UncategorizedWindows Server

Windows 10 serves up more update pain with a side order of random reboots

no thumb

Windows 10 has hit more trouble, with the latest (August) cumulative update for PCs running the May 2019 Update apparently failing to install in some cases – with other worrying problems popping up, too, including random reboots.

The cumulative update in question is KB4512508 which comprises of security fixes for Microsoft’s browsers (Edge and IE), wireless networking, and input peripherals like your mouse and keyboard.

  • Running Windows 7, 8 or 10? You need to patch this now
  • How to reinstall Windows 10
  • Windows 10 May 2019 Update problems: how to fix them

Some folks are seeing this cumulative update failing to install, with Windows 10 throwing out some typically useless error messages including ‘error 0x800f0982’ and ‘error 0x80073701’. Not very helpful when it comes to determining exactly what is going on here (or exactly what isn’t going on, more to the point).

Disgruntled users have posted on Reddit and Microsoft’s own forum, reminding the software giant that in some cases they were hit by a similar installation failure with a cumulative update last month.

Microsoft hasn’t chimed in with any potential solution or comment yet, but fingers crossed the firm is looking into the apparent issues.

One user on suggests manually downloading and installing the update as a standalone package (rather than through Windows Update), which worked on their Surface Pro hybrid. Of course, your mileage may vary, but it might be worth a shot.

Other more radical suggestions include running a repair install on Windows 10, but rather than take more drastic action, many folks are simply preferring to pause updates for now, and hope Microsoft gets this sorted in short order.

Random reboots

Previous Windows 10 cumulative updates have reportedly failed with the error code 0x800f0982 earlier this year, and on the aforementioned Reddit thread, one person noted they received this error when attempting to install the May 2019 Update itself.

There are apparently further gremlins in the Windows 10 works, too, as Windows Latest – which spotted all this – also points to Reddit complaints about users experiencing their PC randomly rebooting after the May 2019 Update (and this has been reported with the October 2018 Update, as well). Nasty indeed.

Thus far, it seems that these various issues are only affecting a relative minority of Windows 10 users, but particularly in the latter case, they are doubtless highly frustrating problems to run into.

Details shortly…Techradar

read more
UncategorizedWindows Server

Google attacks Windows by comparing it to a broken-down car

no thumb

The fight between the big tech companies can sometimes be vicious, and in a new advert for its Chromebook laptops, Google takes a sly dig at Microsoft’s rival operating system Windows 10, by comparing it to an old car that’s falling apart.

In the advert (which you can view below), Bill Nye extolls the virtues of switching to a Chromebook, including the lack of patches, long boot times and no more Blue Screens of Death.

  • How to run Android apps on your Chromebook
  • Google Fuchsia release date, news, and rumors
  • What is a Google Chromebook?

While Google doesn’t directly call out Windows, in the background of the advert is a broken-down car – which has seen better days – and with the not-too-subtle license plate that reads WNDWS.

“We’ve been through a lot together,” Nye says as he pats the car, which promptly falls apart.

All’s fair

Google’s certainly got its tongue firmly planted in its cheek with that jab at Microsoft, but the message is clear: Windows is an out-of-date and sometimes unreliable operating system, while Chromebooks (and the Chrome OS operating system they run on) offer a more modern experience, free from the frustrations of Windows laptops.

We love a bit of playful banter between companies – such as when MSI rightfully mocked Apple’s ridiculous $999 price tag for a monitor stand – but we probably wouldn’t go so far as to say Windows 10 is falling apart, as Google is seeming to suggest.

Microsoft has been doing a good job of fixing issues and adding new features to its operating system, and while Windows certainly isn’t perfect, it’s a lot better than it used to be.

Having said that, the latest Chromebooks are also better than ever, and with Chrome OS supporting Android and Linux apps, Google’s operating system could soon be a real threat to Microsoft’s dominance.

Details Shortly…TechRadar

read more

Containers 101: Containers vs. Virtual Machines (And Why Containers Are the Future of IT Infrastructure)


Containers and Kubernetes, the famous holder organization framework, have been the buzziest of IT trendy expressions as of late. You may ask why and how this compartment innovation is not quite the same as the virtual machines (VMs) you have worked with for as long as decade-in addition to.

