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Nov 21, 2013

Bitcoin mining malware

Malware is a business. Yes, there are malware authors out there who are just mucking about and doing it for the “lulz”, but today’s operating systems are sophisticated and coming up with the code to infect a computer is difficult and time consuming....More
Nov 10, 2013

Why Not Surface-To-Go? 2

Windows To Go is an implementation of Windows 8/Windows 8.1 Enterprise edition that allows you to boot and run the OS off a special USB stick. You can install both desktop and metro apps and use it as a normal computer. When I’m training, I use it to boot the instructor computer out of the OS that has been deployed by the training company....More
Oct 30, 2013

Ephemeral issues can trump technical and financial ones

Revelation and speculation about the access of intelligence services will hamper cloud adoption....More
Oct 21, 2013

Surface RT 8.0 Recovery Image available

The Windows RT 8.0 recovery image is available for users who are experiencing problems upgrading to Windows RT 8.1...More
Oct 15, 2013

An interpretation of the hoopla about Microsoft Security Essentials

MSE provides a baseline against which to compare other solutions. If you’re going to fork over money for a product, you want the product that you are going to fork over money for to be better than what you can get for free...More
Oct 10, 2013

Vendor roadmaps are predictions not prophecy.

What vendors think the future is going to look like is their prediction. Just like the smartest science fiction writers were wildly inaccurate on what the future looked like, there’s no reason to assume that the accuracy of vendors is going to be much better....More
Sep 25, 2013

Mobile Device Platform Lock-in is Ephemeral 1

I'm suspicious about the idea of lock in as I know a number of people that switch between mobile phone operating systems more quickly than they change hair styles....More
Sep 23, 2013

Hypothesizing a Windows Intune backup client.

How do you ensure that data stored on BYO devices is getting backed up?...More
Sep 17, 2013

Quick Fix for computers no longer domain joined. 1

We’ve all been in the situation where we have signed on to a computer only to find that its security relationship with the domain has failed. In the past we’d have to remove the computer from the domain and then join it back again to reestablish the relationship....More
Sep 17, 2013

Passwords will be with us for some time yet. 1

There is a lot of talk about getting rid of passwords, moving to something like picture passwords, facial recognition, biometrics, or even getting a new Kinect sensor to verify that the person in front of the screen has the physical characteristics of the person that has access to the machine. But we'll keep using passwords because they are cheap....More
Sep 8, 2013

Are XP exploits being hoarded until after April 2014?

Are malware authors starting to stockpile their exploits to be released after XP is no longer supported?...More
Aug 30, 2013

Netbooks and the transitory dominance of tablets 1

If the market for 10 inch plus tablets was going strong, I’d have more faith in the prediction that tablets are replacing PCs and that the post-PC era was upon us....More
Aug 19, 2013

Microsoft Certification Exams update to Windows 8.1 and Server 2012 R2 from January 2014 3

In January 2014 the existing certification exams 70-410, 70-411 and 70-412 will be updated to include Windows Server 2012 R2 Content....More
Aug 6, 2013

Ubuntu Edge funding target and phone/desktop hybrids

Whatever the fate of the Ubuntu Edge, it’s no secret that as time progresses, more powerful computers become available in smaller form factors....More
Jul 23, 2013

What to do with ten million Surface RT Tablets? 6

I’m a big fan of Windows RT – I’m not sure if that makes me a fanboy, a tragic, someone who recognizes something that’s not a bad effort or some weird mélange of the above....More
Jul 9, 2013

How does “Rapid Release Cycle” square with Upgrade Procrastination? 4

A large segment of the market hasn’t moved their server infrastructure from Server 2003 and yet the release cycle is getting faster....More
Jun 26, 2013

Testing Server 2012 R2 is a great excuse to try the Windows Azure preview

Rather than build new VMs in your own lab, Windows Azure offers a great alternative for finding out about Windows Server 2012 R2. The preview release of Windows Server 2012 R2 gives you an excuse to go and kick the tires on Windows Azure – something that I know many administrators haven’t done yet....More
Jun 24, 2013

Server 2012 R2 preview available in Windows Azure and to TechNet & MSDN subscribers

The preview of Windows Server 2012 R2 has become available in the Windows Azure IaaS virtual machine gallery, allowing you to spin up and your own Server 2012 R2 VM as shown below. It has also become available for MSDN and TechNet subscribers. As I use Azure as a test environment, using 2012 R2 on Azure works pretty well as it takes much less time to spin up new instances - I've was able to create several servers on Azure before my TechNet download completed....More
Jun 17, 2013

Upgrade Lag

The longer you wait, the more challenging your upgrade will be....More
Jun 7, 2013

Remove unused role and feature payload files from WS 2012

Windows Server 2012 allows you to remove the installation files for roles and features that you don't use. Here's a one line Windows PowerShell command that will do it for you....More
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Orin Thomas is a contributing editor for Windows IT Pro and a Windows Security MVP. He has authored or coauthored more than thirty books for Microsoft Press, founded the Melbourne System Center,...
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