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Server Core management remains a challenge for some

Server Core introduced a number of benefits to IT, but certain hurdles have stymied its progress in the enterprise.

Microsoft unveiled Server Core with Windows Server 2008. It wasn’t a new operating system, but a slimmed-down version of the full server OS. Server Core removed the GUI, but kept its infrastructure functionality. This reduced the codebase and brought several advantages: a smaller attack surface, fewer patches, quicker installs and more reliability.

But the lack of a GUI also made Server Core management a challenge. The absence of a traditional Windows interface took away the comfort level for the admin when it came to deployments and overall use of the operating system.

Administrators missed the interface because, while using the command line might not have been a complete mystery, using it to manage every aspect of the OS was new. A strong focus on PowerShell to control this OS caused further discomfort for many in IT. This new language came in at a time with Server Core to make the admin feel very unwelcome in this new world.

Server Core management with PowerShell and the command prompt are two very different things.

Server Core management with PowerShell and the command prompt are two very different things. Besides the language, scripting is linear, and PowerShell is an object-oriented language. The MS-DOS command prompt has been around a lot longer, but has not kept up with the features and functionality in the newer Windows operating systems. Microsoft expanded on scripting after MS-DOS with Visual Basic Script (VBS) but that introduced security issues from VBS-based viruses. Microsoft developed PowerShell to provide extensive functionality with fewer security liabilities. PowerShell has cmdlets tightly integrated with Microsoft’s newest operating systems for both basic and advanced functionality — which MS-DOS and VBS lacked.

Microsoft aids learning efforts

PowerShell is the predominant command-line language for Windows. MS-DOS exists but has had few updates to its core. Microsoft helped establish this course in the later versions of Windows Server. Many of the traditional server configuration wizards can produce the PowerShell code for the actions the administrator executes from the GUI. This capability changed the game for many administrators with limited programming experience or time to learn PowerShell scripting. Rather than write scripts from scratch, IT pros could take the automatically generated code and manipulate it to work on other servers. This feature was a step up from taking code examples from the Internet that only worked with very specific conditions or environments.

Microsoft helped spur Server Core adoption with improved remote management with later server OS versions with its Server Manager console. While Microsoft always had some level of remote management with Windows Server 2012 and beyond, a much stronger focus on this meant the admin could use a single GUI-based server to handle Server Core management for dozens — or even hundreds — of installations of this minimal operating system over the network. This kept the GUI aspect the admins were familiar with but allowed the enterprise to take advantage of more Server Core deployments. While they did not get the full benefits of what PowerShell and other automation tools do, this move helped admins get started with Server Core.

 When administrators start with Server Core, it’s helpful to look at the long-term view. How far do you want to go with it? Some companies that want to implement Server Core will be content to use remote management, but PowerShell will unlock the full potential of this server OS deployment.

Admins new to PowerShell will have a bit of a learning curve to overcome, but a few things can help. There are utilities, such as Notepad++, that make editing PowerShell code easier with its contextual highlighting feature. Another scripting tool is Microsoft’s PowerShell Integrated Scripting Environment, which can test code blocks and commands that help debug issues in a context-sensitive environment.

Server Core should only grow in popularity. Microsoft runs workloads on its new Azure Stack on Server Core. Administrators should consider its use just for the reduced patching workload.

In Windows Server 2016, the default installation is Server Core, and administrators need to manually select a different option to get the full server GUI setup. Also removed from Windows Server 2016 is the ability to install a desktop onto Server Core after deployment.

With the enhancements to remote management, the future is clear for the Microsoft server OS — and it’s without a GUI.

 

For Sale – Asus Rampage V Ed 10, Intel 6950X (4.5GHz), Intel 750 1.2TB & EKWB Evo X99 (with warranty)

I’m planning an upgrade to a high-clocked 8700k as I don’t do anything with my PC that benefits from 10 cores anymore, so would like the extra single core IPC for the heck of it. Also going to grab the new Intel PCI-E Optane 900 drive.

As such, these parts are no longer required.

I would prefer to sell these parts as a job-lot, however if I see interest for the parts separately – then I will split.

CPU has been up to 4.5GHz for benching and was stable under testing for 12 hours… didn’t feel like running it any longer. It’s only been here for benching and is usually run at 4.2GHz 24/7 to keep system noise quiet and CPU longevity.

