My Thoughts On IT…

Brian Lewis's Thoughts on all things Information Technology related

ivnualogoIt is that time again. The weather is getting warmer and the Illinois Valley Network Users Association spring conference is approaching. The conference is being held in Utica Illinois at Grizzly Jack’s Grand Bear Resort on May 4th and 5th.

They have added a group policy hands on training this year for an added fee. For costs and availability visit their website at: http://www.ivnua.org/

I have worked with the IVNUA folks for over 10 years and they always put on a good conference. I will be there presenting as will my partner in crime Kevin Remde. I hope to see you there!

Brian

MP900433153 (Mobile)Today Microsoft is releasing 17 patches that are addressing 64 bugs. These bugs are in Windows 7, Windows Server 2008, Internet Explorer, Microsoft Office, Visual Studio GDI+ and .NET Framework.

Of these 17 patches 15 of them could allow remote code execution. Further 9 of them are classified as critical.  Start up your patching process now because you can bet hackers are reverse engineering these patches already. It is only a mater of time before they have exploit code.

More information can be found here:
http://www.microsoft.com/technet/security/Bulletin/MS11-apr.mspx

Brian

MP900433153 (Mobile)Today Microsoft is releasing 17 patches that are addressing 64 bugs. These bugs are in Windows 7, Windows Server 2008, Internet Explorer, Microsoft Office, Visual Studio GDI+ and .NET Framework.

Of these 17 patches 15 of them could allow remote code execution. Further 9 of them are classified as critical.  Start up your patching process now because you can bet hackers are reverse engineering these patches already. It is only a mater of time before they have exploit code.

More information can be found here:
http://www.microsoft.com/technet/security/Bulletin/MS11-apr.mspx

Brian

XAPdeployIt took me way to much time to find this so I am posting the answer in hopes I help someone avoid the pain I had with wrong information that claimed you need the source code for this to work.

All you need is the XAP file to load and run a Windows Phone application.

A prerequisite is to install the emulator that is bundled with the Windows Phone Developer tools. Details on how to download and install the tools are located here: http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ff402530(v=VS.92).aspx

Once your machine is setup all you need to do is run the Application Deployment Wizard. C:\Program Files\Microsoft SDKs\Windows Phone\v7.0\Tools\XAP Deployment\XapDeploy.exe

  1. Click the Start menu
  2. Click All Programs, and then click Windows Phone Developer Tools.
  3. Click the Application Deployment icon.
  4. In the Target drop-down box, select the Windows Phone 7 Emulator as the target for the XAP file.
  5. Click Browse and locate the XAP file that you want deploy.
  6. Click the Deploy button.
  7. This will start the Windows Phone emulator and you can access the program by clicking on the arrow on the top right inside the emulator. This brings you to your list of programs.

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Signup and attend early as I hear there are a limited number of some awesome giveaways for the first 250 people. Trust me if you are an IT Pro you will not be disappointed!

Microsoft is back in the US for another Springboard Series Tour!

www.springboardseriestour.com

May 2 – Toronto | May 4 – Detroit | May 6 – Chicago | May 9 – Indianapolis | May 11 – Dallas | May 13 – Columbus

The Springboard Series Tour is back! This 6 city tour brings the top product teams from Microsoft to you. We understand the questions and issues that IT pros deal with every day. How do I manage end users bringing consumer devices into the office? Should we look to the cloud for key solutions? Should I virtualize? What are the best tools to manage application compatibility and deployment? The Springboard Series Tour brings the experts and the answers.

Join us for a full day’s deep dive into the tools, solutions and options to help you do more with less. We will cover managing the flexible workspace, a first look at Windows Intune and Office 365. We’ll also show you some of the new Windows Slates and give you details around Microsoft’s strategy for Slate devices. We will preview the new tools in the MDOP 2011 suite, a deep dive into managing and deploying Office 2010 and great tips and tricks to help you deploy Windows 7 and move your users from Windows XP with speed and ease.

REGISTER NOW and save your seat for this free day of technical demos, Q&A sessions, and real-world guidance from Microsoft experts. We’ll see you on the road!

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Signup and attend early as I hear there are a limited number of some awesome giveaways for the first 250 people. Trust me if you are an IT Pro you will not be disappointed!

Microsoft is back in the US for another Springboard Series Tour!

www.springboardseriestour.com

May 2 – Toronto | May 4 – Detroit | May 6 – Chicago | May 9 – Indianapolis | May 11 – Dallas | May 13 – Columbus

The Springboard Series Tour is back! This 6 city tour brings the top product teams from Microsoft to you. We understand the questions and issues that IT pros deal with every day. How do I manage end users bringing consumer devices into the office? Should we look to the cloud for key solutions? Should I virtualize? What are the best tools to manage application compatibility and deployment? The Springboard Series Tour brings the experts and the answers.

