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    • in reply to: Patch Lady – I never thought Flash was a good idea #2305519
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      Looking back, I’d have to say that EMC’s choice to utilize Adobe Flash for Unisphere was never a good idea.  The Dell EMC VNXe3200 and VNXe3100 SANs are low- to middle-range SAN equipment, with enterprise features, that are managed using Unisphere, which is embedded within the system software.  Unisphere requires Adobe Flash, and thus, at the end of December 2020, we’ll no longer have a way to manage the storage that underlies our VMware cluster.  Supposedly, Dell engineering is hard at work on a replacement for Unisphere that removes the Adobe Flash requirement.  Hopefully, they’ll finish it in time, it won’t be terribly buggy, and it won’t cost an arm and a leg to obtain it.  As it is embedded within the system software, I’m not holding my breath on the “arm and a leg” part.  I suspect a 1-yr software maintenance renewal will be required, which will be thousands of dollars per SAN.  I’ve also learned that Adobe has a partner that will provide a packaged browser with an embedded copy of Adobe Flash.  The price tag for the packaged browser is $25,000 per year.  So, I wish Adobe Flash wasn’t going away.  I’d like to be able to provision storage for our virtual machines!

      in reply to: Yes, you do need to patch sooner or later #2297371
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      Thank you for providing that link.  I remember seeing that post a while back, but I could not find it when I searched early this morning.  Unfortunately, the post states “Remember as a small business you can purchase for $61(US) the first year of extended security updates for Windows 7 (Amy’s form to request more info here).  However this will not protect your Server.”  Thus, I think I’m still probably out of luck since I need ESU specifically for Windows Server 2008 R2.  I’ll check with Amy nevertheless.  Thanks.  🙂

      in reply to: Yes, you do need to patch sooner or later #2297248
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      Woody:  Do you happen to know if and where small businesses can purchase Extended Security Updates (ESU) for Windows Server 2008 R2?  It seems that ESU is only available under Enterprise Agreements or other license agreements with significant minimum quantities required.  ESU for Windows 7 is available from Cloud Solution Providers at low quantities, but what about for Windows Server 2008 R2?  Given the potential severity of this vulnerability, it seems that Microsoft needs to provide some option to small businesses to acquire ESU, so they can patch legacy domain controllers immediately.  I suspect we aren’t the only small business with few IT staff who have limited time to implement significant migrations, such as upgrading one or more Active Directory domains.  Not to mention the increase in demands on IT staff associated with work at home requirements due to the pandemic.  We need access to the patches now, to buy more time to complete the Active Directory migrations!

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      What is the proper way to bring a patch-related issue to the attention of the Patch Lady, for further investigation?  I’m thinking this issue with Outlook where it suddenly reports PST files as being damaged is caused by June 2020 security updates and may be a widespread issue.

      • This reply was modified 5 months, 1 week ago by SuperMJT.
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      Have you seen any other reports of the following issue?  It seems to have been caused by the latest Microsoft Office security updates and prevents access to Outlook within perfectly fine Mail profiles.

      https://www.bing.com/search?q=something+is+wrong+with+one+of+your+data+files

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