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Wanted – Basic Desktop PC for Light Gaming

I’ve got complete PC…was very expensive when built…just gathering dust.

Plus I’m in Nottingham.

Quick specs from memory:

ANTEC Mesh Air Midi CASE with ANTEC 620 WATT PSU.

ASUS ROG MAXIMUS 5 1155 Motherboard

Intel Quad Core I7-2600K 3400MHz 8MB Cache LGA1155

8GB DDR3 1600MHZ CORSAIR Vengeance LP Memory.

256GB SAMSUNG 830 Series SSD

1GB Gigabyte GTX 560Ti OC, 40nm, 4000MHz GDDR5

LG BLURAY DVDRW Drive

Probably need to upgrade the video card…but the rest of the specs will more than support a 1070ti…if you go to 1080 I’d up the memory to 16gb.

Windows 10 genuine installed…

Would like £300 for it though…

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Announcing Windows Server vNext Insider Preview Build 18317 | Windows Experience Blog

Hello Windows Insiders!
Today we are pleased to release a new Insider Preview build of the Windows Server VNext Semi-Annual Channel release, and Windows Admin Center Preview 1812.
PLEASE NOTE: In-place upgrade will fail for this build – a clean install is required. 

WDAC – Composable (stacked) code integrity policies for supporting multiple code integrity policies
WDAC brings you the ability to support multiple CI policies. Three scenarios are now supported:

Scenario 1 – Deploy a “base” policy in enforcement mode and deploy a second “audit” policy side-by-side to support validation of policy changes before deploying in enforcement mode. (Intersection)
Scenario 2 – Enforce 2 or more “base” policies simultaneously to allow simpler policy targeting for policies with different scope/intent, e.g., Base1 corporate standard policy that is relatively loose to accommodate all organizations while forcing minimum corp standards (e.g. Windows works + Managed Installer + path rules). Base2 team specific policy that further restricts what is allowed to run (e.g. Windows works + Managed Installer + corporate signed apps only) (Intersection)
Scenario 3 – Supplemental policies deployed to expand Base policy, e.g., Azure host baseline policy restricts tightly to just allow Windows and hardware drivers allows supplemental policies. Exchange Azure team supplemental policy adds just the additional signer rules needed to support Exchange team signed code. (Union)

Thank you for your continued interest in Windows Admin Center! Following the update to our generally available channel earlier this month, the Windows Admin Center Preview resumes with this 1812 release. This is the first release where you’ll be able to preview the dark UI theme, which is still a work in progress.
Other new features are:

Power configuration tab on the server settings page, where you can change the configured power profile.
If the server has an IPMI-compatible BMC, you’ll find the BMC serial number and a hyperlink to its IP address on the Server Overview page.
If Windows Admin Center is installed in service mode, you can now use PowerShell to automate the following (examples included below):

Import/export of connections (with tags)
Extension management

We have also improved the High-Availability deployment experience and script. View the new documentation here.

To enable the dark theme, enter the experiment key msft.sme.shell.personalization on the advanced tab of the global settings. This will enable a new personalization tab, where you can toggle to the dark theme.

NOTE: Dark theme is still a work in progress, please do not report bugs at this time.

After installing this release, you’ll find two new PowerShell modules that you can use to automate Windows Admin Center configuration when it is installed as a server service.
NOTE: Windows Admin Center installed in desktop mode is not supported.
Extension management

