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  • SharePoint Online Labels, Multi-Geo Support and Admin Perks Arriving This Month --
    Microsoft is starting to clarify some of the SharePoint and OneDrive milestones that were announced during its September Ignite event.

  • Microsoft released bug fixes for Windows 10 1607, 1703 and 1709, as well as the usual Previews for Win7, 8.1 and .NET. On Tuesday we got new versions of this months Win7 Monthly Rollup, likely in an attempt to fix the chick-and-egg Servicing Stack Update problem.
  • Windows 10
    The Meltdown and Spectre CPU vulnerabilities took the industry by storm this year, forcing Microsoft and its partners to collaborate to patch the security flaws. As you may know, the different mitigations caused a decrease in system performance, especially on older systems. At the time, Microsoft said that slowdowns should be pretty minor on Windows 10 PCs powered by Skylake, Kabylake or newer CPUs, but Microsoft has recently made some changes to the Windows Kernel so that the Spectre mitigations now have a negligible impact on performance. This all thanks to the new "Retpoline kernel," which according to Mehmet Iyigun from the Windows/Azure Kernel Team as already been enabled in the latest 19H1 Insider builds for Fast and Skip Ahead Insiders (via MSPoweruser). This is certainly good news for consumers with older PCs which were more impacted by performance slowdowns.

  • Surprise in Windows 10 Insider Preview 19H1: The kernel contains the Retpoline technology to protect it from Spectre V2 attack. This is to minimize the power loss caused by this protection.
  • Here's what's new in OneNote for October 2018 | On MSFT
    New updates for OneNote users will be available in the coming weeks for Windows 10, Mac and the web. The new features list for OneNote will streamline the Mac, Windows 10 and Online versions and bring them more in line with the way OneNote 2016 functions. In addition, the new OneNote update should sync better with OneDrive as Sync gets upgraded and streamlined. According to a new post on the Office 365 blog, OneNote users can look forward to: Cloud attachments in Windows 10 Tag search in Windows 10 Emoji keyboard in OneNote Online Insert pictures from Camera in OneNote Online Customizable autocorrect in OneNote Online Copy and share link to a section in OneNote Online Cloud attachments Cloud attachments allow you to make changes on the fly without having to reattach the file. In short, when a friend or co-worker updates the file, you don't have to change it.
  • IT, Cybersecurity Professionals Unprepared for Windows 7 End of Life | IT Pro
    A new survey by Avecto shows many organizations are unprepared for Windows 7 end of life and don't understand the potential risks of migration.
  • Microsoft releases new patch for the Windows 10 April 2018 update | On MSFT
    If Microsoft is still taking some time before re-releasing the Windows 10 October 2018 Update, the April 2018 update has just received a new patch today (via Neowin). The build 16299.755 (KB4462932) is now available to download via Windows Update, and it brings a pretty long list of fixes. Among highlights, this new cumulative update adresses an issue causingcertain apps to stop responding after installation, and there's also a fix for a bug causingthe system to stop working during the shutdown of some Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) apps. You can learn more in the full changelog below. Addresses the redenomination of local currency that the Central Bank of Venezuela implemented to enter the Bolivar Soberano into circulation. Addresses an issue in which searching using Microsoft Outlook's Social Connector returns nothing, which causes the People's pane results to always be empty. Addresses additional issues with updated time zone information.
  • Microsoft is reportedly bringing Windows 10 Timeline feature to web
    Microsoft is working on bringing Windows 10 Timeline feature to the web. Windows 10 Timeline coming to the web means that users will be able to access the Timeline activities from Microsofts website.

  • On October 18, 2018 Microsoft released several (security) updates (KB4462927) for Windows 7 SP1 and further updates (KB4462921) for Windows 8.1 as well as the corresponding server versions. Here is an overview of these updates.
  • Windows 10 19H1 update to improve the bugs Troubleshooting experience
    Windows comes with a built-in Troubleshooter tool that allows users to manually fix the problems in the OS. For example, if the WiFi is not working or Audio is broken, you can run Troubleshooter tool and it would try to fix it for you.
  • Microsoft has published a revised security update notification as of October 17, 2018, which I would like to briefly describe below. It is about MFC in connection with the cumulative update 11 for Exchange Server 2016 (KB4134118) and the SQL Server Management Studio.

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  • How does this fair in comparison to "Thycotic Secret Server"?

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  • Hi Brendan,

    Thanks for this example and its as you have described.

    I am just adding the deploy.ps1 code as per print screen so other can just copy and paste.

    #Deploy the code
    $functionName = 'HelloWorld'
    $functionContent = Get-Content ./HelloWorld/run.ps1 -raw
    $functionSettings = Get-Content ./helloWorld/function.json |ConvertFrom-Json
    $functionResourceId = '{0}/functions/{1}' -f $functionapp.resourceid, $functionName
    $functionProperties =@{
    config = @{bindings = $functionSettings.bindings
    files = @{
    'run.ps1' = "$functionContent"

    $newFunctionParams = @{
    ResourceID = $functionResourceId
    Properties = $functionProperties
    Apiversion = '2015-08-01'
    Force = $true

    $function = New-AzureRmResource @NewfunctionParams

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  • Hi Michael,

    i found this article and its very helpful. Im new in powershell, so im still learning. Maybe you can answer me a question about the argumentlist. Im trying to put the "yes,no" list into a variable. How can I do this?



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  • I'd say Windows 10 is the second worst Windows ever (after Windows 8). When Nadella took over I really hoped that he would clean up the mess that Ballmer had created with his iPad paranoia. Unfortunately, Nadella doesn't have the guts for that and so we have to live with this modern app nonsense. Just look at this forum thread. This modern apps platform is the second worst failure in the entire history of all operating systems (first comes Windows Phone).

