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Windows 10 Version 1507 Reaches End of Servicing with no further updates beyond 26 March 2017

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 17:02:00 +0000

Since the initial release of Windows 10 back in July of 2015, that initial version of Windows 10 is about to be shuffled out of its role as one of the two CBB releases. That means no further updates in just a little more than 60 days.

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Oracle Drops Plans for Solaris 12

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 21:14:00 +0000

Instead of Solaris 12, Oracle plans a Solaris 11.next as the operating system's last version until at least 2021, as well as a SPARC IaaS.

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Test Drive Microsoft Teams in a Customer Immersion Experience with Microsoft

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 17:24:00 +0000

Microsoft is offering a unique learning opportunity for customers who want to discuss and try out Microsoft Teams.

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Red Hat on what to expect in 2017: Hybrid for what matters most

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 16:44:00 +0000

Cathal McGloin, Red Hat’s VP of mobile platforms, said that, for all the talk of cloud, 2017 is likely will be an increasingly important bridge for many enterprises, particularly those that have something to protect.

 

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Microsoft's Cyber Defense Ops Center Shares Best Practices

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 19:03:00 +0000

Microsoft gets a birds eye view of the various types of cyber threats that happen around the world because of their vast cloud service portfolio, data centers that support those cloud services, and the customers using those services. That unique perspective allows the company to fine tune their approach to monitoring and responding to these threats each day.

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What to watch for in IT in 2017

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 17:54:00 +0000

Share what you're keeping an eye out for

I’ve been thinking a lot about what to watch for in IT in the year ahead, and here’s what’s been on my mind. I’d love to hear what you’re paying attention to, in the comments or via email

The future will be more evenly distributed within IT

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Does Automatic Virtual Machine Activation work for Windows 10?

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 14:37:00 +0000

Does Windows 10 support Automatic Virtual Machine Activation? Don't get your hopes up.

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Microsoft Further Simplifies their Windows 7 and 8.1 Servicing Model

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 20:55:00 +0000

After rolling out a new update process for Windows 7 SP1, Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2012, and Windows Server 2012 R2 last fall, Microsoft is making a couple of tweaks to that process to further improve it for enterprise and business customers.

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In 2017, make a focused investment in your staff

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 15:01:00 +0000

It's 2017, and IT departments don't really need training budgets, 'cause everything's already available on the 'Net.

Know them by their works

Do you believe that? I certainly see organizations that act as though they do. I recognize that many wonderful resources are only a few keystrokes away; freely-available text and video introductions to Python topics, for instance, are remarkable.

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Skype Business server 2015 Difference between Active and Concurrent users

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 14:47:00 +0000

There are two key words when working with Skype for Business server 2015 that you should be aware  of those are Active and Concurrent. These particular words will come up quite a bit when you are working with a design, capacity planning, or troubleshooting an issue. At the end of the day, regardless  of the scenario you are working with these words are important to understand what they mean and how to use them accordingly.  

What is considered Active?

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Using the HPE Converged System 300 for Microsoft Analytics Platform with the Hybrid Cloud

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 14:09:00 +0000

This whitepaper will show how the HPE ConvergedSystem 300 for Microsoft Analytics Platform can lay the foundation for a modern data warehouse that can be extended to the hybrid cloud.

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Truffle Hog Finds Security Keys Hidden in GitHub Code

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 17:17:00 +0000

A tool is now available on GitHub for finding security keys that might have been accidentally left behind in open source code.

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Security Sense: Security Requires Pragmatism

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 15:01:00 +0000

In security, we can't simply decry everything that doesn't meet the strongest possible criteria, we have to balance this off against the upsides of the approach.

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Monitor enterprise agreement Azure spend with Power BI

Sun, 15 Jan 2017 14:26:00 +0000

Get insight into Azure spend for an enterprise agreement with Power BI.

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Keep installed drivers after running SYSPREP

Sun, 15 Jan 2017 14:23:00 +0000

Keep installed drivers on an OS instance when running SYSPREP

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Understand default metrics for Azure IaaS VMs

Sun, 15 Jan 2017 14:21:00 +0000

Understand the metrics available with Azure IaaS VMs.

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Official documentation on Azure resiliency

Sun, 15 Jan 2017 14:13:00 +0000

Understand the resiliency of Azure services straight from Microsoft.

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Hacking, Cyber-security, and Asymmetric Threat

Sat, 14 Jan 2017 18:03:00 +0000

Book “I.T. Wars” predictions acknowledged
In the recent past, our government has been concerned about Chinese hacking: The Washington Post reported that Chinese hackers had stolen information on more than two dozen U.S. weapons systems, to include the Patriot Missile system and the F35 Joint Strike fighter.

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Hands On Experience with the HP EliteBook 1040 G3

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 16:52:00 +0000

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Survey: IT professionals think Microsoft Teams will overtake Slack in two years

Thu, 12 Jan 2017 17:37:00 +0000

IT sees chat's importance, concerned about security of other offerings

Microsoft Teams has been setting itself up for a major fight with Slack, the team chat app that has dubbed itself the fastest-growing enterprise service in history.

We covered the launch, including its impressive array of integrations and clever use of bots.

Apparently one group is already pretty sold on it: IT professionals.

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Windows as a Service Overview From Microsoft (Video)

Thu, 12 Jan 2017 14:04:00 +0000

This short video from Microsoft Mechanics will provide an overview about Windows as a Service (WaaS) and cover the key aspects of the service model.

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Don't Pay the MongoDB Ransom

Thu, 12 Jan 2017 13:46:00 +0000

The MongoDB ransomware attack is so easy that black hats are following each other to vulnerable sites. What this means to database owners is that once a ransom note has been received, a backup is the only option for restoring the lost data.

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Update: Windows 10, Privacy, and Telemetry

Wed, 11 Jan 2017 16:23:00 +0000

Privacy in Windows 10 is back in the news this week but for all the right reasons which include providing end users greater control over the data Microsoft knows and collects from them.

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HPE ConvergedSystem 300 for Microsoft Analytics Platform

Wed, 11 Jan 2017 11:09:00 +0000

The modern data warehouse brings about many problems for businesses. Check out this infographic to learn what these problems are, and how to solve them with ConvergedSystem 300 for Microsoft Analytics Platform. View the resource now.

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Citrix Reinvigorates Integration with the Microsoft Cloud

Tue, 10 Jan 2017 20:58:00 +0000

This January 2017 I met with Calvin Hsu, Vice President of Product Marketing, Windows App Delivery for Citrix to discuss Citrix’s announcements from their Summit 2017 keynote in Anaheim. Summit is Citrix’s professional development technology conference for partners and Kirill Tatarinov, President and Chief Executive Officer of Citrix, kicked off the conference discussing the digital transformation that’s taking place in businesses today.

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Securing Your Microsoft Environment

Tue, 10 Jan 2017 18:23:00 +0000

Read this whitepaper for best practices in protecting your highly distributed Microsoft infrastructure from cyberattacks.

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Best way to regularly copy large amounts of data to Azure

Tue, 10 Jan 2017 14:30:00 +0000

Need to copy lots of data to Azure routinely? This is probably the best option.

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Red Hat Improves Hybrid Cloud Management With CloudForms 4.2

Mon, 09 Jan 2017 16:38:00 +0000

Last week's release of Red Hat CloudForms 4.2 promises to make life easier on DevOps running complex Hybrid Clouds.

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