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Vol. 19, #37 - September 15, 2014 - Issue #997

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IT Job Hunting

  1. Editor's Corner
    • From the Mailbag
    • IT Job Hunting
    • Tip of the Week - How to Learn PowerShell DSC
    • Recommended for Learning
    • Microsoft Virtual Academy
    • Quote of the Week
  2. Admin Toolbox
    • Admin Tools We Think You Shouldn't Be Without
  3. Events Calendar
    • Americas
    • Europe
    • Asia Pacific
  4. Webcast Calendar
    • Exchange CON 2014
    • Register for Webcasts
  5. Tech Briefing
    • Cloud Computing
    • Enterprise IT
    • Security and Privacy
    • Windows Server
  6. Recommended TechGenix Articles
    • Recommended articles from websites in TechGenix Network
  7. Windows Server News
    • Keeping tabs on Google Cloud with monitoring tools
    • Breaking down how VLAN tagging works in KVM
    • VVOLs poised to upend storage provisioning
    • An exclusive community for IT pros focusing on specific projects
  8. WServerNews FAVE Links
    • Flying Over The French Alps In A Glider
    • World's Toughest Job Interview
    • Supercar Vs Motorbike Vs F1 Car - Top Gear
    • Russian Motorcycle Girl
  9. WServerNews - Product of the Week
    • Total Network Inventory 3: network inventory management solution

 

Total Network Inventory 3: network inventory management solution

Softinventive Lab announces a new major update for its acclaimed network and inventory management solution. Total Network Inventory 3 offers an advanced license control mechanism for simple and quick software and hardware inventory, and features extended hardware scan capabilities as well.Total Network Inventory 3 provides even more audit capabilities than before. The tool features the most comprehensive software inventory module to simplify both the software inventory process and to keep track of licenses of each installed app. TNI 3 provides fluent and reliable control over license expiry times and renewals, as well as easy license key management irrespective of licensing policy and model.

Download TNI 3 free trial now!

 

Editor's Corner

This week's newsletter is all about finding a new IT job when you've been let go or "downsized" from your previous position. We welcome Ken Rideout, an IT pro living in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada, for his guest editorial on this topic.

Many of us in the deep and dirty trenches of the IT profession who have years or even decades of experience have gotten hit with the unexpected stress of suddenly finding themselves in the job market again in the middle or later years of their working life. If this is you--or if you fear that it might be you someday--what can you do to maximize the chances of your finding a new job should your current position terminate?

This subject is so series to us in the IT profession that we'll refrain from including our usual cynical Dilbert comic strip at the start of this issue...

No, let's scratch that. Humor can be healing sometimes:
http://www.wservernews.com/go/1410436335551

Did that help?

From the Mailbag

In Issue #994 Account Lockout Flame Wars, we looked at the strongly diverging opinions within the IT pro community concerning whether to use account lockout in Active Directory environments. Since then we've published some reader feedback we've received on this topic. Here's one more bit of feedback which we received from a reader named Tom:

If an enterprise touches credit cards, they need to comply with the PCI DSS 3.0 standard. The standard requires Account lockout (6 attempts) with a 30 minute lockout duration in the Cardholder Data Environment. See sections 8.1.6 & 8.1.7 (PDF):
http://www.wservernews.com/go/1410436348817

So, my clients don't have an option. I do enjoy your publication, Thanks!

And now on to our guest editorial by Ken Rideout...

IT Job Hunting

There is one topic that I have not seen covered a lot in the newsletter and that is regarding job loss. The economic downturn has had a huge effect on many people, me included. In June this year, I was 'downsized' from an IT job I've had for 14 years. This is what I have learned this summer having to look for work once again.

Finally, here are some lines I try to work into an interview:

About Ken Rideout

Ken is an IT Professional living in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada.

