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Why Microsoft thinks the future of water depends on the future of technology innovation – Microsoft Green Blog

Clean drinking water is critical to all life, but unfortunately it is not easily available for everyone around the globe. According to the World Health Organization, nearly a billion people around the world lack a basic drinking water service, and at least two billion use a drinking water source that is contaminated with feces.

This situation will only become more acute as populations grow and the planet continues to warm. In fact, WHO suggests that by 2025 nearly half of the world’s population will have a difficult time accessing clean, drinkable water. In areas already stricken by drought or lacking in water sanitation facilities, things will only become direr as climate change exacerbates the strain on water resources. Beyond the immediate humanitarian impact of water shortages, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) noted that water availability and quality could become a primary pressure point for society under climate change. Given this, it’s no surprise that access to water routinely makes the top five of the list of global risks identified annually by the World Economic Forum.

This view of the future, of course, presumes we continue business as usual. But water is in the midst of a digital transformation that promises a much brighter future, and nowhere is this more apparent than at World Water Week. I had the pleasure of attending this yearly event on behalf of Microsoft last week, delivering our vision of the promise of technology to address both water quality and quantity issues. I was joined by hundreds of governments, businesses and civil society leaders, who also shared their reasons for being optimistic about the future of water.

In addition to speaking, we made a new commitment. Microsoft is proud to join the UN CEO Water Mandate, a collaborative effort of corporations and NGOs designed to assist companies in the development, implementation and disclosure of corporate water stewardship practices and policies.

We’ve diligently pursued water stewardship across our global operations, and one of our most ambitious projects was our new Silicon Valley campus. Last year, we announced that campus would be one of the first net-zero potable water tech campuses in the world. 100% of the buildings non-drinking water will come from rainfall or on-site recycled water – beyond drinking fountains and sinks not a drop of water for more than 2,000 employees and 15 acres of landscape will come from municipal sources. In addition, we’re designing our campus with the nearby wetlands in mind and taking steps to improve our local water environment.

As a global technology company, we know we can have an even greater impact by empowering others beyond our four walls. One example of how we’ve applied technology to the water space is the Water Risk Monetizer, a powerful tool built in partnership with Ecolab and Trucost. The tool shows the costs of using water in every step of business operation, from manufacturing to delivery, and can give companies an idea of how those costs will increase if water becomes a limited resource. This helps them manage water more effectively and has the potential to reduce water consumption in many different industries.

We’re also working to apply AI to the issue of water. Through our AI for Earth program, a $50M over five-year program, Microsoft is putting AI tools into the hands of individuals and organizations working on the frontlines of environmental challenges, including water. To date, 20 percent of our 137 AI for Earth grantees are working on water-related projects. Our grantees work on the breadth of issues – some use AI to map coastal ecosystems to create a more accurate view of coastal resilience and inform real-time conservation and disaster response efforts, while others work on the impact of storm water or Superfund sites on local water resources, and still others are working to better predict, track and prevent floods. We’re particularly excited about the use of AI to inform and address water scarcity. WetDATA is creating a water data and innovation hub that collects and disseminates information on water scarcity and risks to drive informed, data-driven, decisions regarding water practices. They also encourage researchers to discover and innovate new ways to conserve water with the hopes of driving water sustainability in a myriad of industries.

We’re looking forward to expanding our work, both within our operations and through AI for Earth, in the coming year. After a week at SIWI, I’m even more encouraged about the digital transformation of water. We think that the glass is half full of water solutions already and are confident that those working on today’s pressing water challenges will be able to use AI and machine learning to fill the glass the rest of the way.

For Sale – DEll XPS18 All in One, I3, 8GB, 120GB SSD

DELL XPS 18 All in One PC with Touch Screen.

In good clean cosmetic condition, no dings or cracks. The screen does have the very very fine marks from cleaning and general use, cannot be seen when on, only when you hold the screen up to a certain light.

Has had little use really, used for the family calendar and the odd youtube videos.

I upgraded the original std 500GB HDD to a 120GB SSD and to 8GB. So it flies in day to day tasks, boots in less than 30 secs running Windows 10.

Comes complete with its stand, PSU a new wired keyboard and mouse, in its original box.

Windows 10 has been factory reset, ready for new owner.

Main specs can be seen in the pictures, and more tech details can be found here..

Dell XPS 18 takes the tabletop tablet lead
Dell XPS 18 (1820)

Note this is the Core I3 3227U CPU

Please be aware that one of the flip out feet has lost its magnet, so it doesnt stick in place when you fold it away. This in no way effects its use, it can easily be fixed by gluing a small magnet to it. Never bothered me as i used it mainly on its stand.
Collection Welcome.

