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Whats New in Windows 10, version 1709 for IT Pros

Find out what’s new for IT Pros in windows 10, version 1709, also called the Fall Creators Update. windows 10 deployment is streamlined, Windows Analytics are greatly enhanced, and many new security features are available.   To learn more about new features in Windows 10, version 1709 Fall Creators Update, go here: aka.ms/whats-new-1709    

Windows 10, version 1709 coming soon

  As we previously announced, Windows 10, version 1709 (also known as the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update) will be available worldwide on October 17th, 2017. For IT organizations, that means that Windows 10, version 1709 will be available on the 17th on all relevant distribution channels: the Volume Licensing Service Center (VLSC), Windows Update […]

Windows Hello for Business

In Windows 10, Windows Hello for Business replaces passwords with strong two-factor authentication on PCs and mobile devices. This authentication consists of a new type of user credential that is tied to a device and uses a biometric or PIN. Windows Hello for Business lets user authenticate to an Active Directory or Azure Active Directory […]

Security baseline for Windows 10 “Creators Update” (v1703) – FINAL

Microsoft is pleased to announce the final release of the recommended security configuration baseline settings for Windows 10 “Creators Update,” also known as version 1703, “Redstone 2,” or RS2. The downloadable attachment to this blog post includes importable GPOs, tools for applying the GPOs, custom ADMX files for Group Policy settings, and all the settings in spreadsheet […]

Troubleshooting Stop Errors

Check out this KB article providing details for IT Pros to resolve STOP errors themselves without needing a support incident at all. The KB goes into good details on how anyone can do basic troubleshooting and resolve common bugchecks showing videos and other content all at a single place. Troubleshooting Stop error problems for IT […]

Improving Dual Scan on 1607

A very timely article pertaining to Dual Scan! This article includes: Mention of the policy discussed in the May 2017 “Demystifying ‘Dual Scan’” blog post with screenshots How Dual Scan works with this policy How to use this policy What’s on the horizon   References: “Improving Dual Scan on 1607” – https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/wsus/2017/08/04/improving-dual-scan-on-1607/ “Demystifying ‘Dual Scan’” […]

Avoiding Common PIN Number Patterns in Windows Hello

Have you ever encountered the following warning when creating a new PIN for Windows Hello? If so, have you ever wondered what logic is used to distinguish a ‘common PIN pattern’?   Common number patterns are PINs that have the same difference between multiple digits in the PIN. For example, in 123456 the difference between […]

Microsoft announces Windows 10 Pro for Workstations

Windows 10 Pro for Workstations is a high-end edition of Windows 10 Pro, comes with unique support for server grade PC hardware and is designed to meet demanding needs of mission critical and compute intensive workloads. We know that power users have unique needs to run efficiently and we take the feedback we hear seriously. […]

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