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Microsoft seeks broader developer appeal with Azure DevOps

Microsoft has rebranded its primary DevOps platform as Azure DevOps to reach beyond Windows developers or Visual Studio developers and appeal to those who just want a solid DevOps platform.

Azure DevOps encompasses five services that span the breadth of the development lifecycle. The services aim to help developers plan, build, test, deploy and collaborate to ship software faster and with higher quality. These services include the following:

  • Azure Pipelines is a CI/CD service.
  • Azure Repos offers source code hosting with version control.
  • Azure Boards provides project management with support for Agile development using Kanban boards and bug tracking.
  • Azure Artifacts is a package management system to store artifacts.
  • Azure Test Plans lets developers define, organize, and run test cases and report any issues through Azure Boards.

Microsoft customers wanted the company to break up the Visual Studio Team Services (VSTS) platform so they could choose individual services, said Jamie Cool, Microsoft’s program manager for Azure DevOps. By doing so, the company also hopes to attract a wider audience that includes Mac and Linux developers, as well as open source developers in general, who avoid Visual Studio, Microsoft’s flagship development tool set.

Open source software continues to achieve broad acceptance within the software industry. However, many developers don’t want to switch to Git source control and stay with VSTS for everything else. Over the past few years, Microsoft has technically separated some of its developer tool functions.

But the company has struggled to convince developers about Microsoft’s cross-platform capabilities and that they can pick and choose areas from Microsoft versus elsewhere, said Rockford Lhotka, CTO of Magenic, an IT services company in St. Louis Park, Minn.

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“The idea of a single vendor or single platform developer is probably gone at this point,” he said. “A Microsoft developer may use ASP.NET, but must also use JavaScript, Angular and a host of non-Microsoft tools, as well. Similarly, a Java developer may well be building the back-end services to support a Xamarin mobile app.”

Most developers build for a lot of different platforms and use a lot of different development languages and tools. However, the features of Azure DevOps will work for everyone, Lhotka said.

Azure DevOps is Microsoft’s latest embrace of open source development, from participation in open source development to integrating tools and languages outside its own ecosystem, said Mike Saccotelli, director of modern apps at SPR, a digital technology consulting firm in Chicago.

In addition to the rebranded Azure DevOps platform, Microsoft also plans to provide free CI/CD technology for any open source project, including unlimited compute on Azure, with the ability to run up to 10 jobs concurrently, Cool said. Microsoft has also made Azure Pipelines the first of the Azure DevOps services to be available on the GitHub Marketplace.

For Sale – Intel NUC 5i5RYK, Core i5 5250U @1.6GHz, 8GB Ram, 111GB SSD

I have an Intel NUC 5i5RYK, Core i5 5250U @1.6GHz, 8GB Ram, 111GB SSD running on Windows 10 Pro. It has original box and instructions.

It was used solely for running a Plex Media Server.

I’m looking for £285.00 inc postage. **dropped to £265.00**

Price and currency: £265.00
Delivery: Delivery cost is included within my country
Payment method: PayPal
Location: Romford
Advertised elsewhere?: Not advertised elsewhere
Prefer goods collected?: I have no preference

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For Sale – Samsung Q1 hand-held Widows mini-computer

Clearing out my loft…

Samsung Q1 hand held Windows mini computer.

Curious little thing, don’t even remember buying it, but it’s hardly been used and still in its original box.

I’m in the Reading area.

Price and currency: £10
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Payment method: cash
Location: Reading
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Wanted – 12-13 inch Windows Laptop

Hi all,

I’m looking for a small windows laptop, between 12-13 inches for effectively, university use.
Microsoft Office, Internet browsing, Netflix etc but small/light enough to carry around and transport.

Does anyone one have such a laptop they are looking to sell?

Thanks,

Ben

Location: Nottingham

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Microsoft patches Windows ALPC flaw exploited in the wild

A Windows ALPC vulnerability that has been exploited in the wild for two weeks was finally patched by Microsoft as part of the September 2018 Patch Tuesday release.

