Hyperbole, Embellishment, and Systems Administration Blog http://windowsitpro.com/blog/41441/feed en 20 things you can do to secure your Windows Client and Server infrastructure http://windowsitpro.com/blog/20-things-you-can-do-secure-your-windows-client-and-server-infrastructure <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>One of the truisms of security is that a chain is only a strong as its weakest link. Just over a week ago I presented a session at TechEd New Zealand titled &quot;20 things you can do right now to secure your Windows Client and Server infrastructure&quot;. You can view the session here: <a href="http://channel9.msdn.com/events/TechEd/NewZealand/2014/DCIM309" onclick="window.open(this.href, '', 'resizable=no,status=no,location=no,toolbar=no,menubar=no,fullscreen=no,scrollbars=no,dependent=no'); return false;">http://channel9.msdn.com/events/TechEd/NewZealand/2014/DCIM309</a></p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/hyperbole-embellishment-and-systems-administration-blog">Hyperbole, Embellishment, and Systems Administration Blog</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://windowsitpro.com/blog/20-things-you-can-do-secure-your-windows-client-and-server-infrastructure" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://windowsitpro.com/blog/20-things-you-can-do-secure-your-windows-client-and-server-infrastructure#comments Security security Security Hyperbole, Embellishment, and Systems Administration Blog Fri, 19 Sep 2014 12:21:00 +0000 116721 at http://windowsitpro.com 30 Common Tasks You Perform Using the GUI that You Can Do Faster in Windows PowerShell http://windowsitpro.com/blog/30-common-tasks-you-perform-using-gui-you-can-do-faster-windows-powershell <div class="node-body blog-body">Last week at TechEd New Zealand in Auckland I presented the session "30 common tasks you perform using the GUI that you can do faster in Windows PowerShell." One of the tips I provided the audience with was that I use a Razer Tartarus to store my commonly used PowerShell commands. While it got a few laughs, I also got a lot of feedback that this was an idea that others were going to pursue.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/hyperbole-embellishment-and-systems-administration-blog">Hyperbole, Embellishment, and Systems Administration Blog</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://windowsitpro.com/blog/30-common-tasks-you-perform-using-gui-you-can-do-faster-windows-powershell" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://windowsitpro.com/blog/30-common-tasks-you-perform-using-gui-you-can-do-faster-windows-powershell#comments Windows PowerShell Administration Scripter Hyperbole, Embellishment, and Systems Administration Blog Wed, 17 Sep 2014 00:07:00 +0000 116541 at http://windowsitpro.com The rise of mobile malware http://windowsitpro.com/blog/rise-mobile-malware <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>An <a href="http://www.itwire.com/business-it-news/security/65322-our-apps-are-spying-on-us-and-android-is-worst" target="_blank">IT Wire</a> story published on the 8<sup>th</sup> of September is suggesting that Android may be becoming the target of choice for malware authors over Windows.</p> <p>There is a lot of ways that you can parse the meaning of the data cited in the IT Wire story, with some reasonable and some unreasonable conclusions being drawn by commentators on social media.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/hyperbole-embellishment-and-systems-administration-blog">Hyperbole, Embellishment, and Systems Administration Blog</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://windowsitpro.com/blog/rise-mobile-malware" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://windowsitpro.com/blog/rise-mobile-malware#comments Security IT Manager mobile security mobile security Hyperbole, Embellishment, and Systems Administration Blog Mon, 08 Sep 2014 10:55:00 +0000 115651 at http://windowsitpro.com Locating derelict data with File Server Resource Manager http://windowsitpro.com/blog/locating-derelict-data-file-server-resource-manager <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>A constant battle for the average systems administrator is managing the amount data stored on file servers. File servers are a bread and butter workload. That&rsquo;s one of the reasons that they don&rsquo;t get much attention.</p> <p>The general problem is as follows:</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/hyperbole-embellishment-and-systems-administration-blog">Hyperbole, Embellishment, and Systems Administration Blog</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://windowsitpro.com/blog/locating-derelict-data-file-server-resource-manager" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://windowsitpro.com/blog/locating-derelict-data-file-server-resource-manager#comments Windows File Servers File Servers Hyperbole, Embellishment, and Systems Administration Blog Fri, 15 Aug 2014 08:37:00 +0000 112611 at http://windowsitpro.com IT Pros must constantly learn, but they don’t all learn in the same way http://windowsitpro.com/blog/it-pros-must-constantly-learn-they-don-t-all-learn-same-way <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>The first time I saw my favorite professor present a lecture, he declared to the lecture hall &ldquo;everything I&rsquo;ll be teaching you this semester is written down over in the library by people far more eloquent by myself. As that is demonstrably true, ask yourself why should you give up several hours each week to hear me provide you with the same information in this format?