Windows IT Pro http://windowsitpro.com/rss.xml en Can Windows Defender Really be an Enterprise Security Solution? http://windowsitpro.com/security/can-windows-defender-really-be-enterprise-security-solution <div class="node-body article-body">Microsoft's IT department is the ultimate testing scenario when it comes to rolling out operating systems upgrades, security solutions and management software for all of their company wide computer systems. Their most recent white paper is all about implementing a standard security solution to protect those end points using Windows Defender.</div> <p><a href="http://windowsitpro.com/security/can-windows-defender-really-be-enterprise-security-solution" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://windowsitpro.com/security/can-windows-defender-really-be-enterprise-security-solution#comments Security anti-malware anti-virus IT Microsoft resource security White Paper Windows 10 Windows Defender Mon, 27 Jun 2016 10:50:00 +0000 174031 at http://windowsitpro.com Hyper-V volumes greater than 64 TB dangers http://windowsitpro.com/hyper-v/hyper-v-volumes-greater-64-tb-dangers <div class="node-body article-body">Learn why 64 TB should be considered the biggest volume you should ever use.</div> <p><a href="http://windowsitpro.com/hyper-v/hyper-v-volumes-greater-64-tb-dangers" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://windowsitpro.com/hyper-v/hyper-v-volumes-greater-64-tb-dangers#comments Hyper-V 64 TB 64 TB volumes volumes VSS VSS Sun, 26 Jun 2016 13:11:00 +0000 173551 at http://windowsitpro.com Can General Storage Accounts be converted to Blob Storage Accounts? http://windowsitpro.com/azure/can-general-storage-accounts-be-converted-blob-storage-accounts <div class="node-body article-body">Understand what is possible to switch between types of storage accounts.</div> <p><a href="http://windowsitpro.com/azure/can-general-storage-accounts-be-converted-blob-storage-accounts" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://windowsitpro.com/azure/can-general-storage-accounts-be-converted-blob-storage-accounts#comments Azure Storage Accounts Storage Accounts Sun, 26 Jun 2016 12:56:00 +0000 173531 at http://windowsitpro.com What is the Xbox turn off storage http://windowsitpro.com/xbox/what-xbox-turn-storage <div class="node-body article-body">What is the impact of the storage power option on Xbox One?</div> <p><a href="http://windowsitpro.com/xbox/what-xbox-turn-storage" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://windowsitpro.com/xbox/what-xbox-turn-storage#comments Xbox Power Power storage storage Sun, 26 Jun 2016 12:48:00 +0000 173501 at http://windowsitpro.com Security Sense: The Ethics and Legalities of Selling Stolen Data http://windowsitpro.com/troy-hunts-security-sense/security-sense-ethics-and-legalities-selling-stolen-data <div class="node-body article-body">Stolen data from breached websites is frequently sold online. It's almost always to the detriment of the victims and in turn, this should bring with it stiff penalties for the perpetrator.</div> <p><a href="http://windowsitpro.com/troy-hunts-security-sense/security-sense-ethics-and-legalities-selling-stolen-data" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://windowsitpro.com/troy-hunts-security-sense/security-sense-ethics-and-legalities-selling-stolen-data#comments Troy Hunt's Security Sense Data Breach security Security Sun, 26 Jun 2016 09:04:00 +0000 174001 at http://windowsitpro.com What is a Cool Azure Storage Account? http://windowsitpro.com/azure/what-cool-azure-storage-account <div class="node-body article-body">Learn what Azure Cool Storage Accounts are and when to use.</div> <p><a href="http://windowsitpro.com/azure/what-cool-azure-storage-account" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://windowsitpro.com/azure/what-cool-azure-storage-account#comments Azure Cool Cool storage account storage account Sat, 25 Jun 2016 12:53:00 +0000 173521 at http://windowsitpro.com What is the CAMP template in Configuration Manager? http://windowsitpro.com/configuration-manager/what-camp-template-configuration-manager <div class="node-body article-body">Understand what the CAMP template is</div> <p><a href="http://windowsitpro.com/configuration-manager/what-camp-template-configuration-manager" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://windowsitpro.com/configuration-manager/what-camp-template-configuration-manager#comments Configuration Manager CAMP CAMP Configuration Manager Configuration Manager Sat, 25 Jun 2016 12:46:00 +0000 173491 at http://windowsitpro.com How Converged Infrastructure Impacts Intelligent Storage Management http://windowsitpro.com/all-about-converged-architecture/how-converged-infrastructure-impacts-intelligent-storage-management <div class="node-body article-body">The modern data center environment has become the heart of almost any organization. Because of this, there has become a greater emphasis on creating efficiency around data center systems. This means eliminating complex distributed resource platforms in favor of optimized converged infrastructures.