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Windows 10 News You Can Use – August 2018

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Win10NewsLogo Providing insights into Windows 10 deployment & management, security & compliance, and productivity.

On July 10th, Windows 10 version 1803 was declared as a fully available Semi-Annual Channel (aka CBB) release. Be sure to also review “What’s new for IT pros in Windows 10, version 1803” at
https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/Windows-IT-Pro-Blog/What-s-new-for-IT-pros-in-Windows-10-version-1803/ba-p/188568.

Deployment & Management

1)      Windows 10 quality updates explained & the end of delta updates. Beginning February 12, 2019 Microsoft will deprecate delta updates for all versions of Windows 10.  Learn about the role of Express Updates to reduce the impact to network delivery of quality updates.
https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/Windows-IT-Pro-Blog/Windows-10-quality-updates-explained-amp-the-end-of-delta/ba-p/214426

2)      Forrester Study: Modernize Your Device Management Using the Cloud (whitepaper, updated June 2018).
https://resources.office.com/ModernizeYourDeviceManagementThankYou.html

3)      Detailed information on how Upgrade Readiness collects application inventory for your OMS workspace.  Includes info about data collection, appraiser updates, best practices, and troubleshooting!
https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/Windows-Analytics-Blog/How-Upgrade-Readiness-collects-application-inventory-for-your/ba-p/213586

4)      Most companies manage their PCs and mobile devices with separate management tools. In a recent report, Forrester found that Unified Endpoint Management (UEM) is now a more optimal option—and a good way to help organizations modernize their management strategies.  Download this Forrester report to learn more.
https://resources.office.com/ww-landing-M365PD-Forrester-UEM-Finally-Arrives-WhitePaper.html

5)      Microsoft Mechanics’ 7-minute video which explores the latest capabilities in Windows Analytics across Upgrade Readiness, Update Compliance, and Device Health.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Kb78NmfV6E

6)      Best practices and recommendations for deploying Windows 10 Feature updates to mission critical devices.
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/deployment/update/feature-update-mission-critical

7)      Suggested in-depth guidance on Windows Update for Business policies and how they have changed over time.
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/deployment/update/wufb-onboard

8)      We are happy to announce that the MSIX Packaging Tool (Preview) is now available to from the Microsoft Store. MSIX Packaging Tool enables you to update your existing win32 application packages to the MSIX format.
https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/MSIX-Blog/MSIX-Packaging-Tool-Preview-is-now-available-from-the-Microsoft/ba-p/216204

Security & Compliance

1)      Windows Defender Antivirus (WDAV) scores in the March-April 2018 tests. In this new iteration of the transparency report, we continue to investigate the relationship of independent test results and the real-world protection of antivirus solutions. We hope that you find the report insightful.
https://cloudblogs.microsoft.com/microsoftsecure/2018/07/20/march-april-2018-test-results-more-insights-into-industry-av-tests

2)      Introducing Web Authentication in Microsoft Edge.  With Web Authentication, Microsoft Edge users can sign in with their face, fingerprint, PIN, or portable FIDO2 devices, leveraging strong public-key credentials instead of passwords.
http://blogs.windows.com/msedgedev/2018/07/30/introducing-web-authentication-microsoft-edge

3)      Security Updates around side-channel speculative execution vulnerabilities (Spectre and Meltdown). New Disclosure: On June 13, 2018, an additional vulnerability involving side channel speculative execution, known as Lazy FP State Restore, was announced and assigned CVE-2018-3665. For more information about this vulnerability and recommended actions, please refer to the Security Advisory: ADV180016 | Microsoft Guidance for Lazy FP State Restore.
https://portal.msrc.microsoft.com/en-us/security-guidance/advisory/ADV180016

