Managing the future

Not so long ago I got a free pass to a lecture by Dr. Pero Micic "Future Management". [More]

Subtitles are a serious business

I enjoy movies a lot. Most of them are in English and nothing beats watching them with an original soundtrack and voice acting. Some house inhabitants disagree and feel more comfortable with subtitles. [More]

Powershell backup from FTP

While most of the posts on the internet are describing how to backup a file to FTP, I've actually spent some time doing the opposite. [More]

App-V 5 Revisited

Had a wonderful time @ workshop in Stockholm, Sweden this week. Transition from ThinApp to App-V 5.0 for a customer. General playing around. It's been one and a half year since I've visited the subject of App-V 5.0. Since then MS released the latest and greatest App-V 5.0 SP2. What I find hilarious is that some of the release highlights are actually features that were suppose to work at the time of the core product release, such as: App-V 5.0 SP2 now supports folder redirection for local user appdata directory (oh, really?)App-V 5.0 SP2 supports local %AppData% folder redirection. For more information see the Deploy the Client section of Deploying the App-V 5.0 Sequencer and Client. App-V 5.0 Package Upgrade ImprovementsIn App-V 5.0 SP2, you will no longer be prompted to close a running virtual application when a newer version is available. When an application is running, related publish operations will only run at a later time when the virtual environment is no longer in use. Un-publish operations for an application in use will also pend and will be processed at a later time. Reading into the above lines and letting the knowledge sink into you only elevates degree of confusion. ;) In past experience I remember that App-V 4.x wasn't usable without hotfixes (apps breaking after updates, technology not allowing to virtualize several apps and the like). Same applies to this release. "Hotfix Package 2 for Microsoft Application Virtualization 5.0 Service SP2" don't go ho... [More]

Time to write

Less IT admin things, more general IT for me. Findings: "The Department of Homeland Security's United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT)" (wow!) has surprisingly good suggestions and tips of all things IT for all types of users. Lovely, well written articles. Even came upon this old news - Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS) Vulnerable to Brute-Force Attack. Remember to turn off WPS or update to latest firmware. I keep discarding and archiving bookmarks that I just don't have time to read, but still want to. >1 Mb archive Perfect IT interview (Russian) which never happens in real life. Gartner report for PaaS. IEEE Ethernet 802.3. (Russian) A note on the standards. Old news ("With Android 4.1 (aka Jelly Bean) the full system log is only visible if you have root."), but still annoying. Translating into - you can't have central log files for tracking system events (a common case might be - a phone randomly reboots). No way you're finding out why. There's no event viewer or crash dumps. One of the most amazing articles about virtualization solution appliance I've read recently (Russian). The level of technical detail is amazing. Custom solution on XenServer for streamlining testing, a lot of scripting and observations. How does one become the CEO of a Fortune 500 company? Curious.

How to live, breath and survive in IT part 1

"How to get into IT, improve, evolve and keep yourself up to date on all things?" I find myself coming back to this question a lot, it would be nice to have a reference point to get back to or just advice people to see. Completely understanding that it all depends on the person, comfort levels, surroundings and even comprehension and ability to analyze information, the material in this post is highly subjective, read at your own risk, your opinion and situation might be far from from this, Most of the things here are for Microsoft Technologies roadmap. I don't fancy myself as a great Linux expert, yet. Not into hardware, too. Though DataCenter technician is a viable position too. Some people consider that mounting blade servers, replacing HDDs and properly connecting high cost networking equipment is easy and doesn't require training or expertise. They're wrong, it does, though you will have a very unlikely chance of surviving a zombie apocalypse with that skillset.   Computer Software, products and services. For someone just starting out on a technical field I wish someone had shown me this vision from MS on the branching out in their technologies/products and spheres of appliance. My "tunnel vision" tells me that MS services and products are the way to go, but that's only because I consider Linux/Unix mostly a web application hosting solution or a niche market for companies wanting to save money on licensing (without calculating the operating expenditures costs).... [More]

XenMobile Device Management - frustration with a perspective

During the past several days I had enough time to play around with latest and greatest Mobile Device Management solution from Zenprise Citrix - XenMobile 8.6. I have mixed feelings for this type of products. On some of the smaller non-official IT talks meetings I've heard people mention that-not-so-successfully stories on their implementations and use of the product and I'm yet to hear a good one, but after playing around with it and looking at the options from the prism of requirements I had - it's not as bad. It's not as bad in terms of getting the users that extra piece of convenience and centrally driven configuration with a bit of self-service on top. You don't have to worry about what apps the company has and where to get them, you don't have to worry about e-mail settings, you don't have to worry about Wi-Fi profiles, it just works out of the box and if you're lucky - your local IT can even help protect your data by using encryption, you can find your phone if you lost it, you can wipe your phone remotely if someone stole it. In terms of security the company device the same way you're configuring limited users and tuning user experience through GPO - XenMobile is not quite there, yet, but it's not it's fault. It's the OS market. Enterprise readiness levels of mobile OSes varies for vendors: iOS comes out as the market leader (iOS 7 and up) - best previous generation support of their devices in terms of software updates (~up to 3 products back), good enterpris... [More]

Personal data

There is a very limited number of companies that you can trust your personal information to. Things like name, surname, social security numbers, photos, home address, phone number, etc. I recommend against doing that at all. Explanation of what personal information means to google can be found in their FAQ. I've found this info curious: Types of information we might remove include: National identification numbers like U.S. Social Security Numbers Bank account numbers Credit card numbers Images of signatures Types of information we will not remove include: A user’s date of birth A user's address A user's telephone number Google also doesn't remove your pictures from the web search. Beware! In other news - Citrix decided it's a great idea to update/upgrade their forums. They've copy pasted personal information (name/surname) from your main account to the discussion boards. Currently it's not possible to remove that, even if you adjust the information on the main Citrix account management web site. This is a good life lesson. "webservices@citrix.com <webservices@citrix.com>                 Thanks for writing to us.  We are sorry to hear that you are not able to change the display name on discussions.citrix.com. The business is actively working on facilitating this feature and it will be made available to all the users in the near future. In general, we have experienced unparalleled demand for the colla... [More]