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  • How to Run a Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) Distro in Windows 10
    The Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) is a new Windows 10 feature that enables you to run native Linux command-line tools directly on Windows, alongside your traditional Windows desktop and modern store apps. When you have Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) enabled, you can run the default WSL distro or a specified WSL distro to send commands to. Starting with Windows 10 build 18342 (19H1) and Windows 10 build 18836 (20H1), Microsoft added some new commands that will give you more functionality when using wsl.exe. The commands that existed inside of wslconfig.exe have been added to wsl.exe to allow you to configure your distros more easily. This tutorial will show you different ways to run a Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) distro in Windows 10. Read more… ... read more
    Source: Latest Blog PostsPublished on Thursday, February 21, 2019By Brink
  • 2019 Mobile World Congress – Video Previews
    U-Tube videos related to 2019 GSMA MWC Barcelona will take place from 25–28 February 2019 ... read more
    Source: Latest Blog PostsPublished on Thursday, February 21, 2019By harrywaldron
  • 2019 Mobile World Congress – Preview
    The 2019 GSMA MWC Barcelona will take place from February 25–28, 2019 https://www.engadget.com/tag/mwc2019/ https://www.engadget.com/2019/02/21/mwc-2019-preview/ https://www.forbes.com/sites/danielnewman/2019/02/21/mobile-world-congress-2019-preview-predicting-5-megatrends-for-this-years-show/#29f1c56120c4 There’s always plenty of news from MWC, and it’s either entirely expected or word gets out early. This year is shaping up to be slightly different, though, as companies are preparing their version of the future of smartphones. From foldable designs to 5G and more, this year’s Mobile World Congress won’t only be jam-packed with news, but it should also be exciting once again. ... read more
    Source: Latest Blog PostsPublished on Thursday, February 21, 2019By harrywaldron
  • 2019 Best Business Laptops and Desktops by PC Magazine
    2019 corporate laptops and desktops are evaluated by PC Magazine https://www.pcmag.com/news/366629/business-choice-awards-2019-laptops-and-desktops Everyone loves a good smartphone, but even the most ultra-powerful and expensive iPhone or Galaxy can get work done like the lowest-end, ultra-cheap business computer. Thus, we once again asked PCMag readers to help us determine the best laptops and desktops for the office. The results will probably not be too shocking to anyone who’s paying attention while working harder and smarter. ... read more
    Source: Latest Blog PostsPublished on Thursday, February 21, 2019By harrywaldron
  • Samsung Galaxy S10 – Product Launch FEB 21st 2019
    Four new Galaxy S10 phones the “FOLD” debutes today ... read more
    Source: Latest Blog PostsPublished on Thursday, February 21, 2019By harrywaldron
  • How to Set Default Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) Distro in Windows 10
    The Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) is a new Windows 10 feature that enables you to run native Linux command-line tools directly on Windows, alongside your traditional Windows desktop and modern store apps. The default WSL distribution is the one that runs when you run wsl on a command line. Starting with Windows 10 build 18342 (19H1) and Windows 10 build 18836 (20H1), Microsoft added some new commands that will give you more functionality when using wsl.exe. The commands that existed inside of wslconfig.exe have been added to wsl.exe to allow you to configure your distros more easily. This tutorial will show you how to set a default Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) distro for your account in Windows 10. Read more… ... read more
    Source: Latest Blog PostsPublished on Thursday, February 21, 2019By Brink
  • The source of PowerShell cmdlets
    The source of PowerShell cmdlets seems to cause a lot of confusion. The first point is that the PowerShell team, and now the open source project, are only responsible for the PowerShell engine and the core modules – basically most of what you’ll find in C:Program FilesPowerShell6Modules CimCmdlets Microsoft.PowerShell.Archive Microsoft.PowerShell.Diagnostics Microsoft.PowerShell.Host Microsoft.PowerShell.Management Microsoft.PowerShell.Security Microsoft.PowerShell.Utility Microsoft.WSMan.Management PSDesiredStateConfiguration PSDiagnostics PSReadLine ThreadJob   You’ll also find PackageManagement PowerShellGet   But they aren’t classed as part of the core engine.   ALL other PowerShell functionality comes from one of these sources: – Modules created by other Microsoft teams and shipped as part of Windows 10 or Windows Server – Modules installed when a Windows feature is installed – again created by the appropriate team – Modules installed when the Remote Server Admin Tools (RSAT) are installed (can overlap with the preceding group) – Modules available when an application is installed e.g. Exchange or SQL server – Modules available from the PowerShell Gallery e.g. Pester -Modules available from third parties   The only area the PowerShell team control is the core group of modules mentioned at the beginning. For problems with anything else you should raise the issue with the appropriate team or vendor rather ... read more
    Source: Latest Blog PostsPublished on Thursday, February 21, 2019By richardsiddaway
  • How to Terminate Running Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) Distro in Windows 10
