General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), General Definitions

Personal Data: Broadly defined as any data element(s) that can directly or indirectly identify an individual. Examples include: name, e-mail address, government identifiers (such as a passport or Social Security Number/Social Insurance Number), credit card information, and biometric data (such as fingerprints). It can also include any records associated with or linked to such personal information, such as medical diagnoses, purchase histories, browser cookies, etc. Please note: we are also concerned with data that falls into a more “sensitive” subcategory which requires a higher standard of protection and legal justification to process. These sensitive data elements, which are defined in some laws, include: religious beliefs, political opinions, race, ethnicity, union membership, sexual life, any health-related information including biometric or genetic data, information about criminal/civil offenses, financial information (such as credit card numbers), geo-location information, and any other data which would present a potential risk to security or personal safety if that information was misused.

Third Party: Third party, in relation to Personal Data, means any person other than the individual described by the data (the “Data Subject”), or the Company. For purposes of this survey, Third Parties will usually include vendors, service providers, or any other entity involved in gathering, processing, or storing the data in question, affiliates, and any entity not under your Company’s legal structure. When in doubt, please provide the name of any other entity involved and we can confirm with the legal department the precise status of the business/organizational relationship.

Anonymization/Pseudonymization: Process by which Personal Data is irreversibly altered in such a way that it cannot longer be identified directly or indirectly, or assigned an identifier that is disconnected from the data subject’s identity (such as a random code number)

Biometric Data: A category of Personal Data resulting from specific technical processing relating to the physical, physiological or behavioral characteristics of a natural person, which allow or confirm the unique identification of that natural person, such as facial images or fingerprint data

Health Data: A category of Personal Data related to the physical or mental health of a natural person, including the provision of health care services, which reveal information about his or her health status

Genetic Data: A category of Personal Data relating to the inherited or acquired genetic characteristics of a natural person which give unique information about the physiology or the health of that natural person and which result, in particular, from an analysis of a biological sample from the natural person in question, e.g., DNA reports

Processing: For purposes of this survey, “processing” of data includes any operation or set of operations which is performed on any Personal Data, whether or not by automated means; this can include collection, recording, organization, structuring, storage, adaptation or alteration, retrieval, consultation, use, disclosure by transmission, dissemination or otherwise making available, alignment or combination, restriction, erasure or destruction

Profiling: Any form of automated processing in which Personal Data may be used to evaluate certain personal attributes or behavioral aspects relating to a natural person, in particular to analyze or predict aspects concerning that natural person’s performance at work, economic situation (including creditworthiness), health or lifestyle choices, personal preferences, interests, assessments of personal character or reliability, behavior, location or movements

Hyper-V, and Automatic Virtual Machine Activation in Windows Server 2016

Windows Server 2012 R2 introduced a feature called “Automatic Virtual Machine Activation” (AVMA), and now in Windows Server 2016, this feature has been carried forward. This feature was primarily designed for Web Hosters but found usefulness in internal Hyper-V server for testing lab machines.

What is Automatic Virtual Machine Activation (AVMA)?

Automatic Virtual Machine Activation is a feature that handles the activation process for an instance of Windows Server inside a Hyper-V virtual machine so it does not need to directly contact any other system to activate the Windows Server instance.

AVMA is engineered to digitally facilitate the guest virtualization rights allowance of the Windows Server Datacenter license. If the physical host is properly licensed to run Windows Server Datacenter, then any number of virtual instances running the same or a lower edition and the same or earlier version of Windows Server is included.

Requirements for Automatic Virtual Machine Activation?

You must have a Datacenter Edition of Windows Server 2012 R2 or Windows 2016 installed as the management operating system with the Hyper-V role enabled. AVMA is a feature of the operating system, not Hyper-V itself.

How to Configure a Virtual Machine for AVMA?

When prompted for a license key, you simply give it the key that matches the operating system of the virtual machine.