The Windows Advanced Local Procedure Call (ALPC) flaw was disclosed with proof-of-concept exploit code on Aug. 27, 2018, by Twitter user SandboxEscaper. The vulnerability affects the Windows Task Scheduler and can allow an attacker to obtain elevated system privileges.

Microsoft noted the issue would require an attacker to log on to the target system. The vendor labeled the Windows ALPC flaw (CVE-2018-8440) as “important,” but not “critical,” in its Patch Tuesday advisory, despite the vulnerability being actively exploited in the wild.

On Sept. 5, Matthieu Faou, malware researcher for ESET, based in Bratislava, Slovakia, first reported seeing a group called PowerPool exploiting the Windows ALPC vulnerability in the wild over the previous week. Faou noted the group did not reuse the proof of concept released by SandboxEscaper and instead modified it slightly.

Allan Liska, threat intelligence analyst at Recorded Future in Somerville, Mass., said this meant PowerPool added the exploit to their arsenal of tools within 48 hours of the exploit being published on Twitter. But it is still unclear how widespread the attacks have been.

“The challenge is that PowerPool is a relatively new group, and they don’t have a large footprint in terms of exploitation — at least as far as we can tell. So, there isn’t a good way to gauge the extent of the damage,” Liska said via email. “As far as Microsoft’s decision, even though the vulnerability was being exploited in the wild, because it is not a remote access vulnerability, nor a critical one, Microsoft probably made the correct decision not releasing an out-of-band patch.”

Although Microsoft chose not to release an out-of-band patch for the Windows ALPC flaw, a third-party patch from micropatching vendor 0patch was released on Aug. 30. Mitja Kolsek, co-founder of 0patch, noted in a blog post that the patch they released was “functionally identical” to the patch released by Microsoft.

Chris Goettl, director of security product management at Ivanti, based in South Jordan, Utah, said consistency is key with update cycles to help plan maintenance. But “on the flip side, security researchers and threat actors do not have set schedules.”

“An exploit can be developed and be released at any time and cannot be planned for. If a researcher finds a threat and the threat is considerable, there should be some urgency put around getting a resolution in place,” Goettl said via email. “In this case, it seems it should have been reasonable to keep this update in the normal update cycle. If it would have been remotely exploitable without authentication and in a protocol like SMB — think Eternal family of exploits — or something of a similar more dire nature, it would have warranted an out-of-band release.”

Hyper-V Quick Tip: Safely Shutdown a Guest with Unresponsive Mouse

Q: A virtual machine running Windows under Hyper-V does not respond to mouse commands in VMConnect. How do I safely shut it down?

A: Use a combination of VMConnect’s key actions and native Windows key sequences to shut down.

Ordinarily, you would use one of Hyper-V’s various “Shut Down” commands to instruct a virtual machine to gracefully shut down the guest operating system. Otherwise, you can use the guest operating system’s native techniques for shutting down. In Windows guests running the full desktop experience, the mouse provides the easiest way. However, any failure of the guest operating system renders the mouse inoperable. The keyboard continues to work, of course.

Shutting Down a Windows Guest of Hyper-V Using the Keyboard

Your basic goal is to reach a place where you can issue the shutdown command.

Tip: Avoid using the mouse on the VMConnect window at all. It will bring up the prompt about the mouse each time unless you disable it. Clicking on VMConnect’s title bar will automatically set focus so that it will send most keypresses into the guest operating system. You cannot send system key combinations or anything involving the physical Windows key (otherwise, these directions would be a lot shorter).

  1. First, you need to log in. Windows 10/Windows Server 2016 and later no longer require any particular key sequence to bring up a login prompt — pressing any key while VMConnect has focus should show a login prompt. Windows 8.1/Windows Server 2012 R2 and earlier all require a CTRL+ALT+DEL sequence prior to making log in available. For those, click Action on VMConnect’s menu bar, then click Ctrl+Alt+Delete. If your VMConnect session is running locally, you can press the CTRL+ALT+END sequence on your physical keyboard instead. However, that won’t work within a remote desktop session.

