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  • Patch Lady – Ignite message to small and medium businesses

    Posted on September 24th, 2018 at 19:53 Susan Bradley Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Patch Lady here – remember the Soup Nazi of the old Seinfeld show?  “No soup for you?”  Well the message out of Orlando for small and medium businesses  — and perhaps even some large customers that still want an on premise mail server is “No on-premise for you”

    Exchange is … for lack of a better term… the back end of the Outlook email client many of you use.  If you’ve ever been near a Small Business Server …that’s Exchange running that email processing for you.  If you use Office 365 now, it’s Exchange running behind that on some big datacenter somewhere.  And for recent years small and medium and even large businesses had the option of going either with cloud based mail servers or setting up an on premise server with a local copy of Exchange.  Now before you ask why… I still know a fair amount of small and medium businesses that even to this day prefer their mail server due to security concerns, access concerns, and subpoena concerns (under the theory that while you can’t dodge a subpoena, you can sure have Attorneys duke it out in a Courtroom and slow down the process a bit.)  You know how that worked out for a certain… uh… yeah, let’s not get into politics shall we?

    Jetze Mellema an Exchange MVP was in an Ignite session on Exchange 2019 – the latest release of Microsoft mail server platform where some interesting factoids were announced:

    Firstly, Exchange 2019 has a minimum memory requirement of 128 gigs of memory… mind you that’s not for hard drive space …. RAM memory.

    Keep in mind that Exchange 2016’s minimum memory requirement was 8 GIG just three years ago.   Granted you never wanted to run Exchange on something that low, but the fact that Microsoft has put in place a 1500% (assuming I’ve done my math right) on paper increase in RAM is a bit unreal.  Is there a tariff on that sucker?

    The presenter in the BRK2172 session at Ignite said…. “Exchange 2019 is an enterprise platform for the largest enterprise customers. If you want end-users features, go to Exchange Online

    If you are using Office 365 now, one of the things you want to do and enable is multi factor authentication and disable mail forwarding by default.  I see too many reports of successful phishing attacks that enable silent mail forwarding where the attacker puts in a rule to forward emails and then automatically deletes them so that the phishee never realizes he’s sending outbound emails up the wazoo until it’s too late.

    But if you want an on premise mail server?  Better start saving up as you will need a beefier server for sure.

  • Horowitz: Windows Update on Win7 is not secure

    Posted on September 24th, 2018 at 17:12 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Interesting discussion from Michael Horowitz:

    When you run Windows Update on Windows 7 (I did not test other versions of Windows) it opens MANY connections to computers on the Internet over port 80. HTTP use port 80 and it is not secure. Not only can data sent with HTTP be spied on, it can also be modified in-flight. That is, what the sender sends is not necessarily what the receiver gets. Secure transmissions use HTTPS and travel over port 443.

    The title does not say it all. In addition to not being secure, Windows Update is also buggy with poor diagnostics. I’ll start there.

    He goes on to identify the leaky parts. Consider:

    When my router is blocking the IP addresses used by Cortana, Windows Update on Windows 7 fails.

    Yes, you read that correctly. Cortana.

  • My takeaway from the Ignite conference

    Posted on September 24th, 2018 at 10:44 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Satya Nadella gave the keynote speech at the Ignite conference in Orlando this morning.

    In this era of the intelligent cloud and intelligent edge, businesses in every industry are looking for a trusted partner to help them transform. We are pushing the bounds in AI, edge computing, and IoT, while providing end-to-end security to empower every organization to build its own digital capability and thrive in this new era.

    Meanwhile, back here on Planet Earth, we can’t get Windows updated properly.

    Sure wish there were some sort of intelligence — artificial, organic, human, military or otherwise — applied to the problems with creating reliable patches and getting them distributed in a credible way.

    /Rant off

  • Help us unravel the Win10 updating Gordian knot

    Posted on September 24th, 2018 at 10:20 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    For those of you running Win10 version 1709 and 1803… I’m trying to figure out under what circumstances people are getting upgraded to the latest versions, 17134.319 and 16299.697 respectively.

    It looks like “seekers” — those who manually clicked on “Check for updates” — were upgraded, but only if they “seeked” (sought?) on Thursday, and (?) they had defer quality upgrades set to 0.

    If you manually downloaded and installed the cumulative update, well, you got what you asked for. If you’re attached to an update server, your admin gets to tear their hair out. I’m interested in knowing what’s happening to everybody else.

    Computerworld Woody on Windows.