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The Ten Immutable Laws Of Security: Version 2

You can’t patch these, but you can take steps to be more aware of these law’s.

 

Law #1: If a bad guy can persuade you to run his program on your computer, it’s not solely your computer anymore.

Law #2: If a bad guy can alter the operating system on your computer, it’s not your computer anymore.

Law #3: If a bad guy has unrestricted physical access to your computer, it’s not your computer anymore.

Law #4: If you allow a bad guy to run active content in your website, it’s not your website any more.

Law #5: Weak passwords trump strong security.

Law #6: A computer is only as secure as the administrator is trustworthy.

Law #7: Encrypted data is only as secure as its decryption key.

Law #8: An out-of-date anti-malware scanner is only marginally better than no scanner at all.

Law #9: Absolute anonymity isn’t practically achievable, online or offline.

Law #10: Technology is not a panacea.

 

Ref: https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/hh278941.aspx?f=255&MSPPError=-2147217396

In Place Upgrade Of Windows Server 2008 R2 Standard

If you have a need to upgrade a server running Windows Server 2008 R2 Standard to either the Enterprise, or Datacenter edition, it’s possible to do so online, without re-installing Windows. This not only a simple process, it saves you time.

Open an elevated command prompt and type DISM /Online /Get-CurrentEdition. This returns the current Windows version.

Type DISM /Online /Get-TargetEditions to list the Windows editions to which this server can be upgraded to.

Type DISM /Online /Set-Edition:ServerDataCenter /ProductKey:xxxxxx will upgrade the operating system. All that’s required to complete the upgrade is a reboot.

Done!

Ref Info:

DISM Windows Edition-Servicing Command-Line Options – https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/hh825157.aspx

KMS Client Setup Keys – Link

Hyper-V: Compact Hyper-V Virtual Hard Disk

I am attempting to do some quick cleanup on a Hyper-V host used for testing.

To do this I compacted the Hyper-V Virtual Disks.

  1. Open the Hyper-V Management console
  2. Right click on VM Guest
  3. Select Settings
  4. Select the Hard Drive for the VM Guest
  5. Click the Edit button
  6. Select Compact
  7. Click Finish

*note* you want to do this on dynamically expanding disk types

Tech Short Q&A: What is a Hypervisor?

It’s interesting that this classification isn’t new. In fact it was classified by Gerald J. Popek back in 1974 in the article “Formal Requirements for Virtualizable Third Generation Architectures”

So to answer the question:

A hypervisor is a hardware virtualization technique which allows multiple guest operating systems to run on a single host system hardware at the same time. Each guess operating system share the hardware its host. Hardware such as processor, memory as if it is its own.

Type 1 Hypervisors are known as bare-metal. These run directly on the host hardware and have full control of the hardware resources while managing guest operating systems.

Type 2 Hypervisors are hosted and run within a host operating systems environment to provide virtualization resources

Examples of Type 1 Hypervisors include: VMware ESXi, Citrix XenServer, Microsoft Hyper-V, KVM (Kernel-based Virtual Machine) on Linux.

Examples of Type 2 Hypervisors include: VMware Workstation / Player / Fusion, Sun VirtualBox, Parallels

 

I hope you enjoyed this #techshort and thanks for visiting – jermal

What is Sway

What is Sway?

That was the question I had asked this morning when I logged into my Office 365 account.

Sway is a free app from Microsoft Office. It lets you create and share interactive reports, presentations, personal stories, newsletters, vacation memories, school and work projects, and more. In this video, you’ll see an example of getting started creating your first Sway!

 

 

 

Cool, lets give it a try

Windows 10 Editions

Just like all versions of Windows previously released there are editions tailored for the needs of the few and those of the many.

Here is a little post with info from the windows blogs on the various versions of Windows 10

 

Windows 10 Home:

is the consumer-focused desktop edition. It offers a familiar and personal experience for PCs, tablets and 2-in-1s. Windows 10 Home will help people do great things, both big and small. With it, they will be more productive and have more fun thanks to a long list of new innovations: Cortana, the world’s most personal digital assistant; the new Microsoft Edge web browser; Continuum tablet mode for touch-capable devices; Windows Hello face-recognition, iris and fingerprint login; and right out of the box, a broad range of universal Windows apps like Photos, Maps, Mail, Calendar, Music and Video*.

We are also bringing the Xbox gaming experience to Windows 10, giving games and gamers access to the Xbox Live gaming community, enabling the capture and share of gameplay and giving Xbox One owners the ability to play their Xbox One games from any Windows 10 PC in their home.

Windows 10 Mobile

is designed to deliver the best user experience on smaller, mobile, touch-centric devices like smartphones and small tablets. It boasts the same, new universal Windows apps that are included in Windows 10 Home, as well as the new touch-optimized version of Office. Windows 10 Mobile offers great productivity, security and management capabilities for customers who use their personal devices at work. In addition, Windows 10 Mobile will enable some new devices to take advantage of Continuum for phone, so people can use their phone like a PC when connected to a larger screen.

