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Microsoft Posts List of Products that Will No Longer Be Supported Online Including Windows 7, Zune, Office, IE10

Microsoft is looking to minimize the effort it has to put forth for supporting products and services that are no longer viable. In a post to the company’s Answers forums, the following list of products will no longer be supported for online help… Windows 7, 8.1, 8.1 RT Microsoft Security Essentials Internet Explorer 10 Office 2010, 2013 Surface Pro, Surface Pro 2, Surface RT, Surface 2 Microsoft Band – this topic will be locked. Users are invited to participate in Microsoft Band 2 topic. Mobile devices forum – Microsoft support will continue in “Other Windows mobile devices” topic Zune – this topic will be locked, but will remain available for browsing   These changes will take effect in July. Full announcement: Product support forum changes on Microsoft Commun...

Tip: Virus Scanning Recommendations for Windows-based Computers

Antivirus applications can sometimes produce unexpected results, should they not be configured correctly. In many cases, problems arise that are unexplained and hard to diagnose, but eventually lead back to files and directories that need to be excluded from antivirus application scanning. Microsoft maintains a list of its recommendations for those files and folders that should be excluded. See:  Virus scanning recommendations for Enterprise computers that are running currently supported versions of Windows Guidance is included for the following: For computers that are running Windows XP and later versions of Windows Turn off scanning of Windows Update or Automatic Update related files Turn off scanning of Windows Security files Turn off scanning of Group Policy related files Running antiv...

Known Issues for Windows Security Updates for May 2018

As has been the case for a while, Microsoft delivers its OS updates already knowing that there are potential gotchas included. This month, you can expect the following… Windows 10 version 1709 – KB4103727 (OS Build 16299.431) – Some non-English platforms may display the following string in English instead of the localized language: ”Reading scheduled jobs from file is not supported in this language mode.” This error appears when you try to read the scheduled jobs you’ve created and Device Guard is enabled. Windows 7 SP1 and Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 – KB4103718 (Monthly Rollup) and KB4103712 (Security-only update) – A stop error occurs on computers that don’t support Streaming Single Instructions Multiple Data (SIMD) Extensions 2 (SSE2). For both ...

Tip: Getting Information About All Running and Specific Windows Processes Using PowerShell

If you need to identify the Windows processes that are currently running – for example maybe you need to shut down process prior to installing software, or locate a misbehaving thread – use the following examples to retrieve information about what it currently active. Getting all processes: Get-Process Using the wildcard to get specific processes: Get-Process “font*” As shown, the example above gets all the processes with the text string font in them. Since its a text string, it must be surrounded by parenthesis.   Looking for an awesome, no-nonsense technical conference for IT Pros, Developers, and DevOps? IT/Dev Connections kicks off in Dallas, Texas in 2018!

Installing Patch My PC Publishing Service (Preview) for SCCM

This video will review how to install and configure the Patch My PC publishing service. This video covers how to create a code-signing certificate, deploy the certificate and third-party update WSUS policy to clients, enable products for publishing, and how to use automatic deployment rules in SCCM. Download: https://patchmypc.net/publishing-service-setup-documentation Looking for an awesome, no-nonsense technical conference for IT Pros, Developers, and DevOps? IT/Dev Connections kicks off in Dallas, Texas in 2018!

Tip: Using PowerShell to Retrieve Virtual, Physical, and Hidden Network Adapter Information

If you need to retrieve information about the Network Adapters available to the current Windows session, you can use the following commands. Get all known Physical and Virtual adapters: Get-NetAdapter Get just the Physical adapters: Get-NetAdapter -Physical Get all Physical and Virtual adapters including the hidden ones: Get-NetAdapter -IncludeHidden Looking for an awesome, no-nonsense technical conference for IT Pros, Developers, and DevOps? IT/Dev Connections kicks off in Dallas, Texas in 2018!

Understanding the Windows Subsystem for Linux

Kevin will be joined by Tara Raj to discuss the latest improvements for Web and Backend Developers in the next Windows 10 update. Tara and Kevin will discuss Windows Subsystem for Linux, Native Command Line tools you have been asking for and Virtualization on Windows with Hyper-V.   Looking for an awesome, no-nonsense technical conference for IT Pros, Developers, and DevOps? IT/Dev Connections kicks off in Dallas, Texas in 2018!

Microsoft Officially Renames Project Honolulu to Windows Admin Center

Microsoft today has updated its documentation for Project Honolulu to announce the official name of its browser-based app for managing servers, clusters, hyper-converged infrastructure, and Windows 10 PCs. The official name is Windows Admin Center. Windows Admin Center (formerly Project Honolulu) is the future of server management. It’s a locally deployed, browser-based GUI management solution that lets IT administrators manage Windows servers, failover clusters, hyper-converged clusters and Windows 10 machines from a simplified and integrated UI experience.   Looking for an awesome, no-nonsense technical conference for IT Pros, Developers, and DevOps? IT/Dev Connections kicks off in Dallas, Texas in 2018!

Microsoft Lifts Antivirus Restrictions on the Rest of Its Supported Windows Editions

A few month’s ago, Microsoft put restrictions on all of its supported operating systems so that a special Antivirus registry flag was required before the computer would update. This requirement coincided with the critical Meltdown/Spectre security vulnerabilities introduced by Intel microprocessors. Last month, the company removed that restriction from Windows 10 versions. This month, the company has finally removed the AV restriction from all support Windows versions. The registry key is no longer required and all Windows versions should receive updates.   Looking for an awesome, no-nonsense technical conference for IT Pros, Developers, and DevOps? IT/Dev Connections kicks off in Dallas, Texas in 2018!

Getting the System SKU Using PowerShell

Particularly useful for identifying specific Microsoft Surface devices, the following PowerShell command queries the computer’s WMI for the System SKU information: gwmi -namespace root\wmi -class MS_SystemInformation | select SystemSKU Example of a return result: SystemSKU ——— Surface_Pro_4 Looking for an awesome, no-nonsense technical conference for IT Pros, Developers, and DevOps? IT/Dev Connections kicks off in Dallas, Texas in 2018!

Microsoft Issues Fix for Update that Replaced or Reset Network Card Settings

A fix is finally available for one of the botched security updates from early March that was tracking for the entire month due to customer pains and complaints. See: Network Interface Card settings can be replaced, or static IP address settings can be lost But, there’s a BIG caveat. The new update must be installed BEFORE the old updates (one release the second week of March) are installed. Many customers held off installing the update due to so many complaints so quickly. But, there were some who installed it anyway. Looking for an awesome, no-nonsense technical conference for IT Pros, Developers, and DevOps? IT/Dev Connections kicks off in Dallas, Texas in 2018!

Microsoft Releases KB4099467 to Fix Stop Errors After Installing KB4088875 or KB4088878

If anyone in your organization is running Windows 7 Service Pack 1, Windows Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 1, Windows Server 2008 R2 Datacenter, Windows Server 2008 R2 Enterprise, or Internet Explorer 11 on Windows Server 2008 R2 IA64 and getting a Stop error 0xAB error message SESSION_HAS_VALID_POOL_ON_EXIT (ab) when logging off, Microsoft has a new fix that should solve the problem. The new update is KB4099467 and is available through Windows Update. Full support doc: Stop error 0xAB when you log off a Windows 7 SP1 or Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 session Looking for an awesome, no-nonsense technical conference for IT Pros, Developers, and DevOps? IT/Dev Connections kicks off in Dallas, Texas in 2018!