ONC, CMS drop information blocking, interoperability rules ahead of HIMSS

ORLANDO, Fla. — The day before the official start of HIMSS, one of the largest health IT conferences in the world, the Department of Health and Human Services announced proposals for new information blocking and interoperability rules.

The highly anticipated proposals by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) aim to improve the exchange of health data, said Eric Hargan, deputy secretary for the Department of Health and Human Services, in a call to reporters Monday morning.

Hargan said the proposed rules would enable patients to access all EHR data electronically — and at no cost. As part of that goal, the rules call for the healthcare community to adopt and use standardized APIs, so patients can easily access their data via smartphone apps.

The proposed rules also loosen constraints around information sharing as required by the 21st Century Cures Act. There are only seven situations listed by ONC that could potentially allow healthcare organizations to be exempt from sharing information.

Standards-based APIs a requirement

During the media call, ONC Director Don Rucker said, by requiring standards-based APIs, ONC is establishing the “technical underpinnings” for patient access to medical records asked for in the 21st Century Cures Act.

“We think both our rules will really strike a blow to get transparency for the American public,” he said.

CMS Administrator Seema Verma echoed Rucker’s comments during the call, saying the information blocking and interoperability rules are a natural step for the healthcare community. Take, for example, the 1,500 developers who are using data collected by CMS’ Blue Button 2.0, which collects patient data from health insurers, to build apps that patients can access on their phones to gather their clinical data in one place.

“Consumers routinely perform daily tasks on their phone, paying bills, shopping,” she said. “We believe accessing their health information should be just as easy, convenient and user-friendly.”

Verma said the proposed rules specifically reference the Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR) standard, developed by the nonprofit standards organization Health Level Seven, and CMS is “thrilled to continue to support” its development.

In support of its MyHealthEData initiative, which aims to improve patient data access, CMS  has proposed, by 2020, all healthcare organizations doing business with Medicare and Medicaid will be required to share claims and other health information with patients electronically through an API, according to Verma. That way, when patients change plans, they can take their health data with them.

Information blocking and RFIs

ONC listed seven new exceptions to the information blocking rule, or actions, activities or circumstances that would not constitute information blocking by a healthcare provider. Some of the exceptions to the rule include a healthcare organization preventing physical harm to patients or others, promoting electronic health information privacy and security, or recovering costs that have been reasonably incurred. 

Now that the exceptions to the rule have been outlined, the proposed rule would implement provisions included in the 21st Century Cures Act meant to stymie information blocking. “The days of holding patient data hostage are over,” Verma said.

Hospitals that engage in information blocking will face penalties and will be publicly reported. “We are going to expose the bad actors who are purposely trying to keep patients from their own information,” she said.

As a condition of Medicare participation, the proposed information blocking and interoperability rules also require hospitals to send electronic notifications to designated healthcare providers when patients are admitted, discharged or transferred from the hospital, according to Verma.

CMS is also seeking feedback through two requests for information on how matching patient data from different health IT systems plays a role in interoperability, as well as how CMS can help improve health IT adoption and data sharing in post-acute settings.

Healthcare industry players react to proposed rules

As healthcare industry players digest the proposed rules, Terri Ripley, CIO at OrthoVirginia in North Chesterfield, Va., and chairman of the HIMSS public policy committee, said her team is already combing through the new rules and is looking forward to how they address data sharing.

“Technically, you can share data now. The technology is there,” Ripley said. “But the policies and the willingness to share, that’s where you’ve got to knock some walls down.”

For Jeffery Smith, vice president of public policy at the American Medical Informatics Association, the ONC information blocking rule is “substantive” and has “far-reaching implications for certified health IT,” he said in an email.

Those of us who have been eagerly awaiting these rules will not be disappointed in the implications of ONC and CMS proposals.
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“Of particular interest are the provisions around a new criteria called Electronic Health Information Export, which is meant to provide patients with a complete copy of their entire record in a computable, electric format,” he said. “This concept will be a game changer for patients looking to be first-order participants in their care.”

