* Posts by MrBoring

34 posts • joined 3 Nov 2017

Microsoft ups the ante with fix-fixing patch that leaves some Windows Server 2008 machines unable to boot

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To be fare, this time if users left on auto patching, they would have received the prerequisite uodates from 2019 - Alot of these reports are coming from people who use SCCM etc for patching and think a CU update should contain everything you need.

Its all a great big balls up for sure.

The Six Million Dollar Scam: London cops probe Travelex cyber-ransacking amid reports of £m ransomware demand, wide-open VPN server holes

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I read elsewhere that they may have been on their systems for 6 months until they struck. They had amply time to really plan and counter any recovery attempt.

Xbox Series X: Gee thanks, Microsoft! Just what we wanted for Xmas 2020 – a Gateway tower PC

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Does it also work as a subwoofer?

Think your VMware snapshots are all good? Guess again if you're on Windows Server 2019

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Works ok on esxi 6.0.

VMware on AWS: Low-risk option or security blanket for those who don't like change?

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Lots of businesses don't like change, even if their IT depts are screaming for it. VMC on AWS is ideal for those scenarios.

The tech (HCX) to migrate your aging on-prem to VMC is really easy and painless.

Once Azure offers the same service globally, prices should come down.

Imagine Siri as your IT help desk. Too scary? OK, imagine PAYG on-prem IT. Oh, too much? How about everything on Kubernetes?

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Re: Ah, the joys of bleeding-edge tech

With the cost of support, you're almost renting VMware already.

Vmware on vxrail/nutanix is so integrated and complex, its beyond most most administrators ability to fix if something goes really tits up, you need support, so you might as well go the whole way and rent the kit too.

Welcome to Hollywood, Claranet-style: You've (not) got mail, or hosted sites for that matter

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My guess would be a UPS related issue.

HPE unveils Primera storage tech, vows 100% availability – anyone fancy breaking, er, putting that to the test?

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100% availability until a dodgy firmware or bad update screws it all.

You'll always need VMs says, surprise, VMware: Run on any cloud you like and get portability

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Re: "the industry is sufficiently wedded to VMware technology"

Not long and bright future. A greenfield or new business wouldn't choose VMware now. Vmware on public cloud is a stop gap for enterprises who want to go cloud for the mobility and easy management, but don't have the time or people to do a proper migration. VMC on AWS isn't a long term solution for many, it just gives them breathing space.

Two weeks after Microsoft warned of Windows RDP worms, a million internet-facing boxes still vulnerable

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I'm guessing most of these 900.000 machines are already compromised using brute force attacks which are easy on RDP. Maybe hacker Igor needs to secure his box because soon it will be taken over by hacker xiyong.

RIP Hyper-Threading? ChromeOS axes key Intel CPU feature over data-leak flaws – Microsoft, Apple suggest snub

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More iaas or ?

Just when intel have released new Xeons that have hardware mitigation against Spectre/Meltdown, there's never a good time to make hardware purchases anymore.

In some ways this makes public cloud more attractive as all this nonsense is invisible and no longer a concern.

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Do AWS/Azure use HT on their servers? I'm guessing they don't.

There's no mention of Vmware on this, I imagine exploiting a local system with HT is hard enough, but exploiting a VM that is sharing a HT logical core with 60 other VMs would make this exploit almost impossible?

Down productivity tools: Microsoft Teams takes a Monday tumble

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Re: Credibility.

More likely we'll all have short notice, public holidays as no business apps will work for the whole world.

Disk drives suck less than they did a couple of years ago. Which is nice

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These looks like all SATA drives. I'd rarey buy those for the enterprise, pay the extra for NLSAS.

Here are another 45,000 reasons to patch Windows systems against old NSA exploits

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Re: Is anyone using UPnP anyway?

The risks of users setting up their own port forwarding far outweighs the risks of having UPnP enabled,

Disk firmware can kill a whole cluster how exactly? Cisco explains

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Re: I love how a disk firmware problem requires a UCS manager update!

Its all bollocks huh, people complained of too many different fw to track and monitor, so they create one big pack. A tiny update requires patching the whole system. It's the same as the Microsoft monthly rollups, i think its over a 1TB now for Win10/Server2016.

