Server Message Block to be removed from Windows 10 Creators Update
Windows will be removing SMBv1 (Server Message Block version 1) from the upcoming windows 10 (1709) Redstone 3 Update. SMBv1 is one of the ancient networking protocols that allows the operating systems to read and write data to a system and also request services from a server.
WannaCry ransomware that affected more than 150 countries on 12th May is the one of the reasons that Windows is removing SMBv1 as the ransomware infected thousands of unpatched Windows servers that were running the protocol (SMBv1).
A program manager from Microsoft’s Windows Server High Availability and Storage division said that the company is planning to remove the decade old protocol from Windows 10 Fall Creators Update, that will be releasing in September/October 2017.
The beta release of Creators Update has the SMB1 protocol feature disabled by default and soon will be removed from the official Windows update.
Microsoft has also published a document of how to disable the protocol from your Windows system through the PowerShell, registry settings and the group policy settings.