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November 17th, 2019 by Jasper Oosterveld

I had a blast visiting the ShareGate office last October in Montreal! I did an interview with Benjamin and an interview with Quinn. You can click here to read the article and watch the videos.

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November 17th, 2019 by waqas

In this article, we will list complete detail about the November 2019 CU for SharePoint Server 2019. Same CU method adopted for SharePoint 2019 as to SharePoint 2016, I mean we will see 2 files each month (some time one), One for SharePoint fixes and 2nd for Language dependent. These updates also include the security updates as it does in SharePoint Server 2016.

This Month MSFT released Two patches for SharePoint server 2019; Security updates also part of the packages.

Note: In order to patch the SharePoint servers properly, we have to install both packages (language independents as well as language dependents) followed by PSconfig wizard on all servers in farm. We need to install language dependent patch even we don’t have any other language pack installed in the environment.

Improvements, fixes and Security Updates

 

Here is the list of fixes published by MSFT.

SharePoint Server 2019:

This security update contains improvements and fixes for the following non-security issues:

  • Corrects an issue in which certain HTTP headers are malformed in responses from SharePoint.
  • Corrects an issue in which Publishing Cache items are missing page field data after the IIS app pool restarts.
  • Corrects a “date out of range” exception when a user exports and then imports the site collection while Document ID feature is active.
  • Fixes an issue in which the Product Version Timer Job fails on dedicated Search and Distributed Cache Servers.
  • Fixes an issue in which the web part displays no content if users visit a Content Search Web Part (CSWP) from the Google’s page viewer or set the AlwaysRenderOnServer boolean in a Content Search Web Part (CSWP) to True.
  • When you have a Cloud Search Service Application (Cloud SSA) configured in SharePoint Server 2019, searches within the context of a list or library do not return any results.
  • Consider the following scenario:
    • A user tries to access a host name site collection and is prompted to sign in.
    • A host name site collection is deleted while the user’s session is still active.

    In this scenario, the user receives an “Access Denied” message on all subsequent attempts to access any other site collections by using that web application until they begin a new session.

    This issue is now resolved.  The fix can be enabled on the server by running the following commands:

    $config = Get-SPSecurityTokenServiceConfig

    $config.WindowsModeIgnoreCache = $true

    $config.Update()

  • When the Schedule Variance Percentage (SVP) or Cost Variance Percentage (CVP) earned value becomes very large, an overflow condition occurs. This causes the client-side object model (CSOM) or REST calls that are made while accessing the project to fail. The SVP and CVP values now have a lower limit of -100% and upper limit of 100%.
  • After this update is installed, you can receive information about any type kind of completed queue jobs for a project when you use the new GetAll() method from a REST call.
  • Consider the following scenario:
    • You create a new project in Project Web App.
    • When the schedule project detail page appears, the Project Summary Task is visible.

    In this situation, you cannot type in the Task Name field to create a new task.

  • Consider the following scenario:
    • As a timesheet user, you open your timesheet.
    • On an assignment that has no actual work, you enter actual work on a given date.
    • You save the timesheet.
    • You change your mind, and you remove the actual work that you previously entered.
    • You send the timesheet or status update for approval.
    • The status manager approves the update.

In this scenario, when the assignment is viewed in Project Professional, it has an actual start date set even though you removed the actual work in the timesheet, and this also removed the actual start date. This fix correctly removes the assignment’s actual start date in this situation.

Project Server 2019:

  • No fix released this month

Security Fix:

  • A security feature bypass vulnerability exists when Microsoft Office does not validate URLs.

    An attacker could send a victim a specially crafted file, which could trick the victim into entering credentials. An attacker who successfully exploited this vulnerability could perform a phishing attack.

    The update addresses the vulnerability by ensuring Microsoft Office properly validates URLs.

     

  • An information disclosure vulnerability exists in Microsoft SharePoint when an attacker uploads a specially crafted file to the SharePoint Server.

    An authenticated attacker who successfully exploited this vulnerability could potentially leverage SharePoint functionality to obtain SMB hashes.

    The security update addresses the vulnerability by correcting how SharePoint checks file content.

     

Language-Dependent Fix:

This security update contains improvements and fixes for the following non-security issues:

  • Corrects some regional settings display names.
  • Fixes an issue in which you can’t download results or reports in an eDiscovery site.

Installation

As we know, this Month MSFT Release Only 1 update.

  • Please download the sts2019-kb4484142-fullfile-x64-glb.exe’ & ‘wssloc2019-kb4484149-fullfile-x64-glb.exe’ files and install it on all SharePoint servers.
  • Please run the PSconfig wizard on all server in the farm one by one.

Article Number (KB)

Download

Please download the November CU from the below link:

Prerequisite

  • To apply this update, you must have Microsoft SharePoint Server 2019 installed.

Restart information

  • If during the Installation of the Updates Certain Component of the SharePoint is running, then it will ask you for the Restart the server. So, it depends upon your server.

Schema Change

  • This update updates the database schema so that the mean schema and Patch Version will change. You will see the same Patch number and Build Number.

Patch Number

  • 16.0.10352.20000 for Language Independent file
  • 16.0.10352.20000 for Language dependent file

Known Issue with CU

  • No known issue with this CU.

