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Microsoft Software Assurance Changes in 2021

Microsoft has posted a FAQ about changes in its Software Assurance program that are coming in February 2021… Starting in February 2021, customers that spend more than $250,000 USD per year on Software Assurance will get as-needed basic phone support for Severity A and online support during business hours for Severity B and C with a 24-hour response time. Customers will also have the option t...

KB4515384 Causes Issues with the Start Menu and Search in Windows 10

Microsoft has now notified customers over Twitter that the Windows 10 1903 open issues list has been updated to acknowledge the problem introduced for the Start Menu and Search.   📣 [Windows Release Health Update – New Known Issue: Acknowledged] Some users report issues related to the Start menu and Windows Desktop Search. Read more here: https://t.co/NHEQuEjsVX. — Windows Update (@Wi...

MDOP Tools Support Extended Until 2026

Except for MED-V 2.0, MDOP tools support has been extended until April 14, 2026. MED-V didn’t get the extension bump because of its requirements including Windows XP and Windows Virtual PC support. So, it will still reach end of support on April 13, 2021. Details: New extended support dates for MDOP tools

Reminder: Windows 10 Mobile Support Ends December 10, 2019

Windows 10 Mobile, version 1709 (released October 2017) is the last release of Windows 10 Mobile and Microsoft will end support on December 10, 2019. The end of support date applies to all Windows 10 Mobile products, including Windows 10 Mobile and Windows 10 Mobile Enterprise. Windows 10 Mobile users will no longer be eligible to receive new security updates, non-security hotfixes, free assisted ...

Windows Admin Center Preview 1908 Released with New and Updated Tools

Microsoft has now made Windows Admin Center Preview 1908 available for customers to continue testing and getting familiar with the company’s modern administration tools. What’s new: Packetmon – Packetmon is a new feature that will allow you to diagnose your server by capturing and displaying network traffic through the networking stack in a log that is filtered, organized, and ea...

Update: Microsoft and Symantec Work to Give Customers a Reprieve But for This Month Only

This month’s security updates for Windows 7 and Windows 2008 customers caused those that choose to use Symantec security products to not get the updates. See: So it Begins – Microsoft Puts an Update Block in Place for Windows 7 PCs Running Symantec Software Microsoft put in a block to keep the updates from delivering to the affected systems, but that block has now been lifted, according to a...

Windows Virtual Desktop Headed to General Availability

Scott Manchester (@RDS4U) Group Manager, WVD and RDS at Microsoft made the following announcement on Twitter…   We are feature complete with #WVD and will be moving to the final phase for GA. Spin up your VMs and start testing your scenarios. Got issues? Engage our community: https://t.co/2amQHtQqwI #WVD #Azure #Microsoft — Scott Manchester (@RDS4U) August 13, 2019 Windows Virtual Deskt...

So it Begins – Microsoft Puts an Update Block in Place for Windows 7 PCs Running Symantec Software

Windows 7 and Windows 2008 PCs that are running Symantec security software are having issues installing updates today. The issue is due to security signing. Windows 7, of course, is scheduled for the trash heap in February 2020. Symantec and Microsoft are working on a temporary fix. Symantec’s support doc: Windows 7/Windows 2008 R2 updates that are only SHA-2 signed are not available with Sy...

New Tools Released for Azure Cloud Shell

New and updated tools are now available for Azure Cloud Shell. The new tools include: Azure Functions CLI—The Azure Functions CLI gives you the ability to create, test, run, and debug Azure Functions. Create and run your first Azure Function using these steps. Bolt—Puppet Bolt is an open source tool to automate the management of your infrastructure. Use it to automate tasks that are part of your d...

Reminder: Hybrid MDM for Intune will Retire on September 1, 2019

Hopefully, this is just a reminder and customers won’t be blind-sided by the news. On September 1, 2019, the hybrid capability of Mobile Device Management in Intune will be retired. The original announcement for this was posted in 2018: Move from Hybrid Mobile Device Management to Intune on Azure From an email that went out to Intune customers recently: Microsoft will support hybrid MDM usag...

Teams Bumps Off Skype for Business Online in 2021

Microsoft today has announced its plan to further deprecate Skype for Business. Teams is the company’s sole plan for collaboration and connectivity and customers have until 2021 to migrate. Today we’re announcing that Skype for Business Online will be retired on July 31, 2021. This post provides details on the retirement plan, a brief explanation of why we’re making this announcement now, an...

Sept 8th Marks the End of Support for TLS 1.0 and 1.1 in Microsoft Cloud App Security

Microsoft has announced the end of support for TLS 1.0 and 1.1. As of September 8, 2019 Microsoft Cloud App Security will no longer support TLS 1.0 and 1.1. This means that any connection using these protocols will no longer work as expected, and no support will be provided. This gives customers still using the old connection protocol little time to migrate to version 1.2. To see how this affects ...