Retail Intel 6950X with box – warranty 26/06/2019

Asus Rampage V Edition 10 with box (audio bay unit unopened) – Warranty 24/09/2019

Intel 750 PCI-E 1.2TB with box – Warranty 09/08/2021

EKWB Supremacy Evo Nickel X99 – Warranty 21/08/18 (not certain of the location of the box for this one, but 90% sure I have it)

Parts still in build at the moment, I expect to have them out next weekend (9th / 10th December). Project GreenGasm build link is in my sig.

Asking price = £1500

[​IMG]IMG_0065 by CosmicLogos, on Flickr

[​IMG]IMG_0069 by CosmicLogos, on Flickr

[​IMG]IMG_0068 by CosmicLogos, on Flickr

Price and currency: £1500
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Payment method: BT
Location: Ongar
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For Sale – Asus Rampage V Ed 10, Intel 6950X (4.5GHz), Intel 750 1.2TB & EKWB Evo X99 (with warranty)

I’m planning an upgrade to a high-clocked 8700k as I don’t do anything with my PC that benefits from 10 cores anymore, so would like the extra single core IPC for the heck of it. Also going to grab the new Intel PCI-E Optane 900 drive.

As such, these parts are no longer required.

I would prefer to sell these parts as a job-lot, however if I see interest for the parts separately – then I will split.

CPU has been up to 4.5GHz for benching and was stable under testing for 12 hours… didn’t feel like running it any longer. It’s only been here for benching and is usually run at 4.2GHz 24/7 to keep system noise quiet and CPU longevity.

Retail Intel 6950X with box – warranty 26/06/2019

Asus Rampage V Edition 10 with box (audio bay unit unopened) – Warranty 24/09/2019

Intel 750 PCI-E 1.2TB with box – Warranty 09/08/2021

EKWB Supremacy Evo Nickel X99 – Warranty 21/08/18 (not certain of the location of the box for this one, but 90% sure I have it)

Parts still in build at the moment, I expect to have them out next weekend (9th / 10th December). Project GreenGasm build link is in my sig.

Asking price = £1500

[​IMG]IMG_0065 by CosmicLogos, on Flickr

[​IMG]IMG_0069 by CosmicLogos, on Flickr

[​IMG]IMG_0068 by CosmicLogos, on Flickr

Price and currency: £1500
Delivery: Delivery cost is included within my country
Payment method: BT
Location: Ongar
Advertised elsewhere?: Advertised elsewhere
Prefer goods collected?: I prefer the goods to be collected

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  • 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 – Asus Rampage V Ed 10, Intel 6950X (4.5GHz), Intel 750 1.2TB & EKWB Evo X99 (with warranty)

I’m planning an upgrade to a high-clocked 8700k as I don’t do anything with my PC that benefits from 10 cores anymore, so would like the extra single core IPC for the heck of it. Also going to grab the new Intel PCI-E Optane 900 drive.

As such, these parts are no longer required.

I would prefer to sell these parts as a job-lot, however if I see interest for the parts separately – then I will split.

CPU has been up to 4.5GHz for benching and was stable under testing for 12 hours… didn’t feel like running it any longer. It’s only been here for benching and is usually run at 4.2GHz 24/7 to keep system noise quiet and CPU longevity.

Retail Intel 6950X with box – warranty 26/06/2019

Asus Rampage V Edition 10 with box (audio bay unit unopened) – Warranty 24/09/2019

Intel 750 PCI-E 1.2TB with box – Warranty 09/08/2021

EKWB Supremacy Evo Nickel X99 – Warranty 21/08/18 (not certain of the location of the box for this one, but 90% sure I have it)

Parts still in build at the moment, I expect to have them out next weekend (9th / 10th December). Project GreenGasm build link is in my sig.

Asking price = £1500

[​IMG]IMG_0065 by CosmicLogos, on Flickr

[​IMG]IMG_0069 by CosmicLogos, on Flickr

[​IMG]IMG_0068 by CosmicLogos, on Flickr

Price and currency: £1500
Delivery: Delivery cost is included within my country
Payment method: BT
Location: Ongar
Advertised elsewhere?: Advertised elsewhere
Prefer goods collected?: I prefer the goods to be collected

______________________________________________________
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By replying to this thread you agree to abide by the trading rules detailed here.
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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
  • 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.