# Add the module to the current session
Import-Module “$env:ProgramFileswindows admin centerPowerShellModulesExtensionTools”
# Available cmdlets: Get-Feed, Add-Feed, Remove-Feed, Get-Extension, Install-Extension, Uninstall-Extension, Update-Extension
# List feeds
Get-Feed “https://wac.contoso.com”
# Add a new extension feed
Add-Feed -GatewayEndpoint “https://wac.contoso.com” -Feed “\WACour-private-extensions”
# Remove an extension feed
Remove-Feed -GatewayEndpoint “https://wac.contoso.com” -Feed “\WACour-private-extensions”
# List all extensions
Get-Extension “https://wac.contoso.com”
# Install an extension (locate the latest version from all feeds and install it)
Install-Extension -GatewayEndpoint “https://wac.contoso.com” “msft.sme.containers”
# Install an extension (latest version from a specific feed, if the feed is not present, it will be added)
Install-Extension -GatewayEndpoint “https://wac.contoso.com” “msft.sme.containers” -Feed “https://aka.ms/sme-extension-feed”
# Install an extension (install a specific version)
Install-Extension “https://wac.contoso.com” “msft.sme.certificate-manager” “0.133.0”
# Uninstall-Extension
Uninstall-Extension “https://wac.contoso.com” “msft.sme.containers”
# Update-Extension
Update-Extension “https://wac.contoso.com” “msft.sme.containers”

Export/import of connections

# Add the module to the current session
Import-Module “$env:ProgramFileswindows admin centerPowerShellModulesConnectionTools”
# Available cmdlets: Export-Connection, Import-Connection
# Export connections (including tags) to .csv files
Export-Connection “https://wac.contoso.com” -fileName “WAC-connections.csv”
# Import connections (including tags) from .csv files
Import-Connection “https://wac.contoso.com” -fileName “WAC-connections.csv”

Extension Manager
If you have upgraded from an older version, extension manager will display an old version number for pre-installed extensions, however the actual tool UI will be up to date. This will block you from removing pre-installed extensions. Extensions from feeds will continue working normally.
To resolve this issue, close Windows Admin Center, delete the ‘%ProgramData%Server Management ExperienceExtensions’ directory, and restart Windows Admin Center.
Available Content

Windows Server vNext Semi-Annual Preview The Server Core Edition is available in the 18 supported Server languages in ISO format and in English only in VHDX format.
Windows Server Core App Compatibility FoD Preview
Windows Server Language Packs
Windows Admin Center 1812

The following keys allow for unlimited activations of Windows Server Previews:

Server Standard: V6N4W-86M3X-J77X3-JF6XW-D9PRV
Server Datacenter: B69WH-PRNHK-BXVK3-P9XF7-XD84W

This Windows Server Preview will expire July 5th, 2019.
Symbols are available on the public symbol server – see Update on Microsoft’s Symbol Server blog post and Using the Microsoft Symbol Server. Matching Windows Server container images will be available via Docker Hub. For more information about Windows Server containers and Insider builds, click here.

Registered Insiders may navigate directly to the Windows Server Insider Preview download page.  If you have not yet registered as an Insider, see GETTING STARTED WITH SERVER on the Windows Insiders for Business portal.

The most important part of a frequent release cycle is to hear what’s working and what needs to be improved, so your feedback is extremely valued. For Windows Admin Center, Send us feedback via UserVoice. We also encourage you to visit the Windows Admin Center space on the Microsoft Tech Communities forum to collaborate, share and learn from experts.
For Windows Server, use your registered Windows 10 Insider device and use the Feedback Hub application. In the app, choose the Windows Server category and then the appropriate subcategory for your feedback. In the title of the Feedback, please indicate the build number you are providing feedback on in this format:
[Server #####] Title of my feedback
We also encourage you to visit the Windows Server Insiders space on the Microsoft Tech Communities forum to collaborate, share and learn from experts.

We fixed an issue where a password change could result in the next unlock hanging for domain joined AD users.
We fixed an issue addressing frequent access violations in bindflt!BfNormalizeNameComponentExCallback.
We fixed an issue where SRV2.sys may crash with an access violation when attempting to connect to a client machine with a null name string.
We fixed an issue where OpenId Connect sign-on applications may experience high latency in ADFS authentication when using SAML and Oauth code flow.
We fixed an issue where an occasional corruption may occur in UserName information on events retrieved using PowerShell cmdlet Get-RemoteAccessConnectionStatistics.
We fixed an issue where using classic file explorer in Server core from the App Compat FOD, clicking Eject on a USB device would notify the user that the USB Drive is currently in use, resulting in a hung eject operation.
We fixed an issue where virtual machine runtime state (VMRS) files failed to load. An affected system may report a failure in looking up or receiving the VM from the source host due to the data being invalid (0x8007000d).