To begin with, we should see how compartments occurred. There’s a long history in Unix, and after that in Linux, of designing procedure detachment. The principal usage I took a shot at were Sun Microsystems Solaris (zones were viably holders that common apart with the base working framework, however generally ran completely confined). These were acquainted with higher-end Sun servers in 2004, yet when the innovation was experienced, numerous associations were relocating from restrictive Unix servers to item Linux servers.

Simultaneously, Google and Netflix were quickly developing organizations that had huge measures of adaptable interest. Netflix made an all-around ahead of schedule and forceful move to move its remaining tasks at hand to Amazon Web Services (AWS) in 2008. Toward the start of that movement, almost the majority of the organization’s outstanding burdens kept running on VMs. Be that as it may, it kept running into difficulties in it’s to a great extent VM condition.

VMs require a whole duplicate of a working framework to send, which is a lot of information to move around. This breaking points both portability and VM thickness. It is additionally all the more testing to guarantee full form similarity between the product libraries crosswise over dev/test/QA/push conditions. Not all remaining burdens fit into the predefined VM boxes that cloud suppliers offer. A few remaining burdens might be drastically larger than usual, even in a little VM. Others may require the capacity to scale quickly for times of high burden however are generally inert.

So how are compartments not quite the same as simply running a VM? The greatest distinction is that your compartments need to run a similar base working framework as what’s on your host (the server or the VM facilitating your holders). There is some variety with this. In the event that you are running Linux holders, you can conceivably have compartments from unexpected dissemination in comparison to your host OS. This is on the grounds that a large portion of the contrasts between Linux working frameworks are in the client space, and the part space – where the framework calls from the compartments are made – is regular crosswise over distros. You will see every one of the references to Linux; while Windows has made extraordinary walks in holders in ongoing discharges, space is as yet ruled by the Linux working framework.

Holders can keep running in a settled arrangement, which implies that you can introduce compartment the executives programming like Docker or Kubernetes inside a VM (or an exposed metal host) and run holder outstanding tasks at hand inside that VM. Systems administration and capacity additionally work contrastingly in compartments; they are properties of the holder organization framework, rather than being properties of the VM.

Having the host share a bit with the compartment encourages you to accomplish thickness. Since you never again need various duplicates of a whole working framework running, you decrease the measure of CPU, memory and capacity overhead connected with virtualizing your remaining tasks at hand. This implies you can keep running definitely a bigger number of holders on a given host than you could VMs.

Another advantage of compartments is their place in the advanced improvement work process. Holders become your unit of improvement arrangement. Rather than structure a lot of libraries and doubles to be sent to a server, the designer basically fabricates a compartment, characterized in a configuration known as a holder picture, which is then transferred to a holder vault. While a VM picture might be 10GB or 20GB, a compartment picture can be a request for greatness littler – possibly 10MB or 20MB. Given the size and the assets expected to manufacture holders, this implies they can go straight from an engineer’s PC into generation (subsequent to passing a lot of mechanized QA tests, obviously). This lines up with the most current constant coordination and improvement pipelines, which are worked around the idea of utilizing the compartment as the unit of organization.

Compartment vaults can be all around circulated, and the little size of holders enables these pictures to be sent effectively to nearby and remote datacenters and open cloud locales everywhere throughout the world. There are both private and open holder vaults, contingent upon the idea of the code. Custom applications may utilize both private and open pictures in their sending stack, as your advancement group may have conditions on open holders (like Microsoft SQL Server) and need to keep restrictive code containing business rationale in a private storehouse. Both AWS and Microsoft offer private compartment vault benefits in their particular mists.

There are some different advantages of compartment coordination frameworks over VM hypervisors. In the following portion, we will jump further into Kubernetes, the most well-known compartment coordination framework. For the present, however, I’ll give you one genuine case of a key component: compartment autoscaling. This does not have any significant bearing to database servers, yet numerous application and Web levels have stateless servers that profit by having more examples under the burden. By expanding the number of cases of your Web or application level, you spread the work over numerous specialists.

