My Thoughts On IT…

Brian Lewis's Thoughts on all things Information Technology related

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What’s better than sitting down with a technical book? Sitting down with a Free technical book or at one you can get work to pay for. Since most of us have more in the want category than we do in the budget category, I thought you might be interested in the free eBooks that Microsoft […]

Today Microsoft announce the global availability of OneDrive. For existing SkyDrive customers, you are all set. Your files are already in the new OneDrive experience—all you have to do is head over to and log in. For those of you just hearing about the service for the first time, OneDrive gives you one place […]

Server Virtualization is a great way to enhance your disaster recovery strategy. Server Virtualization adds agility not only in managing your day to day server environment but it also adds agility in restoring your servers in case of a problem. When restoring a server to new hardware it is really nice when you can restore […]

Over the next three weeks my team will be running a blog series with a new post each day covering Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity topics. We chose the topic of Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity because this is an absolute necessity in any IT shop and we want to help give you the information […]

A new version of Processor Explorer shipped yesterday and it is better than ever at helping you find unwanted malware. The new version is Version 16.0. This version of Process Explorer introduces a new integration with, an online antivirus analysis service. When enabled, Process Explorer sends the hashes of images and files shown in […]

You may have noticed that some of the Microsoft social media accounts were compromised last week by the Syrian Electronic Army. CNET story here. Well that happened because the people who had access to those accounts used just plain old Passwords. We should all know by now that plain old passwords SUCK. I have […]

Microsoft Windows Server and Systems Center Customer Research team is looking for ITPros to participate on an IT Pro panel. As a member of the panel, you will have the opportunity to provide vision and feedback to the Cloud and Data Center Management Product team through surveys, focus groups, usability sessions, early design concept reviews, […]

Today on the Microsoft Official Blog Brad Smith, Microsoft’s General Counsel & Executive Vice President, announced Microsoft’s commitment to protect customer data from Governments and Hackers alike. If you follow computer security issues like I do then you have been alarmed by the realization that all governments are spending heavily to have access to your […]

It is shocking how much a stranger can know about you from your posts on social media. Most of us know not to post that our home is being left unguarded while we are gone on vacation. However, many still share enough information when they post where they or what they are eating that someone […]

My Windows 8 Surface machines uses BitLocker by default. That is great if you lose  your device then others can’t get  your data; however, it is not so good when you have a technical issue. Well guess what happened to my Surface today? Yep, I had an issue. I was told “You’re locked out!” It […]