[New] Dynamic Update Setup on Server shows “Installing Windows 10” instead of Server.
[New] Scheduled startup tasks may fail to run. An event is logged, ID 101 with the error code ERROR_LOGON_FAILURE when the failure occurs.
[New] A virtual machine may not report all virtual fibre channel (vfc) LUNs after powering on if there are 2000+ vfc LUNs. WMI queries from the host show the LUNS available. Restarting the VMMs may show the LUNS again as available.
[New] DCPromo fails if the interface metric of the physical NIC is larger than Loopback Interface
[New] ADFS Requests with invalid domain suffixes fail after a long delay (around 3 minutes) with error DS_NAME_ERROR_DOMAIN_ONLY. This can cause queued legitimate requests to experience delays or also timeout.
Server FODs are not retained after in-place (or B2B) upgrade
[New] Domain Controller rename updates incorrect attributes in AD leaving orphaned data behind (ValidateSPNsAndDNSHostNameActual). This can be reproduced by adding a new FQDN, setting it as primary, restarting the domain controller, then removing the current FQDN. Checking the msDS-AdditionalDnsHostName, msDS-AdditionalSamAccountName and servicePrincipalName attributes will incorrect values.
[New] Invalid file may be created in %Systemroot%System32LogFilesSum by User Access Logging
[New] Windows may attempt to reuse an expired DHCP lease if the lease expired while the OS was shutdown.
Self-service users cannot install Feature on Demand (FOD) packages and Language Packs for Windows Server Update Service (WSUS), System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM), and Autopilot scenarios.A container host may become unresponsive due to a deadlock when attempting to mount a volume. On an affected system, Docker hangs on all commands.
The operating system has an unnecessary utility account for Windows Defender Application Guard.When a Windows Defender Application Guard container crashes, the resulting type of dump may be unexpected.
[New] CPU spike may happen when Windows Server logs obsolete Windows Error Reporting reports PnPDriverInstallError and PnPDriverImportError.

This is pre-release software – it is provided for use “as-is” and is not supported in production environments. Users are responsible for installing any updates made available from Windows Update.   All pre-release software made available to you via the Windows Server Insider program are governed by the Insider Terms of Use.
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Microsoft Visitor Center in Redmond, Washington

When it comes to our mission of empowering everyone on the planet to achieve more, it’s all about the journey. Where we’ve been, where we are, and where we’re headed. At the new Microsoft Store and Visitor Center, we’re excited to take you on that journey.

Whether you prefer a guided tour or you just want to explore on your own, you can dive into all things Microsoft. Explore the future of AI. Build a new world with Minecraft. Put your gaming skills to the test. Learn about our company journey from garage startup to global leader.

And don’t forget to check out the expanded Store to see the latest technology and pick-up Microsoft branded products that you can’t get anywhere else.

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Author: Angelica Street

DXC, Citrix partner on Saab digital workspace platform

John Moore and Spencer Smith

Citrix and DXC Technology, a Citrix partner, are collaborating on a digital workspace platform for aerospace and defense company Saab, a project that underscores Citrix’s goal of moving beyond its roots in virtualization.

Working together, Citrix and DXC are providing a digital workspace through which Saab offers its 16,000 employees distributed access to information and tools, as well as SaaS, web and mobile applications. Citrix contributes its Citrix Workspace, which centralizes access to enterprise applications and files, and provides user access from any device through single sign-on. At Saab, Citrix Workspace runs under DXC’s MyWorkStyle offering, a collaboration platform that lets organizations share information and interact via email, voice, video and documents.

Saab’s digital workspace platform was introduced in 2015, with global rollout continuing over the last few years.

“The environment continues to evolve to provide additional benefits,” said

Christer Nordberg, account general manager at DXC.

DXC’s work at Saab dates back to at least 2000, when its predecessor company, CSC, entered a strategic IT partnership with the aerospace and defense contractor. DXC launched in 2017 following the merger of CSC and HPE’s IT services line of business.

