Feb 26, 2016

Steps to bypass iCloud Activation lock: First change the DNS server in your WIFI settings as 78.109.17.60 or use other IP address.

Bypass iCloud Activation Lock iOS 8.1.3 / iOS 9 / 9.1 / 9.2

In this final part, we will develop a similar script to that of part 1 but that uses Exchange Web Services (EWS) instead, further expanding the script’s capabilities.

Remote Exchange Monitoring and Reporting using Email (Part 2)

Feb 25, 2016

In this articles series, I will provide you with an insight into the identity models available and the authentication story for Exchange Online.

Exchange Online Identity Models and Authentication Demystified

Feb 24, 2016


Why pay regular price for your favorite iPhone and iPad apps, games, or movies? Try CheapCharts app for iPhone to track App Store Sales and iTunes price drop.

Track AppStore Price Drop With CheapCharts App On Your iPhone or iPAD

In the previous part of this article series, we explored the improvements made to Exchange 2016 in terms of compliance, specifically the In-Place Hold and eDiscovery for Public Folders, a long time due feature. In this final part we will look at the new Compliance Search feature.

Improvements to Compliance in Exchange 2016 (Part 2)

In this article series we will explore the improvements made to Exchange 2016 in terms of compliance.

Improvements to Compliance in Exchange 2016 (Part 1)




The VMware vCenter Server™ 6.0 release introduces new, simplified deployment models. The components that make up a vCenter Server installation have been grouped into two types: embedded and external.

VMware vCenter Server 6.0 Deployment Guide

Feb 23, 2016

In the previous part of this article series, we created our first security policy. In this final part, it is time to start enrolling mobile devices.

Mobile Device Management in Exchange Online (Part 3)

In the previous part of this article series we presented the new built-in Mobile Device Management (MDM) solution in Office 365, what it can be used for and we started configuring it. Now we will create our first security policy.

Mobile Device Management in Exchange Online (Part 2)

In this article series we will explore the new built-in Mobile Device Management solution in Office 365, with a focus on Exchange Online.

Mobile Device Management in Exchange Online (Part 1)

You can download all apple devices firmware according to Model Number from this link.

Download Latest or Old Apple Firmwares for (iPhone, iPAD, iPod Touch)

In this two-part article series we will develop two scripts to monitor and report on Exchange remotely using email.

Remote Exchange Monitoring and Reporting using Email (Part 1)

Feb 22, 2016


Apple released iOS 9.2 on December 8th, which includes several bug fixes, features and improvements such as support for AT&T’s NumberSync, iPhone support for Apple’s USB Camera Adapter, support for Mail Drop in Mail, improvements to Safari View Controller and lots more.

Latest iOS 9.2.1, iOS 9.2 Jailbreak Status


Pangu team just surprised us by releasing Pangu jailbreak for iOS 9 – iOS 9.0.2, the first jailbreak for iOS 9 and also for iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus. Here’s how to jailbreak your device running on iOS 9, iOS 9 or iOS 9.0.2 using Pangu jailbreak.

How to Jailbreak iPhone, iPad and iPod touch on iOS 9 – iOS 9.0.2 using Pangu Jailbreak

In this article series, we'll learn about the basic need for creating a Host Group in VMM.

System Center Virtual Machine Manager, sometimes referred to as Virtual Machine Manager (VMM), is one of the complex products from Microsoft. Microsoft designed SCVMM product in such a way that it becomes easy for organizations to model the physical environment.

SCVMM 2012 R2 Host Groups, Networking and Storage

In this article, we are going to take a close look at all the configuration tabs that are available on the property page of a virtualization host.

SCVMM is a complex product, but it provides the capabilities to manage entire virtualization stack of an organization. SCVMM can manage Hyper-V, ESXi, and Citrix XenServers. SCVMM provides host groups as a basic management unit for resources such as network and storage. You can also configure placement rules, dynamic optimization settings on the property page of a VMM host group.

Hyper-V Host Properties in SCVMM 2012 R2


In this final article in this series we will look at some advanced configuration options of the XenDesktop Infrastructure.

