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For Sale – Ubiquiti Unifi USG 3

Would you take £50 inc postage?

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For Sale – HP Chromebook 14-db0003na – Brand New

SOLD to hodg100.

I have a brand new and sealed HP Chromebook 14-db0003na. I’ve opened the box to take a single picture, and nothing was removed from the box, when doing so. I received this as part of my purchase of a Pixel 4 XL, from Google direct, and as I have PC’s coming out my ear, I have no use for it.

Specs are:

14″ screen
AMD-A4 9120C APU
32GB eMMC storage
100GB Google Drive cloud storage (free first year)
4GB DDR4 RAM
Chrome OS
B&O speakers
2 x USB 3.1 Type-C ports
2 x USB 2.0 ports
1 x microSD slot
Bluetooth v4.2
Webcam with mics
Headphone port

Pictures of one here.

Any questions, please ask.

Paul

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For Sale – HP Chromebook 14-db0003na – Brand New

Hi,

I have a brand new and sealed HP Chromebook 14-db0003na. I’ve opened the box to take a single picture, and nothing was removed from the box, when doing so. I received this as part of my purchase of a Pixel 4 XL, from Google direct, and as I have PC’s coming out my ear, I have no use for it.

Specs are:

14″ screen
AMD-A4 9120C APU
32GB eMMC storage
4GB DDR4 RAM
Chrome OS
B&O speakers
2 x USB 3.1 Type-C ports
2 x USB 2.0 ports
1 x microSD slot
Bluetooth v4.2
Webcam with mics
Headphone port

Pictures of one here.

Any questions, please ask.

Paul

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Top Office 365 MFA considerations for administrators

With the rise in data breach incidents reported by companies of all sizes, it doesn’t take much effort to find a cache of leaked passwords that can be used to gain unauthorized access to email or another online service.

Administrators can make users produce complex passwords and change them frequently to ensure they set a different password for different applications or systems. It’s a helpful way to keep hackers from guessing a login, but it’s a practice that can backfire. Many users struggle with memorizing password variations, which tends to lead to one complex password used across multiple systems. Industrious hackers who find a password dump can assume some end users will use the same password — or a variation of it — across multiple workloads online to make it easier to pry their way into other systems.

IT departments in the enterprise realize that unless they implement specific password policies and enforce them, their systems may be at risk of a hack attempt. To mitigate these risks, many administrators will try multifactor authentication (MFA) products to address some of the identity concerns. MFA is the technology that adds another layer of authentication after users enter their password to confirm their identity, such as a biometric verification or a code sent via text to their phone. An organization that has moved its collaboration workloads to Microsoft’s cloud has a few Office 365 MFA options.

When considering an MFA product, IT administrators must consider several key areas, especially when some of the services they may subscribe to, such as Microsoft Azure and Office 365, include MFA functionality from Microsoft. Depending on the level of functionality needed and services covered by MFA, IT administrators might consider selecting a third-party vendor, even when that choice will require more configuration work with Active Directory and cloud services. IT workers unfamiliar with MFA technology can look over the following areas to help with the selection process.

When considering the purchase of an MFA product, IT administrators must consider several key areas, especially when some of the services they may subscribe to, such as Microsoft Azure and Office 365, include MFA functionality from Microsoft.

Choosing the right authentication options for end users

IT administrators must investigate what will work best for their end users because there are several options to choose from when it comes to MFA. Some products use phone calls for confirmation, code via text messaging, key fobs, an authenticator app and even facial recognition. Depending on what the consensus is in the organization, the IT decision-makers have to work through the evaluation process to make sure the vendor supports the option they want.

Identifying which MFA product supports cloud workloads

More organizations have adopted some cloud service, such as Office 365, Azure, AWS and other public clouds. The MFA product must adapt to the needs of the organization as it adds more cloud services. While Microsoft offers its own MFA technology that works with Office 365, other vendors such as Duo Security — owned by Cisco — and Okta support Office 365 MFA for companies that want to use a third-party product.

Potential problems that can affect Office 365 MFA users

Using Office 365 MFA helps improve security, but there is potential for trouble that blocks access for end users. This can happen when a phone used for SMS confirmation breaks or is out of the user’s possession. Users might not gain access to the system or the services they need until they recover their device or change their MFA configuration.

Another possible problem to the authentication process can happen on the other end if the MFA product goes down and blocks access for everyone who has enabled MFA. These probabilities require IT to discuss and plan before implementing Office 365 MFA for the appropriate steps to be taken if these issues arise.

