Here is a seemingly random (Rnd) collection of linkage for the syadmins in the RSS crowd.
- NET Framework verification and cleanup tools for Windows 10 - gHacks Tech News
- Windows Imaging and Configuration Designer (ICD) – A new Microsoft deployment tool - 4sysops
- TrueCrypt alternative VeraCrypt 1.12 ships with interesting PIM feature - gHacks Tech News
- FileIOTest - Times the Duration of File IO Operations - Helge Klein
FileIOTest is a command line tool that tests the speed of local or remote (SMB) storage by performing some common file IO operations repeatedly and measuring the duration.
These are the main facts:
- Performs four different types of file IO: write, custom read, read with the GetPrivateProfileString API, create/delete
- The number of iterations can be specified
- Each generated file name is unique to prevent caching
- Works with local and UNC paths
- FileIOTest does not require any software to be installed
- FileIOTest works on any version of Windows from Vista / Server 2008 onwards
- FileIOTest is freeware
44468807 (Surface Pro)
- Install Windows 10 on Surface devices today - Surface for IT Pros TechNet Blog
- Surface software, firmware, and drivers (August 2015 edition) - Microsoft Download Center
- Latest Surface Pro 3 Updates in a Single File - Love My Surface
I’ve been seeing some strange trends with a few of our Surface Pro 3 devices. For some of them, they seem to be loosing functionality (drivers?) with the Microsoft Dock hardware. Cases in point; one Surface Pro 3 tablet (Win 8.1) has lost the ability to connect to the network via the Dock Ethernet port. If I take another SP# unit and place it in the same Dock, it connects fine to the network with no issues…so it doesn’t seem to be an issue with the dock itself…just this particular tablet picking up and using the driver. I’m going to see if any of the Ethernet drivers in this pack (or the driver pack MSI itself) resolves the issue before doing reimaging the unit. Likewise, a different SP3 user reported their external monitor connected via the display port through the Dock stopped working. Take another SP3 unit and place in the same dock and it drives the same external monitor just fine. Again, I’m going to try the driver pack first before doing a reimage on the unit. Thoughts?
59479408 (Mobile Ads/Malware)
I’ve seen a few of these “pop-up” fake alert windows in iOS, but not many. Lavie has seen more than a good many on her iOS devices. So far we have been able to get out of them with a bit of work but no harm done, yet. Regardless we are now more sensitive to these “exploit” methods.
- Watch out for Costly Mobile Ads - Malwarebytes Unpacked
- Defeating The Fake iOS Crash Reports - Malwarebytes Unpacked
- ios crash report due to a third party application - Apple Support Communities
- iOS Crash Report? Don’t Be Fooled by iPhone/iPad Scammers - The Mac Security Blog
I’m looking forward to the potential capability of ad-blocking modules (for security not revenue drain) in iOS 9. Here are some links
- Safari Content Blocking in iOS 9: a tutorial by example – Hacking with Swift
- iOS 9: Purify ad blocker ready for beta testing - CIO
- Sneak-peek at Purify: ad-blocking (and more) on iOS — from uBlock dev : apple - Reddit
- Download Kaspersky Internet Security For Windows 10 - Into Windows - Information about the Beta release version of Kaspersky’s security program.
- Start Testing the New Bitdefender 2016 Beta - HOTforSecurity
71414462 (Network Tools)
- Message Analyzer 1.3.1 Update Released - MessageAnalyzer Site Home
- Download Message Analyzer - Microsoft Download Center - Note I did an in-place upgrade and it went just fine. I also then manually checked for and updated my modules via the “Asset Manager”.
- Diagnosing Network Issues with the New Pattern Match Viewer - MessageAnalyzer Site Home
- Wireshark 1.12.7 is released, multiple fixes - InfoSec Handlers Diary Blog
- Wireshark 1.12.7 Release Notes - Wireshark
- Fiddler 184.108.40.206 - Telerik - New version released August 12, 2015.
- How SSDs Work in Windows 10 and What Does Optimize Do - Next of Windows
- 5 Things You Should Consider When Buying An SSD - makeuseof blog
60014312 (Windows Server 2012 Essentials)
- Windows Server 2012 Essentials–Windows 10 - Title (Required)
- Windows Server Essentials 2012 R2 – Windows 10 - Title (Required)
4537758 (Folder Redirection Considerations)
- I’ve Got 99 Problems and Folder Redirection is Every One of Them. 2015 Testing Results. Part 1. - Aaron Parker
- I’ve Got 99 Problems and Folder Redirection is Every One of Them. 2015 Testing Results. Part 2. - Aaron Parker
- I’ve Got 99 Problems and Folder Redirection is Every One of Them. 2015 Testing Results. Part 3. - Aaron Parker
- Windows Internals Archives - Helge Klein ran a series of technical posts along with Aaron Parker and Shawn Bass regarding Folder Redirection. This archive link leads to them. Or, you could just hop into it at this 5th article in that series and then click backward on the previous series posts listed at the start of the page.
78434592 (Windows 8/8.1/10 and Windows Photo Viewer)
One of the most common requests for help from our Surface Pro 3 tablet users is how to get the photos embedded in emails to open up in Windows Picture Viewer rather than the Windows 10 “app”. It’s easy enough to show them how to save the attachment to disk, then right click and “open with” Windows Photo Viewer. However that’s not convenient. Here are some tips on how to set it as the default application.
- Bring Back The Windows Photo Viewer In Windows 10 - addictivetips blog
- How To Change Default Photo Viewer on Windows 8 - Next of Windows
- How Do I Switch the Default Image Viewer in Windows 8? - Windows 8
- Here’s 6 Great Tricks for Windows 8 that You Probably Don’t Know - HowTo Geek
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