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Windows 10 is a personal computer operating system featuring the "universal application architecture" (UAP); apps can be designed to run across multiple devices with nearly identical code, including PCs, tablets, smartphones, embedded systems, Xbox One, Surface Hub and HoloLens. Windows 10 also includes a virtual desktop system, a window and desktop management feature called Task View, the Microsoft Edge web browser, support for fingerprint and face recognition login, voice-based search (Cortana), new security features for enterprise environments, and DirectX 12 and WDDM 2.0 to improve the operating system's graphics capabilities for games.

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Some info on changes coming to how Windows Update for Business will interact with Servicing Channels .....
Windows Update for Business and the retirement of SAC-T
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Thank you for posting this. I saw this in an MVP group and it is effective with V1903.  So that should be in April.

Apparently the change is not huge, and businesses can hold off feature updates until they are in wide distribution
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Formatting a hard drive is enough security if giving a computer away - or is it?

I recently had cause to recount an experience with one of my clients several years ago at another forum.

A client of mine was once convinced that despite my advice, nothing short of forensic recovery would put his old data at risk when he decided to donate some old workstations to a youth hostel. He wanted me to just delete the partitions the OS was sitting on, format and reinstall Windows. I did that on one machine right in front of him. Then I asked him to give me a few hours with that box on my own.

I returned the machine to him several hours later, with PDF copies of a few of "his" clients Tax Returns (complete with Tax File numbers) and a variety of other highly sensitive data sitting on the computer's desktop ready for the reading on a freshly installed copy of Windows 7 Pro. The entire exercise took about 4 - 5 hours, less than 30 minutes of actual hands-on work on my part. He was so grateful for my taking the time to show him what he was risking that I scored a $200 voucher to a high-end restaurant in Melbourne on top of my fee. Some people just need to physically "see" the proof of the pudding in order to believe.

What's your take? Are you still finding people insist on knowing better? I'm contemplating writing an article on this topic, but it seems so obvious to me that I wonder if it's going to turn out to be a wasted effort?

Regards, Andrew
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I bought a 2nd hand EIDE hard drive from a PC refurbisher on eBay many years ago.  There was an ID written on the label in felt-tip pen containing the letters "NHS".  This is a well known acronym for the National Health Service in the UK.  Out of curiosity I ran GetDataBack on it and recovered a massive amount of very confidential information relating to psychiatric patients at one of the NHS hospitals in the area where the eBay seller was located.

After many emails and phone calls I finally managed to speak with the IT manager who was responsible for phasing out old IT equipment and passing it on through a recycling / refurbishment company.  I told him that I had recovered a lot of highly personal data from a hard drive that had come from a PC at the named hospital and told him who I had bought it from so that he could review the procedures and companies used.  I was met with a patronising wall of denial accompanied by an explanation of how drives are securely wiped, and was more or less told that I was lying and perhaps trying to extort money.

I printed about 20 of the documents I had recovered and posted them to the patients' home addresses with an anonymous note saying that the information had been recovered from NHS IT equipment sold on eBay.

I felt quite satisfied that at least a few of those patients would demand an explanation from the NHS as to how the documents came into 3rd-party hands and that the IT Manager would most likely be grilled about it.  (Note: it wasn't Pete Long :-)
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by:Brian B
Trust no one. I have read accounts of personal data getting out when someone donated a system or gave it to a friend without first fully wiping the drive. Said drive was removed and never used and then put back into the system when it was passed on to the next person and surprise! Hacker got the data.
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Stop using Internet Explorer, warns Microsoft's own security chief

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/2019/02/08/stop-using-internet-explorer-warns-microsofts-security-chief/

Heads up for those of you that might be doing so.
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Fuller quote from the bottom of the article (and I have read others like it)

""We want you to use IE for the sites that need it - what I'm trying to say here is that I hope you don't use it for everything else,” Mr Jackson said in a comment on the blog post.
Microsoft will end support for Internet Explorer 10 in January 2020, while Internet Explorer 11 will remain as the final iteration of the software."

Some servers do not have (and have not been able to update to) IE 11.  This was not in the article but I have read it along with the statement that Server updates would be revised to use IE 11. I am not sure about Server 2008 but certainly Server 2012.
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by:Brian B
The headline is somewhat sensational, the message is just good security practice.
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Having problems reaching Windows Update Servers?

Then check out this AskWoody Article and see if it applies to you.

The Windows Update servers are having hiccups



Hope it helps.

