Archive for March, 2018

Azure Stack roadmap

Windows 10 version 1511 will be retired soon, receive final security patches on April 10

Now Available: Update 1802 for System Center Configuration Manager

Baseline versions (+in console): 1511 / 1606 / 1702 / 1802

in-console only: 1602 / 1606 / 1610 / 1706 / 1710

Update 1802 for Configuration Manager current branch is available as an in-console update.

Apply this update on sites that run version 1702, 1706, or 1710.

When installing a new site, it’s also available as a baseline version.

  1. Reassign distribution point
  2. Configure Windows Delivery Optimization to use Configuration Manager boundary groups
  3. Support for Windows 10 ARM64 devices
  4. Improved support for CNG certificates
  5. Boundary group fallback for management points
  6. Cloud distribution point site affinity
  7. Management insights
  8. Cloud management gateway support for Azure Resource Manager
  9. Improvements to cloud management gateway
  10. Configure hardware inventory to collect strings larger than 255 characters
  11. Deprecation announcement for Linux and Unix client support
  12. Surface device dashboard
  13. Change in the Configuration Manager client install
  14. Transition Endpoint Protection workload to Intune using co-management
  15. Co-management dashboard in System Center Configuration Manager
  16. Microsoft Edge browser policies
  17. Allow user interaction when installing an application
  18. Do not automatically upgrade superseded applications
  19. Approve application requests for users per device
  20. Run scripts improvements
  21. Windows 10 in-place upgrade task sequence via cloud management gateway
  22. Improvements to Windows 10 in-place upgrade task sequence
  23. Improvements to operating system deployment
  24. Deployment templates for task sequences
  25. Phased deployments for task sequences
  26. Install multiple applications in Software Center
  27. Use Software Center to browse and install user-available applications on Azure AD-joined devices
  28. Hide installed applications in Software Center
  29. Hide unapproved applications in Software Center
  30. Software Center shows user additional compliance information
  31. Schedule automatic deployment rule evaluation to be offset from a base day.
  32. Report for default browser counts
  33. Report on Windows AutoPilot device information
  34. Report on Windows 10 Servicing details for a specific collection
  35. Improvements to Configuration Manager Policies for Windows Defender Exploit Guard
  36. New host interaction settings for Windows Defender Application Guard
  37. Improvements to the Configuration Manager console

Checklist for installing update 1802 for System Center Configuration Manage

What’s new in version 1802 of System Center Configuration Manager:

What’s new in version 1710 of System Center Configuration Manager:

What’s new in version 1706 of System Center Configuration Manager:

System Center Configuration Manager Feedback:

or example, a Configuration Manager version drops from the matrix after support for that version ends. Similarly, support for Windows 10 versions like the Enterprise 2015 LTSB or 1511 drops from the matrix when they are removed from support.



Support for System Center Configuration Manager current branch versions:



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OAUTH 2.0 protocol support level for ADFS 2012R2 vs ADFS 2016

Microsoft Store on Windows 10 gains new “Devices” tab dedicated to Windows PCs and hardware

Microsoft releases Windows 10 build 17128, and the Insider Preview watermark is gone

DSC Resource Kit Release March 2018

Azure Databricks, industry-leading analytics platform powered by Apache Spark™

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Microsoft Advanced Threat Analytics (ATA) 1.9

Description of Microsoft Advanced Threat Analytics v1.9

What is Advanced Threat Analytics?

Microsoft Advanced Threat Analytics:

ATA architecture topology diagram

If you deploy the ATA Lightweight Gateway directly on your domain controllers, it removes the requirement for port mirroring.

The ATA Center requires a recommended minimum of 30 days of data for user behavioral analytics.

