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For Sale – 15 Inch MacBook Pro (2017) [Fully Specced – 512GB]

Hi there
You say this had a new logic board replacement recently. Do you know if that Is that a know issue with these MacBooks then ? It just seems strange to have something like that already replaced on a MacBook that’s pretty new and hardly used like you say. Only asking because I wouldn’t want to be buying something that’s potentially going to have issues. Also, was the replacement carried out by Apple…?

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The First Wave of Xbox Black Friday Deals Has Arrived: Discounts on Sea of Thieves and Select Xbox Wireless Controllers – Xbox Wire

The holidays will be here before you know it, and to kick off the start of November, we are unveiling the first wave of Xbox Black Friday discounts. This is just a sample of our entire Black Friday deals – tune in via Mixer for a special episode of Inside Xbox live from X019 in London on Thursday, November 14 at 12:00 p.m. PT for the full lineup of Xbox Black Friday discounts and offers. You won’t want to miss out!

First up, we are offering a 50% discount on Sea of Thieves: Anniversary Edition, the fastest-selling first-party new IP of this generation. Join this multiplayer, shared-world adventure game featuring new modes like the story driven Tall Tales or The Arena, a competitive multiplayer experience on the high seas. Xbox Live Gold is required to play Sea of Thieves: Anniversary Edition and is sold separately.

Fans can also save up to $20 on select Xbox Wireless Controllers, including some of the newest controllers in the Xbox collection. Snag the Night Ops Camo Special Edition, Sport Blue Special Edition, Gears 5 Kait Diaz Limited Edition controllers and many more at the lowest prices of the season.

Deals are valid starting on November 24 and run through December 2, 2019. Plus, Black Friday kicks off even earlier for Xbox Game Pass Ultimate and Xbox Live Gold members, with Early Access beginning on November 21.

Visit Xbox.com, Microsoft Store and participating retailers globally for more details on availability and pricing as deals will vary between regions and retailers. See here for more Black Friday deals from Microsoft Store.

Xbox has something for everyone on your gift this list year, and at every price point. Be sure to tune in to Inside Xbox at X019 on Thursday, November 14 at 12:00 p.m. PT for the full lineup of Xbox Black Friday deals.

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Wanted – 3TB / 4TB WD Red

I’d be wanting £48 delivered. If price is acceptable let me know & I will run a test but sure its all fine.

Looking at below its only been powered on 69 hours! It was used as a Backup drive (then stored to safe) which would explain the light use.

Has completed a Quick Test OK using WD Lifeguard tool. I’ve set it running an extended test (estimating ~6 hrs to complete at the moment).

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WMC1T0983534 Out of Limited Warranty WD30EFRX WD Red 10/26/2015

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Wanted – 3TB / 4TB WD Red

I’d be wanting £48 delivered. If price is acceptable let me know & I will run a test but sure its all fine.

Looking at below its only been powered on 69 hours! It was used as a Backup drive (then stored to safe) which would explain the light use.

Has completed a Quick Test OK using WD Lifeguard tool. I’ve set it running an extended test (estimating ~6 hrs to complete at the moment).

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WD site info:

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Serial Number Status Model Number Description Expiration Date
WMC1T0983534 Out of Limited Warranty WD30EFRX WD Red 10/26/2015

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For Sale – 15 Inch MacBook Pro (2017) [Fully Specced – 512GB]

Hi there
You say this had a new logic board replacement recently. Do you know if that Is that a know issue with these MacBooks then ? It just seems strange to have something like that already replaced on a MacBook that’s pretty new and hardly used like you say. Only asking because I wouldn’t want to be buying something that’s potentially going to have issues. Also, was the replacement carried out by Apple…?

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Empowering employees with disabilities – Microsoft Accessibility Blog

We Are All Advocates

There is a simple concept in the world of accessibility and disability inclusion if you don’t know, ask‘. If you don’t know what resources are available in your workplace, raise the question. If you are unsure of what responsibilities your organization has to help empower employees with disabilities, seek out the information. The more we ask questions and have a willingness to learn and grow, the better off we will all be. 

Microsoft President Brad Smith recently spoke at the National Federation of the Blind 2019 National Convention about why we can’t just focus on technology, we need to put people first. He underscored that we need to look beyond the products and features that everyone uses today and fundamentally ask ourselves, “How can we imagine new technology that can fundamentally improve people’s lives in ways they haven’t yet experienced?” Over the summer, Microsoft Chief Marketing Officer Chris Capossela attended the Disability:IN Annual Conference and Expo and represented Microsoft, where he accepted the Marketplace Innovator of the Year Award on behalf of the company. Reflecting on his experience at the conference, he noted that, “including people with disabilities in our organizations pays off in multiple ways. At Microsoft, inclusion is at the core of our mission.” 

This gets to the heart of what we do every day at Microsoft and how we can empower people with disabilities around the world. We are all on a journey together. Building partnerships, listening, asking, and learning can net results for your organization. We don’t have all the answers, but if we work together, we can create positive change for everyone.  