    You can also press the related button on VMConnect’s button bar immediately below the text menu. It’s the button with three small boxes. In the screenshot above, look directly to the left of the highlighted text.
  2. Log in with valid credentials. Your virtual machine’s network likely does not work either, so you may need to use local credentials.
  3. Use the same sequences from step 1 to send a CTRL+ALT+DEL sequence to the guest.
  4. In the overlay that appears, use the physical down or up arrow key until Task Manager is selected, then press Enter. The screen will look different on versions prior to 10/2016 but will function the same.
  5. Task Manager should appear as the top-most window. If it does, proceed to step 6.
    If it does not, then you might be out of luck. If you can see enough of Task Manager to identify the window that obscures it, or if you’re just plain lucky, you can close the offending program. If you want, you can just proceed to step 6 and try to run these steps blindly.
    1. Press the TAB key. That will cause Task Manager to switch focus to its processes list.
    2. Press the up or down physical arrow keys to cycle through the running processes.
    3. Press Del to close a process.
  6. Press ALT+F to bring up Task Manager’s file menu. Press Enter or N for Run new task (wording is different on earlier versions of Windows).
  7. In the Create new task dialog, type 
    shutdown /s /t 0. If your display does not distinguish, that’s a zero at the end, not the letter O. Shutting down from within the console typically does not require administrative access, but if you’d like, you can press Tab to set focus to the Create this task with administrative privileges box and then press the Spacebar to check it. Press Enter to run the command (or Tab to the OK button and press Enter).

Once you’ve reached step 7, you have other options. You can enter cmd to bring up a command prompt or powershell for a PowerShell prompt. If you want to tinker with different options for the shutdown command, you can do that as well. If you would like to get into Device Manager to see if you can sort out whatever ails the integration services, run devmgmt.msc (use the administrative privileges checkbox for best results).

Be aware that this generally will not fix anything. Whatever prevented the integration services from running will likely continue. However, your guest won’t suffer any data loss. So, you could connect its VHDX file(s) to a healthy virtual machine for troubleshooting. Or, if the problem is environmental, you can safely relocate the virtual machine to another host.

More Hyper-V Quick Tips

How Many Cluster Networks Should I Use?

How to Choose a Live Migration Performance Solution

How to Enable Nested Virtualization

Have you run into this issue yourself? Were you able to navigate around it? What was your solution? Let us know in the comments section below!

For Sale – Samsung Q1 hand-held Widows mini-computer

Clearing out my loft…

Samsung Q1 hand held Windows mini computer.

Curious little thing, don’t even remember buying it, but it’s hardly been used and still in its original box.

I’m in the Reading area.

Price and currency: £10
Delivery: Goods must be exchanged in person
Payment method: cash
Location: Reading
Advertised elsewhere?: Not advertised elsewhere
Prefer goods collected?: I prefer the goods to be collected

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Wanted – 12-13 inch Windows Laptop

Hi all,

I’m looking for a small windows laptop, between 12-13 inches for effectively, university use.
Microsoft Office, Internet browsing, Netflix etc but small/light enough to carry around and transport.

Does anyone one have such a laptop they are looking to sell?

Thanks,

Ben

Location: Nottingham

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For Sale – Intel NUC 5i5RYK, Core i5 5250U @1.6GHz, 8GB Ram, 111GB SSD

I have an Intel NUC 5i5RYK, Core i5 5250U @1.6GHz, 8GB Ram, 111GB SSD running on Windows 10 Pro. It has original box and instructions.

It was used solely for running a Plex Media Server.

I’m looking for £285.00 inc postage. **dropped to £265.00**

Price and currency: £265.00
Delivery: Delivery cost is included within my country
Payment method: PayPal
Location: Romford
Advertised elsewhere?: Not advertised elsewhere
Prefer goods collected?: I have no preference

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  • Name and address including postcode
  • Valid e-mail address

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