Welcome to Patch Central!

In the wake of Patch Tuesday each month, when Microsoft®  releases its regular security updates, there is no shortage of blog posts about the latest fixes. Unfortunately, many of those posts are little more than a list of MS and KB numbers and a regurgitation of the security bulletin titles taken from Microsoft’s website. As […]

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Critical Patch Recall: Updates Cause Problems with Exchange and ADFS

Microsoft® released eight updates to address 23 vulnerabilities, but within hours, serious problems were emerging. The software update process is intended to make systems more secure and head off potential problems for users and admins but as with anything else that gets done in a hurry, sometimes those good intentions go awry. That’s what happened […]

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Windows® 8.1: Is it Enough to Drive Enterprise Adoption?

Some of my fellow “oldies but goodies” may remember a family sitcom from the late 1970s called “Eight is Enough.” Unfortunately for Microsoft™, that adage hasn’t proven true in regard to their latest operating system. After a wave of enthusiasm from testers and some rave reviews from pundits during the beta period, Windows 8 more […]

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Is IT too Important to Be Trusted to IT Pros?

You didn’t always have to go to medical school and get a license from the state to practice medicine. The first licensing laws in the U.S. were passed in the 1800s but then repealed in most states, and many states had never passed licensure laws by 1850. Aspiring physicians could apprentice with practicing doctors until […]

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The Endpoint Is a Moving Target

Once upon a time, when we talked about securing our networks from edge to endpoint, both ends of that route were pretty easy to define. Now not only has the perimeter blurred and blended so that it’s hard to determine where the local network begins, but the endpoint, too, has changed in nature. It’s no […]

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Take Control from the Cloud

Way back in 2007, Microsoft invited me, along with several other writers from the IT community, to attend an “IT pro townhall meeting” in Redmond. I remember sitting in a room on campus, listening to Mark Minasi and George Ou talk about how the cloud was going to completely change the IT world – except […]

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Email Archiving Doesn’t Have to be a DIY Project

The “do it yourself” craze is big, and there’s a good reason for that. You can learn a lot, save money, and ensure that things get done your way. But there’s a down side, as well.  The success (or not) of DIY depends on both the nature of the project itself and on the person(s) […]

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Networks without Borders: The New Security Paradigm

In ancient times, cities were often walled fortresses, with heavily guarded perimeters, and strangers were closely scrutinized before being allowed to pass through the gates. Likewise, in the “old days” of computer networking, there were strict lines of demarcation between the internal network and everything outside. Firewalls sat on the network edge like sentinels protecting […]

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TMI/NEK: Too Much Information, Not Enough Knowledge

“Knowledge is power” – scientia potential est in Latin – is an aphorism commonly attributed to Sir Francis Bacon. It’s true, but what we sometimes forget is that information (much less raw data) does not equal knowledge. Data consists of disorganized facts; when you sort and organize those facts, you have information. It’s only when […]

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Fax 3.0: This is Not Your Father’s Facsimile Machine

Some of my younger friends may not have ever encountered an old-fashioned fax machine, but I remember them well. There was a time when it seemed nothing short of a miracle to feed a document into it and have someone hundreds of miles away instantly receive it – or at least, a reasonable facsimile of […]

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