I also think it is incredibly important to try new things and ask ourselves, “what more can we do to empower our employees and the broader disability community?” For example, we have been working with BraunAbility, a leading manufacturer of wheelchair accessible vehicles and other mobility transportation solutions, to test a new 3-D graphic for ADA Parking spaces at the Living Well Health Center on our Redmond Campus. Our goal is to help drivers and passengers get in and out of their vehicle safely and to help deter misuse of the accessible spaces and access aisles. This is part of BraunAbility’s Drive for Inclusion initiative and we are getting great feedback from employees. Creating an inclusive culture is so much more than just adhering to laws (which is important!), but really focusing on everything we can do to build an environment where everyone can thrive. 

Tune in throughout the month as we share more stories, demos, and ways to get involved in the movement.  

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How to handle service downtime in the cloud age

As we all know, the cloud is not a cure-all. What happens when you have a service outage because your cloud went offline or your internet provider experiences issues?

If your organization depends on SaaS services, with some planning, you can weather the storm with IT infrastructure backup servers that can help you to interact with customers, answer questions and attempt some level of business functionality. When you lose the connection to the cloud or a service, it shouldn’t be the end of your business work. You can set up a safety net in the form of backup virtual machines for the essential services that have moved to the cloud.

With so much focus today on the cloud, it’s almost impossible to think about what would happen if it wasn’t there. Azure, AWS and all the major cloud providers have measures in place to prevent them from ever fully going offline. While that is ideal for the cloud and cloud vendors, that doesn’t mean you can always connect to that cloud. A DDoS attack against your location or internet provider could prevent you from getting access to the cloud. Something as simple as a backhoe that cuts through cables near your facility can remove that cloud connectivity in the most non-technical method possible. So, while the cloud might not go down, your connection to it might. How do you cope in that sort of situation?

network connection issues
When networking issues strike and your users get this message, then you need to make sure you have some way to keep the business running in the form of IT infrastructure backups.

Take stock of your application inventory

One of the fundamental questions you should ask is: where are your applications? If you run SaaS-based applications for Office, CRM, sales and just about everything else, then you have to come up with a backup to these cloud services. Having a working IT infrastructure without working applications does not help the business. One of the challenges with many SaaS-based applications is that they don’t support an offline mode.

Some applications such as Office 365 — depending on your licensing — allow local installations, which is ideal so long as your files remain local as well. That is where we get into the challenges: each time you address one piece on-site or in the cloud, then something else comes up. It’s not often that we map out what it takes to do a specific task, because we assume the interconnected pieces will always work. That lack of foresight puts your business in a dangerous situation. 

There are limits to what an emergency backup system can do

So, this brings up the question of how functional would you want your staff to be in the event of an outage? It’s not realistic to be fully functional in a service downtime situation; technically, anything is possible with unlimited resources. Paying for duplicate infrastructure and SaaS services can be done, but that would most likely be inefficient from a cost and coordination standpoint.

Instead, start with simple aspects such as email, documents and the desktop. The first hurdle to surmount is the ability to log in. The Windows OS almost requires it to be connected to the internet. Try disconnecting your desktop and powering it up; even on a home machine, the amount of lag will make the system crawl as it times out while trying to log in and find all the connected services. Unlike home machines with local accounts, when you have a domain then you need locally stored login credentials or you’re not getting in. Now local accounts and cached credentials are not exactly security best practices, but you need to balance security with the need to get employees working. Most laptop users won’t suffer through this since they are usually set up to work offline, but it takes additional steps that are not traditionally done for desktops. 

If you can log in, what about the applications? If you enabled offline access in Outlook, then you will have access to email that was pulled down before the outage. The same can be said if you use OneDrive and had it sync before you lost connection. Simple offline email access, file shares and printing might be all you’re limited to, depending on the infrastructure, but that is better than having your staff staring at their desktops because they can’t access their data. 

Look into ways to back up IT infrastructure services

You need to evaluate how much of the networking and infrastructure services — specifically domain name services, internet protocol, file and print services — you want to keep in the data center. While it’s possible to put most of these infrastructure services in the cloud, you should consider backing up these services in reserve as virtual machines. 

Unless you have moved everything offsite and have no on-premises resources, you could use a few Hyper-V hosts for those workloads that can’t move to Azure. What prevents you from having backup infrastructure servers as powered-down virtual machines on your Hyper-V hosts? They don’t need to be on shared storage; local storage would work just fine for these emergency servers. 

Unless you have moved everything offsite and have no on-premises resources, you could use a few Hyper-V hosts for those workloads that can’t be placed in Azure.

The cloud comes with so many offerings; it’s next to impossible to ignore everything it can do. But part of the challenge with this migration is to set up backup servers for the services that have moved into the cloud. For some services, such as Active Directory, it can be a bit trickier to keep them in cold storage, but it is possible. 

