Windows 10 has a quality control problem. While Microsoft has made improvements, updates remain a minefield and this month alone just one broke Search, the Start Menu and caused USB and audio problems for good measure. Now Microsoft is making changes every one of its 800M Windows 10 users needs to know about. Picked up by BleepingComputer, Microsoft has confirmed it is changing the Windows 10 [. . .]
Update 1907 for the Technical Preview Branch of System Center Configuration Manager has been released. If you have a large task sequence with many groups and steps, it can be difficult to find specific steps. Based on your UserVoice feedback, you can now search for specific groups and steps using the following parameters in the Task Sequence Editor:
Other content, for example, strings like variable values or command lines
Task Sequence Editor Search
You can also filter to see which steps contain conditionals or are marked as continue on error. Search lets you more quickly locate steps in…
The 1906 update includes integration with Desktop Analytics which is a cloud-based service that provides insight and intelligence to make more informed decisions about the update readiness of your Windows clients. It combines data from your organization with data aggregated from millions of devices connected to Microsoft cloud services.
Use Desktop Analytics with Configuration Manager to:
Create an inventory of apps running in your organization.
Assess app compatibility with the latest Windows 10 feature updates.
Identify compatibility issues and receive mitigation suggestions based on cloud-enabled data insights.
Create pilot groups that represent the entire application and driver estate across a minimal set of devices.
Update 1908 for the Technical Preview Branch of System Center Configuration Manager has been released. Based on your UserVoice feedback, you can now run a task sequence with the high performance power plan. This option improves the overall speed of the task sequence. It configures Windows to use its built-in high-performance power plan, which delivers maximum performance at the expense of higher power consumption.
TS performance power plan infographic
Learn more about Task sequence performance improvements for power plans.
This preview release also includes:
Local device express query evaluation for CMPivot standalone – When using CMPivot outside of the Configuration Manager console, you can…
Microsoft is adding new capabilities in the Cloud Solution Provider program for partners to resell, manage, and provide services to customers on Microsoft Azure. These enhancements to Azure in CSP introduce product alignment and a common pricing engine across how customers buy Azure. You’ll be able to offer customers the latest innovations in Azure at [. . .]
The Modern Workplace: Packing More Partner Value into Microsoft 365 The modern workplace is a critical part of the digital transformation vision Microsoft has for our partners. We are constantly making it easier for you to translate the needs of customers into innovative modern workplace solutions. As we start 2019, I want to share some [. . .]
The partnership we share with you is of paramount importance to us, and we are committed to helping it grow. And our role as your partner goes beyond us organizing our portfolio of partner programs. It’s about people. So, with the belief that partners make more possible, for the second year in a row we [. . .]
A Digital transformation is rapidly changing how organizations create value. Customers today are faced with complex technology decisions. Increasingly, people making those decisions are line-of-business buyers, and how they purchase technology continues to move toward self-service and specialization. Today we have buyers prefer to do their own research and are more amenable to accessing products [. . .]
Partners transacting in the CSP program: CSP Indirect Providers. As part of the new enhanced process, all CSP Indirect Resellers will need to accept the Microsoft Partner Agreement on Partner Center. Indirect Providers are required to point their Indirect Resellers to onboard on Partner Center as a prerequisite to their reviewing and accepting the Microsoft Partner [. . .]
To provide the best-in-class encryption to our customers, Microsoft is making updates to the Application Proxy service to limit access to only TLS 1.2 protocols. Based on your organization readiness, changes will be gradually rolled out to organizations who are only using TLS 1.2 protocols and will not see any impact from this change. TLS [. . .]