</div> <p><a href="http://windowsitpro.com/all-about-converged-architecture/how-converged-infrastructure-impacts-intelligent-storage-management" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://windowsitpro.com/all-about-converged-architecture/how-converged-infrastructure-impacts-intelligent-storage-management#comments All About Converged Architecture converge infrastrucure converge infrastrucure converged architecture converged architecture HPE HPE Fri, 24 Jun 2016 22:19:00 +0000 173971 at http://windowsitpro.com Value Propositions of Converged Architecture: Manageability http://windowsitpro.com/all-about-converged-architecture/value-propositions-converged-architecture-manageability <div class="node-body article-body">One of the expensive challenges of hosting any workload at significant scale is server sprawl. For example, many organizations start off with one Exchange Server. This server eventually reaches capacity, so they add another. Then perhaps another, and then an extra because they want to ensure that they have enough capacity in the event that one of the existing servers fails.</div> <p><a href="http://windowsitpro.com/all-about-converged-architecture/value-propositions-converged-architecture-manageability" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://windowsitpro.com/all-about-converged-architecture/value-propositions-converged-architecture-manageability#comments All About Converged Architecture converged architecture converged infrastructure HPE manageabiity Fri, 24 Jun 2016 22:03:00 +0000 173961 at http://windowsitpro.com Microsoft Shares Their Roadmap for Windows 10 and the Cloud http://windowsitpro.com/windows-10/microsoft-shares-their-roadmap-windows-10-and-cloud <div class="node-body article-body">This new seven part series of articles from Microsoft will help small businesses evaluate the possibility of migrating to Windows 10 and the Microsoft Cloud.</div> <p><a href="http://windowsitpro.com/windows-10/microsoft-shares-their-roadmap-windows-10-and-cloud" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://windowsitpro.com/windows-10/microsoft-shares-their-roadmap-windows-10-and-cloud#comments Cloud Windows 10 cloud Microsoft roadmap Windows 10 Fri, 24 Jun 2016 14:22:00 +0000 173871 at http://windowsitpro.com Composable Infrastructure: Breakthrough to Fast, Fluid IT Resource Pools http://windowsitpro.com/all-about-converged-architecture/composable-infrastructure-breakthrough-fast-fluid-it-resource-pools <div class="node-body article-body">You don’t have to look far to find signs that forward-thinking IT leaders are seeking ways to make infrastructure more adaptable, less rigid, less constrained by physical factors--in short, more like software. You see it in the rise of DevOps and the search for ways to automate application deployment and updates, as well as ways to accelerate development of the new breed of applications and services. You see it in the growing interest in disaggregation--the decoupling of the key components of compute into fluid pools of resources. </div> <p><a href="http://windowsitpro.com/all-about-converged-architecture/composable-infrastructure-breakthrough-fast-fluid-it-resource-pools" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://windowsitpro.com/all-about-converged-architecture/composable-infrastructure-breakthrough-fast-fluid-it-resource-pools#comments All About Converged Architecture converge infrastrucure converged architecture HPE Fri, 24 Jun 2016 11:53:00 +0000 173981 at http://windowsitpro.com Password deathwatch? Banks increasingly adopt biometrics to keep customers (more) secure http://windowsitpro.com/security/password-deathwatch-banks-increasingly-adopt-biometrics-keep-customers-more-secure <div class="field-deck"> “We believe the password is dying,” bank executive declares </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>To paraphrase Winston Churchill, passwords are the worst form of authentication, except for all the others. And now banks are increasingly convinced they&#39;ve found something not quite as bad.</p> <p>Biometrics have been popping up all over in computing lately, lead by fast fingerprint scanners on phones and Windows 10&#39;s built-in biometrics support.</p></div> <p><a href="http://windowsitpro.com/security/password-deathwatch-banks-increasingly-adopt-biometrics-keep-customers-more-secure" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://windowsitpro.com/security/password-deathwatch-banks-increasingly-adopt-biometrics-keep-customers-more-secure#comments Security Thu, 23 Jun 2016 21:43:00 +0000 173861 at http://windowsitpro.com Microsoft Azure Government Services Earns Provisional Authority to Operate http://windowsitpro.com/azure/microsoft-azure-government-services-earns-provisional-authority-operate <div class="node-body article-body">The United States federal government has granted Microsoft permission to provisionally offer their services to government agencies after they met the strict security requirements for the designation.