Last night I was pleased to hear that, as predicted, Windows 10 version 1809 dropped at the Microsoft Surface event in New York City. While it may or may not be available for you via Windows Update this morning, I downloaded the ISO yesterday and went right to work. Well, to be more specific, I … Continue reading Windows 10 1809: What’s New
I have been a huge proponent of Windows to Go (WTG) since it was first announced in Windows 8. I love being able to run Windows off a USB key, because it allows me to use any computer as my corporate environment. That is the theory; the practical is that I use my personal device … Continue reading Surface Pro Firmware Patch Leads to WTG Woes
Let me start this piece by stating that I am not advocating that we all ignore IPv6. There are many reasons to use it, and there is nothing wrong with it. Sure, it is more complicated than we may like... but then again, so was IPv4 when we were first introduced to it. But alas, … Continue reading IPv6: Be gone!
I was bulk-creating users for a test environment today, and in doing so, I borrowed a script from an article online, which set the password for all users to 'Pa$$word' I usually use a variation on the same for test environments, but I opted to leave this one as it was. The script worked. A … Continue reading A PowerShell Gotcha
When Microsoft introduced the Operating System as a Service with Windows 10, a lot of people got started getting confused because of the different version numbers and build numbers, all the while Microsoft was telling us it was really the same operating system. Okay, I think we have it clear now... three years later. So … Continue reading Server 2016 Versions & Builds
In a recent article I told you all how I had to recover my Surface Pro, and downloaded a Recovery Image from Microsoft in order to do so (See Surface Woes). As I went through the process of finding that image download, I could not help thinking that so much of the process seemed… outdated. … Continue reading Recovery Image Oopsie…
Earlier this year I opened a ticket with Microsoft to replace my Surface Pro 4 under warranty. There was an intermittent problem, and I was hoping to be able to get it fixed. Unfortunately the problem went away, and I continued to use my device as normal.This week I turned on the device, and it … Continue reading Surface Woes
I got to my office this morning and realized that my screens were unresponsive, as were my external keyboard and mouse. Assuming the issue was with my external docking station, I disconnected it from my laptop and then reconnected it; I unplugged it from the power source, waited a few seconds, then plugged it in … Continue reading A BossDock PHEW! Moment…
Let's face it... Microsoft wants you to use Microsoft, so when it can, it creates technologies that make it easier for you to do so. Automatic Virtual Machine Activation (AVMA) is one of those tools. I remember when Microsoft got into the server virtualization game, it really had very little to compete with VMware, other … Continue reading Automated Virtual Machine Activation
Microsoft certifications are worth the money... but there is certainly money involved. You are paying USD$165.00 to sit an exam, whether you pass or fail. Some time ago, Microsoft started offering Second Shot vouchers. As long as you pre-registered for it, you would get the chance to re-sit an exam in the event that you did … Continue reading Replay: Not quite a Second Shot, rather like buying Exam Insurance.
I know, I am a couple of months late on this... on February 1st, 2018 Microsoft announced that it would be extending support on Windows 10 Editions 1709, 1703, and 1607. That means that instead of having 18 months of support, you will have 24. The bad news? This applies only to the Enterprise and … Continue reading Windows 10 Support Extended
The newest version of Windows 10 is delayed... here's what you need to know.
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I have been blogging on WordPress for years, and before that I used a different platform... but it has been over a decade that I have been using Windows Live Writer to write my blog articles. On occasion, I would write on the WordPress app on my phone or iPad, and sometimes even from the … Continue reading Windows Live Essentials… died quietly.
Microsoft's System Center Operations Manager (SCOM) has several prerequisites that must be installed for each component, and frankly, some of those can be cumbersome to get around. Of course, it is nice for the SCOM installation console to let us know that Report Viewer (a free download from Microsoft, link provided in the notifications window) … Continue reading SCOM Prerequisites: A Web of Confusion