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Jul 5, 2011
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Orchestrator 2012 and Blue Collar / White Collar IT Professionals 1

In a recent presentation, PowerShell creator Jeffrey Snover talked about the coming bifurcation of the profession of Systems Administrator into what he called “Blue Collar” and “White Collar” IT. His argument is that the ongoing trend in the industry is towards fewer people being responsible for more and more servers and that roles that would likely see wage growth were the ones that drove that consolidation.   Snover prophesized that IT Pros who had the ability to heavily automate proce...More
Jun 30, 2011
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Minimizing the problems caused by personal Laptops used on the organizational network

Back in the mid 90’s when I worked on the helpdesk at an Australian University, the University organized for site licenses of anti-virus software so that anyone that was a student or a staff member at the University was able to get a free copy to install on their personal computer. The University’s thinking was that unless these computers were protected, they would likely become a vector for infecting computers owned by the University, either indirectly through email and document borne viruses o...More
Jun 5, 2011
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System Center Operations Manager 2012 and Orchestrator 2012 Community Evaluation Programs now taking applications

OpsMgr 2012 and Orchestrator 2012 CEPs now taking applications...More
Jun 1, 2011
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Should personal computers be allowed on the corporate network? 3

Should you allow personal computers to access the organizational network?...More
Jun 1, 2011
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Up to 120,000 users download infected apps from Android Market 2

Up to 120,000 users download infected apps from Android Market...More
May 27, 2011
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Forefront TMG being dropped by Microsoft?

Is this the last version of TMG?...More
May 24, 2011
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System Center Updates Publisher 2011 released

Updates publisher for ConfigMgr 2011 released....More
May 23, 2011
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System Center TechED Sessions

System Center TechED sessions now online....More
Mar 22, 2011
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Opalis becomes Orchestrator 1

System Center super integration product Opalis has been given its System Center moniker and will henceforth be known as System Center Orchestrator...More
Mar 10, 2011
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Safari down First, IE 8 follows at PWN2OWN

Safari falls first, IE 8 follows at PWN2OWN...More
Mar 2, 2011
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Want to get Malware on Android Phones? Publish an app! 2

21 Apps were recently pulled from the Android Marketplace because they contained Malware. How safe are Android Phones on the corporate network if you can get your malware directly from the official store?...More
Feb 9, 2011
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Feb Patch Tuesday Bulletin Summary

The short of it is that there are 12 bulletins, 9 of which will prompt a restart. 3 of these are rated Critical and 9 are rated Important. All of the critical vulnerabilities involve publicly disclosed vulnerabilities, one where exploit code is readily available....More
Jan 31, 2011
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Fix for MHTML vulnerability in all versions of IE 1

Quick fix for DHTML vulnerability released....More
Jan 11, 2011
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Personal computers on the corporate network 1

What happens on your network in the event that someone plugs their own computer into one of your network wall points?...More
Dec 16, 2010
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Organizational Data and Remote Wiping Personal Phones

Mobile phones can hold gigabytes of your organization’s data. They are also shiny, desirable, easily lost or stolen....More
Dec 7, 2010
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How AD-RMS can stop your organization’s secrets ending up on Wikileaks

The extraordinary thing about the current Wikileaks news is that the documents were obtained by someone with relatively low level privileges....More
Nov 19, 2010
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System Center Opalis 6.3 Released

System Center Opalis allows you create automated workflows to integrate all aspects of System Center (and beyond)....More
Nov 15, 2010
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System Center Ops Mgr, Config Mgr and the Ribbon 1

The new versions of Ops Mgr and Config Mgr will use the Ribbon interface. This is the way of the future....More
Oct 11, 2010
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Stop Windows Checking For A Solution To The Problem

How To Stop Windows Checking For A Solution To The Problem...More
Sep 29, 2010
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Rather than a full system restore, I just booted from the backup VHD.

Boot to VHD is one of those cool Windows 7 / Windows Server 2008 R2 features that most people don’t use because it involves faffing about with BCDedit and ugly GUIDs. Did you know you could use it to boot into a backup image of your system as well?...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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