The identification of FHIR for APIs, as well as specific implementation guides, will “help foster an ecosystem of APIs and apps for clinical and consumer-facing purposes,” Smith said.

“Those of us who have been eagerly awaiting these rules will not be disappointed in the implications of ONC and CMS proposals,” he said.

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European teens use their voices for digital good at Italy’s Safer Internet Day events – Microsoft on the Issues

Cyberbullying, sexting and online well-being are among 16 priority areas selected by young people across the globe as part of the 2020 Smarter Internet for Kids Agenda announced last week in Italy. Microsoft was on hand to hear the ideas and view the work of dozens of teens, all while continuing to promote digital civility, safer and healthier online interactions among all people.

Poster displaying the 2010 Safer Internet for Kids agendaIn an online vote conducted by the European Council for Digital Good, (a “sister” council to Microsoft’s inaugural Council for Digital Good), more than 2,000 youth from 34 countries[1], chose the most significant and topical online safety issues. Privacy and data protection topped the list, while child sexual exploitation, misinformation and hate speech also ranked among the top 16. Digital civility/netiquette came in at No. 18, just missing the top 16 priorities. Yet, related topics online well-being and online safety, took the No. 12 and No. 13 spots, respectively. The 16 goals were selected to mark 16 years of international Safer Internet Day and were announced in Milan on Feb. 4, the eve of Safer Internet Day 2019.

Once the 16 priority areas were identified, young people from 10 countries designed specific targets for each priority, as well as the means of achieving them. On Feb. 3, the teens memorialized their plans in posters that were displayed at a more public event on Feb. 4. Those attending the event voted on the most compelling and informative poster, with the critical topic of online well-being taking the top honor. Across these priorities, youth are calling on people around the world to work with them to reach their goals in just one year, by Safer Internet Day 2020. (Learn more at www.smarterinternet.org.)

Microsoft hosts pre-Safer Internet Day activities in Milan

I had the privilege of attending this series of pre- and Safer Internet Day activities with the teens, including the working session on Feb. 3, held at the Microsoft House. There, 60 young people gathered to learn of the priority areas from members of the European council, discuss the issues and create their posters. Nine teens were then selected to prepare for three separate panel discussions the next day. I worked with and helped to prepare three incredible teens from Greece, Iceland and Italy for a panel on online well-being where sexting, cyberbullying and incitement to harm were the featured topics. The next day, I delivered a presentation about Microsoft’s own Safer Internet Day release and served as the adult respondent on the panel.

“Just touching our screen, we are changing someone else’s life,” Paola from Italy told the audience during the online well-being panel. “Humans are not perfect; we are not perfect, but are we being asked to be perfect” for fear that all of this generation’s youthful missteps will be played out online?

These and other questions made for a thought-provoking and compelling session, where the participants drew distinctions between growing up in decades past and growing up in an online era. They spoke of friends and classmates being driven by “likes” and “followers;” they debated the risks and realities of sexting and encouraged others to stand up for those being bullied or treated uncivilly online.

“Listening and heeding the voice of youth is essential in the online world,” said Janice Richardson, the creator of international Safer Internet Day and the coordinator of the European council. “Children and young people are generally the early adopters of new technology, at a time when they are still developing their values and attitudes and don’t yet have the life experience upon which resilience is built.” (Along with university professor Ernesto Caffo of Telefono Azzurro, Italy’s helpline for children and adolescents, Richardson co-sponsored the events in Milan.)

Adults: Be open to questions from youth about life online

That is precisely why it is equally important to involve and educate parents, teachers, coaches, counselors and other adults in the ways teens and young people are engaging with technology. Youth need to be able to go to adults for advice and guidance about online risk exposure, and this is borne out in research.

On Safer Internet Day 2019, Microsoft released its third annual installment of research from teens and adults in 22 countries about their exposure to 21 different online risks. Data show that now more than ever, teens around the world are turning to parents and other trusted adults for help with online issues. Across the countries surveyed, 42 percent of teens said they asked a parent for help with an online risk in the last year, up 32 percent from the previous year. Meantime, 28 percent of teens said they turned to another trusted adult, up 19 percent. In Italy, those percentages jumped to 44 percent and 21 percent, respectively, up from just 5 percent for both adult groups a year earlier.

