Building a KMS Host on Windows Server 2008 R2

Support Lifecycle: https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/lifecycle?p1=14134 This blog post is part of a series of posts, detailing the build process and activating capabilities of a KMS host on a particular host operating system. The operating system dictates which KMS host key (CSVLK) can be installed on that particular host, and that CSVLK determines what KMS-capable clients can be activated. When implementing…


Tip of the Day: Microsoft Assessment and Planning (MAP) Toolkit v9.6 is available

Today’s Tip… This new version of the Microsoft Assessment and Planning (MAP) Toolkit provides agentless discovery, inventory and assessment for a variety of scenarios. Download – https://www.microsoft.com/en-in/download/confirmation.aspx?id=7826 Includes: 41 MAP Sample Documents MAP Training Kit with Demo Exercises MAP Installer Can be installed on any supported OS (client or server) .NET Framework 4.5 is required…


Tip of the Day: StorSimple 5000/7000 Series – Software Update (Software Version 2.1.1.548) Now Available

Today’s Tip… A new software update for StorSimple 5000 and 7000 series appliances, version 2.1.1.548 is now available for download. Release notes and issues addressed in this patch: Appliance Patch Release Notes v2.1.1 (2.1.1.548-B67) Software Patch Upgrade Guide: Software Patch Upgrade Guide v2.1.1.548 New version of SSDPC is released with this version The following enhancements…


Tip of the Day: What does the Windows 10 1607 CBB declaration mean for Windows 10 1507 now that media has been released?

Today’s Tip… With the Current Branch for Business (CBB) declaration of Windows 10 1607 (1607 = RS1 = Build 10.0.14393) on November 29, 2016, and the release of updated media for Windows 10 1607 on Windows Update for Business (WUfB), Windows Server Update Services (WSUS), and MSDN (on 1/19/2017) and on the Volume Licensing Service…


Tip of the Day: FIPS 140-2 Validation of Windows 10 1607 and Windows Server 2016

Today’s Tip… As of Thursday, January 26th, the following operating systems have validated to FIPS 140-2: Client Windows 10 1607 Windows 10 Enterprise 1607 Windows 10 Enterprise LTSB 1607 Windows 10 Mobile 1607 Windows 10 Professional 1607 Note: Windows 10 1607 = Build 10.0.14393 = RS1 and is formerly known as the Anniversary Update. Server…


Tip of the Day: Windows 10 and Windows Server Update History

Today’s Tip… Looking for information about Windows 10 and Windows Server 2016 updates? What was fixed and what improvements are included? Look no further! Here’s an example of the information available: “Windows 10 and Windows Server 2016 Update History” – https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/12387/windows-10-update-history


Tip of the Day: Quick Guide to Windows as a Service

Today’s Tip… Looking for a quick guide for WaaS? Here you go! This article includes: Definitions of new terms Feature updates Quality updates Insider Preview Servicing branches Deployment rings Key concepts Current Branch (CB) releases Current branch for Business (CBB) Long Term Servicing Branch (LTSB) Staying up to date “Quick Guide to Windows as a…


Tip of the Day: Security Updates Guide

Today’s Tip… Microsoft has release a preview of a single destination for security vulnerability information. Check it out! Rather than publishing bulletins to describe vulnerabilities, the new portal will let you view and search security vulnerability information in a single online database. The new portal enables you to do the following: Sort and filter security…


Tip of the Day: More on Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 Servicing Changes

Today’s Tip… There is a lot that this article covers: What will be released each month Internet Explorer updates .NET Framework monthly rollups Update strategy choices What to expect if you install both the security-only fix and the monthly rollup Options if there is an issue Peer-to-peer to aid with update distribution Michael’s TechNet Blog…