Application Readiness – Mobile Apps Introduce Risk

Giving users unrestricted access to mobile apps without IT having a thorough understanding of all the behaviors the app performs and all the device features it uses introduces risk. Consequently, it is essential to gain an understanding of app behaviors and the mobile device features each app uses. With this insight, you can determine if the app’s use of certain features results in a behavior that presents a risk. That determination should be based on risk assessment criteria established by the enterprise. These criteria vary from one enterprise to another and from one industry to another. Defense contractors and financial…

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2015 Enterprise Application Usage and Value Survey

By Randy Littleson As your organization tackles the business challenges and takes advantage of the latest trends for buying, managing and using enterprise software, how do you stack up against the competition? Our new industry benchmarking survey could provide you with some answers. Flexera Software is conducting an anonymized survey to understand how enterprises are addressing these trends, and how software vendors are helping you meet these challenges. We would appreciate five minutes of your time to complete our brief survey. Survey results will be consolidated and reported on anonymously via an industry report, which we expect to be out…

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Azure IaaS for IT Pros Online Event (Dec 1-4)

Is it time to level up your skills using Infrastructure as a Service?  Want to learn from the best technical engineers and noted technology leaders around? Join Mark Russinovich, Corey Sanders, and members of the Azure Engineering team for a live event delivered online over four days.  Join for one session, join for them all. You’ll dive deep into technical...

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Update 1 for HPC Pack 2012 R2 is available

The installation package for HPC Pack 2012 R2 Update 1 is available for download here. The HPC Pack Image in the Azure Gallery, for both Azure Global and Azure China, is also now generally available. Together with this image, an official PowerShell script tool to deploy an HPC Pack cluster in infrastructure as a service (IaaS) VMs is now downloadable...

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Tool to change Security Scopes in ConfigMgr!

At MMS someone mentioned there was no good way to mass change scopes in an environment. You have to click on each item and edit the scope in order to change it. I’ve never been a fan of clicking that much, so I decided to make a tool to make it easy to change scopes! Just tell this tool what...

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Azure Active Directory Premium: Users and Groups

This is part of a continuing series on Azure Active Directory Premium and Microsoft’s Enterprise Mobility Suite. This post will focus on user and group management from Azure AD. First, anyone can sign up for a 90-day trial of Azure AD Premium. To do so, log in to your Azure account, select your Azure Active Directory, then select “Azure Active...

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Lost your DVD for Windows 8 or 8.1

If you bought Windows 8.1 or Windows 8, you can download and install Windows from this page using just your product key Have your product key handy. You can find it in your online order information, in the confirmation email for your purchase or on the DVD packaging. The product key is a 25-character code that looks something like this:...

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KMS Client Setup Keys

Computers that are running volume licensing editions of Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows 8, Windows Server 2012, Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Vista, and Windows Server 2008 are, by default, KMS clients with no additional configuration needed. To use the keys listed here (which are GVLKs), you must first have a KMS host running in your...

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