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It’s a beautiful summer. Mastering Azure Infrastructure (*HOT*). IT Workshop – whole lotta tools! Beaten by the Cube. Fun soccer videos. Aliens must be really dumb. Plus lots more — read it all, read it here on WServerNews!
It’s a beautiful summer and we’re away on holidays so this week’s newsletter is an abbreviated edition that focuses on tools, more tools and lots more tools. We’ll also be taking a short break from doing book reviews as we plan on reading a whole bunch of new books during our time off. And once we’re back we’ll catch up on everything that’s been happening with Windows, Windows Server, Linux, the cloud, cybersecurity and other stuff our our IT pro readers need to know about. Meanwhile there’s still lots of fun and interesting stuff in this week’s issue, so make sure you read everything—and enjoy!
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***HOT!*** Mastering Azure Infrastructure – Sept 15-16 in Köln, Germany – More info
Also be sure to check out the following event listings:
- Redmond Channel Partner’s calendar of upcoming Microsoft conferences for partners, IT pros and developers.
- TechRepublic’s 2022 tech conferences and events to add to your calendar.
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IT Workshop – whole lotta tools!
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Our TOOL OF THE WEEK is RdpGuard a host-based intrusion prevention system that can help stop brute-force attacks on Remote Desktop Protocl (RDP) and other Windows network protocols and services.
If you’re organization is considering deploying Windows 11 then check out the following helpful resources:
- Windows 11 onboarding and demo lab test kits (Windows IT Pro Blog)
- Building a Windows 11 21H2 Reference Image using Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT) (Deployment Research)
- Notes from the Lab on Windows ADK for Windows 11 22H2 (Deployment Research)
- Deploy Windows 11 Using SCCM / MEMCM (SystemCenterDudes)
- Upgrading to Windows 11 with Tanium (Out of Office Hours)
Some more HOT RESOURCES you might find useful:
- The SCCM Office 2021 Deployment Guide from SystemCenterDudes explains in detail how to deploy the click-to-run version of Office 2021 using SCCM.
- Need to remotely manage both Windows and Linux servers on-premises, at the edge or in multicloud environments including Microsoft Azure? Check out what Thomas Maurer says about Azure Arc.
- Make sure your backup strategy allows you to quickly and reliably back up and restore your data with this guidance from ADMIN Network & Security magazine.
- Learn the basics of crafting a solid disaster recovery plan from Charbel Nemnon.
- Power up your PowerShell skills with this Cheat Sheet on getting the most out of working at the PowerShell console.
Here are MORE TOOLS that our IT pro colleagues have recently recommended:
- Quest Security Explorer lets you manage access control and permissions in Windows Server environments from a unified central console.
- GFI HelpDesk is an all-in-one helpdesk solution that includes support tickets, knowledge base and chat for managing support issues and customer questions.
- Did you know you can analyze Active Directory Event logs using Amazon OpenSearch?
- Veeam Backup for Google Cloud v3 adds support for MySQL backup and recovery and includes a number of other enhancements.
- CloudLAPS Community Edition is an end-to-end local administrator password solution (LAPS) for cloud managed devices such as Azure AD joined devices.
Check out these tools from IgniteTech for supercharging your business:
- Create enterprise-grade mobile applications with @Hand to power business functions such as work order management, asset tracking and inventory control.
- Consolidate project, cost and resource management across your entire organization using EPM Live. See the big picture while monitoring progress and making informed decisions.
- Bring all your HR data together with NuView to increase effectiveness and visibility across HR, managers, employees and senior leadership.
- Prologic lets you maximize profits with customizable retail business operations.
- Smart Routines helps you drive down cost-per-employee by streamlining managerial tasks and human resources processes.
Finally here are some MISCELLANEOUS TOOLS you might find interesting or useful:
- Retype is an ultra-high-performance generator that builds a website based on simple text files.
- RoboForm is a secure password manager that is helpful for filling out forms.
- CPU-X is a free open-source tool you can use for viewing hardware specs on computers running Linux. It looks and feels similar to the CPU-Z tool for Windows.
- USBGuard can help protect PCs running Linux from rogue USB devices. This article on nixCraft explains how to use this security tool.
And finally check out this article from Data Center Knowledge: Fantastic Open Source Cybersecurity Tools and Where to Find Them
Tips and Tutorials
We’re saving this one for next week!
Our book review section will return in our August 22nd newsletter!
Factoid: Beaten by the Cube
We’ll catch up with responses to our Factoids when we’re back from holidays. In the meantime here is this week’s factoid:
Fact: Another Rubik’s Cube Robot Is Simple But Slow (Hackaday)
Question: Have any of our readers ever actually solved a Rubik’s cube? I spent hours and hours trying when it came out but finally gave up and threw it against the wall. What’s the trick? Email us your answer and we’ll include it in our next issue!
Fun videos from Flixxy
We love soccer. So will you after seeing these videos.
Amazing Soccer Artist Iya Traore – Amazing soccer artist Iya Traore performing on Georgia’s Got Talent.
Dog Scores Soccer Goal – A dog scores with a header during a neighborhood soccer game in Buenos Aires, Argentina and then celebrates like he just won the World Cup.
This Is Brazil – When it comes to soccer, Brazil is known worldwide as the land of the magicians.
Soccer Safety Video – Watch the Emirates Airline crew demonstrate a ‘safety video’ in front of 65,000 soccer fans in Lisbon, Portugal, with a twist…
The odd, the stupid and the remarkable. Good for your mental health.
Some Worms Use Their Powers for Good (The Hacker News)
[Yes just think of all the revenue cybersecurity companies have earned dealing with worm infections at their clients.]
Does Hot Water Freeze Faster Than Cold? Debate Continues Over The Mpemba Effect (Hackaday)
[I don’t know, I’ve never seen a piece of frozen hot water.]
More dogs in the neighborhood often means less crime (Phys.org)
[That’s because most burglars are cats.]
Department of Defense Renames UFO-Tracking Office (comicbook.com)
[Aliens must be really dumb because security through obscurity *never* works, right?]
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