    The Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) is a new Windows 10 feature that enables you to run native Linux command-line tools directly on Windows, alongside your traditional Windows desktop and modern store apps. Starting with Windows 10 build 18836 version 1903, Microsoft added some new commands that will give you more functionality when using wsl.exe. The commands that existed inside of wslconfig.exe have been added to wsl.exe to allow you to configure your distros more easily. –terminate or –t has been added to wsl.exe that will immediately terminate a running installed or imported WSL distro. This tutorial will show you how to terminate a running Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) distro for your account in Windows 10. Read more… ... read more
    Source: Latest Blog PostsPublished on Wednesday, February 20, 2019By Brink
  • How to List All Running Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) Distros in Windows 10
    The Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) is a new Windows 10 feature that enables you to run native Linux command-line tools directly on Windows, alongside your traditional Windows desktop and modern store apps. Starting with Windows 10 build 18836 version 1903, Microsoft added some new commands that will give you more functionality when using wsl.exe. The commands that existed inside of wslconfig.exe have been added to wsl.exe to allow you to configure your distros more easily. –list or –l has been added to wsl.exe that lists all distributions available for the current user. You could use –running with –list to see all currently running installed or imported WSL distros. This tutorial will show you how to see a list of names of all currently running Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) distros for your account in Windows 10. Read more… ... read more
    Source: Latest Blog PostsPublished on Wednesday, February 20, 2019By Brink
  • Windows 7 – March 2019 SHA-2 enhancements critical for future security updates
    During March 2019 updates, Microsoft will be improving security for its Windows Update (Patch Tuesday) process by adding SHA-2 encryption as shared below   https://www.pcmag.com/news/366610/still-using-windows-7-microsofts-next-update-is-critical If you want to continue receiving Windows updates, then the next Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 update is critical as it adds support for SHA-2 encryption. Without it, future updates can’t be downloaded. As MSPoweruser reports, Microsoft needs to ensure that the operating system updates end users receive haven’t been tampered with. It does this using SHA-1 and SHA-2 hash algorithms to authenticate the updates. The problem is, the SHA-1 algorithm has a weakness and can no longer be relied upon. As Windows 7 SP1, Windows 2008 SP1, and SP2 all rely on SHA-1 encryption, they need updating with support for SHA-2 as future Windows updates will require it. So next month Microsoft is rolling out an update to add support for SHA-2 encryption for its oldest supported operating systems. If you’re a Windows 7 user and don’t install this critical update, wave goodbye to any future Windows patches ... read more
    Source: Latest Blog PostsPublished on Wednesday, February 20, 2019By harrywaldron
  • Apple Marzipan – Same App runs unchanged on all platforms in future
    Apple is working on new conventions where a developer can develop an app once and have it automatically run on iPhone, iPad, and Mac without any extra work. The initiative is called ‘Marzipan.’ https://www.pcmag.com/news/366636/report-iphone-ipad-mac-to-run-the-same-apps-by-2021 App developers targeting Apple’s platforms currently need to create at least two versions of their apps. One is aimed at iOS while the other at macOS. However, by 2021 this may no longer be the case as Apple is thought to be aiming for a “one app fits all” solution. As Bloomberg reports, Apple is planning a multistep initiative which is being called “Marzipan.” Expected to be in place by 2021, it would allow a developer to focus on creating one version of their app targeted at Apple’s platforms. Deploying it to iPhone, iPad, and Mac devices would be handled automatically by the Marzipan system, which would take the form of a software development kit (SDK) provided by Apple. The thinking is, by removing the need to create multiple versions of the same app, developers will be encouraged to release across all three platforms. Apple benefits because it gets a wider choice of apps across both its portable and desktop hardware, which in turn should bring ... read more
    Source: Latest Blog PostsPublished on Wednesday, February 20, 2019By harrywaldron
  • How to List All Available Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) Distros in Windows 10
    The Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) is a new Windows 10 feature that enables you to run native Linux command-line tools directly on Windows, alongside your traditional Windows desktop and modern store apps. Starting with Windows 10 build 18836 version 1903, Microsoft added some new commands that will give you more functionality when using wsl.exe. The commands that existed inside of wslconfig.exe have been added to wsl.exe to allow you to configure your distros more easily. –list or -l has been added to wsl.exe that lists all distributions available for the current user. These would be all installed or imported WSL distros. This tutorial will show you how to see a list of names for all installed and imported Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) distros available for your account in Windows 10. Read more… ... read more