Evaluate the overall costs and features related to MFA

For the most part, MFA products are subscription-based that charge a monthly fee per user. Some vendors, such as Microsoft, bundle MFA with self-service identity, access management, access reporting and self-service group management. Third-party vendors might offer different MFA features; as one example, Duo Security includes self-enrollment and management, user risk assessment with phishing simulation, and device access monitoring and identification with its MFA product.

Single sign-on, identity management and identity monitoring are all valuable features that, if included with an MFA offering, should be worth considering when it’s time to narrow the vendor list.

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For Sale – 2 WD MyBook Duo Enclosures & 2 MyCloud EX2 Ultras

DUOS
Purchased these enclosures solely to take the drives out so don’t need them, they come with the original box and are the 20tb variant not that it matters

I have 2 of the wd my book duo enclosures in total

Brand new , never been powered on

£45 each

EX2’S
I also have 2 WD my cloud EX2s, brand new as well just opened to remove the drives.

£80 each

Price and currency: 45
Delivery: Delivery cost is included within my country
Payment method: Bank Transfer
Location: Glasgow
Advertised elsewhere?: advertised elsewhere
Prefer goods collected?: I have no preference

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The future of PowerShell begins to sharpen in focus

While predicting on the future of PowerShell, it helps to take a look back at its beginnings to see where it’s going as a cross-platform management tool.

Microsoft released PowerShell in 2006 as part of the Windows desktop and server versions released that year. The company added thousands of cmdlets over the years to expand the tool’s reach across the data center and into the cloud.

Microsoft’s embrace of Linux, due in large part to the number of Linux virtual machines running on Azure, steered the company to make a significant change with PowerShell in 2016. Microsoft ended development of Windows PowerShell in favor of a new tool called PowerShell Core, which would be an open source project to rework the utility as a cross-platform management tool for Windows, Linux and macOS systems.

A lot of features Windows PowerShell had were missing in the first PowerShell Core release in January 2018, mainly due to a switch in the underlying platform from the Windows-based .NET Framework to the cross-platform .NET Core. Jeffrey Snover, the inventor of PowerShell, has said the Windows edition will always have support but recommends IT pros learn how to use PowerShell Core, which is the version Microsoft uses to manage workloads on Azure.

SearchWindowsServer advisory board members shared their thoughts on the recent changes with the cross-platform management tool and their expectations for the future of PowerShell.

Recent releases broaden appeal beyond Windows admins

Reda ChouffaniReda Chouffani

Reda Chouffani: Many administrators who might have resisted moving away from familiar tools such as web interfaces or Microsoft Management Console have come to realize that despite the commands written in PowerShell, it is capable of automating some of the most complex and tedious activities.

At first, a lot of IT pros saw PowerShell just as another replacement to the traditional command line that ships with every Windows box. But once they dug deeper, they found how beneficial it was to use PowerShell commands to manage Exchange Server, Office 365, Skype for Business, Azure and a slew of other platforms.

Opening the PowerShell platform to non-Windows platforms after the version 5.1 release was a significant shift for Microsoft meant to encourage administrators who manage Linux to adopt PowerShell as their management and task automation tool.

Changes in the latest preview versions of PowerShell Core 7, which is based on .NET Core 3.0, include more management modules to extend the functionality. Another recent development is the return of the Out-GridView cmdlet to PowerShell Core. Many administrators used this cmdlet in Windows PowerShell to build GUIs for scripts. The PowerShell Core team was able to bring it back based on user feedback and support of WinForms and the Windows Presentation Foundation in .NET Core 3.0.

Azure is the gateway to get Linux users on board

Stuart Burns: There is no getting away from the fact that automation is growing in the world of IT. How that automation is achieved varies, but the one constant is scripting.

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Within Linux, Bash scripting, along with languages like Perl and Python, have been the go-to for the serious systems administrator. Microsoft had nothing in this space until relatively recently, in the form of PowerShell for non-Microsoft operating systems. It is a departure from the Microsoft of old, whereby Linux was seen as a second-class citizen, to put it politely.

PowerShell is a good scripting language, but it remains to be seen how popular it will become beyond Windows administrators. Linux administrators tend to stay with tools that do the job. Many have spent years honing their skills and scripts with Bash. They are not familiar with having upgrades forced on them. I know some administrators who run legacy versions of infrastructure mainly because it just refuses to break.

Microsoft’s embrace of Linux, due in large part to the number of Linux virtual machines running on Azure, steered the company to make a significant change with PowerShell in 2016.

