What’s New for IT Pro’s in Windows 10 Fall Creators Update

Microsoft Technet has a blog post on what is new in the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update that will apply to IT Pro’s, rather than just the average home user (some home users use features designed for the enterprise, so not ALL home users are excluded!).

Also to note – you can register for an upcoming webcast with a Q&A session with Michael Niehaus and Nathan Mercer. These are always nice to attend as they are great at presenting a lot of useful information and answering some of the questions people may have.

A lot of great new additions to Windows 10 FCU for those that manage Windows 10 in their environment.

Windows 10, version 1709 (also known as the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update) is now available via Windows Update for Business, Windows Server Update Services (WSUS), the Volume Licensing Servicing Center (VLSC), and Visual Studio Subscriptions. We have also updated the Windows Assessment and Development Kit (Windows ADK) for Windows 10 and the free, 90-day Windows 10 Enterprise Evaluation.

Windows 10, version 1709 is the fourth feature update for Windows 10, offering IT professionals a comprehensive set of intelligent security solutions, streamlined deployment and management options, and proactive insights to help protect data and devices, save time, and reduce costs. We recommend that you test the newest features and functionality in this Semi-Annual Channel release now in preparation for broad deployment to the devices in your organization.

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Working in the Trees at Microsoft

Microsoft has done the greatest thing ever for it’s employees – made them a tree house working area. Working outside is a plus in itself, but working outside in a tree fort is one of the best things ever! I can see being more productive, more relaxed, and opening more communications by having meetings and working in this environment. I would love to work here whenever I could. I know there are some ‘Softies in Redmond thinking “We should have a meeting!”, just to get out there and enjoy the new space!

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Security Baseline for Windows 10 Fall Creators Update Final

For the IT Pros (or security professionals using Windows 10), the final version of the Security Baseline for Windows 10 Fall Creators Update has been released. There are no changes between this and the draft release that was posted a few weeks ago, so if you have that you are already good to go!

The 1709 baseline package includes GPOs that can be imported in Active Directory, scripts for applying the GPOs to local policy, custom ADMX files for Group Policy settings, and all the recommended settings in spreadsheet form. The spreadsheet also includes the corresponding settings for configuring through Windows’ Mobile Device Management (MDM).

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Noteworthy Security Features in the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update

CSO Online has a writeup of six of the new security features in Windows 10. While these are not all of the security features with Windows 10, it’s a good start for checking out what’s available.

Among the new features that the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update offers are six new ways to enhance or better manage security settings. They include options to limit app access to your personal data and the ability to better protect folders, devices and executables, The step-by-step instructions below show how to make the best use of the new security features.

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RSAT Tools For Windows 10 ver. 1709 Available for Download

The Remote Server Administration Tools for Windows 10 (RSAT) are available for the new Fall Creators Update, version 1709. This is for the IT Pro’s out there that want to manage Windows Server’s remotely using Windows 10.

A few known issues to look at before updating, which may be a show stopper for you.

    RSAT Package recommendation:
    When to use WS_1709 RSAT Package: When managing Windows Server, version 1709
    When to use WS2016 RSAT Package: When managing targets older than Windows Server, version 1709
    There are known issues that may impact RSAT functionality
    Issue: DNS Tools missing
    Impact: WS_1709 RSAT package users
    Resolution: Use the WS2016 RSAT package
    Issue: Cannot turn off individual RSAT components
    Impact: WS_1709 RSAT package users
    Resolution: Use the WS2016 RSAT package
    Issue: Tabs missing from MMC Properties
    Impact: Windows 10 clients before the Anniversary Update
    Resolution: Update to the latest version of Windows 10 client and reinstall RSAT
    Issue: Shielding Data File Wizard cannot create shielding data files
    Impact: Windows 10 Clients running the Fall Creators Update
    Resolution: Use the WS2016 RSAT package on Windows 10 Anniversary Update to create shielding data files for Windows shielded VMs, or the built-in RSAT tools in Windows Server, version 1709 to create shielding data files for both Windows and Linux shielded VMs.
    Issue: Template disks created from the Template Disk Wizard do not boot
    Impact: Windows 10 Clients running the Fall Creators Update
    Resolution: Use the WS2016 RSAT package on Windows 10 Anniversary Update to create template disks for Windows shielded VMs, or the built-in RSAT tools in Windows Server, version 1709 to create shielding data files for both Windows and Linux shielded VMs.

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Windows 10 Fall Creators Update Released

Today is the day when the Fall Creators Update for Windows 10 is officially released. It started its roll out at 10AM PST and many users have already updated to the latest version of the OS. Microsoft has some resources on what’s new and removed from the update, what’s new in the Edge browser, and what to expect.

Grab the update from Windows Update or you can use the Media Creation Tool to create new installation media. If you’re an MSDN subscriber, the update is available as an ISO as well.


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Surface Book 2 Announced

Microsoft has announced the newest Surface line – the Surface Book 2. A lot of new features, some higher specs including a configuration with a nice i7 and a GeForce 1060 GPU, all within a small and light case. A 13.5″ and a 15″ model are available with up to a 17 hour battery life (of course, what’s promised and what’s delivered are yet to be seen). As usual, this is some very beautiful hardware running Windows 10. What started with a mediocre device, a $900 million writeoff has eventually became one of the best devices available.


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Build 17017 For Fast Ring Insiders Released

Those in the Fast Ring are now able to update to 17017, which begins the Red Stone 4 series of build. Not a whole lot of new features, numerous fixes. As usual – check the known issues to see if there is a show stopper for you!

Known issues

  • If you are missing some Feature-on-Demand (FOD) packages such as Windows Media Player, please see this Feedback Hub post: https://aka.ms/Rsrjqn.

  • Using a swipe gesture with touch to dismiss notifications from the Action Center is currently not working. We’re investigating – for now you’ll need to use the clear all button, or use mouse/keyboard.

  • If you RDP into a PC running this build with certain GPU configurations, when you go to sign in to the PC locally it will appear stuck at a black screen with only the cursor available. If you let it sit for a bit, the PC will eventually recover and you’ll be able to use it normally.

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New OneDrive Look

The Microsoft OneDrive team is making some visual changes to OneDrive, which look pretty great in my opinion. This includes folders, file icons, etc. across OneDrive and Sharepoint.

Every day, millions of people rely on OneDrive and SharePoint to share documents, pictures, and countless other kinds of digital content. We’ve listened to your feedback and worked to create a refreshed experience to help you be even more productive. Today we’re proud to announce a new experience across web and mobile that makes finding what’s important to you easier, while keeping you better up to date with what is going on with your files. You will see all these changes hit your device and browser before the end of the year.

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October Patch Tuesday Fixes 62 Flaws

Yesterday was October Patch Tuesday. This time, Microsoft has 62 fixes being pushed. Brian Krebs has the lowdown on what is included with these new fixes. Always be sure to do Windows Updates and keep your system patched. An unpatched system is vulnerable to easy compromise.

Roughly half of the flaws Microsoft addressed this week are in the code that makes up various versions of Windows, and 28 of them were labeled “critical” — meaning malware or malicious attackers could use the weaknesses to break into Windows computers remotely with no help from users.

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