Author: myITforum Tech Tips

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...

Tip: Manually Pausing Updates in Windows 10 1903

Windows 10 1903 brings the ability for users to pause when updates are installed. The default option is 7 days which is available for quick selection from the Windows Update page in Windows 10 Settings. But, by going into Advanced Settings, users can select a date for when updates should be installed. Windows 10 allows a deferral up to 35 days. Of course, this option can be controlled centrally, b...

Programming Note: ConfigMgr 2007 and FEP 2010 Reach End of Life on July 9, 2019

Still struggling to maintain Configuration Manager 2007 and Forefront Endpoint Protection 2010? Believe it or not, despite all the advances in Configuration Manager…some are. Well, here’s the best reason to move forward. As of July 9, 2019, Configuration Manager 2007 and Forefront Endpoint Protection will no longer receive updates of any kind (security, non-security) and support option...

Registration for Microsoft Replacement Exam AZ-103 Begins on May 1, 2019

Microsoft has decided to consolidate AZ-100 and AZ-101 into AZ-103. This consolidation is intended to simplify the Azure Administrator Associate certification that can be achieved through sitting for one exam. The unfortunate thing is that this new exam is only available after May 1, 2019. Those that are currently studying to pass the original exams have asked whether or not they should wait. The ...

Tip: Learn All About Virtual Machines in Azure for Free

You might be new to Virtual Machines, or even new to Azure, or you could be a long-time VM aficionado. Whichever category you fall into, it’s always good to learn. Microsoft’s new Learn platform has a multitude of opportunities to educate yourself on the latest, most modern technologies. Whether you want a career in the cloud or just need information on how to complete a task or projec...

Tip: Lockdown Creation of Microsoft Teams and Office 365 Groups

MVP, Anthony Caragol has put together a tool that provides the ability administrators to keep Teams and Office 365 Groups from being created except for those designated to do it. In this case, the tool can be used to lockdown creation to just a specific security group or to global and other admins. Download: Microsoft Teams and Office 365 Creation Lockdown Tool

System Center Service Manager Authoring Tool 2019

The System Center Service Manager Authoring Tool 2019 is a tool for customization and extension of the built-in functionality in System Center Service Manager. This release supports modifying existing process management packs and creating new management packs that define extensions to the Service Manager database for tracking additional information, customizations of forms or new forms, and new wo...

Tip: Roll Your Own Windows 10 Toast Notifications for Upgrades and Reboots

Martin Bengtsson has put together a cool script that you can use to develop your own toast notifications to warn users about available upgrades or PC reboots. The Windows 10 Toast Notification Script enables you to create nice and nifty toast notifications for the logged on user in Windows 10. This can be done with Configuration Manager or with Group Policy Preferences and Scheduled Tasks (and pro...