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Wanted – Alienware Alpha

Alienware alpha i5 steam machine upgraded to windows 10 and replaced slow hard drive with a 256mb ssd

it has i5 processor and 8gb ram

unused steam controller

and Microsoft Xbox controller for windows

selling as I don’t use it I thought I’d get into steam but I’ve only played tomb raider and use it for kodi

bought from Amazon in February

350 inc delivery

For Sale – Cheap tablet Linx 10″ windows

Linx 10 inch windows tablet
Excellent condition
1gb ram plus memory card
Boxed with charger

Thanks

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Location: North East
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Updates to Sysinternals tools benefit server admins

Some Windows Server admins who grapple with security issues or access control might not know that they have a comprehensive…

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set of free tools just a mouse click away.

The Sysinternals tools — a collection of more than 70 utilities for diagnostic, troubleshooting and monitoring purposes from Microsoft — have been around since 1996.

Mark Russinovich, CTO of Microsoft Azure, still has a hand in updating the tools he produced more than two decades ago to ensure they work with the latest Windows OSes and to add new features and capabilities, such as enhanced malware detection.

This year saw quite a few updates to the Sysinternals tools collection. Here’s a rundown of what additional functionality was added that could help untangle a few issues in your data center.

ProcDump

ProcDump, currently at version 9.0, checks running applications for CPU spikes and, if found, provides a dump to help the administrator determine the origin of the spike. As a secondary feature, ProcDump also generates crash dump data for hung applications.

Microsoft’s recent improvements to ProcDump should benefit Windows Server admins who need to troubleshoot application performance on a server. The most significant change is ProcDump now features triggers to start the dump process. ProcDump is a command-line utility, and prior to the current release, the administrator ran ProcDump on an as-needed basis. Starting with version 9.0, ProcDump can be set up to watch for a problematic condition, such as a stuck application, and perform a dump automatically. This helps collect relevant data when problems occur, as opposed to gathering data minutes or even hours after an issue happens.

Sysmon

The Sysmon (System Monitor) tool runs in the background to check and record system activity to the Windows event log. Sysmon is normally used to detect malware, but it also assists with other types of security incident management.

While the Windows OS also logs system activity, Sysmon gathers even more detail. Sysmon collects very granular information about network connections, process creations and any changes that are made to a file’s creation time.

Microsoft put in quite a bit of work on Sysmon in 2017. Version 6.0, released in February, added the option to show event schema and monitor itself for configuration changes. This version also introduced support for named pipes and a feature to display registry entries in its native format.

A few months after it released Sysmon 6.0, Microsoft put out version 6.1 in September to correct several bugs and add support for monitoring Windows Management Instrumentation event filters and event consumers for enhanced malware detection capabilities. Microsoft also added an autostart option to the tool.

Version 6.2, released in November, lets the user alter the names of the Sysmon service and driver to avoid detection from malware.

Autoruns

Windows servers have a tendency to evolve over time. As OS and application updates take place, they can leave behind remnants of the previous version. Although Autoruns is not designed to check systems for OS or application leftovers, it detects anything configured to run automatically when the system boots. In essence, Autoruns reveals anything from legitimate system processes to processes that are still running but are no longer needed. Admins can also use Autoruns to detect malware.

In September 2017, Microsoft published version 13.80 of Autoruns. While it was largely a bug fix release, Microsoft did add a few new capabilities. For example, the latest version of Autoruns performs asynchronous file saves and displays names for drivers and services.

AccessChk

The AccessChk command-line tool validates the level of access users or groups have to specific network resources.

Windows Server has multiple ways to approve access to a particular resource; sometimes, a user gets excessive, cumulative or even contradictory permissions as a result. AccessChk tests access permissions through its examination of files, folders, registry keys and Windows services.

In February 2017, Microsoft updated AccessChk to report on process trust access control and token security attributes. Microsoft further tweaked the utility in September 2017 with a cache for improved handling of multiple object enumeration.

Sysinternals Live

One of the more recent additions to the utilities lineup is Sysinternals Live, which offers web-based versions of some of the Sysinternals tools. The advantage to Sysinternals Live is it provides the most current version of the tools directly from Microsoft without the need to download or install the utilities.

For Sale – DELL VENUE 10 Pro 5055 Intel Quad Core 1.83Ghz 2GB 64GB Win 10 pro Tablet PC

Dell Venue Pro with genuine Windows 10 pro digital license. Unit is in excellent condition, screen is unmarked. No box but it will be sent securely. I will also include a usb to lan adapter for wired network use.

Specs as follows:
Processor Intel Atom Z3735F Quad
Graphics adapter Intel HD Graphics (Bay Trail), Core: 620 MHz, Intel Valleyview SoC, 10.18.10.3993
Memory 2048 MB
Display 10.1 inch 16:10, 1920×1200 pixel, 10 Finger plus digitizer, AU Optronics AU017D8, IPS, glossy: yes
Storage Hynix HCG8E 64 GB
Win 10 Pro

You will recieve:
1x tablet
1x charger and usb lead
1x usb to rj45 network adapter

Price and currency: £85
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Payment method: bacs, ppg
Location: Durham
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For Sale – Windows 8 Pro update edition retail new

Hi.