</div> <p><a href="http://windowsitpro.com/azure/microsoft-azure-government-services-earns-provisional-authority-operate" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://windowsitpro.com/azure/microsoft-azure-government-services-earns-provisional-authority-operate#comments Azure Azure Government cloud cloud services federal government Microsoft Azure Government Provisional Authority to Operate Thu, 23 Jun 2016 18:36:00 +0000 173841 at http://windowsitpro.com Learn why striped volumes are not a good fit for GRS storage accounts http://windowsitpro.com/azure/learn-why-striped-volumes-are-not-good-fit-grs-storage-accounts <div class="node-body article-body">Understand why striped volumes are not a good fit for GRS storage accounts.</div> <p><a href="http://windowsitpro.com/azure/learn-why-striped-volumes-are-not-good-fit-grs-storage-accounts" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://windowsitpro.com/azure/learn-why-striped-volumes-are-not-good-fit-grs-storage-accounts#comments Azure GRS GRS Striped volume Striped volume Thu, 23 Jun 2016 13:05:00 +0000 173541 at http://windowsitpro.com NTFS or ReFS with Cluster Shared Volumes in Windows Server 2016 http://windowsitpro.com/windows-server-2016/ntfs-or-refs-cluster-shared-volumes-windows-server-2016 <div class="node-body article-body">Learn why NTFS is still king for Cluster Shared Volumes.</div> <p><a href="http://windowsitpro.com/windows-server-2016/ntfs-or-refs-cluster-shared-volumes-windows-server-2016" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://windowsitpro.com/windows-server-2016/ntfs-or-refs-cluster-shared-volumes-windows-server-2016#comments Windows Server 2016 csv CSV NTFS NTFS refs ReFS Thu, 23 Jun 2016 12:51:00 +0000 173511 at http://windowsitpro.com Docker everywhere: Container service comes to Windows, Mac, Azure, and AWS http://windowsitpro.com/industry/docker-everywhere-container-service-comes-windows-mac-azure-and-aws <div class="field-deck"> After DockerCon, expect the popular virtualization platform to pop up nearly everywhere </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Linux developers and admins&nbsp;have been singing the praises of Docker for a while: It&#39;s a containerization service that removes much of the headaches of OS environment tweaking, making it easier for teams to collaborate on software development, to reliably deploy software, and many other common application tasks that should be easy in theory but which can become endlessly complicated in practice.</p> <p>Now the rest of the world is getting a taste. At DockerCon, it was announced that the deployment automation tool was coming to users in all sorts of places:</p></div> <p><a href="http://windowsitpro.com/industry/docker-everywhere-container-service-comes-windows-mac-azure-and-aws" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://windowsitpro.com/industry/docker-everywhere-container-service-comes-windows-mac-azure-and-aws#comments Industry development Development Docker Docker environment Environment IT Manager virtualization virtualization Thu, 23 Jun 2016 02:21:00 +0000 173821 at http://windowsitpro.com Skype for Business Versus Its Competitors http://windowsitpro.com/skype/skype-business-versus-its-competitors <div class="node-body article-body">How do Skype for Business features stack up against their competition?</div> <p><a href="http://windowsitpro.com/skype/skype-business-versus-its-competitors" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://windowsitpro.com/skype/skype-business-versus-its-competitors#comments Skype calls discussions Google Hangouts Jabber skype Skype for Business Slack Spark teleconference video video calls WebEx Wed, 22 Jun 2016 19:50:00 +0000 173791 at http://windowsitpro.com Dropbox Adds Document Scanning, Creation Tools in Corporate Push http://windowsitpro.com/cloud/dropbox-adds-document-scanning-creation-tools-corporate-push <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Dropbox Inc. unveiled tools for scanning documents using a smartphone camera and for creating new Microsoft Office documents with the click of a button, as the file-storage company pushes into new parts of the corporate cloud-services market.</p></div> <p><a href="http://windowsitpro.com/cloud/dropbox-adds-document-scanning-creation-tools-corporate-push" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://windowsitpro.com/cloud/dropbox-adds-document-scanning-creation-tools-corporate-push#comments Cloud cloud services Cloud Services collaboration collaboration Dropbox Dropbox storage storage Wed, 22 Jun 2016 16:48:00 +0000 173761 at http://windowsitpro.com Check number of used VHDs in ARM storage account? http://windowsitpro.com/azure/check-number-used-vhds-arm-storage-account <div class="node-body article-body">A simple script to check the number of VHDs in use in a single ARM storage account.