It’s important to maintain these backup infrastructure servers. It can’t be an “install once and forget it” situation. Update them several times a year to ensure, should you need it, your backups can fill the void when a connectivity issue arises.

It helps to note when changes occur with key systems, such as DNS, DHCP, and other network servers. How often do you create additional DHCP scopes? During this review process, you might find much of the infrastructure is more static than you realized, which helps when you’re formulating a plan to keep backup infrastructure up to date. These backups aren’t meant to be a straight swap, but rather something to give you internal networking and some additional functionality even when you can’t get traffic outside your building or it is limited in some fashion. It’s not meant to be perfect, but something to keep the business going while repairs are under way.

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Announcing the public preview of Azure AD support for FIDO2-based passwordless sign-in

Howdy folks,

I’m thrilled to let you know that you can now go passwordless with the public preview of FIDO2 security keys support in Azure Active Directory (Azure AD)! Many teams across Microsoft have been involved in this effort, and we’re proud to deliver on our vision of making FIDO2 technologies a reality to provide you with seamless, secure, and passwordless access to all your Azure AD-connected apps and services.

In addition, we turned on a new set of admin capabilities in the Azure AD portal that enable you to manage authentication factors for users and groups in your organization. In this first release, you can use them to manage a staged rollout of passwordless authentication using FIDO2 security keys and/or the Microsoft Authenticator application. Going forward you’ll see us add the ability to manage all our traditional authentication factors (Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA), OATH Tokens, phone number sign in, etc.). Our goal is to enable you to use this one tool to manage all your authentication factors.

Why do we feel so strongly about passwordless?

Every day, more and more of our customers move to cloud services and applications. They need to know that the data and services stored in these services are secure. Unfortunately, passwords are no longer an effective security mechanism. We know from industry analysts that 81 percent of successful cyberattacks begin with a compromised username and password. Additionally, traditional MFA, while very effective, can be hard to use and has a very low adoption rate.

It’s clear we need to provide our customers with authentication options that are secure and easy to use, so they can confidently access information without having to worry about hackers taking over their accounts.

This is where passwordless authentication comes in. We believe it will help to significantly and permanently reduce the risk of account compromise.

Now, all Azure AD users can sign in password-free using a FIDO2 security key, the Microsoft Authenticator app, or Windows Hello. These strong authentication factors are based off the same world class, public key/private key encryption standards and protocols, which are protected by a biometric factor (fingerprint or facial recognition) or a PIN. Users apply the biometric factor or PIN to unlock the private key stored securely on the device. The key is then used to prove who the user and the device are to the service. 

Check out this video where Joy Chik, corporate vice president of Identity, and I talk more about this new standard for signing in. To learn more about why this should be a priority for you and your organization, read our whitepaper.

Let’s get you started!

To help you get started on your own passwordless journey, this week we’re rolling out a bonanza of public preview capabilities. These new features include:

  • A new Authentication methods blade in your Azure AD admin portal that allows you to assign passwordless credentials using FIDO2 security keys and passwordless sign-in with Microsoft Authenticator to users and groups.

FIDO2 hardware

Microsoft has teamed up with leading hardware partners, Feitian Technologies, HID Global, and Yubico, to make sure we have a range of FIDO2 form factors available at launch, including keys connecting via USB and NFC protocols. Sue Bohn has more details on those partnerships.

Please be sure to verify that any FIDO2 security keys you’re considering for your organization meet the additional options required to be compatible with Microsoft’s implementation.

Our passwordless strategy

Our passwordless strategy is a four-step approach where we deploy replacement offerings, reduce the password surface area, transition to passwordless deployment, and finally eliminate passwords:

Today’s product launches are an important milestone for getting to passwordless. In addition, the engineering work we did to provide authentication methods management for administrators and user registration and management, will allow us to move even faster to improve credentials management experiences, as well as bring new capabilities and credentials online more simply. We’re working with our Windows security engineering team to make FIDO2 authentication work for hybrid-joined devices.

Of course, we look forward to feedback from you across all of these features, to help us improve before we make them generally available.

Regards,

 Alex (Twitter: @Alex_A_Simons)

 Corporate VP of Program Management

 Microsoft Identity Division

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For Sale – Faulty MacBook Pro

Selling my beloved laptop.. don’t know what’s wrong with it.. use it for a little while then decides to restart. Sometimes it restarts straight away, sometimes after 30 minutes of use.

May be an easy fix for someone.

I bought a new battery for it thinking that would be the solution but nope, same thing.

Comes with charger.

Please see pics below

Price and currency: 270
Delivery: Delivery cost is included within my country
Payment method: PayPal
Location: Nottingham
Advertised elsewhere?: Not advertised elsewhere
Prefer goods collected?: I have no preference

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Wanted – WD Red x2

Hi All

Looking for 2x WD Red drives please. Min 2tb each, ideally 3tb or 4tb if the price is decent

Let me know what you have

Can collect if local to Berkshire to save on postage

Thanks

Location: Berkshire

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