Installing and Configuring Citrix XenApp/XenDesktop 7.6 (Part 5)


In this part we will continue with the basic configuration, starting with creating a Delivery Group.

Installing and Configuring Citrix XenApp/XenDesktop 7.6 (Part 4)


In this third part we will continue with the installation of the VDA agent, followed by the creation of a basic XenDesktop environment.

Installing and Configuring Citrix XenApp/XenDesktop 7.6 (Part 3)


In this part two of our article series I will continue with the initial set-up of the XenDesktop 7.6 infrastructure.

Installing and Configuring Citrix XenApp/XenDesktop 7.6 (Part 2)

Feb 21, 2016


In this first part of the article series I'll start by explaining that XenApp 7.5 and XenDesktop 7.5 are actually the same product and therefore also the same installation and configuration steps apply. After this explanation I'll describe the installation steps of the Delivery Controller.

Installing and Configuring Citrix XenApp/XenDesktop 7.6 (Part 1)


In this last article of our series I will discuss some advanced configurations and the vDisk update possibilities

Installing and Configuring Citrix Provisioning Services 7.6 (Part 4)


In the second part I described the initial configuration wizard of the first and following PVS server. Now both servers have executed this initial wizard we are ready to do the preparations for creating the vDisk, which we will do in this part including using the vDisk by other Target Devices.

Installing and Configuring Citrix Provisioning Services 7.6 (Part 3)


In this part of our article series we will continue with the configuration of the PVS Server. In the first part we went through the installation steps of the PVS Server, the PVS console and the PVS Target Device.

Installing and Configuring Citrix Provisioning Services 7.6 (Part 2)


In this article series we will look at installing and configuring Citrix Provisioning Services. In this article series we will install and configure the whole product, so at the end of the article series we will have a fully functional OS streaming infrastructure.

Installing and Configuring Citrix Provisioning Services 7.6 (Part 1)

In this article, we will show you how to use another free tool that allows the migration of Virtual Machines from vSphere to Hyper-V using the free 5Nine V2V Easy Converter.

How to Perform a vSphere to Hyper-V Conversion


Planning for the Office Online Server to be used with Exchange Server 2016 and initial deployment steps. In this article we will cover all steps required to prepare the Active Directory to support Exchange Server 2016, and we will install all prerequisites required on the future Exchange Server box.

Deploying Office Online Server (OOS)

Migrating from exchange 2010 to 2016

In this article we will migrate from Exchange 2010 to Exchange 2016. In this short series we’ll be focusing on the implementation and migration steps to move from Exchange 2010 to Exchange 2016, rather than implementing features like Database Availability Groups or configuring load balancing. Therefore, we’ll focus on a smaller organization with a relatively simple deployment.

Migrating a small organization from Exchange 2010 to Exchange 2016

Feb 20, 2016


In the previous article we covered all steps required to prepare the Active Directory to support Exchange Server 2016, and we installed all prerequisites required on the future Exchange Server box. In this article we will cover how to deploy Exchange Server 2016 using command-line and setup wizard.

Deploying Exchange Server 2016 (Part 2)



Preparing Active Directory to support Exchange Server 2016 and configuring the prerequisites to install a new Exchange Server 2016.

Deploying Exchange Server 2016 (Part 1)


This article presents an overview of the new Windows and Hyper-V container technology that Microsoft has developed for release in Windows Server 2016.

Windows and Hyper-V Containers in Windows Server 2016


Windows 10 not your cup of tea? Here's how to get back to your previous version of Win7 or Win8.1

Hundreds of millions of Windows 10 users can’t be wrong -- or can they? I hear from people every day who tried the Win10 upgrade and for a variety of reasons -- broken drivers, incompatible programs, unfamiliarity, fear of snooping, doubt about Win10’s future -- want to get back to their good ol’ Windows 7 or 8.1.

How To Downgrade From Windows 10 To Windows 8.1, 8 or 7


The Xbot is not widespread yet but is targeting devices in Australia and Russia.