Kubernetes can autoscale cases dependent on CPU usage. (A case is a unit of organization in Kubernetes and can include at least one compartments.) For instance, you could characterize an autoscale edge of 50 percent CPU usage crosswise over cases. As your CPU use arrives at 50 percent, more cases (laborers) will be sent in your bunch until the CPU use has dropped back underneath 50 percent, or you arrive at the most extreme number of units you characterized in your application show.

Kubernetes additionally gives a heap adjusting usefulness locally. To execute comparative usefulness in a VM would require both extra cost modules and broad customizations. Indeed, even after you had the majority of that arranged, an opportunity to scale up utilizing VMs is any longer a direct result of their sheer size.

Compartments give numerous advantages to designers, which is the reason holders rose to unmistakable quality in IT associations. By bundling libraries and code together, and by running inside a current OS, holders help mechanize present-day DevOps work processes and take into account quicker conveyance with better testing and results. In the following portion in this arrangement, you will adapt more inside and out data about Kubernetes and why it’s a distinct advantage for IT activities.

Detail shortly…redmondmag

read more

Microsoft Fixes Two Remote Desktop Services “Wormable” Flaws


Microsoft’s August Patch Tuesday total updates were taken off yesterday. Included close by the updates were fixes for two vulnerabilities identified with Windows Remote Desktop Services. Microsoft has recently depicted the imperfections as wormable, which means malware could contaminate machines and systems without client communication.

In its update for CVE-2019-1181 and CVE-2019-1182, Microsoft says the vulnerabilities are like BlueKeep. On the off chance that you are new to BlueKeep, it is risky powerlessness since it very well may be executed by awful entertainers remotely. It is situated in Remote Desktop Services on more seasoned Windows heritage manufactures, for example, Windows 7, Windows XP, AND Server 2003 and 2008.

Notwithstanding, the pair of blemishes fixed for the current week are marginally unique to BlueKeep in light of the fact that they influence Remote Desktop Services (RDS) and not Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP).

Microsoft found the defects in-house during an audit of Remote Desktop Services security. The organization says no endeavors have been seen in nature.


The updates are accessible for clients running Windows 7 SP1, Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1, Windows Server 2012, Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2012 R2 and all forms of Windows 10. Different Windows variants, for example, XP, are not influenced.

“There is fractional relief on influenced frameworks that have Network Level Authentication (NLA) empowered. The influenced frameworks are moderated against ‘wormable’ malware or progressed malware dangers that could misuse the powerlessness. NLA requires verification before the weakness can be activated. Nonetheless, influenced frameworks are as yet defenseless against Remote Code Execution (RCE) abuse if the assailant has substantial certifications that can be utilized to effectively validate.”

In its notes, Microsoft says clients and associations should refresh promptly to secure against assaults. Those updates are accessible from the organization’s Security Update Guide here.

Details shortly…winbuzzer

read more

Microsoft’s August Security Patches Address New RDP Vulnerabilities


Microsoft on Tuesday discharged August security refreshes, tending to around 93 normal vulnerabilities and exposures (CVEs).

The current month’s fix pack is really viewed as a “light burden,” as per Chris Goettl, executive of the item the board for security at Ivanti. In addition, the discharge is fairly prominent for having no fixes for zero-day misuses this month.

“Microsoft settled an aggregate of 93 extraordinary CVEs this month, yet shockingly there are NO zero-days OR openly uncovered vulnerabilities!” Goettl expressed in an email. “It has been a long time since I recollect that occurrence.”

Ivanti plans to hold a fix Tuesday online exchange session concerning the current month’s security reports on Wednesday, Aug. 14, which expects enlistment to visit. Microsoft’s definitive hotspot for patchers is its “Security Update Guide,” which this month comprises of 118 personality desensitizing pages.

Security experts now and again vary on their fix tallies. Cisco’s Talos security analysts counted 97 Microsoft programming vulnerabilities this month, with 31 evaluated “Basic,” 65 considered “Significant” and one marked “Moderate.”

RDP-Associated Patches

There’s a well-known topic in the August security refreshes, in particular, openings related to Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP). Microsoft this month cautioned about “BlueKeep” (CVE-2019-0708) abuses currently being accessible to aggressors, however, it additionally found a couple of new RDP issues, and they’re getting tended to in the current month’s fix group.

