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Why device upgrade strategies fail

Ivan Pepelnjak, writing in IP Space, was asked by one of his readers about why software anchoring a device upgrade is still plagued by delays and bugs. In Pepelnjak’s view, the challenge stems from the networking industry’s long commitment to command-line interface and routing platforms built atop 30-year-old code.

With device upgrade and software rollouts, engineers are often split between two realities. In one camp, engineers “vote with their wallets” and invest in technology that supports automation, while in the other group, engineers cling to manual configuration and face holdups accommodating hundreds of routers at a time because they lack a gradual rollout for updates. “I never cease to be amazed at how disinterested enterprise networking engineers are about network automation. Looks like they barely entered the denial phase of grief while everyone else is passing them by left and right,” Pepelnjak wrote.

Dig deeper into Pepelnjak’s thoughts on device upgrade strategies and what steps engineers should take to improve them.

Where cybersecurity jobs fall the shortest

Last week, Jon Oltsik, an analyst at Enterprise Strategy Group in Milford, Mass., blogged about the global cybersecurity skills shortage. This week, he revisited the topic, identifying the most acute shortfalls, using data compiled by ESG and the Information Systems Security Association. According to Oltsik, the top three areas where expertise is most lacking are security analysis and investigation, application security, and cloud security skills.

Survey respondents also pointed to concern about their organizations’ gap in skills such risk-compliance administration, security engineering and penetration testing. “The overall picture is bleak — many organizations may not have the right skills and resources to adequately secure new business and IT initiatives and may also lack ample skills to detect and respond to incidents in a timely fashion. Therefore, I keep coming back to two words — existential threat,” Oltsik wrote.

Read more of Oltsik’s thoughts on the cybersecurity skills shortage.

Juniper boosts Contrail for telcos

Zeus Kerravala, writing in ZK Research, gave high marks to Juniper Networks’ Contrail Cloud platform aimed at telcos. One plus: the platform’s tight integration with internal and third-party services and applications.

As a result, Contrail Cloud works easily with software from a number of sources, including network functions virtualization assurance through AppFormix; prevalidated virtualized network functions with Affirmed Networks as well as Juniper’s own vSRX virtual firewall, collaboration with Red Hat and end-to-end cloud management on behalf of customers.

Kerravala said in order to compete and offer services to enterprise customers, telcos must be able to exploit cloud architectures that support the rapid rollout of new services. “Juniper’s Contrail Cloud offerings takes much of the complexity out of the equation ensuring that telcos can meet the increasing demands of their business customers,” he wrote.

Explore more of Kerravala’s thoughts on Juniper Contrail.

For Sale – HTPC System (can split)

Hi all
Had my HTPC up and running for about a year now – initially it was built as a gaming PC but I ended up with an Xbox One S so have just used it as a streamer/media centre so it is a bit overkill.

I can take photos if there is any real interest but have just attached some photos from CPU-Z for now. Some parts were new but mostly sourced from these forums. Most come boxed but take it as there is no warranty on anything.

Ideally I want to sell the system together but I am willing to split. If you are interested in splitting I might have to ask you to hold back until I have sold a few parts, otherwise I will be left with an unusable system.

All parts working great and all prices inc delivery. Obviously there will be discounts for bulk purchases or if you want the whole system. It will come with a fresh Ubuntu install. It currently has a legit Windows 10 Education license but not entirely sure if I am allowed to sell it with an OS on?

As for prices, I have just really compared with eBay so if I am WAY out please let me know, I won’t be offended!

Silverstone Grandia GD09 HTPC Desktop PC Case – £50
ASRock Z97 Motherboard (will have to check on exact model but think it is Fatality Gaming) – £70
Intel 4790K CPU – £200
Noctua NH-L9i CPU Cooler – £15
Corsair Vengeance 16GB (2 x 8GB) RAM – £100
WD Green 4GB HDD – £70
Samsung Evo 250GB SSD – £70
Logitech K400 Keyboard/Touchpad – £10
EVGA GTX 780 GPU – £90
Silverstone SST Strider 700W Modular Power Supply – £60

Total system price inc delivery – £700

Price and currency: See ad
Delivery: Delivery cost is included within my country
Payment method: PPG or BT
Location: North Shields
Advertised elsewhere?: Not advertised elsewhere
Prefer goods collected?: I have no preference

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For Sale – HTPC System (can split)

Hi all
Had my HTPC up and running for about a year now – initially it was built as a gaming PC but I ended up with an Xbox One S so have just used it as a streamer/media centre so it is a bit overkill.