Premium Outlook.com features now available to Office 365 subscribers

Today, we began rolling out new benefits for Office 365 Home and Office 365 Personal subscribers who use Outlook.com. These premium email features include an ad-free inbox, enhanced protection against malware and phishing, larger mailbox sizes, and premium customer support. In the coming months, we’ll be introducing additional premium Outlook.com features to make personal email and calendar experiences for Office 365 subscribers more powerful, productive, and secure.

An ad-free experience

The Outlook.com interface is now free of ads for Office 365 Home and Office 365 Personal subscribers. This includes banner ads as well as advertisements in the message list—commonly referred to as native ads. Without ads, you’ll have less distractions and faster page load times, so you can be more focused and have a better email experience.

Sophisticated protection against email threats

Email is one of the most popular ways that criminals trick people into giving away their passwords or downloading viruses and ransomware. That’s why all Outlook.com accounts already feature robust spam and virus filtering and support from a global security team that works tirelessly to stop these threats.

For Office 365 Home and Office 365 Personal subscribers, we now offer additional security against the most sophisticated types of threats in two ways:

  • Scanning attachments—Sophisticated techniques detect new types of malware previously not seen, giving you protection against today’s most advanced threats.
  • Checking links—When you click a link in an email, it is checked in real-time to determine if the destination website is likely to download viruses or malware onto your computer. If the site is found to be malicious, a warning screen alerts you not to access the site.

More mailbox storage

In our new Office 365based infrastructure, a free Outlook.com account now receives 15 GB of email storage space. Office 365 Home and Office 365 Personal subscribers enjoy even larger amounts of storage: 50 GB of space in total. Today, we’re also boosting storage limits to 50 GB for all our loyal Outlook.com users whose mailbox size is 12 GB or larger.

Premium support

If you need help on an Outlook.com account issue, you’ll receive free technical support as an Office 365 subscriber. Whether you call us on the phone or reach out via in-app support, you get our highest levels of care and support.

How to get started

Getting started and using these premium features in Outlook.com is easy.

  • It’s automatic—We activate the premium Outlook.com benefits based on the email address you used to sign up for your Office 365 subscription. Addresses ending in @outlook.com, @hotmail.com, @live.com, and @msn.com all qualify. Please note that if you use the Connected Accounts feature to access a @gmail.com, @yahoo.com, or other third-party account from Outlook.com—the advanced email security features do not apply to these accounts.
  • You can share the benefits—If you have an Office 365 Home subscription and share your Office 365 benefits with others, they will get these benefits for their Outlook.com mailboxes—including the advanced security, ad-free experience, and 50 GB of email storage.
  • The rollout is underway—We’ve already begun rolling these capabilities out to Office 365 Home and Office 365 Personal subscribers worldwide. The process of updating all accounts will take about one month. So if you don’t see them right away, don’t worry—they are on the way.

To learn more about the features and see a list of frequently asked questions, please check out the Premium Outlook.com features for Office 365 subscribers help topic.

We hope you enjoy these new benefits, and we look forward to bringing even more premium value to Office 365 Home and Office 365 Personal subscribers in the months ahead!

—The Outlook.com team

Close ranks with key Office 365 security features

Businesses receive enormous convenience and cost control benefits from Office 365, but a move to the cloud also increases the company’s attack surface. This heightened exposure makes it imperative that administrators learn how best to implement the Office 365 security features.

Don’t sit back and expect adequate protection with the default security configurations in Office 365. Admins must tailor Office 365 security features to shield data on the platform from outside threats.

How does Office 365 affect business security?

Modern businesses cannot function as islands, surrounded by antimalware, antivirus and a secure perimeter and demilitarized zone for external users to access certain servers.

An enterprise that depends on Office 365 requires a more intelligent security approach that extends from the service provider to the users, who work on many different devices. Administrators need to discover and hold sensitive information, ensure compliance, prevent data loss and then identify and respond to potentially malicious traffic or use patterns quickly.

Advanced Office 365 security features include multifactor authentication, encryption to protect data at rest and in flight and data loss prevention to stop users from sending sensitive material over email or in unauthorized storage devices.

Office 365 enterprise users must balance features with price

Office 365 meets the requirements for compliance certifications, including those imposed by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program and the International Organization for Standardization/International Electrotechnical Commission 27001.

Suspicious activity afoot?

