Windows Server 2016 certification

Microsoft is pleased to announce the release of the new MCSA: Windows Server 2016 certification.

The new MCSA can be earned by taking and passing the following three exams:

  • 70-740 – Installation, Storage, and Compute with Windows Server 2016
  • 70-741 – Networking with Windows Server 2016
  • 70-742 – Identity with Windows Server 2016

Exam 740 is scheduled for beta release in early October 2016, with the other exams following soon after.

Individuals who currently hold either an MCSA: Windows Server 2012 or MCSA: Windows Server 2008 certification will be able to upgrade to the new 2016 certification through a single, upgrade exam:

  • 70-743 – Upgrade Your Skills to MCSA: Windows Server 2016

Exam 743 is scheduled for beta release in late July 2016. 

MOC courses corresponding to all four Windows Server 2016 exams are scheduled for release in September 2016, while practice tests will be available shortly after each exam beta period ends.

New options for specialization and continuing education through the MCSE program will be announced later this summer.

Free ebook: Deploying Windows 10: Automating deployment by using System Center Configuration Manager

We’re happy to announce the release of our newest free ebook, Deploying Windows 10: Automating deployment by using System Center Configuration Manager (ISBN 9781509301867), by Andre Della Monica, Russ Rimmerman, Alessandro Cesarini, and Victor Silveira.

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This ebook is also available for download at the Microsoft Virtual Academy (MVA).

Get a head start deploying Windows 10—with tips and best practices from experts in the field. This guide shows you how to deploy Windows 10 in an automated way without impacting end users by leveraging System Center Configuration Manager, which is the most used product to deploy Microsoft operating systems in the industry today.

Staying up-to-date with Windows Server updates for Remote Desktop Services (RDS)

Microsoft Remote Desktop Team get customer enquiries asking which RDS updates are available for a particular Windows Server platform; or when providing support we need to verify if certain hotfixes and servicing rollups are installed on the customers’ servers. To make it easier for customers and ourselves, we regularly revise KB articles that list all of the available updates specific to Remote Desktop services for each Windows Server release:

DNS Best Practise

I thing i see at many client’s where i come is. Enable Automatic scavenging of stale records is forget to enable. This is a best practise. See: https://technet.microsoft.com/nl-nl/library/ff807390(v=ws.10).aspx

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Set-DnsServerScavenging –ScavengingState $True –RefreshInterval  7:00:00:00 –NoRefreshInterval  7:00:00:00 –ScavengingInterval 7:00:00:00 –ApplyOnAllZones –Verbose

MS15-122 Security Update for Kerberos to Address Security Feature Bypass (Bitlocker)

This security update resolves a security feature bypass in Microsoft Windows. An attacker could bypass Kerberos authentication on a target machine and decrypt drives protected by BitLocker. The bypass can be exploited only if the target system has BitLocker enabled without a PIN or USB key, the computer is domain-joined, and the attacker has physical access to the computer.

This security update is rated Important for all supported editions of Windows. For more information, see the Affected Software section.

The update addresses the bypass by adding an additional authentication check that will run prior to a password change. For more information about the vulnerability, see theVulnerability Information section.

For more information about this update, see Microsoft Knowledge Base Article 3105256.

Windows 8.1 with Hyper-V external switch – 802.1x will not work

I have Windows 8.1 with installed Hyper-V and virtual machines connected via Hyper-V Switch – External. 802.1x wired authentication is not working in host or in guest machine (computer is not responding to switch requests).
If I will change switch mode to Internal/Private it will start working.

Windows 8.1 with a Hyper-V external switch with 802.1x will not work!!!

From https://social.technet.microsoft.com/forums/windows/en-US/341cbe70-3fa7-4991-a7e4-4f1af63df4d0/windows-8-hyperv-8021x-eapol-request-missing i read that “official” statement from Microsoft is that 802.1x with Hyper-V on Windows 8.1 is not working by design. #Fail Microsoft.

Administrative Templates (.admx) for Windows 10

Microsoft has released the Windows 10 Group Policy (.ADMX) templates . These .ADMX templates are released as a separate download package so you can manage group policy for Windows 10 clients more easily.

This new package includes additional (.ADMX) templates which are not included in the RTM version of Windows 10.

  1. DeliveryOptimization.admx
  2. fileservervssagent.admx
  3. gamedvr.admx
  4. grouppolicypreferences.admx
  5. grouppolicy-server.admx
  6. mmcsnapins2.admx
  7. terminalserver-server.admx
  8. textinput.admx
  9. userdatabackup.admx
  10. windowsserver.admx

To download the Windows 10 Group Policy (.ADMX) templates, please visit http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=48257

To review which settings are new in Windows 10, review the Windows 10 ADMX spreadsheet here:http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=25250

Windows 10 build 10240 has released to the Fast Ring… Release To Manufacturing (RTM) build???

Windows 10 build 10240 has been released to the Fast Ring. That’s what I’m running on my laptop now. There were heavy rumors yesterday that this is the to Release To Manufacturing (RTM) build and is the one to be publically available on July 29th. But there is no hard confirmation on this by Microsoft yet Build 10240 now available for Windows Insiders in Fast and Slow rings.

“Over the past few days we’ve been preparing our release pipelines and processes, and this build is one step closer to what customers will start to receive on 7/29 …

On Monday we announced that builds from here on will only be available through Windows Update, so to get this one you can either wait and it will be installed automatically.”

Here’s how you prepare to roll it out in your company.

In a previous blog post I wrote about the update you needed for your KMS server to be able to activate Windows 10 clients. Read about that in KB3058168: Update that enables Windows 8.1 and Windows 8 KMS hosts to activate a later version of Windows

Meanwhile Microsoft has also published the Windows 10 client KMS activation which keys can be found here Appendix A: KMS Client Setup Keys

Windows 10

Operating system edition
KMS Client Setup Key

Windows 10 Professional: W269N-WFGWX-YVC9B-4J6C9-T83GX
Windows 10 Professional N: MH37W-N47XK-V7XM9-C7227-GCQG9
Windows 10 Enterprise: N: NPPR9-FWDCX-D2C8J-H872K-2YT43
Windows 10 Enterprise N: DPH2V-TTNVB-4X9Q3-TJR4H-KHJW4
Windows 10 Education: NW6C2-QMPVW-D7KKK-3GKT6-VCFB2
Windows 10 Education N: 2WH4N-8QGBV-H22JP-CT43Q-MDWW
Windows 10 Enterprise 2015 LTSB: WNMTR-4C88C-JK8YV-HQ7T2-76DF9
Windows 10 Enterprise 2015 LTSB N: 2F77B-TNFGY-69QQF-B8YKP-D69TJ

Do note this is the key you use when you activate the Windows 10 Client against a KMS server. It is not the KMS license server key. That one you’ll need to obtain from your valid Microsoft licenses.

Update that enables Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows 8, and Windows Server 2012 Key Management Service (KMS) hosts to activate a later version of Windows.

Windows 10 will be available on July 29th 2015. Microsoft has prepared for this by already making an Update(KB3058168) that enables Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows 8, and Windows Server 2012 Key Management Service (KMS) hosts to activate a “later version of Windows”. This must means Windows 10. I do not know if this means that is even for Windows Server 2016. Windows 10 will be activated by a KMS server running this update but it might.

Select the version you need for the KMS server or servers you use and install them.

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