IMPORTANT: SonicWALL Vulnerability Patch for Remote Management

We don’t receive a lot of these kinds of messages from SonicWALL so when it came in it was treated with much suspicion. The message can be found here: SonicWALL Security Advisory Announcement Below is a quote with all of the tracking stuff removed from the URLs. July 19, 2019A […]

Office 365 and Azure Security Audit & Setup Checkup

We’re in the process of digging in to the methodology for securing our Office 365 (O365) and Azure resources. One of the things we are doing is building an on-boarding checklist for setting up O365 and Azure tenants as we sign them up. The first place to start is the […]

Security: Client E-mail Warning for Current Malware Campaigns

The first place in any “security strategy” should be to train the human. Most malware infections today are caused by a user clicking through when they should not have. The posters below give a very clear set of workflows for an infection. Excellent posters via MALWARE-TRAFFIC-ANALYSIS.NET Note the STEP IN […]

Awarded Microsoft Most Valued Professional (MVP) for 2019-2020!

With our Canadian day off on July 1st things have been quite brisk getting things done prior to and post holiday. Microsoft Announcement E-mail It is very humbling to receive this award. Thank you to Microsoft for the renewal. The last few years have been challenging (blog post on my […]

I want to get started in IT in a Cloud First World. What do I do?

The following were drawn up during a mentoring session this morning. How do I start? The first thing we need to do is get the business essentials in place. A business identity and a professional presentation are very important. An @Hotmail.Com address, or other such generic e-mail services, is definitely […]

AMD’s Game Changer: EPYC Rome and S2D

A conversation on the S2D Slack channel brought about a realization that we are on the cusp of one of the bigger technology shifts in the CPU industry in a very long time. Since Intel incorporated Core into their Intel Xeon line many, many years ago where we saw a […]

Windows 10: Dark Mode for All

This was something learned this morning: Dark Mode for virtually all apps that can do it! If there’s one thing we’ve discovered, LCD/LED monitors are intense on the eyes. At times, it can be like not wearing sunglasses on a sunny day outside with snow on the ground: Snow Blind. […]

Intuit QuickBooks: Freeze/Crash on Open: Error UCRTBase.DLL – FIX

So, we went through the gamut of troubleshooting in our previous post: Intuit QuickBooks: Freeze/Crash or Error 6123 When Opening a QB Company File – FIX Running the QB Refresher utility worked on any user profile where no company files were opened before. Since we used a local admin account […]