For example, two “Basic”- appraised patches this month, for CVE-2019-1181 and CVE-2019-1182, are fixes for possibly “wormable” abuses related with RDP, like the BlueKeep circumstance. Left unpatched, these two vulnerabilities could be abused and spread “from helpless PC to defenseless PC without client communication,” cautioned Simon Pope, executive of the episode reaction at the Microsoft Security Response Center, in a Tuesday declaration.

Not at all like the BlueKeep abuse, the CVE-2019-1181 and CVE-2019-1182 vulnerabilities don’t make a difference to Windows XP, Windows Server 2003 and Windows 2008. In any case, more current Windows items are influenced.

“The influenced variants of Windows will be Windows 7 SP1, Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1, Windows Server 2012, Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2012 R2, and every single upheld form of Windows 10, including server adaptations,” Pope showed.

Pope clarified that influenced Windows frameworks ought to be fixed rapidly “as a result of the raised dangers related to wormable vulnerabilities.” Organizations utilizing Network Level Authentication, which requires client confirmations, offers a “fractional alleviation on influenced frameworks,” he included.

Dustin Childs of Trend Micro’s Zero Day Project checked an aggregate of four Critical RDP-related patches this month. He included CVE-2019-1222 and CVE-2019-1226 to the blend depicted by Microsoft. These vulnerabilities share a similar assault situation where “an aggressor can get code execution at framework level by sending an extraordinarily made pre-validation RDP bundle to an influenced RDS server,” Childs noted. “On the off chance that you should have a web confronting RDP server, fix quickly (and reexamine your server arrangement),” he exhorted.

Other Notable Vulnerabilities

Childs noticed a couple of other Critical vulnerabilities this month. There’s a Windows DHCP customer remote code execution issue (CVE-2019-0736), which is additionally possibly wormable. A.LNK remote code execution defenselessness (CVE-2019-1188) necessitates that clients click on a document with the.LNK expansion. Microsoft Word has a remote code execution helplessness (CVE-2019-1201) that can be activated through the Outlook Preview Pane, so it ought to be at the highest point of the fix list, he clarified.

Microsoft additionally issued an Important fix for a Bluetooth Classic gadget defenselessness (CVE-2019-9506) that gives assailants a chance to lessen a key length to 1 byte. It’s a defect noted by the CERT Coordination Center, with a high 9.3 score for every the Common Vulnerability Scoring System, despite the fact that an aggressor would require “particular equipment” and would need to be inside the scope of a Bluetooth gadget.

Adobe likewise discharged its August patches, tending to 119 CVEs, Childs noted.


Microsoft additionally issued two warnings this month.

In ADV190023, Microsoft cautioned about hazardous default arrangements in the Lightweight Directory Access Protocol, which is utilized for questioning and refreshing the Active Directory administration. Microsoft is suggesting “empowering LDAP channel authoritative and LDAP marking on Active Directory Domain Controllers” to lessen the odds of potential height of-benefit misuses.

In ADV190014, Microsoft clarified that its program based Outlook email program could get abused by means of an unsigned token for Microsoft Live record clients. Be that as it may, Microsoft has officially fixed this issue for those end clients.

Details shortly…redmondmag

read more

Microsoft Launches Office for All Windows 10 S Installations


Microsoft has been completing a great deal this year with Office accessibility on Windows 10. The suite is presently accessible in application structure on the Windows Store. Office likewise landed as a work area application for Windows 10 S, albeit just in a restricted limit until today.

WindowsBlogItalia (WBI) reports that Microsoft has propelled Office work area for all Windows 10 S PCs. To explain, since propelling the stage in May, the efficiency suite was accessible for Microsoft’s very own Surface Laptop.

From that point forward, a stream of PCs running Windows 10 S has arrived. These gadgets are intending to exploit the school year kickoff showcase. On the off chance that you are new to the OS, it is a lighter form of Windows 10 went for teachers and understudies.

With the ISO for Windows 10 S accessible for analyzers, Microsoft has likewise carried Office work area to all establishments.