A new kind of Android malware steals online banking credentials and can hold a device's files hostage in exchange for a ransom, delivering a particularly nasty one-two punch. The malware, called Xbot, is not widespread yet and appears to be just targeting devices in Australia and Russia, wrote researchers with Palo Alto Networks in a blog post on Thursday.

A new Android banking trojan is also ransomware


The article covers some tips that can help you optimize and troubleshoot storage performance on Hyper-V hosts.

Hyper-V Optimization Tips (Part 2)

The first article in this series examines disk cache settings for virtual disks attached to virtual machines running on Hyper-V hosts.

Hyper-V Optimization Tips (Part 1)

Feb 19, 2016


In this article, you learn how to install Hyper-V in Windows 10 and how to configure basic Hyper-V settings. You are also introduced to the Windows PowerShell cmdlet that allows you to perform Hyper-V installation, and how you can configure Hyper-V using Hyper-V Manager and Virtual Switch Manager. In addition, you learn how to create a new Virtual Machine and how to connect to it using the VMConnect tool.

Installing, Configuring, and Using Hyper-V in Windows 10


In this third part I’m describing how to load balance Microsoft Remote Desktop Web Access and Microsoft RD Connection Broker using the Citrix NetScaler infrastructure.

Free Fault Tolerant Load Balancing using Citrix NetScaler Express (Part 3)


In this second part I describe how to load balance the Citrix StoreFront/Web Interface and Citrix XML Desktop Delivery Controller (XML) services.

Free Fault Tolerant Load Balancing using Citrix NetScaler Express (Part 2)

In this article we will describe the set-up and configuration of the NetScaler VPX including High Availability/Fault Tolerance.

Free Fault Tolerant Load Balancing using Citrix NetScaler Express (Part 1)

Feb 18, 2016


A European start-up has announced a hydrogen fuel cell car with just 18 moving parts and a range of 300 miles that is now being tested on public roadways. The Rasa hydrogen fuel cell car from Riversimple Movement has a chassis made from carbon fiber composite skin weighing less than 90lbs.

This car travels 300 miles on just 85oz of (hydrogen) gas


ADManager Plus is an utility which easy-to-use software destined to manage Windows Active Directory. It allows managing and reporting and there is also free version. Note that the tool installs itself as a 30 days trial of paid version which offers a lot of features. After 30 days the tool becomes free-only which has “Standard” features (limited to 100 per AD).

ADManager Plus – Free, Standard and Professional editions

Feb 17, 2016


In this article we’ll configure full clones driven by automated pools. In this particular case we won’t use VMware Composer, reducing a bit the complexity of View, but on the other hand growing the storage needs. But there is also a time which plays a certain role as full clone gets more time to get created than linked clone.

VCP6-DTM Objective 3.2 – Configure Automated Pools using full clones

In this post we will cover some protocol settings, GPOs, Flash and 3D rendering etc. VCP6-DTM Objective 2.3 – Configure PCoIP/RDP Protocol Settings, is another chapter, another objective towards the VCP6-DTM certification exam.

VCP6-DTM Objective 2.3 – Configure PCoIP/RDP Protocol Settings

Feb 16, 2016

The default pathing policy for a LUN can be changed (for example from Fixed to Round Robin). This can be a LUN on an iSCSI or FC array (or FCoE for that matter). When I refer to pathing policy I'm referring to what you may have seen if you've ever clicked manage path's on a VMFS datastore and see it set to Fixed, Round Robin (RR) or Most Recently Used (MRU).

How to Change FC Storage Path from Fixed to Round Robin in VMware ESXi

The MazarBOT appears aimed at compromising online bank accounts.

A malware program for Android seen advertised on Russian underground forums in the last few months appears to have made its first big debut.

MazarBOT can take full control of a phone and appears to be targeting online banking customers, wrote Peter Kruse, an IT security expert and founder of CSIS Security Group, based in Copenhagen, which does deep investigations into online crime for financial services companies.

Malware targets all Android phones -- except those in Russia


Motorists in Mumbai, India, ride past a billboard displaying Facebook's Free Basics initiative on Dec. 30, 2015. India has become a battleground over the right to unrestricted Internet access.


