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Tip: Pluralsight on Fire TV

Did you know? If you have a Pluralsight account, you can download and install a Pluralsight app for Fire TV. This provides an awesome way to view your video training on a larger TV screen, but also allows you to “get away” from the intrusions of sitting at a desk and being accosted by notifications for various things and consuming learning (and maybe some snacks) in a more relaxed sett...

Tip: Using PowerShell’s ShowWindow to Enhance Get-Help Usage

The ShowWindow parameter for the Get-Help PowerShell command is an extremely valuable tool that you might not be using. ShowWindow produces a pop-up window containing the full help information of the command you’re looking to learn more about. For example, the following PowerShell line, retrieves the help content for the Get-Service command and displays it in a separate window. Get-Help Get-...

Tip: Testing Your Security Hardening with an Office 365 Attack Simulation

Did you know that Microsoft provides and Attack Simulator for Office 365? If you are an Office 365 global administrator and your organization has Office 365 Threat Investigation and Response capabilities, you can use Attack Simulator to run realistic attack scenarios in your organization. This can help you identify and find vulnerable users before a real attack impacts your bottom line. There are ...

Microsoft Azure Cloud and AI Icons for Visio

If you’re preparing your new Azure architecture or looking to modifying the current one, there’s now a new set of Azure icons for Microsoft Visio, PowerPoint, and various image options. Download: Microsoft Azure Cloud and AI Symbol / Icon Set – SVG This package contains a set of symbols/icons to visually represent features of and systems that use Microsoft Cloud and Artificial In...

Tip: Enabling Bookmarks Sync Between Edge with Chromium and Edge on Android

As part of its ongoing development effort, Microsoft this week added the ability for Android users running Microsoft Edge to synch bookmarks with the desktop counterpart for those participating in the Insider program for Microsoft Edge with Chromium. The option needs to be enabled on Android devices in the Edge browser settings, but once enabled, the desktop bookmarks show up quickly. To sync with...

Tip: Testing Website Notifications in Supported Browsers

If you need to test your website’s ability to send HTML5 web notifications to supported browsers, there’s a website to do that. Located at: https://www.bennish.net/web-notifications.html Using this site you can send notifications to the desktop either immediately or in the length of time it takes for you to minimize the browser.

Tip: Keep Track of Content Changes Each Month for WSUS

Did you know that Microsoft publicly records the updates (and other content) pushed to Software Update Services and Windows Server Update Services each month? Administrators that need to understand when Microsoft adds things, or makes changes, need to bookmark and monitor changes for this supplied document: Description of Software Update Services and Windows Server Update Services changes in conte...

Tip: Configure Focus Assist When Site Notifications Aren’t Working in Edge with Chromium

There’s a growing number of websites that allow subscription to site notifications that alert you when new content is posted. These will notify you like any other Windows 10 app or service. But, there’s a couple Windows 10 settings that can inadvertantly keep this from working correctly. In Windows 10 Settings go to System – Focus Assist. Make sure to configure the Automatic Rule...

Tip: Generate RSS Feeds to Track Issues with Your Favorite Microsoft Products

Knowing the issues resulting from updates or software bugs is important for those tasked with supporting end-users. But, finding out when there are new occurences of problems can be difficult. Microsoft provides an online mechanism in its support documents to allow the creation of RSS feeds for specific products. These feeds will update when new problems have been documented by Microsoft. The link...

Tip: Manually Kick-off a Chromium-based Edge Update

If you want to update Microsoft Edge immediately, do this: Go to the Settings and more menu Choose Help and feedback > About Microsoft Edge. This will start an update check automatically.

Tip: Keep Track of Azure Updates Using the Azure Heat Map

There’s a lot of activity developing new features for Microsoft Azure. New things are rolled out almost daily, but definitely weekly. So, how does one keep track? Developed by Alexey Polkovnikov, Microsoft Cloud Solution Architect, the Azure Heat Map provides lists of updates for long-term and short-term, most important and includes clickable links back to the actual updates. Anyone that wor...

Remove USB devices or SD cards before upgrading to the Windows 10 May 2019 Update

As Microsoft prepares to unleash its latest Windows 10 version on the masses, the company is working feverishly to minimize similar damage that was caused with the last release. As the moment of Windows 10 May 2019 release gets closer, the company should continue to produce warnings about pieces of potentially errant technology that customers need to be aware of. In the latest warning, Microsoft s...