I can take photos if there is any real interest but have just attached some photos from CPU-Z for now. Some parts were new but mostly sourced from these forums. Most come boxed but take it as there is no warranty on anything.

Ideally I want to sell the system together but I am willing to split. If you are interested in splitting I might have to ask you to hold back until I have sold a few parts, otherwise I will be left with an unusable system.

All parts working great and all prices inc delivery. Obviously there will be discounts for bulk purchases or if you want the whole system. It will come with a fresh Ubuntu install. It currently has a legit Windows 10 Education license but not entirely sure if I am allowed to sell it with an OS on?

As for prices, I have just really compared with eBay so if I am WAY out please let me know, I won’t be offended!

Silverstone Grandia GD09 HTPC Desktop PC Case – £50
ASRock Z97 Motherboard (will have to check on exact model but think it is Fatality Gaming) – £70
Intel 4790K CPU – £200
Noctua NH-L9i CPU Cooler – £15
Corsair Vengeance 16GB (2 x 8GB) RAM – £100
WD Green 4GB HDD – £70
Samsung Evo 250GB SSD – £70
Logitech K400 Keyboard/Touchpad – £10
EVGA GTX 780 GPU – £90
Silverstone SST Strider 700W Modular Power Supply – £60

Total system price inc delivery – £700

Price and currency: See ad
Delivery: Delivery cost is included within my country
Payment method: PPG or BT
Location: North Shields
Advertised elsewhere?: Not advertised elsewhere
Prefer goods collected?: I have no preference

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  • Landline telephone number. Make a call to check out the area code and number are correct, too
  • Name and address including postcode
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DO NOT proceed with a deal until you are completely satisfied with all details being correct. It’s in your best interest to check out these details yourself.

For Sale – HTPC System (can split)

Hi all
Had my HTPC up and running for about a year now – initially it was built as a gaming PC but I ended up with an Xbox One S so have just used it as a streamer/media centre so it is a bit overkill.

I can take photos if there is any real interest but have just attached some photos from CPU-Z for now. Some parts were new but mostly sourced from these forums. Most come boxed but take it as there is no warranty on anything.

Ideally I want to sell the system together but I am willing to split. If you are interested in splitting I might have to ask you to hold back until I have sold a few parts, otherwise I will be left with an unusable system.

All parts working great and all prices inc delivery. Obviously there will be discounts for bulk purchases or if you want the whole system. It will come with a fresh Ubuntu install. It currently has a legit Windows 10 Education license but not entirely sure if I am allowed to sell it with an OS on?

As for prices, I have just really compared with eBay so if I am WAY out please let me know, I won’t be offended!

Silverstone Grandia GD09 HTPC Desktop PC Case – £50
ASRock Z97 Motherboard (will have to check on exact model but think it is Fatality Gaming) – £70
Intel 4790K CPU – £200
Noctua NH-L9i CPU Cooler – £15
Corsair Vengeance 16GB (2 x 8GB) RAM – £100
WD Green 4GB HDD – £70
Samsung Evo 250GB SSD – £70
Logitech K400 Keyboard/Touchpad – £10
EVGA GTX 780 GPU – £90
Silverstone SST Strider 700W Modular Power Supply – £60

Total system price inc delivery – £700

Price and currency: See ad
Delivery: Delivery cost is included within my country
Payment method: PPG or BT
Location: North Shields
Advertised elsewhere?: Not advertised elsewhere
Prefer goods collected?: I have no preference

______________________________________________________
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By replying to this thread you agree to abide by the trading rules detailed here.
Please be advised, all buyers and sellers should satisfy themselves that the other party is genuine by providing the following via private conversation to each other after negotiations are complete and prior to dispatching goods and making payment:

  • Landline telephone number. Make a call to check out the area code and number are correct, too
  • Name and address including postcode
  • Valid e-mail address

DO NOT proceed with a deal until you are completely satisfied with all details being correct. It’s in your best interest to check out these details yourself.

For Sale – HP 17″ i5-7200u laptop

hi guys. I have a hp 17-x101na laptop for sale, virtually unmarked condition. about 5 months old, silver coloured, with box/ psu. came with 8gb memory but I upgraded it to 16gb, and I purchased the hp recovery disc set for added security, I hate recovery partitions on a hard drive
specs are below. priced at £425 excl.del may take desktop MB/CPU/Memory in part-ex

Hp Notebook Laptop 17-x101na ( 7th Generation Intel Core i5-7200U, 2.5GHz

  • 16GB DDR4 RAM, 1TB SATA hard drive, Microsoft Windows 10.
  • Display : 17.3 inch screen. High definition display, Resolution 1600 x 900 pixels.
  • Multi-card media card reader. Secure Digital (SD), Multi-Media Card (MMC) compatible. 2 USB 2.0 ports. 1 USB 3.0 port. 1 Ethernet port. 1 HDMI port.Bluetooth. Wi-Fi enabled.
  • Multimedia features: HD webcam. Built-in mic. DTS sound system.