The messages from these data for both adults and teens are clear. Parents and teachers need to familiarize themselves with teens’ online activities and the risks young people may encounter online. Most importantly, adults need to be open to talking with youth, focusing on listening and suspending judgment. Meanwhile, teens need to reach out to grown-ups whom they trust if something they see online threatens them or makes them uncomfortable; odds are their friends and classmates are doing the same thing. (View the full 2019 research report here.)

Another youth-focused event took place on Safer Internet Day, Feb. 5 in Rome. Government and law enforcement officials, representatives from technology companies and leaders of nongovernmental organizations assembled to make short presentations to some 200 young people and to respond to their questions. This event was also sponsored by Telefono Azzurro.

Microsoft’s Council for Digital Good champions SID 2019

Meanwhile, back in the U.S., members of Microsoft’s inaugural Council for Digital Good took these messages to their peers and younger kids on Safer Internet Day 2019, with several members holding workshops and after-school activities about embracing digital civility and staying safe online. Our inaugural council was made up of 15 teens from 12 U.S. states selected in 2017 to help spread the word about digital civility and to grow a generation dedicated to safer and healthier online interactions. (Learn more here and here.) Although the official pilot program wound down in July 2018, several teens remain active in promoting digital civility and online safety.

Erin, from Michigan, hosted an event, and got 150 9- to 12-year-olds to commit to safer online habits and practices by advocating for the four tenets of the Microsoft Digital Civility Challenge:

  1. Live the Golden Rule
  2. Respect differences
  3. Pause before replying, and
  4. Stand up for one’s self and others. (Click here to read the full Digital Civility Challenge.)

Bronte, an 18-year-old from Ohio, reached out to fellow high school students, asking them what their ideal internet would look like, and suggesting they sign a “pledge for a safer internet.” Indigo, from California, led 50 fourth- and fifth-graders in games and activities that she created to instill good online behaviors. Other council members also held events in their schools and communities.

We can’t say enough about the young people we’ve met and continue to meet, as we spread the (still fairly new) message of digital civility. We thank them for valuing the concept and for being leaders among their peers and other youth.

Safer Internet Day 2019 may be in the rearview mirror, but there’s still time to commit to putting our best digital foot forward by taking the Digital Civility Challenge and committing to its four ideals. It’s not too late to share your pledge on social media. Use the hashtags #Challenge4Civility and #Im4DigitalCivility. For other information about online safety, visit our website and resources page, and for more regular news and information, connect with us on Facebook and Twitter.

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Web integration platform eases way to machine learning models

Even Hollywood is looking to AI these days.

For the data scientists building the machine learning models that help studios evaluate scripts, deciding whether to focus on creating the algorithms or to also spend time preparing the data to feed the models was a big issue, according to Monica Landers, CEO of StoryFit, a startup based in Austin, Texas.

StoryFit data scientists use analytics to help gauge whether storylines for books, films and TV shows are likely to garner an audience that justifies the effort.

“This is a different way to look at content. We apply data to storytelling,” Landers said.

What Landers described is a mix that relies on text, demographic, social media sentiment and other data — much of it residing on the web — that StoryFit couples with natural language and AI processing to create machine learning models.

While Netflix has been using analytics to fine-tune content programming for some time, it is generally still early going for such efforts. As the cost of entertainment programming has continued to rise, so has interest in data analytics for script selection and doctoring and for promoting productions after launch.

How StoryFit predicts narratives’ success

Monica Landers, CEO, StoryFitMonica Landers

Studios use analytics based on the machine learning models to predict how scripts and manuscripts will fare as they are turned into films, books and so on, as well as to cite areas where writers can make improvements.

