20 Aug.
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Download The Remote Server Administration Tools (RSAT) for Windows 10

To help ease remote server management, you can download and install Remote Server Administration Tools. Remote Server Administration Tools includes Server Manager, Microsoft Management Console (MMC) snap-ins, consoles, Windows PowerShell® cmdlets and providers, and some command-line tools for managing roles and features that run on Windows Server.

Remote Server Administration Tools for Windows 10 includes support for remote management of computers that are running the Server Core installation option or the Minimal Server Interface configuration of Windows Server 2016 Technical Preview, Windows Server 2012 R2, and in limited cases, the Server Core installation options of Windows Server® 2012. However, Remote Server Administration Tools for Windows 10 cannot be installed on any versions of the Windows Server operating system.

You can download and install the 32 and 64 bit versions of these tools, here are some of the things to watch for…
Remote Server Administration Tools for Windows 10 can be used to manage roles and features that are running on Windows Server Technical Preview, with the following exceptions:

  • DHCP Tools. Dhcpmgmt.msc is not available in this release of RSAT, but equivalent Windows PowerShell cmdlets are available.
  • IP Address Management (IPAM) Tools. IPAM tools are not available in this release of RSAT.
  • Network Policy Server Tools. The NPS console is not supported on a Windows client-based operating system, and will be removed from future releases of RSAT.
  • Routing and Remote Access Tools. Routing and Remote Access Tools that are GUI-based cannot be used for remote configuration in this release of RSAT, but the equivalent Windows PowerShell cmdlets are available.

Remote Server Administration Tools for Windows 10 is available only in English (United States) for this release. If you are running Windows 10 in a language that is not English (United States), be sure that you have installed the English (United States) language pack before you install Remote Server Administration Tools. To install the language pack, on the Start screen, click Settings. Click Time and language, click Region and language, and then click Add a language. Click English, and then select English (United States). When you are finished, close the Settings dialog box.

To install Remote Server Administration Tools for Windows 10

IMPORTANT: You can install Remote Server Administration Tools for Windows 10 only on the full release of Windows 10 Professional or Windows 10 Enterprise.

  1. Download the Remote Server Administration Tools for Windows 10 package that is appropriate for your computer’s architecture. You can either run the installer from the Download Center website, or save the download package to a local computer or share. If you save the download package to a local computer or share, double-click the installer program, WindowsTH-KB2693643-x64.msu or WindowsTH-KB2693643-x86.msu, depending on the architecture of the computer on which you want to install the tools.
  2. When you are prompted by the Windows Update Standalone Installer dialog box to install the update, click Yes.
  3. Read and accept the license terms. Click I accept. Installation requires a few minutes to finish.

NOTE: All tools are enabled by default. You do not need to open Turn Windows features on or off in Windows 10 to enable tools that you want to use.

To turn off specific tools

  1. On the desktop, click Start, click All Apps, click Windows System, and then click Control Panel.
  2. Click Programs, and then in Programs and Features, click Turn Windows features on or off.
  3. In the Windows Features dialog box, expand Remote Server Administration Tools, and then expand either Role Administration Tools or Feature Administration Tools.
  4. Clear the check boxes for any tools that you want to turn off. Note that if you turn off Server Manager, the computer must be restarted, and tools that were accessible from the Tools menu of Server Manager must be opened from the Administrative Tools folder.
  5. When you are finished turning off tools that you do not want to use, click OK.

To uninstall Remote Server Administration Tools for Windows 10

  1. On the desktop, click Start, click All Apps, click Windows System, and then click Control Panel.
  2. Under Programs, click Uninstall a program.
  3. Click View installed updates.
  4. Right-click Update for Microsoft Windows (KB2693643), and then click Uninstall.
  5. When you are asked if you are sure you want to uninstall the update, click Yes.

 

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 18 Aug.
0

MDT 2013 Update 1 Now Available

News from Aaron Czechowski that many have been waiting for – the MDT 2013 Update is now available for download, as posted on http://blogs.technet.com/b/msdeployment/archive/2015/08/17/mdt-2013-update-1-now-available.aspx

The Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT) 2013 Update 1 is now available on the Microsoft Download Center. This update requires the Windows Assessment and Deployment Kit (ADK) for Windows 10, available on the Microsoft Hardware Dev Center. (Scroll to the bottom of the page to the section, “Customize, assess, and deploy Windows on your hardware.” The page also includes other Windows kits; remember for deployment you only need the Windows ADK for Windows 10.)

