Creating Offline Docs from TechNet Content

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Review and rearrange your collection’s content as appropriate, and then export or print. You can export to HTML. If you export to HTML with the intention of accessing the pages offline, choose Save as Web Archive (.mht) or Webpage Complete in your browser when you save the generated document. Note that web browsers work best with small HTML pages, so HTML format is not recommended for large collections.

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Hotfix Required to Create Windows Server 2016-based Guest VMs in VMM

There’s been some discussion in the community already about what type and how much support Windows Server 2016-based VMs will have. Microsoft has now provided a hotfix that will allow the creation of Windows Server 2016-based guest virtual machines (VM) in VMM.

The Hotfix can be obtained from here: Hotfix 1 for Update Rollup 11 of System Center 2012 R2 Virtual Machine Manager


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Microsoft Teams Downloads for Android, iOS, Windows, Mac, and Windows Mobile

Microsoft’s latest Office add-on is a collaborative, single pane of glass for helping teams work together using Office components. Microsoft calls it the chat-based workspace.

Here’s a couple good resources to get caught up:

All platforms are currently available for download from here: https://teams.microsoft.com/downloads

Support platforms:

  • Microsoft Teams for Android
  • Microsoft Teams for Windows Mobile
  • Microsoft Teams for Windows 64-bit
  • Microsoft Teams for Windows 32-bit
  • Microsoft Teams for iOS
  • Microsoft Teams for Mac version 10.10 or better

The app requires an appropriate commercial Office 365 subscription. Note this is not an official release, but still in public preview.

The Windows version is only supported on Windows 7 or better.


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Microsoft Teams: Step-by-step into using, enabling and managing the experience

We take a close look at Microsoft Teams, the latest addition to Office 365, that makes it easier for you to chat in groups, socialize, and collaborate. We’ll walk you through the experience of chatting, sharing files and hosting online meetings. We’ll also demonstrate how your teams can connect to external services using connectors. And, if you are an IT admin we’ll show you how you can enable and configure Microsoft Teams for your organization.


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Downloading and Installing the New Paint 3D for Windows 10

Microsoft showed off a slick,  new version of its Paint application during its recent NYC Windows 10 event. The new version allows 3D modeling. While Paint 3D is available in the Windows store today, it current requires a Windows Insider build to function.

Here’s how to get access to Paint 3D now…

  1. Install a Redstone 2 Windows Insider build.
  2. Sign in with a Microsoft account.
  3. Download the new Paint 3D for Windows 10 using this link: https://www.microsoft.com/store/apps/9nblggh5fv99

Paint 3D is currently only available for users in USA, UK, Canada, New Zealand and Australia. For everyone else it doesn’t show up in the Windows store unless the PCs region and location is modified in the Control Panel.


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Sunsetted Features for System Center Configuration Manager

Microsoft is continually adding new features to System Center Configuration Manager through its latest Windows 10-like, aggressive updating procedures. But, as things are added – are any features being deprecated at the same time? You bet.

Fortunately, Microsoft is keeping a list using its latest Microsoft Docs resource. Let’s just hope the System Center teams are better at keeping the list updated than the Windows 10 teams providing public knowledge of new Windows 10 features/fixes/patches.

Keep this link handy: Removed and deprecated features for System Center Configuration Manager


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Keep Up to Date with the Azure Government Cloud

Microsoft continues to make inroads into providing the U.S. government with cloud resources. Recent news shows the software company has expanded to more U.S. government branches including developing a dedicated Azure datacenter for the DoD.

Those tasked with developing for the Azure Government Cloud, or even planning to implement or transfer on-premises workloads should tag the following resource to get a clearer view of accomplishments and new initiatives:

Azure Government Cloud blog: https://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/azuregov/

RSS feed link: https://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/azuregov/feed/


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Modifying the Registry, Using GPO to Disable Adobe Flash in Internet Explorer

You can disable attempts to instantiate Adobe Flash Player in Internet Explorer and other applications that honor the kill bit feature, such as Office 2007 and Office 2010, by setting the kill bit for the control in the registry. If you need to disable Adobe Flash on PCs running Internet Explorer, save the following as a text file with a .reg extension…

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\ActiveX Compatibility\{D27CDB6E-AE6D-11CF-96B8-444553540000}]
“Compatibility Flags”=dword:00000400
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\ActiveX Compatibility\{D27CDB6E-AE6D-11CF-96B8-444553540000}]
“Compatibility Flags”=dword:00000400
You can also apply this workaround across domains by using Group Policy. Internet Explorer needs to be restarted for the changes to take effect.

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