Category Archives: Windows 10

How to Think About Exam Preparation in This New World

As Microsoft embraces the power and flexibility of the cloud to deliver their software and solutions, we are experiencing ripple effects on our learning and exam content. Features and functionality in the software is changing on a monthly, weekly, and, in some cases, daily basis. This challenge is not unique to Microsoft. All IT learning and certification programs are facing it.

How does Microsoft keep the exam content up to date with the rapid pace of change?

Read an excellent article by Liberty Munson, that explains exactly why Microsoft updates exams and how to upgrade study habits to manage the change.

Read the full article here.

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Print to corporate printers from #AzureAD joined Windows 10 devices

During my trainings, you’ll often hear me saying that it doesn’t make sense anymore to join your company’s portable devices in your on-premises Active Directory. In fact, these devices are usually used outside of the company’s environment, so they never or rarely contact your Domain Controllers.

A common good practice is to join them to Azure AD and control them using MDM and Conditional Access policies. But what happens when a user needs to print to an on-premises printer?

Now this is possible using the Hybrid Cloud Print feature. Now people in your organization can use Azure AD-joined devices to discover on-premise printers, and can print from work or from home or from anywhere else they can connect to the internet.

Hybrid Cloud Print is built on top of the Windows Print Server role, so it supports traditional domain-joined devices in addition to Azure AD joined devices. Best of all, your existing printer management scripts, tools, reports, and procedures will continue to work as is. And it’s secured by Azure Active Directory, so you and your users still benefit from features like multi-factor authentication, identity protection and single sign-on (SSO).

Once deployed, the print discovery and installation experience will be familiar to your users.


Hybrid Cloud Print consists of two new IIS service endpoints:

  • Printer Discovery service
  • Windows Print service

There are also six new MDM policies to configure and manage Hybrid Cloud Print. These enable the client device to know where the IIS service endpoints are and which Azure tenant information to authorize against.

To get started, take a look at the Hybrid Cloud Print overview and follow the deployment guide.

I also suggest to take a look at this video, an Ignite presentation about this topic:

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Introducing Windows AutoPilot deployment

Advanced Threat Protection across Windows 10 and Office: for those of you that make fun of Windows Defender

Microsoft Official Courses at special prices to get certified


Do you want to attend a Microsoft Official Course and get certified at a special price? Now you have the option to do it.

If you live in Europe and you want to get a Microsoft certification, but you still cannot afford the high course prices in your country, you should consider to attend a course at our training center in Greece.

A typical Microsoft course in Greece costs a fraction of the price that you should pay in most European countries. This is mainly because of the cost of living in Greece. For example, an official Microsoft course in Germany could cost around 2500 euros (exam not included), while in Greece the exact same course costs around 1000 euros.

Our offer: We can arrange your accommodation during your stay in Greece, we can also arrange transfers to/from the airport at no additional fee and we can arrange your flights if you need to.

The courses are delivered in English by our instructors, we provide you with the official Microsoft Learning material (books, labs) and you have the option to go for the exam as soon as you finish the course! So practically you go back home certified!

Now let’s calculate the costs: Microsoft course including lecture and training material = 1000 euros
Microsoft Exam = 120 euros
Accommodation 6 nights at a 4-star hotel, including breakfast = 500 euros
Flight to/from Greece = 250 euros (or even less, some airlines can offer tickets as low as 100 euros)
Total cost = 1720 to 1870 euros

Teaching Microsoft courses for 17 years now around Europe, allows us to offer you the exact same content at a special price. Do not hesitate to contact us and take a look for more details here:

Windows 10 Device Days στη Θεσσαλονίκη

Mε μεγάλη χαρά σας προσκαλούμε στην εκδήλωση Windows 10 Device Days, η οποία θα πραγματοποιηθεί την Τρίτη 23 Φεβρουαρίου 2016, στο Grand Hotel Palace, στη Θεσσαλονίκη.

Μάθετε πώς να προωθήσετε την κατάλληλη συσκευή Windows 10 στους πελάτες σας.

