Windows 10 May 2019 Update declared safe at last, which bodes well for upcoming 19H2 build

Summary As the faithful tried to arouse the excitement of this week's hardware event, Microsoft has continued its efforts to send the next version of Windows while also launching updates for Azure and SQL Server.

Windows 10 May 2019 update recently certified by Microsoft

There is some good news for customers tempted to make the leap to the latest public version of Microsoft Windows 10. The team declared it "ready for a wide implementation "while highlighting that the April 2018 Update (also known as 1803) is now much older and broken in comparison.

1803 reaches the end of the service on November 12 and Microsoft is updating the devices running that version (as well as previous incarnations of Windows 10).

The recommendation is addressed to commercial customers. Those brave enough to have updated in advance have made a lot of mistakes (and occasionally endured dubious patches) since launch.

19H2 is coming when administrators have access to the pre-launch of Windows 10

A new version of 1909, also known as 19H2, has also been included in the Release Preview Ring of the Windows Insider program. With Windows 10 19H2 probably released to the public in October, build 18363.387 was a light update, containing some mysterious fixes and settings to uninstall 19H2 updates.

19H1 compilation 18362.387, which is also lurking in the Release Preview Ring, released last week.

The update occurs when Microsoft decided it would be a good idea to let administrators inflict updates of Windows 10 pre-launch features on their users through the Windows Server Update Service (WSUS).

It is a bit surprising that it has taken so long to implement, since one of the benefits of the Windows Insider program is early access to Windows 10 in order to verify the business line applications in the new operating system and ensure Nothing critical has been broken.

Such access was a bit manual for administrators in the past, so the addition of the preliminary version of Windows Insider in the Configuration Manager will be welcome, although the software giant warned that version 1906 or later of the Configuration N Manager must be used. Users will also be relieved to know that only the Windows Insider Slow Ring program will be available.

By making it easier for administrators to implement Windows Insider compilations, the range of systems under which Windows 10 is tested should increase, which in turn should improve quality.

After Windows 10 1909, the gang aims to match the cadence of the Slow Ring for the versions.

Windows Server servers gain new capabilities from Microsoft Defender

Although Windows Server 2008 R2 is nervously looking at the end-of-2020 support date, Microsoft has made endpoint detection and response capability (EDR) ) of Microsoft Defender ATP is generally available for the venerable platform.

The addition provides better visibility of what is happening at the server endpoints, giving information about dire modifications around processes, files and other preferred objectives.

The movement is a recognition that there are still many installations of Windows Server 2008 R2

In addition to Windows Server 2008 R2 getting EDR, the gang is also integrating the Azure Security Center into the platform. And don't forget: Microsoft would really like you to consider migrating to Azure.

Updated SQL Server Management Studio

While Azure Data Studio may be the favorite child these days, the venerable SQL Server Management Studio has continued to receive attention, with version 18.3 issued last week.

The launch was light in new features, although it added Intellisense support for SQL Server 2019. There were also minor improvements around the creation of scripts, including Azure Data Warehouse restrictions and adjustments to the SQL Evaluation API.

Bug fixes included a problem in DacFx that prevented the implementation of the database in SQL Azure, as well as long-standing issues that caused Management Studio to crash during restorations.

Another permanent user, the missing T-SQL debugger, has not yet appeared despite occupying a prominent place on the wish list.

Microsoft: protect democracy with open source. Wait to?

Eager to remind customers that I was still questioning the US government. UU. For privacy last week, Microsoft also kept its promise to upload the code of its ElectionGuard electronic voting system to GitHub.

The resources are distributed in four repositories of GitHub. One contains an informal specification that details the concepts behind the verifiable end-to-end system and a formal specification to guide manufacturers on how to integrate ElectionGuard into their systems.

The other repos contain the source code (written in C) for ElectionGuard, a reference implementation of a verifier that will be used to independently verify the results and another reference implementation of a ballot marking device. Microsoft has already shown an example that made use of the Xbox adaptive controller to mark the ballots.

The company expects to see ElectionGuard appear in the elections by 2020, or possibly earlier. ®

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