Tip of the Day: Helping Customers Shift to a Modern Desktop Blog Post

Today’s tip… Three announcements are included in this blog post: Cloud-based analytics tools to make modern desktop deployment even easier. A program to ensure app compatibility for upgrades and updates of Windows and Office. Servicing and support changes to give you additional deployment flexibility. Check out the full article for more information! Reference: “Helping customers…

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Tip of the Day: Great Blog on Windows 10 Update Servicing Cadence

Today’s tip… This blog covers the following topics: Monthly quality updates Simplicity and predictability of B release updates Agility of out of band releases Transparency for testing in advance History of Patch Tuesday  Reference: Windows 10 update servicing cadence” – https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/Windows-IT-Pro-Blog/Windows-10-update-servicing-cadence/ba-p/222376

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Tip of the Day: Windows Server 2008 SP2 Servicing Changes

Today’s tip… Just over a year away from the end of support for Windows Server 2008 SP2!   Make sure that you are aware of the changes coming this month.   Latest update on the blog dated 8/31/2018:   “To help ensure a quality release, we will now start the rollup model on Update Tuesday…

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Tip of the Day: Another Windows Server Question of the Day

Today’s tip… Question: With the changes in Windows Server to the new Semi-Annual Channel release, my customer is wondering if anything has changed with regard to patch management? Is there a public document that discusses this topic?   Answer: Yes. Windows Server patching is simpler, more predictable and will reduce costs by delivering: Predicable monthly…

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Tip of the Day: Windows 10 1511 End of Service for CB and CBB Content

Today’s tip… KB 4036927 – “Windows 10 version 1511 end of service for CB and CBB (July 27, 2017)” – https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/4036927/windows-10-version-1511-end-of-service-for-cb-and-cbb-july-27-2017 KB 4035050 – “Windows 10 version 1511 will no longer receive security updates” – https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/4035050/windows-10-version-1511-will-no-longer-receive-security-updates Windows Lifecycle Fact Sheet – https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/13853/windows-lifecycle-fact-sheet

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Tip of the Day: WaaS – Simplified and Aligned

Today’s Tip… This blog post has great information on the Semi-Annual Channel and Long-Term Servicing Channel (replacing the Long-Term Servicing Branch (LTSB)), and even has a video!   References: “Windows as a Service: Simplified and Aligned” – https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/windowsitpro/2017/07/27/waas-simplified-and-aligned/ “Windows and Office align feature release schedules to benefit customers” – https://blogs.windows.com/business/2017/04/20/windows-office-align-feature-release-schedules-benefit-customers/#DEqVj9McmuitrABs.97 “Windows 10 Creators Update fully…

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Tip of the Day: Improving Dual Scan on 1607

Today’s Tip… A very timely article pertaining to Dual Scan! This article includes: Mention of the policy discussed in the May 2017 “Demystifying ‘Dual Scan'” blog post with screenshots How Dual Scan works with this policy How to use this policy What’s on the horizon References: “Improving Dual Scan on 1607″ – https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/wsus/2017/08/04/improving-dual-scan-on-1607/ “Demystifying ‘Dual…

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Tip of the Day: Using PowerShell to Obtain Update Information

Today’s tip… Here’s a quick way to obtain update information. To search for all updates: $Session = New-Object -ComObject Microsoft.Update.Session $Searcher = $Session.CreateUpdateSearcher() $Searcher.Search(“IsInstalled=1”).Updates | ft -a title Example Output: To search for a specific update: $Searcher.Search(“IsInstalled=1”).Updates | Where {$_.Title -like “*KB4016509*”} | ft title Example Output:

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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

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Tip of the Day: An Overview of Windows as a Service (WaaS)

Today’s Tip… With Windows 10, Microsoft made the shift to delivering Windows as a service, which introduces a new way for how it is built, deployed and serviced. In the next five minutes, Michael Niehaus will demystify the core components of the Windows as a service model. The build release process and update cadence as…

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