A Tip

Mon, 08/29/2022 - 13:46
Some sound advice from SWEETJUICYWALRUS for occasions when you need to ask for help from a more-experienced colleague: “[I write] a 'here's the situation' email [with] exactly what's happening… what's broken and how, [plus] everything I have tried… I'm trying to make it look like I'm not incompetent and that I tried all the basics and the obvious things a senior tech would ask you to try. 90% of

IT Pro Tuesday #216

Mon, 08/29/2022 - 13:29
Get this in your inbox each week. Welcome back to IT Pro Tuesday! Email continues to be the primary method of communication for business today, so it's no wonder threat actors target email to get a foothold inside organizations. This week's Sysadmin DOJO podcast with security expert Gil Blumberg focuses on email vulnerabilities in M365. We discuss some surprising findings from our recent survey on

A Tip on Interviewing Candidates

Mon, 06/13/2022 - 14:26
Some perspective from VelocityDuck on interviewing candidates to avoid screening out good people: “[M]ost people don't interview well. It's just not something they do much, and they've never learned how to do it. So if you hit them with vague questions, they'll fall apart. Add to that: most people want the job. In some cases, they really NEED the job. That ratchets up the stress level. I gave up

IT Pro Tuesday #205

Mon, 06/13/2022 - 13:11
Get this in your inbox each week. Welcome back to IT Pro Tuesday! The Microsoft 365 default security settings are simply not enough to prevent attacks. If you’re serious about your data, you need to know how to configure your tenant properly. Join this webinar with Paul Schnackenburg, author of the Microsoft 365 Security Checklist, and Microsoft MVP Andy Syrewicze, to learn about the critical

Tip: System for patch-cable labeling

Mon, 06/06/2022 - 13:50
itdumbass shares a clever system for patch-cable labeling: Use "a date-sequence number, like yyyymmdd-xxxx, where xxxx is a zero-padded sequential number. If new patches [are] added, [you don't] need to try to figure out the last used number, as any day would start at 0001. You’re databasing the patches, so all you need is a unique id for the patch."

IT Pro Tuesday #204

Mon, 06/06/2022 - 13:44
Get this in your inbox each week. Welcome back to IT Pro Tuesday! What does it mean to be Cloud-Native? In this SysAdmin Dojo Podcast, Tech Evangelist Andy Syrewicze and IT Consultant Paul Schnackenburg look at who cloud native architecture is for, how to navigate common stumbling blocks and ultimately… is it better? Watch / listen on the SysAdmin DOJO or on your favorite podcast player. We're

Ethernet cable clarification

Mon, 05/09/2022 - 12:26
A clarification on the confusingly worded relationship between an 'ethernet cable' and 'ethernet,' kindly offered by _mud__: "A protocol is independent of the medium that transports it. What we call Ethernet cables are really shielded or unshielded twisted pair CAT 5/5e/6/etc cables, terminated with RJ45 plugs in TIA 568 A/B wiring. That's complicated to say, so we just refer to the cable by its

IT Pro Tuesday #200

Mon, 05/09/2022 - 12:17
Get this in your inbox each week. Welcome back to IT Pro Tuesday! First off this week, we'd like to invite you to take part in a 5-min survey on IT security compliance. Help us understand how your organization is dealing with ransomware threats, and you'll get a chance to win an Oculus Rift S VR! If you've glanced at the licensing sections on the Microsoft 365 admin portal it comes as no surprise

Network Advice

Mon, 04/11/2022 - 12:53
A word of caution from LifeOnDeathRow regarding the temptation to clean up racks of messy cabling when you have some free time: "Don't f*ck with a running network when there are critical services running just to make it look pretty. Wait until a switch replacement or a re-cabling job, but the risk vs reward is just not even close on this one."

IT Pro Tuesday #196

Mon, 04/11/2022 - 12:47
Get this in your inbox each week. Welcome back to IT Pro Tuesday! As the hybrid cloud management story is becoming critically important, The SysAdmin DOJO podcast is talking to various tech experts to get their take. We’ve just talked to Thomas Maurer from the Azure Advocacy team at Microsoft about Hybrid Cloud Management via Azure Arc. [Did you know you can setup your on-prem Azure Stack HCI