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Windows 11 announced for October 5th release

by Lyndon Doyle by Lyndon Doyle 02/09/2021

Windows 11 announced for October 5th release. This will be a steady rollout across the week with users who can upgrade finding it available in the Windows Update area of Windows 10 as an optional update.

There has been some confusion regarding the hand out, even though Microsoft are offering this free of charge they have also muddied the water with regards to who can actually upgrade and indeed then receive updates in the future.

To explain a bit further in general anyone with a 7th Gen Intel or AMD Ryzen CPU and above will be able to upgrade for free and receive updates in the future providing the motherboard of your device supports TPM 2, originally this through people off as there is a lot of devices which are older than this and the news made them frustrated, TPM 2 is a Trusted Platform Module and basically adds an extra layer of security to a Windows computer making an extra barrier to protect a user or computer from malware and such attacks.

There is a way around this but it cannot be recommended as you wont receive the same level of updates it is meant to provide so if you find yourself not meeting that requirement or indeed have a computer which is 5 years + older perhaps now is the time to consider upgrading to newer hardware?  With all the requirements and resources computers need these days we would recommend it, however for those who don’t want to please remember Microsoft will continue to provide support along with security and general updates for 5 more years to come.

Windows 11 announced for October 5th release. This will be a steady rollout across the week with users who can upgrade finding it available in the Windows Update area of Windows 10 as an optional update.

There has been some confusion regarding the hand out, even though Microsoft are offering this free of charge they have also muddied the water with regards to who can actually upgrade and indeed then receive updates in the future.

To explain a bit further in general anyone with a 7th Gen Intel or AMD Ryzen CPU and above will be able to upgrade for free and receive updates in the future providing the motherboard of your device supports TPM 2, originally this through people off as there is a lot of devices which are older than this and the news made them frustrated, TPM 2 is a Trusted Platform Module and basically adds an extra layer of security to a Windows computer making an extra barrier to protect a user or computer from malware and such attacks.

There is a way around this but it cannot be recommended as you wont receive the same level of updates it is meant to provide so if you find yourself not meeting that requirement or indeed have a computer which is 5 years + older perhaps now is the time to consider upgrading to newer hardware?  With all the requirements and resources computers need these days we would recommend it, however for those who don’t want to please remember Microsoft will continue to provide support along with security and general updates for 5 more years to come.

Microsoft releases Windows Server 2022

by Lyndon Doyle by Lyndon Doyle 23/08/2021

The latest release for Microsoft’s onsite offerings came out in the middle of August, in terms of features it offers better security and encryption across the services which include DNS over HTTPS having the ability to have up to 256bit encryption when using SMB, essentially making file copies across a network share safe and sound if enabled, previously this was only available to those with Intel processors but is now supported when using AMD processors too.

SMB over QUIC enables secure access to your server files without having to setup and manage a VPN, a good feature for those which don’t want to use Routing and Remote Access on their servers or configure a third party solution with certificates…However with everyone having to change the way they work since 2020 this might be more of a mute feature as most will already have something like this in place already.

The interface for the new server release will match a similar setup to Windows 10 as it currently stands using the build 21H2 so while Windows 11 is nearly with us this server release will not include this new look.

The Admin Center, a little gem you can install for managing your servers has received an update and now includes items for more Cloud integration with Microsoft Azure which includes Backup, File Sync and Monitoring for those of you which use Microsoft 365 services.  In fact it is safe to say that most of the feature updates coming through are centred around Azure…

Hotpatch is a big one for those with servers in the cloud, this will allow you to install patches in not only a fraction of the time but also without rebooting the server, this is big news for those which have to normally factor in downloading, installing and then arranging a time with the office when it’s ok to reboot 

There is a dedicated Server 2022 Azure Edition coming out for the first time which is more of a subscription version of the server software and indeed continues Microsoft’s push towards getting everyone to move towards their Cloud offers in the future 

Last but not least Microsoft have turned around and said they will support Server 2022 for 15 years however this will include 5 years of proper support and then 10 years of their “extended support” which means after the 5 years is up they will essentially provide the basic security patches and standard updates rather than any big changes…”

 

The latest release for Microsoft’s onsite offerings came out in the middle of August, in terms of features it offers better security and encryption across the services which include DNS over HTTPS having the ability to have up to 256bit encryption when using SMB, essentially making file copies across a network share safe and sound if enabled, previously this was only available to those with Intel processors but is now supported when using AMD processors too.

