What is Windows Defender Application Control?

  If you are not familiar with Windows Defender Application Control (WDAC), let me fill you in. Not to be confused with Windows Defender Application Guard, a containerization solution for Microsoft Edge that uses Hyper-V to isolate browser sessions, WDAC is one part of Windows Device Guard. Just to add to the confusion, Microsoft uses Windows Device Guard to refer to the use of WDAC and hypervisor-protected code integrity (HVCI) together. For more information on Windows Defender Application Guard, see Revisiting Application Guard in the Windows 10 April 2018 Update on Petri. Windows Device Guard was introduced in Windows 10 as a new, robust application control solution designed to be … Read more

Connect iPhone to Windows 10 PC using Microsoft Remote Desktop

  We know that iOS and Windows are competitors and do not gel with each other. The result is that you cannot run your Windows applications on the iOS platform. iOS owns a whopping mobile OS market share of 50-odd% while Windows OS is the dominant player in the PC category with 90-odd% market share. Therefore, there is a possibility that you end up owning both of the above devices and have to look at ways of how you can make them talk to each other. Smooth integration between your iOS device and Windows PC is essential if you want to manage your Windows 10 PC data even while you … Read more

Microsoft releases KB4284848 for Windows 10 version 1803

It took Microsoft a bit longer than expected but KB4284848, a new cumulative update for Windows 10 version 1803, has finally been released. Microsoft released cumulative updates for previous versions of Windows last week but did not release an update for the April 2018 Update version. It is usually the case that updates get released for all versions of Windows 10 and that is why it was strange that 1803 did not receive one when all other versions did. KB4284848 for Windows 10 version 1803 KB4284848 is a cumulative update for Windows 10 version 1803, the April 2018 Update, that brings the build of the operating system to 17134.137. The … Read more

Package Management in Windows Using Chocolatey

  Windows has long been a second-class citizen when it comes to package managers. In Linux, it is easy to install an application using apt-get or Yum from the command line. But until recently, there has been no built-in way to do the same in Windows. For end users, the Microsoft Store partly addresses the problem because apps can be installed in one click and updates are managed for the user. Legacy Win32 apps are a different story. Windows Installer Windows Installer became the standard technology for deploying software in enterprises and it is supported by Group Policy and Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM). But unlike apt-get in Linux, … Read more

How to set up a VPN in Windows

VPN (virtual private network) technology lets a computer using a public internet connection join a private network by way of a secure “tunnel” between that machine and the network. This protects the data from being seen or tampered with by bad actors. The two most common use cases are consumer VPN services that allow individuals to surf privately from home or a public setting, and business-oriented solutions that allow employees to securely connect to a corporate network remotely. For the most part, VPN connections are handled by custom software such as the many consumer VPN services we’ve reviewed, or by third-party generic software such as the OpenVPN client or Cisco … Read more

Windows 10 Slow After Installing a Feature Update? Here’s How to Fix It

If you just upgraded to Windows 10 but you are experiencing a slow desktop, here are some ways to speed it up. Your computer has been on a marathon upgrade cycle since 2015 and is probably feeling exhausted with the number of feature updates and cumulative updates Microsoft has released since then. With all these rapid changes in a short period of time, it’s possible that your system is getting bogged down. If your Windows 10 desktop is performing slowly since upgrading to a new version of Windows 10, there might be some simple reasons why that’s happening. Below are some things you should try after performing the upgrade. Improve … Read more

Windows Defender ATP support in Windows 7 and 8.1

Rob Lefferts, Microsoft Partner Director, Windows & Devices Group, Security & Enterprise, announced yesterday on the official Windows Business blog that Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection (ATP) will come to Windows 7 and 8.1 this summer. Before Windows 7 and 8.1 (home) customers get their hopes up: support appears to be limited to Enterprise customers who can add Windows Defender ATP Detection & Response functionality to devices running Windows 7 or Windows 8.1. Windows Defender ATP is a cloud-based security solution for Windows that protects devices running Windows 10 from a variety of threats and includes a central management console. It includes security features such as Windows Defender Exploit Guard, … Read more

Turn On Built-in Ransomware Protection In Windows 10

  Several third-party anti-ransomware software are around to help you protect your data from ransomware. Many users are using third-party anti-ransomware protection like Acronis Ransomware Protection free to prevent ransomware from encrypting their data. If you are running version 1709 or greater version of Windows 10, you will be happy to know that there is a built-in feature in Windows 10 to help you protect the data against ransomware. The Controlled Folder Access feature in Windows 10 monitors apps and reviews the apps that can make changes to files saved in protected areas. That is, the Controlled Folder Access allows you to add a list of folders that you want … Read more

PowerShell Core 6.0 and Why Windows PowerShell Is No Longer Being Developed

  Microsoft announced the general availability of PowerShell Core 6.0 on January 10th. In this Ask the Admin, I’ll look at the roadmap for PowerShell and some of the dramatic changes since Microsoft announced that PowerShell will be open source. 40 percent of all VMs provisioned in Azure run Linux. And 26 percent of VMs in Amazon Web Services (AWS) run Windows. If you take Azure and AWS as the two biggest providers, that’s not a small number of Windows servers running in the cloud, although Linux has a clear lead. The reality for many organizations is that they manage a mixture of Windows and Linux servers, whether in an … Read more

NSA Exploits Ported to Work on All Windows Versions Released Since Windows 2000

A security researcher has ported three leaked NSA exploits to work on all Windows versions released in the past 18 years, starting with Windows 2000. The three exploits are EternalChampion, EternalRomance, and EternalSynergy; all three leaked last April by a hacking group known as The Shadow Brokers who claimed to have stolen the code from the NSA. Researcher ports NSA exploits for old&new Windows versions Several exploits and hacking tools were released in the April 2017 Shadow Brokers dump, the most famous being EternalBlue, the exploit used in the WannaCry, NotPetya, and Bad Rabbit ransomware outbreaks. While EternalBlue became a favorite tool among malware authors, the Shadow Brokers dump also … Read more

How To Patch and Verify Meltdown and Spectre Protection on Windows PCs

Meltdown and Spectre, arguably the biggest vulnerabilities discovered in modern computers to date, are the flaws in the processor level and to affect almost every chip sold in the last 20 years. The affected chips include those manufactured by Intel, AMD, and ARM, which literally means that all devices that run Windows platform are potentially vulnerable, including desktops, laptops, cloud servers, and smartphones. The good news is that there is no reported incident indicating that these serious vulnerabilities have been used to attack end users, at least at this very moment. That gives us a few breath moment to get all our systems patched up so no sensitive information will … Read more

What Is Hyper-Convergence in Windows Server 2016?

  In this Ask the Admin, I’ll explain what hyper-convergence is and how it can help simplify your IT systems. There’s a new buzzword in Microsoft’s recent literature – hyper-convergence. Microsoft is improving Storage Spaces Direct in Windows Server as part of its hyper-convergence efforts to lower costs and reduce complexity in its Azure cloud platform. But understanding hyper-convergence requires some background knowledge first. Virtualization and high availability clusters have long been key technologies in the datacenter. Clusters need access to shared storage, which is typically provided by a storage area network (SAN). Not only are SANs expensive, but they also require expertise to set up and keep them running. … Read more