(New) Windows 10 coming April 11th, 2017 as a free update

Recently, if you have accessed the Windows Update you might have noticed the following:

Good news! The Windows 10 Creators Update is on its way. Want to be one of the first to get it?

Yes, show me how

Yusuf Mehdi, Microsoft’s Corporate Vice President (Windows and Devices Group) on March 29th, 2017 through Windows 10 Blog announced the following:

Dona Sarkar, Microsoft’s Software Engineer (Windows and Devices Group), on March 20th, 2017 through Windows 10 Insider Blog announced the Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 15063 for PC and Mobile. Windows Insiders in the Release Preview ring will be helping test the update path from the Windows 10 Anniversary Update (Build 14393) that customers will be taking.

Here are just a few of the new features coming in the Windows 10 Creators Update:

  • 3D for Everyone and enabling mixed reality
  • Watch, participate, chat and interact in real-time with Beam
  • Microsoft Edge is faster and safer with better browsing and entertainment
  • From sleeping better to easily managing your children’s screen time
  • Additional security and privacy protection
  • and many more…

So far, since its launch in July 29th, 2015, Windows 10 has undergone four major versions (builds). Microsoft kept the promise of providing an operating system as a service:

  1. Windows 10 version 1507 (Build 10240)
  2. Windows 10 version 1511 (Build 10586)
  3. Windows 10 version 1607 (Build 14393)
  4. Windows 10 version 1703 (Build 15063)

If you have a test computer and want to try out the aforementioned new Windows 10 feature before April 11th, then go ahead and download the Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 15063 for PC and Mobile. If not, then better be patience and wait until after April 11 when most probably you’ll get the (New) Windows 10 Update for free through Windows Update.

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(Short) History of Cryptography

Cryptography is typically bypassed, not penetrated.” Adi Shamir

Cryptography is one of the oldest fields of technical study we can find records of, going back at least 4,000 years. Cryptography probably began in or around 2000 B.C. in Egypt, where hieroglyphics were used to decorate the tombs of deceased rulers and kings. These hieroglyphics told the story of the life of the king and proclaimed the great acts of his life. The ancient Chinese used the ideographic nature of their language to hide the meaning of words. Messages were often transformed into ideographs for privacy, but no substantial use in early Chinese military conquests is apparent. In India, secret writing was apparently more advanced, and the government used secret codes to communicate with a network of spies spread throughout the country. The cryptographic history of Mesopotamia was similar to that of Egypt, in that cuneiforms were used to encipher text. In the famous Greek drama the ‘Iliad’, cryptography was used when Bellerophon was sent to the king with a secret tablet which told the king to have him put to death. The Spartans used a system which consisted of a thin sheet of papyrus wrapped around a staff (now called a “staff cipher”). Another Greek method was developed by Polybius (now called the “Polybius Square”). Julius Caesar used a system of cryptography (i.e. the ‘Caesar Cipher’) which shifted each letter 2 places further through the alphabet (e.g. Y shifts to A, R shifts to T, etc.). The Arabs were the first to make significant advances in cryptanalysis. An Arabic author, Qalqashandi, wrote down a technique for solving ciphers which is still used today. [Cohen, 1990-1995]

Source: Bryan Schaefer (www.proprofs.com)

During the Middle Ages, cryptography started to progress. Venice created an elaborate organization in 1452 with the sole purpose of dealing with cryptography. Leon Battista Alberti is known as “The Father of Western Cryptology” in part because of his development of polyalphabetic substitution. The next major step was taken in 1518, by Trithemius, a German monk who had a deep interest in the occult. In 1553, Giovan Batista Belaso extended this technique by choosing a keyword that is written above the plaintext, in a letter to letter correspondence. In 1628, a Frenchman named Antoine Rossignol helped his army defeat the Huguenots by decoding a captured message. By the 1700’s, “Black Chambers” were common in Europe, one of the most renown being that in Vienna. The father of American cryptology is James Lovell. He was loyal to the colonies, and solved many British ciphers, some which led to Revolutionary victories. The ‘wheel cipher’ was invented by Thomas Jefferson around 1795, and although he never did very much with it, a very similar system was still in use by the US navy only a few years ago. In 1817, Colonel Decius Wadsworth developed a set of two disks, one inside the other, where the outer disk had the 26 letters of the alphabet, and the numbers 2-8, and the inner disk had only the 26 letters. In 1844, the development of cryptography was dramatically altered by the invention of the telegraph. The ‘Playfair’ system was invented by Charles Wheatstone and Lyon Playfair in 1854, and was the first system that used pairs of symbols for encryption. In 1859, Pliny Earle Chase, developed what is known as the fractionating or tomographic cipher. A two digit number was assigned to each character of plaintext by means of a table. Kasiski developed a cryptanalysis method in 1863 which broke almost every existing cipher of that time. The method was to find repetitions of strings of characters in the ciphertext. Just as the telegraph changed cryptography in 1844, the radio changed cryptography in 1895. In 1917, the Americans formed the cryptographic organization MI-8. It’s director was Herbert Osborne Yardley. [Cohen, 1990-1995]