Linux IT pros also have long memories. They don’t trust Microsoft for its anti-Linux stance from years ago when former CEO Steve Ballmer called Linux a cancer, which will take a very long time for them to forget.

Until the large Linux vendors support PowerShell as a first-class citizen, it’s not likely the community will have the motivation to give PowerShell a chance. For example, on the RedHat exam, there is a basic scripting requirement. There is no outside access — or time to download or install — PowerShell so the test-taker has to learn Bash to pass the exam.

One thing Microsoft does have in its favor is the ever-increasing uptake of Linux on the Azure platform. The functionality that PowerShell Core provides, while available in other languages as plug-ins, is definitely easier to utilize on Microsoft’s cloud platform.

Some admins need a little extra help to get started

Brian Kirsch: When Microsoft introduced PowerShell in 2006, administrators had a hard time finding a use for it because the scripting and command lines could only go so far at the time.

The key to PowerShell was its task automation framework over a new scripting format. It took many in IT by surprise and gave them capabilities they didn’t know they might need.

Fast forward to January 2018 and Microsoft took its first serious step to expand PowerShell beyond Windows. The release of PowerShell Core and Linux support expanded the capabilities of this automation tool. It was a big change, but, ultimately, a safe one for Microsoft. While releasing something along the lines of Active Directory for Linux could affect the Windows Server bottom line, making PowerShell cross-platform didn’t.

Brian KirschBrian Kirsch

Building a PowerShell bridge between environments might help make the language a staple of the data center across many platforms. With plug-ins from a variety of third-party platforms, including big vendors such as VMware, this has established PowerShell as the ideal language going forward. So, even if you were not using Hyper-V, you could still use PowerShell for VMware.

Where does Microsoft go from here? Bringing more features and extending the cross-platform capabilities will be a help, but the team should think about ways to make it easier to get the traditional Windows admin using PowerShell Core. In my experience, a lot of admins tend to modify code, not write it from scratch, so the ability to generate code from a wizard was a welcome addition. It might help if the PowerShell developers put together a visual modeling tool to stitch together snips of code for a larger view of a longer automation routine.

It might seem odd to use a graphical interface for something that runs on a command line, but it’s hard for the longtime Windows admin to hand over their GUI management in exchange for code, no matter how powerful it may be.

The Linux side lags too far behind

Richard Siddaway: PowerShell has become the standard automation tool for Windows administrators since its introduction. The announcement of PowerShell Core in 2016 brought with it a lot of uncertainty.

When compared to Windows PowerShell 5.1, the initial version of PowerShell Core, 6.0.0, had a number of functionality gaps. PowerShell Core had no workflows. It was missing cmdlets, such as the WMI cmdlets. Many of the Windows PowerShell modules, such as Active Directory, would not work with PowerShell Core.

Since the initial PowerShell Core 6.0.0 release, the PowerShell project team addressed many of these points:

  • Foreach-Object has a parallel parameter to provide some, if not most, of the functionality delivered by PowerShell workflows.
  • The PowerShell team reinstated missing cmdlets where applicable. For instance, the WMI cmdlets aren’t available in PowerShell Core, but they have been effectively deprecated in Windows PowerShell in favor of the Common Information Model cmdlets.
  • Most of the Windows PowerShell modules have been recompiled to work under PowerShell Core and Windows PowerShell. You can use the Windows Compatibility module to enable most of the rest of the modules to work with PowerShell Core. Some gaps remain, but they are shrinking.

There is little incentive for Windows administrators to embrace PowerShell Core because Windows PowerShell 5.1 does what most administrators need. Recent announcements from the PowerShell team indicate that PowerShell Core 7.x will ship alongside Windows PowerShell 5.1. This may actually reduce adoption on the new PowerShell version as many administrators will stick with what they know.

Richard SiddawayRichard Siddaway

Take up of PowerShell Core on Linux has been much more enthusiastic than on Windows. Ironically, this may hinder further adoption on the Windows side if PowerShell Core is seen as too Unix-centered. The main issue with PowerShell on Linux, especially for Windows users, is there just isn’t the breadth of cmdlets to match Windows.

To become a cross-platform management tool, the Linux side of PowerShell Core needs more cmdlets for systems management to match the level in Windows. A base install of Windows 10 comes with about 1,500 cmdlets while the PowerShell Core for Linux has about 350 cmdlets. At a minimum, administrators need cmdlets to manage network cards, IP addresses, storage, DNS clients, and task and job scheduling. The administrator should be able to issue the same command against any platform and get the desired results in a compatible format.