Landers said StoryFit has built machine learning models that understand story elements. StoryFit ingests and maps whole texts of books and scripts, and finds patterns and similar offerings. Users can then correlate that information with web recommendations, ratings, reviews and other general signs of online buzz.

Do your data science

For StoryFit, the model is the most important element, and it’s the first focus of the tech team.

“We are resource-bound as a startup. But we realized early on that we were going to need a lot of data,” she said, adding that she did not want data preparation to consume undue amounts of StoryFit data scientists’ time.

The data scientist can focus on just the data, not the data collecting.
Monica LandersCEO, StoryFit

Landers said her team has turned to web data integration tools from Import.io to port the data to the machine learning models, so team members can concentrate on the data science part of the process.

The Web Data Integration software enables data scientists to describe the type of data they want and to retrieve it in a suitable database format, she said.

“The data scientist can focus on just the data, not the data collecting,” Landers said. “We get logs, tracking and data structure, and we can get immediately to work.”

Up from site scraping

Tooling for retrieving web data has been around almost from the beginning of the web. But advances continue. Founded in 2012, Import.io’s original goal was to extract data from public websites, according to Gary Read, CEO of the vendor, based in Los Gatos, Calif., and tooling related to that task has expanded over time.

Import.io entered a world in which a variety of so-called site scraping utilities and tools were available. Along the way, the company has added a number of enhancements for data preparation and management to the Web Data Integration platform.

“Companies are starting to rely on data they get from the web. It can be mission-critical. But, sometimes, the data quality becomes very poor. There is a huge multitude of site data variety, and the sites are always changing,” he said.

On Jan. 29, Import.io further enhanced the platform with a data quality metrics dashboard, speedier extraction processes and other automated capabilities. Such traits position the tools to be used more in AI and machine learning applications, which thrive on diverse web data, but which can be stymied when fed flawed data sets.

Unique challenges

Back on the model-making side, StoryFit’s Landers said the startup faces other challenges beyond choosing whether to build machine learning models or prepare data. Finding the balance between the familiar and the unique in entertainment analysis is one of them.

It’s important to leave room for art in the screenplay development process, she said, when asked if the AI algorithms might generate uninspiring sequels to former successes, as many Hollywood human teams often do.

“We have to be thoughtful when we are applying machine learning and not replicate or reinforce elements that are repeating either past mistakes or past successes,” she said.

StoryFit analysis has found it’s important both to uncover story elements that make the audience feel comfortable and to create story elements that are unique, Landers said. Familiarity seems to have its place in the screen arts, she said, but making it new continues to be the path to successful adaptations.

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Hear from education experts around the world in the new Microsoft Flagship School Podcast |

Launching a new school is one of the most inspiring challenges leaders and educators can take on. The Microsoft Flagship School Podcast provides practical ideas and experiences from leaders around the globe, to make this journey to transform from the ground up, a little easier.

Today, I am pleased to share the release of a new podcast series to help inspire leaders around the world as they take steps on the journey to transform from the ground up. Drawing inspiration from our work with participating schools in our Flagship School program – an advisory to support ideation on new school construction and development – this new podcast provides an easily accessible source of information that can be listened to any time, on your popular podcast platforms.

Featuring many thought leaders in the education space working across different facets of education and learning design, construction and furnishing through to Microsoft experts on the technology front, the Microsoft Flagship School Podcast provides 20-minute injections of inspiration to share knowledge and best practices on building a new school. It’s also a great source of tangible actions that align to the pillars of the Microsoft Education Transformation Framework and shares ideas on how to build with the 12 tenets in mind.

All episodes are available today for listening on demand via Apple Podcast, Spotify, Stitcher and Google Play Music.

Here is what we have in store:

Episode 1: The possibilities for your new school

The world is changing, fast. Launching a new school gives education teams an incredible opportunity to build a future-focused, engaging learning environment from the ground up. In our first episode I share some of my thoughts on education transformation alongside Beth Hamilton, founding Principal of Wilburton Elementary, Bellevue Washington, who shares her experiences on recently opening the new school.

