Thursday, August 18, 2016

Ransomware and what you can do about it

A group of friends who are Microsoft MVP create a group of tools to protect from ransomware, this is done vie a combination of documents, policies, recovery keys, and instruction sets for other tools native to Windows Server and Desktop OS’s. We also include suggestions of how you can modernize your network configuration best practices a build a great solution for your clients. What really nice about this solution is the cost. The Solution is donation based!!
The link for more information is here

Remember training user on opening email and links are part of the process in reducing risk of Ransomware, and good security practices.

Microsoft PowerShell can and now does run on LINUX !

Microsoft announced today that PowerShell is open sourced and available on Linux. PowerShell is a task-based command-line shell and scripting language built on the .NET Framework to help IT professionals control and automate the administration of the Windows, and now Linux, operating systems and the applications that run on them Linux as well as Windows. This new thinking empowered the .NET team to port .NET Core to Linux and that in turn, enabled PowerShell to port to Linux as well. PowerShell on Linux is now designed to enable customers to use the same tools, and the same people, to manage everything from anywhere. It is initially available on Ubuntu, Centos, as well as Red Hat, and also runs on Mac OS X. More platforms will be added in the future. You can download Alpha builds and check out the source code from GitHub.

Now, users across Windows and Linux, current and new PowerShell users, even application developers can experience a rich interactive scripting language as well as a heterogeneous automation and configuration management that works well with your existing tools. Your PowerShell skills are now even more marketable, and your Windows and Linux teams, who may have had to work separately, can now work together more easily.

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Boy are the bad guys getting sneeky with scareware

Lock at this BOGUS screen
What cool about this is how they added the location and the IP address into the scareware screen...

This is NOT real, but how many people would fall for this.  If you are  a home user running windows 10 here a go trick to know click on the windows key and type support one of the FREE options is help from Microsoft ..... If you at work you should contact your Help desk.

Remember Microsoft does not call customers and tell you that have problems with your computer.
If you get that call hang up !

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Those who know me hear me talk about baseline all the time

I found a great article on Security Baselines for Windows

Every organization faces security threats. However, the types of security threats that are of most concern to one organization can be completely different from another organization. For example, an e-commerce company may focus on protecting their Internet-facing web apps, while a hospital may focus on protecting confidential patient information. The one thing that all organizations have in common is a need to keep their apps and devices secure. These devices must be compliant with the security standards (or security baselines) defined by the organization.

Security Baselines

A security baseline is a collection of settings that have a security impact and include Microsoft’s recommended value for configuring those settings along with guidance on the security impact of those settings. These settings are based on feedback from Microsoft security engineering teams, product groups, partners, and customers.

Where can I get the security baselines?

Here's a list of security baselines that are currently available.
Note: If you want to know what has changed with each security baseline, or if you want to stay up-to-date on what’s happening with them, check out the Microsoft Security Guidance blog.

Windows 10 security baselines

Windows Server security baselines

To read the full article please go Here

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Another MVA free course this time about PowerShell Version 5

Would you like to learn about the latest and greatest features that Microsoft has built into PowerShell Version 5? Be sure to check out this course, and get the details that can enable you to begin using these features immediately.

Explore the new features in PowerShell, including changes in security, scripting, debugging, and administration role management, along with the PowerShell Gallery, ScriptAnalyzer, and DSC. Plus, learn to install modules, implement the Wait Debugger, look at Just Enough Administration, and much more.

1 | Introduction to PowerShell v5

Get an overview of the new features in PowerShell v5.
2 | Package Management

Learn what's new with package management in PowerShell v5

3 | PowerShell v5 Security

Get the details on what's new with security in PowerShell v5.

4 | PowerShell v5 Debugging

Take a look at what's new with debugging in PowerShell v5.
5 | PowerShell Classes

Learn about classes in PowerShell v5.
6 | Just Enough Administration

Hear about the new Just Enough Administration feature in PowerShell v5.
7 | Desired State Configuration

Find out what's new with DSC in PowerShell v5.
  Learn about features in PowerShell.
  • Explore DSC.
  • See new ISE improvements.
  • Explore the PowerShell Gallery.
  • See and use PowerShellGet.
  • Take a look at PowerShell ScriptAnalyzer.
  • Install modules.
  • Explore system-wide transcripts.
  • Explore script block logging.
  • Implement the Wait Debugger.
  • Find out about Just Enough Administration.
  • Explore DSC resources.
  • Review debugging and DSC.

To take this course Click HERE

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Another Free MVA course this time on Windows 2016 Server

Corey Hynes and Ward Ralston teach this course about the features and functionality that have been added to this new version of Windows Server, along with those that were modified from previous versions.

See demonstrations and get high-level overviews, from a practical and a conceptual standpoint. Take a look at what's new in Windows Server 2016 Hyper-V and software-defined networking, learn about the latest in software-defined storage, and hear about security features, including Credential Guard. Plus, explore containers and Nano Server, along with implementation and management.

1 | Instructor Introductions and Prep
Meet your instructors, and learn what you should know as you come to this course.
2 | Introduction to Windows Server 2016
Get a high-level overview of what's new in Windows Server 2016, from a conceptual standpoint.
3 | The Software-Defined Datacenter – Part 1
Take a look at what's new in Windows Server 2016 Hyper-V and software-defined networking.
4 | The Software-Defined Datacenter – Part 2
Get a high-level overview of what's new in Windows Server 2016 storage, including software-defined storage.
Go here to take the course

Friday, June 10, 2016

Free Class on Power Tools for Windows 10

Another MVA class  Dive into Windows 10 with award-winning journalist and Windows Expert Ed Bott, along with Microsoft Technical Evangelist Jennelle Crothers, in this course covering tips, shortcuts, and top utilities for Windows 10.
Every IT Pro knows from firsthand experience that the sheer volume of Windows programs and accessories says a lot about its power and complexity. In these seven modules, get advice and hands-on training on Windows 10 tools that can help you work faster and smarter, including File Explorer, Event Viewer, Task Manager, and more. Plus, review tools for all skill levels, from end users to experts and professionals.  

1 | Power Tools for Windows 10

Learn how to use the search box and the Quick Links menu to find what you're looking for and access key utilities.

2 | File Explorer

Get the most of out the File Explorer, and learn the ins and outs of libraries and how to search for files like a pro.

3 | Registry Editor

Learn how the registry works and how to carefully make changes to get your system to work the way you want it to.

4 | Event Viewer and Task Manager

Learn how to get the most from the Event Viewer and the Task Manager so you can identify potential problems and wrangle misbehaving apps.

5 | Disk Management

Learn how to create and manage disk partitions, protect your files with BitLocker, and optimize your drives.

6 | Sysinternals Suite and DaRT

Use the Sysinternals Suite and the Diagnostic and Recovery Toolset (DaRT) to get even more detailed information on the tasks and processes running on your system.

7 | Hyper-V and Microsoft Azure

Learn how to create, use, and manage virtual machines both on your machine and in Microsoft Azure.

To view the course click Here