You can find him on LinkedIn:
http://www.wservernews.com/go/1410436356817

Send us feedback

Got any interview prep or job-hunting tips for IT pros who have lost their jobs or are worried about losing them? Got a job loss tale of your own you'd like to share, or a story of how you found a new position in a tough job market? Any ideas on how to future-proof your IT career against getting downsized when the economy turns sour? Send us your feedback to wsn@mtit.com

Tip of the Week - How to Learn PowerShell DSC

This week's tip was contributed by Ashley McGlone, Microsoft Premier Field Engineer.

How to learn PowerShell DSC

PowerShell Desired State Configuration (DSC) is a break-through technology that you will be hearing about for years to come. It is changing the way we manage server configurations in the Microsoft world, and it aligns us closer to industry standards.

PowerShell DSC offers huge time savings. Imagine scripting your entire server build checklist. And then if something gets changed (by that rogue admin), then it gets put back the way you had it… automatically. Yeah. It's that cool.

As with everything in the world of IT we must constantly learn new things. Here are some links to get you started with PowerShell DSC:

TechEd NA 2014: A Practical Overview of Desired State Configuration, Don Jones & Jeffrey Snover (Watch this video!)
http://www.wservernews.com/go/1410436364363

PowerShell.org DSC Hub, ebook, forum, etc. (Start with this eBook!)
http://www.wservernews.com/go/1410436435692

Microsoft PowerShell Team Blog
http://www.wservernews.com/go/1410436444676

TechNet Windows PowerShell Desired State Configuration Overview
http://www.wservernews.com/go/1410436453051

Building a DSC Infrastructure, by Steven Murawski
http://www.wservernews.com/go/1410436456442
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Windows PowerShell 4.0 DSC Quick Reference Sheet
http://www.wservernews.com/go/1410436538254

TechNet Script Center – DSC Resource Kit download
http://www.wservernews.com/go/1410436562176

100 Days of DSC Blog Series
http://www.wservernews.com/go/1410436565270

This is one of those topics where you just need to dive in and start learning. Be patient with yourself. It may take a few times through for it to sink in. It did for me. But once you see the power of this you will wonder how you ever did your job without it.

About Ashley McGlone

Ashley McGlone is a Microsoft Premier Field Engineer (PFE) at Microsoft.

You can find more of Ashley's PowerShell tips on his TechNet blog here:
http://www.wservernews.com/go/1410436587707

GOT TIPS you'd like to share with other readers? Email us at wsn@mtit.com

Recommended for Learning

This week we have some new books about Windows PowerShell for you to check out:

Windows PowerShell Desired State Configuration Revealed
http://www.wservernews.com/go/1410436593379

Windows PowerShell 4.0 (Step Up & Into)
http://www.wservernews.com/go/1410436597145

Windows PowerShell: The Personal Trainer for Windows PowerShell 3.0 and Windows PowerShell 4.0
http://www.wservernews.com/go/1410436601582

Windows PowerShell Programming for the Absolute Beginner, 3rd edition
http://www.wservernews.com/go/1410436605488

Pro PowerShell for Amazon Web Services: DevOps for the AWS Cloud
http://www.wservernews.com/go/1410436609363

Microsoft Virtual Academy

An announcement from the Microsoft Virtual Academy:

September 26: Azure SQL Database for Business-Critical Cloud Applications  

Developers, learn how Azure SQL Database new service tiers support predictable performance and how they enable you to easily scale a database up or down to meet throughput demands. In "Azure SQL Database for Business-Critical Cloud Applications," on September 26, experts explore how the new Azure SQL Database model supports your need to build robust cloud apps, promises increased functionality, and offers improved disaster recovery. Register today!
http://www.wservernews.com/go/1410436615535

Quote of the Week

"Sometimes work is the only thing, the only answer." --Stephen King

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Admin Toolbox

Admin Tools We Think You Shouldn't Be Without

Total Network Inventory 3 now features comprehensive license management.
http://www.wservernews.com/go/1410438734276