Regards, Andrew
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Yesterday, MS started phased rollout of Win 10 v 1809 (to Semi Annual Channel Targeted machines 'that can take it' ...)
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Current status of Windows, version 1809, Windows Server 2019, and Windows Server, version 1809
Windows 10, Version 1809 Rollout Status as of January 16, 2019
We are now starting our phased rollout to users via Windows Update, initially offering the update to devices we believe will have the best update experience based on our next generation machine learning model.
Fully available for advanced users who manually select “Check for updates” via Windows Update.
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Windows 10, Version 1809 Rollout Status as of January 16, 2019

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Just ran into something really annoying while installing Windows 10. They're forcing us to create pins now during setup. If I don't want a pin I still have to choose one and then remove it afterwards. Super annoying.
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by:Brandon Lyon
It's worse... they ask me to create one every single time I login >_<
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BIOS Flash Updates

Over the years, I've had BIOS updates totally ruin a couple of mainboards on me that I had to replace at my own expense for client machines I was working on, so I tend to shy away from flash updating any BIOS unless I see a specific need to do so to address a specific problem a machine is having.

I do the same with my own computers, so it was with a little trepidation that I decided to update the BIOS on my self-built Windows 10 machine today - necessary because of the recent security flaw that was discovered and I found it addressed.

So for those of you using this now relatively out dated mainboard that I have: Intel Corporation DH67CL - I can say that you can go ahead and use the 2018 Flash update available for it with confidence. No ill effects from my own experience.

This has been a community service announcement! :-)
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Windows 10 1809 is back... and with Mapped Network Drives Bugs!

Download the ISO from here: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/software-download/windows10
But wait, there's more! Just when you thought it might be safe to update:
You [may] experience the following issues in Windows 10, version 1809:

    In Windows Explorer, a red X appears on the mapped network drives.

    Mapped network drives are displayed as Unavailable when you run the net use command at a command prompt.

    In the notification area, a notification displays the following message:

Could not reconnect all network drives.
More info here:
https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/4471218/mapped-network-drives-don-t-work-in-windows-10-version-1809

And yes, you SHOULD be using GPOs instead of legacy batch scripts to map your network drives.

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by:Andrew Leniart
Thanks for the info about your experiences John.

I had other more serious issues myself, but as I said, all now resolved. All info will be included in my article :)
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by:Andrew Leniart
As promised, the article has now been written and submitted for editing.

For anyone interested, it can be viewed and read at the following link:

Upgrading to Windows 10 Version 1809 - A documented experience of the entire process


Cheers... Andrew
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Listen Up!

IPv6 is here to stay. Removing it can break networking. Do not remove it.

SMBv1is a security hole and has been removed from Windows 7 & above, Server 2008 & up.
SMBv1 has been removed meaning you cannot connect to old operating system, old NAS devices and old printer/scanners.
SMBv1 is a security hole. Do not enable it.

Window 10 is going to update. Get used to it. The people who turned Windows 7 updates off and then blamed Microsoft when their operating got hacked and hosed caused this.

Home group has gone (Windows 10 V1803 and up). Get used to Password Protected sharing and learn how to use it. I wrote an article about this  (look in my Articles for Folder Sharing on modern computers). Do not turn passwords off.

Windows 10 is not Windows 7, does not work like Windows 7 and has dispensed with some old Windows 7 ideas. There is no going back. Get used to it.

You got ransomware from people opening email from strangers. Get a Spam Filter. Train Employees, keep Off-Site backups. It is not a technology problem - it is a management problem.

Amortize expensive software and hardware to create cash for new equipment. "I am stuck on XP because the equipment is too expensive to upgrade" is not an option. Get your accountant to explain this to you.





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by:Andrew Leniart
but ask A before AAAA...
(AAAA...)  

Que?
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DNS Query A = IPV4 address translation, AAAA = IPv6 address query.
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Have you been having problems with Windows 10 Pro suddenly not being activated?  Well, there's a reason for that...

https://www.ghacks.net/2018/11/08/microsoft-is-having-activation-server-issues-right-now/
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Recently I ranted about Windows 10 and the disappearing scroll bar on the start menu (was driving me nuts).   So digging around, low and behold, there is a setting for that under Settings, Ease of Access, Display:

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If this has been driving you crazy as well, welcome to some relief!
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Apple Service when purchasing a computer from them

I just ordered and purchased an Apple Mac Air laptop, along with a couple of genuine Apple accessories direct from Apple's online store and thought I'd share my experience when dealing with them.

The Positives

  • Firstly, the Chat support when purchasing I found to be outstanding. The representative I spoke to was highly knowledgeable when compared to other representatives I've chatted to from other Vendors like DELL and HP. All other vendors I think could take a page from the type of people they hire to assist potential purchasers from Apple.