SMB over QUIC enables secure access to your server files without having to setup and manage a VPN, a good feature for those which don’t want to use Routing and Remote Access on their servers or configure a third party solution with certificates…However with everyone having to change the way they work since 2020 this might be more of a mute feature as most will already have something like this in place already.

The interface for the new server release will match a similar setup to Windows 10 as it currently stands using the build 21H2 so while Windows 11 is nearly with us this server release will not include this new look.

The Admin Center, a little gem you can install for managing your servers has received an update and now includes items for more Cloud integration with Microsoft Azure which includes Backup, File Sync and Monitoring for those of you which use Microsoft 365 services.  In fact it is safe to say that most of the feature updates coming through are centred around Azure…

Hotpatch is a big one for those with servers in the cloud, this will allow you to install patches in not only a fraction of the time but also without rebooting the server, this is big news for those which have to normally factor in downloading, installing and then arranging a time with the office when it’s ok to reboot 

There is a dedicated Server 2022 Azure Edition coming out for the first time which is more of a subscription version of the server software and indeed continues Microsoft’s push towards getting everyone to move towards their Cloud offers in the future 

Last but not least Microsoft have turned around and said they will support Server 2022 for 15 years however this will include 5 years of proper support and then 10 years of their “extended support” which means after the 5 years is up they will essentially provide the basic security patches and standard updates rather than any big changes…”

 

Mobile app developer Alejandro Barroso joins Mark One

by Ben Grave by Ben Grave 08/07/2021

We are pleased to announce that Alejandro Barroso is to join Mark One Consultants later this month. 

Alejandro will join our software development department later this month, adding more skills and additional resources to our current mobile app team.

We look forward to welcoming Alejandro in a few week's time.

We are always on the lookout for talents individuals who have a passion and flair for I.T. If this is you, then feel free to drop us a message along with your C.V. and we can start off a conversation.

We are pleased to announce that Alejandro Barroso is to join Mark One Consultants later this month. 

Alejandro will join our software development department later this month, adding more skills and additional resources to our current mobile app team.

We look forward to welcoming Alejandro in a few week's time.

We are always on the lookout for talents individuals who have a passion and flair for I.T. If this is you, then feel free to drop us a message along with your C.V. and we can start off a conversation.

Keep track of your IT - better than ever before

by Jon Budzynski by Jon Budzynski 01/06/2021

We are excited to launch our new, fresh faced support tracking portal available right now to all clients.

The new portal gives up to the minute reports and usage stats on how and where your IT support is being used, helping you (and us) to identify where potential changes need to be made or where additional user training may be beneficial.

Alongside the IT support tracking tools, we have also brought a new IT asset tracking tool into the portal. All hardware and software purchases will immediately arrive in the asset tracker, complete with purchase dates and serial numbers. This smart new tool, you can quickly and easily assign kit to individual staff members so you know where everything is and who has what.

Speak to one of the Mark One staff today to get setup with our new IT asset tracking tool.

We are excited to launch our new, fresh faced support tracking portal available right now to all clients.

The new portal gives up to the minute reports and usage stats on how and where your IT support is being used, helping you (and us) to identify where potential changes need to be made or where additional user training may be beneficial.

Alongside the IT support tracking tools, we have also brought a new IT asset tracking tool into the portal. All hardware and software purchases will immediately arrive in the asset tracker, complete with purchase dates and serial numbers. This smart new tool, you can quickly and easily assign kit to individual staff members so you know where everything is and who has what.

Speak to one of the Mark One staff today to get setup with our new IT asset tracking tool.

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