PowerShell as an open source project ensures future development, but it also comes with the risk that Microsoft could stop supporting it. The other issue is that many of the recent changes are best described as tweaks to address edge cases. There doesn’t seem to be an overall roadmap. The PowerShell team’s blog post regarding the PowerShell 7 roadmap — they plan to drop the “Core” part of the name with the GA release — is a bit of a misnomer because there is no indication of where PowerShell is going and what it’s trying to be. The team should resolve these issues to make it clear what the future of PowerShell will be.

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For Sale – 2 WD MyBook Duo Enclosures & 2 MyCloud EX2 Ultras

DUOS
Purchased these enclosures solely to take the drives out so don’t need them, they come with the original box and are the 20tb variant not that it matters

I have 2 of the wd my book duo enclosures in total

Brand new , never been powered on

£45 each

EX2’S
I also have 2 WD my cloud EX2s, brand new as well just opened to remove the drives.

£80 each

Price and currency: 45
Delivery: Delivery cost is included within my country
Payment method: Bank Transfer
Location: Glasgow
Advertised elsewhere?: advertised elsewhere
Prefer goods collected?: I have no preference

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For Sale – Lenovo Yoga 370 core i7 reversable laptop/tablet

hi

we purchased this a little over a year ago 2nd hand to take on a holiday we had planned but that didn’t materialise. This has had very little use as its too small to use doing work stuff with – i like big screens, and i use a 32″ monitor and desktop at home. as such, this comes without a warranty.

It is unboxed but in excellent condition, complete with its stylus and its a black laptop.

Specs are:

Core i7 7500U cpu
16 GB of DDR4 ram
256 GB SSD drive
13.3″ full hd screen.
windows 10

Price and currency: 499
Delivery: Delivery cost is included within my country
Payment method: bank transfer
Location: heybridge
Advertised elsewhere?: Advertised elsewhere
Prefer goods collected?: I have no preference

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For Sale – 2018 model (latest model) MacBook Pro 13″ space grey Touchbar 3 weeks old as new sold sold sold

Selling for a friend. Item is in my hands and I will take full responsibility for the sale.

Given as a work incentive this is the latest 2018 model MacBook pro 13″

13″ retina display Space Grey
latest i5 processor quad core (very fast)
8 gb ram
256SSD
Touch Bar and 4 USB-C ports
Truetone display (latest tech)
Warranty until 23rd August 2019 (just three weeks old)
Unmarked original condition, essentially brand new
No receipt as work incentive purchase but warranty as per screenshot and obviously AppleCare can still be purchased before the standard warranty expires.
Boxed with charger.
Battery count 3 (see pic)

Not much more to say really, the latest tech at almost £500 off the RRP and is something of a bargain for someone looking to buy the latest Apple tech at a reduced price.

Price is £1250 inclusive of next day special delivery postage (Royal Mail)

Bank transfer only SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD

Local pickup more than welcome and I’ll knock off the postage and call it £1220

Price and currency: £1250
Delivery: Delivery cost is included within my country
Payment method: Bank transfer only
Location: Banbridge County Down Northern Ireland
Advertised elsewhere?: Not advertised elsewhere
Prefer goods collected?: I have no preference

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For Sale – 2018 model (latest model) MacBook Pro 13″ space grey Touchbar 3 weeks old as new sold sold sold

Selling for a friend. Item is in my hands and I will take full responsibility for the sale.

Given as a work incentive this is the latest 2018 model MacBook pro 13″

13″ retina display Space Grey
latest i5 processor quad core (very fast)
8 gb ram
256SSD
Touch Bar and 4 USB-C ports
Truetone display (latest tech)
Warranty until 23rd August 2019 (just three weeks old)
Unmarked original condition, essentially brand new
No receipt as work incentive purchase but warranty as per screenshot and obviously AppleCare can still be purchased before the standard warranty expires.
Boxed with charger.
Battery count 3 (see pic)

Not much more to say really, the latest tech at almost £500 off the RRP and is something of a bargain for someone looking to buy the latest Apple tech at a reduced price.

Price is £1250 inclusive of next day special delivery postage (Royal Mail)

Bank transfer only SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD

Local pickup more than welcome and I’ll knock off the postage and call it £1220

Price and currency: £1250
Delivery: Delivery cost is included within my country
Payment method: Bank transfer only
Location: Banbridge County Down Northern Ireland
Advertised elsewhere?: Not advertised elsewhere
Prefer goods collected?: I have no preference

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