ATA Components

ATA consists of the following components:

  • ATA Center
    The ATA Center receives data from any ATA Gateways and/or ATA Lightweight Gateways you deploy.
  • ATA Gateway
    The ATA Gateway is installed on a dedicated server that monitors the traffic from your domain controllers using either port mirroring or a network TAP.
  • ATA Lightweight Gateway
    The ATA Lightweight Gateway is installed directly on your domain controllers and monitors their traffic directly, without the need for a dedicated server or configuration of port mirroring. It is an alternative to the ATA Gateway.

An ATA deployment can consist of a single ATA Center connected to all ATA Gateways, all ATA Lightweight Gateways, or a combination of ATA Gateways and ATA Lightweight Gateways.

Microsoft Advanced Threat Analytics Sizing tool – Version 3.7.0

System Center Updates Publisher (SCUP) – new version

System Center Updates Publisher adds support for new OSes:

Using Updates Publisher, you can:+

  • Import updates from external catalogs (non-Microsoft update catalogs).
  • Modify update definitions including applicability, and deployment metadata.
  • Export updates to external catalogs.
  • Publish updates to an update server.


Preview 3: v6.0.278.0

The previous version, System Center Updates Publisher 2011, remains in support. This updated version retains the same functionality, but supports additional operating systems, new features to simplify some tasks, and has an updated user interface.

Supported Operating System

Windows 10 , Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows Server 2016

Microsoft Learning Tools, with 10 million monthly active users, adds new features to Immersive Reader

Microsoft creates industry standards for datacenter hardware storage and security

OCP Summit 2018: SONiC, the network innovation powerhouse behind Azure

SONiC is the default switch OS powering Azure and many other parts of the Microsoft Cloud

Microsoft’s Software for Open Networking in the Cloud (SONiC) is the first solution to break monolithic switch software into multiple containerized components. SONiC enables fine-grained failure recovery and in-service upgrades with zero downtime

Microsoft’s Software for Open Networking in the Cloud (SONiC)

Switch Abstraction Interface (SAI)

OCP Summit 2018

Recent updates to Project “Honolulu” and PowerShell Core 6.0

Cumulative Update #11 for SQL Server 2014 SP2

Cumulative Update #8 for SQL Server 2016 SP1

Cumulative Update #5 for SQL Server 2017 RTM

Cloud Platform Release Announcements for March 21, 2018

FastTrack for Azure
Azure security and operations management | Azure Alerts—GA
Backup and restore performance improvements and support for large disk backup
Windows Server | Windows Server 2019 disclosure
Azure security and operations management | Security Center is built into the virtual machine (VM) experience
Azure Traffic Manager Real User Measurements | GA
Azure Traffic Manager Traffic View | GA
Power BI Desktop | GA
Power BI mobile and mixed reality apps | GA
Power BI service | GA
Azure database services for MySQL and PostgreSQL GA
Azure SQL Database | Columnstore—GA
Azure SQL Data Warehouse | Japan West, Australia East, and India West—GA
Visual Studio Team Services | Release Management deployment groups—GA
DevTest Labs | DevTest Labs in Azure Gov (Fairfax)—GA
Azure Active Directory | Automated expiration for Office 365 groups—GA

Introducing Windows Server 2019 – now available in preview

Windows Server 2019 is coming in the second half of 2018, Windows Insiders can download first preview today

Windows Server gets a new build, too, vNext LTSC 17623:

Announcing Windows Server 2019 Insider Preview Build 17623

Windows Server Insider Preview (DOWNLOAD):

There will be Windows Server (SAC) releases twice a year. identified by their date of release i.e the first SAC was 1709 (for September 2017). The Long Term Servicing Channel (LTSC) will be released every two to three years, this follows the previous Server release cycle of 2003 then R2, 2008 then R2, 2012 then R2. There will be no more R2 releases, and there will be two different focuses for the two different channels.

The LTSC will be available in all editions and deployment models (Core, GIU, Nano) Standard, Datacenter, Essentials etc.

The SAC will be only a core release and only in Standard and Datacenter. The focus of SAC is Container hosts and container technology