How to enable 2-factor or multi-factor authentication (2FA or MFA)

27. April 2017 Technical 1
Enabling a second factor for authentication is an important (and often very easy) thing to do.  Usually this can be accomplished in just a few clicks for most websites and cloud services. It is highly recommended that you take the time to do this, especially for any accounts that are tied to online banking, financial institutions, and ...

What is Windows Hello, and how to enable it

20. April 2017 Technical 0
Windows 10 introduced a new security feature called “Hello,” which allows a computer to be unlocked via different means than a traditional username/password prompt.  The marketing around this sells it as a more “personalized” login experience–more “human” or whatever. But it’s really just extra security in disguise. Why is a PIN better than a Password? ...

How to enable BitLocker in Windows 10, with or without TPM

13. April 2017 Technical 0
BitLocker used to require an Enterprise or Ultimate copy of Windows 7. These days, it is included with Windows 10 Pro, which many people get OEM with their computer. This is great news, because it means that you will be able to fully encrypt your hard drive, making it much safer in the event of loss ...

New ransomware variant also finds & deletes backups?!

11. April 2017 Technical 0
I recently came across this forum thread on Veeam’s website, which scared the crap out of me. Coincidentally, Veeam published this article the same day. If these reports are accurate, then it means most organizations have some work to do to better secure themselves against the latest emerging rasomware / crypto-variants. It makes sense. Probably ...

Bug with Essentials Integration for Azure Site Recovery

06. April 2017 Technical 5
Awhile back, I had written a series on all the neat integrations available with Windows Server Essentials (or Essentials Experience, if installing it on top of Standard as a role).  You may have noticed that I never published an article regarding one of the most exciting features–integration with Azure Site Recovery (ASR). Azure Site Recovery is ...

Warning: Domain Renames are Not Recommended (or Supported)

06. April 2017 Technical 0
I have recently run into a couple of different scenarios wherein I’ve been asked to fix domain rename operations gone awry.  After having worked through this process extensively twice now, I thought I’d post about my experience, in case this helps anyone else avoid the same troubles. To begin, you should know that in both cases, ...