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Timothy

Windows 10 Controlled Folder Access

Well this is an interesting feature I had not heard about until today.  I haven't been following the buzz about Fall Creators Update as closely as I should have, apparently.  With Controlled Folder Access, Windows 10 adds a type of second layer Access Control List to any folder you specify.  This is an interesting approach.  It differs from NTFS permissions in that you can whitelist applications, rather than users.  So even though I have Full Control / Owner of my OneDrive folder, if I add Controlled Folder Access, I will still get access denied when saving a file from Excel there unless I whitelist Excel.

It's not perfect.  You have to opt-in folders, presumably your most sensitive or precious (documents, pictures, etc.) and applications, which is a lot of effort.  Though there are GPOs to govern this feature, so it could be handy in the enterprise on strictly controlled machines.

What I would like to see added to this feature is automatic enrollment for an application's AppData folders.  For example, the installer or application could have a manifest that defines where they are putting their application data under AppData and what application is allowed to read and/or modify it.  Keep the ability of the user to control this from Defender, so you can manually opt-in other apps.

Source: https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/microsoft/windows-10s-controlled-folder-access-anti-ransomware-feature-is-now-live/

Timothy

System Center Operations Manager (SCOM) Community Management Pack Catalog

This is really great.  SquaredUp, the company behind the amazing third party web portal for SCOM/OpsMgr, has launched a new open source community effort to build a catalog for SCOM for free, open source, commercial, paid management packs.  This is something Microsoft has in the pipeline for the 2018 release, though only for large vendors, but there's nothing really that great out there right now.   I just finished the webinar about the launch of this effort.  I'm installing the MP now!  It works on SCOM 2012-2016.  The respository itself is hosted on Github.

Timothy

3.0 is coming...

RD Tabs ain't dead yet!  I've been working on the next version for about the past year here and there after taking way too long of a break from it.  What can I say, life happens sometimes.  But enough of that.  The new version has a lot of cool features in the works.  The UI is refreshed, there's PowerShell integration, colored tabs, full Windows 10 / Server 2016 support, no more .Net 2.0/3.5 dependency, better support for high DPI monitors, a TON of under-the-hood improvements, like dumping the .Net "settings" for a more reliable custom XML settings system with automatic settings history (no more corrupted user.config files!!), new command line options, better password security, automatic 64/32-bit support, locked aspect ratio scaling, too many fixed bugs to count, improved memory management, the new "Quick View" feature, better split screen support, improved exception handling, and a lot more I'm forgetting.

You can toss out the road map in the fourms (in fact I will later on), because it's been so long, I'm going to start with a clean slate right here with this new version being verison 3.0.  I'll start working on a new road map after relase.  One of the key takeways I've had over all this time is to not bite off more than I can chew.  I got too deep in major code refactoring in multiple areas of RD Tabs simultaneously and it got so boring and such a drag, I just gave up for a while.  Well, I've put it all back together and in the future I'm going to do smaller more agile releases.  After release you'll see bug fix releases for a little while, then I'll commit to just 2-3 features or major improvements for the next release.  That way I'm more likely to finish in a few months rather than years.  Hopefully, over the course of a year it will add up to be pretty significant.  After all, I use this tool daily too!  So I want to see improvements on a faster cadence.

And now the biggest announcement.  While RD Tabs will continue to be free to use, I'm going to also start building out a "Premium" version which includes priority support and enterprise features, like shared favorites, active directory integration, a portable thumbdrive version, help desk features, and more.

I know better than to assign an exact date, but let's just say the beta version is "coming soon."  So if you want to be a tester...

Stay tuned! 

Recent Comments
  1. Re: DPM 2016 + SQL 2016 and "An unexpected error occurred during the installation" ID: 4387
    kAM aCOSTA: Thanks Edward !!!
  2. Re: 3.0 is coming...
    Dave: Very Cool!
  3. Re: In VB.Net, sending output to the console from a Windows "Forms" application
    clochardM33: Glorious
  4. Re: DPM 2016 + SQL 2016 and "An unexpected error occurred during the installation" ID: 4387
    Andreas Hagberg: Edward, you are the man. It solved the problem right at the first try. Many thanks for the post.
  5. Re: DPM 2016 + SQL 2016 and "An unexpected error occurred during the installation" ID: 4387
    Derek: Edward, great find. +1 on the fix... Thanks!!
  6. Re: DPM 2016 + SQL 2016 and "An unexpected error occurred during the installation" ID: 4387
    milo: Thanx MIKE - this helped me: DPM 2016 setup will fail if you have SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS...
  7. Re: DPM 2016 + SQL 2016 and "An unexpected error occurred during the installation" ID: 4387
    Terry: Edward, you are the Man!!!! Looked for a solution for hours, then found your post and BAM!!! it worked...
  8. Re: DPM 2016 + SQL 2016 and "An unexpected error occurred during the installation" ID: 4387
    Mr. JoeM: Edward! Thank you, saved me hours of work.
  9. Re: DPM 2016 + SQL 2016 and "An unexpected error occurred during the installation" ID: 4387
    Brian: Thank you so much Edward! :-)
  10. Re: DPM 2016 + SQL 2016 and "An unexpected error occurred during the installation" ID: 4387
    Tom: Thank you Edward! After beating my head against a wall for days, tried your suggestion out and lo and...