You know that silly fear about Alexa recording everything and leaking it online? It just happened

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Alexa is welcome to listen in on my house. 90% of the conversation i filter out and it would be good to double check what my wife asked me a few hours ago.

Alexa "Dave, have you put the dish washer on yet like your wife asked you to do 2 hours ago?"

US, UK cyber cops warn Russians are rooting around in your routers

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The US and UK cyber spooks found these Russian hackers by also hacking said routers.

It's March 2018, and your Windows PC can be pwned by a web article (well, none of OURS)

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Reports on reddit of WIn2008R2 and Win7 clients losing their network adapter settings with yesterdays patch. Anyone here seeing the same thing?

123 Reg suffers deja vu: Websites restored from August 2017 backups amid storage meltdown

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Re: This is what you get...

So do you backup your business critical Office365 email/sharepoint etc, drag it all back on-prem ?

Intel gives Broadwells and Haswells their Meltdown medicine

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Re: Still no patches for...

I'm glad there's no patches for esxi. Vmware's QA has been terrible the last couple of years, there's going to be a ton of bugs going forward. I bet they don't have a massive team of engineers that deal with cpu functionality anymore as that core functionality hasn't changed for many years.

Hate to ruin your day, but... Boffins cook up fresh Meltdown, Spectre CPU design flaw exploits

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Re: Don't panic, "No exploit code has been released."

I agree with this guy. One shouldn't worry (give a shit) about things that are totally out of ones control to fix, and for 99.99% of IT professionals this issue is something none of us can fix.

Saying that, i give a shit because it means more patching, more bugs, more crashes, worse performance - more wasting time on infrastructure when we could be doing stuff that actually adds value.

Microsoft works weekends to kill Intel's shoddy Spectre patch

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Re: As you were

I guess this patch was for people who applied Intels crappy BIOS update and couldn't roll back.

MrBoring

Patch, patch and patch, that's about all anyone can recommend.

So has everyone patched all their clients and servers this Jan, or are people skipping a month and waiting to see what comes along in the Microsoft Feb'18 security rollup?

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Don't these people own any trousers?

STOP! It's dangerous to upgrade to VMware 6.5 alone. Read this

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5.5 to 6.0 was painless with the vcsa with built in PSC. Don't see the point of going from 6.0 to 6.5, that's just lots of pain without any gain. It must suck for sysadmins who have to just do as their told by managers who have no clue and just want to be on the latest version of everything.

NHS OKs offshoring patient data to cloud providers stateside

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If this saves millions and allows us to pay nurses more, buy more MRI scanners and get 7 day a week GPs, then i'm all for it. But all the cloud migration business cases I've seen have turned out to be more costly than doing whatever you're doing on-prem.

Biggest vuln bombshell in forever and storage industry still umms and errs over patches

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Most Security folks just blindly follow what their little Nessus buddy tells them.

CPU bug patch saga: Antivirus tools caught with their hands in the Windows cookie jar

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A reg key question.

Is the detection built into the patch executable (KBxxxx.exe) so does it fail to run, or is it just WIndows Update that detects it?

So if you approved the patch in WSUS or roll it out via SCCM do the clients install it anyway even if the reg flag isn't set?

Intel, Microsoft confess: Meltdown, Spectre may slow your servers

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Microsoft have said no more security updates unless you install this, so the choice of having performance or security isn't really an option (for Windows Servers)

Microsoft patches Windows to cool off Intel's Meltdown – wait, antivirus? Slow your roll

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Not just AV

It's not only AV that it breaks. Applying this update will break other applications.

We've had reports already, Numecent’s CloudPaging solution https://www.numecent.com/cloudpaging/ stops working.

With such a fundamental change to how Windows works, there will no doubt be many applications that fail and will need updating. This is why this patch needs the reg edit before it installs, as MS know this could potentially break loads of stuff.

Someone has fixed the ESX 'VM stun' problem

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I thought this issue was fixed with esxi 6.0 anyway?

To fix Intel's firmware fiasco, wait for Christmas Eve or 2018

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Isn't this exactly the same thing that happened in May?

OK, we admit it. Under the hood, the iPhone X is a feat of engineering

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But can it run Crysis?

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