Hyperbole, Embellishment, and Systems Administration Blog http://windowsitpro.com/blog/41441/feed en Creating Self Signed Certificates with PowerShell http://windowsitpro.com/blog/creating-self-signed-certificates-powershell <div class="node-body blog-body">Prior to PowerShell 4.0, you needed to download MakeCert.exe or another utility to create self signed certificates. Now you can do it in PowerShell.</div> <p><a href="http://windowsitpro.com/blog/creating-self-signed-certificates-powershell" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://windowsitpro.com/blog/creating-self-signed-certificates-powershell#comments Windows Self Signed Certificates Hyperbole, Embellishment, and Systems Administration Blog Fri, 07 Nov 2014 10:49:00 +0000 122081 at http://windowsitpro.com Recovering disk space in Windows 8 and 8.1 http://windowsitpro.com/blog/recovering-disk-space-windows-8-and-81 <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>One of the drawbacks of modern computers with SSDs is that unless you&rsquo;re willing to spend a lot for a disk, you can find yourself running out of storage space very quickly. Even if you&rsquo;re diligent about removing applications that you don&rsquo;t use, there are a variety of items that can end up consuming space. Basically, as an OS ages, it builds up cruft. There are routines that are meant to automatically remove this cruft built into the OS, but you&rsquo;d be surprised at how much they miss.</p></div> <p><a href="http://windowsitpro.com/blog/recovering-disk-space-windows-8-and-81" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://windowsitpro.com/blog/recovering-disk-space-windows-8-and-81#comments Systems Management IT Manager Recover space Hyperbole, Embellishment, and Systems Administration Blog Tue, 21 Oct 2014 10:52:00 +0000 120091 at http://windowsitpro.com Free Microsoft exam vouchers for MCTs until November 30 (while stocks last) http://windowsitpro.com/blog/free-microsoft-exam-vouchers-mcts-until-november-30-while-stocks-last <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>Microsoft Learning is currently running an MCT Challenge for Microsoft Certified Trainers, giving them the opportunity to take exams for free up until the end of November 2014 (or until voucher stocks are exhausted (though I&#39;ve heard they have 10,000 vouchers, so it&#39;s a pretty good supply). There are also prises including Xbox Ones and the person who takes the most exams wins a Surface Pro 3.<br /> </p></div> <p><a href="http://windowsitpro.com/blog/free-microsoft-exam-vouchers-mcts-until-november-30-while-stocks-last" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://windowsitpro.com/blog/free-microsoft-exam-vouchers-mcts-until-november-30-while-stocks-last#comments Windows Exam Vouchers Exam Vouchers IT Manager Hyperbole, Embellishment, and Systems Administration Blog Fri, 17 Oct 2014 11:04:00 +0000 119701 at http://windowsitpro.com Should you wait for vNext or certify on the current technology? http://windowsitpro.com/blog/should-you-wait-vnext-or-certify-current-technology <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>The Microsoft world is eagerly awaiting announcements around the next version of Windows. As is always the case around the time that the next version of the product is announced, I&rsquo;m asked by people who are interested in certification whether they should study the current version of the product, or should they wait until exams appear for the next version of the product?</p></div> <p><a href="http://windowsitpro.com/blog/should-you-wait-vnext-or-certify-current-technology" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://windowsitpro.com/blog/should-you-wait-vnext-or-certify-current-technology#comments Industry certification Certifications IT Manager Hyperbole, Embellishment, and Systems Administration Blog Thu, 25 Sep 2014 12:12:00 +0000 117241 at http://windowsitpro.com 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> <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> <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> <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> <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> <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> <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> <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> <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> <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> <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> <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