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Monthly Archives: December 2019

  • The beta-test FREE newsletter is out!

    Posted on December 30th, 2019 at 17:55 Tracey Capen Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    The next big thing at AskWoody? A free version of the weekly newsletter. Our thanks to the 400+ AskWoody members who volunteered to be beta testers.

    We plan to put out the first production issue on January 6 (Monday), along with the regular full issue. So we really need your thoughts, concerns, and suggested changes — soon!

    If you want to see the beta edition, but did not sign up to receive it by email, click here for the online version. If you want to get signed up for the Newsletter itself, fill out the signup form here.

    Thanks for your support!

  • No AskWoody Plus Newsletter today

    Posted on December 30th, 2019 at 07:44 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    As announced in last week’s issue, this is a bye week for the AskWoody Plus Newsletter. We’re all spending time with friends and family — and swearing over getting relatives’ machines fixed. Just like you.

    We’ll be back next week with a whole bunch of interesting stuff that you can’t find anywhere else.

    By the way… if you aren’t receiving the Newsletters, log in to this site with your account and check the box in the upper right corner. If it shows that you’re a Plus Member, and you aren’t receiving weekly newsletters, something’s gone awry. Drop me a message at

  • hits ten years

    Posted on December 29th, 2019 at 21:58 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    I remember wondering, when Brian Krebs left the Washington Post, if he’d be able to keep his site going. I’m very, very happy to report that just hit its tenth anniversary. That’s an extraordinary achievement from one of the world’s foremost investigative reporters.

    Ends up that Brian supports his site with hand-curated display ads: If you block ads on his site, he loses revenue. If you run an adblocker, please take a moment now to turn off blocking on Just to say, “thanks.”

  • Bowden: Win10 version 2004 hits RTM, build 19041 – but don’t bring out the confetti

    Posted on December 28th, 2019 at 10:16 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Per Zac Bowden at Windows Central, Win10 version 2004 (known as 20H1) is now done. Here’s what he said on December 20:

    20H1 is done now. As far as I’m aware, I’m hearing that RTM is now complete. 19041 is the build. Assuming there are no issues, that will be the base that will ship to the public in May or whenever 20H1 goes out to the public. So that release is done. We’re now moving on to 20H2.

    That isn’t an official announcement, of course. Just a short blurb in a Windows Central podcast.

    Emphasis on “assuming there are no issues.”

    Build 19041 was posted on December 10, so it’s been stewing quite a while. Will it end up RTM? Hard to say.

  • Patch Lady – bad news about those Server 2008/2008 R2 licenses

    Posted on December 27th, 2019 at 22:18 Susan Bradley Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    So I have bad news about any extended security updates for Server 2008/2008 R2 licenses that us common folks might want or need to buy a little more time for our Servers.  Even if you have a software assurance license you would need an Enterprise agreement to get extended patches.

    Your only other option is to move to a virtual machine in Azure.

    I heard back from the vendor I use for software assurance and he said….

    Hello Susan,

    I won’t be able to provide pricing on this since you don’t have an enterprise agreement.

    Happy Holidays!

  • Greetings from AskWoody Central

    Posted on December 25th, 2019 at 07:20 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    From my family to yours. Thanks for contributing!

  • Patch Lady – what about server 2008 R2?

    Posted on December 24th, 2019 at 10:58 Susan Bradley Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Extended Security Updates for on-premises or hosted environments:

    “Extended Security Updates will also be available for workloads running on-premises or in a hosting environment like another cloud provider. Customers running SQL Server or Windows Server under licenses with active Software Assurance under an Enterprise Agreement (EA), Enterprise Subscription Agreement (EAS), a Server & Cloud Enrollment (SCE), an Enrollment for Education Solutions (EES), or Subscription can purchase Extended Security Updates annually for three years after End of Support date.
    Alternatively, if customers already have active Software Assurance through Open, Select, or MPSA, programs, they can purchase Extended Security Updates as long as product licenses come through an active EA, EAS, SCE or EES agreement or Subscription. Product licenses and Software Assurance do not need to reside on the same enrollment. However, customers cannot purchase Extended Security Updates outside of the EA, EAS, SCE, EES, or Subscription licensing programs.
    Customers can purchase Extended Security Updates only for the servers they need to cover. Extended Security Updates can be purchased directly from Microsoft or a Microsoft licensing partner.”

    Translation… if you don’t already have software assurance with an existing vendor you can’t merely add a license for 2008 or 2008 R2 extended security updates through the CSP process like we did with Windows 7 licenses.

    You can be in the process of moving that server to Azure ….

    “Extended Security Updates in Azure: Customers who migrate workloads to Azure Virtual Machines (IaaS) will have access to Extended Security Updates for both SQL Server and Windows Server 2008 and 2008 R2 for three years after the End of Support dates for no additional charges above the cost of running the virtual machine. For many customers, this is an easy first step before upgrading or modernizing with newer versions or services in Azure. Those that decide to move to Azure SQL Database Managed Instance (PaaS) will also have access to continuous security updates, as this is a fully managed solution. Customers do not need Software Assurance to receive Extended Security Updates in Azure.
    Eligible customers can use the Azure Hybrid Benefit (available to customers with active Software Assurance or Server Subscriptions) to obtain discounts on the license of Azure Virtual Machines (IaaS) or Azure SQL Database Managed Instance (PaaS). These customers will also have access to Extended Security Updates for no additional charges above the cost of running the virtual machine.”

    For the consultants in the crowd reading this… as far as I interpret this, you need to have a Software assurance contract on that Server OS…. or you have to move that server instance to an Azure virtual machine.

    If you are a SPLA hoster…..

    “Hosted environments: Customers who license Windows Server or SQL Server 2008 or 2008 R2 through an authorized SPLA hoster will need to separately purchase Extended Security Updates under an Enterprise or Server and Cloud Enrollment either directly from Microsoft for approximately 75% of the full on-premises license cost annually or from their Microsoft reseller for use in the hosted environment. The price of Extended Security Updates acquired through Microsoft resellers is set by the reseller. Pricing for Windows Server Extended Security Updates is based on Windows Server Standard per core pricing, based on the number of virtual cores in the hosted virtual machine, and subject to a minimum of 16 licenses per instance. Pricing for SQL Server Extended Security Updates is based on SQL Server per core pricing, based on the number of virtual cores in the hosted virtual machine, and subject to a minimum of 4 licenses per instance. Software Assurance is not required. Contact your Microsoft reseller or account team for more details.”

    I am reaching out to my software assurance vendor to ask about the details.

  • Nearly time to start tracking Santa again

    Posted on December 24th, 2019 at 01:42 Kirsty Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    While children, young and old, are readying the milk and cookies for Santa in New Zealand and Australia right now (where it is already Christmas Eve), Norad and Google are readying their trackers, so we can track the progress of Santa Claus and his eight Reindeer.

    You can also follow the Norad Tracks Santa Twitter account!

    From all of us here at AskWoody, Merry Christmas to one and all.