Microsoft 365 Business and Upgrade Analytics – Preparing to move to Windows 10 Business

For OEM reseller partners the information that Upgrade Analytics collects can come in handy in two ways – first of all it helps to detect if there are any real software blockers that prevent the move to Windows 10. OEMs still get requests for Windows 7 based devices, so this information that we collect could…

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Download Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit 9.7

It’s been a while since I’ve promoted the MAP Toolkit, but for those looking to inventory their environment to assist in upgrade planning, the latest update includes support for targeting SQL Server 2017, Windows 10, Windows Server 2016, Office 2016 and Office 365. MAP is an agentless, automated, multi-product planning and assessment tool for quicker…

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Partner Summit and Tech Summit Sydney – This Week

If you are heading down to Darling Harbour for either of this week’s Summit events let me know in the comments section below, I’ll be there from Tuesday through to Friday. Let me know if you want to book some time to go through any of the topics that are covered on this blog, or…


Windows Server, version 1709 and the OEM Channel

A question we’ve received a few times recently is what version 1709 means for OEM SKUs. Because 1709 is only available via channels such as Software Assurance and Azure Virtual Machines, it doesn’t have an impact on the currently shipping editions of Windows Server 2016 in the OEM channel. If you aren’t familiar with version…


Microsoft Partner Summit 2017 14-15 November

      Join incredible global and local speakers, see world-leading innovation, and explore the amazing advances Australian businesses and Microsoft partner organisations are making at Microsoft Partner Summit 2017. Held across 2 days, the Microsoft Partner Summit brings together the best minds in the industry, delivering the skills, solutions and connections required for individuals and…


Microsoft 365 Business Resources

Following on from the earlier posts on Microsoft 365 Business, it’s now on the price list and there are some additional resources that will help get you up to speed. One of the documents I strongly encourage you to take a look at is the FAQ, which covers a variety of topics, but also explains…


Final Security baseline for Windows 10, version 1709

Over on the Microsoft Security Guidance blog Aaron Margosis has posted the release of the final security configuration baseline settings for Windows 10, version 1709, and that they have been added to the  Microsoft Security Compliance Toolkit. He includes the following information on the differences between the 1703 and 1709 baselines, which are as follows…..


Administrative Templates (.admx) for Windows 10, version 1709

More Windows 10, version 17o9 news… the ADMX templates are available for download. Details Group Policy tools use Administrative template files to populate policy settings in the user interface. This allows administrators to manage registry-based policy settings. This download includes the Administrative templates released for Windows 10 Fall Creators Update (1709), in the following languages:…


General Availability of Windows Analytics: Update Compliance

Over on the Windows Analytics blog they posted the general availability of Windows Analytics: Update Compliance.  For those of you unfamiliar with Windows Analytics, it is one of Microsoft’s Operations Management Suite offerings. This solution collects system data including update installation status, Windows Update for Business configuration data, Windows Defender status data and sends that data to be analysed….


Windows ADK for Windows 10, version 1709 available for download

Now that Windows 10, version 1709 has been released you can download the latest version of the Windows ADK. If you still need earlier versions they are available via the same link. Customize, assess, and deploy Windows on your hardware Download the Windows ADK for Windows 10, version 1709, to get the new and improved deployment…