Download – Group Policy Settings Reference

gpo1Title: Group Policy Settings Reference for Windows and Windows Server
Published: 01/03/2017
Publisher: Microsoft Corporation 
Version: October 2016
File name: Windows10andWindowsServer2016PolicySettings.xlsx
File size: 0.7 MB
Download URL: Click here for download

DESCRIPTION

These spreadsheets list the policy settings for computer and user configurations that are included in the Administrative template files delivered with the Windows operating systems specified. You can configure these policy settings when you edit Group Policy Objects.

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Video – Updates to the SharePoint Framework

With the developer preview of the SharePoint Framework available, take a deeper look at how you can deliver new experiences for SharePoint using common Web development tools. You’ll see the new SharePoint Framework and the new Client Side Web Parts that provide the ability to extend SharePoint in ways that were previously unavailable in the Cloud.

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Training – Visual Studio 2017 and Azure

Title: Web and Data Application Development with Visual Studio 2017 and Azure
Instructors: Jeff Prosise and Scott J. Peterson
Published: November 29, 2016
Time: 5 hours (excluding labs & assessments)
Modules: 6
URL: Click here

If you’d like to learn application development end-to-end, be sure to take this Microsoft Virtual Academy course. Get a look at a number of cloud-based technologies, see practical demonstrations, and dig into what’s new in Visual Studio 2017, in this course, part of Connect(); //2016 Day 3.

Pro-tip: If you’re an IT Pro and not a Developer, you should still watch Module 6.

MODULES

  1. .NET Core & Application Insights
  2. Azure SQL & SQL Server 2016 & Azure Storage
  3. Azure Functions & Cognitive Services
  4. Power BI & Office Graph
  5. Azure Search & Language Understanding Intelligent Services (LUIS)
  6. Docker & Azure Container Registry & Linux & SQL Server
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Video – Updates to SharePoint App, Team Sites and Publishing

Adam Harmetz gives a rundown of SharePoint’s updated team collaboration experience across SharePoint and OneDrive and what’s coming in the future. He shows what the mobile and web experience is like working with and sharing team files. Se the recently launched improvements to the SharePoint team site which allows for the quick creation of a home for your Office 365 Group’s content. See the cross-platform mobile apps that help you connect with your team members and content while on the go.

Source: Microsoft Mechanics Library

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Video – Storage Spaces Direct (S2D) in Windows Server 2016

A look at the latest updates to software-defined storage with Storage Spaces Direct, new with Windows Server 2016. Elden Christensen explains the advantages in terms of cost, performance and reliability.

Also, find out what your deployment options are from hyper-converge or branch offices to converge for enterprise scale workloads. Finally aucasinosonline, you’ll see how this applies to disaster recovery.

Source: Microsoft Mechanics Library

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Video – Visio Updates

A tour of the latest updates for Visio. Including enhanced AutoCAD support, one step data linking to your diagrams and the first look at the new cross-platform experiences with Visio Online and Visio on iPad.

Find out how you can get started with the Insider Program for the new Visio iPad app (limited time) and learn how to access the Visio Online Preview.

Source: Microsoft Mechanics Library

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Tools of the Trade – #05 Notepad++

Title: #05 Notepad++
Published: 05/18/2016
Publisher: Don Ho
Version: 6.9.2
File size: 4.0 MB
Frequency of use: DAILY
Cost: Freeware
Donations are accepted (PayPal, Tibit & Bitcoin)

Works with PortableApps: Yes
Website: http://notepad-plus-plus.org
Download URL: Click here to download

DESCRIPTION

Notepad++ is a free source code editor and Notepad.exe replacement that supports several languages.

KEY FEATURES

MY 2 CENTS

I use Notepad++ daily for quick and dirty editing of XML, HTML or CSV. The line numbering, tabbed pages and text highlighting are great, though I still use the ISE for PowerShell coding.

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Tools of the Trade – #04 IrfanView

Title: #04 IrfanView
Published: 03/10/2016
Publisher: Irfan Skiljan
Version: 4.42
File size: 2.03 MB
Frequency of use: DAILY
Cost: Freeware for non-commercial use
Donations are accepted (PayPal)

Works with PortableApps: Yes
Website: http://irfanview.com
Download URL: Click here to download

DESCRIPTION

IrfanView is a very fast, small, compact and innovative FREEWARE (for non-commercial use) graphic viewer for Windows 9x, ME, NT, 2000, XP, 2003 , 2008, Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 10.

FEATURES

  • Over 140 supported file formats (click here the list of formats)
  • Support for Adobe Photoshop Filters
  • Batch conversion (with advanced image processing)
  • Multimedia player
  • Change color depth, cut, crop, resample
  • Add overlay text/image (watermark)
  • Effects (Sharpen, Blur, Adobe 8BF, Filter Factory, Filters Unlimited, etc.)
  • Extract icons from EXE/DLL/ICLs
  • Many command line options
  • Much, much more…

MY 2 CENTS

I constantly have to resize images for blog posts, crop, resample, and adjust colors on image files. IrfanView is my go-to product, hands down. It also has powerful command line support. I once used IrfanView from the command line to create JPG thumbnails of over 200 PDF files in a batch process.

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Tools of the Trade – #03 WinDirStat

Title: #03 WinDirStat
Published: 10/20/2014
Publisher: Open Source
Version: 1.1.2
File size: 0.6 MB
Frequency of use: WEEKLY
Cost: Free but donations are accepted
(PayPal)

Works with PortableApps: Yes
Website: https://windirstat.info
Download URL: Click here to download

DESCRIPTION

WinDirStat (Windows Directory Statistics) is a disk usage statistics viewer and cleanup tool for Windows. On start up, WinDirStat reads the whole directory tree once and then presents it in three useful views:

  • The directory list, which resembles the tree view of the Windows Explorer but is sorted by file/subtree size.
  • The treemap, which shows the whole contents of the directory tree straight away.
  • The extension list, which serves as a legend and shows statistics about the file types.

MY 2 CENTS

WinDirStat can be pretty slow sometimes, but it’s great for finding out why your hard drive is full. I especially like using WinDirStat to delete contents in the Windows Recycle Bin or desktops of other user accounts on a server or PC (like when another admin downloads ISO files to the desktop).

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