Stable Windows Builds or Yearly Releases

With Windows Servicing, Microsoft is forcing consumers and businesses to upgrade to a Windows 10 Build twice a year. Theoretically you could go for one build per year, but that forces you to upgrade to a new build within 6 months. Otherwise you will end up without support for the old build.

This introduces quite some issues within both SMBs and large organizations. Recently a friend asked me about a recent printer that stopped working. The printer was 2 months old and from a large vendor. I directly checked the build of the machine and yes, it was recently upgraded to the Fall Creators Update. The printer was identified as an “Unknown USB Device”. Updating the driver of the printer didn’t help. Luckily the Technical Support was responding quickly to help, but this means manual processing of orders for the next couple of weeks. Yes I can revert the machine back to the old build, but will that fix the issue or create more issues? And because it’s not a Windows 10 Enterprise machine, Microsoft will try to update the machine later on.

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Latest naming for Windows/Office Servicing channels

Lost track of the service channel naming of Windows and Office Servicing? Is it “Current Branch” or “Semi-Annual Channel” now?! Or Standard Release?!

Windows 10:

Ready: Semi-Annual Channel (Targeted)

Ready for Business: Semi-Annual Channel

Office 365:

Ready: Semi-Annual Channel (Targeted) (Or Targeted Release)

Ready for Business: Semi-Annual Channel (Or Standard Release)

Last update: recently… 🙂

Every day is a new day to change these again, so stay tuned!

NAT Switch now built into Hyper-V! – Windows 10 Fall Creators Update

With the new Windows 10 Fall Creators Update, Microsoft finally added a built-in NAT Switch into Hyper-V! This gives Hyper-V Virtual Machines access to the computer’s network. The new switch automatically assigns IP address to your Virtual Machines, so no need to run your own DHCP server anymore!

In older versions of Windows 10, it was still required to create the Virtual Switch yourself, but this required static IP address assignment in the OS or the installation of a DHCP server. Not the most elegant option.

The switch is named “Default Switch” and cannot be changed in the Hyper-V Virtual Switch Manager:

The Default Switch Virtual Network in the Hyper-V Virtual Switch Manager
The Default Switch Virtual Network in the Hyper-V Virtual Switch Manager

According to the info message: “The Default Network switch automatically gives virtual machines access to the computer’s network using NAT (network address translation).”

I’m happy that Microsoft finally introduced this as it was already available in other 3rd Party solutions and a good argument why some people didn’t want to migrate to Hyper-V. Now they can! I wasn’t able to find an official statement of Microsoft on this new feature, but I’m sure it will be published soon.

What do you think of this new feature? Are you going to migrate from VMware or other solutions to Hyper-V? Let me know in the comments section!



Microsoft Ignite – Day 04 – 29-09-2016

Today I met Jeffrey Snover and had a lot of conversations with new IT Pro’s. That’s what I like about Ignite: connecting with Microsoft Experts and other IT Pro’s! Tonight is the Attendee Celebration at the Olympic Park. Tomorrow is the last day at Ignite and the conference will end at 14:00.

Below are the sessions I can recommend and followed today:

  • Understand Credential Security by Paula Januszkiewicz
    • If you can attend a session of Paula, always do it because she has interesting sessions about security.
    • She will demo how cached credentials work and will show you how to get the users credentials with Classic Data Protection API.
    • Paula will demo how to decrypt KeePass if you use Windows User Authentication with the Data Protection API.
    • Paula will show you how to extract credentials from a Windows service. You need access to the registry for this hack.
    • She will show you how you get access to the password in a SID-protected PFX certificate file and how to access Windows with smart card authentication turned on, without a smart card.
    • ProTip from the session: know and limit your domain admins! Domain admins can also do tricks as other users from the domain.
  • Conduct a successful pilot deployment of Microsoft Intune
    • You’ll learn how to start a successful pilot and get tips from the field.

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Microsoft Ignite – Day 03 – 28-09-2016

Yes, a new day at the Microsoft Ignite conference! All the sessions are spread across 3 buildings (A, B, C) and I must say that this keeps you fit during the conference. On Monday, my iPhone showed me the following stats for the day:


18.8 kilometers is around 11.6 miles!

Today I really enjoyed the session with Jeffrey Snover and Don Jones about PowerShell. I don’t know if it was recorded and will be available later, but I can highly recommend it. In the afternoon I met Jason Helmick, which is a really great guy who learned me (with Jeffrey Snover) what PowerShell is and how it can be used. One of the greatest courses you can find on the internet today, is an MVA course with Jeffrey and Jason.

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