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RELEASE: Security Baseline (FINAL) for Windows 10 v1809 and Windows Server 2019

by kurtsh 

 

New security baseline for our OSs was released:
Microsoft is pleased to announce the final release of the security configuration baseline settings for Windows 10 October 2018 Update (a.k.a., version 1809, “Redstone 5” or “RS5”), and for Windows Server 2019.
For now, download the content here: Windows-10-1809-Security-Baseline-FINAL. It will be posted to the Security Compliance Toolkit download site very soon.

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• RELEASE: Security baseline (FINAL) for Windows 10 v1809 and Windows Server 2019
kurtsh | November 29, 2018 at 2:48 am | Categories: Uncategorized | URL: https://wp.me/p15CWC-517

This announcement should indicate that the “October” release of Windows 10 will released to manufacture (RTM) soon. New features include Autopilot, Kiosk Mode, many security features.  Here’s a list of features coming in Windows 10 Release 1809.

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     RELEASE: Security baseline (FINAL) for Windows 10 v1809 and Windows Server 2019

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Microsoft Ignite 2018 Recap – Teams, Communication Sites, PowerApps and Flow

Looking for a Microsoft Ignite 2018 recap?

At the end of September, I once again attended Microsoft Ignite in Orlando. If you’re not familiar with Ignite, it’s a week-long conference focused on Microsoft’s enterprise products – Windows, Azure, Exchange, SQL, Office, SharePoint, Office 365, and the Microsoft cloud.  As a long-time Office 365 and SharePoint systems integrator, I was especially interested in learning where Microsoft is taking SharePoint Communication Sites, Teams, and PowerApps and Flow in Office 365 and in understanding the roadmap for SharePoint Server 2019 (more to come on that in my next post). The Microsoft product teams did a great job providing insight into current and future capabilities of these Office 365 products – here are the highlights I brought back to our sales and implementation teams. Continue reading…

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Small Businesses Win Big with M-Files Back Office Vault

They say small businesses can’t afford enterprise-level document management software, we disagree!

Although most small business owners are convinced that they need some sort of proper filing for their growing content, they rarely make the decision to acquire one. The reasons vary and include tight budgets, no time to spare for implementation, doubting the ROI, and the lack of people resources to ensure the solutions are well maintained and users supported. Some will start using something like windows folder system, or light cloud-based solutions such as Box. And although Box provides a solid set of basic features for a low cost, small business owners tend to forget that they created their business to grow in the first place. The challenge they will soon face is with the explosion in their content size and the increasing complexity and reduced efficiency when trying to find content.

M-Files Back Office Vault addresses those challenges from Day 1. It is not only rich in features, inexpensive, secured, and can be cloud-based, it has so many other components that a small business, or any business in that matter, can and will require sometime in the future. By implementing M-Files Back Office Vault from the start, you avoid the inevitable–the complexity that accompanies moving content from your windows folder structure.  With M-Files Back Office Vault, you can connect to your content, located in Box, Google Docs, and even windows folders.

M-Files Back Office Vault is pre-designed to provide the following:

  • Accounting Records Management – manage and process invoices, receipts, PO’s, financial statements and tax documents to increase operational efficiencies and minimize risk
  • Human Resources Management – manage employee files (resumes, certifications, employee contracts) and data (contact information, vacation, performance) with built-in security for employee private data
  • Asset Management – Keep up with everything you own, who it’s assigned to, where it’s living, and any other information you need to run your business effectively
  • Contract Management – maximize visibility and control for contract management with notifications, assignments, audit history and version control to reduce inefficiencies and reduce risk
  • CRM Lite – a lite CRM to track sales campaigns, opportunities and contacts, designed to help your organization drive sales
  • Project Management – Find, search, and track project documentation and the status of documentation (draft approved, under review, etc.) to streamline the entire project management process

The most commonly used process automations i.e. workflows are provided for your consumption in the Back Office Vault, such as A/P Workflow, Purchase Order Workflow, Employee Absence Workflow, Contract Lifecycle Workflow, and many others.

The M-Files Back Office Vault comes equipped with the ability to electronically sign documents using the DocuSign integration function. The solution can be accessed from the free mobile app available from the various app stores. Last but not least, the solution enables users to collaborate on documents using features such as Co-Authoring, Annotations, and Review Comments.

Contact us today.  In a matter of 5 days, the General Networks’ team can deliver this solution for you.  We’ll help your small business win big!