Significant changes in MDT 2013 Update 1:

  • Support for the Windows Assessment and Deployment Kit (ADK) for Windows 10
  • Support for deployment and upgrade of Windows 10
  • Support for integration with System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager SP1 with the Windows 10 ADK (see this post on the Configuration Manager Team blog for more information on using the Windows 10 ADK with Configuration Manager)

Here is a more detailed list of some specific changes in this release:

  • Support for new Enterprise LTSB and Education editions of Windows 10
  • Support for modern app (.appx) dependencies and bundles
  • Improved support for split image files (.swm)
  • Switched to using DISM for imaging processes (instead of deprecated ImageX)
  • Deployment Workbench revisions for deprecated content
  • Enhanced accessibility within the Deployment Workbench
  • Revised lists of time zones, regions and languages in the Deployment Wizard
  • Removed Start menu shortcut for “Remove PXE Filter”
  • Several MVP recommended fixes for Windows Updates, password handling, and PowerShell cmdlets
  • Added missing OOBE settings to Unattend.xml
  • Unattend.xml default screen resolution changed to allow for automatic scaling
  • Updated task sequence binaries from System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager SP1
  • New GetMajorMinorVersion function for integer comparison of Windows version numbers

Please continue to use the MDT Connect site to file bugs and feedback.

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 11 Aug.
0

Sonos finally supports a Microsoft music subscription service, officially.

Many moons ago, you could play back rights managed Zune music files, but it wasn’t exactly a consumer friendly option. You needed to install the Zune software on a Windows, share your music library through Windows Media Player, and then your Sonos units could play back any of the rights protected WMA files. Not exactly integrated, and not exactly end user friendly but it worked. One day, however, a Sonos system update removed this capability. This didn’t completely leave all users in the dark, if you had a subscription that included the 10 free downloads per month, those MP3 files worked fine. However, as the plans morphed, new subscribers weren’t given this option.

Fast forward to the Windows 10 launch activities, and we now have the rebranded Zune/Xbox Music subscription reclaiming the Groove brand that Microsoft has owned for quite a while, and we have subscription integration into the Sonos client. Setting it up in it’s current state is a little different, so I’ll include those steps.

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In Add Music Services you need to choose Sonos Labs, rather than Groove being listed by default.

 

 

 

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From there just look for the Groove logo, and click on it, and you will be provided with the necessary steps to link your Sonos to your Groove subscription. I had already completed this, so you don’t see all the screens, but you will need to sign in to the Groove music site to verify.

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Now we have Groove available as a music source.

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You can see that I can browse my own collection (including music in my OneDrive music folder, along with Playlists, New Releases, Top songs and Genre Radios.

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In my Collection I can search, or browse by Artists, Albums or Songs.

 

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I’ve selected New Releases.

 

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And now I can filter by Genre.

 

 

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Under Tops you can filter by Songs, Artists or Albums

 

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Here you can see the Artists, and again I can filter based on Genre.

 

 

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In this example I’ve used Classical as the filter.

This is just a quick look, I’ll post more once I’ve had more time to play around, but I’m happy this has finally happened. A big thank you to Sonos and Microsoft!

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 6 Aug.
0

Download the Administrative Templates (.admx) for Windows 10

The ADMX templates for Windows 10 have just hit the Microsoft download centre.  Group Policy tools use Administrative template files to populate policy settings in the user interface. This allows administrators to manage registry-based policy settings.

 

You can download them here, and below is some of the important information regarding the download.

It’s also worth grabbing the spreadsheet that includes details of the Group Policy settings here, along with a bunch of downlevel OS Group Policy settings spreadsheets as well.

Supported Operating System

Windows 10 , Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2012, Windows Server 2012 R2

User rights to run the Group Policy Management Editor (gpme.msc) or the Group Policy Object Editor (gpedit.msc).

Install Instructions

To download the .msi file that contains the .admx files:

    1. Click the download button
    2. In the File Download dialog box, click Save.
    3. In the Save As dialog box, browse to the directory on your computer to which you want to save the .msi file.
    4. To start downloading the .msi file, click Save.

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 30 Jul.
0

Mobile Device Management Design Considerations Guide

And another recent release from the ECM docs team at Microsoft.

