Month: February 2019

Podcast: SharePoint Roadmap Pitstop February 2019

Hear about what Microsoft has produced for SharePoint in February 2019. The new feature and enhancement list is huge.    

Microsoft Introduces an Outsourced Security Service for Office 365 Customers

In addition to releasing it’s Azure-based AI threat investigation and reporting tool, Azure Sentinel, today Microsoft has also announced a new managed threat hunting service for Office 365 tenants. But, unlike Azure Sentinel which relies heavily on AI, this other service for Office 365 has a deeply human component. Called Microsoft Threat Experts, the service allows companies to partner with Microsoft security workers to head-off potentially damaging intrusions. This initial release offers the following two components (with more coming): Targeted attack notifications: Alerts that are tailored to organizations provide as much information as can be quickly delivered to bring attention to critical threats in their network, including the timeline, scope of the breach, and the methods of ...

Configuring Windows Server 2019 Open SSH Server to support Key Based Authentication

In this video, you will learn how to deploy and configure Open SSH Server on Windows Server 2019 as well as learn how to configure key based authentication.

Microsoft Delivers Azure Sentinel to Preview – Intelligent Security Analytics for the Enterprise

Microsoft today has delivered into preview a new security analytics product called Azure Sentinel. Utilizing Artificial Intelligence (AI), the service constantly digs into the Enterprise to uncover potential security issues and to identify active ones. Azure Sentinel works across all hardware, users, devices, and software both on-premises and in the cloud. It collects data, detects faults and flaws, investigates what it finds, and then has orchestration built in to deliver mitigations. The data that Azure Sentinel collects can be imported into Office 365 where it’s reviewed and shared. Preview it for free here:

Google Chrome’s PDF Reader Gives Away User Information – Fix Not Planned Until April

According to EdgeSpot, a vulnerability exists in the included PDF reader for Google Chrome. This affects all iterations of Google Chrome, including ChromeOS. The vulnerability has been labeled as a zero-day flaw and has existed since December 2018 when EdgeSpot began noticing “leaking” PDF data. Since late last December, some interesting PDF samples were found by our engine. These samples acted as “no problem” when opened in popular Adobe Reader, however, they made suspicious outbound traffic when they’re opened locally on Google Chrome. The information that is collected and distributed to an unknown recipient: The public IP address of the user. OS, Chrome version etc (in HTTP POST header). The full path of the PDF file on user’s computer (in HTTP POST payload). Edg...

Apple Records Stuck in ConfigMgr After Hybrid Migration to Intune

If you’re a System Center Configuration Manager customer who has opted to do the Hybrid migration of your managed Apple devices, the Apple records have been found to get stuck in the ConfigMgr console – essentially creating duplicate records on-premises and in the cloud. Microsoft is aware of the problem and offers the following solutions until a resolution is developed: If you happen to run into this prior to changing your MDM authority, then kindly delete the DEP records from ConfigMgr. If you’ve already migrated, then you can run the SQL command below on the ConfigMgr database, which will remove the records:     Delete from MDMCorpOwnedDevices where DeviceType=8 and DiscoverySources=4

Microsoft Releases Critical On-demand Fix to Solve a Problem Introduced with the February 2019 SharePoint CU

Microsoft introduced a new issue with the February 2019 Cumulative Update for Sharepoint 2016 and quickly warned customers against installing it. The company has now released a fix for the fix. This one is marked as critical and should be installed right away to avoid further problems. KB3085363 – February 27, 2019, update for SharePoint Enterprise Server 2016 Further guidance… Customers who installed the February 2019 CU can apply the COD to resolve the problem introduced with the regression. Customers who postponed the February 2019 CU can directly install this COD without installing February 2019 CU or any earlier patch for the language independent components of SharePoint Server 2016.

Microsoft Releases Visual Studio 2019 Release Candidate Alongside a New Preview

In preparation for a Visual Studio 2019 online launch event on April 2nd, the company today has announced the release candidate for its visual development software. Available for download from here: Additionally, the company is also making available the next preview version of the future of the software. Visual Studio 2019 Preview 4 is also available. The preview version is available here: Both versions contain the same bits, and for now, can be installed and run side-by-side. Today also marks the time when Microsoft has split out Visual Studio 2019 into available editions. During the preview program, only the Enterprise version was available. Now, Community, Professional, or Enterprise editions are o...

Join the MSIX Packaging Tool Insiders Program, Get February’s Preview

Microsoft has now made available the February 2019 Insider Preview for its MSIX Packaging Tool with the following improvements: Ability to convert app on a remote machine Improved file management experience in the package editor Auto-versioning recommendations when saving in Package Editor The update brings the tool to version v1.2019.226.0. To gain access to the MSIX Packaging Tool, you must be a member of the tool’s Insider program. You can become a member by visiting the following web page and filling out the form: MSIX Packaging Tool Insiders

Microsoft Build Registration Opens, Runs May 6-8 in Seattle

For those developing applications and services for the Microsoft ecosystem, the company’s developer conference, Build, runs May 6-8 in Seattle, WA. There’s not a year goes by recently when Microsoft’s strategy changes in major ways, making this conference a must-attend annual event. This year will be even more interesting as Microsoft is moving even further away from Windows and deeper into its current revenue streams Azure and Office. Registration is now open. Those interested in attending can register at this link: Full conference Price: $2395.00 (does not include hotel) The full site is here:  

State Messages Lists Now Provided for System Center Configuration Manager Customers

The Microsoft docs team has now produced a document on the Docs platform that provides a quick reference for each State Message in the System Center Configuration Manager system. These State Messages are important collateral for shortening the time to troubleshoot problems. These lists have existed before, but not in a long while. So the latest reveal is very welcome. System Center Configuration Manager customers should bookmark the page: State Messages in System Center Configuration Manager  

Microsoft Delivers ConfigMgr Current Branch Hotfix to Resolve Duplicate Columns Created to Infinity

A bug exists in System Center Configuration Manager that adds duplicate records after updating the site to 1810 Current Branch. But, it doesn’t just add duplicates once – it continues to add duplicates until the issue becomes a large enough problem that the corporate Active Directory service must be shut down and Microsoft Support has to get involved to fix it. The Hotfix is now available in the Updates and Servicing node of the Configuration Manager console. Details are here: Duplicate user discovery columns are created in Configuration Manager

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