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").

Microsoft Cuts Symantec Security Cert Support from Its Browsers

Certain SSL/TLS certificates issued by former certificate authority company Symantec will soon become unsupported in Microsoft's Edge and Internet Explorer browsers.

Windows Server 2019 Released, Hardware Coming Early 2019

Microsoft's latest server operating system reached the "general availability" stage this week, though the related hardware will take a few more months to be released by equipment makers.

Windows 10 October 2018 Update Released

Microsoft's second major Windows 10 release this year, and its sixth for Windows 10 overall, is now available.

Changes Coming to Microsoft's Management, Deployment and Configuration Tools

As Microsoft detailed last week at its Ignite conference, a raft of improvements are coming to its Intune mobile management service, System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM) for client devices and Windows Autopilot for new device provisioning.

Windows 10 Feature Updates Get Smaller for Some Systems

Microsoft last week announced a new method for shrinking the download size of Windows 10 feature updates, but only for those using Windows Server Update Services (WSUS) to upgrade x64 systems.

Microsoft Announces Bundled Enterprise Security Solution

As part of its 2018 Ignite conference this week, Microsoft announced it is bundling some of its existing security products into a single enterprise-grade solution.

Uploading a PowerShell Gallery Module Directly to Azure Automation

Azure Automation can be an excellent PowerShell script orchestration tool, though it has just a limited number of PowerShell modules. Luckily, we can upload our own modules, too.

Windows Server 2019 Launch Coming October

Microsoft is poised to make Windows Server 2019 generally available in October, the company announced Monday at the start of its 2018 Ignite conference.

Microsoft Streamlines Its Model for Windows Servicing Stack Updates

To avoid issues that have affected some Windows 7 users, Microsoft will start releasing Windows servicing stack updates (SSUs) as part of its monthly update rollups starting next month.

Windows Admin Center Version 1809 Hits General Availability

Windows Admin Center version 1809 is now safe to use in production environments; Microsoft announced the general availability of its next-gen browser-based management portal last week.

AWS Adds PowerShell Core 6.0 Support in Lambda

Lambda, the serverless computing platform from Amazon Web Services (AWS), now supports Microsoft PowerShell Core 6.0, the cloud giant announced this month.

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