I have a unused, sealed Windows 8 Pro retail upgrade edition OS. Contains 32 & 64bit versions in DVD.

PayPal or BT, will be sent via royal mail 1st class recorded.

Can be used as standalone, workaround here – https://lifehacker.com/5984278/how-to-do-a-clean-install-of-windows-8-with-an-upgrade-disc

Price and currency: £30
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For Sale – HP Pavilion dv6-2112sa Laptop PC

HP Pavilion dv6-2112sa Laptop PC (15.6-inch LED Display, Windows 10, AMD Turion II M520 Processor, 4GB, 320GB HDD, ATI Radeon HD 4200 Graphics.

Very lightly used laptop, the battery life is not what it was, works perfectly when plugged in.

Price and currency:85
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Location: London
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Windows administrators contend with call to the cloud

As Microsoft pushes its cloud through a variety of avenues, Windows administrators find themselves grappling with more down-to-earth problems.

Many companies and their worn-down IT staffs, tethered by increasing costs and workloads associated with legacy equipment, might not be able to resist the call of the cloud much longer. As Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella beckons organizations with talk of digital transformation powered by the company’s Azure platform, it must be tempting for some admins, who can imagine the day they can pitch their servers — and their corresponding maintenance headaches — into the dumpster.

PowerShell, the script-based automation tool into which Microsoft has poured significant resources the last several years, can alleviate some of the pain associated with these maintenance tasks. As organizations’ infrastructures continue to expand and pull in different operating systems, namely Linux, Microsoft touts the open source PowerShell Core as the conduit through which IT will find administrative nirvana. But for many admins who get burned out from the constant demands of their jobs, it can be difficult to find the time to learn a new way to manage and configure systems.

SearchWindowsServer reached out to its contributors for their thoughts on Microsoft’s recent moves and whether they will ease the various challenges facing many IT departments.

Cloud-friendly a misnomer for some admins

Stuart BurnsStuart Burns

Stuart Burns: A lot of Windows shops do not fully utilize automation technology. Linux administrators went through the same thing, but are further along the curve.

The trend with Microsoft server products is a shift from GUI-style management to a command-line-first approach. Old-style Windows administrators must learn to write scripts with a certain level of proficiency. But when everything is reduced to a PowerShell script that runs against an Azure environment, what is left for the administrator to do?

As the world shifts to infrastructure as code and software-defined data centers, the Windows administrator that wants to stay relevant must know how to code and handle the cloud as well as they know their current on-premises infrastructure.

Look for Microsoft make inroads with cloud offerings

Adam FowlerAdam Fowler

Adam Fowler: Despite all the hype around Azure and Office 365, many companies still need the basics, such as a file share.

Microsoft’s spin is to put file shares in the cloud with Azure File Sync. The service offers similar abilities to the distributed file-system service, but takes it several steps further. Azure File Sync keeps recently accessed files local, while older files remain in Azure. Windows administrators can set it up for multiple sites and not worry about what data goes where.

I also like what I’ve seen about the new server tool, Project Honolulu, that compiles numerous management features in a nice web interface. It includes utilities such as Server Manager, Hyper-Converged Cluster Manager and Failover Cluster Manager for on-premises systems. While it’s very early in the project’s development, it shows promise that Microsoft has not forgotten its Windows Server customers who are not PowerShell aficionados.

The future will bring more hybrid interoperability. The Operations Management Suite (OMS) offering, for example, has a lot of server support. OMS is an option as the hub for log shipping, data analysis, along with health checks of the servers and the applications they run.

Is the chasm between Microsoft and its customers growing?  

Jonathan HassellJonathan Hassell

Jonathan Hassell: Looking ahead, I expect Microsoft to further push its Azure services and cloud management services in general, including a de-emphasis on System Center in favor of Intune. I do not expect System Center Configuration Manager to last another five years.

There’s a disconnect between where big corporations are and where Microsoft is in terms of tech progress — and that gap is widening. Yes, Azure’s range of services is impressive. If you want to drop a quarter-million to call yourself a hybrid cloud user with Azure Stack, then fine. But there are still mainframes around. There are still critical line-of-business apps that run on Windows Server 2008 — even some on Windows Server 2003.

I also expect more navel-gazing about why Microsoft feels compelled to update Windows every six months in its Semi-Annual Channel. None of the IT people I talk to want that.

Server channels attempt to cater to two crowds

Brien Posey: One of the more intriguing recent developments for Windows Server admins is Microsoft’s new dual-channel release model, which addresses differing needs in the customer base.