    You are right about the Apple arrogance. I've been bashing Apple for this many times. However, I think things have changed a bit since Tim Cook took over.

    I also often claimed that Apple's devices are overpriced. I mean Apple's profit margin is insane. The thing is if you are so much better than the rest of the pack, you deserve a bonus.

    macOS did not overtake Windows. It is iOS + macOS. This means that Apple's operating systems run now on more devices than Microsoft's. Microsoft is loosing more and more ground in the OS market simply because they are doing a lousy job.

    The point is not just that macOS is much better than Windows. What surprised me the most when I moved from Windows to macOS a few years ago is that the software from third-party vendors is so much better than under Windows. In the Apple ecosystem it is all about quality wheres in the Windows ecosystem it is all about quick and dirty. But the main reason why I could never go back to Windows is because the applications that I need for my work are not available for Windows.

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  • Well stated Michael. I meant that 10 was the best Windows version yet, bloated though it is. I'm pleased to hear that MacOS has overtaken Windows, but have never been a fan of Apple's arrogance and deadly market practices. Major MacOS revision every year ... new, overpriced devices every month! PLEASE STOP! That said, Apple does make great stuff, software and hardware.

  • Solved:

    Solution: Verity that “Netlogon” is running and set to auto start after restart

  • This server is placed between two firewall and my colleagues misconfigured some NAT stuff... It had nothing to do with the server itself or routing service...

  • Hard to believe, these are my first days without Outlook for ages. (I've been using Outlook since the very first release.)

    I am currently testing a combination of Apple Mail (connecting to Office 365) with Daylite, a great CRM application for macOS/iOS that integrates itself well in Mail, Contacts, Calendar and Reminders of macOS. All I can see at this point is that I am so thankful that Microsoft still didn't fix this serious bug after months even though Microsoft's official Outlook support can reproduce the flaw.

    Without this bug I would have never made this move. Apple Mail is so much better than the mail component of Outlook. It is amazing how though-though this application is. The same applies to Daylite which is incredibly well-designed and which I now use for my contacts, tasks, calendars, and much much more.

    I literarily boosted my productivity by dumping Outlook.  Thank you Microsoft!

  • If you have a service agreement...You can also ask in a MS forum. The thing is if the only information you can provide is that it is not working, you probably won't get helpful replies. You first have to analyze the problem and this means that you have to invest time.

  • David, that's easy to understand. Microsoft is not a customer centric company like Amazon or Apple. Microsoft is a manager centric company. This means managers get rewarded when they appear to be successful. In the case of Windows 10 this means managers need to show that many users have the latest updates installed because this makes Windows 10 appear to look great.

    The thing is Microsoft's engineers are totally clueless of how to add features that users really want. Thus, managers need to force the updates on their customers otherwise nobody would install them which would make the managers look bad. When nobody wanted to have Windows 8 Microsoft's managers had this great idea to no longer give users a choice if they use the latest Windows version or not and Windows 10 with its new update strategy was born. This made the managers look great and the users have to suffer under countless bugs and not thought through features. This works fine as long as customers believe that they have no real choice anyway.

    For the record, Windows 10 is not the best desktop OS in town, macOS is. iOS/macOS is now installed on more devices than Windows. Yes, Windows, once the undisputed OS king is now only on the third place (Android is first). I think this says something about Microsoft as an OS maker.

  • This is more of a panic than a reply.

    Over three years ago our previous administration installed the AdmPwd application on our domain controllers.  After they all left, three years ago, our desktops were updated to Windows 10 and nobody knew how to get the AdmPwd client installed on the new desktops.  Our previous desktops became unusable and would not connect to the AdmPwd.

    I have been trying to get the passwords using the instructions above but there is no AdmPwd referenced in the Advanced Features.  I am a Domain-Admin as well as AD_Admin so I am sure I have permissions.

    How do I get these passwords so I can fix my AD?

  • Thanks Brandon, that looks like what I need. Cheers

  • Hi, I have seen lot's of examples to create a certificate for internet usage using Powershell.
    But none of the examples shows how do I get a certificate to sin my own PS-scripts on my pc.

    I remember makecert. You first create a root certificate and then the 'user' certifiate to sing the scripts with. I miss the second step so that I can sign a sript with just this script:

    check whether the file is in UTF( and sign it - otherwise give hint what to do
    Sign Single File, enter as PathName.ps1, e.g.:
    [CmdletBinding()] Param (
    [Parameter(Mandatory = $True, ValueFromPipelineByPropertyName = $True)] [string]$FileName,
    [Parameter(Mandatory = $False, ValueFromPipelineByPropertyName = $True)] [int]$Idx=0

    function isUTF8 ( [string]$FileName, [int]$Idx )

    [byte[]]$byte = get-content -Encoding byte -ReadCount 4 -TotalCount 4 -Path $FileName

    if ( $byte[0] -eq 0xef -and $byte[1] -eq 0xbb -and $byte[2] -eq 0xbf ) {
    Write-Output "$FileName`r`nis UTF8, going to sign it using cert. index: $Idx"
    sign $FileName $Idx
    } else {
    Write-Output "$FileName is NOT UTF8!`r`nLoad it in Notepad++ and save it in UTF8 - otherwise it can't be signed"

    function sign ([string]$FileName, [int]$Idx) {
    $cert = @(gci cert:currentusermy -codesigning)[$Idx]
    Set-AuthenticodeSignature $FileName $cert

    isUTF8 $FileName $Idx

    Can you give me a hint what to do?


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  • can you do a nslookup to the DC?

    Sound like a DNS issue



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