4)      A new software supply chain attack unearthed by Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection (Windows Defender ATP) emerged as an unusual multi-tier case. Unknown attackers compromised the shared infrastructure in place between the vendor of a PDF editor application and one of its software vendor partners, making the app’s legitimate installer the unsuspecting carrier of a malicious payload. The attack seemed like just another example of how cybercriminals can sneak in malware using everyday normal processes. The plot twist: The app vendor’s systems were unaffected. The compromise was traceable instead to a second software vendor that hosted additional packages used by the app during installation. This turned out be an interesting and unique case of an attack involving “the supply chain of the supply chain”.
https://cloudblogs.microsoft.com/microsoftsecure/2018/07/26/attack-inception-compromised-supply-chain-within-a-supply-chain-poses-new-risks

5)      Hawkeye Keylogger – Reborn v8: An in-depth campaign analysis.  Includes the roles that Windows Defender Antivirus and Windows Defender ATP played in the security protections.
https://cloudblogs.microsoft.com/microsoftsecure/2018/07/11/hawkeye-keylogger-reborn-v8-an-in-depth-campaign-analysis

Productivity

1)      Windows 10 Tip: Yikes, stop that sound! Mute-a-tab in Microsoft Edge.
http://blogs.windows.com/windowsexperience/2018/07/02/windows-10-tip-yikes-stop-that-sound-mute-a-tab-in-microsoft-edge

2)      Windows 10 Tip: Get more out of reading online with Grammar Tools in Microsoft Edge.
http://blogs.windows.com/windowsexperience/2018/07/09/windows-10-tip-get-more-out-of-reading-online-with-grammar-tools-in-microsoft-edge

3)      Windows 10 Tip: Windows Ink directly in textbox.
http://blogs.windows.com/windowsexperience/2018/07/16/windows-10-tip-windows-ink-directly-in-textbox-new-in-the-windows-10-april-2018-update

4)      Windows 10 Tip: Try reading on a full screen for a distraction-free experience in Microsoft Edge.
http://blogs.windows.com/windowsexperience/2018/07/23/windows-10-tip-try-reading-on-a-full-screen-for-a-distraction-free-experience-in-microsoft-edge

In other news related to Windows 10…
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Resources for Windows Autopilot

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Similar to last month’s post on resources for Windows Analytics, I’m often also asked for a collection of useful resources on Windows Autopilot.  With that said, most of these are just cumulatively pulled from my monthly Windows 10 “news you can use”.

Other resources related to Windows Autopilot when using Microsoft Intune.

Auto MDM Enroll: Failed (The system tried to delete the JOIN of a drive that is not joined.)

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When setting up hybrid Azure AD join with on-premises Windows 10 environments, if you encounter the an error that “The system tried to delete the JOIN of a drive that is not joined.“, then there is a good chance that the device has not yet synchronized into Azure AD.

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A few tips to help you isolate the cause and get past this issue:

  1. First, confirm the device exists in Azure Active Directory (or not).  In the Azure portal, navigate to Azure Active Directory > Devices > All devices.
    AzureDevicesList
  2. Review the steps in Troubleshooting hybrid Azure Active Directory joined Windows 10 and Windows Server 2016 devices.  Note that this article points back to another article on How to configure hybrid Azure Active Directory joined devices, which presently contains way more helpful information to help you troubleshoot.
  3. In the most current Azure AD Connect releases, use the built-in Troubleshooter.  Then in the PowerShell windows which launches, use both options to troubleshooting options for Object Sync and Password Hash Sync.
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In my case, the troubleshooting guides were useful to confirm that I had configured everything correctly.  Then the Azure AD Connect troubleshooter reported an error that “Password Hash Synchronization cloud configuration is disabled”.  Searching that issue on the Internet led me to discover that the cause was likely due to mismatched passwords between the Azure AD account “On-Premises Directory Synchronization Service Account” with the password currently set in the local synchronization service.