Citrix’s global systems integrator ties

DXC is one of about 30 companies classified as Citrix System Integrators, according to Tim Minahan, executive vice president of business strategy and chief marketing officer at Citrix. That Citrix partner category includes such global systems integrator firms and outsourcing companies as IBM and Fujitsu. Citrix System Integrators may use Citrix technology as part of an overarching digital transformation project or to support a customer’s infrastructure initiative, Minahan said.

Tim Minahan, executive vice president, business strategy and chief marketing officer at CitrixTim Minahan

The Citrix-DXC offering aims to address two challenges at Saab. First, Saab needed to enable employees to access corporate technology wherever they happened to be — Saab, based in Stockholm, operates in more than 80 locations around the world.

Second, the defense firm, which handles classified data, needed a way to provide contractors and subcontractors with access to applications and data, while maintaining a secure environment that restricts access to sensitive information. To that end, Citrix Workspace lets administrators tailor access for each user, Minahan explained. A contractor or subcontractor can be granted access to only the applications and content they need to execute their role on a particular project. For example, a contractor could be provided access to a CAD/CAM application or a specific engineering drawing. Citrix Workspace uses the Citrix Cloud service for administration and control.

Key features

“One of the key features is that [Saab’s digital workspace] allows companies to handle information in a secure way, while keeping their business very agile and fast,” Nordberg said. “This is really important in a world with increased levels of cyberthreats and regulations” such as the General Data Protection Regulation, which protects information in the cloud.

The environment continues to evolve to provide additional benefits.
Christer Nordbergaccount general manager, DXC

Craig Stilwell, vice president of worldwide partner strategy and sales at Citrix, said cloud-driven offerings such as Citrix Workspace have opened an “amazing opportunity to really go beyond virtualization” — a key theme at the Citrix Partner Summit, held earlier this month. The company’s traditional app and desktop virtualization products represent the preferred way to work for about 30% of a given organization’s users. Citrix Workspace, however, gives the vendor and its Citrix partner allies a way to approach the other 70% of users, dramatically expanding the addressable market, Stilwell said.

LogicMonitor readies partner program

LogicMonitor, a provider of a cloud-based performance monitoring platform, plans to unveil the company’s first formal channel program in February.

The multilevel channel initiative will include a partner portal, deal registration and education among other features. Mark Banfield, chief revenue officer at LogicMonitor, based in Santa Barbara, Calif., said managed service providers (MSPs) represent a critical route to market for the company, especially in the small and medium-sized business sector.

LogicMonitor sells its monitoring technology to MSPs and enterprise IT customers. In addition to the new partner program, LogicMonitor is dedicating personnel such as account managers and customer success managers to specifically focus on MSP customers.

MSPs can also anticipate a LogicMonitor community event that will debut in June in Austin, Texas. A date has yet to be set for the conference, dubbed Level Up.

LogicMonitor, meanwhile, has rolled out two new offerings for monitoring microservices and containerized applications: Kubernetes container monitoring and LM Service Insight.

Kubernetes container monitoring is “particularly relevant for DevOps teams looking to quickly deploy apps and services,” Banfield said.

LM Service Insight, meanwhile, enables the grouping of resource that supports a particular application, service or cluster, according to LogicMonitor. Banfield said that offering lets administrators monitor services, not just the individual technologies underneath those services. This approach provides “better visibility into the availability and performance” of service, he added.

OneLogin partners with Ingram Micro

OneLogin, an identity and access management vendor, revealed plans to grow its U.S. channel footprint through a new a distribution agreement with Ingram Micro.

Under the agreement, Ingram Micro will offer OneLogin’s unified access management platform to its North American solution providers. The vendor will also join Ingram Micro’s cloud marketplace and augment other products in the distributor’s portfolio, according to Matthew Hurley, vice president of global channels, strategic alliances and professional services at OneLogin, based in San Francisco.

“We are immediately embarking with Ingram on a western United States [channel] coverage model,” Hurley said. He noted that OneLogin has built a channel partner presence in eastern and central U.S.

