Windows Insider MVP: 2018

Congratulations! Thank you for your continued contributions to the Windows community, we are excited to re-award you as a Windows Insider MVP. This award is a token of our appreciation, your leadership and passion help make Windows the best yet. We look forward to our on-going collaboration with you and all of our Windows Insider MVPs as we continue to strengthen the Windows Insider MVP (WI MVP) Program.

A nice way to start 2018!  Thanks to all that I have had the pleasure of learning from.  I look forward to getting better together and sharing it!

 

 

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Motivation: Using Passwords to Achieve Goals

Daily focus / self actualization towards goals is something that has long been studied and debated.  Though many find it hard to keep the habit up and soon life gets in the way.   How to keep my focus on my goals?

I have to type my password in multiple times a day.  For years, I have been using my passwords to remind me to focus on goals.  Personal, family, financial, fitness, travel, etc. There is no limitation on what you can have as a goal.

Now what about security? Most organizations require you to change you password every 90 days. That means you can have your goal a quarter at a time. Perfect.

Will it be easy to guess? I mean aren’t you giving away your password strategy on the internet? Not really. I’ll let this xkcd comic explain it: https://xkcd.com/936/

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Summary: In short changing your password frequently and using it to set goals or remember those you have lost might actually help you exceed your goals.

Happy 2017!

Fixed: Task Manager Replaced by Sysinternals Process Explorer

I frequently benefit from Microsoft Sysinternals tools like Process Explorer (ProcExp64.exe).  One of the features is the ability to replace the Task Manager Default with Process explorer.

Process Explorer x64

However, I found a bug.  If you use the x64 version of Process Explorer to change the default you can’t change it back!?!?

Solution: You have to open the x86 version of the application.  Set the application again then a tiny check box appears.  Once you have the check box you can undo the default value.

Process Explorer x64 Check

X86 = ProceExp.exe (no 64 in the name)

Enjoy

 

What’s new in Windows 10 Fall Creators Update, Redstone 3, 1709, 16299, etc

Hello all,

In the past month I have done 3 separate talks about the new release of Windows 10 FCU (1709).  The link below is the slides from the last talk:

CTSMUG201710 – Fall Creators Update 1709

The 5 links below are the most useful but I call out a lot of good data below.

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Windows Insider for Business (WIPfB) now with GPO control. Time to get a true pilot group in your enterprise

https://insider.windows.com/en-us/for-business-organization-admin/?utm_source=other&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=201710-AdminAnnounce&utm_content=WIP_Body_OrgAdmin

 

You can now opt in people via GPO.

You can turn on Telemetry, Enable WIP, Select which build the machine gets.

You can view others submitted feedback from your company.  HOWEVER, you cannot edit or modify your companies submissions, yet.
I still say do a query of your enterprise to see who is already opted in.  Those who opted in over the past few years are your canary in a coal mine.

 

WAAS: Naming Structure Not-So-Secret Decoder Ring

In the past year we have had a lot of Nomenclature Changes for Windows As A Service (WAAS).  The following slide from Ignite 2017 really clears it up.  Just like designer MUD in a SPA.

WAAS Naming Alignment 01

How often Office and Windows updated?

WAAS Naming Alignment 02

What versions of Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager (ConfigMgr / SCCM) supports 1709 next week.

WAAS Naming Alignment 03

Windows 10 Fall Creators Update, 1709, Microsoft Windows [Version 10.0.16299.15], Redstone 3, RS3 release is Oct 17th 2017.  I know a lot of names for the same piece of software.

I am excited for next week.

Slide Source: https://view.officeapps.live.com/op/embed.aspx?src=https%3A%2F%2F8gportalvhdsf9v440s15hrt.blob.core.windows.net%2Fignite2017%2Fsession-presentations%2FBRK3075.PPTX

Travel without a Real ID in 2018 will be challenging for 10 states

REAL ID Federal Enforcement Act passed by Congress in 2005 “set standards for issuance of sources of identification, such as driver’s licenses”.  This is going to be enforced in early 2018.  I am sure these 10 states will do something.. just no idea what yet?

Source: Home Land Security – https://www.dhs.gov/federal-enforcement

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January 22, 2018

All non-compliant states/territories will be subject to REAL ID enformcement at TSA checkpoints

I have started to see posters pop up in airports.  Basically you are going to have a bad day (I’m sure something will be done) if you try to use a drivers license from these states

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  • Kentucky
  • Maine
  • Minnesota
  • Missouri
  • Pennsylvania
  • Montana
  • Oklahoma
  • South Carolina
  • Washington

REAL ID compliant Alternative IDs

This assumes your states haven’t gotten with it

  • Driver’s licenses or other state photo identity cards issued by Department of Motor Vehicles (or equivalent)
  • U.S. passport
  • U.S. passport card
  • DHS trusted traveler cards (Global Entry, NEXUS, SENTRI, FAST)
  • U.S. military ID (active duty or retired military and their dependents, and DoD civilians)
  • Permanent resident card
  • Border crossing card
  • DHS-designated enhanced driver’s license
  • Airline or airport-issued ID (if issued under a TSA-approved security plan)
  • Federally recognized, tribal-issued photo ID
  • HSPD-12 PIV card
  • Foreign government-issued passport
  • Canadian provincial driver’s license or Indian and Northern Affairs Canada card
  • Transportation worker identification credential
  • U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Employment Authorization Card (I-766)
  • U.S. Merchant Mariner Credential

Source: https://www.tsa.gov/travel/security-screening/identification