Was purchased from Dell outlet, but comes in the full retail box, ie not a brown shipper.

Price and currency: 250

Delivery: Delivery cost is included within my country
Payment method: Bank Xfer or PPG
Location: BRADFORD
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Prefer goods collected?: I have no preference

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For Sale – DEll XPS18 All in One, I3, 8GB, 120GB SSD

DELL XPS 18 All in One PC with Touch Screen.

In good clean cosmetic condition, no dings or cracks. The screen does have the very very fine marks from cleaning and general use, cannot be seen when on, only when you hold the screen up to a certain light.

Has had little use really, used for the family calendar and the odd youtube videos.

I upgraded the original std 500GB HDD to a 120GB SSD and to 8GB. So it flies in day to day tasks, boots in less than 30 secs running Windows 10.

Comes complete with its stand, PSU a new wired keyboard and mouse, in its original box.

Windows 10 has been factory reset, ready for new owner.

Main specs can be seen in the pictures, and more tech details can be found here..

Dell XPS 18 takes the tabletop tablet lead
Dell XPS 18 (1820)

Note this is the Core I3 3227U CPU

Please be aware that one of the flip out feet has lost its magnet, so it doesnt stick in place when you fold it away. This in no way effects its use, it can easily be fixed by gluing a small magnet to it. Never bothered me as i used it mainly on its stand.
Collection Welcome.

Was purchased from Dell outlet, but comes in the full retail box, ie not a brown shipper.

Price and currency: 250

Delivery: Delivery cost is included within my country
Payment method: Bank Xfer or PPG
Location: BRADFORD
Advertised elsewhere?: Advertised elsewhere
Prefer goods collected?: I have no preference

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For Sale – DEll XPS18 All in One, I3, 8GB, 120GB SSD

DELL XPS 18 All in One PC with Touch Screen.

In good clean cosmetic condition, no dings or cracks. The screen does have the very very fine marks from cleaning and general use, cannot be seen when on, only when you hold the screen up to a certain light.

Has had little use really, used for the family calendar and the odd youtube videos.

I upgraded the original std 500GB HDD to a 120GB SSD and to 8GB. So it flies in day to day tasks, boots in less than 30 secs running Windows 10.

Comes complete with its stand, PSU a new wired keyboard and mouse, in its original box.

Windows 10 has been factory reset, ready for new owner.

Main specs can be seen in the pictures, and more tech details can be found here..

Dell XPS 18 takes the tabletop tablet lead
Dell XPS 18 (1820)

Note this is the Core I3 3227U CPU

Please be aware that one of the flip out feet has lost its magnet, so it doesnt stick in place when you fold it away. This in no way effects its use, it can easily be fixed by gluing a small magnet to it. Never bothered me as i used it mainly on its stand.
Collection Welcome.

Was purchased from Dell outlet, but comes in the full retail box, ie not a brown shipper.

Price and currency: 250

Delivery: Delivery cost is included within my country
Payment method: Bank Xfer or PPG
Location: BRADFORD
Advertised elsewhere?: Advertised elsewhere
Prefer goods collected?: I have no preference

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For Sale – DEll XPS18 All in One, I3, 8GB, 120GB SSD

DELL XPS 18 All in One PC with Touch Screen.

In good clean cosmetic condition, no dings or cracks. The screen does have the very very fine marks from cleaning and general use, cannot be seen when on, only when you hold the screen up to a certain light.

Has had little use really, used for the family calendar and the odd youtube videos.

I upgraded the original std 500GB HDD to a 120GB SSD and to 8GB. So it flies in day to day tasks, boots in less than 30 secs running Windows 10.

Comes complete with its stand, PSU a new wired keyboard and mouse, in its original box.

Windows 10 has been factory reset, ready for new owner.

Main specs can be seen in the pictures, and more tech details can be found here..

Dell XPS 18 takes the tabletop tablet lead
Dell XPS 18 (1820)

Note this is the Core I3 3227U CPU

Please be aware that one of the flip out feet has lost its magnet, so it doesnt stick in place when you fold it away. This in no way effects its use, it can easily be fixed by gluing a small magnet to it. Never bothered me as i used it mainly on its stand.
Collection Welcome.

Was purchased from Dell outlet, but comes in the full retail box, ie not a brown shipper.

Price and currency: 250

Delivery: Delivery cost is included within my country
Payment method: Bank Xfer or PPG
Location: BRADFORD
Advertised elsewhere?: Advertised elsewhere
Prefer goods collected?: I have no preference

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For Sale – DEll XPS18 All in One, I3, 8GB, 120GB SSD

DELL XPS 18 All in One PC with Touch Screen.

