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Today is Patch Tuesday – July 2013: 7 Updates Correcting 18 Issues There are exploits in the wild for some of these problems. Hopefully you patch before you get your machine owned. If you run an enterprise – spend the time looking at these patches and getting your environment patched. Use your patching process if […]

Update your Windows RT device to the Windows 8.1 Preview – you won’t regret it! I updated my Surface RT to the Windows 8.1 Preview last week and I really like it! The addition of Outlook for email is my favorite upgrade with the extra 2.9 Gig of extra drive space my second favorite improvement. […]

There is a new update for Office on Mac that released two weeks ago. If you were running Windows – Windows Update would notify you and patch it for you but if you are running on a Mac you have to take care of this yourself. Sorry. This update fixes critical issues and also helps […]

Didn’t make it to TechEd this year? Don’t worry!  This month, we are releasing a new article that highlights the Best of TechEd every workday.  In today’s article I look at Windows Server 2012R2 Desired State Configuration (DSC). I actually missed the announcement of DSC at TechEd and it wasn’t until I returned home that […]

Didn’t make it to TechEd this year? Don’t worry!  This month, we are releasing a new article that highlights the Best of TechEd every workday.  In today’s article I look at Mark Russinovich’s talk on Azure Internals. Watch his session and learn about Microsoft’s data center architecture, what goes on behind the scenes when you […]

Didn’t make it to TechEd this year? Don’t worry!  This month, we are releasing a new article that highlights the Best of TechEd every workday.  In today’s article I focus on Hyper-v Replica and the Hyper-v Replica Capacity Planner tool. Hyper-v Replica is an awesome technology. I often refer to it as poor man’s geo […]

The Software industry is in the midst of a huge paradigm change. The way we buy and sell software is changing with the advent of the new mobile devices. Yes, I know it’s the app store but it is more than that. With the launch of the app stores software writers build their apps and […]

One of my passion areas in technology is computer security so when I attended one of the TechEd sessions by Andy Malone I was surprised that I had never heard of “the dark web” before. I wondered if I was the only one who hadn’t heard about this of the many people I have since […]

As technical conferences go tis was a great conference. There were a host of announcements on Monday and then sessions all week long that detailed many of the new features. For Windows Techs this means a host of new toys, errr, I mean features. Instead of writing long descriptions of the event or what they […]

Tech Ed would not be complete without a host of security and penetration testing presentations. After sitting through another excellent presentation by Hasain Alshakarti and Marcus Murray I was challenged, along with the rest of the audience, to the “Hack Me” Challenge. This challenge contains 12 levels. To complete this challenge you have to have […]