Month: May 2019

Windows 10 1903 Gets Its First Cumulative Update, Windows Sandbox Not Fixed Yet

Microsoft’s latest Windows 10 feature update, the May 2019 Update, has already received its first big fix. KB4497935 has been released and here’s what’s fixed: Addresses an issue that may prevent Custom URI Schemes for Application Protocol handlers from starting the corresponding application for local intranet and trusted sites on Internet Explorer. Addresses an issue that prevents certain apps from launching when you set folder redirection for the Roaming AppData folder to a network path. Addresses an issue that my turn off Night light mode during display mode changes. Addresses an issue that may distort the rendering of a full-screen game when the Microsoft Game bar is visible on top of the game. Addresses an issue that prevents the removal of Bluetooth® peripheral devi...

Tip: Keeping Tabs of What’s New with Azure

Listed below are several resources customers can use to identify new Azure features or products. Additionally, some can be used to build community through questions, answers, and suggestions. Products available by region MSDN Forums UserVoice Roadmap (RSS feed) Azure Blog

Microsoft Putting Focus on a New Operating System with an Azure Backend

At Computex, Microsoft has used the announcements of its partners to launch a new path toward device management that is heavily based on Azure services. In a blog post, the company has outlined its efforts to move beyond Windows 10 and focus on its new Modern OS for the future of computing. According to the company’s vision, the future operating system will get seamless updates, will be secure by default, will be always connected, well performing, cloud-connected, utilize AI, will offer the fullest range of input options, and will be able to transform into multiple form factors. In the near term, Windows 10 will help push Microsoft’s customers toward an IoT future with the following core components: Windows 10 IoT Core enables manufacturers to get to market quickly with small-f...

KB4497936 Breaks Windows Sandbox, Fix Might Come in June

Microsoft has admitted that a recent update, KB4497936, has broken one of the anticipated features of Windows 10 1903. Windows Sandbox may fail to start with error code “0x80070002” Windows Sandbox may fail to start with “ERROR_FILE_NOT_FOUND (0x80070002)” on devices in which the operating system language is changed during the update process when installing Windows 10, version 1903. Affected platforms: Client: Windows 10, version 1903 Next steps: We are working on a resolution and estimate a solution will be available in late June.

Changes You are Required to Make to Enable ConfigMgr and WSUS to Deploy Windows 10 1903

After Microsoft began making Windows 10 1903 available publicly this week, the company announced some changes in how its Configuration Manager and WSUS environments handle this update. The changes require that administrators of these systems make some quick changes. For Configuration Manager: In order to deploy feature and quality updates to devices running Windows 10, version 1903 or Windows Server, version 1903 (and later), you will need to ensure that you are running the current branch of System Center Configuration Manager, which is version 1902. Then, in the Configuration Manager console, enable the Software Update point to download updates for Windows 10, version 1903 and later and/or Windows Server, version 1903 and later. For WSUS:  If you are using Windows Server Update Services (...

Understand your bill for Microsoft Azure

This video will help you understand your Azure bill with step by step instructions on comparing your invoice with the detailed daily usage file and the cost management reports in the Azure portal.

Enabling Windows Sandbox for Windows 10 May 2019 Update

Now that Windows 10 May 2019 Update (1903) is available for everyone, Windows Sandbox is also available for use. However, Windows Sandbox is not installed/enabled by default. Here’s how to install it. Open Windows Features. In the list, select Windows Sandbox and tap or click OK to install Windows Sandbox. The installation will request that you reboot the computer. Restart the computer. Once the computer has updated and Windows Sandbox has installed, you can access it from the Windows 10 Start Menu. Requirements for running Windows Sandbox: Windows 10 Pro or Enterprise build 18305 or later AMD64 architecture Virtualization capabilities enabled in BIOS At least 4GB of RAM (8GB recommended) At least 1 GB of free disk space (SSD recommended) At least 2 CPU cores (4 cores with hyperthrea...

Compare GPO Settings to Security Best Practices Using the New Microsoft Security Configuration Toolkit

Microsoft has released a set of tools that allow security administrators to compare current GPO settings against Microsoft best practices. The Microsoft Security Configuration Toolkit enables enterprise security administrators to effectively manage their enterprise’s Group Policy Objects (GPOs).  Using the toolkit, administrators can compare their current GPOs with Microsoft-recommended GPO baselines or other baselines, edit them, store them in GPO backup file format, and apply them via a domain controller or inject them directly into testbed hosts to test their effects Download: Microsoft Security Compliance Toolkit 1.0

Microsoft to Remove Microsoft Band Apps from All App Stores on May 31, Delete Customer Data

Microsoft has been warning customers for a few months that its Health Dashboard and associated services would be shut down this year. On May 31, Microsoft plans to not only shut down the Dashboard, but also completely remove all of the apps that power its once lauded fitness wearable for all supported platforms. On 5/31/2019, the Microsoft Health Dashboard site will be shut down and Microsoft Band applications will be removed from the Microsoft Store, Google Play, and Apple App Store. You can learn more about the end of support, including how to download your data from the service and what features will continue to work on your Band device, from our FAQ page. Once the Health Dashboard is decommissioned, the apps won’t be much good anyway. Those still clinging to these devices can sti...

Hacker Posts Windows 10 Zero-day Exploit Code on GitHub

A severe zero-day vulnerability concept has been posted to GitHub by a hacker that is labeled as “SandboxEscaper.” First identified by The Hacker News, the exploit is a privilege escalation issue that could allow a local attacker or malware to gain and run code with administrative system privileges on the targeted machines, eventually allowing the attacker to gain full control of the machine. Microsoft is aware of the code and the vulnerability and is currently researching the situation. When approached about the vulnerability news, company reps delivered the following placeholder statement… Microsoft has a customer commitment to investigate reported security issues and update impacted devices promptly. We are aware of the reporting on this issue and investigating. Soluti...

Tip: Can’t Upgrade a Microsoft Surface to Windows 10 1903?

Microsoft has yet to solve the issue where devices with external storage connected to its Surface computers cannot upgrade Windows. If you receive a strange message about your Surface device not being compatible with Microsoft’s latest update, make sure you don’t have an external storage device connected. If you do, unplug it and start the upgrade again. You can safely plug the storage device back in after the upgrade completes.

With the Release of Windows 10 1903 Microsoft Gives a New Feature Bump to 1809 and 1803

On Tuesday, Microsoft finally delivered the Windows 10 May 2019 Update. See: Windows 10 May 2019 Update Now Available for Everyone and Known Issues to Watch Out For with the Windows 10 May 2019 Update New Windows Update for Business features added to the big update means that some of that capability is being shared with other currently supported Windows 10 versions. Both Windows 10 1809 and 1803 have also received new cumulative updates that bring the following feature: Starting with update KB4497934, we are introducing functionality that allows you to decide when to install a feature update. You control when you get a feature update while simultaneously keeping your devices up to date. Feature updates that are available for eligible devices will appear in a separate module on the Windows ...

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