Kevin’s been dealing with issues with our TSM/TS3310 backup system, and I was poking around in our wiki and found the following entry which reminds me of how abysmal “enterprise support” can be:
I’ve recently written a paper outlining all of the technical details about our recent migration from Novell Groupwise to Google Apps for Education. If you would like to read more about the behind the scenes stuff that we did to make the whole thing happen go ahead and give it a read (WARNING: It’s LONG!!!!) If you are going through the process yourself and have any additional questions feel free to drop a comment here or get a hold of Jim or me over email (it’s at the bottom of the paper.)
While I prefer being in Ubuntu, my main home machine is normally running Windows 7 because I want to game (my recent poison has been League of Legends.) So whenever I need to log in and work on a server I’m going to be using putty. While putty works fine the biggest annoyance I have is the lack of a “tabbing” feature like Terminal has which makes opening extra instances more manageable. Luckily my buddy Wade sent me this cool app that addresses this issue – MTPuTTY
In a previous post I discussed what kinds of restrictions we should place on user passwords. That policy tackled one security issue: passwords that can be guessed by others. We are not talking about automated password cracking or social engineering, but simply passwords that are chosen so poorly that a person sitting at a terminal manually entering login credentials may be able to gain access to a user account. The policy was fairly permissive, but I hinted that there were certain steps that could be taken on the server side to handle issues that are normally addressed by password policy. In this post I will discuss those issues and point out several techniques we can use behind the scenes to make our systems as secure as possible.
Having the right tool for the job just makes life easier; this is very true in the IT world. My role as Systems Administrator requires me to have multiple PCs running at various times; this includes a mixture of Windows XP and Windows 7 instances. Using Oracle’s VirtualBox, a mixture of diverse installs are available to me on my base Windows 7 image. Having a machine that will support a number of these installs running concurrently is a big plus.