</div> <p><a href="http://windowsitpro.com/azure/check-number-used-vhds-arm-storage-account" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://windowsitpro.com/azure/check-number-used-vhds-arm-storage-account#comments Azure storage account storage account Wed, 22 Jun 2016 12:42:00 +0000 173481 at http://windowsitpro.com Get BitLocker Recovery Information from AD Using PowerShell http://windowsitpro.com/exchange-server/get-bitlocker-recovery-information-ad-using-powershell <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Many organizations are taking advantage of Microsoft&rsquo;s BitLocker drive encryption software that is built into Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008, and later versions of Windows. To ensure that encrypted drives are accessible to authorized members of organizations, Microsoft has provided the ability to back up BitLocker recovery information to Active Directory (AD). For more information about the details, see <a href="http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dd875529.aspx">Backing Up BitLocker and TPM Recovery Information to AD DS</a> in the TechNet documentation.</p></div> <p><a href="http://windowsitpro.com/exchange-server/get-bitlocker-recovery-information-ad-using-powershell" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://windowsitpro.com/exchange-server/get-bitlocker-recovery-information-ad-using-powershell#comments Exchange Server Active Directory Active Directory Audience BitLocker BitLocker PowerShell PowerShell Tue, 21 Jun 2016 23:12:00 +0000 173741 at http://windowsitpro.com Long Update Scans for Windows 7 Addressed in Latest Windows Update Client Fix http://windowsitpro.com/patch-tuesday/long-update-scans-windows-7-addressed-latest-windows-update-client-fix <div class="node-body article-body">A fix for the Windows Update client is available that attempts to solve long update scans.</div> <p><a href="http://windowsitpro.com/patch-tuesday/long-update-scans-windows-7-addressed-latest-windows-update-client-fix" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://windowsitpro.com/patch-tuesday/long-update-scans-windows-7-addressed-latest-windows-update-client-fix#comments Patch Tuesday Windows 7 Windows 7 Tue, 21 Jun 2016 18:28:00 +0000 173691 at http://windowsitpro.com Want to make big money in IT security? Here's what to focus on http://windowsitpro.com/security/want-make-big-money-it-security-heres-what-focus <div class="field-deck"> 2016 Skills and Salary Survey finds IT investing heavily in security roles, particularly with the right certification </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Compensation for IT security roles seems to rise and fall in waves, but recently businesses seem to realize that an ounce of prevention beats pounds of the pain that can come in the wake of a major intrusion.</p> <p>IT security ranked third highest in the top average paying jobs, according to the most recent Global Knowledge Skills and Salary Survey.</p> <p>On average, respondents in the security field made $104,949.</p> <p>Which certifications a security professional had appears to have a large impact on salary.</p></div> <p><a href="http://windowsitpro.com/security/want-make-big-money-it-security-heres-what-focus" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://windowsitpro.com/security/want-make-big-money-it-security-heres-what-focus#comments Security Security skills Training Tue, 21 Jun 2016 14:35:00 +0000 173681 at http://windowsitpro.com How to Pick a Vendor for the Best Return on Investment (ROI) http://windowsitpro.com/windows/how-pick-vendor-best-return-investment-roi <div class="field-deck"> Understanding Vendors vs. Solutions Partners </div> <div class="node-body article-body">n the realm of technical support to business, many folks over time become suspicious about costs and returns at their respective organizations, whether it’s customization of core business systems, the delivery of training, upgrade and maintenance of infrastructure, management of Cloud services (PaaS, SaaS, etc.), and so forth. Here's advice on how to make the right choice.</div> <p><a href="http://windowsitpro.com/windows/how-pick-vendor-best-return-investment-roi" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://windowsitpro.com/windows/how-pick-vendor-best-return-investment-roi#comments Windows SharePoint SharePoint Solution Partners Solution Partners VAR VAR Vendor Vendor Tue, 21 Jun 2016 13:54:00 +0000 173671 at http://windowsitpro.com Dell Sells Off Software Unit http://windowsitpro.com/industry/dell-sells-software-unit <div class="field-byline"> Bloomberg </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Dell Inc. agreed to sell its software unit to buyout firm Francisco Partners Management LLC and the new private equity arm of hedge fund Elliott Management Corp., streamlining the company ahead of its planned merger with EMC Corp.</p> <p>The sale of the unit, which is focused on advanced analytics, database management and data protection, will help Dell make good on its commitment to shed non-core assets as it nears completion of its $67 billion purchase of EMC. Terms weren&rsquo;t provided in the statement released Monday.