    Source: Latest Blog PostsPublished on Wednesday, February 20, 2019By Brink
  • How to Add or Remove Linux in Navigation Pane of File Explorer in Windows 10
    The Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) is a new Windows 10 feature that enables you to run native Linux command-line tools directly on Windows, alongside your traditional Windows desktop and modern store apps. Starting with Windows 10 build 18836 version 1903, Linux will be added to the navigation pane in File Explorer whenever you enable Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL). If you like, you can remove Linux from the navigation without having to disable WSL. This tutorial will show you how to add or remove Linux in the navigation pane of File Explorer for your account in Windows 10. When you click/tap on the Distro shortcut in Linux, it will show all currently running WSL distros. Read more… ... read more
    Source: Latest Blog PostsPublished on Tuesday, February 19, 2019By Brink
  • MSPs now targeted in attacks
    Recently I did an article on CSOOnline about how MSP’s have been targeted lately in attacks in order to gain access to clients. If you haven’t already done so, make sure you have MFA on your admin accounts as phishing attacks sent to admin accounts is a key way that attackers gain a foothold into systems. ... read more
    Source: Latest Blog PostsPublished on Tuesday, February 19, 2019By susan
  • PowerShell v6.1.3 install problem
    PowerShell v6.1.3 install problem prevented my from changing the working directory.   The introduction of the –WorkingDirectory parameter pwsh.exe has caused problems – usually forcing PowerShell to ignore any directives in your profile to set a working folder.   In previous versions this was overcome by changing the –WorkingDirectory parameter on the icon. This only worked if I started pwsh.exe as Administrator.   I had to uninstall PowerShell v6.1.3 (I done an install over the top of v6.1.2) and then reinstall and then set the –WorkingDirectory parameter.   Not the best of experiences.   PowerShell v6.2 preview 4 had a better install experience – hopefully the issues from v6.1.3 won’t be copied forward. Between the –WorkingDirectory issue and the issue where an over the top install causes PowerShell to open and immediately close so you have to re-install the recent releases have been less than stellar as far as install and configuration have gone. ... read more
    Source: Latest Blog PostsPublished on Tuesday, February 19, 2019By richardsiddaway
  • PowerShell v6.1.3
    PowerShell v6.1.3 has been released – https://github.com/PowerShell/PowerShell/releases It primarily fixes the security issues from CVE-2019-0627 CVE-2019-0631 CVE-2019-0632   which are to do with User Mode Code Integrity policy bypasses and CVE-2019-0657   which is to do with domain spoofing   I expect the fixes to appear in the next release of v6.2 preview ... read more
    Source: Latest Blog PostsPublished on Tuesday, February 19, 2019By richardsiddaway
  • How to Export and Import Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) Distro in Windows 10
    The Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) is a new Windows 10 feature that enables you to run native Linux command-line tools directly on Windows, alongside your traditional Windows desktop and modern store apps. Starting with Windows 10 build 18836 version 1903, Microsoft added some new commands that will give you more functionality when using wsl.exe. You can now export and import different WSL distros. Exporting a distro is accomplished by passing in –export as an argument and will output a tar file of your current distro. For example, you could use this functionality to share your distro setup with other people. Additionally, if you pass in –import as an argument you can import a tar file that contains the root file system of a Linux distro, which allows you to import any distro you’d like (with any configuration you’d like) as a new distro. This tutorial will show you how to export and import Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) distros in Windows 10. Read more… ... read more
    Source: Latest Blog PostsPublished on Tuesday, February 19, 2019By Brink
  • Wireless 5G – Snapdragon x55 GEN2 modem will provide 7Gbps in 2020
    Article recommends holding until 2020 for 5G to spread more so & for innovations over the initial products this year. https://www.techradar.com/news/you-may-want-to-hold-off-buying-a-5g-phone-until-2020 You may want to hold off buying a 5G phone until 2020.  We know that 5G will officially launch in 2019, but the first 5G phones to hit the market this year could be quickly outshone by 5G devices launched towards the end of 2019 and into 2020. Smartphone chipset maker Qualcomm has announced its second generation 5G modem, the Snapdragon X55, which it claims is the world’s first capable of 7Gbps.  What does that mean for you? Even faster internet speeds, allowing you to download movies, apps, TV shows, games and music in seconds, although you’re unlikely to see that top-end 7Gbps speed instantly as networks continue to develop their 5G experience. ... read more
    Source: Latest Blog PostsPublished on Tuesday, February 19, 2019By harrywaldron
  • Malware – File extension DAA used by CD and DVD burning exploited
    File extension DAA is used by CD and DVD burning software (Power ISO) & is now being exploited as shared below.  While a rare in-the-wild threat, it illustrates dangers & creativity associated with new attacks:
