Microsoft Training – New System Administrator skills for future

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Based on Microsoft’s strategies to further improve automated management and host applications using cloud technologies, IT professionals need education in these key areas below: https://redmondmag.com/blogs/the-schwartz-report/2015/08/major-changes-coming-from-microsoft.aspx Windows Server, System Center and every other key Microsoft product are now undergoing fundamental architectural and design changes, and if you don’t adapt to them and embrace cloud computing, your […]

WINDOWS 10 – First Major Windows Update of 325MB sent on AUG 5th

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The first major WIN10 update is documented in following links: http://www.computerworld.com/article/2957258/microsoft-windows/microsoft-issues-first-hefty-windows-10-update.html https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/3081424 Pushes 325MB update to all Windows 10 devices; will be first test of WUDO Microsoft today delivered the first large-sized update for Windows 10, a “servicing update” that weighed in at around a third of a gigabyte.  The update, labeled KB3081424 in Microsoft’s […]

WINDOWS 10 – Free upgrades from WIN7 and WIN8 link users to new paid service options

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This article from PC World shares the new strategic economic model for Windows.  It still is a free and beneficial upgrade for many users.  Adjustments in settings allow users to opt in or out of services, and choose how they wish to interact in terms of privacy, advertising, and additional paid enhancements.  http://www.pcworld.com/article/2957365/windows/why-windows-10-isnt-really-free-the-subtle-new-world-of-built-in-costs.html Wait, what? Isn’t Windows 10 fre… […]

Windows 10 EDGE – how to revise browser settings

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This link from the Windows Club describes to revise WIN10 EDGE browser settings http://www.thewindowsclub.com/change-edge-browser-settings-windows-10 Microsoft Edge browser is shipped as the default browser for Windows 10 and comes tightly integrated with Cortana – Microsoft’s virtual personal assistant service and Bing search service. These services are specifically designed to keep a track of user’s actions on the browser […]

WINDOWS 10 – FAQ resources at Software OK site

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In assisting a friend with WIN10 questions, I found this site which has several good tuning tips. Windows 10 – over 100 topics http://www.softwareok.com/?seite=faq-Windows-10 FAQ Home site for other Windows versions and 3rd party products http://www.softwareok.com/?FAQ

Microsoft Windows 10 – Wi-Fi Sense can share Wi-Fi password with Facebook

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This Facecrooks Security article shares that certain user-enabled Windows 10 settings may lead to a sharing of Wi-Fi Password information with Facebook environment.  The Wi-Fi Sense application should stay disabled and this article shares dangers where some users may desire to turn everything on, while not fully understading the ramifications of this new facility. Windows […]

Corporate IT Security Policies – ISC recommendations August 2015

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And one more key best practice to add is to ensure these are published on the corporate Intranet where links and the website itself can be shared with all users.  The ISC template resources link provides excellent boilerplate security policies that can be further adapted for corporate needs  https://isc.sans.edu/forums/diary/Your+Security+Policy+Is+So+Lame/19991/ http://www.sans.org/security-resources/policies/ The following are several tips […]

WINDOWS 10 – Security settings for improved privacy

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Most vendors provide high degrees of functionality & flexibility in new products that users expect out-of-the-box. The security process often takes an opposite approach of locking down functions so they are more difficult to work with. Many of the settings in the following two links will minimize information sent to the vendor and other parties […]

Microsoft IE 11 – Older IE versions not patched after JAN 12, 2016

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Currently, around 50% of IE users need to update Internet Explore to latest available version by 2016, as documented in study below.  While this was announced over a year ago, more progress will be needed especially for corporate users which may be on older browser versions due to legacy websites and their compatibility with more […]

Microsoft Windows 10 – WUDO Bandwidth sharing options can be tuned

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Windows 10 uses a new shared approach for delivery of Windows Update patches and users with either bandwidth caps or sharing concerns can set options as noted below Windows 10 uses your bandwidth to help strangers download updates https://grahamcluley.com/2015/08/windows-10-bandwidth-updates/ In some ways, Windows Update Delivery Optimization (WUDO) sounds really cool:  Windows Update Delivery Optimization lets […]


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