Going for a Masters Degree

boston-university-logoOver the past few months I have been pretty absent on my blog, most of this is caused by the fact I decided to start working on a masters degree. I put a lot of thought into what university I would attend and put together a list composed of top universities in the country that provide acceptable online degree programs for working professionals. My final pick was Boston University with their Masters of Science in Computer Information Systems focused in Security.

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Windows 10 Group Policies

If you haven’t already been testing Windows 10 in a lab environment or semi-production walled garden. Be sure to check out the group policy spreadsheets released by Microsoft. These nifty spreadsheets are useful guides to system administrators that want to review all of the new policies that come out of the box with Windows 10.  Continue reading

System Center ConfigMgr 2012 SP2/2012R2 SP1 Upgrade

Microsoft has recently released the System Center Configuration Manager 2012 Service Pack 2 and 2012 R2 Service Pack 1. These can be downloaded oddly from Microsoft’s evaluation page for System Center in a strangely and confusing manner unlike previous service packs. The updates come in two files that also confuse most folks with an awkward naming scheme, which is why so many folks have needed further clarification on their intended use.

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Building a Home Lab – Part 2 – Functionality

In a previous post “Building a Home Lab – Part 1 – Hardware” I talked about why I believe IT professionals benefit from having their own home lab environments. I also talked about the evolution of my home lab from multiple physical servers down to a single physical hypervisor. This single server would run virtual servers as needed and would no longer require expensive switches or complex network storage solutions. Continue reading

Building a Home Lab – Part 1 – Hardware

A personal goal of mine has been to try to educate myself as much as possible in all common enterprise technologies. I also believe that I am not alone when I say “building a home lab is what many IT professionals do to improve their skills and get some needed practice with common enterprise technologies”. In the past I have gone through several lab designs, but with the way technology is changing I found myself trying to virtualize as much as possible. Continue reading

Google Apps Password Sync (GAPS) Update

If you are a Google Apps customer, you may have received a barrage of emails from Google about their API change and how they will stop supporting previous versions of GADS and GAPS. So if you haven’t done so, you have a few days until April 20th, 2015 to complete this upgrade. After April 20th, Google will make their old APIs stop working causing older version of GADS and GAPS to seize functioning. Continue reading

THOUGHTS BEHIND LARGE SCALE OS UPGRADES – PART 2

XP_EndofLifeI meant to write this much sooner, but I have to say it’s been a busy past few months. In my previous post I wrote about a lot of the thoughts that crossed my mind during my discovery phase. This was a somewhat tedious process that is often forgotten through the project scoping phase and could later cause issues during the execution phase of a project.

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