    Agent Tesla keylogger delivered inside a Power ISO .daa archive We never fail to be astonished by the ingenuity and attempts from malware bad actors to get their malware delivered to their intended victims. However in many cases, like this one, their attempts spectacularly backfire where such a tiny, minuscule number of recipients will be able to open the malware attachment and stand a possibility of being infected. They have used a type of archive that is virtually unknown and none of the commonly used extraction tools will extract the content. They have used a .daa file which is a proprietary format created by and only used by  Power ISO, which is a program primarily used to create, rip, alter, or copy DVD, CD or Blue-ray discs. It does though have the ability to create zip files. ... read more
    Source: Latest Blog PostsPublished on Tuesday, February 19, 2019By harrywaldron
  • How to Enable or Disable Microsoft Store Apps in Windows 10
    The Microsoft Store app in Windows 10 offers various apps, games, music, movies & TV, and books that users can browse through, purchase, or get for free to download and install for their Microsoft account in Windows 10 PCs and devices. If you like, you can use a group policy that turns off the launch of all apps from the Microsoft Store that came pre-installed or were downloaded. Apps will not be updated. The Microsoft Store app will also be disabled. This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable the ability to open apps from the Microsoft Store for all users in Windows 10 Enterprise and Windows 10 Education. Read more… ... read more
    Source: Latest Blog PostsPublished on Monday, February 18, 2019By Brink
  • How to Disable Integrated Camera or Webcam in Windows
    In Windows 10, having a camera as part of your device or system lets you make Skype video calls, take pictures, etc. Many apps and services request and use the camera, and Windows settings give you control over which apps can use your camera. Some people worry about unknown apps, organizations, or malware using their camera. Whenever your camera is used, you should be in charge. That’s why you’re always told when your camera is turned on: If your device or camera comes with a camera light, the light will turn on when the camera is in use. If your system doesn’t have a camera light, you’ll get a notification to let you know when the camera turns on or off. For more information, see: Windows 10 camera and privacy If you have a laptop or notebook with a integrated (built-in) camera (aka: webcam), you may be wondering how to disable it for privacy and security reasons when it’s not being used. Disabling the camera can be important since there is a potential for malware to take over the camera and spy on you with it. This tutorial will show you how to completely disable an integrated camera or webcam ... read more
    Source: Latest Blog PostsPublished on Monday, February 18, 2019By Brink
  • Testing the operating system
    Saw a question about testing the operating system and decided that the easiest way was to use the Version property from Win32_OperatingSystem. By easiest I mean least typing and string testing.   $os = Get-WmiObject -Class Win32_OperatingSystem switch ($os.Version) { {$_ -like ‘10.0*’} {$osv = “Windows 10”; break} {$_ -like ‘6.3*’} {$osv = “Windows 8.1”; break} {$_ -like ‘6.2*’} {$osv = “Windows 8”; break} {$_ -like ‘6.1*’} {$osv = “Windows 7”; break} default {$osv = “Unrecognised OS”} } $osv   I used Get-WmiObject as Windows 7 comes with PowerShell v2 which doesn’t contain the CIM cmdlets. I also restricted the test to supported operating systems.   A switch based on the Version property of Win32_OperatingSystem does the hard work. Use a string comparison using –like for the test.   Finish by printing the result.   If you want to include server operating systems you’ll need to also test the caption property. ... read more
    Source: Latest Blog PostsPublished on Monday, February 18, 2019By richardsiddaway
  • Security Mailer (2019 – Number 7)
    Source: Latest Blog PostsPublished on Sunday, February 17, 2019By hankshelp
  • List of Device Manager Error Codes and Solutions in Windows
    Device Manager displays information about each device. This includes the device type, device status, manufacturer, device-specific properties, and information about the driver for the device. Device manager can show hidden devices. This is helpful when you are testing the installation of a new PnP device. Device Manager provides detailed information in the Properties dialog for each device. Right click on the name of the device, and then click/tap on Properties. The General, Driver, Details, and Events tabs contain information that can be useful when you debug errors. This tutorial will show you a list of error codes in Device Manager and their suggested resolutions in Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 10. Read more… ... read more
    Source: Latest Blog PostsPublished on Saturday, February 16, 2019By Brink
  • How to Enable or Disable OneDrive Notifications in Windows 10 before Removing Files from Cloud
    OneDrive is a cloud-based storage service that comes with your Microsoft account. OneDrive is integrated into Windows 10 where you can view, browse, upload, and share the files you saved online to OneDrive from any PC, tablet, or phone. This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable OneDrive notifications for your account in Windows 10 before removing files from the cloud. Read more… ... read more
    Source: Latest Blog PostsPublished on Friday, February 15, 2019By Brink

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