&rdquo;</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/hyperbole-embellishment-and-systems-administration-blog">Hyperbole, Embellishment, and Systems Administration Blog</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://windowsitpro.com/blog/it-pros-must-constantly-learn-they-don-t-all-learn-same-way" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://windowsitpro.com/blog/it-pros-must-constantly-learn-they-don-t-all-learn-same-way#comments Windows Learning Microsoft Learning Systems Administrator Hyperbole, Embellishment, and Systems Administration Blog Thu, 24 Jul 2014 14:49:00 +0000 110671 at http://windowsitpro.com Some reasons why iOS and Android aren’t replacing the traditional desktop anytime soon http://windowsitpro.com/blog/some-reasons-why-ios-and-android-aren-t-replacing-traditional-desktop-anytime-soon <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>Read any recent breathless account of the future of desktop computing and you&rsquo;ll be constantly assured that the desktop computer is deader than a Dodo that&rsquo;s been cast in a Monty Python skit as a parrot. According to certain sections of the IT commentariat, the future is &ldquo;Tablets! Tablets! Tablets!&rdquo;, with offerings from Apple and Samsung replacing the dinosaur chassis that are produced by Dell, HP, and Lenovo. This drumbeat has gotten louder</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/hyperbole-embellishment-and-systems-administration-blog">Hyperbole, Embellishment, and Systems Administration Blog</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://windowsitpro.com/blog/some-reasons-why-ios-and-android-aren-t-replacing-traditional-desktop-anytime-soon" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://windowsitpro.com/blog/some-reasons-why-ios-and-android-aren-t-replacing-traditional-desktop-anytime-soon#comments Industry Android iOS Android iOS IT Manager Hyperbole, Embellishment, and Systems Administration Blog Fri, 18 Jul 2014 13:30:00 +0000 110111 at http://windowsitpro.com Desktop hardware lifespan is increasing http://windowsitpro.com/blog/desktop-hardware-lifespan-increasing <div class="node-body blog-body">The lifespan of the traditional desktop computer is expanding. Fifteen years ago the pace of change was so fast that a desktop computer you deployed was slow compared to whatever was current, to the point of often being written off completely, 5 years later. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/hyperbole-embellishment-and-systems-administration-blog">Hyperbole, Embellishment, and Systems Administration Blog</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://windowsitpro.com/blog/desktop-hardware-lifespan-increasing" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://windowsitpro.com/blog/desktop-hardware-lifespan-increasing#comments Windows Hardware hardware IT Manager Hyperbole, Embellishment, and Systems Administration Blog Thu, 17 Jul 2014 10:30:00 +0000 110041 at http://windowsitpro.com Migration Procrastination http://windowsitpro.com/blog/migration-procrastination <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>I was teaching a desktop OS deployment course a few weeks back to students from some large organizations. Each organization still had a large number of XP desktops that they were intending to migrate away from. Even though the deadline for support passed several months ago, none of the organizations expected to have finished migrating from XP by the end of the year.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/hyperbole-embellishment-and-systems-administration-blog">Hyperbole, Embellishment, and Systems Administration Blog</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://windowsitpro.com/blog/migration-procrastination" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://windowsitpro.com/blog/migration-procrastination#comments Windows IT Manager Windows Server 2003 Windows Server 2003 Hyperbole, Embellishment, and Systems Administration Blog Wed, 16 Jul 2014 12:16:00 +0000 109941 at http://windowsitpro.com Data is more expensive to replace than equipment. http://windowsitpro.com/blog/data-more-expensive-replace-equipment <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>Data is expensive. We usually don&rsquo;t think of it that way because it seems so ephemeral. If a laptop is stolen or lost, we worry about the replacement value. We don&rsquo;t think as much about the cost of replacing the data. You can&rsquo;t reach out and touch data in the way that you can an expensive laptop. The value of a laptop is easy to calculate. We can just look it up on the internet and order a replacement as easy as adding it to a shopping card.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/hyperbole-embellishment-and-systems-administration-blog">Hyperbole, Embellishment, and Systems Administration Blog</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://windowsitpro.com/blog/data-more-expensive-replace-equipment" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://windowsitpro.com/blog/data-more-expensive-replace-equipment#comments Security Business Decision Maker data protection data protection Hyperbole, Embellishment, and Systems Administration Blog Tue, 15 Jul 2014 12:37:00 +0000 109811 at http://windowsitpro.com Controlling access to data is as important as managing devices. http://windowsitpro.com/blog/controlling-access-data-important-managing-devices <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>There is an interesting statistic from the <a href="http://www.ponemon.org/" target="_blank">Ponemon institute</a> that I&rsquo;m always reminded of when I think about the security of computers. That is that the cost of replacing a lost or stolen laptop computers can total tens of thousands of dollars, with the cost growing with the seniority of the person that owns the device. The primary cost wasn&rsquo;t in replacing the hardware, but instead related to the data that was stored on the laptop.