Episode 2: The learning approach in your new school

Every part of a school from the building, to the devices deployed, to the furniture purchased should work towards the goal of improving learning. Therefore, before we explore the many components to think about in your new school, we dig into what the learning approach will be for students. This episode features Tom Vander Ark from Getting Smart, and education leader Michelle Zimmerman from Renton Prep.

Episode 3: Learning environments in your new school

When designing from the ground up, we have an opportunity to consider the latest research in how the learning environments impact student experiences. In this episode, we speak with experts Madelyn Hankins, General Manager of Steelcase Education and Prakash Nair, CEO and Founder of Fielding Nair International, who have both led school design and furnishings across the world. We also spend some time with Terry Byers of Churchie Grammar, Queensland.


Episode 4: Personalized learning and data in your new school

Data is the new oil. With focus, careful collection and refinement, data can fuel a student’s learning path in meaningful ways. It exemplifies how technology can play a pivotal role in shaping students’ learning in ways not previously possible. In this episode, we hear from experts Maria Langworthy of Microsoft Education, Aidan McCarthy, a system leader in the Catholic education system in Western Australia, and James Protheroe, an education leader from Wales.

Episode 5: A positive culture in your new school

There is growing awareness of the importance of culture and mindset. We need new schools to be built with a strong culture that will help students and staff thrive. In this episode, we talk to Professor Lea Waters, a global expert on positive education, who shares the link between well-being and learning, and the importance of creating a positive school culture.

Episode 6: Accessibility and inclusion in your new school

Every new school needs to be built with a strong lens of accessibility and inclusion. Together they are a powerful force that is essential for every new school to incorporate deeply throughout its learning environments. In this episode, we talk to leaders from Microsoft, Megan Lawrence, Mike Tholfsen and Will Lewis, focusing on how technology can accelerate the path to making an inclusive and accessible school even more achievable.

Episode 7: Advancing the smart in your new school

Technology can play a huge role in advancing physical structures, design, and operations to put more smarts into school facilities and management. In this episode, we hear from Bert Van Hoof of Microsoft and Mark Hepburn of Iconics, who are both doing important work to support sustainable and advanced ideation on what it means to leverage technology to improve the way we live, learn, and play.

Episode 8: Making, creating, and coding in your new school

When you bring together passion and education, learning thrives. Learning styles are increasingly taking a playful approach designed to drive skills through the use of Minecraft: Education Edition and physical computing. In this episode, we hear from Deirdre Quarnstrom, GM of Minecraft Education at Microsoft, Jacqueline Russell, Principal Program Manager at Microsoft and classroom teacher Chhaya Narayan, and her students Emily and Tawara from Elim Christian College, NZ.

Episode 9: Acquiring devices in your new school

In this episode we hear how to choose the right devices for your school – from individual devices to larger form devices – and how to create a successful foundation to surround 1:1 to set up for success. In this episode hear best practices from Jason Wilmot, K12 leader at Microsoft Education and Jonathan Bishop, Head Teacher of Broadclyst Community Primary School, UK

Episode 10: Creating the future with your new school

In this uncertain century, there is one constant: continuous change. We can’t predict the future of education, but we can guide it by ensuring our schools are adaptable and creative environments, and our educators and leaders evolve with the technology. We end this season hearing insights from Microsoft leader and former school principal Mark Sparvell, and some final thoughts from me to close out the series.

We hope this new resource is helpful to spark ideas for your own school. And if you like it, give us a rating of 5 stars!

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Announcing Windows Community Toolkit v5.1 – Windows Developer Blog

It’s with great pleasure today that we announce the next update to the Windows Community Toolkit, version 5.1, made possible with help and contributions from our developer community. This update brings high-quality animation support with the inclusion of Lottie-Windows in the toolkit.  In addition, it provides a control for choosing Remote Devices, a new Image Cropping control, and many control accessibility fixes.
See more details on these features below.
Animations with Lottie-Windows
This new library provides high quality animation support on Windows 10 (1809) by utilizing the Windows.UI.Composition APIs and allows for the consumption of Bodymovin JSON files or optimized code-generated classes for playback in your Windows apps.  It is the successor to the LottieUWP community project.