To fix that, first set a new password for the “On-Premises Directory Synchronization Service Account”.  To do that, try setting it in Azure directly.  However, given that it’s a special account, it may be necessary to reset the password through PowerShell with the MSOL cmdlets.  While I’m not getting into the full end-to-end setup and use of those add-on Azure PowerShell cmdlets, the command could be as simple as:

Connect-AzureAD
Set-AzureADUserPassword -ObjectId abc123def456xyz980 -Password MyP@ssw0rd! -ForceChangePasswordNextLogin $false

Next, start program Synchronization Service Manager, then click on Connectors.  Locate the Windows Azure Active Directory Account and click Properties.

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Finally, set the password.  Voila, devices will now sync to Azure AD on the next synchronization!

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Windows 10 News You Can Use – July 2018

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Win10NewsLogo Windows 10 news you can use, July 2018 edition
Providing insights into Windows 10 deployment & management, security & compliance, and productivity. Also see other news related to Windows 10.

 

Deployment & Management

1)      For build 17682 of the Windows 10 Insider Preview, RSAT is now available on demand! What does that mean? You no longer need to manually download RSAT every time you upgrade! http://blogs.windows.com/windowsexperience/2018/05/31/announcing-windows-10-insider-preview-build-17682

2)      Techcommunity blog post which outlines the latest enhancements to Windows Autopilot in Windows 10, version 1803.  Specifically: Enrollment status, OEM and hardware vendor supply chain integration, BitLocker integration, automatic Windows Autopilot profile assignment, and device deletion with Microsoft Intune. https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/Windows-IT-Pro-Blog/Windows-Autopilot-What-s-new-and-what-s-next/ba-p/201884

3)      Microsoft Mechanics 8-minute video which explores the most recent updates to Windows Autopilot, which include a zero-touch experience for the deployment of new Windows 10 devices and device reset capabilities, all powered by Microsoft 365. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7t7xaV8sm50

4)      Walkthrough for deploying a kiosk using Windows Autopilot. https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/mniehaus/2018/06/07/deploying-a-kiosk-using-windows-autopilot

5)      Announcing new extensions to the Windows Autopilot zero-touch experience with several new capabilities available in preview with the Windows Insider Program today.
https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/microsoft-365/blog/2018/06/07/simplifying-it-with-the-latest-updates-from-windows-autopilot

6)      Windows 10 Updates and Store GPO behavior with DualScan disabled and client managed by SCCM SUP/WSUS. https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/swisspfe/2018/04/13/win10-updates-store-gpos-dualscandisabled-sup-wsus

7)      New FastTrack benefit from Microsoft: Deployment support for Co-management on Windows 10 devices. We’d like to provide a few highlights on what you can expect. https://cloudblogs.microsoft.com/microsoftsecure/2018/06/18/new-fasttrack-benefit-deployment-support-for-co-management-on-windows-10-devices

8)      Implementing the Right Inertia in your Windows 10 Deployment Process: measuring and managing risk effectively with systems designed for change management.
https://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/cjacks/2018/06/25/implementing-the-right-inertia-in-your-windows-10-deployment-process-defaulting-to-progress-vs-stasis

9)      Two new policies added for Edge when doing MDM management of Windows 10 through Microsoft Intune: Path to favorites file and Changes to Favorites. https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/intune/device-restrictions-windows-10#edge-browser

Security & Compliance

1)      Virtualization-based security (VBS) memory enclaves: Data protection through isolation. The escalating sophistication of cyberattacks is marked by the increased use of kernel-level exploits that attempt to run malware with the highest privileges and evade security solutions and software sandboxes. Kernel exploits famously gave the WannaCry and Petya ransomware remote code execution capability, resulting in widescale global outbreaks. Windows 10 remained resilient to these attacks, with Microsoft constantly raising the bar in platform security to stay ahead of threat actors. Virtualization-based security (VBS) hardens Windows 10 against attacks by using the Windows hypervisor to create an environment that isolates a secure region of memory known as secure memory enclaves. https://cloudblogs.microsoft.com/microsoftsecure/2018/06/05/virtualization-based-security-vbs-memory-enclaves-data-protection-through-isolation

