Infrastructure + Security: Noteworthy News (January, 2018)

Hello there! Stanislav Belov here to bring you the next issue of the Infrastructure + Security: Noteworthy News series!   As a reminder, the Noteworthy News series covers various areas, to include interesting news, announcements, links, tips and tricks from Windows, Azure, and Security worlds on a monthly basis. Enjoy!  Microsoft Azure Start/Stop VMs during off-hours… Read more

Announcing Extended Support for WSUS 3.0 SP2

Hi everyone! Brandon Wilson here just passing along a friendly note that consumers of WSUS will probably be jumping for joy to hear. Nathan Mercer and Michael Niehaus have published some useful news in this blog post (contents can also be read below). So, without further delay….here it is in Nathan and Michael’s words: —–… Read more

A Bit About the Windows Servicing Model

Hello, Paul Bergson back again with a discussion on the upcoming changes to our monthly patch releases to align down-level supported operating systems, updating practices to coincide with the Windows 10 Service Model. This includes Windows 7/8/8.1 and Windows Server 2008 R2/2012/2012R2. “From October 2016 onwards, Windows will release a single Monthly Rollup that addresses… Read more

Endpoint Protection Updates for Configuration Manager

Hi everyone, my name is Nicholas Jones, Premier Field Engineer with Microsoft, specializing in System Center Configuration Manager. For my first blog, I want to introduce you to updating System Center Endpoint Protection (SCEP) definition updates. Huge thanks to my colleague Jeramy Skidmore, Sr. Escalation Engineer, for helping me with this blog. If your company… Read more

Who broke my user GPOs?

Hi folks. From Orlando, Florida, Sean Greenbaum here with some news about a recent set of security patches released on June 14, 2016. If you’re reading this, chances are you are having group policy issues, or you heard this patch will cause you to have issues and you want to get ahead of it. So,… Read more

Making a Little More Sense out of Windows as a Service and Windows 10 Branches

Greetings and salutations! Hilde here to chat a bit about Windows as a Service (WaaS) and the “Branch” concept in Windows 10 … and vent windows. However, before we get into today’s discussion, I have to ask if you are as crazy-excited as I am to be in IT these days? I realize the rapid… Read more

How to Clean up the WinSxS Directory and Free Up Disk Space on Windows Server 2008 R2 with New Update

It’s finally here! After pages and pages of comments from you requesting the ability to clean up the WinSxS directory and component store on Windows Server 2008 R2, an update is available. As a refresher, the Windows Server 2008 R2 update is directly related to my previous blog post announcing a similar fix for… Read more

Breaking News! Reduce the size of the WinSxS Directory and Free up Disk Space with a New Update for Windows 7 SP1 Clients

** If you're looking to free up disk space and reduce the size of the WinSxS directory on Windows Server 2008 R2, make sure to check out the following blog post on this topic** How to clean up the WinSxS Directory and Free up Disk Space on Windows Server 2008 R2 with Update  ————————————————————————————————– A few… Read more

Important Announcement: AD FS 2.0 and MS13-066

  Hey y’all, Mark here with a quick announcement. There have been reports of customers running into some ADFS issues after applying this past Tuesday patches, specifically MS13-066. Our partners in crime over at AskDS have some more info about it and are knee deep in the weeds working to get this resolved.  Keep an… Read more

How to Fix Windows Server 2012 Shared Folder Inaccessible on a VM

Hey y’all, Mark here with a post about an issue we’re seeing with many of our customers lately. Hopefully, we’ll save you a couple hours of head-scratching and Bing searches. The Problem: You deploy a shiny new Windows Server 2012 Virtual Machine on Hyper-V or VMWare, and then you notice that no file shares are… Read more