No, Internet.org is not a nonprofit organization that subsidizes Internet access for new users

The surprising truth about Facebook's Internet.org

The Fysbis Trojan runs without root and has an extensible, modular architecture.

A cyberespionage group of Russian origin known as Pawn Storm is infecting Linux systems with a simple but effective Trojan program that doesn't require highly privileged access.

Pawn Storm, also known as APT28, Sofacy or Sednit, is a group of attackers that has been active since at least 2007. Over the years, the group has targeted governmental, security and military organizations from NATO member countries, as well as defense contractors and media organizations, Ukrainian political activists and Kremlin critics.

Russian cyberspy group uses simple yet effective Linux Trojan

Feb 15, 2016

Ever had an accident when out and about? Trip or fall at work? Or a problem with your vmnics on your ESXi server not ordering correctly?

Change vmnic order on ESXi

SSL certificates are used within web servers to encrypt the traffic between server and client, providing extra security for users accessing your application. Let’s Encrypt provides an easy way to obtain and install trusted certificates for free.

How to Set Up Let’s Encrypt Certificates for Multiple Apache Virtual Hosts on Ubuntu 14.04

Feb 11, 2016

Parse Server Mobile Backend

Parse is a Mobile Backend as a Service platform, owned by Facebook since 2013. In January of 2016, Parse announced that its hosted services would shut down in January of 2017.

How To Run Parse Server on Ubuntu 14.04

Feb 6, 2016


This USB 3.0 thumb drive rivals Samsung's T1 in read speed, but writes barely faster than a hard drive. 

USB flash drives have become the almost universal method of sneakernetting small amounts of data. Small by today’s standards, anyway. However, it’s getting to the point where these thumb drives can take on the larger data sets that had, until now, been the province of portable hard drives. Witness Visiontek’s USB 3.0 Pocket SSD. Little larger physically than the average flash drive, it starts at 128GB capacity and maxes out at a substantial 512GB. 

Visiontek USB 3.0 Pocket SSD review: Convenient form factor, fast reads, slow writes

Feb 2, 2016

Occasionally you may come across a requirement for an App-V application to write to the native registry (i.e. that of the desktop which the App-V client is installed on). By default all App-V applications write their registry keys and values to the virtual registry specific to that published App-V.

App-V 5.x Writing to the native registry

As you may already know, VMware have disabled the popular memory management and memory saving feature; Transparent Page Sharing (TPS) in later releases of ESXi by default.

ESXi 5.1U3 and future Update releases of ESXi 5.0 and 5.5 including ESXi 6.x have TPS disabled, however this can be enabled in the advanced settings of the host.

vSphere Transparent Page Sharing (TPS) in Horizon View 6.1


Following an update within Windows 8.1 Update 1 the mouse cursor within a VMware View desktop my occasionally disappear.

When locking the desktop (ctrl+alt+del) and subsequently unlocking the desktop, it can be noted that the cursor has disappeared.

Mouse Cursor Disappears on a Windows 8.1 View Desktop Following Update

The VMware View Agent which is installed in all virtual desktops (and RDS hosts) managed by Horizon View, includes the VMware Adobe Flash Optimizer internet explorer add-on.

VMware Adobe Flash Optimizer IE Addon - Enable/Disable via GPO

As a consultant I perform a lot of VMware Horizon View implementations and I find several of the implementation tasks repetitive. One of those tasks is the creation of a role within vCenter to give the service account used by View Administrator to connect to vCenter server a role with only the required permissions.

Horizon View vCenter Role Permissions PowerCLI Script

In a VDI environment users may experience delays, hangs, freezes and pauses when using the Microsoft Office suite of applications such as Word, Excel, Outlook and PowerPoint.

Office (Word/Excel/Outlook) 2010/2013 Freezes and Hangs in VDI

I needed to do a physical to virtual conversion of a Windows NT 4 system into an ESXi 6.0 environment.
Readily available conversion tools will not work. I was able to convert the system using the steps listed below, which, at the highest level, amounts to taking a file image of the NT 4 hard disk and using it in the ESXi virtual machine.

Convert NT4 physical to VM on ESXi 6.0

 
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