Month: June 2019

Azure security expert series: Cloud security with Ann Johnson

Welcome to the Azure Security Expert Series! Watch Ann Johnson, Corporate VP of Cybersecurity at Microsoft, lead a discussion on cloud security best practices and the latest Azure innovations. Then access our on-demand sessions, all led by Microsoft security product experts, to gain practical knowledge from Azure security services including: Azure Sentinel, Azure Security Center, Azure Network Security and Azure IoT security.

Multi-factor Authentication (MFA) and Office 365

Multi-factor authentication (MFA) (aka 2-step verification) can help protect Office 365 end users should your organization be targeted by cyber criminals.  But there is a caveat that IT admins should be aware of. The Background Currently Microsoft has about 160 million commercial customers on Office 365 with over a billion end users.  Talk about a target rich environment.  Every Office 365 end-user account doesn’t just let a user access one solution, but ALL solutions within the Office 365 platform that are attached to that user.  That account login information is the key to accessing all of those solutions such as email, OneDrive, corporate SharePoint Online and more.  The majority (90%) of all attacks on an organization come through email in the form of impersonation attacks, ransomware,...

Edge with Chromium Releases for Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 8.1

Microsoft has now made available Canary versions of its Edge with Chromium web browser available for Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 8.1. Today we are excited to make preview builds from the Microsoft Edge Canary channel available on Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 8.1.  The first Canary builds do have a few known issues, including the lack of dark mode support and no support for AAD sign-in, which we are working to resolve soon. If you need help or support, just press F1 from within Microsoft Edge Canary or Dev to visit our support website. Get it:

Sneak Peek at a new Windows Virtual Desktop Win32 Client

Corey Sanders, Corporate VP of Microsoft Solutions sits down with Scott Manchester, Principal Group PM on the Silicon, Graphics and Media team to talk about what new things are available in the current preview of Windows Virtual Desktop (WVD) being offered in Azure. Scott has brought along a Surface GO to demonstrate the new signed Win32 app which allows you to install and use it – even when the device is in Windows S mode. Scott shows off what kind of performance you can get from an 8 GB of memory Surface Go using an LTE network, connecting to a 16 core NVidia GPU powerhouse VM in Azure. Sign up for the preview today –

Hyper-V Server 2019 Now Available

After some stuttered starts Microsoft has finally made Hyper-V Server 2019 available for customers. The free hypervisor is available for download from the Microsoft Evaluation Center here: Hyper-V Server 2019 An initial version of this was made available on the web in 2018 that was subsequently pulled due to problems. Those customers that were able to download the originally posted version, should remove it and download the latest software.

On July 1 On-premises MFA Server will No Longer Be Offered for New Deployments

Good to know. Per Microsoft: As of July 1, 2019, Microsoft will no longer offer MFA Server for new deployments. New customers who would like to require multi-factor authentication from their users should use cloud-based Azure Multi-Factor Authentication. Existing customers who have activated MFA Server prior to July 1 will be able to download the latest version, future updates and generate activation credentials as usual. The on-premises version is available for download here:Azure Multi-Factor Authentication Server To setup and use Multi-Factor Authentication in Azure, see:Planning a cloud-based Azure Multi-Factor Authentication deployment

Microsoft and Oracle Announce Partnership to Connect Their Clouds

Microsoft and Oracle today have announced a plan that will allow Azure and Oracle customers to utilize cross-cloud capabilities seamlessly. For example, Azure customers will be able to run Oracle applications on Microsoft’s platform while maintaining the backend database structure on Oracle’s OCI cloud platform. Some benefits of this partnership: Connect Azure and Oracle Cloud seamlessly, allowing customers to extend their on-premises datacenters to both clouds. This direct interconnect is available starting today in Ashburn (North America) and Azure US East, with plans to expand additional regions in the future. Unified identity and access management, via a unified single sign-on experience and automated user provisioning, to manage resources across Azure and Oracle Cloud. Als...

Microsoft Switches Microsoft Edge Dev Build Releases to Tuesdays

Microsoft today has switched the day that it will deliver its Dev Build updates for its Chromium-based Microsoft Edge browser beta.

BranchCache – Part 3 Caching! Understanding the Options

This session focuses on the Configuration Manager integration with Windows BranchCache. The discussion includes details about how to configure BranchCache in a Configuration Manager environment and the flow when BranchCache is used. The demonstrations walk through in detail the process of using BranchCache, how to track it and how to confirm it has been used for content download.

Microsoft Delivers Intel Microcode Updates for Windows 10 Variants

Microsoft has now made available updates to Windows 10 to help further mitigate security issues with Intel processors. Here’s what’s available: KB4494175: Intel microcode updates for Windows 10, version 1607, and Windows Server 2016 KB4494452: Intel microcode updates for Windows 10, version 1709 KB4494453: Intel microcode updates for Windows 10, version 1703 KB4494454: Intel microcode updates for Windows 10 RTM MDS is a sub-class of previously disclosed speculative execution side channel vulnerabilities and is comprised of four related techniques. Under certain conditions, MDS provides a program the potential means to read data that program otherwise would not be able to see. MDS techniques are based on a sampling of data leaked from small structures within the CPU using a loca...

Tip: Troubleshoot Update Rejections by Exposing the Applicability Rules

Available from GitHub, @MrWyss has delivered a tool that allows administrators to troubleshoot why an update was rejected based on the supplied rules. Windows Updates have Applicability Rules, that decide whether an update is installable or is installed. This information can be very useful in Troubleshooting cases and to understand why a updates report back installed or why a updates is not installing. These Rules are defined in the Update.xml per Update. The Update.xml is stored in the WSUS Update Database in the RootElementXmlCompressed filed of the table tbxml. An update can be bundled. Therefore the bundled update xml needs to be looked at. Show-ApplicabilityRule.ps1 will help you to extract the Applicability Rule. Download: Show Update Applicabilty Rule

Peer Caching and OSD – Part 2 Caching! Understanding the Options

This session focuses on peer cache functionality build into ConfigMgr and specifically details how peer caching works in Operating System Deployment scenarios. The discussion includes details and demonstrations of using the Download Package Content task sequence option, the pre-download image deployment option, the use of the variables available or required to enable peer caching and more.

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