Improve troubleshooting in your Hyper-V environment by seeing what Windows Task Manager doesn’t show you. Veeam Task Manager for Hyper-V displays a real-time view of host and VM compute resource consumption.
http://www.wservernews.com/go/1410438739073


LinkFixer Advanced fixes broken links in Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Access, PDF, PageMaker, AutoCAD, MicroStation and others when performing migrations. Broken link reporting. Download free trial version.
http://www.wservernews.com/go/1410438744182

See what EMA defines as the top 10 priorities for systems management. Download this informative whitepaper to learn more about overcoming the challenges of increasingly complex IT infrastructures.
http://www.wservernews.com/go/1410438748416
 

Amazon Web Services and Metalogix Virtual Private Cloud provide organizations with a highly secure and scalable Exchange and Files archive solution. Take it for an Instant Test Drive Today.
http://www.wservernews.com/go/1410438752573


Events Calendar

Americas

Microsoft SQL Server PASS Summit 2014 on November 4-7, 2014 in Seattle, Washington, USA
http://www.wservernews.com/go/1410436625848

Convergence 2014 on March 16-19 in Atlanta, Georgia, USA
http://www.wservernews.com/go/1410436628363

Microsoft will be hosting an inaugural, unified Microsoft commercial technology conference the week of May 4, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois, USA
http://www.wservernews.com/go/1410436630754

Europe

TechEd Europe on October 27-31, 2014 in Barcelona, Spain
http://www.wservernews.com/go/1410436634067

Convergence 2014 Europe on November 4-6, 2014 in Barcelona, Spain
http://www.wservernews.com/go/1410436636457

Asia Pacific

TechEd New Zealand on September 9-12, 2014 in Auckland, New Zealand
http://www.wservernews.com/go/1410436639754

Add your event

PLANNING A CONFERENCE OR OTHER EVENT you'd like to tell our 95,000 subscribers about? Contact michaelv@techgenix.com

 

Webcast Calendar

Exchange CON 2014

Registration is open for MS Exchange CON 2014, an information-packed annual event designed for busy IT Professionals within the global MS Exchange Community. This online event is hosted by MSExchange.org and begins at 10am EDT | 7am PDT | 3pm BST on Thursday, September 18, 2014. Participation is limited to 1000 attendees, so register here today!

Sign up for this interactive event today.

Register for Webcasts

Add your Webcast

PLANNING A WEBCAST you'd like to tell our subscribers about? Contact michaelv@techgenix.com

 

Tech Briefing

Cloud computing

OneDrive for Business – Part 5: IT management and mobile (4sysops)
http://www.wservernews.com/go/1410436784692

Standards and Good Cloud Practice (CloudComputingAdmin.com)
http://www.wservernews.com/go/1410436789113

 

Enterprise IT

Understanding and Evaluating Virtual Smart Cards (Microsoft Download Center)
http://www.wservernews.com/go/1410436793723

Email Governance and Recovery: Finding email fast when something goes wrong (Dell TechCenter Blog)
http://www.wservernews.com/go/1410436797879

 

Security and Privacy

Securing and Auditing Windows Active Directory (Part 1) (WindowSecurity.com)
http://www.wservernews.com/go/1410436805738

Security-as-a-service, Cloud-Based on the Rise (Part 1) (CloudComputingAdmin.com)
http://www.wservernews.com/go/1410436810051

 

Windows Server

Three Intel Server Systems based Hyper-V and Scale-Out File Server Clusters (Third Tier)
http://www.wservernews.com/go/1410436815504

How a Microsoft Failover Cluster works (Flo's Datacenter Report)
http://www.wservernews.com/go/1410436819926


Recommended TechGenix Articles

Availability strategies enhancing cloud systems
http://www.wservernews.com/go/1410786806162
 
Managing mailbox features with corporate profiles (Part 4)
http://www.wservernews.com/go/1410786811725
 
Troubleshooting Hyper-V Network Virtualization (Part 2)
http://www.wservernews.com/go/1410786818115
 
System Center Virtual Machine Manager for Beginners (Part 4)
http://www.wservernews.com/go/1410786822912
 
