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  • Apr 23, 2014
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    Remote Desktop for Windows Phone 8.1 available

    As someone who uses the Azure management console on my phone to spin up and spin down VMs (generally my son's Minecraft server) - I've been frustrated that I can't RDP into a server from my Lumia 1520, even though I can remote desktop from my iOS and Android devices. Well my frustration has been sated as finally a Remote Desktop app that runs on my Lumia 1520 with the Windows 8.1 Dev Preview has been made available in the App Store. You can find it here:...More
  • Apr 20, 2014
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    3 Reasons why Network Access Protection is being phased out. 3

    The announcement that NAP was being deprecated wasn’t trumpeted. Most people who knew the technology only found out that it was going away when they studied the features removed or deprecated in Windows Server 2012 R2 in some detail. Even then NAP’s inclusion on this list was a surprise. Most of the other features marked as deprecated or removed were fairly old and often a bit arcane. NAP isn’t really either....More
  • Apr 18, 2014
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    Four Terrible Service Account Management Habits

    When it comes to bad habits of server administrators, one of the worst is what goes on with service accounts. Here are four bad habits that I’ve noticed server administrators regularly indulge in when it comes to the configuration and management of service accounts: Bad Habit One: Setting up service accounts with passwords that don’t expire....More
  • Apr 16, 2014
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    The increasing need for two factor authentication

    One of the many takeaways from the Heartbleed bug is that username/password combinations are only as secure as the servers they are stored on. A mate of mine, Troy Hunt, runs a site called Have I been Pwned.  Right now he has records of over 161 million accounts where the e-mail address/password combination has been stored in an account database that has been compromised and uploaded to somewhere on the internet. To find out if one of your accounts may have been compromised, you type in your e-mail address....More
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