Price and currency: £425
Delivery: Delivery cost is not included
Payment method: B/T cash on collection
Location: manchester
Advertised elsewhere?: Advertised elsewhere
Prefer goods collected?: I have no preference

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Managing Secrets Securely in the Cloud

You’ve probably heard some version of the story about a developer who mistakenly checked in his AWS S3 key to Github. He pulled the key within 5 minutes but still racked up a multi-thousand dollar bill from bots that crawl open source sites looking for secrets. As developers we all understand and care about keeping dev and production secrets safe but managing those secrets on your own or especially in a team can be cumbersome. We are pleased to announce several new features that together will make detecting secrets in code and working with secrets stored securely on Azure easier than it’s ever been before.

Safeguarding Secrets while building for Azure

Most of us know it’s a best practice to keep secret settings like connection strings, domain passwords, or other credentials as a runtime configuration and outside the source code. Azure Key Vault provides a security location to safeguard keys and other secrets used by cloud apps. Azure App services recently added support for Managed Service identity which means apps running on App Service can easily get authorized to access a Key Vault and other AAD-protected resources so you no longer need to store secrets visibility in environment variables.

If you do this though, getting your local dev environment setup with the right secrets can be a pain, especially if you work in a team. We hear many developers distribute secrets for shared dev services through email or just check them into source code. So we created the App Authentication Extension to make it easy to develop apps locally while keeping your secrets in Key Vault. With the extension installed, your locally running app uses the identity signed into Visual Studio to get secrets you are authorized to access directly from Key Vault. This works great in a team environment where you might have security group for the dev team with access to a dev environment Key Vault.

Azure key vault

Azure service authentication account selection setting in Tools Options

In ASP.NET applications the ASP.NET Key Vault and User Secret configuration builders with .NET 4.7.1 is a NuGet package that allows secret app settings to be saved in secure configuration stores instead of in web.config as plaintext, without changing application source code. In ASP.NET Core applications there is a small code change, to load Key Vault as a configuration provider and once you do this you are set. This change isn’t done yet, but we’re hoping to eliminate it soon.

App Settings

Here are a couple of walkthroughs that show you how everything works:

Credential Scanner (CredScan) Code Analyzer Preview

We also wanted to make it easier for devs to find secrets in their code to encourage moving secrets to more secure locations like User Secrets or Azure Key Vault. The Credential Scan Code Analyzer is a very early preview that can detect Storage access keys, SAS tokens, API management keys, Cosmos DB access keys, AAD Service principal keys, connection strings for SQL, Azure SQL, Service Bus, Azure Logic apps, BizTalk server, and various other credential types. As you edit your code the analyzer scans your code and immediately warns you about secrets it finds in any open documents with warnings in the error list and in the Build and Code Analysis at Commit time. It’s something we’ve been developing, utilizing, and improving within Microsoft for some time now.

The Credential Scan Code Analyzer is a preview and ships in the experimental DevLabs extension, Continuous Delivery Tools for Visual Studio. This is because we know this is an important area that goes beyond open documents and can stretch all the way into your CI environment. Rather than waiting, we released an experimental version now because we think it’s useful and we want your feedback on how you would use this in your environment.

Please install these extensions and give the walkthroughs a try to let us know what you think.

Catherine Wang, Program Manager, Azure Developer Experience Team
@cawa_cathy

Catherine is a Program Manager for Azure Developer Experience team in Microsoft. I worked on Azure security tooling, Azure diagnostics, Storage Explorer, Service Fabric and Docker tools. Interested in making development experience simple, smooth and productive.

For Sale – HP 17″ i5-7200u laptop

hi guys. I have a hp 17-x101na laptop for sale, virtually unmarked condition. about 5 months old, silver coloured, with box/ psu. came with 8gb memory but I upgraded it to 16gb, and I purchased the hp recovery disc set for added security, I hate recovery partitions on a hard drive
specs are below. priced at £425 excl.del may take desktop MB/CPU/Memory in part-ex

Hp Notebook Laptop 17-x101na ( 7th Generation Intel Core i5-7200U, 2.5GHz

  • 16GB DDR4 RAM, 1TB SATA hard drive, Microsoft Windows 10.
  • Display : 17.3 inch screen. High definition display, Resolution 1600 x 900 pixels.
  • Multi-card media card reader. Secure Digital (SD), Multi-Media Card (MMC) compatible. 2 USB 2.0 ports. 1 USB 3.0 port. 1 Ethernet port. 1 HDMI port.Bluetooth. Wi-Fi enabled.
  • Multimedia features: HD webcam. Built-in mic. DTS sound system.