With all of the different design and configuration options for mobile device management (MDM), it’s difficult to determine which combination will best meet the needs of your organization. This design considerations guide will help you to understand mobile device management design requirements and will detail a series of steps and tasks that you can follow to design a solution that best fits the business and technology needs for your organization. Throughout the steps and tasks, this guide will present the relevant technologies and feature options available to organizations to meet functional and service quality (such as availability, scalabiility, performance, anageability, and security) level requirements.

Specifically, the goals of this guide are to help you answer the following questions:

  • What questions do I need to answer to drive a MDM-specific design for a technology or problem domain that best meets my requirements?
  • What is the sequence of activities I should complete to design a MDM solution for the technology or problem domain?
  • What MDM technology and configuration options are available to help me meet my requirements, and what are the trade-offs between those options so that i can select the best option for my MDM requirement?

MDM Design Considerations Guide V1.1.pdf

 

 

 

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 30 Jul.
0

Managing Access and Help Protect Corporate Email Data on Mobile Devices

In case you missed it, a recent release from the ECM docs team at Microsoft

Microsoft offers the Enterprise Mobility Suite (EMS), a comprehensive solution for identity, mobile device management, app management, and data protection. EMS provides a layered security model which allows you to manage access to email, data, and corporate applications.

This article starts with an overview of how you can provide data protection for your company while making sure that the end-user experience is simple and does not impact productivity. Then, we will focus on how you can help provide secure access to your corporate email and help protect company data in email and attachments using Microsoft Enterprise Mobility Suite.

Managing Access and Help Protect Corporate Email Data on Mobile Devices.pdf

 

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 30 Jul.
0

Windows 10 Client Connector Update for Windows Server Essentials 2012 R2 Released

In most cases, the need for customers to get this file urgently isn’t too big an issue yet because most of the PCs in an Essentials environment will be domain joined, and thus won’t receive an automatic update. You can grab the download here.

Here are the details from the download page.

Windows Server Essentials Connector for Windows Server 2012 R2

Windows Server Essentials Connector is software that helps you connect your PC or Mac client to Windows Server 2012 R2 with the Windows Server Essentials Experience server role enabled. It also enables and manages key client-side functionality of Windows Server Essentials Experience. On a PC, it provides client backup, a tray icon and the Launchpad, the Dashboard for management of remote servers, and a VPN profile with the capability of auto-dialing and monitoring client health from the server side. On a Mac, it provides health monitoring and the Launchpad.

You can download the updated connectors here

Before you proceed with this, take a look at the post from the Essentials team where they provide more details, and make sure you check out the comments and updated information.

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 28 Jul.
0

Updated – Upcoming MVA Course: Preparing Your Enterprise for Windows 10 as a Service

This event has been pushed out a few weeks, it’s now on the 13th and 14th of August, depending on where you are based.

 

If you’re looking at enterprise mobility and Windows 10, join the experts on July 16, 2015 and a July 17, 2015 rebroadcast for “Preparing Your Enterprise for Windows 10 as a Service.” Hosted by Simon May, this is the fifth course in the popular Enterprise Mobility Core Skills series. Get answers to your tough technical questions about Windows 10, and hear details about under-the-hood improvements that can improve your team’s productivity.

 

Register here…

 

August 13, 9am–1pm PDT (The Americas)
August 14, 8am–12pm CEST (Europe)
August 14, 2pm–6pm SGT (Asia)

 

Don’t forget to take a look at the Azure AD Core Skills, Microsoft Intune Core Skills, Azure Rights Management Core Skills and RemoteApp Core Skills sessions.

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 6 Jul.
0

Upcoming MVA Course: Preparing Your Enterprise for Windows 10 as a Service

If you’re looking at enterprise mobility and Windows 10, join the experts on July 16, 2015 and a July 17, 2015 rebroadcast for “Preparing Your Enterprise for Windows 10 as a Service.” Hosted by Simon May, this is the fifth course in the popular Enterprise Mobility Core Skills series. Get answers to your tough technical questions about Windows 10, and hear details about under-the-hood improvements that can improve your team’s productivity. Register today

 

Don’t forget to take a look at the Azure AD Core Skills, Microsoft Intune Core Skills, Azure Rights Management Core Skills and RemoteApp Core Skills sessions.

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 28 Jun.
0

Microsoft Intune End User Enrolment Guide Published

Last week the Enterprise Content Management Team published the Microsoft Intune Enrolment Guide in PDF and Word formats. The guide is customisable and provides high level instructions for users to be able to enrol their own Windows, iOS and Android devices .

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