Join us for a full day’s deep dive into the tools, solutions and options to help you do more with less. We will cover managing the flexible workspace, a first look at Windows Intune and Office 365. We’ll also show you some of the new Windows Slates and give you details around Microsoft’s strategy for Slate devices. We will preview the new tools in the MDOP 2011 suite, a deep dive into managing and deploying Office 2010 and great tips and tricks to help you deploy Windows 7 and move your users from Windows XP with speed and ease.

REGISTER NOW and save your seat for this free day of technical demos, Q&A sessions, and real-world guidance from Microsoft experts. We’ll see you on the road!

intelXeonIntel’s new Xeon E7 processor family consists of 18 processors. They are built with the new 32nm chip manufacturing process and are screaming fast.

My favorite it is the top of the line processor, the E7-8870. It has 10 cores at 2.4 Ghz with a 30mb L3 cache. All of this in 130w of power envelope. With hyper-threading enabled you have 20 threads running concurrently on a single processor. With the base ability to have up to 8 of these chips on a motherboard you get a huge machine that can concurrently run 160 threads at 2.4Ghz.

That is one heck of a fast and scalable machine. However; with a cost of $4616 per CPU I will be waiting for the price to come down a bit. At the bottom end of the list is the E7-2803. It has 6 cores running at 1.73ghz with an 18mb L3 cache and costs $774.

For more info search the web as there are tons of stories on these chips:
http://www.bing.com/search?q=+Xeon+E7

intelXeonIntel’s new Xeon E7 processor family consists of 18 processors. They are built with the new 32nm chip manufacturing process and are screaming fast.

My favorite it is the top of the line processor, the E7-8870. It has 10 cores at 2.4 Ghz with a 30mb L3 cache. All of this in 130w of power envelope. With hyper-threading enabled you have 20 threads running concurrently on a single processor. With the base ability to have up to 8 of these chips on a motherboard you get a huge machine that can concurrently run 160 threads at 2.4Ghz.

That is one heck of a fast and scalable machine. However; with a cost of $4616 per CPU I will be waiting for the price to come down a bit. At the bottom end of the list is the E7-2803. It has 6 cores running at 1.73ghz with an 18mb L3 cache and costs $774.

For more info search the web as there are tons of stories on these chips:
http://www.bing.com/search?q=+Xeon+E7

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twitter-logo-smallI just found two very cool search tools in twitter.

The first is the “Who To Follow” feature that looks at who you follow already and makes some suggestions. It worked really well for me. Give it a try at this link:
https://twitter.com/#!/who_to_follow

The other tool I found is the advanced search feature. It has many options for searching and I believe is a new feature. Search tweets here:
http://search.twitter.com/advanced

From the TechNet Flash news letter…

As an IT Pro Evangelist for Microsoft, not only do I keep up my own blog (MyThoughtsOnIT.com), but I peruse numerous other blogs to see what my tech-savvy peers are writing about. I always gravitate to one of my favorite topics, computer security. I’m less interested in security regulation and standards. My natural inquisitive nature is more interested in what happens when you do something against those standards. For example, when I was a teenager learning to drive I wanted to know what would happen if you shift the car into park while it is in motion. Does it lock the drive wheels? Does it do anything at all? Fortunately (or not) there are so many other inquisitive minds out there that there is never a shortage of fascinating ideas people come up with that "mess with the system" and oppose security standards. In case you’re wondering, on my parent’s car it made a metallic noise like a bolt slipping over a notch until the car slowed to under about 3 miles per hour, and then it locked the drive wheels and brought the car to a stop. Not the smartest thing to do, but certainly inquisitive!

I recently stumbled across a very interesting website that takes the standard practice of registration for free websites and throws it into park. The website is www.bugmenot.com. BugMeNot is a free website that stockpiles login accounts for free sites so that you don’t have to create an account to access those free services. According to the BugMeNot website, "BugMeNot.com was created as a mechanism to quickly bypass the login of web sites that require compulsory registration and/or the collection of personal/demographic information." While I don’t see huge security implications from the existence of this website, I do see it as messing with the standard system of site registration. It may not be as exciting as throwing your moving car into park, but it does spur your imagination as to what people are doing to work around the system.

I would love to hear your thoughts on this and other topics in technology today. Post a comment on my blog at MyThoughtsOnIT.com.