Microsoft RDS Policies explained (Part 4)
http://www.wservernews.com/go/1410786827397

 

Windows Server News

Keeping tabs on Google Cloud with monitoring tools

Public cloud has a lot of great benefits, but it is notoriously difficult to manage. Fortunately, monitoring tools, such as Google Cloud, can help cloud admins manage the public cloud more effectively and keep it firmly in check. Start keeping track of your public cloud with this exclusive resource on cloud monitoring tools.
http://www.wservernews.com/go/1410436827051

Breaking down how VLAN tagging works in KVM

If you involve VLAN tags in your KVM environment setup, things can get pretty complicated pretty quickly. Fortunately, this invaluable guide offers descriptive, step-by-step instructions to simplify this process. Access this tip today to ensure your KVM environment setup is as painless as possible.
http://www.wservernews.com/go/1410436834332

VVOLs poised to upend storage provisioning

VMware's Virtual Volumes (VVOLs) give IT admins a better grip on VM data stores, but what exactly are their purpose and capabilities? In this exclusive report, learn what a VVOL really is and how it can help you, and additionally, get the answers to your most pressing VVOL questions.
http://www.wservernews.com/go/1410436838629

An exclusive community for IT pros focusing on specific projects

Whether you're looking to gain insight into cloud computing deployments, VDI technologies, server hardware tips or more, get how-to content and objective reviews of vendors and products based on first-hand experience from your peers. Fill out a project spec sheet to get started!
http://www.wservernews.com/go/1410436843238


WServerNews FAVE Links

This Week's Links We Like. Tips, Hints And Fun Stuff

GOT FUN VIDEOS or other fun links to suggest you'd like to recommend? Email us at wsn@mtit.com

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Flying Over The French Alps In A Glider

The sense of wonder and awe - not to mention the fun - a glider pilot experiences when flying over the French Alps:
http://www.wservernews.com/go/1410436847988

World's Toughest Job Interview

Cardstore set up Skype interviews for the World's Toughest Job, requiring unlimited hours, no breaks and experience in medicine, finance, and culinary arts:
http://www.wservernews.com/go/1410436852926

Supercar Vs Motorbike Vs F1 Car - Top Gear

Find out who will win in the battle between motorbike, supercar and Formula 1 car:
http://www.wservernews.com/go/1410436864457

Russian Motorcycle Girl

Russian girl doing stunts on a Suzuki GSXR motorcycle on cruise control:
http://www.wservernews.com/go/1410436869957


WServerNews - Product of the Week

Total Network Inventory 3: network inventory management solution

Softinventive Lab announces a new major update for its acclaimed network and inventory management solution. Total Network Inventory 3 offers an advanced license control mechanism for simple and quick software and hardware inventory, and features extended hardware scan capabilities as well.Total Network Inventory 3 provides even more audit capabilities than before. The tool features the most comprehensive software inventory module to simplify both the software inventory process and to keep track of licenses of each installed app. TNI 3 provides fluent and reliable control over license expiry times and renewals, as well as easy license key management irrespective of licensing policy and model.

Download TNI 3 free trial now!

 

WServerNews - Editors

Mitch Tulloch is Senior Editor of WServerNews and is a widely recognized expert on Windows administration, deployment and virtualization. Mitch was lead author of the bestselling Windows 7 Resource Kit and has been author or series editor for almost fifty books mostly published by Microsoft Press. Mitch is also a ten-time recipient of Microsoft's Most Valuable Professional (MVP) award for his outstanding contributions in support of the global IT pro community. Mitch owns and runs an information technology content development business based in Winnipeg, Canada. For more information see www.mtit.com.

Ingrid Tulloch is Associate Editor of WServerNews and was co-author of the Microsoft Encyclopedia of Networking from Microsoft Press. Ingrid is also manages research and marketing for our content development business and has co-developed university-level courses in Information Security Management for a Masters of Business Administration program.