2)      Machine learning is a key driver in the constant evolution of security technologies at Microsoft. Machine learning allows Microsoft 365 to scale next-gen protection capabilities and enhance cloud-based, real-time blocking of new and unknown threats. Social engineering gives cybercriminals a way to get into systems and slip through defenses. The hardening of Windows 10 and Windows 10 in S mode, the advancement of browser security in Microsoft Edge, and the integrated stack of endpoint protection platform (EPP) and endpoint detection and response (EDR) capabilities in Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection (Windows Defender ATP) further raise the bar in security. https://cloudblogs.microsoft.com/microsoftsecure/2018/06/07/machine-learning-vs-social-engineering

3)      What is new in Windows 10 1803 for the Privileged Access Workstation (PAW) solution.
https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/datacentersecurity/2018/06/08/what-is-new-in-windows-10-1803-for-paw

4)      Go beyond external defenses. Eradicate attacks faster when they get inside. Download the 5 risk points to avoid in enterprise security—crash course. You’ll see how solutions built in to an operating system can (a) Make user identities more secure to prevent malicious access to devices and systems, (b) Detect the hidden actions of attackers already inside your systems more quickly, and (c) Leverage the largest data sets that index billions of sources to alert you of attacks immediately. https://info.microsoft.com/5RiskPointsEbook.html

5)      Zero Trust networks eliminate the concept of trust based on network location within a perimeter. Instead, Zero Trust architectures leverage device and user trust claims to gate access to organizational data and resources. Read more about building Zero Trust networks with Microsoft 365, based on Azure Active Directory, conditional access, Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection, Windows Defender System Guard runtime attestation, and Microsoft Intune. https://cloudblogs.microsoft.com/microsoftsecure/2018/06/14/building-zero-trust-networks-with-microsoft-365

6)      Announcing the pre-release (v0.9) of “AaronLocker:” robust and practical application whitelisting for Windows. AaronLocker is designed to make the creation and maintenance of robust, strict, AppLocker-based whitelisting rules as easy and practical as possible. The entire solution involves a small number of PowerShell scripts. You can easily customize rules for your specific requirements with simple text-file edits. AaronLocker includes scripts that document AppLocker policies and capture event data into Excel workbooks that facilitate analysis and policy maintenance. https://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/aaron_margosis/2018/06/26/announcing-application-whitelisting-with-aaronlocker

Productivity

1)      Windows 10 Tip: How to start creating in Paint 3D. http://blogs.windows.com/windowsexperience/2018/06/04/windows-10-tip-how-to-start-creating-in-paint-3d

2)      Windows 10 Tip: Go back and forth in time with Timeline, new in the Windows 10 April 2018 Update. http://blogs.windows.com/windowsexperience/2018/06/11/windows-10-tip-go-back-and-forth-in-time-with-timeline-new-in-the-windows-10-april-2018-update

3)      Windows 10 Tip: How to start using Nearby Sharing with the Windows 10 April 2018 Update.
http://blogs.windows.com/windowsexperience/2018/06/18/windows-10-tip-how-to-start-using-nearby-sharing-with-the-windows-10-april-2018-update

4)      SwiftKey intelligence comes to the touch keyboard in Windows 10 Insider Build 17692.
http://blogs.windows.com/windowsexperience/2018/06/14/announcing-windows-10-insider-preview-build-17692

5)      Windows 10 Tip: Search, shop and learn through the photos you take with Visual Search.
http://blogs.windows.com/windowsexperience/2018/06/25/windows-10-tip-search-shop-and-learn-through-the-photos-you-take-with-visual-search

