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Interesting documentary available on Hulu and Netflix right now called Zero Days. It gives a high level analysis of the Stuxnet virus which was apparently engineered to specifically target the Siemen's logic controllers used in Iran's nuclear centrifuges.
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by:noci
Also available on YouTube:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J50bUcf8gfc     [ Spanish Subtitles ]
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Ensure Business Longevity with As-A-Service
Ensure Business Longevity with As-A-Service

Using the as-a-service approach for your business model allows you to grow your revenue stream with new practice areas, without forcing you to part ways with existing clients just because they don’t fit the mold of your new service offerings.

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New Intel graphics card and integrated graphics coming in 2020

https://www.tomshardware.com/news/intel-xe-gpu-specs-features,38246.html
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2003AD upgrade to 2008r2... Anyone know of any local companies/people who I could contract out to help me accomplish this? 4DC's total and i could build the hardware and new servers... Just want piece of mind from someone who has done it before... Oh and located in Southern California... Thanks
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BIOS Flash Updates

Over the years, I've had BIOS updates totally ruin a couple of mainboards on me that I had to replace at my own expense for client machines I was working on, so I tend to shy away from flash updating any BIOS unless I see a specific need to do so to address a specific problem a machine is having.

I do the same with my own computers, so it was with a little trepidation that I decided to update the BIOS on my self-built Windows 10 machine today - necessary because of the recent security flaw that was discovered and I found it addressed.

So for those of you using this now relatively out dated mainboard that I have: Intel Corporation DH67CL - I can say that you can go ahead and use the 2018 Flash update available for it with confidence. No ill effects from my own experience.

This has been a community service announcement! :-)
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https://www.ru.nl/publish/pages/909282/advisory.pdf
Solid State Disks (SSDs) often implement hardware full-disk encryption in a way known as Self-Encrypting Drives
(SEDs). Several implementations of SEDs have been analysed by reverse engineering their firmware. Many have security vulnerabilities that allow for full recovery of the data without knowledge of any secret when you have physical access to the drive.
BitLocker, bundled with Microsoft Windows, relies exclusively on hardware full-disk encryption if the drive indicates support for it. Thus, for these drives, data protected by BitLocker is also compromised.

Sweet, isn't it? Now go check your drives... all of them.
manage-bde -status c: | findstr /i hardware && msg * You are possibly affected!

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by:McKnife
Andrew, it's batch code, not powershell code. Run it on an elevated command prompt. If you get a popup, verify your drive model. If the output is empty, you are safe to go.

[batch code can usually be run on the powershell, too, but not all batch code and the operator "&&" ("continue if last result is success") is unknown to powershell - that's why you see an error]
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by:Andrew Leniart
Andrew, it's batch code, not powershell code.
Doh! <blush>

Run it on an elevated command prompt. If you get a popup, verify your drive model. If the output is empty, you are safe to go.
Cool! I ran it on both my SSD drives and no output, so I guess I'm safe :-)

Many thanks for your help McKnife. Very much appreciated.

Andrew
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There's an interesting new feature for Surface Pro devices that helps prevent battery death:

https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/surface/2018/10/09/introducing-the-battery-limit-feature-for-surface-devices/
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by:Andrew Leniart
Great tip for Surface Pro users Brandon, thanks for sharing it.

I often leave my (now old) iPad2 plugged in 24/7 next to my bed because I use it to listen to Audio Books that I buy from Audible and think something like that would be a top idea for that too. I'm surprised that IOS and Android developers haven't thought of including a feature like that for their devices. Wonder where I could make such a suggestion? Would make the various battery saving apps available all but obsolete.
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Become a Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert

This course teaches how to install and configure Windows Server 2012 R2.  It is the first step on your path to becoming a Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert (MCSE).

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I've inherited an Apple Mac Xserve Cluster:-

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and as these are Xserve 3,1 are on the HCL for ESXi 5.5. Therefore I can legally accept the Apple EULA, and install Apple macOS Virtual Machines on them, because they have an Apple badge (Apple hardware).

Program-Manager-000664.jpgApple-Mac-VDI-Master-000665.jpg
If you do not have an Apple badge on your hardware, you are in breach of the Apple EULA. (Please do not ask me, because this cannot be discussed on Experts Exchange)
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Considering the age of those boxes, are you able to install the latest version of MacOS VM? Or do you have to run some legacy version?

I'd think High Sierra would choke at some point during the install. Or since it's installing within a VM, there is no real hardware dependency at all?
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by:Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE Fellow)
The CPU in the hosts are 2.9GHz, 8 Core, Intel® Xeon® Processor X5570. with 96GB RAM.

The benefits of virtualisation, is only the CPU in the Host are passed through to the VM, everything else is virtual, storage is based on flash array - so quick.

So as for High Sierra running the latest and greatest, with no issues, in fact, faster than some Mini Macs! (and with the added benefit, we can tweak adding more RAM and Cores to the VM) than what is available in a physical!

However, we do not have the advantage of added CPU instruction sets, after Nehalem, but most Intel instructions are supported, and we are not using encryption to take advantage of latest Intel CPU instructions.

So for servers that went end of life 7-9 years ago, not bad really...
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Andy's VMware vSphere tip#21: End of Support Life for vSphere 5.5, which includes vSphere Hypervisor ESXi 5.5 and vCenter Server 5.5.