Η εγγραφή είναι απαραίτητη. Εξασφαλίστε τη θέση σας τώρα. Σας περιμένουμε!

New Windows 10 courses, available in October

Microsoft announced a new set of Windows 10 courses, probably available from October 2015. You can check them here:

New Windows 10 TP build available for download: 9860


It’s official: you can now download the new build of Windows 10 Technology Preview. So what you have to do is to go to PC Settings –> Update and Recovery –> Preview builds. Check for a new build and let Windows do the upgrade. I;ve noticed that this is an in-place upgrade, meaning that you’ll not loose your current user profile:


As soon as the upgrade starts, you’ll need to restart your computer a few times, having the option to decide when to restart:


After the upgrade, the first thing that you notice is a window animation every time you open an application or when you minimize an open window. There is the option to turn it off however, just from the PC Settings:


There is also a Battery Saver option, just like in Windows Phone:


For those that use a Windows Phone, there is also the Datasense feature, letting you control the amount of data that you consume for network connections:


Notifications appear now as a new icon in the taskbar:


Unfortunately I couldn’t find Cortana anywhere, but I still don’t know if it’s related to the regional settings of the computer, just like in Windows Phone.


Controlling the Start menu in Windows 10 using Group Policy

There is an easy way to customize Start menu layout in Windows 10 using Group Policy. This new setting allows administrators to determine which live tiles will be pinned to users’ Start menus. When the setting is enabled, users cannot add or remove tiles. All you need to do is pin and arrange the tiles on the Start menu as required, and use the PowerShell command below to export the layout to an .xml file:

export-startlayout –path c:\startmenu\start.xml –for startmenu

and copy the XML file that you created to your file server, so it can be accessible from the network. Then you can simply enable the Start Menu Layout setting in Group Policy:

  • In the Group Policy Object Editor, expand User Configuration, Administrative Templates and click Start Menu and Taskbar.
  • Double click Start Menu Layout.
  • In the Start Screen Layout dialog box, click Enabled.
  • In the Start Layout File box, type the path to the *.xml configuration file you previously created using export-startlayout. The file should be located on a share folder on your company file server.
  • Then click OK.


So when the Group Policy applies, users will not be able to change the layout of the Start menu in Windows 10.

If you want to enable DirectAccess on Windows 10 TP, you’ll need this trick…

In my company we’re used all these years to work with DirectAccess. It’s fascinating to connect automatically to your corporate network, without actually doing anything. DA offered me another advantage: I travel a lot, so very often hotel wireless networks block the common VPN outbound ports. In these cases you cannot use the traditional VPN protocols like PPTP or L2TP. DirectAccess connections are not affected, because they use port 443, which is usually unblocked.

Since we upgraded everything in the company to Windows Server 10 TP (or vNext if you like), we installed everything required for DirectAccess to work, but sadly we discovered that the connection icon for DA does not appear, as you can see in the following picture:


The next thing to check was to see if my laptop (running Windows 10 TP) has the DirectAccess Client Group Policy applied. You can simply check this by running gpresult /H c:\report.html, and check the HTML report that is created. Strangely enough, the GPO was denied….

So the next think to check was the WMI Filter that is created for DA. This WMI filter checks if the computer has the correct operating system version and if the computer is a laptop or a desktop: if is a desktop, the DA GPO shouldn’t be applied (who wants to connect remotely using a big heavy desktop computer?)

But as soon as we checked the WMI Filter, we discovered this:


The WMI Filter is set to apply on the Windows version 6.2. If you check the Windows 10 Technology Preview version, you’ll see that is version 6.4. We can now change the WMI Filter and set the correct OS version:



As soon as you gpupdate /force, you can run the gpresult /H c:\report.html command and see the report produced:


You can clearly see that the GPO is applied correctly, so after a while we finally can see the DA connection icon:


Do not forget guys, it’s still a Technology Preview version, don’t expect everything to be functional.