OneLogin has been amid a recent period of expansion. Earlier this month, the company closed $100 million in growth financing.

Public cloud expansion continues

Public cloud adoption is poised to continue in 2019, according to a NetEnrich survey. According to the survey, 85% of respondents cited moderate or extensive production use of cloud infrastructure and 80% said they had moved at least a quarter of their applications and workloads to public cloud platforms.

As for cloud worries, 33% of respondents identified security as the biggest concern with cloud migration, while 20% cited privacy. NetEnrich, based in San Jose, Calif., polled 100 IT decision-makers at companies with 500 or more employees.

Other news

  • Cloud and managed services provider Rackspace introduced a suite of managed database services for AWS. The new services aim to help customers use Amazon Aurora, Amazon Redshift, AWS Glue and Amazon Athena, according to Rackspace.
  • ID Agent, a dark web monitoring and identity theft protection company, said it bolstered its Goal Assist support services program for its MSP partners. Goal Assist will feature hands-on assistance in customer interactions, sales team training and prospect meeting support, ID Agent said.
  • MSP software vendor ConnectWise made several changes to its executive leadership team. The vendor promoted the company’s executive vice president and COO, Jason Magee, to president and COO. Chief product officer Craig Fulton will now serve as chief customer success officer, a newly created role, ConnectWise said. Additionally, the company named Jeff Bishop, vice president of Ecosystem, as its new chief product officer.
  • Zix Corp., an email security vendor, has agreed to acquire AppRiver, a provider of cloud-based cybersecurity offerings. AppRiver works with a network of 4,500 MSPs.
  • Navisite said it has been recognized as a Microsoft Azure Expert Managed Service Provider. Navisite, based in Andover, Mass., is part of Spectrum Enterprise, the enterprise arm of Charter Communications Inc.
  • Intapp is targeting professional services firms with its Intapp Walls 7.0 product, which the company describes as an ethical walls and confidentiality management offering.

Market Share is a news roundup published every Friday.

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Wanted – Basic Desktop PC for Light Gaming

I’ve got complete PC…was very expensive when built…just gathering dust.

Plus I’m in Nottingham.

Quick specs from memory:

ANTEC Mesh Air Midi CASE with ANTEC 620 WATT PSU.

ASUS ROG MAXIMUS 5 1155 Motherboard

Intel Quad Core I7-2600K 3400MHz 8MB Cache LGA1155

8GB DDR3 1600MHZ CORSAIR Vengeance LP Memory.

256GB SAMSUNG 830 Series SSD

1GB Gigabyte GTX 560Ti OC, 40nm, 4000MHz GDDR5

LG BLURAY DVDRW Drive

Probably need to upgrade the video card…but the rest of the specs will more than support a 1070ti…if you go to 1080 I’d up the memory to 16gb.

Windows 10 genuine installed…

Would like £300 for it though…

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Microsoft Visitor Center in Redmond, Washington

When it comes to our mission of empowering everyone on the planet to achieve more, it’s all about the journey. Where we’ve been, where we are, and where we’re headed. At the new Microsoft Store and Visitor Center, we’re excited to take you on that journey.

Whether you prefer a guided tour or you just want to explore on your own, you can dive into all things Microsoft. Explore the future of AI. Build a new world with Minecraft. Put your gaming skills to the test. Learn about our company journey from garage startup to global leader.

And don’t forget to check out the expanded Store to see the latest technology and pick-up Microsoft branded products that you can’t get anywhere else.

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Author: Angelica Street

RingCentral contact center expands with Connect First acquisition

UCaaS vendor RingCentral announced its intent to acquire contact center provider Connect First. The acquisition will add an outbound and customer engagement platform to RingCentral’s contact center portfolio.

Based in Boulder, Colo., Connect First’s cloud-based customer engagement platform primarily serves midsize enterprises. Its customers include the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, Carnival Cruise Line, PBS and United Way. Its cloud contact center uses a microservices architecture, and its capabilities are available through web-based APIs for third-party integrations.

