Windows Server 2019–Windows Admin Center

Windows Server 2019 is Microsoft newly released Server operating system. The OS has several new features and one of the add-ons that is introduced to the OS is the Windows Admin Center.

Windows Admin Center is locally deployed, browser based management tool of your local servers as well as remote servers which can be connected. Why is this important? In the past we had several different MMC snap ins to manage different administrative and management tasks. Now, with the Windows Admin Center you have everything in one central webpage that can be connected from anywhere and manage your servers.

How do we get it? it’s a separate download that has to be installed on the server. After you deploy Windows Server 2019 and open the server manager, an alert will be prompted on the new Windows Admin Center. Click on the clink and it will take you to the download page

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Click on get it here

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Execute the downloaded file and click I Accept and click next

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Click on the recommended option and click next

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Enable check box and click next

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Type in the port number (if you are not sure leave the default) and if you have a SSL certificate you can provide that too. Click install

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Installation will progress and upon completion will prompt you the finish screen with the link to access the Windows Admin Center

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Note that the Admin Center will only work on Modern browsers such as Microsoft Edge, Chrome, etc. the local sever will be automatically added to the Windows Admin Center and you can add any other remote servers through the add button

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Click add and you will be able to see other options to add servers

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When you have added the necessary servers and click on the server name you can see all the management tasks that could be performed through the Windows Admin Center

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Office 365 OneDrive for Business Storage Enhancement

One of the components of Microsoft Office 365 is OneDrive for Business. Which is a cloud storage solution with a 1TB of storage space by default. Although 1TB is been enabled by default for users, this could be enhanced up to 5TB.

This could be achieved using the GUI as well as PowerShell.

Log in to the Office 365 Admin Portal and click on OneDrive Admin Center

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Click on storage => edit the storage limit with the value required (maximum up to 5TB) and click save

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Changes in Windows Updates

The recent Windows 10 build for insiders has some changes to the Windows updates. With these changes, now users are able to pause the update for a specific time period. One can pause the updates to from installing for up to 7 days.

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By clicking on the advanced options, one can further refine the time period for pausing updates

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The change also includes the option to set active hours. When you set the active hours (which is the time one typically uses the device), Windows will not automatically restart during that time period.

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The active hours will be enabled when you toggle the slider to On

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the default active hours is set to 8.00 am to 5.00 pm. This can be changed by clicking the change link and setting your own active hour period

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Windows 10 Build 18282–Themes

After the introduction of the dark theme in one of the previous builds, Microsoft has introduced a light theme and a custom theme in build 18282.

Click on Settings and select Personalization

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Click on Colors and from the drop down you may select “Light”, “Dark” or “Custom”

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If you select custom, you can further select the color mode for Windows and app separately

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Microsoft Teams–Mobile App Schedule Events

Microsoft Teams, is known as the fastest growing business app in Microsoft history (source). Teams, provides a true collaboration experience ever since it was released. It helps organizations to centralize IM, Video and Audio conferencing, file sharing, co-authoring, etc. Teams has both a desktop version and a mobile app for it to be accessed anywhere using any device.

Although the desktop version has been a complete one, the mobile app had a vital feature missing, which was the ability to create meeting requests or schedule events. With the recent update in October 2018, this has been solved  (release notes).

Android App

Before

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After (Click on the icon marked in red)

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iOS App

Before

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After (Click on the icon marked in red)

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Windows 10 Dark Theme

One of the new functionalities of Windows 10 October 2018 Update is the ability set a new color theme. The dark theme is able to apply to almost all the Windows, including the file explorer as well as other settings window with the operating system.

To activate the dark theme;

Open Settings and click on Personalization

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Select Colors

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Select Dark under the default app mode

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Dark mode applied

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How to set Microsoft Teams as chat app in Microsoft Office

Microsoft integrated Skype for Business with Microsoft Office to have a fully integrated collaboration and communication productivity suite. This integration has been available for quite sometime and through this users are able to initiate instant messaging communication, audio and video calls from within Microsoft Office applications such as Word, Outlook, PowerPoint, etc. and collaborate with their peers.

With the introduction of Microsoft Teams, more and more organizations are moving in to teams to start communicating and collaborating with peers. Teams gives much more rich features and functionalities compared to Microsoft Skype for Business.

Now lets look at how we could change the default chat application in Microsoft office applications from Skype for Business to Microsoft Teams.

Open Teams

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Select the below highlighted checkbox

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Restart your Office applications. Open Outlook and click on a contact card and start IM

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