</p></div> <p><a href="http://windowsitpro.com/industry/dell-sells-software-unit" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://windowsitpro.com/industry/dell-sells-software-unit#comments Industry Tue, 21 Jun 2016 13:41:00 +0000 173651 at http://windowsitpro.com Resource - Office 365 Trial Subscription Test Lab http://windowsitpro.com/office-365/resource-office-365-trial-subscription-test-lab <div class="node-body article-body">For those of you who might be exploring Office 365 as a solution for your company, the Test Lab Guide for creating and testing an Office 365 Trial Subscription might be a very handy tool.</div> <p><a href="http://windowsitpro.com/office-365/resource-office-365-trial-subscription-test-lab" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://windowsitpro.com/office-365/resource-office-365-trial-subscription-test-lab#comments Office 365 lab guide lab guide Office 365 Office 365 Subscription Subscription Test Lab Test Lab testing testing Tue, 21 Jun 2016 13:22:00 +0000 173641 at http://windowsitpro.com Hackers make $71,200 off of breaking into military websites in Pentagon's first bug bounty http://windowsitpro.com/security/hackers-make-71200-breaking-military-websites-pentagons-first-bug-bounty <div class="field-deck"> Pentagon plans to expand bug bounty program, make it permanent fixture </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Between April 18 and May 12, over 1,400 hackers set their sights on the Pentagon, finding 138 security holes ranging from Cross-Site Scripting attacks to SQL injections. The attacks were so successful, the Pentagon decided to invite the hackers back and make it a regular event.</p></div> <p><a href="http://windowsitpro.com/security/hackers-make-71200-breaking-military-websites-pentagons-first-bug-bounty" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://windowsitpro.com/security/hackers-make-71200-breaking-military-websites-pentagons-first-bug-bounty#comments Security HackerOne HackerOne Pentagon Pentagon security Security Tue, 21 Jun 2016 02:04:00 +0000 173631 at http://windowsitpro.com After seven months, Google cloud chief Diane Greene helps offering grow up http://windowsitpro.com/cloud/after-seven-months-google-cloud-chief-diane-greene-helps-offering-grow <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Seven months ago, Google hired VMWare founder Diane Greene to help grow up the company&#39;s cloud business. Since joining, she&#39;s been busy doing just that, hiring experienced sales and support, going deeper into the needs of specific industries, and generally helping the web giant get a seat at the cloud services&nbsp;table dominated by Amazon and Microsoft.</p></div> <p><a href="http://windowsitpro.com/cloud/after-seven-months-google-cloud-chief-diane-greene-helps-offering-grow" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://windowsitpro.com/cloud/after-seven-months-google-cloud-chief-diane-greene-helps-offering-grow#comments Cloud AWS AWS Azure Azure Business Decision Maker cloud cloud Diane Greene Diane Greene Google Google Mon, 20 Jun 2016 15:18:00 +0000 173581 at http://windowsitpro.com Google Testing Windows 10 Deployment and Management Virtually http://windowsitpro.com/windows-10/testing-windows-10-deployment-and-management-virtually <div class="node-body article-body">Microsoft has a virtual environment that will let you test various Windows 10 deployment and manage options scenarios as your organization looks into your own possible shift to Windows 10.</div> <p><a href="http://windowsitpro.com/windows-10/testing-windows-10-deployment-and-management-virtually" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://windowsitpro.com/windows-10/testing-windows-10-deployment-and-management-virtually#comments Windows 10 administrators admins deployment IT Admins IT Pro Lab Management testing virtual lab Windows 10 Mon, 20 Jun 2016 14:20:00 +0000 173571 at http://windowsitpro.com Delete an ARM VHD that is no longer needed? http://windowsitpro.com/azure/delete-arm-vhd-no-longer-needed <div class="node-body article-body">Learn how to delete VHDs from ARM that are no longer needed.</div> <p><a href="http://windowsitpro.com/azure/delete-arm-vhd-no-longer-needed" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://windowsitpro.com/azure/delete-arm-vhd-no-longer-needed#comments Azure ARM ARM VHD vhd Mon, 20 Jun 2016 00:57:00 +0000 172761 at http://windowsitpro.com Learn if hot add and remove is possible for Azure VMs http://windowsitpro.com/azure/learn-if-hot-add-and-remove-possible-azure-vms <div class="node-body article-body">Learn about hot add and remove for Azure IaaS VMs</div> <p><a href="http://windowsitpro.com/azure/learn-if-hot-add-and-remove-possible-azure-vms" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://windowsitpro.com/azure/learn-if-hot-add-and-remove-possible-azure-vms#comments Azure hot add hot add hot remove hot remove storage storage Sun, 19 Jun 2016 13:15:00 +0000 172831 at http://windowsitpro.com