RingCentral, based in Belmont, Calif., needed to add support for outbound customer interactions and campaign management, according to Sheila McGee-Smith, president of McGee-Smith Analytics in Amhearst, N.H. Acquiring Connect First gives the unified communications as a service (UCaaS) vendor technology that will complement its existing contact center portfolio.

Connect First’s platform includes features that focus on outbound and blended customer experience, including the following:

  • preview, progressive and predictive outbound modes that maximize agent effectiveness;
  • Telephony Consumer Protection Act tools to manage compliance rules and regulations;
  • dynamic agent scripting to guide agents through customer interactions;
  • call blending to manage outbound and inbound interactions; and
  • real-time and historical reporting and analytics.

The acquisition is in keeping with RingCentral’s plan to expand its customer engagement services. Last year, it acquired cloud customer engagement platform Dimelo for an undisclosed amount. Dimelo’s contact center technology serves as the basis for RingCentral’s Engage platform, which manages customer interactions through an AI-based routing engine.

UC and contact centers are meeting in the market

RingCentral isn’t the only UC vendor focused on bringing the contact center into the cloud. As enterprises seek tighter integration between communications and contact center infrastructure, it makes more sense for providers to add contact centers to their cloud offerings.

Other vendors, such as Avaya, 8×8 Inc. and Vonage, have also adopted contact centers as a service as a way to remain competitive with contact center providers, while offering customers a unified customer engagement experience.

Upon completion of the merger, RingCentral’s customer engagement portfolio will include RingCentral Contact Center for inbound communications, RingCentral Engage for customer engagement, and Connect First for outbound and blended customer contact.

Financial details of the deal have not been disclosed. The acquisition is expected to close in the first quarter of 2019.

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Windows 10 Tip: Did your child get a new laptop? Help keep them safe | Windows Experience Blog

Did your child get a new laptop during the holidays? They – and you – are probably excited to explore the possibilities and potential of this technology, especially for their education. You’re likely also concerned, because we all know the online world is full of dangers, such as identity theft, phishing and spam. But there are ways to counter the dangers and keep your family safe while they’re using their new devices.

One thing you can do is set up a family group of accounts, which helps families stay connected and keeps kids safer on Windows 10, Xbox One devices and Android devices running Microsoft Launcher.
Sign in with your Microsoft account, select Create a family group, and invite family members to join. Once they accept the invitation, you can do things like block inappropriate apps and websites, receive activity reports and set screen time limits. Once you set up your group, you can add or remove members.
Check it out in action:

Other things you can do for your family:

Make sure your child is safe through location sharing.
Turn on Ask a Parent, which requires adult approval for the things your child wants to buy in Microsoft Store, except what they get with gift cards or money in their Microsoft account.
Schedule events on your family calendar.
Track kids’ spending and add money to their Microsoft accounts. Sign in with your Microsoft account, find your child’s name, then select More options> Spending.

Through its videos, Windows Community can help you get to know Microsoft Family features and settings and protect your family online.
On some specific websites and apps, parents who want to protect their kids will need to adjust safety settings.
If you like this, check out more Windows 10 Tips.
Editor’s note: Additional video links were added after publication.
Updated January 22, 2019 2:58 pm

Wanted – Basic Desktop PC for Light Gaming

I’ve got complete PC…was very expensive when built…just gathering dust.

Plus I’m in Nottingham.

Quick specs from memory:

ANTEC Mesh Air Midi CASE with ANTEC 620 WATT PSU.

ASUS ROG MAXIMUS 5 1155 Motherboard

Intel Quad Core I7-2600K 3400MHz 8MB Cache LGA1155

8GB DDR3 1600MHZ CORSAIR Vengeance LP Memory.

256GB SAMSUNG 830 Series SSD

1GB Gigabyte GTX 560Ti OC, 40nm, 4000MHz GDDR5

LG BLURAY DVDRW Drive

Probably need to upgrade the video card…but the rest of the specs will more than support a 1070ti…if you go to 1080 I’d up the memory to 16gb.

Windows 10 genuine installed…

Would like £300 for it though…

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Author: Angelica Street