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The Microsoft Security Response Center’s New Blog Site

Microsoft has recently migrated old content and begun blogging at its new site for the Microsoft Security Response Center. New site: https://msrc-blog.microsoft.com/ RSS Feed: https://msrc-blog.microsoft.com/feed/

PowerShell Script to Create a Virtual Machine Scale Set

Use the following Azure PowerShell script to create a Virtual Machine Scale Set and includes the resource group, virtual network, and load balancer. New-AzVmss ` -ResourceGroupName “myResourceGroupScaleSet” ` -Location “EastUS” ` -VMScaleSetName “myScaleSet” ` -VirtualNetworkName “myVnet” ` -SubnetName “mySubnet” ` -PublicIpAddressName &#...

Tip: Windows Autopilot Branding

This repository contains a sample Windows Installer (MSI) definition that can be used to customize Windows 10 devices via Windows Autopilot (although there’s no reason it can’t be used with other deployment processes, e.g. MDT or ConfigMgr). https://github.com/mtniehaus/AutopilotBranding  

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 instal...

Tip: Keeping Tabs of What’s New with Azure

Listed below are several resources customers can use to identify new Azure features or products. Additionally, some can be used to build community through questions, answers, and suggestions. Products available by region MSDN Forums UserVoice Roadmap (RSS feed) Azure Blog

Enabling Windows Sandbox for Windows 10 May 2019 Update

Now that Windows 10 May 2019 Update (1903) is available for everyone, Windows Sandbox is also available for use. However, Windows Sandbox is not installed/enabled by default. Here’s how to install it. Open Windows Features. In the list, select Windows Sandbox and tap or click OK to install Windows Sandbox. The installation will request that you reboot the computer. Restart the computer. Once...

Tip: Can’t Upgrade a Microsoft Surface to Windows 10 1903?

Microsoft has yet to solve the issue where devices with external storage connected to its Surface computers cannot upgrade Windows. If you receive a strange message about your Surface device not being compatible with Microsoft’s latest update, make sure you don’t have an external storage device connected. If you do, unplug it and start the upgrade again. You can safely plug the storage...

Bug: A System Restore Can Keep Windows 10 from Booting

In a recently published support document, Microsoft has exposed a bug in Windows 10’s System Restore feature that keeps the computer from booting. When installing a clean installation of Windows 10, setting the Restore Point, and then installing updates, you can’t go back to that original Restore Point. When you attempt to use the original Restore Point, the computer will blue screen, ...

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...