"… Just get through the day …"

“First of all, I do not want you to give in to the pressure of the moment.  Whenever you’re hurting bad, just hang in there.  Finish the day.  Then, if you’re still feeling bad, think about it long and hard before you decide to quit.  Second, take it one day at a time.  One evolution at a time.

Don’t let your thoughts run away with you, don’t start planning to bail out because you’re worried about the future and how much you can take.  Don’t look ahead to the pain.  Just get through the day, and there’s a wonderful career ahead of you.”

Captain Joseph Maguire, as mentioned in Lone Survivor: The Incredible True Story of Navy SEALs Under Siege

Saturday Link Roundup – Remote Desktop Edition

Saturday Link Roundup



Office 365


The Strange Case of “Sometimes I can see the Office Templates directory, and sometimes I can’t.”

One of our customers reported that they intermittently lost access to the Office Templates directory.

Sometimes it worked well, and sometimes “it was gone!”.

The environment was Windows 10, with Office 2016.  The Office Templates were located on DFS shares (ie. the location was \\ALargecustomer\DFS\OurTemplates)

What could it possibly be???

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Why writing is blocked to C:\Program Files, and some other locations.

It’s the Data Redirection feature that was introduced with Windows Vista, in November 2006.

Data Redirection – beginning with Windows Vista, standard users have restricted access to certain files, folders, and registry keys. When an application is trying to write to these locations, it gets redirected to somewhere else. Most of the time this is transparent to both users and application developers, but sometimes it is not and that lead to some very interesting results.

Windows Blog: Is Your Application Ready for Windows 7 RTM?

The customer had some issues running SAP Business One.  The cause?  SAP trying to write to a sub-directory under c:\Program Files (x86)\SAP .


“By enabling insecure guest logons, this setting reduces the security of Windows clients”

WD MyCloudThe initial thought was “it’s another ‘SMB1 is disabled’ causing connectivity problems” problem.

Except it wasn’t.

The issue was that our customer reported that they could no longer connect to their NAS device.

With Windows 10 v1709, Microsoft disabled Guest Access.  In their words:

This change in default behavior is by design and is recommended by Microsoft for security.
A malicious computer that impersonates a legitimate file server could allow users to connect as guests without their knowledge. Microsoft recommends that you do not change this default setting. If a remote device is configured to use guest credentials, an administrator should disable guest access to that remote device and configure correct authentication and authorization.
Windows and Windows Server have not enabled guest access or allowed remote users to connect as guest or anonymous users since Windows 2000. Only third-party remote devices might require guest access by default. Microsoft-provided operating systems do not.

Guest access in SMB2 disabled by default in Windows 10 Fall Creators Update and Windows Server 2016 version 1709

For the small number of end users who will need to connect to a third-party NAS, we’ll probably manage it via exception.

Windows 10 and Office 365 update lists

The following are sites are where Microsoft list changes to Windows 10 & Office 365

Office 365

Windows 10