As an early on offer, Microsoft is tossing in one year of Office 365 Personal on Surface gadgets with Windows 10 S. This membership includes 1TB of free stockpiling and complete Microsoft Words, PowerPoint, Excel, and OneNote.

Office applications in the Windows Store for Windows 10 S:

  • Word
  • Exceed expectations
  • PowerPoint
  • Viewpoint (not accessible in review for Office 365 Education plans)
  • Access (not accessible in review for Office 365 Education plans)
  • Distributer (not accessible in see for Office 365 Education plans)

Windows Store Limitations

Office in the Windows Store does some with some huge contrasts contrasted with the full suite. As these are Windows Store applications, they are 32-bit forms of Office administrations ported with Microsoft’s Desktop App Converter.

COM include ins won’t be upheld in these applications, while the OneNote application isn’t getting relocated. Rather, Microsoft will keep on offering the Universal Windows Platform (UWP) rendition of its note-taking application.

Details Shortly…Winbuzzer

read more

Microsoft No Longer Supporting Word, Excel, and PowerPoint Viewer


Microsoft has chosen to murder off a significant element over its center Office altering applications. The organization says it is sunsetting the archive watcher on Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. In its declaration, Microsoft says clients can discover options, not least the Office Windows 10 applications.

Until this declaration, clients could open Word, Excel, and PowerPoint Viewer to peruse archives. They could do this even without the full form of Microsoft’s Office suite. The organization appeared the watcher applications when the organization needed to change the default record position, however, a few clients were stuck on the more seasoned configuration.

Clients could utilize the watcher application without requiring the individual administrations on their machines. The applications upheld the document configurations took care of in the full Office applications.

Microsoft has chosen to force support for these applications, however, each will be finished independently. Word View will be the first to go, with its turn off date penciled during the current month. Exceed expectations is straightaway and will be covered in April 2018, while PowerPoint will go that month.

“The Microsoft Word Viewer is being resigned in November 2017. Around then, the Viewer will never again be accessible for download and will never again get security refreshes,” Microsoft says in a short note posted on the download pages of each application.


Microsoft brings up that there is basically no requirement for Viewer applications. The organization’s very own Office applications will currently finish the assignment of record see for nothing. Word, Excel, and PowerPoint made their introduction on the Windows Store this year, while they are accessible on portable stages.

The Office applications are allowed to download and survey reports is likewise free (altering requires a membership).

While Microsoft is complete support for downloading the watcher applications, clients as of now with them introduced can in any case view reports. Be that as it may, this will accompany a hazard as Microsoft won’t take off new security refreshes.

read more

Microsoft Reportedly Readying Softbank Vision Fund Investment for Azure Gains

Outdoor signage board with SoftBank logo. Modern office building. Editorial 3D rendering

Microsoft is seeking to push the ongoing expansion of its Azure cloud business with new partnerships and collaborations. The latest reported move by the company is to become an investor in the Softbank Vision Fund.

Softbank is reportedly readying a second investment, totaling $40 billion, in its Vision Fund. Microsoft is rumored to be involved in discussions regarding becoming an investor in the fund. If Redmond does invest, it will be under the condition that Softbank promotes Azure to its portfolio of companies.

If Softbank agrees to the terms, it would mean transitioning away from Amazon Web Services (AWS), its current web provider and market leader.

This is a rather aggressive strategy by Microsoft. The company is essentially a trading investment for Azure cloud use. Many analysts have said the company has to be decisive to ensure its cloud business continues to grow.

Cloud Growth

Azure and cloud are now the main drivers of Microsoft’s success. Revenue in Intelligent Cloud reached $11.4 billion through the company’s recent FY19 Q4 earnings. The division grew 19% and Azure revenue jumped 73% last quarter.

These kinds of major growth rates have been normal, but most predict growth will eventually slow. One of the most interesting takeaways from the financial results was Azure’s performance. Cloud revenue growth has fallen from 75% to 73% and is now at 64%. However, Microsoft is not concerned and says the decrease is simply because of the large numbers in play.

General manager of investor relations Mike Spencer explained that the bigger Azure gets as an overall business, the slower the percentage ticks up. So, Microsoft seems unphased by slowing growth and indeed expects it because numbers are so good either way.

