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Future Windows 10 Updates Will Demand Dedicated Disk Space

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The Next Upgrade Will Section Off 7GB of Storage

Due sometime in March or April, the next Windows update will do something new. 1903 will section off and hold 7GB of drive space. This sectioning is being called “reserved storage” and Microsoft argues it will improve functionality by guaranteeing there will always be space for critical OS functions.
Windows updates have always required a chunk of storage space to run the update. But after the task had been completed, that space was released back to the user. Now, it will create a section that will always be held. However, new updates will utilize this new portion before attempting to take any more space in an update.

There are still unknowns about how this will work. For instance, will this reserved storage space be manageable through group policies?
This change leaves IT with an important question, do all Windows devices have the necessary space to facilitate this new demand? To prevent going to every single device and noting its current storage space, utilize an IT solution with comprehensive inventory information.

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Syxsense Realtime Security displays current data from your devices. The information is fresh; not from hours or minutes ago, but from right now.

Looking at the free disk space information, there will be no question as to which devices have enough space to handle this new Windows function.
Come trial Syxsense Realtime Security and all of its features before Windows rolls out their next update.

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BSOD for HP

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Windows 10 Update causes HP Blue Screen of Death

Microsoft is in trouble with its latest Windows 10 update. The October release 1809 already had a bug that was deleting users’ personal files. Now, this update is wreaking new havoc on HP devices, causing the dreaded Blue Screen of Death.

Hold off on updating any HP devices until this issue can be resolved. If you’ve already installed the update, there is a temporary solution. It seems that deleting ‘HpqKbFiltr.sys’ from C:WindowsSystem32 will mitigate the issue.

Rather than having to go to each HP device and manually delete the file in question, utilize a batch file plus a software distribution solution. With Syxsense, you can easily upload a software package and distribute it to a targeted set of computers.

With the query function, tasks can be targeted to devices that sit within a specific set of parameters. In this example, devices would be collected by manufacturer; HP.

Then, in the Software Deployment task, the created query would be selected and the batch file you created would be run on those devices only.

In minutes, the targeted file would be gone from your devices. The Task Section would even reflect the success of the deployment, to confirm the work was completed.

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‘Roll Back’ To The Future

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Beware: Windows 10 Feature Updates are Double Work!

Windows 10 Feature Updates (Windows 10 Servicing) will dominate the agenda of many IT Managers as Microsoft uses their new release method to introduce new operating system experiences and security enhancements for their flagship operating system. These are scheduled for release every 6 months until the end of extended support in October 2025.

Before you start your journey, you need to be aware that each feature update will have its own support for 18 months, forcing IT Managers to keep releasing these updates at least every 12 months.  If you are still using Windows 10 version 1607, support has already ended.

 

Verismic recommends that IT managers plan out their Windows 10 Feature Updates as soon as it is publicly available.  But Beware: upon installation of the Windows 10 Feature Update, any patch or update which has been deployed since the date of that feature update will have to be re-deployed to bring that system back up to date.

Robert Brown, Director of Services for Verismic says, “IT managers spend a lot of time planning and deploying their Windows updates each month. They need to understand that after installing any Windows 10 Feature Update, they will be effectively rolled back in time to the date of that release. Example Fig.1 below, next month if you apply 1803, you will have to re-deploy all updates since March – that could be over 40 updates per device. Use Syxsense to make re-deployment far easier and more efficient.”

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Microsoft is giving IT Managers double the work, but Syxsense simplifies patching. Our Patch Manager quickly identifies any device in need of updates. Then a maintenance window can be created to deploy the updates after business hours, avoiding any loss in productivity.

Start a trial of Syxsense today.

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PCR MSP article|Ashley Leonard of Verismic

Race for free Windows 10 will create MSP windfall

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Following the news that the new Windows 10 update will be free for a year, Ashley Leonard, president and CEO of Verismic, shares how he thinks this will affect managed service providers.

The latest figures from Netmarketshare suggest usage of the XP platform is dropping. Market share was 18.93 per cent in January 2015, down from 26.29 per cent in April 14.

OS upgrades to Windows 7 will be common in 2015 as customers come to realise support for XP has been stripped away, leaving them adrift.

Windows 8/8.1 has not been popular with all users, which could also prompt those XP and 7 users to actually jump to Windows 10. For a limited time only, one year, Microsoft has also said 10 will be a free upgrade, which makes this upgrade jump even more likely.

In any scenario, a flow of OS upgrades stretches IT resources not just through OS rollout, but through testing, fixing, repackaging and preparing existing applications for the new environment. It really is no small feat deploying applications.

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About the author Ashley Leonard, President and CEO of Verismic.