Schannel Update Bringing Down Servers

Microsoft Help & Support

Microsoft recently announced that there were problems being brought about by the Schannel security patch they announced a couple of months back. This update is causing problems with connections on user PCs, causing them to drop or even hang. Still, the company hasn’t removed this patch from its Windows Update servers.

Microsoft gave out the errant update with one of its regular Patch Tuesday releases, and has since released a fix for the security vulnerability it has been causing. On par with other SSL/TLS software stacks which fixed similar security holes exposed this year, this update fixed an error which makes it possible for remote code to be executed on the affected servers. This does not require any interaction form the user, and has no known way to work around it.

Unfortunately, the Schannel patch is carrying its own bug. Although the intended fix is done the way it was supposed to be, users are complaining on the Microsoft help & support forum that applying the patch is cutting them off from operational servers. Microsoft has confirmed this in a statement, saying that they “are aware of an issue in certain configurations in which TLS 1.2 is enabled by default, and TLS negotiations may fail.” Whenever the problem strikes, it cuts of TLS 1.2 connections, and leaves processes unresponsive. At best, these services respond in first and starts.

Registry Cipher Support

Many users have servers which depend on the Schannel patch for TLS connectivity in the first place, and it’s these users who are complaining the loudest. The tech giant has responded by issuing a temporary workaround which gets rid of four distinct registry entries, all of which use the wrong cipher choices. Posts on the Microsoft help & support forums show that this has worked in many of the cases, but the company warns that there may be repercussions to making incorrect modifications in the registry. They recommend proceeding carefully when removing each registry cipher support.

The reason Microsoft hasn’t removed the patch from its update offering is probably that without this, there’s still a huge security hole which needs filling. Currently the best option remains installing it anyhow, and then working out the fix, which the company issued for the connection cut-off problem. It might seem easier to just wait till another better patch comes along, but there’s no way to be sure it will. If you want to step up the security on your server, the Schannel is a must.

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Exchange Updates Pulled Back To Solve Installer Problems

Microsoft Problems

Some of the updates in Microsoft Exchange versions such as Exchange 2007, Exchange 2010 and Exchange 2013 are reportedly causing installer problems. Since the issue was known, Microsoft removed the updates thinking that there was no use of releasing them for the customers. This is the latest development with the Exchange servers in Microsoft.

Actually, Microsoft was all set to release the latest updates such as Exchange 2010 SP3 RU8, Exchange 2013 CU7, and Exchange 2007 SP3 RU15. Since they came to know about the Microsoft problems, the software giant made some last minute amendments in the plan to release these updates.

The EHLO blog explained that the developers detected an issue with Exchange 2013 installer package. The blog says that these updates might result in overwriting of OWA by a security update. Updates about Microsoft making a last minute decision to hold the release of Exchange updates came up in the November security bulletin. Anyways there is a workaround for this issue, which is unfortunately unacceptable. The tweak is to do a repair before applying the security updates, which is actually not the right advice for the customers.

This issue might affect Microsoft Exchange 2007 and Exchange 2010, which are found with Exchange 2013. Hence, the development team has decided to hold validating these updates against security updates. These updates delayed for the time being would appear in the month of December. This update will be included in the release of the quarterly window of updates for Exchange 2013. It has been eleven weeks since the release of Exchange 2013 CU6. Exchange 2013 CU7 is the one that is expected to be released next.

Microsoft Exchange

Customers would not mind if it takes four more weeks for the release of the latest updates. Some of the updates expected to be included with the next one are public folder scalability along with legacy public folders. The updates also include changes made to make OAB generation function better on multiple sites.

In case you have been waiting for a fix in CU7, to fix a flaw that lets users bypass litigation will not be released right now. This fix is proven to be effective and is scheduled to appear in CU7 very soon. When a software is ready to be rolled out, no one would be holding it back, unless in rare cases. Since Microsoft has decided to fix the known issues and then release it, people appreciate the decision, as they prefer not to complain post the release of the updates due to Microsoft problems.

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Making The Most Of The Microsoft Office UI

Microsoft Help Forum

Microsoft Office is used by almost all of the Windows users, but many of the users do not know how to get the most out of the program. The Microsoft help forum tips that are shared below explain the interface of Office.

The Office Ribbon

The Office ribbon houses those tabs that provide access to the different commands and tools in the program. The most common and frequently used commands will be arranged in the Home tab. If you do not wish to see the ribbon, you can press Ctrl and F1 keys together. To display the ribbon again, you can make use of the same key combination. Another way to hide the ribbon is to choose Minimize The Ribbon, from the dropdown arrow or you may also double click on any ribbon tab.

Together with the standard tabs, there are also contextual tabs that will appear when some object is displayed within a document.

Quick Access Toolbar

This toolbar is located in the application Tile bar. This toolbar contains buttons for Undo, Save and Redo. The users can customize this toolbar to include icons for the commands that they use frequently. For instance, you may need the spelling button regularly. You can add this button to the quick access toolbar to save moving to the Review tab to use spell check. To do this, click on the arrow that is located at the right end of the toolbar. Click on a button to add it from the dropdown list.

