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Comment Re:The password must be stored centrally by Micros (Score 1) 487 487

Not saying it's not used for that, but the users I support complain constantly about having to re-enter wifi credentials. When I spot to MS over Win 8, the idea was to make it easier to support wiping devices and device migration. MS was in the middle of moving to the whole user model where my data is the same on phone, laptop, desktop regardless of where I go - isn't entirely there yet, but that's the framework they want to have in place. Still, it only applies if you bothered to link your account to a MS account.

Comment Re:Bad Summary, Only new part is the sharing optio (Score 1) 487 487

Thanks for the correction! Seems the product teams weren't talking internally, I got bad intel from Redmond. It's still opt-in though, so I don't see the controversy. The save to server isn't new, only applies to MS accounts - not local only, and I had to be stupid enough to click a checkbox to share it before this works.

Comment Re:Bad Summary, Only new part is the sharing optio (Score 1) 487 487

Eh? I didn't. I demo mobile device management and nuke my demo iPad daily. I've never had to re-enter my corp wifi. Way back both Google and Apple had breaches about some users' wifi passwords being lost, but I think it was only a tiny subset of users. Maybe they have changed practices.

Comment Bad Summary, Only new part is the sharing option (Score 2, Informative) 487 487

First, we're only talking Windows 10 PHONE Secondly, it's only available on networks you choose to allow this on. Third, yes, your wifi passwords are being backed up to make it easier when you migrate devices - Apple, Google and Microsoft all do this on your mobile devices. This isn't new! I can't imagine that this won't be opt in only by the time it RTMs (or whatever the equivalent is).

Comment MS System Center or Spiceworks (Score 1) 137 137

It really depends on your needs, but I suggest looking at your overall IT needs and making a platform play. Independant inventory systems aren't much more than fancy spreadsheets, and then even if they are up to date, the immediate request is - "Ok, Bob, now find every out of warranty system from Dell." But your spreadsheet had the original warranty and doesn't track warranty extensions. Or, ok Bob, every HP Z720 needs the following critical drivers installed, or has been approved for moving to Windows 8 or 10 as a pilot, your inventory system can do that right? I personally prefer the options in Microsoft's System Center suite - using ConfigMgr for automatic discovery, using Service Manager as the CMDB for inventory of misc other assets. Then again, I'm biased as I deploy CM for a living. That said, it's what many very large enterprises use successfully. It automates discovery where possible, but allows extension (manually unfortunately, but it does support extension as you need). System Center has a lot of value in other areas as it also includes a lot of other tools for virtualization, backup of servers or workstations, operations monitoring and general automation/orchestration. Again, I'm biased as that's the platform I know the most. For the free side, I used to use SpiceWorks until we upgraded to System Center. It worked, but it didn't have nearly the systems management capabilities or a lot of the useful add-ins. It's quite good for basic needs if just inventory is your game and there is a good community around it. I just kept running into the scenario where I had the inventory info, but had no way of tying that inventory info into other projects in meaningful ways - such as "Hey, deploy this GPO to all of the systems in this subnet, but no one else." I would know systems in the subnet, but had no way of tying it (easily) into an AD security group or OU.

Comment Re:Here's the real news about the Pd cure (Score 1) 89 89

Not out of the woods no, but at least a path towards treating infected populations which may lead to reopening of currently closed caves and rebuilding bat populations where previously impacted. I grew up in Missouri in the area of this study where we have tons of caves, the local grottos (cavers) and conservation department have to either lock down caves that had been open to the public or be incredibly careful not to cross contaminate caves while doing studies on cave ecology, biology, water quality or simply recreational spelunking.

Comment Buffalo Chips (Score 2) 48 48

I've been to Yellowstone many times and yes, tourists can be horrible people. That said, you're talking about places like Prismatic Lake which, while fragile and beautiful, have a large population of resident American Bison (Buffalo) that lay in, and defecate in, these pools. The tourist trash I usually see is the occasional coin, flipflop (because idiot tourists), baseball hat (it's windy) and whatever paper blows in. Yes there's more, but compared to large amounts of biomass, I can't help but think the animal population has a larger impact on the bacterial mats.

Comment Depends on the Application layer / patch applied (Score 1) 265 265

I do this for a lot of clients. Automatic Deployment Rules in Configuration Manager, Scripts, Cron jobs etc. For test / dev, it absolutely makes sense as I usually have a monitoring system that goes into Maintenance Mode during the updates. If things take too long or if services aren't restored post update, the monitoring system gives me a shout that something needs remediated. For production, it varies on the expected impact. If it's something I tested in pilot with zero issues and the application isn't something with an insane SLA, sure, I'll use an automatic deployment. When I'm working on hospital equipment such as servers processing imaging or vitals monitoring for surgery, that gets nix'ed no matter what due to the liability concerns. I usually suggest building up trust / experience by automating the less critical systems and phasing in more sensitive systems until you've both gained a lot of experience with it and have more management support to do so as when crap goes down, it's easier to say this is a tested processed we've been using for years vs yeah, oops, new script sorry that knocked down our ERP system.... Resume generating event right there... So, I guess it depends, just another tool for the toolbox and it's up to the carpenter to know when to pull it out.

Comment Z-Wave + Ethernet + Security wiring + whatever hub (Score 1) 336 336

I have a similar layout, around 3,800 sq feet on three levels. Z-Wave is indeed a solid recommendation to build the individual items on. GE's Jasc products (in wall outlets, in wall switches, adapter outlets are pretty good, I've got a bunch and I've yet to have an issue. Amazon usually has decent prices but be VERY careful about what switches you buy as three and four-way switches are not wired like you'd expect as one will be a normal switch and the others simply send a signal to that outlet - very different from traditional wiring. For the hub, you'll want to evaluate what type of features you want. Do you want internet or smart phone connected (you probably do) - in which case take a look at SmartThings or Mi Casa Verde. The problem I've run into however is that if you want to tinker, not all products play well with other products. You can't use SmartThings to control Phillips Hue light bulbs for example - instead you have to integrate the bulbs into's web service and then trigger them via the web via actions in SmartThings. Totally does work, but it adds a small amount of latency. When you flip a switch, you really do expect instant results and that 1/2 to 1 second is perceivable. Another question is security, do you want open/close sensors on your doors and windows? Now is the time to wire it if you can and the wiring is thin and cheap. The z-wave wireless sensors you buy work, but do you really want to swap out batteries on a house that size? Plus, they seem unreasonably priced by my standard. Wired ones are 1/3 the going rate and are much more failure resistant. You'll of course want ethernet around for your normal PCs, but make sure to add in a good location for wireless routers and put a few jacks where you'd want video cameras, even if you don't want to install them right now. Cable is cheap, rewiring isn't. Also, while Z-Wave products create their own mesh networks, the hubs that translate from Z-Wave to WiFi or ethernet need to have a good connection for them to work well. I find that I have to buy an extended range model to cover the house, but my location isn't ideal. That said, depending on your building materials you might need a repeater or two so an extra jack is a godsend when you need it. Keep in mind, you'll need a switch closet somewhere if you put a jack in each room. I ended up with 14 jacks coming into a bedroom simply due to poor planning regarding where the cable drop for internet ended up. I really should have put that in an actual wiring closest or something but too much was already dry walled before I got involved. Schlage makes good door locks by the way. Tried a couple before ended up with them. PINs are so much easier to manage when I need someone to dogsit. Audio: do you want centralized music/media controls? If so, it's easy now and a PITA later. Wireless exists, but latency is always an issue and SONOS is damned expensive.

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