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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.

Upgrade your IT admin career options with these tips

As anyone who has been working in the Microsoft space in the last few years knows, the rate of change for a Windows sys admin has accelerated greatly, and it’s time to buckle in or fall behind.

Gone are the days of an environment that remains static for years. We’re now in a cloud and “as a service” world. With DevOps and Agile deployment methodologies in vogue, administrators get many small updates more frequently rather than the occasional, giant update every few years.

Due to this new world — which usually makes business sense due to the economics of scale — IT admins need to update their skills to stay current. How can you stay afloat in this rapidly changing environment and prepare for advancement in your IT admin career?

This shift is a bit of an inconvenience for an admin and everyone who works in information technology. It requires a new mindset and a different skill set to manage the evolving infrastructure. We have moved from a known environment in which we controlled when and where updates occurred. At the very least, we could trace those changes. Now, it’s an outside entity that decides what updates happen and when they’re applied — often with no notice or communication.

Get your head in the Microsoft cloud

To adapt, admins need to be in the right mindset. In the world of Microsoft, you do yourself a disservice if you don’t consider options beyond being fully on premises. It’s next to impossible to stay on prem anyway.

Where does your email filtering service sit? Where do your OS updates originate from? How much does your disaster recovery environment cost to maintain? These questions are always going to come back to the cost and which one makes more financial sense. As a technical professional, you need to understand the pros and cons of different solutions at the high level. There is no ultimate better or worse answer; each has its strengths and weaknesses.

Because of changes in technical approaches from vendors and the rate-of-change expectations from companies, admins should learn as much as possible about Azure and Office 365. You may not use VMs in the cloud, but a major hardware refresh or office relocation that contains your existing data center may be all it takes for a decision to be made that throws you into the clutches of the cloud.

Admins new to Azure and Office 365 might be surprised by what each has to offer. Azure has a huge list of services and features that go beyond hosting VMs. Even Azure experts will say that it’s not possible to be highly knowledgeable in all areas of Microsoft’s cloud. Office 365 also has an extensive list of services and features that Microsoft changes and upgrades constantly.

To help sys admins, Microsoft provides a few ways to advance their learning efforts. The company’s Evaluation Center offers test environments in its TechNet Virtual Labs to try out features in its cloud products. There are also Microsoft Mechanics videos that showcase new products and features with brief technical demos and discussions.

Engineer new possibilities with PowerShell

The road to better opportunities in your IT admin career journey is paved with PowerShell cmdlets. This automation and configuration management tool has been around since Exchange 2007, and every Windows admin should know how to use it, regardless of the task.

Many IT admins still barely use PowerShell. If you’re in that group, don’t put it off any longer. It doesn’t matter which Microsoft product you work with; they all can be managed or configured with PowerShell. For an admin, it’s a good career move. PowerShell experience is a strong bullet point on a resume. For some jobs that deal with Azure or Office 365 management, it will be a hard requirement rather than a desirable skill.

To learn PowerShell, there is plenty of material online, such as videos, articles and books for beginners. I prefer a more direct approach. I forced myself to use PowerShell commands for simple tasks I already knew how to do — copying a file, changing an attribute on an Active Directory account or stopping a running service.

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PowerShell commands can be cumbersome at first, but use Google searches to understand basic concepts, such as piping and variables. These efforts will build your knowledge to develop advanced scripts that perform complex tasks that would be impossible or extremely time-consuming with a GUI utility.

Follow Microsoft’s lead to guide your career path

Companies that don’t use Azure and Office 365 are scarcer every day. It can be hard to justify managing your own Exchange Server when Microsoft can do it for you. An admin who builds experience in these areas, even if it’s only time spent testing and playing with the features, will be ahead of someone who did not invest the time to learn these technologies.

Even in your current job, use PowerShell to write a script for a particularly time-consuming task. For example, build one that generates a report of all users in the company by department and site, while excluding contractors and disabled accounts. This type of scripting ability is a great skill to have.

Keep an eye on Microsoft’s direction, and stay up to date on those technologies. These efforts will make sure you’re in the best place to advance your IT admin career internally or with another company.

For Sale – Ryzen 1700 rx480 based system and monitor

I am contemplating selling my pc set up as I could do with the space.