Source: Wikipedia.org

The use of cryptographic machines dramatically changed the nature of cryptography and cryptanalysis. The next major advance in electromechanical cryptography was the invention of the rotor. During WW2, the neutral country Sweden had one of the most effective cryptanalysis departments in the world. In 1948, Shannon published “A Communications Theory of Secrecy Systems.” The story of cryptography would be at an end if it weren’t for the practical problem that in order to send a secret message, an equal amount of secret key must first be sent. [Cohen, 1990-1995]

Source: Slideshare.net

Reference:

Cohen, Fred 1990 – 1995.  “A Short History of Cryptography.”  Retrieved on March 27th, 2017 from URL: http://web.itu.edu.tr/~orssi/dersler/cryptography/Chap2-1.pdf

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Windows 10: Microsoft Edge

The following is a sample chapter from the e-Book Windows 10: Learning through practice. Enjoy reading!

“The faster, safer browser designed for Windows 10.” Microsoft

Windows 10 brought new browser to surf the web. Microsoft Edge provides new ways to find stuff, read and write on the web, and get help from Cortana right in the browser. (Microsoft)

Running Microsoft Edge app

To get running the Microsoft Edge in your Windows 10, complete the following steps:

  1. Select the Start button

2. Select the Microsoft Edge from the pined tile on the Start menu3. Select the Microsoft Edge from the Apps list on the Start menu

4. Search for Microsoft Edge from the Cortana’s search box on the taskbar

5. Shortly the Microsoft Edge browser opens up

Search from the address bar

To search from the Microsoft Edge address bar, complete the following steps:

  1. Select the Start button
  2. Select the Microsoft Edge from the pined tile on the Start menu
  3. Type the keyword on the address bar

All your stuff is in Hub

To view your favorites, reading list, browsing history, and current download in Microsoft Edge, complete the following steps:

  1. Select the Start button
  2. Select the Microsoft Edge from the pined tile on the Start menu
  3. Select the Hub on the menu bar on the right side of Microsoft Edge windows

Read without distraction

To read without or fewer distractions in Microsoft Edge, complete the following steps:

  1. Select the Start button
  2. Select the Microsoft Edge from the pined tile on the Start menu
  3. Select the Reading View on the menu bar on the right side of Microsoft Edge window

Save articles on Reading list

To save articles on a reading list in Microsoft Edge, complete the following steps:

  1. Select the Start button
  2. Select the Microsoft Edge from the pined tile on the Start menu
  3. Select the Star (on the right of Reading View icon) on the menu bar on the right side of Microsoft Edge window
  4. Select the Reading List tab
  5. Click Add button

Write on the web

To write and highlight on the webpages in Microsoft Edge, complete the following steps:

  1. Select the Start button
  2. Select the Microsoft Edge from the pined tile on the Start menu
  3. Select the Make a web note on the menu bar on the right side of Microsoft Edge window
  4. Select the Pen from the menu bar to write on the webpage
  5. Select the Highlighter from the menu bar to highlight on the webpage
  6. Select the Save Web Note from the menu bar to save the notes and highlights made by you on the webpage
  7. Select the Exit from the menu bar to exit the Make a web note feature

Hope you’ll find this post informative.

Windows Server 2016 e-Books @ Amazon Kindle Store

“Try not to become a man of success, but rather try to become a man of value.” Albert Einstein

If you are a novice to Windows Server 2016 and have willingness to learn and master the system administration skills, then the following e-Books might be the right choice for you:

Windows Server 2016: How to install and add roles? (Desktop Experience)

The e-Book Windows Server 2016: How to install and add roles? (Desktop Experience) is designed to get you started with Windows Server 2016. That said, this e-Book is for anyone who is making the first steps into network operating systems in general, and Windows Server 2016 in particular. It teaches you how to download Windows Server 2016 Evaluation from TechNet Evaluation Center, how to install Windows Server 2016, and how to use Server Manager to add roles to your server. With step-by-step instructions driven by targeted, easy-to-understand graphics, this e-Book explains and shows you how to use the roles, features, functions, and quirks of the Windows Server 2016.

Windows Server 2016: How to setup your server? (Desktop Experience)

The e-Book Windows Server 2016: How to setup your server? (Desktop Experience), continues to build the content of the 1st Volume Windows Server 2016: How to install and add roles? (Desktop Experience) by adding the server setting up services part. That said, this e-Book is for anyone who is moving further into Windows Server world in general, and Windows Server 2016 in particular. It teaches you how to setup a DHCP server, how to add users and computers, how to setup a virtual machine, how to add a DNS record, how to setup a print server, and many more. With the guidance provided by this easy to follow resource, you will quickly setup your Windows Server 2016 server.

