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You Can Still Upgrade to Windows 10 for Free

Windows 7 reached end of support this month, but those with licensed and activated copies of Windows 7, Windows 8 or Windows 8.1 Home or Pro can still upgrade to Windows 10 for free. Here’s how… 1. On the PC you want to upgrade, go to the Download Windows 10 website (https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/software-download/windows10). 2. Under Create Windows 10 installation media, click Downl...

Block the Delivery of Microsoft Edge with Chromium

On January 16th, Microsoft will make its latest Microsoft Edge web browser publicly available and will begin a staged rollout for Windows 10 1803 and later devices. Some companies may want to control the rollout of the new browser and want ways to block it until its been thoroughly tested. Microsoft has provided a Blocker Toolkit for those wishing to manage the delivery of the new Chromium-based b...

PowerShell Script to Retrieve Name, CPU, RAM size, and OS Disk Size for Azure VMs

Use this PowerShell script to retrieve VM Name, CPU, RAM size, and OS Disk Size. foreach($VM in (Get-AzVM)){ $size = Get-AzVMSize -Location $VM.Location | Where { $_.Name -eq $VM.HardwareProfile.VmSize} [PSCustomObject]@{ “Name”=$VM.Name; “CPU”=$size.NumberOfCores; “RAM”=$size.MemoryInMB; “OSDiskSize” = $size.OSDiskSizeInMB; } }

Resources for Extended Security Updates for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008

All Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008/R2 customers will get an update on January 14, 2020 as the operating system is in support until then. Updates for these operating systems after January 14, 2020 will be for ESU customers only. For those that need to understand ESU better, or want help in preparing for it, use the following links. How to get ESU for Windows devices IT Pro FAQ about the end of s...

Get the Blocker Toolkit for Microsoft Edge

Microsoft will be rolling out the new Microsoft Edge web browser in January. This is the web browser based on the Chromium code. Additionally, after release, this web browser will be bundled in all future releases of Windows 10. For those companies not quite ready to switch to the new Edge, Microsoft has supplied a Blocker Toolkit, which is essentially a .CMD file. You can get it here: Blocker Too...

Now Available: Administrative Templates (.admx) for Windows 10 November 2019 Update (1909)

Now that Windows 10 1909 is finally available publicly, Microsoft has now made the updated Group Policy settings available for download. Group Policy tools use Administrative template files to populate policy settings in the user interface. This allows administrators to manage registry-based policy settings. Download: Administrative Templates (.admx) for Windows 10 November 2019 Update (1909)

Fix Incompatible Apps in Windows 10 at No Cost & get Windows Upgrade help from Engineers

With the impending end of support for Windows 7, if you still need help with your Windows 10 migration, Aleks Lopez, who leads the Desktop App Assure team from FastTrack and Microsoft will walk through services for app remediation and upgrade automation using FastTrack to help get your environment to Windows 10, whether you’re fully on-premises or using the Cloud. For more details on Desktop...

Microsoft Endpoint Manager: Bringing together SCCM and Intune capabilities

See the evolution of device management, with the new Microsoft Endpoint Manager. Microsoft Endpoint Manager brings together Configuration Manager and Intune in one unified, web-based experience. You’ll also see the evolution of our compatibility tools and services to ensure your devices, apps, add-ins and sites are always ready. Plus you’ll see new security baselines and Threat and Vul...

Get the .NET Framework Repair Tool

Microsoft produces and regularly updates a tool to help resolve .NET Framework issues. Occasionally, some customers will run into issues when deploying a .NET Framework release or its updates and the issue may not be fixed from within the setup itself. In such cases, the .NET Framework Repair Tool can help with detecting and fixing some of the common causes of install failures. This version (v1.4)...

Looking for the Windows ADK for Windows 10 1909?

After a long wait, Microsoft finally delivered Windows 10 1909 on Patch Tuesday for November 2019. Generally, when the company delivers a new Windows Assessment and Deployment Kit (Windows ADK) to help organizations customize Windows images for large-scale deployment. This time, however, that’s not the case. Per a note on the previous Windows ADK page: A Windows ADK for Windows 10, version 1...

Script to Download Microsoft Ignite Sessions Content

The sessions from Microsoft Ignite 2019 are available for online viewing and the PPT decks and other collateral area ready for download. However, what if you want to download in bulk for offline review? Or, you just want to download specific topics? Or, just specific speakers? You can do that with the handy PowerShell script provided by MVP, Michel de Rooij. Download: Get Microsoft event session i...

Resetting the Azure AD Connect Credentials

If you ever want to update the account password that Azure AD Connect uses for its service account, you can do this by running a PowerShell cmdlet. Additionally, you will want to keep this handy in the event you receive the notorious “Error validating credentials” error message. To do this, on the Azure AD Connect computer, open a PowerShell window with the administrator context and ru...