  • Apple promised to keep me up to date with the progress of my order and every promise made was honored. This again I found to be excellent to experiences I've had with other Vendors, where I got (as an example) an SMS saying that my order was processed and would be delivered soon. That would be great if those SMS's didn't actually come until "after" the product was delivered. Apple's progress reports on the other hand, were all spot on.

  • The boxing of the products I ordered, being the Mac Air Laptop itself, an Apple USB Ethernet Adapter and a Lacie Porsche USB 3.0 1TB external drive were very nicely boxed.

  • The initial setup process for the new laptop was very nicely done and extremely easy to follow, with layman types explanations given every step of the way. The
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by:Lucas Bishop
Apple undoubtedly provides one of the best user experiences around. From the purchasing process, all the way through onboarding and then the ongoing relationship with the product -- all top notch.

The cost of their hardware I often justify (to myself), in the build quality and the fact that the accompanying operating system(s) (iOS, OSX, etc) is of equally high quality.

As far as the accessories go though, I sympathize with you on the price points. When I first bought my series 1 "magic mouse" I choked on the price, but went forth just because I wanted the multi-touch gestures (without having to use the touchpad). I've had the mouse for almost 9 years though, so I have to say the investment paid off. Those new wireless "magic keyboards" I haven't really looked into but I wouldn't be surprised if they last through a decade of heavy usage.
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TIP  SECURITY  ENCRYPTION & CERTIFICATES

In-place upgrade of encrypted Windows systems using reflectdrivers

Apparently since Win10 v1607 there exists a parameter "/reflectdrivers" in the Windows setup (setup.exe on the DVD / USB stick) see https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-hardware/manufacture/desktop/windows-setup-command-line-options

This can be used to tell Setup the location of the encryption drivers (eg Veracrypt) and finally be able to perform upgrades without decrypting!

The Veracrypt developer shares this in a forum post and gives a syntax example for his product:

setup.exe /ReflectDrivers "C:\Program Files\VeraCrypt" /PostOOBE C:\ProgramData\VeraCrypt\SetupComplete.cmd

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https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/4100347/intel-microcode-updates-for-windows-10-version-1803-and-windows-server
Gee, more spectre2 microcode updates on the way for win10 1803. Those CPUs were not covered until now and are still not covered by previous windows versions and previous windows 10 builds (like 1709).
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Windows 10 Version 1803 is just out in Production. 1.5 Hours left in April, 2018 . I think it is supposed to be named the April 2018 Update and it is still April.

1.5 hour install on my X1 (SSD drive) and so far, so good.

2.0 hour install on my M73 (7200-rpm hard drive). Still working but should be good.

Note: 1.75 hours actual install on my M73 and it is now running V1803

The wait is over.

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My Recent Experiences with Linux!

As a staunch Windows OS supporter, it's been quite a few years since I've installed a Linux distro for myself to experiment with. Why? The installation process (at the time I experimented last time) was complicated and frustrating, as was just using Linux itself.

So, after reading a few questions and comments here and there, I decided it was time to give it another shot. I first downloaded and set up an Ubuntu Studio ISO in an Oracle VM Virtualbox VM. I was suitably impressed with both the installation and relative (and intuitive) ease of use.

Encouraged by that result, I decided to try another Linux distro called ChaletOS which claimed it would give newbies like me an easier transition to Linux by giving me a familiar GUI interface to Windows 7. Again, I wasn't disappointed. Linux distros have indeed come a long way since I last experimented.

Installation was an absolute breeze and puts both Windows 7 and Windows 10 installers to shame! Ease of use? Fantastic, especially with the ChaletOS build. I think I'm starting to understand why Linux tends to have such a 'cult' type following.

I've still got a lot to learn and experiment with, but my first impressions are nothing but positive. If you're in a similar position to me, I'd encourage you to give Linux another try. By setting up in a Virtual Machine, you have nothing to lose and potentially, much to gain.

Cheers...

Andrew
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by:John
Interesting discussion. I always encourage people to use what they like. Businesses tend to adopt Windows and I have businesses with that.
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by:noci
Some businesses do, other use other software that requires yet other systems.
My daily bread comes from running OpenVMS environments.( 99.999+ uptime requirement RTO = 15minutes max total per year planned or unplanned).  Quite different specs. And some Unix clusters almost the same requirements, slightly more relaxes max 1 hour of outage a year, that predict arrival times of busses & light rail trains at  (~60,000) stops with a continous update from vehicles. with announcements on each stop for the next 3 vehicles.
(and about 6 stops ahead of a vehicle).   Somehow windows is not even considered to be remotely an option for those environments.
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Windows 10 V1803 does not appear to be out yet.

Yesterday was Patch Tuesday and Windows 10 V1709 DID update to 16299.371. No issue.

