* Posts by bigfoot780

99 publicly visible posts • joined 28 May 2007


Microsoft forgot to renew the certificate for its Windows Insider subdomain


Key Manager Plus?

Can MS not just purchase Key Manager Plus from Zoho or similar?

Yes certificate renewal can be a manual job.

I suspect in Microsofts case it may be multiple levels of change control causing missing a expiry date.

Want your broadband fixed? Best write to your MP, UK's Zen Internet tells customer


Can we not put all the eggs in the openreach basket?

WFH has forced the issue of true FTTP which should have been done right the first time. But if a jobs worth doing once its worth doing many times.

Just 2020 things: Miscreants hit remote desktops 700% harder as world's IT teams try to support locked-down staff


Setting up a RD Gateway isn't that much work. Turn on MFA whilst your at it.

You know that Microsoft ZeroLogon bug you've been dragging your feet on? It's getting pwned in the wild now



So you need to monitor your DCs for events from legacy clients. But you need to do this for 30 days to catch any computer password resets. If the August patches didn't reach your DCs until late August as Microsoft like breaking things (Server 2016 and security options in secpol this month). You still need to wait to turn on enforcement mode or exclude some computers.

Microsoft confirms: We fixed Azure by turning it off and on again. PS: Office 362 is still borked


Will it be Office 360 because of all the cycling?

UK.gov to tech industry: Hands up who can help cut teachers' admin


The real solution

Increase funding. Raise support staff pay (and numbers) particaulary IT Support which is being outsourced and strectched due to budget cuts. The increase in tasks that teachers and support staff have to do thanks to the government means more people power is need not less. Theres no easy fix with technology. The level of IT confidence is quite suprising. People storing emails in "Deleted Items" or not doing email alltogether and missing out on vital information. 10 year old PCs in use to deliver lessons, IT Staff taking on more device management iPads etc but no time to proactively maintain the environment. Funding needs to be in line with inflation.

Microsoft says 'majority' of Windows 10 use will be 'streamlined S mode'



Well speaking from a security point of view. S mode makes sense. You do need a RDS farm for all the Win32 stuff. If your using Office 365 you'd hope Onedrive and office would behave the same way as in non S mode. Thinking particularly of laptops that are off site.

Bloke sues Microsoft: Give me $600m – or my copy of Windows 7 back



If you have a Apple device you are forced onto the latest version of IOS. The issue is that you had Control over the OS on your PC. The mass Windows 10 Upgrade has put an end to this. It'll be very interesting when devices become end of life in regards to the feature updates.

Lincolnshire council IT ransomware flingers asked for ... £350



Even just running with the default rules would block crypolocker. Also blocking exes on your filter.

Windows 10: Major update on the Threshold as build 10586 hits Insiders


Your files are still here

Well they won't be in onedrive if you've got a lot.

Enjoying the Spring? Microsoft has 13 ways to fix that


No word on an update to the with does update agent which hogs memory on win 7 x64.

Make up your mind: Microsoft puts a bullet in Internet Explorer after all



I don't understand why these legacy software can't work in a IE launcher. Why don't ms produce an easy launcher creator. Enter the url. It creates an MSI for the legacy application. Deploy the application. The big issue will be active x, Java etc.

BOFH: Mmm, gotta love me some fresh BYOD dog roll


Unwise but it happens

"I did think it was a little unwise – foolish even,” I say. “But then this is exactly how I felt before they got us to install Vista on people's desktops – AND Windows 8 – and we still did that. And it's exactly how I would have felt if someone had suggested that people bring their own devices in to use for work purposes."

Adobe lifts sheet on Dropbox-style doc sharing cloud


An unholy alliance

Microsoft and Adobe.

Norton Internet Security antivirus update 'borked Internet Explorer'


Really you should get the free option of uninstalling Norton and getting nod. Good testing on Norton's part though.

Microsoft exams? Tough, you say? Pffft. 5-YEAR-OLD KID passes MCP test



Believe me the language is hard for grown adults to understand. Also when the prep tests have the wrong answers it doesn't help.

EE fails to apologise for HUGE T-Mobile outage that hit Brits on Friday


Common sense

1. Don't have a single point of failure.

2. Stop overcharging.

3. Stop charging to call the support line.

4. Buy some Helpdesk software and make it possible for customers to submit a ticket. Provide SLAs.

5. Provide text updates to affected customers with a ETA.

6. Don't ignore social media. It can be a great marketing tool.

7. Don't ignore complaints.

BOFH: The current value of our IT ASSets? Minus eleventy-seven...



Oh, and the management interface only ran on Windows ME.

Ballmer leaves Microsoft board to spend more time with his b-balls


bad cop

He does remind me of bad cop from the Lego movie. Maybe he has a chair throwing driving range ?

Microsoft's NEW OS now runs on HALF of ALL desktop PCs


The first rule of v**** is you do not talk about v**** .

Mozilla axes HATED Firefox-ad-tab plan ... but will try again


Time to escape google

I suspect they want to escape google being their main contributor.

Windows 8.1, which you probably haven't upgraded to yet, Already obsolete


why in the store

Why on earth 8 to 8.1 wasn't in windows update I have no idea.

Helpdesk/Service Desk Recommendations


Kayako seems quite good.

