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 support for Windows 7 Windows 7 and Office 365 ProPlus support Extended Security Updates and System Center Configuration Manager Lifecycle FAQ overview for all ESU offerings Windows 7 SP1 test for ESU customers KB article Windows Server 2008 SP2 test for ESU customers KB article Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 test for ESU customers KB article

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) of the repair tool supports all versions of .NET Framework from 3.5 SP1 to 4.8. The latest update adds support for .NET Framework 4.6.2, 4.7, 4.7.1, 4.7.2 and 4.8. The tool supports both command line mode for power users as well as a setup wizard interface familiar to most users. Visit the following page for the download and a list of options:

Windows Virtual Desktop Essentials Intro and full tour

If your organization is looking for a more efficient, productive, and secure approach to desktop virtualization, this series will walk you through the full solution. WVD offers a fully managed desktop virtualization solution in the cloud and it works with all your apps and devices as you can expect.

Active Attack: Internet Explorer and Microsoft Defender Get Patches

Microsoft’s Internet Explorer and Microsoft Defender are both under active attack, forcing the company to deliver new updates for customers. CVE-2019-1367 | Scripting Engine Memory Corruption Vulnerability CVE-2019-1255 | Microsoft Defender Denial of Service Vulnerability  

KB4515384 Causes Issues with the Start Menu and Search in Windows 10

Microsoft has now notified customers over Twitter that the Windows 10 1903 open issues list has been updated to acknowledge the problem introduced for the Start Menu and Search.   📣 [Windows Release Health Update – New Known Issue: Acknowledged] Some users report issues related to the Start menu and Windows Desktop Search. Read more here: — Windows Update (@WindowsUpdate) September 12, 2019 For the 1903 list of open issues, most have been mitigated or resolved, but some remain open as the company works to fix them all.

Reminder: Windows 10 Mobile Support Ends December 10, 2019

Windows 10 Mobile, version 1709 (released October 2017) is the last release of Windows 10 Mobile and Microsoft will end support on December 10, 2019. The end of support date applies to all Windows 10 Mobile products, including Windows 10 Mobile and Windows 10 Mobile Enterprise. Windows 10 Mobile users will no longer be eligible to receive new security updates, non-security hotfixes, free assisted support options, or online technical content updates from Microsoft. Those utilizing products like Intune for mobile management may want to configure policies to block these devices once EOL hits so as to better secure the environment.

Windows Admin Center Preview 1908 Released with New and Updated Tools

Microsoft has now made Windows Admin Center Preview 1908 available for customers to continue testing and getting familiar with the company’s modern administration tools. What’s new: Packetmon – Packetmon is a new feature that will allow you to diagnose your server by capturing and displaying network traffic through the networking stack in a log that is filtered, organized, and easy to follow and manipulate. FlowLog Audit – Flowlog auditing is a new capability for the SDN firewall in Windows Server 2019 Details: Windows Admin Center Preview 1908 Registered Insiders may download Windows Admin Center Preview 1908 directly from the Windows Server Insider Preview download page, under the Additional Downloads dropdown. If you have not yet registered as an Insider, see Get...

Windows Virtual Desktop Headed to General Availability

Scott Manchester (@RDS4U) Group Manager, WVD and RDS at Microsoft made the following announcement on Twitter…   We are feature complete with #WVD and will be moving to the final phase for GA. Spin up your VMs and start testing your scenarios. Got issues? Engage our community: #WVD #Azure #Microsoft — Scott Manchester (@RDS4U) August 13, 2019 Windows Virtual Desktop is a comprehensive desktop and app virtualization service running in the cloud. It’s the only virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) that delivers simplified management, multi-session Windows 10, optimizations for Office 365 ProPlus, and support for Remote Desktop Services (RDS) environments. Deploy and scale your Windows desktops and apps on Azure in minutes, and get built-in security and compli...

Edge with Chromium Releases for Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 8.1

Microsoft has now made available Canary versions of its Edge with Chromium web browser available for Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 8.1. Today we are excited to make preview builds from the Microsoft Edge Canary channel available on Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 8.1.  The first Canary builds do have a few known issues, including the lack of dark mode support and no support for AAD sign-in, which we are working to resolve soon. If you need help or support, just press F1 from within Microsoft Edge Canary or Dev to visit our support website. Get it:

Sneak Peek at a new Windows Virtual Desktop Win32 Client

Corey Sanders, Corporate VP of Microsoft Solutions sits down with Scott Manchester, Principal Group PM on the Silicon, Graphics and Media team to talk about what new things are available in the current preview of Windows Virtual Desktop (WVD) being offered in Azure. Scott has brought along a Surface GO to demonstrate the new signed Win32 app which allows you to install and use it – even when the device is in Windows S mode. Scott shows off what kind of performance you can get from an 8 GB of memory Surface Go using an LTE network, connecting to a 16 core NVidia GPU powerhouse VM in Azure. Sign up for the preview today –

Microsoft Putting Focus on a New Operating System with an Azure Backend

At Computex, Microsoft has used the announcements of its partners to launch a new path toward device management that is heavily based on Azure services. In a blog post, the company has outlined its efforts to move beyond Windows 10 and focus on its new Modern OS for the future of computing. According to the company’s vision, the future operating system will get seamless updates, will be secure by default, will be always connected, well performing, cloud-connected, utilize AI, will offer the fullest range of input options, and will be able to transform into multiple form factors. In the near term, Windows 10 will help push Microsoft’s customers toward an IoT future with the following core components: Windows 10 IoT Core enables manufacturers to get to market quickly with small-f...

Microsoft Patches Severe Bug in Remote Desktop Services

One of the more critical security holes that Microsoft is patching this month is one in its Remote Desktop Services. Today Microsoft released fixes for a critical Remote Code Execution vulnerability, CVE-2019-0708, in Remote Desktop Services – formerly known as Terminal Services – that affects some older versions of Windows. The Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) itself is not vulnerable. This vulnerability is pre-authentication and requires no user interaction. In other words, the vulnerability is ‘wormable’, meaning that any future malware that exploits this vulnerability could propagate from vulnerable computer to vulnerable computer in a similar way as the WannaCry malware spread across the globe in 2017. While we have observed no exploitation of this vulnerability, it is highly likely that...

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