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The Basics on NOT Getting Infected (Updated April 23, 2016)

Windows has design issues…I have talked about it many many times.  However it IS possible to have a malware free system.  It’s really not that hard.  You do need to change your behavior on how you operate your windows systems. 1.  Have a security audit done if you’ve never had one done. 2.  Do not use IE or Edge.  IE’s issues are well documented.  Edge is suffering from basic coding mistakes that come with a […]


Server upgrade

I needed to do this for quite some time.  I just recently upgraded from 10 gigs to 24 gigs of ram as my host was running out of ram due to the creeping doom that is modern codebase growth everywhere.  I also have quite a bit of data residing on old hard disks that are approaching 5 years of on-time.  I would rather replace them proactively with larger capacity ones now.  This is going to […]



New Client Upgrade

ETC Maryland has been working with this client for several years. The network this setup replaced was first installed in 2005 when this clients business first started. Due to ETC Maryland’s forward thinking this system was able to be literally rolled into this new facility when they moved and it served the needs of the business for a year past relocation. The projected life was 5 years abut this system served for nearly 9 years. […]


Major Security Issue For windows(ALL VERSIONS)

this is inside a component that is on nearly every Microsoft machine worldwide.  this includes all versions of xp, vista, 7 and the server versions.  There is no Windows Update yet.  Please use the fixit for me link for a hotfix.  This is a patch for this issue but it may cause issues since it’s not been fully validated.  However this problem allows remote system takeover via IE AND Office. The link to the fixit […]



Critical Windows bug could make worm meat of millions of ...

Update your machines now.  If you are running a server with rdp exposed first firewall it off the internet then use another actual secure vpn to get to that server and update.  I would then never allow rdp direct access to the net again. Microsoft has plugged a critical hole in all supported versions of Windows that allows attackers to hit high-value computers with self-replicating attacks that install malicious code with no user interaction […]


Virtualization Project Update

I got Hyper-v working finally here at my office.  I now have one box hosting 3 virtual mahcines.  VM 1 is my Astaro firewall.  VM 2 is my main AD file/print/authentication server.  VM 3 is my Astaro Command Center which aggregates status and updates from my astaro and my other client installs to me.  This allows me to monitor all of my Astaro easily in one spot without having to constantly individually touch each machine. […]



Virtualization Projects Update

I currently have two virtualization projects going.  One is to convert 3 physical server to hyper-v and one is to convert 3 physical servers to KVM.  Unfortunately p2v on a domain controller is not only not recommended, it doesn’t work well.  Also there is no supported upgrade path from server foundation to anything but standard.  I have foundation and enterprise.  So I am firing up a new enterprise vm and then will manually mount the vhd from foundation backup to grab the files.  It’ll […]


Is SBS a Good Idea?

Short Answer: No. Why do I say this?  If you are already running SBS2008 there is no compelling reason to upgrade.  SBS2011 is based upon Server 2008R2.  This version of Windows server goes out of primary support in 2014.  This means the newest SBS server software is based upon what is soon to be an outdated server platform.  Why do I say this?  Server 2008R2 goes out of primary support in June of 2013.  I’m not keen on […]



SBS 2011 System Requirements

Are unreal.  minimum is 8 gigs and they say they really want 10.  I can say that if you want to deploy the system and have room for usage without having to upgrade the ram very quickly start with 16 gigs of ram.  Hard disk space is very large.  I can tell you right now in term of storage.  SBS 2k8 barely runs well on 7200 RPM SATA in RAID1.  Do not deploy this software on anything less than 10K RPM SATA/SAS […]


New ECC Operating System Recommendations

As the software landscape changes and so does technology so does my recommendations for clients.  The biggest one right now is do you buy windows 7/server 2008 now or wait?  ECC is saying to wait unless you absolutely MUST upgrade now.  Why?  2012-2013 Windows 8, Server 2012, and Office 2012/2013 are going to be coming out.  I would not buy anything srver 2008 related right now(that includes the latest versions of SBS as they are […]