Windows administrators generally fall into two different camps. On one side, there are administrators who prefer nonfrequent, well-tested, monolithic Windows Server releases. Microsoft has taken this approach over the last 20 years, with a new Windows Server version every two to three years.

Brien PoseyBrien Posey

On the other side of the equation are Windows Server admins who want to be on the bleeding edge of technology. For them, new Windows Server features cannot come quickly enough. They see frequent updates as a key to achieve business agility and maintain a competitive advantage.

In an effort to satisfy both sides, Microsoft now has two release channels for Windows Server.

This approach is the only way that Microsoft can make customers happy. The only question is how easy it would be for a company to switch channels. That might not end up being a cheap or easy thing to do.

GDPR requirements loom for Windows Server admins

The clock is ticking to get your Windows systems ready for the General Data Protection Regulation. To assist with…

these compliance efforts, Microsoft offers several resources to help systems administrators.

A European Union privacy law, GDPR goes into effect in May 2018 and signifies more wide-reaching ramifications for IT than other regulations. For example, while the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act is relevant only to healthcare providers, most organizations must adhere to GDPR requirements. The regulation applies to any organization — including those based outside Europe — that processes, collects or stores data of EU citizens.

This sweeping data privacy regulation presents a compliance challenge for even the smallest companies. For example, if a U.S. company sells items from its website to an EU citizen, GDPR applies to that business. Even something minor, such as storing an EU citizen’s phone number on digital media, forces a company to either observe the rules or delete the data.

What is GDPR?

GDPR imposes stringent requirements on how businesses handle the personal data of EU citizens. GDPR will replace the EU’s Data Protection Directive, which only affected organizations with a physical presence in Europe.

The GDPR requirements state that “personal data is any information relating to an individual, whether it relates to his or her private, professional or public life. It can be anything from a name, a home address, a photo, an email address, bank details, posts on social networking websites, medical information or a computer’s IP address.”

Organizations subject to GDPR compliance rules will need to retain data processing records that show a strong effort has been made to observe the more than 100 GDPR requirements. Penalties for noncompliance go up to 20 million euros — about $24 million — or up to 4% of a company’s annual revenue, whichever is more.

How does Windows Server help with GDPR?

Although Windows Server 2016 does not have specific features related to GDPR, the OS has other functionality to protect organizations from a data breach.

For example, the Just Enough Admin and the Just in Time Admin features protect against overprivileged administrative accounts. If a business has one administrator whose main responsibility is Active Directory management, then this person usually gets full administrative privileges, even though they just need to perform one specific type of administrative task. The Just in Time Admin and Just Enough Admin features grant the permissions required for a specific task for a limited period of time. The IT department can add an additional layer of security by configuring Windows to validate the administrator’s identity through multifactor authentication before the request is granted.

Another security feature that can help with GDPR compliance initiatives is Windows Defender Credential Guard. New to Windows Server 2016, this feature uses a hypervisor to isolate authentication credentials to restrict access to privileged system software. A similar tool called Windows Defender Remote Credential Guard protects the credentials used for remote desktop sessions.

Windows Defender Device Guard is an application whitelisting tool in Windows Server 2016 that an admin uses to specify which binaries can run on the system to prevent malware attacks. If there is an attempt to execute unauthorized code, Windows Server will block it and log the activity.

Microsoft updated Windows Server’s security auditing capabilities, which is useful for GDPR compliance. The company designed Windows Server 2016 to integrate with security information and event management systems and extended the server OS to support two new types of auditing. For the first time, Windows Server can natively audit group memberships and Plug and Play (PnP) activity. PnP auditing helps admins detect the use of external storage devices.

What else does Microsoft offer?

Microsoft promotes its cloud service as a method to accelerate GDPR compliance. For companies that do not have that option, there are other Microsoft services and tools that can help.

The GDPR Benchmark is a questionnaire that asks about two dozen questions and offers a series of recommendations based on the answers. Figure 1 shows an excerpt from the site.

GDPR survey
Figure 1. Microsoft’s GDPR assessment site provides recommendations based on the answers to a series of questions.

The site asks for the company’s location, size and whether it is a Microsoft partner and then proceeds with a number of GDPR-specific questions. The GDPR Benchmark tool is essentially a Microsoft sales utility, but it has merit to highlight the areas the admin needs to address to meet GDPR requirements.

A Microsoft site dedicated to GDPR offers guidance through a series of documents and videos that can assist organizations though the compliance process.

GDPR Detailed Assessment
Figure 2. The GDPR Detailed Assessment package includes an Excel spreadsheet to measure a company’s level of GDPR compliance.

Figure 2 shows an Excel spreadsheet that is part of the GDPR Detailed Assessment package on the site. The spreadsheet contains more than 100 questions related to how the organization stores, maintains, secures and processes data. Complete the spreadsheet to assess the overall compliance readiness of the organization and which areas require improvement.