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September 25, 2020

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Azure Sentinel dashboard from Microsoft 365 Security blog post

Defender Gets a Big New Charter

At Ignite 2020, Microsoft expands the Microsoft Defender charter as it organizes products/brands into Microsoft 365 Defender, Azure Defender, and Azure Sentinel portfolios. This is going to take a while to sink completely in . . .

Settings/Update&Security/WindowsInsider/ReleasePreview+Winver

MS Presents Build 19042.508 as Final 20H2 Build

Allrighty, then. As per Brandon LeBlanc at the Windows Blog on September 18, Build 19042.508 (KB4571756) likely represents the Version 20H2 final build. He puts it this way “We believe that Build 19042.508 is the final build and still plan on continuing to improve the overall experience of the October 2020 Update on customers’ PCs

SpiceWorld 2020 agenda description of Ventoy session

SpiceWorld 2020 Ventoy Presentation

OK, then. Today’s the day my pre-recorded presentation about Ventoy — the GitHub project that creates bootable Windows 10 media that can boot into any bootable ISO file in one of its partitions — at the virtual version of this year’s annual SpiceWorld gathering. As promised, I’m providing links to the underlying PowerPoint file and

Can't turn write caching on for ADATA UFD

No Write Caching for (Some) Ventoy UFDs

In checking performance options for Ventoy UFDs, I learn that my current choice doesn’t support write caching. This leads me to investigate best options for Ventoy media. I settle on a Sabrent NVMe USB-C/3.1 enclosure with a cheap-o 256 GB NVMe M.2. Deets supplied!

Windows Update icon

MS Merges SSU into CU for WSUS

For companies and organizations that manage their own Windows Updates, getting the right Servicing Stack Update (SSU) is crucial before or alongside installing the Latest Cumulative Update (LCU). At a single stroke, MS does away with this requirement.

Ventoy2Disk shows V.1.0.20 in the package, and V1.0.19 on the USB, ready for update.

Admin Toolkit: Ventoy V1.0.20 Download Available

One week ago, the latest version of the terrific bootable USB installer tool Ventoy became available for download. I’m talking about V1.0.20 taking up position as the Ventoy “Latest Release” on GitHub. To update an already-installed copy, unZip the download into some target directory and plug in your Ventory USB device. Then, run the Ventoy2Disk.exe

Banner info from KB4023057 support page

KB4023057 Forces Upgrade Install on Older 1909 PC

Warning for those running older (pre Version 2004) Windows 10 versions. KB4023057 not only repairs all hacks to block upgrades, it also forces an automatic restart once the GUI phase of the upgrade completes. This can sometimes be problematic, as it was for me!

Windows 10 EOL chart as of late August 2020

Some 1803 Version EOLs Extended Until May 11, 2021

In the spirit of easing the burden on IT operations during what it calls the “public health situation“, MS has extended the end-of-life, or EOL date, for Windows 10 1803 from November 10, 2020  until May 11, 2021. Thus, they’ve shifted a date less than three months from now to a different date about 8.5

Microsoft's LCID reference provides data in document form

Making Sense of LCID Language Codes

Ever wondered about those four-letter codes that identify languages in Windows, like en-us for US English and en-gb for UK English? They’re called LCIDs (Language Code Identifiers) and there are a great many of them. Fortunately, I found a good tool to search and sort them, too.

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