OkCupid falls out of love with 'anti-gay' Firefox, tells people to see other browsers


An opinion

Its the guys opinion. I thought it was a post-modern/no absolutes society. Apparently it is unless you disagree with the majority. The absolute of who shouts the loudest prevails.

Microsoft's Office 2013 Service Pack 1 slips out with fixes, features


the service pack isnt dead

So wheres Windows 7 SP2?

New Flash vuln exploited (again). Adobe posts emergency fix (again)



Maybe thats what flash needs. It is possible in the registry for IE.

Skype's Twitter account, blog hacked to spread anti-Microsoft messages


Two factor authentication

Surely m$ can enable this for their blog and twitter account.

Old Apple Safaris leave IDs and passwords for scavengers to peck


no longer supported

I thought apple had ceased development of safari on windows. I thought they'd done enough damage with itunes.

Inside Steve Ballmer’s fondleslab rear-guard action


Windows 8 is going down like a bucket of cold sick

That opening line is awesome.

Sysadmin job ad: 'If you don’t mind really bad work-life balance, this is for you'


General IT

If it has a plug or battery or wires you have to deal with it.

Dodgy Kaspersky update borks THOUSANDS of NHS computers


OS deployment time

Good time to rid all those pcs on xp.

Adobe users' purloined passwords were pathetic


Its the combination an idiot has on his luggage

That is all.

Apple will FAIL in corporate land 'because IT managers hate iPads'


proxy servers

Ipads dont seem to like proxies with authentication as half the apps don't obey the proxy setting or the auth. Tgats probably why it departments loath them. You also can't use wireshark to pin point these issues as the thing is so locked down.

Microsoft founder Paul Allen's money man wants Redmond to break up


1 company that behaves like 8

If they were to split. It would be a good thing, hopefully not a vista/8 again. Though when you spend a lot of time with m$ stuff you realise the different product groups almost behave like little companies. The adk can't be bundled with sccm? Shared excel files don't work on a dfs share.

Oracle makes Halloween-eve request for sysadmin HORROR MOVIES


Isnt java a horror story?

PC addict RM finally quits its building habit, plans to axe 300 jobs


Vanilla is the way forward

The amount of school, colleges etc that are moving away from LA and/rm is quite high. I hope rm die a quick death.

FROM MY COLD, DEAD HANDS: Microsoft faces prising XP from Big Biz


cut off

XP needs to go. Its 12 years old. UAC does actually make the os more secure. The biggest problem is a) cost, win 7 licencing etc. B) support for older equipment / software. For most orgs linux is not a viable option as they need to run autocad, photoshop etc. There has to be cut off at some point.

COFFEE AND DANISH HELL: National ID system cockup forces insecure Java on Danes



Some pdfs don't work on acrobat reader 10 on hmrcs site. Its probably because the government is still on xp. Burying head in sand. Someone should make a browser just for java with a whitelist.

Redmond slips out temporary emergency fix for IE 0-day


IE can be managed

Group policy makes it very easy to manage and lock down. Firefox doesn't have a easy way of doing this. Chrome does have group policy templates though they are not as detailed as ie's.

Microsoft's VDI deals make Windows Server cheapest desktop OS


If you believe the rumors windows 365 maybe the next wacky redmond idea. Subscription OS.

Sysadmins hail Windows Server 2012 R2's killer ... clipboard?


Any chance of hyper v being able to be installed on Windows 7? No thought not. You have to use windows 8 shame.

Microsoft warns of post-April zero day hack bonanza on Windows XP


its not the os its the software.

Apart from money, its software that was badly written, poorly packaged. Or do stupid things like write to program files or worse the windows folder. 7 will run fine on a core 2 duo with 2gb of ram. If your lowest spec is lower than this the performance would be poor even on xp.

There she blows! Mid-October release date for Windows 8.1 sighted


fill in the blanks

You can't polish a _ _ _ _

Re arranging the deck chairs on the _ _ _ _ _ _ _

Vista _ . 1

Wont be deploying. Hopefully Windows 9 will have the start menu. Even if its only in the enterprise version.

Chrome, Firefox blab your passwords in a just few clicks: Shrug, wary or kill?



Disable/don't use the feature. It wont tale long for someone to find which file in chrome/firefox stores passwords. Either that or 2 factor auth everywhere.

Win XP alive and kicking despite 2014 kill switch (Don't ask about Win 8)


The April 2014 deadline

Been the case since sp3. XP is dead move on. Most of the issues are software poorly written and/or packaged. I agree win 8 is a no go. 7 seems fairly stable now. It takes a day to do a build and capture of 7 all those .net updates. I dread to think how long xp would take.

All aboard the patch wagon! Next stop: Microsoft, Adobe, Mozilla


Oh no theres one other plugin with security as useful as a chocolate teapoot

Java. Just wait for it. Java 7 u30 and Java 6 u50.

Not cool, Adobe: Give the Ninite guys a job, not the middle finger


The fact the updater in flash uses the system account is cause for concern.

Apple to end support for original iPhone: report



My original iphones wifi stopped working after a year making it a paper weight. Yeah revolutionary device there.

Microsoft finally ships Internet Explorer 10 for Windows 7


XP Holdouts

Why? Its ancient, poor 64 bit version. Can't inject drivers on deployment. Win7 is better. Can't see many ents going for ie 10. Seeing as many will be stuck on ie8 for quite a while.

Microsoft latest to 'fess up to Java-based Mac attack