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Microsoft Announces Windows Defender ATP support for Windows 7 and Windows 8.1

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With Windows 10 we built the most secure Windows ever, by hardening the platform itself and by developing Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection (ATP) – a unified endpoint security platform that helps stop breaches. This means that for the first time we’ve built threat and exploit protection, and Endpoint Detection & Response right into the […]

Microsoft: Accelerate Windows 10 Migration with Windows Analytics

Microsoft
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Windows Analytics accelerates enterprise Windows 10 migration. Traditionally, migrating to a new operating system while ensuring legacy applications and drivers are compatible has been a time-consuming and costly project for organizations. Windows Analytics transforms this process. With Update Compliance and Device Health services now generally available, Windows Analytics provides an end-to-end upgrade solution with actionable […]

PowerShell One-Liner for Finding Users with a Home Drive Configured in Active Directory Users and Computers

Carl Webster
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On a recent project for my employer, Choice Solutions, I needed to generate a report of all users who had a Home Drive configured on the Profile tab in Active Directory Users and Computers (ADUC). Something most IT Pros do not know is that if anything is configured on the Profile tab in ADUC (Figure […]

Windows 10 to Windows 10 Migrations are Starting, Say What?

Liquidware
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Yes, Windows 10 to Windows 10 migrations are now officially a “thing.” Confused? Don’t be, read on… By several indications, Windows 10 adoption rates are not even at 50% for enterprise sized businesses, and plenty are still running Windows XP, Windows 7, and Windows 8.1 in pockets. However, even as Windows 7 still dominates the […]

Put your Windows 10 deployments on AutoPilot

FSLogix
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AARON PARKER TALKS CLOUD MANAGEMENT, MDM, AND PROVISIONING FOR WINDOWS 10 Windows desktop deployments are hard—enterprise deployments have typically required creating custom SOEs, application packaging, infrastructure to support Windows deploy, plus testing and piloting. Then of course, managing those PCs once deployed. Microsoft is seeking to simplify PC management with Windows 10, using Azure AD […]

Dell EMC Recognized by Microsoft as Its #1 Deployment Partner for Windows 10

Dell
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Windows 10 is on track to be the fastest Windows operating system in history. I’ve heard it referred to as “the best of Windows 7 and 8,” “the most secure Windows,” and the “best PC operating system ever.” That’s pretty impressive. You would think everyone would want that, especially big and successful companies looking for […]

How Can IT Teams Catch Incompatibilities Before Systems Are at Risk?

Lakeside Software
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Millions of PCs currently running Windows 10 will lose support in 2018 due to incompatible drivers according to ZDNet. The issue affects systems with certain Intel Atom Clover Trail processors that were designed to run Windows 8 or 8.1, but were offered free OS upgrades as part of Microsoft’s Windows 10 push. The support loss […]

Understanding the “WannaCry” Ransomware Attack

LUA
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One of the worst global malware attacks to date has infected nearly 200,000 computer systems in almost 150 countries. The malware attack, referred to as “WannaCrypt” or “WannaCry”, encrypts or freezes all files on computers and requests $300 in Bitcoin currency in exchange for returned access to the files (bgr.com). If the ransom isn’t paid […]

VMware: Secure Boot for ESXi 6.5

VMware
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I’ve talked about how vSphere has been moving towards a “secure by default” stance over the past few years. This can clearly be seen in the new vSphere 6.5 Security Configuration Guide where the number of  “hardening” steps are growing smaller with every release. In this blog post we will go over another “secure by […]

Windows 7 Downgrade Options

ComputerWorld Group
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Most organisations today purchase additional and replacement Windows PCs on a rolling basis, rather than replacing the entire desktop estate in one go. It just makes sense. As Microsoft continues to release new iterations of Windows on the desktop, from time to time the version of Windows that is shipped with new PCs will change. […]

The Last Thing You Need is a Windows 10 Migration Headache

Workspot
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Windows 10: Painful affliction or rare opportunity? Everyone knew that the Windows 10 release would be unique.  Initially driven by the offer of free upgrades from Windows 7 and 8, consumers were once again in the IT driver’s seat. Many of us thought this consumer momentum would force corporate IT departments to rush their OS […]

Download FREE Service Account Usage Tool from Wedel IT

Wedel IT
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After a couple of feature requests, we have now included search for IIS Application Pool Identities. We have also added an improved Help form. The exports will now include date stamps and the application now has a new cleaner design. This tool makes it possible to search through your environment’s services, tasks and IIS AppPool […]

Citrix: Windows 8 & Server 2012 Optimization Guide

Citrix Systems
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With the recent release of XenDesktop 7, we put together a list of recommended optimizations for Windows 8/8.1 and Server 2012 virtual desktops on XenDesktop 7.x. The purpose of this post is to provide a list of commonly applied optimizations and provide assistance with their implementation through a script — yes, you read that correctly, a […]

LoginVSI – VDI Reference Architecture Monthly

Login VSI
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Here we are again with another post for the Reference Architecture Monthly. I’m finding that there is a lot of great information with respect to proofs of claim and sizing, which is incredibly useful if you are trying to architect your own solution. In most cases these documents will carry this information, but what is […]

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