Fall Updates of Windows 10 and Windows Server 2019 Reissued

The October 2018 updates (version 1809) of both Windows 10 and Windows Server, as well as Windows Server 2019, have started rolling out again as of Tuesday, Nov. 13.

Microsoft Readies Azure SQL, SQL Server 2019 Preview Improvements

Microsoft detailed a raft of improvements coming to its database products at this week's PASS Summit.

Windows 10 October 2018 Update Getting More Linux Perks

The Windows 10 October 2018 Update, which is still suspended after a botched Oct. 2 release, will have a few added options for Windows Subsystem for Linux users when it's reissued.

Microsoft's Easy Fix and Hotfix Service Get the Axe

Two of Microsoft's Windows patch delivery services are no more.

Creating an Azure SQL Database with PowerShell

When you need a SQL database fast, the cloud is the best way to go. Azure provides a SQL database as a PaaS that eliminates the need to get an entire SQL Server deployment up and running.

Group-Based Azure AD Licensing Now Generally Available

Microsoft this month enabled organizations to assign Azure Active Directory licenses according to group.

SQL Server 2014 SP3 Released

SQL Server 2014 Service Pack 3 (SP3) was announced on Wednesday, about two years after the release of SP2.

Microsoft Updates Public Folder Management in Exchange

Users of Microsoft's Exchange messaging service will soon see some improvements concerning public folder management.

Windows 10 October 2018 Update Having Issues with ZIP Files

The Windows 10 "October 2018 Update," also known as Windows 10 version 1809, has a problem copying compressed .ZIP files, Microsoft confirmed this week.

Creating a VHD from a Physical Computer with Disk2vhd

Disk2Vhd is a little Microsoft utility that does one thing and one thing well: convert physical computers to virtual disks.

Microsoft Releases Its 2019 Servers

The 2019 editions of Exchange Server, SharePoint Server, Project Server and Skype for Business Server are now generally available, Microsoft announced on Monday.

Microsoft Mulls New Protocol for Updating Windows Firmware

Microsoft recently described its efforts around the Component Firmware Update (CFU) protocol, which is an open source project housed at the GitHub repository.

Exchange Online Now Lets IT Pros Turn Off Basic Authentication

A new capability that allows IT pros to disable "basic authentication" when using the Exchange Online service is now available as a public preview, though there are a few caveats.

Microsoft Enables Azure AD To Correct Sync Errors

A new Azure Active Directory Connect Health feature lets IT pros resolve duplicate attribute sync errors.

Intel Driver Causes Windows 10 Devices To Lose Sound

Devices running Windows 10 version 1803 or 1809 that have lost sound have an updated Intel Smart Sound Technology driver to blame, Microsoft said in a community post last week.

Groove Server 2010 Nears End of Its Support Lifecycle

Microsoft's aging peer-to-peer communications product, Groove Server 2010, will lose support on Oct. 13, 2020, the company warned last week.

Microsoft IDs Cause of Bungled Windows 10 October 2018 Update

Windows 10's "Known Folder Redirection" feature is to blame for the company's flawed Windows 10 version 1809 release last week, Microsoft said on Tuesday.

Installing a Module from the PowerShell Gallery

For the longest time, the open source community had a concept called "public package repositories." Microsoft never had the same -- until the PowerShell Gallery.

Microsoft To Issue SQL Server CUs Every Other Month

Microsoft recently unveiled some SQL Server servicing changes affecting SQL Server 2017 and newer editions, including the upcoming SQL Server 2019, which just reached the preview stage last month.

Windows 10 October 2018 Update Trims Print Drivers

Last week, Microsoft gave notice that it's planning to no longer include basic printer drivers in Windows 10 feature updates, starting with Windows 10 version 1809 (also known as the "October 2018 Update").