Azure Firewall Gets Threat Intelligence Perks

Azure Firewall, Microsoft's firewall-as-a-service security offering for organizations using Azure virtual machines, is getting several improvements that tap the company's Threat Intelligence service.

Password-Free Logins Get W3C Backing with WebAuthn Approval

The move toward passwordless Web authentications took another step this week, with the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) announcing that it now considers the Web Authentication (WebAuthn) specification to be an official standard.

'Windows 7 Extended Security Updates' Go on Sale in April

Organizations hoping to extend the viability of their Windows 7 Service Pack 1 (SP1) implementations can purchase Microsoft's Windows 7 Extended Security Updates plan starting April 1.

Microsoft Takes Wraps Off Windows Server IoT 2019

Microsoft is coming out with a Windows Server IoT 2019 product, the company announced on Tuesday at the Embedded World conference in Nuremberg, Germany.

Microsoft Brings Windows Defender ATP to Windows 7 and 8.1

Windows Defender ATP for Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 is now generally available, Microsoft announced last week, after being in preview since last spring.

Microsoft Prepares IT Pros for New Azure Monitor Service

Microsoft this week described the steps for adapting "classic" alert rules to work with its new Azure Monitor service.

Using Robocopy To Transfer Files

The GUI is fine if you're only moving a few files, but for larger and more complex migrations, this built-in Windows utility is the way to go.

Microsoft Spells Out Timeline for SHA-2 Upgrades

Microsoft recently described its timeline for phasing out Secure Hash Algorithm-1 (SHA-1) in supported Windows systems, and for upgrading to SHA-2.

Clock Winds Down on Windows 10 'Semiannual Channel Targeted'

Microsoft plans to make some changes to its Windows servicing lingo and management behavior when it releases Windows 10 version 1903 this spring.

Microsoft Updates Exchange Server, Makes Architecture Changes

The latest quarterly release of Exchange Server includes "critical security" fixes and also marks significant changes to the architectures of all supported versions.

Microsoft Adds MSIX Support to Older Windows 10 Versions

Windows 10 versions 1803 and 1709 now have support for MSIX, Microsoft's new packaging format for application software.

Microsoft Urges Orgs To Make Edge Their Default Browser

Microsoft recently made the case against organizations using Internet Explorer as their default browser.

Microsoft's Update Classifications Opens IT to Missed Fixes

A Microsoft Tech Community post is urging organizations to use caution when using Microsoft's tools to manage Windows updates.

NSA Updates Guidance for Meltdown- and Spectre-Type Attacks

An updated guide for managing speculative execution side-channel attacks was issued recently by the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA).

Installing Windows Admin Center on Windows Server Core

Windows Server Core is the epitome of Microsoft's shift toward GUI-free. But since you can't beat a good dashboard, here's how to access the GUI remotely.

Cisco Identifies Security Flaws in Its Small Business Routers

A pair of Cisco small business router products are susceptible to information disclosure attacks, the networking giant acknowledged last week.

Exchange Open to Escalation-of-Privilege Attacks, Warn Researchers

Exchange Server versions from Exchange Server 2013 and newer have a vulnerability that could permit the impersonation of any user, leading to "control of an affected system," according to researchers from the U.S. Computer Emergency Readiness Team (UC-CERT).

Microsoft Warns of IE 10 Support Cliff in 2020

Microsoft warned this week that support for Internet Explorer 10 will lapse in 2020 for users of Windows Server 2012 and Windows Embedded 8 Standard.

Azure AD B2B Gets One-Time Passcode Feature

Microsoft is previewing a new "one-time passcodes" feature in its Azure Active Directory Business to Business (B2B) service.

Finding Active Directory FSMO Role Holders with PowerShell

Since FSMO roles are typically spread out among various domain controllers, it's not always easy to figure out which domain controller holds a particular role. Luckily, we have PowerShell and the AD module to make this task a breeze.

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