Microsoft antimalware support for Windows XP

Microsoft has announced the Windows XP end of support date of April 8, 2014. After this date, Windows XP will no longer be a supported operating system*. To help organizations complete their migrations, Microsoft will continue to provide updates to our antimalware signatures and engine for Windows XP users through July 14, 2015. This does…

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WannaCrypt ransomware worm targets out-of-date systems

On May 12, 2017 we detected a new ransomware that spreads like a worm by leveraging vulnerabilities that have been previously fixed. While security updates are automatically applied in most computers, some users and enterprises may delay deployment of patches. Unfortunately, the ransomware, known as WannaCrypt, appears to have affected computers that have not applied…

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No password, phone sign in for Microsoft accounts!

Howdy, folks! Here in the identity division at Microsoft, we don’t like passwords any more than you do! So we’ve been hard at work creating a modern way to sign in that doesn’t require upper and lowercase letters, numbers, a special character, and your favorite emoji. And after a soft launch last month, we’re excited…

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How To Install AD FS 2012 R2 For Office 365

When discussing and reviewing Office 365 with customers, I wanted to have a series of posts to illustrate the steps involved when deploying Office 365.   In the burgeoning drafts folder Active Directory Federation Services (AD FS) was at the top, so that got finished first! The act of deploying and configuring AD FS 2012 R2…


SQL MP Run As Accounts – NO LONGER REQUIRED

                 Over the years I have written many articles dealing with RunAs accounts.  Specifically, the most common need is for monitoring with the SQL MP.  I have explained the issues and configurations in detail here:  Configuring Run As Accounts and Profiles in OpsMgr – A SQL Management Pack Example   Later, I wrote…

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Apply Driver Package task fails when the ADK is upgraded to ADK 10 1607

Update 2017-06-08 We have identified root cause as a Windows 7 provider being loaded into DISM not handling sharing violations when accessing the registry. Windows 8.1 and newer has code in it that handle sharing violations when accessing the registry. The sharing violations are more likely to occur the faster a PC is due to…

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Adding custom information to alert description (s) and notifications

  Alert Description Variables: The following section contains variables for the Alert Description only. For event Rules (Alert Description): EventDisplayNumber (Event ID):             $Data/EventDisplayNumber$ EventDescription (Description):               $Data/EventDescription$ Publisher Name (Event Source):              $Data/PublisherName$ EventCategory:                                    $Data/EventCategory$ LoggingComputer:                                $Data/LoggingComputer$ EventLevel:                                          $Data/EventLevel$ Channel:                                              $Data/Channel$ UserName:                                           $Data/UserName$ EventNumber:                                      $Data/EventNumber$ Event Time:                                          $Data/@time$ For event Monitors (Alert Description): EventDisplayNumber (Event ID):            $Data/Context/EventDisplayNumber$…

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Chile 2017 – Hotfix para cambio de horario en la Región de Magallanes

Descargo de responsabilidad: La información contenida en este documento fue escrita en respuesta a un anuncio hecho por el gobierno de Chile sobre los cambios en el horario de verano a partir del año de 2017 para la Región de Magallanes y la Antártica Chilena. Los pasos que se indican en este blog se crearon…

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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…