If you need to add some other button, you can do it by clicking on Customize Quick Access Toolbar. If you choose More Commands, the Options box opens and Customize will be selected. From here, you can choose the commands that you need, select Add and then click on the OK button.

Microsoft Office

Select Show Below the Ribbon From dropdown of Quick Access Toolbar, If you need to move the Toolbar below the ribbon.

Tooltips

These are the tips that appear when the users places the mouse pointer over the keys on the ribbon. These tips explain what the command that is related to the button will do.

File tab

Those commands that are related to document management can be accessed from the File tab.

These are some of the options in the Office ribbon. To know further on the options, you can refer to the Microsoft help forum.

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How To Make A Non-Functional Microsoft Keyboard/Mouse Work Again?

Microsoft Problems

Most people prefer wireless mice and keyboards to wired ones because they offer ease of use and portability. Microsoft offers high quality wireless mice and keyboards at affordable rates. At times, your Microsoft wireless mouse and keyboard may stop working all of a sudden without any signs of errors. If you are doing serious work, the sudden resistance of the wireless keyboard or mouse to work can impact your work or annoy you.

Reasons for the issue

According to Microsoft problems and support site, the common reason for a wireless keyboard or mouse to not work is battery drainage. If the battery inside the wireless mouse or keyboard has drained out, it won’t work. So, you have to replace the battery to able to work. If the cause of the issue is not low battery, reset your Microsoft Wireless Optical Desktop settings. Below are the steps.

Instructions

  • Make sure that all files and programs are closed.
  • Keep the wireless device, which is not working close to the wireless receiver. Make sure that all other wireless devices are placed away from the receiver.
  • Now, reset the settings by pressing the front button on the receiver. During the resetting process, the LED light on the receiver will keep blinking.
  • Once the settings are successfully reset, a dialogue box titled Resynchronize will appear on your computer screen. Read the on-screen directions displayed in the dialogue box to proceed. If the dialogue box does not show up at all, work out the next step.

    Microsoft Support Desk

  • Turn your wireless mouse and keyboard over and locate the button titled Connect Channel. Press and release this button. After you do this, the wireless receiver should display the LED light steady. If the LED light is displayed this way, you can conclude that the Resynchronization was successful.
  • If the LED light was blinking instead of remaining steady, it should be understood that the resynchronization was not successful. If that is the case, repeat the previous step after executing the third step.

With the help of the above directions, you should have been able to get your Microsoft wireless mouse and keyboard back into function. If the issue continues, contact our Microsoft support desk or visit the Microsoft problems and solutions page. Wireless mouse and keyboard requires timely replacement of battery. If you are not using the wireless keyboard and mouse for a long period, remove the battery from the devices.

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Parkinson's Disease Test Using Kinect

Microsoft Help

Microsoft became popular due to its innovative use of technology. Not only has Microsoft stretched the frontiers of technology but has also become successful in bringing forward innovation in finding new uses of existing technology. Latest development from the Microsoft headquarters is the use of Kinect gaming device in the field of telemedicine.

Microsoft Kinect, as we know, is a gaming input device that is capable of sensing motion and relaying it to the Xbox gaming console and Windows PCs. The device, which works using a camera and microphone, uses gesture recognition and voice recognition. It has created an entire new genre of Computer games that are operable through touch devices. However, until now, the use of the device was limited to the field of gaming alone. To know more about Kinect, you can contact our Microsoft help department.

Telemedicine, as the name suggests, is a form of health care where the patients can enjoy the medical care while seated at their home. They do not need to be institutionalized in a hospital or commute to clinics and can instead reap benefits while being at home. However, currently, usage of telemedicine is limited because doctors use extremely expensive machines in order to track the vitals of the patient and relay them the information. However, Microsoft Kinect, an affordable device is all set to change the scenario. Using this device, patients and doctors will be able to communicate during therapy sessions and use the range of features that Kinect provides.

Microsoft Kinect

Microsoft has recently developed a program, still in the testing phase, which allows patients suffering from Parkinson’s disease to perform tests and therapy while at home. Using the on-board camera of Kinect, the physicians will be able to measure the fine motor skills like tapping feet, tapping fingers, and rapid movement of limbs. This data can then be relayed to the physician’s office for further analysis. Moreover, patients will be able to seek advice from doctors across the globe using the video conferencing feature of Kinect.

The biggest advantage is that Kinect is extremely cheap in comparison to other telemedicine devices. Since the device was intended for consumer gaming market, an extremely competitive sector, the cost of the device is extremely low. Another reason why Kinect as a telemedicine device will become popular is that these devices can be hooked up with any Windows powered computers and do not require dedicated software.

Test stage is still under progress and it remains to be seen how popular this telemedicine alternative will become. Our Microsoft help department can be contacted for further information about the same.

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