Reference

See Also

Please check this Wiki for the SharePoint 2016 Build Numbers

  • SharePoint 2019: Build Numbers

 

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November 17th, 2019 by Dr Nitin Paranjape

Here is a simple way to understand what Digital Transformation is all about. This entire animation was created in PowerPoint.
You can download the PPTX file from here.

It is a short, 22 seconds animation. The concept is simple. We must map technology features to improve business and / or create new opportunities. Often there is a gap between what business needs and what IT has to offer. It is not a competence problem. It is a communication gap.

Those who like PowerPoint will find many useful techniques used here. These include: Morph, creative use of gradients, use of the right transition, animation. The image on the last slide was found using Design In PowerPoint. The tag clouds (word clouds) were created using https://wordart.com

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November 17th, 2019 by Dr Nitin Paranjape

Here is a simple way to understand what Digital Transformation is all about. This entire animation was created in PowerPoint.
You can download the PPTX file from here.

It is a short, 22 seconds animation. The concept is simple. We must map technology features to improve business and / or create new opportunities. Often there is a gap between what business needs and what IT has to offer. It is not a competence problem. It is a communication gap.

Those who like PowerPoint will find many useful techniques used here. These include: Morph, creative use of gradients, use of the right transition, animation. The image on the last slide was found using Design In PowerPoint. The tag clouds (word clouds) were created using https://wordart.com

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November 16th, 2019 by Jasper Oosterveld

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November 16th, 2019 by Jasper Oosterveld

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November 16th, 2019 by Tom

This week:

All my Microsoft Ignite 2019 interview videos in one place

The Application Registration Portal (apps.dev.microsoft.com) is being deprecated – here’s what you need to do

Introducing the Teams and Power Apps whitepaper

What’s New in Microsoft Teams | Ignite 2019

Find all my videos at thoughtstuff.co.uk/videos. You can also subscribe to the audio-only version of these videos, either via iTunes or your own podcasting tool.

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November 16th, 2019 by Tom

The Application Registration Portal, found at apps.dev.microsoft.com used to be the place where you went to create application registration entries for things like Bot Framework bots, Calling API bots etc.

However, for a while now, the preferred place to do this has been within the Azure Portal, and features have gradually been moving across. Right now, you can’t use the Portal if you log in with a personal account:

Now we have a date when the Application Registration Portal will stop working for users that log in with a Azure AD account – December 15 2019. If you visit now using an Azure AD account, you’ll see plenty of warning messages, as shown below (plus 2 popups which I haven’t shown):

 

The only exception to this right now are Live SDK apps, because they’re not supported in the Azure Portal yet. This should change in the future though.

I think this move is a good thing. The Azure Portal has all of the same functionality for creating and managing apps, and it’s better understood by IT Admins. Having 2 ways to register apps has been confusing so I’m pleased that this portal is going away, although I’ll miss it, having used it from the very beginning and those first tentative days of the Bot Framework 🙂

More details on the Microsoft Graph Developer Blog

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November 16th, 2019 by johnacook

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November 16th, 2019 by Greig Sheridan

Inspired by a question from John Cook on Twitter, I’ve taken my “Update-RibbonADCache.ps1” script, and through the magic of “Save As” we now have Get-RibbonSbcUptime.ps1.

Get-RibbonSbcUptime.ps1 invokes a REST login to your Sonus/Ribbon SBC 1k/2k/SWe-Lite and reports how long it’s been running: the CpuUptime.

It outputs to the pipeline either a timespan object, or a literal string in the same format the SBC displays on its System/Overview tab.

 

Usage

The minimum parameters are the SBC FQDN, the REST login name and REST password. An optional parameter is “-AsTimeString”.

PS C:>.Get-RibbonSbcUptime.ps1 -SbcFQDN 10.10.16.82 -RestLogin REST -RestPassword MyRestPwD -AsTimeString

If you fail to provide any of the required parameters, the script will prompt you for them.

The default output is a timespan object:

Days              : 2
Hours             : 20
Minutes           : 3
Seconds           : 10
Milliseconds      : 0
Ticks             : 2449900000000
TotalDays         : 2.83553240740741
TotalHours        : 68.0527777777778
TotalMinutes      : 4083.16666666667
TotalSeconds      : 244990
TotalMilliseconds : 244990000

With the “-AddTimeString” switch the script will output a literal version of the uptime, in the same format as the SBC shows on its System/Overview tab:

3 days, 20 hrs, 4 mins, 48 secs

Automation

If you’re automating this script, you can capture its output into a variable to work on in a subsequent flow. If you ARE doing this, make sure you add the “-SkipUpdateCheck” switch, otherwise when I post an update it will break the automation:

PS C:> $SbcUptime = (.Get-RibbonSbcUptime.ps1 -SbcFQDN 10.10.16.82 -RestLogin REST -RestPassword P@ssw0rd1 -Verbose -SkipUpdateCheck)

Known Issue

SBC firmware versions prior to v8.0.3 have a known bug: the CpuUptime reports zero. This is not a problem with the script. If the script reports zero but System/Overview reports an expected value, you’ll need to update the SBC’s firmware.

Auto Update

I’ve added an update-checking component so it will let you know as updates become available. You can suppress the update check by running it with the “-SkipUpdateCheck” parameter, which you should ALWAYS add if you’re running the script via a scheduled task or some other automated/unattended means.

Download

You’ll find the code-signed script available to download at the Gallery.TechNet site.

Revision History

1.0 – 16th November 2019.

  • This is the initial release.

 

 

– G.

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