Try installing the new Lottie Viewer app from the Microsoft Store to test out animations and generate optimized code for your Windows apps.
Documentation for Lottie-Windows.
Remote Device Picker
The Remote Device Picker allows a user to select a device, proximally or cloud accessible, from a dialog.  The app can then use this information to perform various scenarios like opening and communicating with an app on the chosen device.  Read more about what’s possible after selecting a device like opening an app or creating an app service.
This is possible with Project Rome which allows building people-centric experiences across devices and platforms (Android, Windows, iOS).  For examplehaving your app or website (using MS Graph APIs) continue a task to another device or create companion experiences that can communicate with each other across devices, like a remote control.

Documentation for RemoteDevicePicker.  Read more about Project Rome capabilities here.
Image Cropper
The new Image Cropper control allows you to provide effortless image cropping functionality to your app.  Perfect for user selected profile pictures and photo editing tools.

Documentation for ImageCropper.
Accessibility Improvements
We’ve been striving to increase the accessibility of our controls in the last release and this one.  This update provides more fixes to keyboard navigation, high contrast, and narrator readability to the toolkit controls.
.NET Core 3.0 Preview for WPF and WinForms Packages
With the recent release of .NET Core 3.0 preview 2, we’ve shipped a toolkit 6.0 preview package for our WPF/WinForms library Microsoft.Toolkit.Win32 to support it.  Please download it here for WPF or WinForms to give it a try in your .NET Core applications.  Report any issues here.
Get started today
There are a lot more updates than we can cover here, be sure to read the release notes for more details on all the fixes provided in this update.
As a reminder, you can get started by following our docs.microsoft.com tutorial, or preview the latest features by installing the Windows Community Toolkit Sample App from the Microsoft Store. If you would like to contribute, please join us on GitHub! To join the conversation on Twitter, use the #WindowsToolkit hashtag.
Happy coding!
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Best data storage products 2018: Products of the Year

Editor’s note

For the 17th year, we invited vendors to submit their best data storage products for consideration. To even the playing field for new products, we only accepted products released or significantly upgraded in the past year.

Our judges were analysts, consultants and SearchStorage editors who weighed tech innovation, ease of integration, performance, manageability, value, functionality and practicality. They graded products in five categories: backup and disaster recovery hardware, backup and DR software and services, software-defined and cloud storage, storage arrays and storage management tools.

Read on to find out which best data storage products won and why, as well as about the finalists they competed with. Kudos to this year’s winners!

1Backup and disaster recovery hardware

The backup and DR hardware category includes data protection hardware, backup software integrated with hardware appliances, tape libraries and drives, backup media, disk backup targets, deduplication devices, and gateway appliances for cloud backup and replication. Any backup device that sits in a data center falls in this category. Similarly, backup software products that are sold with a physical component also fit here.

2Backup and disaster recovery software and services

Veteran data protection vendors battled more recent entrants to the market in the backup and disaster recovery software category of the 2018 Products of the Year competition. This category includes backup and recovery software; cloud backup and recovery services; and on-premises backup and disaster recovery, snapshots, replication and archiving. The cloud played an important role in top-performing products. Other key features included ransomware defense, journal-based recovery and virtual protection.

3Software-defined and cloud storage

A trio of startups tackling issues such as multi-cloud data management and storage for containerized applications took top honors in the 2018 best data storage Products of the Year competition for software-defined and cloud storage. Entries in this crowded category must run on standard server hardware. Products included software that can pool and centrally manage storage; object stores; file systems; and software powering hyper-converged systems that combine storage, compute and virtualization resources.

