When is the right time to adopt a new technology, whether an upgrade or outright new solution. Being on the cutting edge or squeezing out every bit of life from your investment both have their merits and drawbacks. Staying on your current technology Squeezing every investment dollar out of it can … [Read more...] about Should I stay or should I go…
Recently I was asked to help troubleshoot an issue that has been plaguing a team of system administrators for a period far exceeding a reasonable limit. My first question to the system administrators was “have you looked at the logs?”. Their expression told me they hadn’t. They became defensive … [Read more...] about Have you checked the logs lately?
As the old adage goes, all good things must come to an end. And so comes the end of life for another free web hosting service. The free email hosting provider mail2web announced on 19 February 2019, that on 18 March 2019 they will "permanently discontinue the free mail2web Basic Email service" … [Read more...] about Has the End of Life come for your Free Email Service?
In this article we’ll go over some of the benefits of moving to Office 365 that will interest management. Not only are there great reasons to move to Office 365 from a user standpoint, but there are great business and financial reasons to move as well. 1. No Server Hardware or Maintenance Worries … [Read more...] about Why migrate to Office 365? A view from management’s perspective
Fortune 500 and other large companies around the world spend vast amounts of money every year on Information Technology. Money is spent on hardware, software licensing, network connectivity, consulting, implementation and an assortment of other goods. As large as that number is, you still need … [Read more...] about Enterprise IT Consulting and Solutions for Small and Medium Businesses
The process of installing most applications, even in a hardened environment, is generally rather straight forward and there usually aren’t too many issues. Installing SQL Server in a cluster configuration, or any other use of a Windows Failover Cluster, is a bit harder in any environment needing to … [Read more...] about Installing a SQL Server Cluster in a Hardened Environment
When Managed Service Accounts (MSAs) were introduced in Windows Server 2008 R2, lots of us got excited. Especially those of us in security conscious environments, like the DoD, where service accounts passwords needed to be changed at least once every year. So we diligently read up on how to use them … [Read more...] about How to create Group Managed Service Accounts (gMSAs)
The way I like to deploy these is rather simple once you get the hang of it, but this method can cause some headaches and confusion the first time or two you run through it. Since many of the STIG settings are the same from one GPO to the next, there’s tons of overlap. This is one of the reasons why … [Read more...] about DISA STIG’s and SRG’s – Part III (Deploying GPO’s)