In other news related to Windows 10…
  • Public preview support for Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 with Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection (WDATP).
    https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/security/threat-protection/windows-defender-atp/onboard-downlevel-windows-defender-advanced-threat-protection
  • We live in a time of both great opportunity and great responsibility. Our children have access to more information, entertainment and more ways to connect than ever before, but with that comes plenty of new things that parents like you and I need to worry about and new ways to distract their attention. Today, we are excited to introduce new features that make it easier and safer for families to interact with technology and, each other, across devices and platforms.  One feature announcement is with Microsoft Edge giving the ability to allow or block websites has always existed on your PCs….and now, we are extending this feature to you and your family’s Android devices. If you have set up a Microsoft family group, any websites you have already tagged as allowed or blocked for your kid(s) will carry the same settings as they try to access websites in Microsoft Edge on their Android devices. http://blogs.windows.com/windowsexperience/2018/05/31/microsoft-gives-parents-peace-of-mind-with-new-family-features-across-devices
  • Getting the most value out of your security deployment. This blog is part of a series that responds to common questions we receive from customers about deployment of Microsoft 365 security solutions. In this series you’ll find context, answers, and guidance for deployment and driving adoption within your organization. In the last blog Now that you have a plan, it’s time to start deploying, we covered some of the tactical issues that you’ll want to consider planning your Microsoft 365 Security deployment. Now we’ll move to the third and final step of an effective planning process: Drive Value. https://cloudblogs.microsoft.com/microsoftsecure/2018/05/31/getting-the-most-value-out-of-your-security-deployment
  • The Microsoft Cybersecurity Reference Architecture describes Microsoft’s cybersecurity capabilities and how they integrate with existing security architectures and capabilities. We recently updated this diagram and wanted to share a little bit about the changes and the document itself to help you better utilize it.
    https://cloudblogs.microsoft.com/microsoftsecure/2018/06/06/cybersecurity-reference-architecture-security-for-a-hybrid-enterprise
  • Defining a crisp modern security strategy to support business success. A modern security agenda needs to define the purpose of the security team, its vision and mindset. It should also explain the high-level strategies it will employ, and how it will be organized, including the definition of priorities and deadlines and how the results will be measured. More detailed information regarding enabling and accelerating digital transformation is available in this whitepaper. It is designed to articulate what a modern security strategy can look like, and is useful for CISOs, CIOs, CDOs, and potentially board members who want to learn more about secure transformation and benchmark their own teams. https://cloudblogs.microsoft.com/microsoftsecure/2018/06/12/updating-your-cybersecurity-strategy-to-enable-and-accelerate-digital-transformation
  • Artificial Intelligence (AI) continues to be a key area of investment for Microsoft, and we’re pleased to announce that for the first time we’ve leveraged AI at scale to greatly improve the quality and reliability of the Windows 10 April 2018 Update rollout.  Our AI approach intelligently selects devices that our feedback data indicate would have a great update experience and offers the April 2018 Update to these devices first.  As our rollout progresses, we continuously collect update experience data and retrain our models to learn which devices will have a positive update experience, and where we may need to wait until we have higher confidence in a great experience.  Our overall rollout objective is for a safe and reliable update, which means we only go as fast as is safe. http://blogs.windows.com/windowsexperience/2018/06/14/ai-powers-windows-10-april-2018-update-rollout

No Internet on Hyper-V guest using Default Switch

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Beginning in Windows 10 1709, Hyper-V networking included a “Default Switch” to help simplify Internet connectivity to guest VMs. The idea is that this switch would automatically share whatever Internet connection is used by the Host, then NAT the addresses to the guests. This sharing is accomplished using the Internet Connection Sharing (ICS) service on the Host.

While in theory this makes the networking of guests easier, one particular challenge with this solution still exists today with Windows 10 1803….occasionally this guest loses it’s ability to work through the Host’s connection. And thereby the guest has no Internet access. So, if you’re faced with this issue, try restarting the ICS service on the host to restore connectivity.

