Stop using SMB1

Hi folks, Ned here again and today’s topic is short and sweet: Stop using SMB1. Stop using SMB1. STOP USING SMB1! Earlier this week we released MS16-114, a security update that prevents denial of service and remote code execution. If you need this security patch, you already have a much bigger problem: you are still…

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Tech support scams persist with increasingly crafty techniques

Millions of users continue to encounter technical support scams. Data from Windows Defender SmartScreen (which is used by both Microsoft Edge and Internet Explorer to block malicious sites) and Windows Defender Antivirus show that some three million users are subjected to these threats every month. In addition to being rampant, technical support scams continue to…

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LGPO.exe – Local Group Policy Object Utility, v1.0

LGPO.exe is a new command-line utility to automate the management of local group policy. It replaces the no-longer-maintained LocalGPO tool that shipped with the Security Compliance Manager (SCM), and the Apply_LGPO_Delta and ImportRegPol tools. Features: Import settings into local group policy from GPO backups or from individual policy component files, including Registry Policy (registry.pol), security templates, and advanced…

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When deploying Windows 7 the Apply Driver Package task fails when the ADK is upgraded to the ADK 10 1607 or newer

Update 2017-08-11- Issue discovered with Recurse option when using Access Content Directly From DP An issue has been discovered in the new Install driver package via running DISM with recurse option feature of the Apply Driver Package task in ConfigMgr Current Branch 1706, but it only occurs if the deployment for the Task Sequence is…

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The new Azure AD Signin Experience is now in Public Preview

Howdy folks, We’re continuing to make progress on converging the Azure AD and Microsoft account identity systems. One of the big steps on this journey is to redesign the sign-in UI so both systems look consistent. Today I’m happy to announce that this updated design is in public preview! What’s changing: Redesign of Azure AD…

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.NET Framework 4.7 and Exchange Server

Update 6/15/2017: Added a clarification that .Net Framework 4.7 has shipped and that we are still validating this release with Exchange Server. We wanted to post a quick note to call out that our friends in .NET have released the .NET Framework 4.7 to Windows Update for client and server operating systems it supports. We…


New tool: Policy Analyzer

Policy Analyzer is a utility for analyzing and comparing sets of Group Policy Objects (GPOs). It can highlight when a set of Group Policies has redundant settings or internal inconsistencies, and can highlight the differences between versions or sets of Group Policies. It can also compare GPOs against current local policy settings and against local…

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Exchange 2016 CU6 Released

Exchange 2016 CU6 has been released to the Microsoft download centre!  Exchange 2016 has a different servicing strategy than Exchange 2007/2010 and utilises Cumulative Updates (CUs) rather than the Rollup Updates (RU/UR) which were used previously.    CUs are a complete installation of Exchange 2016 and can be used to install a fresh server or to…


Released: June 2017 Quarterly Exchange Updates

The latest set of Cumulative Updates for Exchange Server 2016 and Exchange Server 2013 are now available on the download center. These releases include fixes to customer reported issues, all previously reported security/quality issues and updated functionality. Updated functionality in Cumulative Update 6 With Cumulative Update 6 we are adding two highly anticipated features; Sent…