But if I run Updates again, all done - nothing to update.

I went to the Media Creation Link and run Upgrade this PC. That puts an icon on my desktop and it tells me I have the latest version. I did that yesterday and I have tried it every 8 hours ago and nothing.

So no V1803 yet except for Insider machines (yes, I have it installed on my insider machine).
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Ubiquiti relatively new in the USA, but the quality and price of their products make them is now on the rise, thy grow very fast, if you have any of their products you may want to look in their Network Management System [UNMS] from where you can manage all you Ubiquiti devices from one central place via a web page, and even from a phone, it is still in bate but already have nice amount of management. The only down side with Ubiquiti is support.
In short I will be give guide how to install UNMS on a virtual machine in hyper-v and change the default port for security [you don’t need to have a server, since windows 10 supports hyper-v].
As you can see on their website you need to have 64-bit (x64) CPU and assign
•      2 GB RAM (Minimal)
•      16 GB storage (Minimal)
To follow this guide you should also own a domain and have a static ip, you can make it work without but this guide is based with the above requirements.

1-      Download and install Ubuntu 16.04.1 LTS (Xenial Xerus) 64-bit
2-      Once your done with the instlation and you have the machine up and running open the terminal and Run the following script, curl -fsSL https://unms.com/install > /tmp/unms_inst.sh && sudo bash /tmp/unms_inst.sh
3-      Login to you domain host and add a DNS a record at you domain host to point to your public IP you can call it however you want [acb.initializebiz.com]
4-      Get your local IP address make it static in your router or reserve in domain controller
5-      Open a web browser Locally and enter the …
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by:Abraham Deutsch
Thank you for paying attention to my post.

On my lest article I posted Editor Comment me the following;
The article is full of spelling and grammar related errors. I mentioned when I published your last submission that a considerable amount editing was required to correct both spelling and grammar mistakes. I often find it helpful to slowly read each sentence and paragraph slowly and aloud to myself to see how it sounds.  

I understand and am sympathetic to the fact that English may not be your first language, which is possibly why you are running into so many difficulties, however, the purpose of an editing process isn't to rewrite your articles for you so that they read well and make sense.

A few corrections here and there are always tolerated during the editing process, but you really need to make more of an effort to get your work as close to perfect as possible before submitting for editing and publication.  

Perhaps get a fluent English friend to proof read your work for you and make suggestions for improvements, or at the very least, run your text through an online Spelling and Grammar checker. There are many such services on the Web you could take advantage of, both Free and Paid.

Since I am limited in time, and don’t have that much time to spend on writing the article to accommodate the requirements of submitting an article on top of the time it takes to put together the article, but still want to voluntary information that others may find helpful, I stopped trying to post articles and rather use post where I can just drop it in, as to post there is no requirements.
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by:Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE Fellow)
Ok I understand we've been using Ubi kit for quite a while now
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Intel is dropping plans to patch old CPU's for the Meltdown patch.

http://www.zdnet.com/article/intel-we-now-wont-ever-patch-spectre-variant-2-flaw-in-these-chips/?bhid=23164040498209351948461508422926&ftag=TRE-03-10aaa6b

So it really is time for people to move on. New machines means better hardware security and Windows 10. It can easily be made to look and feel like Windows 7.

Time to upgrade software also to improve security.

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Microsoft just released a new standalone Setup diagnostic tool - if you're having issues installing or upgrading a system, this tool may be able to assist in getting things working or understanding why they aren't.

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/deployment/upgrade/setupdiag
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Windows 10 did a forced update.  All my Chrome browser tabs were gone when I opened Chrome; I had tabs I really needed open to use today.  On a hunch,  I pressed CTRL+SHIFT+T on my keyboard and brought them all back.  That was awesome.
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Clock.JPGIf you wish to add seconds on your computers clock in the task bar, you may find this helpful when you are measuring how long a certain task take, do the following; open the registry [run/regedit] go to Computer\HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced create a new DWORD value, name it ShowSecondsInSystemClock set the value to 1, restart.
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Nice tip Abraham. Didn't know that one.
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Windows 10

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Windows 10 is a personal computer operating system featuring the "universal application architecture" (UAP); apps can be designed to run across multiple devices with nearly identical code, including PCs, tablets, smartphones, embedded systems, Xbox One, Surface Hub and HoloLens. Windows 10 also includes a virtual desktop system, a window and desktop management feature called Task View, the Microsoft Edge web browser, support for fingerprint and face recognition login, voice-based search (Cortana), new security features for enterprise environments, and DirectX 12 and WDDM 2.0 to improve the operating system's graphics capabilities for games.