Guest Operating System’s and Keys

Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials
K2XGM-NMBT3-2R6Q8-WF2FK-P36R2

Windows Server 2012 R2 Standard
DBGBW-NPF86-BJVTX-K3WKJ-MTB6V

Windows Server 2012 R2 Datacenter
Y4TGP-NPTV9-HTC2H-7MGQ3-DV4TW

Windows Server 2016 Essentials
B4YNW-62DX9-W8V6M-82649-MHBKQ

Windows Server 2016 Standard
C3RCX-M6NRP-6CXC9-TW2F2-4RHYD

Windows Server 2016 Datacenter
TMJ3Y-NTRTM-FJYXT-T22BY-CWG3J

These keys will be accepted by any operating system but if AVMA is not detected they will move into an unlicensed mode.

Ref: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/previous-versions/windows/it-pro/windows-server-2012-R2-and-2012/dn303421(v=ws.11)

 

There is no Internet connection, and what my son taught me

This weekend we had a few internet connection issues at home.  As the in-house IT guy, I had a natural obligation to fix the issue right away. After all, my wife, son and his two sisters needed their connections restored.

I worked to diagnose the issue and later resolve it.

It was about 30 minutes after the network was restored I noticed that my son was on his laptop and chrome was on a page that looked like what one would expect if the network connection was lost.  This wasn’t the case.  In fact, this was intentional, he had discovered a game of sorts in the chrome browser.  This game involves a T-Rex that is running across the screen where you the player jump over objects, later ducking under objects also.

To activate the game:  Just press the space-bar or the up arrow key and the game begins. I like to give a big thanks to my son for teaching me something very interesting and fun.

 

So what was it that my son taught me?

It wasn’t the game specifically but more so how a non-ideal situation can allow for the possibility to be innovative and make the best of what you have and to always have a little fun.

Thanks, AJ, Love Dad

 

Help me raise life-saving donations w/ American Heart Association

Hello Friends, there is 24 hours on the clock and my son has surpassed his original goal with help from others.

I am asking those of you who haven’t had a chance to donate to pitch in on this noteworthy cause.
Because together we can make a difference.

AJ has done an excellent job in spreading awareness and I am proud of his diligence and drive to continue past his goal.
Here is a little YouTube video we recorded earlier this month: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QVxKLn5tvOI

We’ve come a long way from when we started and with your support, I believe we can go further.

Donation Link: http://www2.heart.org/site/TR?fr_id=3173&pg=personal&px=9750473

Thanks,

Jermal

 

Orginal Post: http://jermsmit.com/saving-lives-american-heart-association-please-donate/

 

 

Tech News: VMware PowerCLI 10.0.0! Released

VMware just released PowerCLI 10.0.0. and before you ask; I thought they were just on version 6?  I wondered the same and here is the answer: The decision to move to version ten was a marketing choice as the PowerCLI project recently celebrated its 10th birthday.

Let’s get into the how to install or update to the latest

Requirments:

The only pre-requisite is to have PowerShell Core 6.0 installed. This adds support for Mac OS and Linux.

Installation Steps:

  1. Get yourself to a powershell prompt with administrative privileges
    In my case, I am on Windows 10 and prefer to use PowerShellISE
  2. Enter the following: Install-Module -Name VMware.PowerCLI -Scope CurrentUser
    This will initiate the install of the latest PowerCLI modules.

    If you receive a warning, use the -Force comamnd:

    “WARNING: Version ‘6.5.1.5377412’ of module ‘VMware.PowerCLI’ is already installed at ‘C:\Users\sysadmin\Documents\WindowsPowerShell\Modules\VMware.PowerCLI\6.5.1.5377412’. To install version ‘10.0.0.7895300’, run Install-Module and add the -Force parameter, this command will install version ‘10.0.0.7895300’ in side-by-side with version ‘6.5.1.5377412’.”

  3. Next enter: Set-PowerCLIConfiguration -InvalidCertificateAction Ignore

    This version of PowerCLI changes the way certificates are handled when connecting to a vCenter server or ESXi host with the Connect-VIServer cmdlet. If your connection endpoint is using an invalid certificate (self-signed or otherwise), PowerCLI would previously return back a warning. The handling has been updated to be more secure and now return back an error.If you are using an invalid certificate, you can correct the error with the ‘Set-PowerCLIConfiguration’ cmdlet. The parameter needing to be configured is ‘InvalidCertificateAction’ and the available settings are Fail, Warn, Ignore, Prompt, and Unset.

For more info ref: https://blogs.vmware.com/PowerCLI