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/hyperbole-embellishment-and-systems-administration-blog">Hyperbole, Embellishment, and Systems Administration Blog</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://windowsitpro.com/blog/controlling-access-data-important-managing-devices" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://windowsitpro.com/blog/controlling-access-data-important-managing-devices#comments Security BYOD BYOD IT Manager RMS RMS Hyperbole, Embellishment, and Systems Administration Blog Tue, 24 Jun 2014 15:36:00 +0000 107991 at http://windowsitpro.com BYOD: Not living up to its aspirations? http://windowsitpro.com/blog/byod-not-living-its-aspirations <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>A recent article on <a href="http://www.cio.com/article/754158/What_Is_Going_Wrong_With_BYOD_?taxonomyId=600007" target="_blank">CIO.com</a> reports on a survey done by CompTIA on <a href="http://www.comptia.org/communities/resources/2013-rumble-in-the-mobile-jungle---byod-challenges" target="_blank">attitudes towards BYOD</a>. The birds eye view is that the benefits of BYOD aren&rsquo;t providing a substantial enough counterweight to the drawbacks of the strategy.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/hyperbole-embellishment-and-systems-administration-blog">Hyperbole, Embellishment, and Systems Administration Blog</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://windowsitpro.com/blog/byod-not-living-its-aspirations" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://windowsitpro.com/blog/byod-not-living-its-aspirations#comments Windows BYOD BYOD IT Manager Hyperbole, Embellishment, and Systems Administration Blog Mon, 16 Jun 2014 13:58:00 +0000 107071 at http://windowsitpro.com Embrace defensive learning: Become an expert on new technologies that threaten your job. http://windowsitpro.com/blog/embrace-defensive-learning-become-expert-new-technologies-threaten-your-job <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>Some IT Pros are worried that &ldquo;The Cloud&rdquo; will take their job. Others are worried that automation will take their job away. While there is a bit of &ldquo;worried about getting attacked by a shark when you are more likely to be in a car accident on the way to the beach&rdquo; about these fears, it&rsquo;s also fair to say that these fears aren&rsquo;t entirely groundless.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/hyperbole-embellishment-and-systems-administration-blog">Hyperbole, Embellishment, and Systems Administration Blog</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://windowsitpro.com/blog/embrace-defensive-learning-become-expert-new-technologies-threaten-your-job" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://windowsitpro.com/blog/embrace-defensive-learning-become-expert-new-technologies-threaten-your-job#comments Industry Learning Learning Systems Administrator Hyperbole, Embellishment, and Systems Administration Blog Tue, 10 Jun 2014 15:00:00 +0000 106591 at http://windowsitpro.com You never stop learning http://windowsitpro.com/blog/you-never-stop-learning <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>A truth of the IT profession is that everything changes and that if you don&rsquo;t keep moving, your skills become quickly irrelevant. This isn&rsquo;t a job where you get trained once and then you&rsquo;re good for the next few decades. If you&rsquo;re an IT Pro, any knowledge that you gain has a half life. The clock is ticking on anything you learn. The way you stay relevant is to stay up-to-date.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/hyperbole-embellishment-and-systems-administration-blog">Hyperbole, Embellishment, and Systems Administration Blog</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://windowsitpro.com/blog/you-never-stop-learning" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://windowsitpro.com/blog/you-never-stop-learning#comments Industry IT Manager Learning Learning Hyperbole, Embellishment, and Systems Administration Blog Tue, 10 Jun 2014 00:10:00 +0000 106531 at http://windowsitpro.com PC sales growth is flat because people keep their computers longer http://windowsitpro.com/blog/pc-sales-growth-flat-because-people-keep-their-computers-longer <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>Today many of us replace our phones when a new model comes out. In the past this has been because the new model phones do a heck of a lot more than the old model phones did. This trend is slowing though, and don&rsquo;t be surprised if people start hanging on to their phones because they&rsquo;ve become &ldquo;good enough&rdquo;.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/hyperbole-embellishment-and-systems-administration-blog">Hyperbole, Embellishment, and Systems Administration Blog</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://windowsitpro.com/blog/pc-sales-growth-flat-because-people-keep-their-computers-longer" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://windowsitpro.com/blog/pc-sales-growth-flat-because-people-keep-their-computers-longer#comments Industry IT Manager PC Sales PC Sales Hyperbole, Embellishment, and Systems Administration Blog Mon, 09 Jun 2014 23:13:00 +0000 106521 at http://windowsitpro.com Bring Your Own Recovery http://windowsitpro.com/blog/bring-your-own-recovery <div class="node-body blog-body">Things went a bit “pear shaped” when the BYOD laptop of one of the senior muppets wouldn’t boot because of a failed SSD.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/hyperbole-embellishment-and-systems-administration-blog">Hyperbole, Embellishment, and Systems Administration Blog</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://windowsitpro.com/blog/bring-your-own-recovery" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://windowsitpro.com/blog/bring-your-own-recovery#comments Industry BYOD BYOD IT Manager Hyperbole, Embellishment, and Systems Administration Blog Mon, 26 May 2014 03:46:00 +0000 105031 at http://windowsitpro.com