Tip of the Day: Semi-Annual Channel and more!

Today’s tip… These articles cover the Semi-annual Channel in Windows and Office, LTSC (previously called LTSB), servicing, and Windows Insider Preview information. Reference: Delivering continuous innovation with Windows Server – https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/hybridcloud/2017/06/15/delivering-continuous-innovation-with-windows-server/ Windows Server Semi-annual Channel Overview – https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-server/get-started/semi-annual-channel-overview Overview of the upcoming changes to Office 365 ProPlus update management – https://support.office.com/en-us/article/Overview-of-the-upcoming-changes-to-Office-365-ProPlus-update-management-78B33779-9356-4CDF-9D2C-08350EF05CCA?ui=en-US&rs=en-US&ad=US


(RDS) Tip of the Day: Protect your RDS Deployment! Configure disaster recovery for Remote Desktop Services

Today’s tip… When you deploy Remote Desktop Services into your environment, it becomes a critical part of your infrastructure, particularly the apps and resources that you share with users. If the RDS deployment goes down due to anything from a network failure to a natural disaster, users can’t access those apps and resources, and your…


(RDS) Tip of the Day: Azure Post Exploitation Techniques

Today’s tip… The Cloud and Enterprise Red Team introduced how to apply traditional network attack techniques to the cloud along with mindset trends seen in Azure to address them. The presentation was given at the Infiltrate 2017 conference and is now available online. Presentation Cloud Post Exploitation Technique References: Azure Post Exploitation Techniques – https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/azure-post-exploitation-techniques/…


(RDS) Tip of the Day: Which graphics virtualization technology is right for you?

Today’s tip… You have a range of options when it comes to enabling graphics rendering in Remote Desktop Services. In Windows Server 2016, you have two graphics virtualization technologies available with Hyper-V that let you leverage the GPU hardware: Discrete Device Assignment (DDA) – For the highest performance using one or more GPUs dedicated to…


Tip of the Day: Using DNSSEC with DNS Zone Scopes

Today’s tip… QUESTION Does anyone know whether the DNS ZoneScopes used by DNS Policy can be signed and DNSSEC enabled? Looking at the DNSSEC related DnsServer PowerShell cmdlets it appears that they do not support the -ZoneScope parameter. As this is the only way to manipulate ZoneScope settings it seems to indicate that signing scopes…


Tip of the Day: Azure Reverse DNS

In the beginning of June, the Azure team published new and updated documentation for reverse DNS. There are 3 new pages: Overview, explaining what reverse DNS is, why it’s used, how it works, and the high-level scenarios supported in Azure Detailed guidance on hosting reverse DNS zones in Azure Detailed guidance on managing reverse DNS…


Tip of the Day: Windows 10 S FAQ

We interrupt late week’s rundown of top Defrag Tools episodes to bring you something I found in my inbox: You may or may not have heard buzz around Windows 10 S.  If you haven’t, Windows 10 S is a specific configuration of Windows 10 Pro that offers a familiar, productive Windows experience that’s streamlined for…


Tip of the Day: The Best of Defrag Tools - Debugging the Network Stack

Today’s tip… C’mon, you know you’ve long dreamt of having the Ninja skills to debug the network stack!  I mean, who hasn’t?  Well now you can grasshopper.  Simply watch the following very special Defrag Tools episode: Defrag Tools #177 – Debugging the Network Stack In this episode of Defrag Tools, Chad Beeder is joined by…


Tip of the Day: The Best of Defrag Tools - Windows Internals 7th Edition Part 1

Today’s tip… This week we celebrate the best of “Defrag Tools”, a fantastic Channel 9 series packed with useful and timely information. In episode #177 Defrag Tools, Andrew Richards and Chad Beeder are joined by Alex Ionescu and Pavel Yosifovich, authors of the Windows Internals 7th Edition Part 1 book to talk about history of the Windows Internals…