For Internet connection issues with the default switch on a Windows 7 guest VM, I found the best solution to be changing the “Automatic metric” settings on the NICs in the VM.  This workaround/solution was posted in a TechNet forum thread, but the details are copied below for ease of reading.

“Go to <Network and Sharing><Change Adapter Settings> and right click your wired and wireless adapters one at a time to change the properties. Select IPv4, click <Properties> then click <Advanced>. For each one, clear the “Automatic metric” check box and assign the metric value manually. I set the wireless to 1 and the wired to 2, which gave me the behavior I wanted.”

Resources for Windows Analytics

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I’m often asked for a set of resources to get started or to understand the Windows Analytics toolset.  Below is a collection of my favorite resources, which I may update from time-to-time.

  1. Windows Analytics accelerates enterprise Windows 10 migration. With Update Compliance and Device Health services now generally available, Windows Analytics provides an end-to-end upgrade solution with actionable insights into device performance, reliability, and health, so enterprises can broadly migrate their devices from Windows 7 or Windows 8 to Windows 10 or update Windows 10 devices to the latest feature update (Windows 10, version 1709) quickly and with confidence.
    http://blogs.windows.com/business/2017/12/12/accelerate-windows-10-migration-windows-analytics
  2. Register today for exclusive access to a one-hour, demo-rich webcast showcasing solutions that can help you monitor and proactively improve your experience with Windows 10 upgrades, update deployment, and device management.
    https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/windowsitpro/2017/10/12/webcast-qa-proactive-insights-with-windows-analytics
  3. Have you heard of the new Upgrade Analytics service to help in your application compatibility planning and readiness?  If not, a Microsoft Mechanics video (6 minutes) was created to highlight and showcase the technology. Read more and watch at:
    https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/mt743627
  4. Videos and setup guides for Upgrade Readiness in the Windows Analytics suite.  Includes jump points to technical documentation on prerequisites, etc.
    https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/windowsitpro/2017/06/07/setup-guides-for-windows-analytics-upgrade-readiness
  5. A demo from Microsoft Mechanics walks you through common usage scenarios for Windows Analytics Update Compliance, a cloud-based solution that provides you with an inventory of the devices in your organization, the version of Windows installed on each device, the update status of each device, and antimalware assessment for Windows Defender Antivirus-enabled devices.
    https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/windowsitpro/2017/08/10/new-demo-windows-analytics-update-compliance
  6. In January a “Ask Microsoft Anything” (AMA) about Windows Analytics was held. Members of the engineering and product teams were answered questions and listened to feedback about Upgrade Readiness, Update Compliance, Device Health, and the future roadmap for Windows Analytics. Those conversations were recorded and can be found in techcommunity link below.
    https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/Windows-Analytics-AMA/bd-p/WindowsAnalyticsAMA
  7. Discussion about pricing of OMS for Windows Analytics.
    https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/Windows-10/What-are-our-pricing-options-for-OMS-to-for-Windows-10-upgrade/m-p/107869/highlight/true
  8. Announcing Delivery Optimization Insights for Windows Analytics: Update Compliance https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/upgradeanalytics/2017/12/17/announcing-post-upgrade-insights-in-upgrade-readiness
  9. Windows Analytics utilizes Operations Management Suite (OMS) workspaces with Log Analytics.  OMS requires and Azure subscription (which can be free).  The following guide covers how to create the OMS=>Azure association for two scenarios: (1) Your organization is new to Microsoft Azure and you just want to use Upgrade Analytics, and (2) Your company is already using an Azure subscription and you want to create an OMS workspace for Upgrade Analytics under your Azure subscription
    https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/upgradeanalytics/2016/11/08/linking-operations-management-suite-workspaces-to-microsoft-azure
  10. Detailed information on how Upgrade Readiness collects application inventory for your OMS workspace.  Includes info about data collection, appraiser updates, best practices, and troubleshooting!
    https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/Windows-Analytics-Blog/How-Upgrade-Readiness-collects-application-inventory-for-your/ba-p/213586