Price and currency: £425
Delivery: Delivery cost is not included
Payment method: B/T cash on collection
Location: manchester
Advertised elsewhere?: Advertised elsewhere
Prefer goods collected?: I have no preference

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By replying to this thread you agree to abide by the trading rules detailed here.
Please be advised, all buyers and sellers should satisfy themselves that the other party is genuine by providing the following via private conversation to each other after negotiations are complete and prior to dispatching goods and making payment:

  • Landline telephone number. Make a call to check out the area code and number are correct, too
  • Name and address including postcode
  • Valid e-mail address

DO NOT proceed with a deal until you are completely satisfied with all details being correct. It’s in your best interest to check out these details yourself.

For Sale – HP 17″ i5-7200u laptop

hi guys. I have a hp 17-x101na laptop for sale, virtually unmarked condition. about 5 months old, silver coloured, with box/ psu. came with 8gb memory but I upgraded it to 16gb, and I purchased the hp recovery disc set for added security, I hate recovery partitions on a hard drive
specs are below. priced at £425 excl.del may take desktop MB/CPU/Memory in part-ex

Hp Notebook Laptop 17-x101na ( 7th Generation Intel Core i5-7200U, 2.5GHz

  • 16GB DDR4 RAM, 1TB SATA hard drive, Microsoft Windows 10.
  • Display : 17.3 inch screen. High definition display, Resolution 1600 x 900 pixels.
  • Multi-card media card reader. Secure Digital (SD), Multi-Media Card (MMC) compatible. 2 USB 2.0 ports. 1 USB 3.0 port. 1 Ethernet port. 1 HDMI port.Bluetooth. Wi-Fi enabled.
  • Multimedia features: HD webcam. Built-in mic. DTS sound system.

P:S no pictures at the moment but will get some up as soon as I can

Price and currency: £425
Delivery: Delivery cost is not included
Payment method: B/T cash on collection
Location: manchester
Advertised elsewhere?: Advertised elsewhere
Prefer goods collected?: I have no preference

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  • Landline telephone number. Make a call to check out the area code and number are correct, too
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For Sale – MSI Z97m gaming MOBO

For sale is my MSI Z97m gaming mobo
i have had it for about two and half years
selling due to upgrading to the Z370 platform

one thing to point out is one of the catches for the ram slots is a bit loose , but the ram slot and
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board working perfectly

there are no bent pins in the socket:
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I still have box for the mobo and all the crap that come’s in the box ( no sata cables tho)
driver disk , manual , and sli bridge and IO shield

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come from a working PC :
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I did say to @hmsq i have one for sale , so give them the option to buy it first if their would like to do so .
Ta.
PS i have a few CPU’s coming up for sale too ( i5 4690k and a i7 4790k )

Price and currency: £70 ono
Delivery: Delivery cost is included within my country
Payment method: PPG
Location: Durham
Advertised elsewhere?: Not advertised elsewhere
Prefer goods collected?: I have no preference

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For Sale – HP Probook 4530s & Surface 2

Hi, it’s about time I get around to clearing some cupboard space (and stop the nagging) so we have a few items i’ll be listing starting with the following:

1) HP Probook 4530s: i3 2310M cpu with 3gb RAM and a 320gb HDD, it’s an ex corporate laptop so has some dents and dings etc but overall it’s not terrible condition.
Everything works as it should and when paired with an SSD this thing is really great, I’ve got one I use and really have no complaints with them.

please look at the images so you know what you are getting (a very capable, but used laptop), these really are much better than anything you could by new for £200 imo.

it does not come with a charger and the battery is dead so you will need to sped around £20-25 on a new battery and charger, add in a small SSD for £25 and then you are looking at a great machine for not much money.

i’m looking for £60inc delivery for this.

Next up is a Microsoft Surface 2 with windows RT, the screen is in really good condition but the back does have lots of scratches (again see images).
it’s unboxed but comes with a cover/keyboard and an official charger (slight rip in the cable where it joins the psu, but still charges just fine).

for this I’m asking for £50 inc delivery, makes a great browser for youtube etc given the 1080p screen, I’ve mainly used it to remote desktop into my main pc.

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Price and currency: various
Delivery: Delivery cost is included within my country
Payment method: BACS
Location: Stoke-on-Trent
Advertised elsewhere?: Not advertised elsewhere
Prefer goods collected?: I have no preference

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