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Running WordPress? Here’s some plugins to keep you safe and secure…

I have been a longtime WordPress user.  I love the platform and how easy it makes maintaining a blog.  Not only is a great blogging platform, but its great for many other types of websites.  I have helped friends who are musicians, who own businesses and who need a simple resume site setup and get […]

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Self service IT kiosks and vending machines could improve IT support satisfaction

HP was showing off some of its new ideas for IT support at HP Discover.  The idea behind internal initiatives were to improve overall IT services to its internal customers – its employees. One of the initiatives was setting up areas in offices similar to a genius bar in an Apple store where employees could bring their system […]

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Configuring system-wide proxy for .NET web applications, including SharePoint

Several years ago, I wrote about setting proxy settings to enable the SharePoint App Store to work when running behind a web proxy and about resolving it when running HTTPS/SSL. Today, I want to revisit that solution since we found problems with it in the enterprise setting.  The solution I found originally was to configure web.config […]

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Unitrends is offering free backup virtual appliance for up to 1TB

So, I am a little late to the party, but I just found Unitrends new Free Backup offering.  Launched in May, the new backup offering is distributed as a virtual appliance and has a 1TB protected limit, but is otherwise free and clear for you to use.  This is a perfect backup for your home […]

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Upgrading the HP OneView appliance with new releases

HP announced the OneView 2.0 will be shipping soon during its HP Discover in June.  In the meantime, they’ve released version 1.20.05 which addresses several security vunleratilities, including Poodle over TLS, and a bunch of other bugfixes.  The release notes for 1.20.05 provide the full details, along with the previous 1.20 releases and their changes. […]

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Power disguised as command line – 10 reasons SysAdmins should learn PowerShell scripting

I’m a big proponent of learning PowerShell as an administrator, engineer or any other practitioner role. And I think you should learn it.  It is the path to the future. The pipeline.  I’ve written a blog post in my head many times about the PowerShell pipeline.  I think it is the single feature that makes […]

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Happy SysAdmin Day to my fellow SysAdmins!

Happy SysAdmin Day to my fellow SysAdmins! A lot has changed in the last decade and in celebration, here’s a fun comic from Solarwinds celebrating our work and how it has changed and will change in the future.  Have a great day!

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HP offers a show-and-tell of OneView 2.0 features, release date unannounced

Back in June, HP announced that OneView 2.0 would be coming soon.  There is not an exact ship date for the product, but HP did share the major new features of the new version.  From the list of features, some of the highlights are the introduction of templates to server profiles, enhanced firmware and device […]

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The Ubiquiti EdgeRouter Lite is a Swiss Army Knife for Home Lab networks

Building out the networking side of my home lab has been the most challenging part of my home lab.  I’ll be the first to confess – I’m not a networking guy – at least, that’s not a primary focus for me.  I rely on my network folks at work – but I understand enough to […]

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HP sees Composable Infrastructure as the foundation of future IT

The company that created the converged infrastructure concept with its blades is at it again.  HP announced during HP Discover plans around a concept called Composable Infrastructure.  Now, let me be the first to say, much of what makes up Composable Infrastructure today isn’t new to HP.  But, the name is new for an overarching […]

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