Last updated: 7/10/2018

Windows 10 News You Can Use – June 2018

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Win10NewsLogo Windows 10 news you can use, June 2018 edition

Providing insights into Windows 10 deployment & management, security & compliance, and productivity

Also see other news related to Windows 10

Latest Windows 10 1803 feature upgrade news:

Deployment & Management

1) SetupDiag.exe is a standalone diagnostic tool that can be used to obtain details about why a Windows 10 upgrade was unsuccessful. It works by examining Windows Setup log files then attempts to parse these log files to determine the root cause of a failure to update or upgrade the computer to Windows 10. SetupDiag can be run on the computer that failed to update, or you can export logs from the computer to another location and run SetupDiag in offline mode.
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/deployment/upgrade/setupdiag

2) Defining application taxonomies to drive your application compatibility testing. https://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/cjacks/2018/04/30/defining-app-tranches-to-drive-your-app-compat-testing

3) Announcing Delivery Optimization Insights for Windows Analytics: Update Compliance https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/upgradeanalytics/2017/12/17/announcing-post-upgrade-insights-in-upgrade-readiness

4) Enterprise-ready in the age of Windows as a service https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/Windows-IT-Pro-Blog/Enterprise-ready-in-the-age-of-Windows-as-a-service/ba-p/188712

5) New IT Pro application packaging tool: MSIX. This is the next generation of application delivery.

6) Dive on Windows 10 co-management with Intune and System Center Configuration Manager.
https://channel9.msdn.com/Series/Endpoint-Zone/Windows-10-co-management-with-Intune-and-ConfigMan-Endpoint-Zone-1804#time=14m34s

7) Learn how to create a Windows 10 kiosk that runs multiple apps. With Windows 10, version 1803, you can also: configure a single-app kiosk profile in your XML file, assign group accounts to a config profile, and configure an account to sign in automatically.
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/configuration/lock-down-windows-10-to-specific-apps

8) Video to learn how to setup Windows Autopilot in just over 3-minutes. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KYVptkpsOqs

Security & Compliance

1) Video showcasing protection capabilities against the most sophisticated threats with Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection (WDATP). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JojhJ0Ib8vU

2) Microsoft’s Windows Defender ATP team is committed to delivering industry-leading protection, customer choice, and transparency on the quality of our solutions. In the continued spirit of these principles, we want to share the results of the January-February 2018 test conducted by independent antivirus tester AV-TEST and provide a transparency report that augments the test findings with contextual information to help our customers make informed decisions about Windows Defender ATP adoption. https://cloudblogs.microsoft.com/microsoftsecure/2018/05/24/adding-transparency-and-context-into-industry-av-test-results

3) IT showcase: Microsoft uses Windows Defender Antivirus to boost malware protection. Updated May 2018. https://www.microsoft.com/itshowcase/Article/Content/752/Microsoft-uses-Windows-Defender-Antivirus-to-boost-malware-protection

4) Adversaries are reusing credentials all the time; How can you check and prevent credential reuse attacks? Deny them by leveraging new (and old) security features. https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/motiba/2018/05/06/avoiding-credentials-reuse-attacks

5) Use Windows Information Protection (WIP) to help make accidental data leakage a thing of the past. WIP protects users and organizations from accidental leaks via copy-and-paste, drag-and-drop, removable storage (e.g., USB thumb drives), and unauthorized applications (e.g., non-work cloud storage providers). https://cloudblogs.microsoft.com/microsoftsecure/2018/05/15/use-windows-information-protection-wip-to-help-make-accidental-data-leakage-a-thing-of-the-past

