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…


Tip of the Day: Surface Dial

Today’s Tip… Most of you have had the chance to check out the Surface Studio. Now check out the Surface Dial! Surface Dial is a completely new way to interact with technology and create in the most natural, immersive way. Store, customize, access, navigate, and reimagine physical tools in the digital world – from concept…


(Surface) Tip of the Day: Updates to the Surface Dock Updater Tool

Today’s Tip… Looking for a way to ensure that all Surface Docks in your environment are on the most current firmware? Surface Dock Updater v2 now improves the reliability of Ethernet, Audio and USB, in addition to containing the video out updates that were in Surface Dock Updater v1. The tool now also logs the…


Tip of the Day: Microsoft’s Recommendations for Password Management

Today’s Tip… Download PDF: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/research/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/Microsoft_Password_Guidance-1.pdf This paper provides Microsoft’s recommendations for password management based on current research and lessons from our own experience as one of the largest Identity Providers (IdPs) in the world. It covers recommendations for end users and identity administrators. Microsoft sees over 10 million username/password pair attacks every day. This gives…


(Server) Tip of the Day: Nano Server Image Builder

Today’s Tip… On October 15th, the Nano Server Image Builder was released. It is a graphical interface that will assist you in creating Nano Server images and bootable USB drives. Key functionality: Graphical UI creation of Nano Server media with dozens of custom settings Create a USB key to detect the firmware and hardware settings…


Tip of the Day: Active Memory Dump

Today’s Tip… There’s a new type of memory dump that filters out a bunch of stuff (where stuff = pages not important in diagnosing most issues), making the dump file much smaller and easier to save and /or copy. It has been described as “more compact than a complete memory dump, while containing ‘active memory’…


Tip of the Day: Windows Server 2016 – Improvements to Time Service

Today’s Tip… Time synchronization accuracy in Windows Server 2016 has been improved substantially, while maintaining full backwards NTP compatibility with older Windows versions. Under reasonable operating conditions you can maintain a 1 ms accuracy with respect to UTC or better for Windows Server 2016 and Windows 10 Anniversary domain members. Improvements Measurements Best Practices High…


Tip of the Day: Windows Server 2016 – Improvements to Time Service

Today’s Tip… Time synchronization accuracy in Windows Server 2016 has been improved substantially, while maintaining full backwards NTP compatibility with older Windows versions. Under reasonable operating conditions you can maintain a 1 ms accuracy with respect to UTC or better for Windows Server 2016 and Windows 10 Anniversary domain members. Improvements Measurements Best Practices High…


(Surface) Tip of the Day: Surface Ethernet Drivers

Today’s Tip… Scott McArthur (Supportability Program Manager for Surface) published a blog to AskCore pertaining to deploying Surface Ethernet drivers. He discusses the need for drivers to be present in boot images, where to find these drivers, how to download them, and best practices. Blog: ”Surface Ethernet Drivers” – https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/askcore/2016/08/18/surface-ethernet-drivers/ For other great topics, check…