microsoft Learn Platform

Microsoft has launched Microsoft Learn, a free learning site that the company is touting as a new approach to learning. The skills required to advance your career and earn your spot at the top do not come easily. Now there’s a more rewarding approach to hands-on learning that helps you achieve your goals faster. Earn points, levels, and achieve more! The content focuses on modern technology – essentially, Azure and related applications that run on Azure. You can adopt a learning path as a developer, administrator, or business user and the site will build your learning path for you. Modules generally run around 45 minutes. Microsoft is promising additional content, and starting out with close to 90 modules. The web site: Microsoft Learn Looking for an awesome, no-nonsense technical co...

Microsoft Announces Its Next Windows Desktop – in the Cloud

Many people wonder where Windows will go next. Those in attendance for the opening keynote at Microsoft Ignite 2018, might have wondered where any news about Windows desktop would come in.  Technically, it didn’t. Keynotes are supposed to be visionary speeches. But, when a vendor owns the conference, it becomes a tell-tale sign of where the company wants to herd its customers next so that it can optimize its revenue base for the future. So, the bigger news in a vendor keynote is what is NOT mentioned. Microsoft’s CEO, Satya Nadella, used today’s keynote to talk about the cloud and AI. What was not mentioned during the opening keynote was Windows on PCs. However, Windows hasn’t been left out entirely from Ignite news. Instead, Windows was given new life – but i...

Microsoft Announces the Cortana Skills Kit for Enterprise

Unfortunately, Microsoft has been unable to make any headway with developers for Cortana, so the company today at Ignite has announced a new Cortana Skills Kit designed for Enterprises. The Cortana Skills Kit is essentially rebranding, though. The kit is not really new – Enterprises have been able to utilize the current developer tools to do the same thing – its just being repackaged so that Enterprises might get interested in trying it out. Of course, it’s important to note that during the kick-off keynote by Satya Nadella, Microsoft’s CEO, both Cortana and Alexa were mentioned – in the same sentence. So, Microsoft’s true focus here is a bit confusing. Microsoft and Amazon have partnered to bring Alexa to Windows 10 and Xbox, while Amazon is bringing Co...

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