4Storage arrays

The 2018 best data storage products winners in our enterprise storage arrays category shine the spotlight on high-performance networked storage. Submitted entries used fixed disk, flash or a hybrid media combination — although disk-only systems are losing dominance to flash. Products included Fibre Channel and iSCSI SAN, NAS, multiprotocol systems, converged infrastructure products, SSDs, HDDs, disk controllers and caching appliances. Unlike software-defined storage, entries must integrate software management and storage features with the storage media. Two winning vendors are SAN mainstays, and one re-engineered its flagship all-flash block array to deliver fast storage for AI at the edge.

5Storage management tools

Winners in the data storage management tools category vary from repeat entrants to companies and products new to the awards platform. Common themes among entrants include cloud connections and moving data to and from the cloud. Among the best data storage winners you will also find support for multi-platform, multi-cloud and multiple storage tiers, in addition to many other features offered by the products. All fit into one of the following subcategories: SAN management and storage resource management software, as well as third-party analytics, performance monitoring, configuration management, provisioning and data reduction products.

6‘Storage’ magazine unveils Products of the Year

In addition to revealing the winners of its annual ‘Storage’ Products of the Year competition, the February issue of ‘Storage’ magazine explores the most important data storage trends of 2019. Also, this issue looks at the five most important things we learned about storage in 2018. It takes a look at the trend away from all things cloud, how GDPR and ransomware are changing data protection systems, and the dangers of mass secondary data fragmentation.

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hi all

following the purchase of a z390 mobo from these forums, i’ve decided to upgrade now and gone intel/RTX and build a new PC! foolish, as this is only 8 mths old ish.

it was built from mostly new parts and most have warranties which i will help with should issues arise. not sure if they can be transferred like EVGA?? anyway, on with the beast.

The machine won’t have an activated OS as i am taking the drives(m.2) i had running and replacing with a new SSD and HDD.


CPU: Ryzen 7 1700 8 core w/wraith cooler
mobo: MSI B450 gaming plus – 6 mth plus warranty
Mem: 16 gb of Adata premier pro 2666 mhz ram
GPU: Gigabyte GTX 1070 8gb – 2 yrs plus warranty
SSD: 240 gb ssd
HDD: 2 x 500 gb drives
Case: Aerocool midi RGB lighting – was new
PSU: Riotoro enigma g2 650 watt gold fully modular 9 year plus warranty left (made by seasonic)
OS: windows 10 trial will be installed due to current being removed. you will need you own key.

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Announcing Windows Server vNext Insider Preview Build 18334 | Windows Experience Blog

Hello Windows Insiders!
Today we are pleased to release a new Insider build of the Windows Server VNext Semi-Annual Channel release.

Server Core App Compatibility feature on demand (FOD)
The Server Core App Compatibility FOD was new in Windows Server 2019 and Windows Server, version 1809.  We are continuing investment in the App Compatibility FOD based on customer and Insider feedback.
New in this Insider release for App Compatibility FOD:

Task Scheduler (Taskschd.msc)

Please try it and let us know!  More to come…

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 In-place upgrade failed.
We fixed an issue where a CPU spike may happen when Windows Server logs obsolete Windows Error Reporting reports PnPDriverInstallError and PnPDriverImportError.
We fixed an issue where Dynamic Update Setup on Server shows “Installing Windows 10” instead of Server.
We fixed an issue where 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.
We fixed an issue where Windows may attempt to reuse an expired DHCP lease if the lease expired while the OS was shutdown.

[New] A local user’s last logon time output from “net user username” may not be recorded even when the user has accessed the server’s network share.
Scheduled startup tasks may fail to run. An event is logged, ID 101 with the error code ERROR_LOGON_FAILURE when the failure occurs.
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.
DCPromo fails if the interface metric of the physical NIC is larger than Loopback Interface19919812 Third-party password filter dlls may not be notified when the local Administrator account’s password was changed
[New] Attempting system image recovery from an image located on a network share may result in error “A specified logon session does not exist. It may already have been terminated”
Server FODs are not retained after in-place (or B2B) upgrade
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.
Invalid file may be created in %Systemroot%System32LogFilesSum by User Access Logging
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.
When a Windows Defender Application Guard container crashes, the resulting type of dump may be unexpected.

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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