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Daily Archives: November 27, 2018

  • Patch Lady – When 365 isn’t the same 365

    Posted on November 27th, 2018 at 22:44 Susan Bradley Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    I have a version of Office 365 that I purchased through godaddy as well as the top of the line Microsoft 365 E5 license.  I do that in order to compare the top to the bottom.  And one of the things I’ve noticed is that on the Godaddy implementation of Office 365 that often you can’t get to the same screens nor do they have the same options.  Take as example the Office secure score web site that walks you through making sure you can protect your email system as much as possible  https://securescore.office.com/#!/dashboard  I can get to that interface with the top of the line 365 program, I can’t get to it via the Godaddy offering.

    https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/office365/securitycompliance/office-365-secure-score

    One could argue that Godaddy should know to set things up securely but if there’s one thing I’ve always found with vendors…trust but verify.

    For example one rule that needs to be set up is a block forwarding rule

    Can you set up this best practice in Godaddy’s implementation of Office 365, honestly I can’t tell.

    Bottom line be aware that the different vendor implementations of 365 means you may not have all the options you see talked about on the web.

  • Yes, the next cumulative update for Win10 version 1809 will fix the mapped drive and default program problems

    Posted on November 27th, 2018 at 21:15 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Microsoft has announced that the Insider Preview Ring-only update to Win10 1809 — the one that’s still being baked — fixes these problems:

    • Addresses an issue in Microsoft Edge with using the drag-and-drop feature to upload folders from the Windows desktop to a file hosting service website, such as Microsoft OneDrive. In some scenarios, files contained in the folders fail to upload, with possibly no error reported on the web page to the user.
    • Addresses an issue that prevents some users from setting Win32 program defaults for certain app and file type combinations using the Open with… command or Settings > Apps > Default apps.
    • Addresses an issue that may cause mapped drives to fail to reconnect after starting and logging onto a Windows device.

    Most importantly, MS has NOT released the fix through the normal Windows Update channels.

    If you’re curious, take a look at that list of bug fixes and marvel at how bad the original Win10 1809 must’ve been.

  • New cumulative updates for Win10 1803, 1709, 1703, and 1607 – but NOT for 1809

    Posted on November 27th, 2018 at 12:47 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    By Jove, I think somebody in Redmond has figured this stuff out.

    Win10 version 1803 KB 4467682 brings the build up to 17134.441. Lots and lots of little bug fixes. Still shows two known issues: The SqlConnection exception in .NET, and the Seek Bar is broken in Windows Media Player.

    Win10 version 1709KB 4467681 brings the build up to 16299.820. Another big list of bugs, same acknowledged problems.

    Win7 Preview KB 4467108 is a real yawner – one bug fix for the Japanese date change, and two time zone updates, for Russia and Morocco.

    Win8.1 Preview KB 4467695 also lays on the zzzz’s, with more Japanese calendar change bugs and more time zone updates.

    Of course, you don’t want any of them.

    As of this moment, there’s no Win10 version 1809 cumulative update. As I explained this morning, that’s a good thing.

    Now let’s see how long Microsoft lets Win10 1809  build 17763.167 bake before it gets pushed. If we’re lucky, MS will wait until next Patch Tuesday — and fix all of the known bugs before we have to go through another patch cycle.

  • Using Office 365 and can’t log on? (Again?) Looks like multi-factor authentication is down again

    Posted on November 27th, 2018 at 10:01 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    For the second time in as many weeks, I’m seeing widespread reports that folks can’t log on to Office.

    Mary Jo Foley reports on ZDNet:

    Starting around 9:15 a.m. ET, a number of Office 365 customers began reporting on Twitter that they were unable to sign into that service because of an MFA issue. Office 365 is one of a number of Microsoft services that uses Azure Active Directory MFA to authenticate.

    You can see the current status report here. At the moment we’re treated to this delightful ditty:

    Starting at 14:25 UTC on 27 Nov 2018 a subset of customers using Multi-Factor Authentication may experience intermittent issues signing into Azure resources, such as Azure Active Directory, when Multi-Factor Authentication is required by policy. Impacted customers may encounter timeout errors. Engineers are aware of this issue and are actively investigating mitigation options. The next update will be provided in 60 minutes, or as events warrant.

    Here we go again.

  • Surprise! Microsoft is using the Insider Release Preview Ring correctly for the latest test build of Win10 version 1809

    Posted on November 27th, 2018 at 07:23 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    I sure hope this is an indication Microsoft’s finally, finally figured out how to use the Insider Release Preview Ring.

    Big question now is if we’re going to get hit with another half-baked cumulative update to Win10 1809, when there’s no reason at all to shovel it out this week.

    Details in Computerworld Woody on Windows.