Windows Server 2016: How to install and add roles? (Server Core)

The e-Book Windows Server 2016: How to install and add roles? (Server Core) is an alternative of the 1st Volume Windows Server 2016: How to install and add roles? (Desktop Experience) from the Windows Server 2016: From installation to configuring your server e-Book series. It continues to present the content of the 1st Volume by adding the Windows Server Core components. Thus, introducing the PowerShell instead of Server Manager. That said, if you want to learn how to install Windows Server 2016 Server Core and then add roles to your server through the PowerShell (the command line interface), then this e-Book might be the right one for you.

Windows Server 2016: How to setup your server? (Server Core)

The e-Book Windows Server 2016: How to setup your server? (Server Core) is a continuation of the 3rd Volume Windows Server 2016: How to install and add roles? (Server Core). It continues to present the content of the Volume 3 using the PowerShell as a tool to setup network services on your server. It teaches you how to setup a DHCP server, how to add users and computers, how to setup a virtual machine, how to add a DNS record, and how to setup a print server using PowerShell. With the guidance provided by this easy to follow resource, you will quickly setup roles and features in Windows Server 2016 Server Core server.

 

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Windows Server 2016 Server Core: How-to setup a WSUS server?

The following is a sample chapter from the e-Book Windows Server 2016: How to setup your server? (Server Core). Enjoy reading!

“Modesty is not only an ornament, but also a guard to virtue.” Joseph Addison

What is WSUS?

Windows Server Update Services (WSUS) enables system administrators to manage the distribution of Microsoft’s product updates to company’s network computers.

How WSUS works?

WSUS works in a way that its infrastructure enables system administrators to download updates, patches and fixies in the company’s central server, and then from the server to update other computers.

How to add a WSUS role?

To add the WSUS role in your server using PowerShell, complete the following steps:

  • login to your server by typing your Administrator’s password and pressing Enter
  • type PowerShell at command prompt and press Enter
  • type Install-WindowsFeature -Name UpdateServices -IncludeManagementTools and press Enter

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How-to setup a WSUS server?

To setup your WSUS server using PowerShell, complete the following steps:

  • to create a folder that stores the WSUS content type at PowerShell prompt type New-Item -Path C: -Name WSUS -ItemType Directory and press Enter

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  • to configure the folder where the WSUS content will download type at Command prompt .\wsusutil.exe postinstall CONTENT_DIR=C:\WSUS and press Enter

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  • to configure the WSUS synchronization with Microsoft Update type Set-WsusServerSynchronization –SyncFromMU and press Enter

figure50to set the Update Languages to English and save configuration settings type

  • $wsusConfig.AllUpdateLanguagesEnabled = $false and press Enter
  • $wsusConfig.SetEnabledUpdateLanguages(“en”) and press Enter
  • $wsusConfig.Save() and press Enter

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  • to get WSUS Subscription type $subscription = $wsus.GetSubscription() and press Enter

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  • to start synchronization type $subscription.StartSynchronization() and press Enter

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Hope you’ll find this post informative.

Windows Server 2016: How to setup your server? (Server Core)

Whom this e-Book is for?

This e-Book is a continuation of the 3rd Volume Windows Server 2016 Server Core: How-to install and add roles? (Server Core) from the Windows Server 2016 Server Core: From installation to setting up your server e-Book series. It continues to present the content of the Volume 3 using the PowerShell and not Server Manager as a tool to setup network services on your server. Thus, bringing the Windows Server 2016 Server Core: From installation to configuration e-Book series to the next level. With that in mind, this e-Book is for anyone who is moving further into Windows Server world in general, and Windows Server 2016 Server Core in particular. Other than that, this e-Book proves to be a handy informational source for the well-established system administrators as it covers Windows Server 2016 Server Core sys admin tools. In that regard, this e-Book is providing the in-depth setup of the majority of roles and features that the Windows Server 2016 Server Core is providing. With step-by-step instructions driven by targeted, easy-to-understand graphics, this e-Book explains and shows you How-to setup the roles, features, functions, and quirks of the Windows Server 2016 Server Core. With the guidance provided by this easy to follow resource, you will quickly setup roles and features in Windows Server 2016 Server Core, thus making your network services up & running on your server.

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Windows Server 2016: How to setup your server? (Server Core)

Product Details:

  • File Size: 834 KB
  • Print Length: 53 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publication Date: February 21, 2017
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English

Table of Contents

Introduction
Chapter 1: How to setup a DHCP server?
Chapter 2: How to add users and computers?
Chapter 3: How to setup a web server?
Chapter 4: How to add a DNS record?
Chapter 5: How to setup a remote desktop user?
Chapter 6: How to setup a WSUS server?
Appendix A: The PowerShell Commands in One Place
Thank You!

Thank You!

Thank you for your time and consideration to download and read the e-Book! If you’ve liked this e-Book and want to participate actively in the further improvement process, then please e-Mail your:

  • comments
  • suggestions, and
  • observations

at BekimDauti@BekimDauti.com. With pleasure, I will read and try to include your comments, suggestions, and observation in the next editions of this e-Book.

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