Still, the company is continuing to build cloud collaborations with major partners, including AT&T and Adobe. Earlier this week, the company invested $1 billion in OpenAI in exchange for Azure integration from the organization.

read more

Microsoft Announces Azure Partnership with Oracle Cloud


Microsoft and tech company Oracle are long-standing rivals in the cloud market and directly compete against each other. However, both giants surprised industry watchers this week by announcing a cloud collaboration. The new partnership links Microsoft Azure and Oracle Cloud services together.

“As the cloud of choice for the enterprise, with over 95% of the Fortune 500 using Azure, we have always been first and foremost focused on helping our customers thrive on their digital transformation journeys,” said Scott Guthrie, executive vice president of Microsoft’s Cloud and AI division. “With Oracle’s enterprise expertise, this alliance is a natural choice for us as we help our joint customers accelerate the migration of enterprise applications and databases to the public cloud.”

So, why is this a surprise? Well, firstly, Microsoft and Oracle are two competing cloud rivals, so no-one predicted a link-up. In fact, Microsoft has previously actively attempted to entice Oracle users onto its Azure platform.

Back in 2016, the company offered to migrate Oracle Cloud users to its own SQL Server database solution for free.

It seems both companies have decided if you can’t beat them, join them. The new Azure partnership with Oracle Cloud will allow Microsoft services like Analytics and AI to connect with Oracle services such as Autonomous Database.

“The Oracle Cloud offers a complete suite of integrated applications for sales, service, marketing, human resources, finance, supply chain, and manufacturing, plus highly automated and secure Generation 2 infrastructure featuring the Oracle Autonomous Database,” said Don Johnson, executive vice president, Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI). “Oracle and Microsoft have served enterprise customer needs for decades. With this partnership, our joint customers can migrate their entire set of existing applications to the cloud without having to re-architect anything, preserving the large investments they have already made.”

Collaboration Benefits

In a blog post today, Microsoft discussed the benefits of linking Azure with Oracle. The company points to the ability for customers to extend their on-premises database across cloud services. Custom applications will now be unified through a single experience, and identity will be more seamless:

  • “Connect Azure and Oracle Cloud seamlessly, allowing customers to extend their on-premises data centers to both clouds. This direct interconnect is available starting today in Ashburn (North America) and Azure US East, with plans to expand additional regions in the future.
  • Unified identity and access management, via a unified single sign-on experience and automated user provisioning, to manage resources across Azure and Oracle Cloud. Also available in early preview today, Oracle applications can use Azure Active Directory as the identity provider and for conditional access.
  • Supported deployment of custom applications and packaged Oracle applications (JD Edwards EnterpriseOne, E-Business Suite, PeopleSoft, Oracle Retail, Hyperion) on Azure with Oracle databases (RAC, Exadata, Autonomous Database) deployed in Oracle Cloud. The same Oracle applications will also be certified to run on Azure with Oracle databases in Oracle Cloud.

Details Shortly…winbuzzer

read more

Microsoft Extends Open AI Partnership With $1 Billion Investment for AI Development in Azure


We have seen a lot of images of Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella posing next to heads of other companies recently. Microsoft has been tying up plenty of huge partnerships around its Azure cloud division, including with AT&T and Adobe. The latest such collaboration is a multiyear deal to work alongside OpenAI, a San Francisco-based firm that specializes in AI that helps further humanity.

Not only is Microsoft partnering with OpenAI, but the company is also becoming an active investor in the company. Indeed, Redmond is plowing $1 billion into the company. In return, OpenAI will move all its services to Azure. Furthermore, the AI developer will also make Microsoft its preferred partner for commercializing new AI solutions.

Microsoft will work with OpenAI to develop new AI supercomputing tech with the aim of solving major global issues:

“The companies will focus on building a computational platform in Azure of unprecedented scale, which will train and run increasingly advanced AI models, include hardware technologies that build on Microsoft’s supercomputing technology and adhere to the two companies’ shared principles on ethics and trust. This will create the foundation for advancements in AI to be implemented in a safe, secure and trustworthy way and is a critical reason the companies chose to partner together,” Microsoft explained in the press release.

Details Shortly…winbuzzer

read more
1 2 3 5
Page 1 of 5