Why We Test…

It is Friday morning in Tokyo, and there is a line out the door.  If you didn't know any better you would think that they were lined up to get an autograph from the latest pop icon. However if you look at the sign on the door it does not say 'Tokyo Arena' or 'Tokyo Hilton.'... Continue Reading →

Out of Band Security Updates

If you run Windows Server this is very important.  Microsoft released today a number of out-of-band security updates for Microsoft Windows.  From what I have read, these patches (One of my servers has 14 applicable updates since 3am) will be applied to Windows clients as well as Windows Servers, but the vulnerability it protects is... Continue Reading →

Cloud-Based VDI!!! No.

I was having a conversation this week with a colleague about his plans to create a hybrid-cloud environment by moving many of his datacenter workloads onto Windows Azure. After all, it makes plenty of sense – eliminating new capital expenses and reducing ongoing operational expenses just makes sense. “And once we have tested it, we... Continue Reading →

WSUS: Watch out!

Here's a great way to waste time, network bandwidth, and storage space: download excess patches that you do not need.  For bonus points, download languages you don't support. Windows Server Update Services (WSUS) is a great solution that has come a long way since it was introduced.  However it gives a lot of us functionality that... Continue Reading →

1-2-3-4-5 BitLocker 9-8-7-6-5

I was sitting in a planning meeting with a client recently in which we were discussing ways of protecting end-user machines, especially laptops that were in and out of the office.  The previous convention relied on BIOS locks that were proprietary to the hardware manufacturer, and required the end user to either enter two passwords... Continue Reading →

Wrong Product Key? Oh No!

Here’s a tip if you need to change your product key in Windows 8.  It also works in earlier versions of Windows, but those versions have easier ways of doing it.  In Windows 8 you need to use the Windows Software Licensing Management Tool (slmgr.vbs) Open a Command Prompt with elevated privileges (from the Windows... Continue Reading →

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