Monday, September 16, 2019

Visual Studio – When Administrator privileges are needed?

A lot of times users will ask to have administrator privileges on their machine because they “use Visual Studio”. This is a very broad concept and not every Visual Studio user needs administrator privileges.

Microsoft created a table which explains the right user permissions needed for each task:
Microsoft Docs - User permissions and Visual Studio

Monday, September 9, 2019

Windows 10–Your Phone App….phone calls! :)


So another really nice feature will be available soon on Your Phone App in Windows 10.
Following the nice to have notifications you’ll be able to do phone calls. And yes…this makes this app even more cool and helpful.
I believe Microsoft is listening to all the feedback they receive and also, I really believe that Windows 10 is now on this mature stage where the most important thing is not to add a bunch of new features but tweak to the best it’s current features.
Here’s a nice video showing of the new Call preview for Your Phone App from the one and only @ZacBowden from Windows Central:


Thursday, July 25, 2019

Microsoft Intune – Administrative Templates

Continuing in track with Microsoft journey to move everyone to the cloud, Microsoft announced in the past days, a new Intune feature that was in public preview for a while and definitely one of my most anticipated ones.

Until now, this was for me one of the biggest drawbacks about Intune and cloud device management for Windows devices.

Administrative Templates is the (real) first step for SysAdmins to start moving Windows 10 settings from on-premises group policies to cloud-base settings.

With Intune Administrative Templates, we get the best things of GPOs merged with the goods of a cloud solution.

To know more about the new Microsoft Intune Administrative Templates, click below for the Tech Community post:

Tech Community - Microsoft Intune announces general availability of administrative templates

Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Office 365 ProPlus Update History

This is just a quick post if you ever need to know the update history for Microsoft Office 365.
This listings include information about dates, what was updates on each update channel, etc

Microsoft Office 365 ProPlus Update History

Office 365 – Versions and Update Channels – Registry Information

Because Microsoft Office 365 is a “Software as a Service” (SaaS) like almost everything on Microsoft nowadays, it is continuously updating and getting better.

As a SysAdmin on an enterprise, you may want to have some kind of control about when updates occur, which machines receive the new updates first, etc.

Additionally, you may want to have a view of the installed versions, update channels, etc on your software management suite or simply need to query a machine to get this information.
All of this can be found in registry so, here’s a quick look where to find them:

Registry Path HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Office\ClickToRun\Configuration

Keys

  • ClientVersionToReport
    Current installed Office 365 client version
  • UpdateChannel / CDNBaseUrl
    Sets the update channel configuration:
    • Current Channel:
      CDNBaseUrl = http://officecdn.microsoft.com/pr/492350f6-3a01-4f97-b9c0-c7c6ddf67d60

    • Deferred Channel:
      CDNBaseUrl = http://officecdn.microsoft.com/pr/7ffbc6bf-bc32-4f92-8982-f9dd17fd3114

    • First Release for Current Channel:
      CDNBaseUrl = http://officecdn.microsoft.com/pr/64256afe-f5d9-4f86-8936-8840a6a4f5be

    • First Release for Deferred Channel:
      CDNBaseUrl = http://officecdn.microsoft.com/pr/b8f9b850-328d-4355-9145-c59439a0c4cf

There’s a lot more to explore but this ones gives you a lot of information about your installed versions and update configuration.

Friday, July 19, 2019

New Microsoft Edge with Chromium (Edgium) is getting ready for business

With the new Microsoft Edge getting a good feedback from users and a very fast paced development, Microsoft announced today a new very important step.

Because enterprise/business means a lot to Microsoft, they’re trying to get back on track and regain some market share that they loose to Chrome on the enterprise environment. So it’s really nice to see that since today a set of new features are getting available:

  • Internet Explorer Mode
    • This is something similar to IE Enterprise Mode, but all the magic happens inside the same browser. So, instead of the user gets redirected from Edge to IE, now it opens in single browser with IE compatibility
  • Offline deployment package
    • This is fundamental for enterprise environment so, MSI and PKG are now available for download
  • Group Policies for Windows and MAC
    • Again, something fundamental for enterprises to control features and behavior. A note here, although not just yet but, MDM and Intune support is on the roadmap

So, to take a look at a full list of features and downloads follow this link:
Microsoft Edge - Enterprise

Thursday, July 18, 2019

SetupDiag – Know what went wrong with your Windows 10 upgrade

With no whistles and fireworks, Microsoft launch a tiny but very useful tool to analyze what went wrong with your Windows 10 update.

SetupDiag is a standalone diagnostic tool that can be used to obtain details about why Windows 10 upgrade wasn’t successful.
It analyzes the Windows Setup logs and tries to parse them trying to obtain a single log file that tells you where’s the issue.

Download and read more about it here:
Microsoft - SetupDiag Tool