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Daily Archives: October 18, 2019

  • Microsoft 365 health status

    Posted on October 18th, 2019 at 10:30 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Yes, that’s copyright 2017

    Mary Jo Foley has details on ZDNet.

    Starting at approximately 13:42 UTC 18 Oct 2019, customers in North America are experiencing issues with Sign-in when Multi-Factor Authentication is enabled. Engineering team is currently investigating the issue and will send out an update as soon as possible.

    UPDATE: MS has modified the announcement:

    Title: Unable to access Microsoft 365 services with MFA

    User impact: Users may be unable to sign in to Microsoft 365 services when leveraging Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA).

    More info: Users may not receive authentication requests via phone call, SMS or within their authenticator app.

    Current status: We’ve confirmed via telemetry and reports from some of the affected customers that service has recovered for a majority of impacted users. We’re continuing to investigate log data to better understand what caused this issue and to validate which recovery measures we took restored service functionality. Additionally, our telemetry indicates that this issue was specific to users located in the North America region.

    Scope of impact: This issue could affect any of your users located in North America if they leverage MFA to access Microsoft 365 services.

    Start time: Friday, October 18, 2019, at 1:30 PM UTC Next update by: Friday, October 18, 2019, at 6:30 PM UTC

  • The second “optional non-security” October cumulative update for Win10 version 1809 breaks MS Defender Advanced Threat Protection

    Posted on October 18th, 2019 at 09:37 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Microsoft just acknowledged that KB 4520062, the second October cumulative update for Win10 version 1809 breaks ATP:

    Microsoft Defender Advanced Threat Protection might stop running

    The Microsoft Defender Advanced Threat Protection (ATP) service might stop running and might fail to send reporting data. You might also receive a 0xc0000409 error in Event Viewer on MsSense.exe.
    Affected platforms:
    • Client: Windows 10, version 1809; Windows 10 Enterprise LTSC 2019
    • Server: Windows Server, version 1809; Windows Server 2019
    Next steps: At this time, we suggest that devices in an affected environment do not install KB4520062. We are working on a resolution and estimate a solution will be available in mid-November.

    Opened: October 17, 2019 05:14 PM PT

    Martin Brinkmann has details on

    Ponder for a moment. This is an “optional non-security” update that breaks a major security feature, used by a large percentage (if not a majority) of Win10 Enterprise customers. Who in blue blazes is testing this stuff?

    There’s a reason why we’re on MS-DEFCON 1, eh?

    Thx, @Zerafa

  • Announcing the arrival of the Win7 Pro upgrade-to-Win10 nag, KB 4493132

    Posted on October 18th, 2019 at 07:50 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    It’s official — and I can confirm. If you install the Win7 patch  KB 4524752 on a Win7 Pro machine and reboot a couple of times, you’ll see the new nag screen:

    That shot’s taken from my Seven Semper Fi machine, which is now forewarned about impending doom.

    OK, I’m being overly dramatic – in fact it all looks like a straightforward nag. As best I can tell, checking “Do not remind me again” actually does take away the nag. But there are some oddities — and a couple of registry settings that send my Spidey sense tingling.

    Details in Computerworld Woody on Windows.