The official VMware KB is here...

https://kb.vmware.com/s/article/51491

I've seen many posts recently, Experts jumping in and posting, ESXi 5.5 is not supported after September 2018, which is a true statement, but it does not really help the Member posting a question, as to what the issue is today they are experiencing.

also... that is not really a hard and fast rule, Support for ESXi 5.5 CAN be extended if you purchase support.

"In the event you are unable to upgrade before the End of General Support (EOGS) and are active on Support and Subscription, you have the option to purchase extended support in one year increments for up to two years beyond the EOGS date. Visit VMware Extended Support for more information."  

"Technical Guidance for vSphere 5.5 is available until September 19, 2020 primarily through the self-help portal"

e.g. all the firmware, security and critical update patches, software will still be available for download, all VMware Kbs, and VMware Communities information will still be available.

What does this mean to you and your organization ?

1. Unless you are covered by a valid support and subscription, and purchased extended support, you will not be able to make a telephone support, or email support, or online support request for vSphere 5.5.

2. If you Support and Subscription has expired - not …
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Fundamentals of JavaScript

Learn the fundamentals of the popular programming language JavaScript so that you can explore the realm of web development.

(double tips today, because too busy yesterday!)

Andy's VMware vSphere tip#15: VMware HCL - It's important to check it... it will also disclose firmware/BIOS which have been used in certifying servers for use with ESXi, and also driver versions for FC and iSCSI HBAs, and also firmware in flash cards.

Check the VMware Hardware Compatability Lists HCL here

The VMware Hardware Compatibility List is the detailed lists showing actual vendor devices that are either physically tested or are similar to the devices tested by VMware or VMware partners. Items on the list are tested with VMware products and are known to operate correctly.Devices which are not on the list may function, but will not be supported by VMware.

http://www.vmware.com/go/hcl

If you would like to discuss this post further please post a question to the VMware Topic area.
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Intel is dropping plans to patch old CPU's for the Meltdown patch.

http://www.zdnet.com/article/intel-we-now-wont-ever-patch-spectre-variant-2-flaw-in-these-chips/?bhid=23164040498209351948461508422926&ftag=TRE-03-10aaa6b

So it really is time for people to move on. New machines means better hardware security and Windows 10. It can easily be made to look and feel like Windows 7.

Time to upgrade software also to improve security.

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Hello. For 20 years I've been involved in IT as a school network manager, dealing with hardware, networks etc., but I've now taken early retirement and have been asked by my local church if I would help them with their IT. Needless to say, I said Yes, and the first thing they asked was how their website could be upgraded, improved, whatever.

I know how websites work, but I've never built one (the school had an IT teacher who was a web designer before becoming a teacher, so he could build websites while I hosted them), so I'm now diving into the deep end and would really appreciate any information about how to build websites keeping things simple.

I have Dreamweaver on my computer, but it's a commercially orientated package and I'm not ready to go that deep into website building,  so what options are there for me?

Thanks in advance for any support provided.

Phio.

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by:Phil Cowling
Thanks for this; I've heard of Wordpress but not looked at it, I guess it's about time to start!

Phil
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by:Ryan
I would recommend you try wix.com
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The US DoD recently released (via FOIA request) footage of an F18 SuperHornet tracking a UFO:
https://coi.tothestarsacademy.com/2015-go-fast-footage/

Kind of surprising this type of information doesn't create a maelstrom of headlines.

The tracking system used to capture the footage was Raytheon's Advanced Targeting Forward Looking Infrared pod: https://www.raytheon.com/capabilities/products/atflir

Interestingly, this isn't the first time UFO footage has been released:
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/12/16/us/politics/pentagon-program-ufo-harry-reid.html
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by:Alba Richi
Oh thank you for the link, it's very useful information for me.
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http://www.newsweek.com/best-buy-geek-squad-fbi-informants-834846

There are bound to be varying opinions on the legality and/or morality of Geek Squad's practice of turning over client data to the FBI; especially considering that at least one instance allegedly led to the GS employee being paid for the info. I am intrigued to hear what others think about this.
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vSphere 5.5 and vSAN 5.5 End of General Support Reminder
Dear Valued Customer,

We would like to remind you that the End of General Support (EOGS) for VMware vSphere® 5.5 and vSAN™ 5.5 is September 19, 2018.
•      To maintain your full level of Support and Subscription Services, VMware recommends upgrading to vSphere 6.5. Note that by upgrading to vSphere 6.5 you not only get all the latest capabilities of vSphere but also the latest vSAN release and capabilities.
•      vCloud Suite 5 and vSphere with Operations Management™ (vSOM) customers running vSphere 5.5 are also recommended to upgrade to vSphere 6.5.
For more information on the benefits of upgrading and how to upgrade, visit the VMware vSphere Upgrade Center. VMware has extended general support for vSphere 6.5 to a full five years from date of release, which will end on November 15, 2021.

If you require assistance upgrading to a newer version of vSphere, VMware's vSphere Upgrade Service is available. This service delivers a comprehensive guide to upgrading your virtual infrastructure including recommendations for planning and testing the upgrade, the actual upgrade itself, validation guidance, and rollback procedures. For more information, contact your VMware account team, VMware Partner, or visit VMware Professional Services.

If you are unable to upgrade from vSphere 5.5 before EOGS and are active on Support and Subscription Services, you may purchase Extended Support in one-year increments for up to two years …
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by:Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE Fellow)
buy new hardware!
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by:vibinsathyan
:) Thank you
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