Time Machine Backups for Windows OSs

While doing some casual browsing about all things tech, I came across a post discussing a software package that can pretty much be looked at as “System Restore” on steroids.  Enter RollBack Rx…it has also been dubbed as the Time Machine Backup-like solution for Windows.

Check out the details here and I’ll be sure to test out the software for myself!

Path to using in-place upgrades for Windows Server OSs

So I believe its safe to assume that all of you Sysadmins out there are as busy as I am with upgrading all of those legacy servers still running 2008 / 2008 R2 in anticipation of the “end of life” (January 14, 2020 to be exact) date soon approaching.

It’s been a heck of a ride thus far but there’s a question that came to mind: Which version of Windows Server are you upgrading to?  2012?  2012 R2?  2016?  2019?

Believe it or not…if you have the time or if it needs to be done out of necessity, Microsoft has published a road map of how to perform in place upgrades (3 to be exact) to get from 2008 (R2 or not) to 2019.

Obviously in a perfect world, you may not want to take this route but if you have no other choice, it may be worth giving this road map (found here) a look!

Also, don’t forget to let us know which version of Windows Server is your final destination… 🙂

“Once a year” Windows 10 feature updates

So it seems that Microsoft has finally gotten the message that it is too burdensome to expect users (especially business ones) to install these large feature updates!

Without taking into account what will happen with “19H2”, it can be expected that Microsoft will release Windows 10 feature updates every Spring and will do away with the fall update.


Google Drive vs. Microsoft OneDrive

We’ll I guess we might as well take it a step further with the “rise” of OneDrive by comparing it with the other main competitor in this space, Google Drive.

Ed Bott on ZDNet has the latest comparisons, primarily with a slant on what’s best for a business between these two heavyweights here for all to see!

What’s your pick…OneDrive, Google Drive, or both (in my case)?

The rise of OneDrive

When it comes to cloud storage, many options are available for consumer and business users.  Personally, I use Microsoft OneDrive and Google Drive as my primary cloud storage options so I can appreciate the unbiased article written by Amy Babinchak for AskWoody.com detailing how OneDrive has come a long way in becoming a solid top tier choice for users.

Check out her review here and let me know if you think she is accurate in her assessment!

Starting with SCCM

For those who are looking to get started with SCCM, Doug Seiler (see his blog here) does a great job of breaking it down to the basics and even makes it a fun read when it comes to following the tutorials in order to get your own lab environment up and running.

As someone who has had to do the same and with no formal experience or training, I can truly appreciate someone who has taken the time and effort to put everything in writing!

Patching change for Windows 10 version 1903

For the past few years as an SCCM admin, I have become accustomed to Microsoft’s semi-annual release of the latest version of Windows 10 and patching it is usually seamless and does not require making any changes to WSUS / SCCM.

However, it seems that Microsoft has made a significant change starting with version 1903 and beyond, system administrators of WSUS / SCCM must select “Windows 10, version 1903 or later” in order for those systems running it to be updated.  See Microsoft’s announcement here.

Special shout out to Bryan Dam (damgoodadmin.com) and Mary Jo Foley (ZDNet.com) for bringing this to the attention of the masses.  Saves me a support call to Microsoft that’s for sure!

Windows 10 version 1903 is here!

Fresh off the press from Microsoft’s Joe Lurie announcing on the TechCommunity website that the latest version of Windows 10 is here!

I’m happy to announce that Windows 10, version 1903 is now available through Windows Server Update Services (WSUS) and Windows Update for Business, and will be able to be downloaded today from Visual Studio Subscriptions, the Software Download Center (via Update Assistant or the Media Creation Tool), and the Volume Licensing Service Center[i]. Today marks the start of the servicing timeline for this Semi-Annual Channel release, and we recommend that you begin rolling out Windows 10, version 1903 in phases across your organization—validating that your apps, devices, and infrastructure work well with this new release before broad deployment.

Click here to view the full post for more details!

New Windows XP and Server 2003 Updates?!?!

So it appears that Microsoft has discovered a “wormable flaw” that could possibly “fuel a fast-moving malware threat” similar to the WannaCry ransomware attacks from a couple years ago.

Apparently the vulnerability directly affects the Remote Desktop Services component that’s part of all of Microsoft’s client and server OSs so needless to say that it’s very important you get the patch in place as soon as possible!

For more details, check out the Krebsonsecurity.com breakdown here.

Forescout: “The legacy Windows problem”

As we near the highly anticipated Windows 7 end of life date (01/14/2020 in case you forgot), I wondered which business sectors / organizations will still be running this legacy OS in 2020…and then I came across a report from Forescout that confirmed my worst fears.

It looks like the healthcare industry will have a lot of catching up to do since it is anticipated that the majority of all devices will be running an unsupported OS after January 14, 2020.

According to summaries of the Forescout report that can be found on Askwoody.com,

Within our data sample… 71% of devices will be running unsupported Windows operating systems by January 14, 2020.

The study revealed that 40% of deployments had more than 20 different operating systems on their medical VLANs.

Source data for this report came from the Forescout Device Cloud, a repository of host and network information for more than 8 million devices, making it one of the largest crowdsourced device repositories. For this study, researchers limited Device Cloud analysis to 75 healthcare deployments with over 10,000 virtual local area networks (VLANs) and 1.5 million devices. Since the primary focus of the report is the status of medical devices, many of the results are based on analysis of more than 1,500 medical VLANs with 430,000 devices.

Very scary in the grand scheme of things!  Microsoft, if you’re listening, you may want to think about extending support for a bit longer…