WatchGuard Fireware v12.0.2 released

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Note: Fireware v12.1 is now available, see here for details.

WatchGuard Fireware v12.0.2 was released on 4 December 2017. This replaces the previous version of 12.0.1.

Full release notes can be found here. Please read them before upgrading! Your Firebox must be running, XTM v11.7.5, v11.8.4 or v11.9 or higher before upgrading.

Fireware v12.x is not supported on Firebox X 5 Series devices, models 505, 510, 520 or 530.

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Office 365: How to change your Office 365 App Password

Office 365

If you use Multi Factor Authentication in an Office 365 environment then you will need to use App Passwords for some applications that don’t support Multi Factor Authentication like Outlook, or other email clients on mobile devices.

If you’ve forgotton your App Password or need to delete or create a new one, here is where to find them and how to create a new one.

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How to stop an embedded Excel spreadsheet in OneNote increasing in size

Microsoft OneNote

I’ve been using OneNote extensively now for a couple of years, but there is one bug bear I have, each time I edit an embedded Excel spreadsheet and save it, the spreadsheet increases in size, so after several separate edits its nearly doubled in size!

I’ve yet to find a solution to stop this from happening, but i have found an easy work around.

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How to turn off Windows Update notifications for users on Server 2016 RDS

Windows Server

If you are running a Remote Desktop Services (RDS) server (terminal server), you don’t want the end users being notified there are updates to be applied, because they won’t have permission to apply them.

Use this quick GPO setting to disable the end user notification of Windows Updates.

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How to expand a Dell Perc H710 raid array

Dell Server Update Utility

In this post I’ll take a step by step look at how to expand a raid array on the Dell Perc H710 raid controller.

The initial raid configuration will often be performed through the Perc bios utility if you are old school, nowadays though it can be configured within the Lifecycle controller during the initial server setup. But if you want to expand an array at a later date after deployment then we can use the Dell Server Administrator to perform the task.

Follow the steps below.

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Where’s Microsoft Edge browser on Server 2016?

Windows Server
If you are looking for the Microsoft Edge browser on Server 2016, look no further, it isn’t available! This is due to Windows Server 2016 being in the Long-Term Servicing Branch and the quicker rate of change of the Edge browser can’t be supported.

The official response from Microsoft is:
“The Long-Term Servicing Branch (LTSB) versions of Windows, including Windows Server 2016, don’t include Microsoft Edge or many other Universal Windows Platform (UWP) apps. These apps and their services are frequently updated with new functionality, and can’t be supported on systems running the LTSB operating systems. For customers who require the LTSB for specialized devices, we recommend using Internet Explorer 11.”

Source: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/microsoft-edge/deploy/hardware-and-software-requirements

It’s a shame not to have a consistent user experience between Windows 10 and Server 2016 especially in environments that use Remote Desktop Services.