In good clean cosmetic condition, no dings or cracks. The screen does have the very very fine marks from cleaning and general use, cannot be seen when on, only when you hold the screen up to a certain light.

Has had little use really, used for the family calendar and the odd youtube videos.

I upgraded the original std 500GB HDD to a 120GB SSD and to 8GB. So it flies in day to day tasks, boots in less than 30 secs running Windows 10.

Comes complete with its stand, PSU a new wired keyboard and mouse, in its original box.

Windows 10 has been factory reset, ready for new owner.

Main specs can be seen in the pictures, and more tech details can be found here..

Dell XPS 18 takes the tabletop tablet lead
Dell XPS 18 (1820)

Note this is the Core I3 3227U CPU

Please be aware that one of the flip out feet has lost its magnet, so it doesnt stick in place when you fold it away. This in no way effects its use, it can easily be fixed by gluing a small magnet to it. Never bothered me as i used it mainly on its stand.
Collection Welcome.

Was purchased from Dell outlet, but comes in the full retail box, ie not a brown shipper.

Price and currency: 275
Delivery: Delivery cost is included within my country
Payment method: Bank Xfer or PPG
Location: BRADFORD
Advertised elsewhere?: Advertised elsewhere
Prefer goods collected?: I have no preference

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For Sale – DEll XPS18 All in One, I3, 8GB, 120GB SSD

DELL XPS 18 All in One PC with Touch Screen.

In good clean cosmetic condition, no dings or cracks. The screen does have the very very fine marks from cleaning and general use, cannot be seen when on, only when you hold the screen up to a certain light.

Has had little use really, used for the family calendar and the odd youtube videos.

I upgraded the original std 500GB HDD to a 120GB SSD and to 8GB. So it flies in day to day tasks, boots in less than 30 secs running Windows 10.

Comes complete with its stand, PSU a new wired keyboard and mouse, in its original box.

Windows 10 has been factory reset, ready for new owner.

Main specs can be seen in the pictures, and more tech details can be found here..

Dell XPS 18 takes the tabletop tablet lead
Dell XPS 18 (1820)

Note this is the Core I3 3227U CPU

Please be aware that one of the flip out feet has lost its magnet, so it doesnt stick in place when you fold it away. This in no way effects its use, it can easily be fixed by gluing a small magnet to it. Never bothered me as i used it mainly on its stand.
Collection Welcome.

Was purchased from Dell outlet, but comes in the full retail box, ie not a brown shipper.

Price and currency: 275
Delivery: Delivery cost is included within my country
Payment method: Bank Xfer or PPG
Location: BRADFORD
Advertised elsewhere?: Advertised elsewhere
Prefer goods collected?: I have no preference

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Organize Active Directory with these strategies


It’s a familiar refrain for many in the IT field: You start a new job and have to clean up the previous administrator’s…

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handiwork, such as their Active Directory group configuration.

You might inherit an Active Directory group strategy from an admin who didn’t think the process through, leaving you with a setup that doesn’t reflect the usage patterns of your users. Administrators who take the time to organize Active Directory organizational units and groups in a more coherent fashion will simplify their workload by making it easier to audit Active Directory identities and minimize the Active Directory attack surface.

Here are some practical tips and tricks to streamline your Active Directory (AD) administrator work and support your security compliance officers.

The traditional Active Directory design pattern

To start, always organize individual user accounts into groups. Avoid giving access permissions to individual user accounts because that approach does not scale.

Figure 1 shows Microsoft’s recommendation to organize Active Directory user accounts for resource access.

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Figure 1. Microsoft recommends the account, global, domain local, permission security model to organize Active Directory user accounts.

The account, global, domain local, permission (AGDLP) model uses the following workflow:

  • Organize users into global groups based on business criteria, such as department and location.
  • Place the appropriate global groups into domain local groups on resource servers based on similar resource access requirements.
  • Grant resource permissions to domain local groups only.

Note how this model uses two different scopes. Global groups organize AD users at the domain level, and domain local groups organize global groups at the access server level, such as a file server or a print server.

Employ role-based access control principles

Role-based access control (RBAC) grants access to groups based on job role. For example, consider network printer access:

  • Most users need only the ability to submit and manage their own print jobs.
  • Some users have delegated privileges to manage the entire print queue.
  • Select users have full administrative access to the printer’s hardware and software.

Microsoft helps with some of the planning work by prepopulating RBAC roles in Active Directory. For instance, installing the Domain Name Service role creates several sub-administrative groups in Active Directory.