Administrators can manage and audit Office 365 security features with remote PowerShell, but the Office 365 Security & Compliance Center provides a GUI tool to enforce corporate policy and monitor potential threats. The portal provides seven major pages related to security and compliance:

  • Alerts page: This section warns you when a user violates policies that IT creates. Administrators can also view alerts, understand how each was generated and take remedial action. Office 365 includes a series of default alerts and will inform you when a user receives administrative privileges and when it detects malware or unusual file activity.
  • Permissions page: Administrators can grant users various permissions in compliance-related areas, such as device management and data retention. Elevated users can perform only the tasks assigned by the administrator. IT can alter or rescind permissions as business needs change.
  • Threat Management page: Dashboard, Threat explorer and Incidents tools let administrators oversee risks detected within Office 365.
  • Data Governance page: This area enables admins to import data into Office 365; archive and retain important messages and attachments as part of content lifecycle management; and establish supervision policies that review both inter- and intraoffice messages for inappropriate or sensitive content.
  • Search and Investigation page: This allows administrators to locate messages and search audit logs. For example, use the content search to comb mailboxes, folders, SharePoint Online sites and OneDrive for Business content in the company’s Office 365 subscription. Export results to another computer for further examination. Use audit logging to view user and other administrative activities involving files, folders, sharing, SharePoint, Azure Active Directory, Sway and PowerBI.
  • Reports page: This enables administrators to follow application use, identify suspicious app activity and provide notifications and alerts about unusual app use. The page generates reports that show how the organization’s employees use Office 365.
  • Service Assurance page: This page provides details about Office 365 compliance efforts. These include Microsoft security practices for customer data stored in the messaging platform; third-party audit reports of security; and security, privacy and compliance controls used by Office 365.

Can Asia address the inequalities of growth? – Asia News Center

But technology can be a double-edged sword. What happens when its capabilities and benefits are not available to everyone? How do we ensure its opportunities are universally accessible?

Asian economies have enjoyed decades of strong expansion, but Tuminez argues passionately that this growth has been uneven – with inequalities surrounding gender, disabilities, and access to education.

Governments, the private sector and non-profit organizations must work together to ensure that these inequalities are addressed, she says.

“To participate and thrive in this new digital world, Asian countries must put in place the right foundations that will lead to an inclusive environment. We need policies to ensure that technology helps solve real problems, and that its benefits are spread more evenly across all levels of society. This is also the crux of our own sustainable growth philosophy of not leaving anyone one behind. This new industrial revolution should not be just for the affluent and well-educated or those born in wealthy countries,” Tuminez stresses.

What does inclusive growth mean for Tuminez? She sees five factors. First, people must be digitally literate so they can understand technology and use it safely without falling prey to cybercrime and other nefarious activities of the internet’s underworld. Secondly, there must be affordable internet access so people can harness technology to their advantage. Thirdly, next generation skills in big data, analytics and other emerging technologies must be available to everyone so they can get good jobs. Fourthly, the disabled must be empowered with technology to enable them to live full lives. Lastly, all businesses should have access to the same technology regardless of their size.

Tuminez says new technologies are already addressing real life problems. She points to one example in the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh where an app can tell village farmers via their mobile phones when it is best to sow their crops, based on data analytics looking at weather, soil, and other factors.

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Some progress is being made, but there are still major challenges – such as a lack of educational opportunities for people in many Asian rural areas. “You can go to a remote island in the Philippines or Indonesia and you will hear people say, ‘Oh, after 3rd grade, there’s nothing here unless we move to the city.’ Since they are farmers, they can’t move to the city, their education ends at 3rd grade. This will be a growing social problem because people cannot improve themselves without education,” says Tuminez.

Through programs such as the Affordable Access Initiative,  Microsoft is working with various governments and partners in the region to provide educational resources, especially in the rural areas. For instance in Indonesia, it is supporting a digital learning solutions provider called Kelase to bring online content, as well as collaboration and productivity tools, to students and teachers in villages. Microsoft has also awarded a grant to the WiFi Interactive Network (WIN) in the Philippines to spread the availability of internet access in rural areas by tapping TV Whitespace technology.

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“These initiatives are exciting because they will make quality education available to children who live deep in the provinces and rural areas. Education empowers people to have skills, allowing them to be more responsible for their own fate,” says Tuminez.

Looking ahead, Tuminez is optimistic and believes Asia’s booming young population differentiates it from the rest of the world. With a high proportion of millennials and digital natives, she thinks the region can embrace emerging technologies, such as mobile and the cloud, for the 4th Industrial Revolution. This will empower people to solve many of their own problems through technology, resulting in greater prosperity for society and businesses – and that will ultimately lead to greater stability in the region.