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Free #Windows10 IT Pro Essentials Top 10 Tools E-book by @Edbott

Windows10 Ebook Top10 tools

Dive in to Windows 10 with award-winning journalist and Windows Expert Ed Bott in this highly curated free eBook covering the top apps, accessories, and utilities included in the box with Windows 10.

The sheer volume of Windows programs and accessories says a lot about the power and complexity of Windows—a fact that every IT pro knows from firsthand experience. There’s a tool for nearly every task, and a large part of the process of becoming a Windows expert is knowing how to find the appropriate one when you need it.

This eBook contains descriptions and hands-on advice to help IT Pros work faster and smarter. Some of these tools are for everybody—end users and experts alike—whereas some are strictly for professionals. A few are so specialized that you’ll only need them once in a blue moon. Collectively, though, they make up a toolbox that can save you (and your company) time and money.

You can download the Free Windows 10 IT Pro Essentials Top 10 Tools E-book here

Thank you Ed Bott for this Awesome E-book 😉


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JOIN the Microsoft Virtual #CIOSummit Live from Redmond on Oct. 6th. #Cloud #HybridCloud #Azure #Sysctr

CIO Summit 2015

Hear from industry thought leaders, key Microsoft experts and your peers at this year’s CIO Summit. The Summit will cover key topics ranging from how the digital age is changing the way IT leaders do business to understanding the threats of cybercrime and how changing customer expectations are making strategic IT investments and partnerships all the more important.

Save the date and join us online for the 2015 Virtual CIO Summit to learn more about these key trends and new technologies that can empower you and your business.

Be sure to stay engaged and connect with your peers! Follow Microsoft Enterprise on Twitter @MSFTEnterprise and share your thoughts and questions during the event using #CIOSummit.

Here you can Register for the Virtual CIO Summit and see the Agenda


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Getting Started with Microsoft #Windows10 for IT Professionals

MVA Windows 10 Deployment

Azure AD ConnectLogon directly with Windows 10 in Microsoft Azure Active Directory

As an IT Pro, how can you securely enable your organization with Windows 10? Find out, in this practical and informative course. Windows offers management features that empower IT professionals to address the current shift toward a mobile workplace, a realization of heterogeneous ecosystems, bring your own device (BYOD) and choose your own device (CYOD) scenarios, and the cloud.

Walk through what’s new in Windows 10 deployment and management, with a team of experts. Look at runtime provisioning, mobile device management (MDM), secure authentication, and much more. Plus, find out what Windows as a Service means for you and your organization.

01 | What’s New in Windows 10 deployment
Focus on upgrading, provisioning, and Wipe-and-Load installations of Windows 10. Take a look at the tools that IT Professionals can use to make Windows 10 deployment happen.
02 | What’s New in Windows 10 Management and the Windows Store

Explore traditional management, with Group Policy, System Center and related components, and mobile device management, which we added in Windows 8.1 and enhanced in Windows 10.

03 | Runtime Provisioning in Windows 10

Since it’s time-prohibitive to re-image a machine, find out the benefits of runtime provisioning (and get precious time back).

04 | Windows 10 Mobile Device Management MDM

Take a closer look at today’s MDM challenges, through more granular device management capabilities.

05 | Protecting Your Data with Containers Without Boxing Yourself In

Since a majority of data leaks happen accidentally, learn how Windows 10 addresses this, without additional cumbersome steps.
06 | A New Era of Threat Resistance for the Windows 10 Platform
Get the details on how Windows 10 addresses ​evolving cyber-threats, with a new approach.

07 | Secure Authentication with Windows Hello
Find out how easy multifactor authentication is now. Learn how to secure your organization via included biometric capabilities made available in Windows 10​. ​

08 | Windows as a Service: What does it mean for your business?
Find out how easy multifactor authentication is now. Learn how to secure your organization via included biometric capabilities made available in Windows 10​. ​

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Update Rollup released on January 27 2015 for Windows 10 Technical Preview #Winserv #Windows10 #Hyperv

Roll Update Windows 10

Improvements

This update rollup includes a collection of improvements:

  • Reliability improvements for virtual machine live migrations
  • Reliability improvements to prevent some system crashes in SettingsSyncHost.exe
  • Reliability improvements to prevent possible data corruption
  • Increased power efficiency to extend battery life
  • A fix for an issue that prevents the new Store (Beta) from appearing on the taskbar
  • A fix for an issue that could cause users to remain at the “Please Wait” screen when attempting to sign in with a Smart Card connected
  • A fix for an issue that could cause virtual machines (VMs) to lose connectivity to virtual hard drives (VHDs)
  • A fix for an issue that could cause error 0x8E5E05E2 when installing apps
  • A fix for an issue that could cause a delay when opening a new tab in Internet Explorer
  • A fix for an issue that could cause the system to fail to resume from sleep when connected to multiple monitors with some graphics drivers
  • A fix for an issue that could cause the Start Menu to be improperly registered and fail to launch
  • A fix for an issue that prevents launching XBOX Live enabled games that require sign-in, and would incorrectly result in the message, “To use this app, you need to sign in with the Microsoft account that was used to download it.”
  • A fix for an issue that could present the user with the incorrect End-User License Agreement (EULA) during upgrade

Prerequisites

To apply this update, you must be running Windows 10 Technical Preview build 9926.