6) Windows Insider Preview build 17672 introduced support for the SameSite cookies standard in Microsoft Edge, ahead of a planned rollout in Microsoft Edge and Internet Explorer. Same-site cookies enable more protection for users against cross-site request forgery (CSRF) attacks. To broaden the security benefits of this feature, we plan to service Microsoft Edge and Internet Explorer 11 on the Windows 10 Creators Update and newer to support same-site cookies as well, allowing sites to rely on same-site cookies as a defense against CSRF and other related cross-site timing and cross-site information-leakage attacks.
http://blogs.windows.com/msedgedev/2018/05/17/samesite-cookies-microsoft-edge-internet-explorer

7) Big news in our drive to eliminate passwords: FIDO2 / WebAuthn Reaches Candidate Recommendation status! This will allow Microsoft customers to use any Microsoft identity to sign-in using a FIDO device instead of a password on any FIDO2 compatible device or browser – for both personal Microsoft accounts and organizational identities based on Azure Active Directory. https://cloudblogs.microsoft.com/enterprisemobility/2018/04/12/big-news-in-our-drive-to-eliminate-passwords-fido2-webauthn-reaches-candidate-recommendation-status

8) The new Windows Privacy hub converges related content about Windows privacy on docs.microsoft.com. Here you can find new guidance to help IT decision makers get ready for GDPR, a list of Windows 10 services configuration settings used for personal data privacy protection, understand Windows diagnostic data, and much more.

Productivity

1) Introducing two new mixed reality business applications: Microsoft Remote Assist and Microsoft Layout. http://blogs.windows.com/windowsexperience/2018/05/07/introducing-two-new-mixed-reality-business-applications-microsoft-remote-assist-and-microsoft-layout

2) Windows 10 Tip: How to enable Focus Assist in the Windows 10 April 2018 Update.
http://blogs.windows.com/windowsexperience/2018/05/09/windows-10-tip-how-to-enable-focus-assist-in-the-windows-10-april-2018-update

3) Microsoft Build 2018 highlights for productivity advancements coming to Windows 10.
http://blogs.windows.com/windowsexperience/2018/05/07/microsoft-build-2018-empowering-developers-to-build-intelligent-apps-with-microsoft-365

  • A new way to connect your phone to your PC with Windows 10 that enables instant access to text messages, photos, and notifications.
  • An updated Microsoft Launcher application on Android that will support Enterprise customers with easy access to line of business applications via Microsoft Intune.
  • Microsoft Launcher on Android will also support Timeline for cross-device application launching. Today, your Microsoft Edge browsing sessions on your iPhone or iPad are included in the Timeline experience on your Windows 10 PC.
  • Updates to Sets, an easier way to organize your stuff and get back to what you were doing. With Sets, what belongs together stays together, making it easier and faster to create and be productive.

4) Windows 10 Tip: A guide to using the basic tools in Paint 3D. http://blogs.windows.com/windowsexperience/2018/05/21/windows-10-tip-a-guide-to-the-basic-tools-in-paint-3d

5) What happens when three identical devices run different browsers? The Microsoft Edge team wanted to find out. This experiment showed that battery life on a PC running Microsoft Edge lasts 98% longer than Mozilla Firefox and 14% longer than Google Chrome. Windows 10 April 2018 Update Edition. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T24bRAm8MT0

6) Windows 10 Tip: Capture your thoughts easily with Dictation. Did you know that with the Windows 10 April 2018 Update, it’s now easier than ever to take a note or write a paper – with just your voice, using your device’s microphone? http://blogs.windows.com/windowsexperience/2018/05/29/windows-10-tip-capture-your-thoughts-easily-with-dictation

7) At Microsoft, we want to empower every person and every organization to achieve more. We deeply believe everyone should have the opportunity to reach their potential and we can help by empowering all people, regardless of their abilities. Global Accessibility Awareness Day gives us the chance to celebrate our differences and reflect on the ways in which we continue to strive to make Windows more accessible to everyone in their everyday life. Windows for each of us. http://blogs.windows.com/windowsexperience/2018/05/16/celebrating-global-accessibility-awareness-day

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