Thursday, December 10, 2015 -
9:00am to 10:30am

Location Details: 

Information Technology Dept.
Room 208V
4201 Normandy Street North
Bismarck, ND 58503

Meeting Agenda:

  • Updates and News
  • Windows 10, IE11 and WSUS
  • Combined Desktop OS and Critical Updates standard
  • Open Discussion

Meeting Recap:

News and Updates
  • ITD has a new Office 365 service page on the web site, and a page for OneDrive for Business should be published soon. There is no more home use license, but users can us any of the 5 licenses per user for home devices, logging with their AD credentials. O365 checks once a month for an active license. For multiple users of the same device, each user must be licensed for O355. It is not clear how a Kiosk would be licensed.
  • O365’s ‘Share with Everyone’ folder defaults to share with anyone in the world. ITD disabled external sharing which limited that share to inside the NDGOV Tenant only, but has since disabled it completely because agencies could still search and access other agencies files. The user can still manually pick users or groups to share files and folders with.
Windows 10, IE11 and WSUS
  • The group discussed Microsoft’s recent indication that it may move the Windows 10 update to the recommended category of MS Updates, which could cause accidental or unplanned updates to Windows 10, although it still has a 30 day uninstall feature. For those agencies using WSUS, the Windows 10 update will not be pushed to agencies unless asked for. For agencies not using WSUS, a group policy can be set to block Windows 10 installation, which would be the best way to keep Win10 from installing if it is not wanted. ITD hopes to have Windows 10 support in SCCM in the next week of two.
  • The group also discussed the upcoming end of support situation for versions of IE older than 11 and how to approach upgrades to 11. The agencies in attendance have various levels of concerns, but it appears that recent PeopleSoft updates have made it compatible with IE 11, which has required older versions of IE or alternate browser for some functionality. Oracle is recommending Chrome as the browser to use for the best user experience. IE 11 also has an Enterprise Mode, which by using a group policy, can emulate an older version of IE based on the url in use but this has not been tested yet.
Combined Desktop OS and Critical Updates standard
  • These two existing standards were combined into a new draft since they both said basically the same thing. There was some discussion about the old Server OS standard which was rescinded, so the language was changed in this new combined standard to include servers.
  • The agencies attending also discussed their patching policies and tools.
    • ITD waits 7 days before pushing out updates via WSUS so they can be tested, and is working on an internal server patching policy so everything is documented.
    • Game and Fish and ITD push all recommended updates to all desktops.
    • ITD has purchased Secunia for all agencies using the desktop support service, and DOT also uses Secunia.