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General Networks Sponsors SharePoint Saturday Los Angeles on 8.11.18

General Networks is sponsoring the upcoming SharePoint Saturday Los Angeles event on August 11th in Playa Vista. Held at the Microsoft Playa Vista Office, you’ll have a fun filled day with excellent speakers and opportunities to meet peers and experts in the SharePoint space. General Networks will have a booth with consultants on hand, including our very own SharePoint Practice Manager Ingrid Camill, to discuss your latest ventures in SharePoint.

About SharePoint Saturdays

SharePoint Saturdays are run by SPS Events, an all-volunteer organization that focuses on providing tools and information around SharePoint for the community. For over eight years, SharePoint Saturday’s have been held around the world. General Networks sponsored last year’s SharePoint Saturday in Los Angeles and was a Gold Sponsor for the SharePoint Saturday in San Diego earlier this year. We’re excited to be back at SPSLA this year and we look forward to meeting you all there!

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General Networks Named Among Leading Los Angeles IT Services Firms

General Networks is proud to announce that we were recently named among the top 5 IT consulting companies in the Los Angeles metro area by Clutch, a technology research firm. It was an especially competitive category with over 100 companies being considered.  The rankings were determined by analyzing our past work, market presence, and client feedback.

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One client, an agency from the California State Government,  gave us a standout evaluation regarding a documentation management migration project. For this client, General Networks helped them migrate million of documents from eDocs to Content Server.

“General Networks does what they say they’re going to do for the amount that they’ve quoted, and their work product is very good….their team is just very friendly. They rarely, if ever, make mistakes.”

The General Networks team is dedicated to providing the highest quality work, and it is great to hear our clients validate our claims.

If you are interested in learning more about our award winning work, you can check out our case studies or our Clutch profile to read full reviews.

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General Networks is Speaking at the Nintex xChange Customer & Partner Conference

The Nintex xChange Customer & Partner Conference is around the corner and our own Director of Professional Services, Owen Runnals (@orunnals), will be speaking with our client – Hines – on actionable steps you can take to migrate your forms and workflows to Nintex and SharePoint Online.

xChange is Nintex’s yearly conference where they discuss new advances in their platform, customer use cases and provide lots of opportunities to meet other Nintex users to learn about how you can better automate your business. If you have Nintex already, it’s a great conference to help you find more ways to get a return on your investment. If you’re considering Nintex as your workflow or forms platform of choice, this conference can help you get a better sense of how the platform could be a great fit for you and your business.

You can find more information on the Nintex conference, including sessions, speakers and registration information on the Nintex website.

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General Networks Sponsors SharePoint Saturday San Diego on 01.13.18

General Networks is sponsoring the upcoming SharePoint Saturday San Diego event on January 13th in San Marcos. Held at the California State University San Marcos campus, the day will be filled with great speakers and networking opportunities to meet and greet your peers in the SharePoint space. General Networks will have a booth with consultants on hand to discuss your latest ventures in SharePoint. Additionally, General Networks Director of Professional Services, Owen Runnals, will be speaking on Forms in SharePoint and reviewing the current options and best practices for forms features and selection.

About SharePoint Saturdays

SharePoint Saturdays are run by SPS Events, an all-volunteer organization that focuses on providing tools and information around SharePoint for the community. For over eight years, SharePoint Saturday’s have been held around the world. General Networks sponsored last year’s SharePoint Saturday in Los Angeles and is excited to be a Gold Sponsor for the SharePoint Saturday in San Diego. We look forward to meeting you all there!

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Microsoft ignite recap

Microsoft Ignite Recap

I recently attended the Microsoft Ignite conference in Orlando and as an Office 365 and SharePoint systems integrator, and there was an almost overwhelming amount of information to take in.  If you’re not familiar with Ignite, it’s a week-long conference focused on Microsoft’s enterprise products – Windows, Azure, Exchange, SQL, Office, SharePoint, Office 365, and the Microsoft cloud. The Microsoft product teams did a great job providing insight into current and future capabilities – here are the highlights I brought back to our sales and implementation teams: Continue reading…

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The Updated ISO 9001:2015 is Coming: Are You Ready for the Six New Requirements?

The Updated ISO 9001:2015

Introduced in September 2015, the updated ISO 9001:2015 represents a significant change to ISO 9001:2008 requirements. The new standard is scheduled to take effect on September 14, 2018. This gives organizations three years to prepare from the date of release, and more than half that time is now passed. Only 15 months remain for you to comply. If you aren’t already on the path to compliance, now is the time to begin.

The new updated ISO 9001:2015 standard includes fewer clauses (eight instead of ten), a revised high-level structure that forms a new common core for all quality standards (Annex SL), and several terminology differences. It also includes the following six new major requirements that you’ll need to incorporate into your quality management system (QMS). Continue reading…

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