Windows 10 Pro:

is a desktop edition for PCs, tablets and 2-in-1s. Building upon both the familiar and innovative features of Windows 10 Home, it has many extra features to meet the diverse needs of small businesses. Windows 10 Pro helps to effectively and efficiently manage their devices and apps, protect their sensitive business data, support remote and mobile productivity scenarios and take advantage of cloud technologies. Windows 10 Pro devices are a great choice for organizations supporting Choose Your Own Device (CYOD) programs and prosumer customers. Windows 10 Pro also lets customers take advantage of the new Windows Update for Business, which will reduce management costs, provide controls over update deployment, offer quicker access to security updates and provide access to the latest innovation from Microsoft on an ongoing basis.

Also announced earlier this year, Windows 10 is free 

Windows 10 Enterprise:

builds on Windows 10 Pro, adding advanced features designed to meet the demands of medium and large sized organizations. It provides advanced capabilities to help protect against the ever-growing range of modern security threats targeted at devices, identities, applications and sensitive company information. Windows 10 Enterprise also supports the broadest range of options for operating system deployment and comprehensive device and app management. It will be available to our Volume Licensing customers, so they can take advantage of the latest innovation and security updates on an ongoing basis. At the same time, they will be able to choose the pace at which they adopt new technology, including the option to use the new Windows Update for Business. With Windows 10, Enterprise customers will also have access to theLong Term Servicing Branch as a deployment option for their mission critical devices and environments. And as with prior versions of Windows, Active Software Assurance customers in Volume Licensing can upgrade to Windows 10 Enterprise as part of their existing Software Assurance benefits.

Windows 10 Education:

builds on Windows 10 Enterprise, and is designed to meet the needs of schools – staff, administrators, teachers and students. This edition will be available through academic Volume Licensing, and there will be paths for schools and students using Windows 10 Home and Windows 10 Pro devices to upgrade to Windows 10 Education.

Windows 10 Mobile Enterprise:

is designed to deliver the best customer experience to business customers on smartphones and small tablets. It will be available to our Volume Licensing customers. It offers the great productivity, security and mobile device management capabilities that Windows 10 Mobile provides, and adds flexible ways for businesses to manage updates. In addition, Windows 10 Mobile Enterprise will incorporate the latest security and innovation features as soon as they are available.

There will also be versions of Windows 10 Enterprise and Windows 10 Mobile Enterprise for industry devices like ATMs, retail point of sale, handheld terminals and industrial robotics and Windows 10 IoT Core for small footprint, low cost devices like gateways.

So many to choose from, oh and lets not forget

Windows 10 Enterprise LTSB:

Windows 10 Enterprise LTSB (Long Term Servicing Branch) is the same edition as Windows 10 Enterprise but will not receive any feature updates and gives companies more control over the update process.

Info Source: M$ Blogs

Windows 10 Enterprise 2015 LTSB, What’s That?

If you pondered on what is “LTSB”. Here is some “shared” info for you.

What is the Long Term Servicing Branch?

“Windows 10 uses a new approach to providing updates to users. Traditionally Microsoft would release a version of Windows and then provide updates such as security and bug fixes, but not add any major, new functionality. Every few years Microsoft would release a new version of Windows that contains updates and new features but this meant customers would always have to wait years for new functionality. With Windows 10, Microsoft is giving users greater choice in how they receive new features with the introduction of a long-term servicing branch (LTSB) and a current branch (CB) version.

The LTSB is similar to how versions are delivered today with a new one delivered every couple of years and in between each new version Microsoft will provide security updates, bug fixes and so on. Alternatively, customers can choose to use the CB method which provides security updates, bug fixes, and new features every few months.

When each LTSB is released it will converge with the currently existing CB, allowing customers to transition from CB to LTSB, in the event they decide they no longer want to receive updates so frequently. Customers using LTSB will be able to upgrade between LTSB builds and likely one additional time prior LTSB (current Windows 8.1 would count as a LTSB).”

source of info shared here

To sum this up in a short way:
The Long Term Servicing Branch versions of Windows 10 act like older versions of Windows in that you will still receive security patches and bug fixes through Windows Update but you will not receive enhancements and new feature upgrades.

Microsoft highlights new Edge features in Windows 10

Microsoft is gearing up and I am super excited. I hope some of this video will get you just as excited

Query SQL for Version, Edition and Number of CPU’s

The following will give you information about an Microsoft SQL Server instance which you may find helpful in determining the version, edition and number of cpu’s assigned to a SQL server.

In my case I am using Microsoft SQL Server 2014 Express but this will work on all  versions of Microsoft SQL Server

 

Spartan Falls to the Sword of Microsoft Edge

Agreed my post title is a bit dramatic; I am still rolling with it.

Announced in Build 2015, Microsoft Edge will be the successor to the Project known as Spartan

Microsoft Edge was made specifically for Windows 10. It will have features such as built in note taking and sharing and will also have Microsoft’s Cortana digital assistant built in.

As always the new is on its way fast via Build 2015