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How to set up users and groups in Active Directory

Instead of relying on prebuilt groups, think about the user population and how to design global and domain local groups. Try to organize Active Directory global groups according to business rules and domain local groups based on access roles.

You might have global groups defined for each business unit at your organization, including IT, accounting, legal, manufacturing and human resources. You might also have domain local groups based on specific job tasks: print queue managers, print users, file access managers, file readers, database reporters and database developers.

When you organize Active Directory, the goals are to describe both the user population and their resource access requirements completely and accurately while you keep the number of global and domain local groups as small as possible to reduce the management workload.

Keep group nesting to a minimum if possible

You should keep group nesting to a minimum because it increases your administrative overhead and makes it more difficult to troubleshoot effective access. You should only populate global groups with individual Active Directory user accounts and only populate domain local groups with global groups.

effective access tab
Figure 2. The effective access tab displays the effective permissions for groups, users and device accounts.

The Windows Server and client operating systems have a feature called effective access, found in the advanced security settings dialog box in a file or folder’s properties sheet. You model effective access for a particular user, group or computer account from this location. But analyzing multiple folders with this feature doesn’t scale. You have to run it multiple times to analyze permissions.

In a multi-domain environment, nesting is unavoidable. Stick to single domain topologies when possible.

cross-domain resource access
Figure 3. A cross-domain resource access configuration in Active Directory offers more flexibility to the administrator.

I recommend the topology in Figure 3 because while global groups can contain Active Directory user accounts from their own domain only, you can add global groups to discretionary access control lists in any forest domain.

Here’s what’s happening in the topology in Figure 3:

  • A: Global groups represent marketing department employees in the contoso.com and corp.contoso.com domains.
  • B: We create a domain local group on our app server named Mktg App Access and populate it with both global groups.
  • C: We assign permissions on our line-of-business marketing app to the Mktg App Access domain local group.

When you need to organize Active Directory groups, develop a naming convention that makes sense to everyone on your team and stick to it.

You might wonder why there is no mention of universal groups. I avoid them because they slow down user logon times due to global catalog universal group membership lookups. Universal groups also make it easy to be sloppy during group creation and with resource access strategy.

How to design for the hybrid cloud

Microsoft offers Azure Active Directory for cloud identity services that you can synchronize with on-premises Active Directory user and group accounts, but Azure AD does not support organizational units. Azure AD uses a flat list of user and group accounts that works well for identity purposes.

With this structure in mind, proper user and group naming is paramount. You should also sufficiently populate Active Directory properties to make it easier to manage these accounts in the Azure cloud.

When you need to organize Active Directory groups, develop a naming convention that makes sense to everyone on your team and stick to it.

One common group naming pattern involves prefixes. For example, you might start all your global group names with GL_ and your domain local group names with DL_. If you use Exchange Server, then you will have distribution groups in addition to the AD security groups. In that instance, you could use the DI_ prefix.

For Sale – Thinkpad X201 – 2.5GHz i5 – 4GB RAM – 160GB HDD

X201 Thinkpad

Machine is in good clean condition, usual marks on the rubberised lid and some shine to the keys/trackpad, but nothing out of the ordinary for a second hand unit. One of the rubber feet things is missing from the HDD dock too, the drive still fits snug though.

Intel M540 i5 2.53GHz
Intel HD 3000
4GB RAM
160GB HDD
Windows 7 Pro
12.1″ Screen

Windows 7 and drivers have been freshly installed, so it’s completely ready to use. Still really solid little laptops these. It was also the last X series with the old style keyboard, they changed it on the X220, then went with the divisive “chiclet” styles keys on the X230 and beyond.

Comes complete with the original charger.

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£80 Delivered.

Price and currency: £80
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For Sale – Network freebies and 12TB HDD

Getting rid of a bit of clutter in the house, i will add more once i get into storage and do a proper clean out. All items are free all i ask is you pay postage and packaging. Please only ask for something if you need it.

Western Digital My Net Central N900 it has gigabit ethernet ports, made for cable connections or can be used as an access point. It also has a 2.5 inch sata HDD bay internally which can be used as a NAS or you can do this via the USB 2.0 port at back.

Cat 5E flat black ethernet cables
1 x 15m
3 x 5m

12TB Seagate Iron Wolf, just arrived from RMA. This one is brand new still sealed. £300

I have more ethernet cables but most have the clips broken but work fine, let me know if you would still like these. Ranging from 1-2m some are Cat 5e and some are Cat 6.

I’m in Sheffield if anyone would like to collect.

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