Here you find more information about Update Rollup of January 27 2015 for Windows 10 Technical Preview


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Windows Assessment and Deployment Kit (Windows ADK) for Windows 10 Technical Preview #sysctr #SCVMM #Windows10

Windows 10 Family

The Windows ADK enables two key scenarios: Windows deployment and Windows assessment.
Windows Deployment is for OEMs and IT professionals who customize and automate the large-scale installation of Windows on a factory floor or across an organization. The Windows ADK supports this work with the deployment tools that were previously released as part of the OEM Preinstallation Kit (OPK) and the Windows Automated Installation Kit (AIK) including Windows Preinstallation Environment, Deployment Imaging, Servicing and Management, and Windows System Image Manager.

IT Professionals can use the tools in the Windows ADK to facilitate deployment of a new version of Windows. The Application Compatibility Toolkit (ACT) inventories applications used in your organization and identifies potential applications compatibility issues. With the User State Migration Tool (USMT), IT Professionals can migrate user data from existing Windows installations. Volume Activation Management Tool (VAMT) enables IT professionals to deploy Windows installations in their organization and manage the activation status of their PCs.

Assessments are for OEMs, IHVs, enthusiasts, and IT professionals who measure the operational characteristics of a computer, including its performance, reliability, and functionality. Windows assessments are tools that help you make these measurements, diagnose problems, and determine how to make improvements. Windows assessments can help reduce support costs by identifying potential issues as you create your hardware and software experiences. By using these tools, you can help ensure that the hardware and software that you develop are responsive and high-quality.

The tools available in the Windows ADK include:

• Application Compatibility Toolkit (ACT)
The Application Compatibility Toolkit (ACT) helps IT Professionals understand potential application compatibility issues by identifying which applications are or are not compatible with the new versions of the Windows operating system. ACT helps to lower costs for application compatibility evaluation by providing an accurate inventory of the applications in your organization. ACT helps you to deploy Windows more quickly by helping to prioritize, test, and detect compatibility issues with your apps. By using ACT, you can become involved in the ACT Community and share your risk assessment with other ACT users. You can also test your web applications and web sites for compatibility with new releases of Internet Explorer. For more information, see Application Compatibility Toolkit.

• Deployment Tools
Deployment tools help you customize, manage, and deploy Windows images. Deployment tools can be used to automate Windows deployments, removing the need for user interaction during Windows setup. Deployment tools include Deployment Imaging Servicing and Management (DISM) command line tool, DISM PowerShell cmdlets, DISM API, Windows System Image Manager (Windows SIM), and OSCDIMG. For more information, see Deployment Tools.

• Windows Imaging and Configuration Designer (Windows ICD) (New for Windows 10 Technical Preview) The Windows Imaging and Configuration Designer (Windows ICD) is an easy to use tool that lets you create a provisioning package that you can use to customize Windows devices without re-imaging, or build a customized Windows image for individual markets, regions, and mobile networks. Windows ICD is primarily designed for use by OEMs and ODMs, system integrators, and IT professionals.

• User State Migration Tool (USMT)
USMT is a scriptable command line tool that IT Professionals can use to migrate user data from a previous Windows installation to a new Windows installation. By using USMT, you can create a customized migration framework that copies the user data you select and excludes any data that does not need to be migrated. USMT includes ScanState, Loadstate, and USMTUtils command line tools. For more information, see User State Migration Tool.

• Volume Activation Management Tool (VAMT)
VAMT helps IT professionals automate and centrally manage the activation of Windows, Windows Server, Windows ThinPC, Windows POSReady 7, select add-on product keys, and Office for computers in their organization. VAMT can manage volume activation using retail keys (or single activation keys), multiple activation keys (MAKs), or Windows Key Management Service (KMS) keys. For more information, see Volume Activation Management Tool.

• Windows Performance Toolkit (WPT)
Windows Performance Toolkit includes tools to record system events and analyze performance data in a graphical user interface. WPT includes Windows Performance Recorder, Windows Performance Analyzer, and Xperf. For more information, see Windows Performance Toolkit.

• Windows Assessment Toolkit
Windows Assessment Toolkit is used to run assessments on a single computer. Assessments are tasks that simulate user activity and examine the state of the computer. Assessments produce metrics for various aspects of the system, and provide recommendations for making improvements. For more information, see Windows Assessment Toolkit.

• Windows Assessment Services
Windows Assessment Services is used to remotely manage settings, computers, images, and assessments in a lab environment where Windows Assessment Services is installed. This application can run on any computer with access to the server that is running Windows Assessment Services. For more information, see Windows Assessment Services.

• Windows Preinstallation Environment (Windows PE)
Windows PE is a minimal operating system designed to prepare a computer for installation and servicing of Windows. For more information, see Windows PE Technical Reference.

Here you can download the Windows Assessment and Deployment Kit (Windows ADK) for Windows 10 Technical Preview