Ryzen 1700 with Ryzen fan but also including an other low profile cooler incase you want to change it. Will add model when o get home
B350m mortar
Rx 480 8gb
Dell 25 inch U2515H 2560×1440 monitor
Dell ac511 soundbar
8gb ddr4
120gb ssd
550w thermaltake semi modular psu
Bitfenix Prodigy M case (atomic orange) with additional led fans
Victop mechanical keyboard with extra set of keys
Logitech M330 mouse
Netgear ac1200 wifi dongle

Will add pictures when i get home

Price and currency: 1050
Delivery: Goods must be exchanged in person
Payment method: Cash
Location: Northants
Advertised elsewhere?: Advertised elsewhere
Prefer goods collected?: I prefer the goods to be collected

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Wanted – 12TB or 10TB Hard drive (possibly 8TB)

I’ve filled my media player HDD (6TB) and rapidly running out of space on my server (filled with 8TB drives). I thinking it would maybe make sense to upgrade one of the HDDs in my server to 10TB or ideally 12TB then swap an 8TB drive to the media player…

If anyone has a 12TB or 10TB Hard drive please let me know make and model/age/price/warranty status and I’d be interested.

Might possibly consider an 8TB drive if cheap (ideally a WD red) just for the media player as I can probably survive 5-6 months with the remaining space on the server and hopefully prices will have come down enough to replace more than one server drive by then.

Let me know what you have.
thanks

Location: Lincoln, UK

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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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For Sale – Ryzen 1700 rx480 based system and monitor

I am contemplating selling my pc set up as I could do with the space.

Ryzen 1700 with Ryzen fan but also including an other low profile cooler incase you want to change it. Will add model when o get home
B350m mortar
Rx 480 8gb
Dell 25 inch U2515H 2560×1440 monitor
8gb ddr4
120gb ssd
550w thermaltake semi modular psu
Bitfenix Prodigy M case (atomic orange) with additional led fans
Victop mechanical keyboard
Logitech M330 mouse
Netgear ac1200 wifi dongle

Will add pictures when i get home

Price and currency: 1050
Delivery: Goods must be exchanged in person
Payment method: Cash
Location: Northants
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 – 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.

IMG_0649.JPG

IMG_0650.JPG

IMG_0651.JPG

IMG_0653.JPG

IMG_0655.JPG

IMG_0657.JPG

IMG_0658.JPG

IMG_0659.JPG

IMG_0665.JPG

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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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 – Ryzen 1700 rx480 based system and monitor

I am contemplating selling my pc set up as I could do with the space.

Ryzen 1700 with Ryzen fan but also including an other low profile cooler incase you want to change it. Will add model when o get home
B350m mortar
Rx 480 8gb
Dell 25 inch U2515H 2560×1440 monitor
8gb ddr4
120gb ssd
550w thermaltake semi modular psu
Bitfenix Prodigy M case (atomic orange) with additional led fans
Victop mechanical keyboard
Logitech M330 mouse
Netgear ac1200 wifi dongle

Will add pictures when i get home

Price and currency: 1050
Delivery: Goods must be exchanged in person
Payment method: Cash
Location: Northants
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.
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.

Wanted – 12TB or 10TB Hard drive (possibly 8TB)

I’ve filled my media player HDD (6TB) and rapidly running out of space on my server (filled with 8TB drives). I thinking it would maybe make sense to upgrade one of the HDDs in my server to 10TB or ideally 12TB then swap an 8TB drive to the media player…

If anyone has a 12TB or 10TB Hard drive please let me know make and model/age/price/warranty status and I’d be interested.

Might possibly consider an 8TB drive if cheap (ideally a WD red) just for the media player as I can probably survive 5-6 months with the remaining space on the server and hopefully prices will have come down enough to replace more than one server drive by then.

Let me know what you have.
thanks

Location: Lincoln, UK

______________________________________________________
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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 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.

IMG_0649.JPG

IMG_0650.JPG

IMG_0651.JPG

IMG_0653.JPG

IMG_0655.JPG

IMG_0657.JPG

IMG_0658.JPG

IMG_0659.JPG

IMG_0665.JPG

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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  • 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.