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Securing SQL Traffic using Certificates

Posted on February 11, 2015, by , under Technology.

I am deploying Microsoft Bitlocker Administration and Monitoring (MBAM) for a customer and one of the things we want to do is encrypt the traffic between the front end application server and the SQL Server. Here is what the topology looks like from TechNet.

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New Microsoft Certification Roadmap

Posted on February 4, 2015, by , under Certification.

Microsoft has announced a new roadmap for their certifications.
The full announcement can be found at Born to Learn

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The New Outlook app for IOS and Android

Posted on February 2, 2015, by , under Technology.

Microsoft announced last week a new outlook client for IOS and Android. It’s very slick and really nice. I like the way it handles multiple mail servers (Exchange, O365, Gmail, Yahoo, iCloud and Outlook) and adds support for Dropbox, Box and OneDrive for file storage. Like I say it’s really nice (graphical wise) and I’ve been playing with it on my phone.

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Installing and Updating Adobe Reader

Posted on January 20, 2015, by , under Deployment.

I am working with a customer and assisting them with their application updates. One of the applications needing updating is Adobe Acrobat Reader MUI. This version of Adobe Reader allows it to be displayed in English or French depending on what language the user is using. Reader is also one of those pain in the ass applications that nag the user to update all the time, so getting in front of this one and updating proactively is always a good way to get ahead of the bullshit calls you’ll get to the service desk. The users shouldn’t have to be asked if they want to update. We should be managing that for them and we know if we can update based on testing those patches.

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Fix a Windows Machine not getting its info from the KMS Server

Posted on June 10, 2014, by , under Deployment.

I’ve noticed over the past little bit where servers were reporting they were not genuine. We have a KMS infrastructure and machines are authenticating against it, yet we are seeing some that are not able to talk any more.

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Using PowerShell to Set Properties on a List of Groups

Posted on June 5, 2014, by , under Technology.

In a previous post on Using PowerShell to Get a List of Groups from Active Directory, I showed you how to get a list of groups and export it to a CSV file. Now that we’ve done that, I’ll show you how to use that data to feed another set of commands where you can edit the groups. If you work with Address Book Segregation or new Address Lists in Office 365, you’ll need to do this at some point so that the data populates.

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Using PowerShell to Get a List of Groups from Active Directory

Posted on May 28, 2014, by , under Technology.

I’ve been busy the past bit manipulating my QA environment to better match the production environment. One of the things I’ve needed to do was pull a list of Active Directory (AD) groups from certain Organizational Units (OUs) and put them into a CSV file where I can then use it to do things like change the email domain, descriptions, etc.

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Windows Modern Apps not Running Properly

Posted on May 2, 2014, by , under Technology.

Ever work on windows 8 or 8.1 and find the modern apps won’t start?

Yesterday I tried opening my modern apps and all I’d get is a black screen then bomb back to the start screen.

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Saving an Office 365 PowerShell Export with the Current Date in Filename

Posted on May 1, 2014, by , under Technology.

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Vulnerability CVE-2014-1776

Posted on April 29, 2014, by , under Technology.

Be aware of a security issue for Internet Explorer 6 to 11.

The full information about the bug from Microsoft can be found here. Note there is no fix for Windows XP. If you are still running it, get off it. Until a fix is released, there are mitigation strategies you can apply.

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