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Leadership — Techniques to help peers succeed and grow

John Maxwell shares another excellent leadership article related on how to influence your peers in other positions to successfully achieve organizational goals and projects.


As a leader, you’re wired to win. You want to see your team succeed. You want to see your own career take off. Chances are, there are very few moments in the day when you’re not looking for some kind of competitive advantage. But you should never sacrifice people to your desire to win. Because the plain fact of the matter is that you can’t win without others. You need people to reach your potential.

Today, I want to touch on just a few behaviors that can help you learn to lead your peers.

1. Let the Best Idea Win — There are times when your ideas, your thoughts, your agenda, aren’t actually the best of the bunch. So instead of always arguing for your idea, your opinion, your agenda, sit back and listen to the other ideas being shared.

2. Be a Friend — First, listen. When you prove to be someone who genuinely listens to others, people will seek you out because everyone likes – and needs – a good listener. Finally, if you want to be a friend, you should develop two things: a sense of humor and a reputation for honesty.

3. Avoid Office Politics — Sometimes, politics is just dirty business. Leadership is messy, but it doesn’t mean you have to sling the mud that gets you dirty. Let your integrity be your guide when it comes to intra-office disagreements, and demonstrate a higher standard for your peers to follow.

4. Don’t Pretend You’re Perfect — Your character, your integrity, and your willingness to be authentic will do more to win people to your cause than anything else you can do. Leadership among your peers has more to do with relationships than anything else, and relationships are established when people drop their pretenses and allow others to know them as they really are.

If you want to see your team make winning a habit, you’re going to have to learn to lead your peers. Of all the lessons I learned from playing basketball, the one I’ll never forget is that the people you need the most are the people on the team with you. The truth remains the same – you can’t win without others

SanDisk – One Terabyte SD Card prototype developed

SanDisk has developed a revolutionary 1TB storage capacity for SD memory cards commonly used in camera, mobile phones, and other portable devices as documented in following eWeek article:


Imagine having one full terabyte of storage capacity on an SD card that you can use in your smartphone or camera.  You can stop imagining, because that card is real and on its way to availability.  And yes, 1TB is about two or even three times the storage capacity of two typical laptops. SanDisk, inventor of the SD cards for cameras that used to carry a mere 64 MB 16 years ago, on Sept. 20 introduced a prototype of its SDXC card at a trade conference in Europe for photo and video professionals.  SanDisk, enticing conference-goers with the prototype, did not release details regarding pricing, availability or date of release.

Facebook – Stay safe online presentation October 4, 2016

An excellent security awareness seminar will be held on October 4th as follows:


Join us via Facebook live from facebook.com/staysafeonline to daylong coverage of the National Cyber Security Awareness Month kickoff event.National experts will explore cybersecurity issues of the day, including the use of drones and internet-connected cays, at a three day kickoff for the 2016 National Cyber Security Awareness Month.

There will also be sessions on how consumers can manage their digital footprint, how small businesses can reduce their risk of a security breach, and how the education system can prepare students and train veterans for one of today’s fastest-growing job sectors.  The event is being held by the Washington State governor’s office, the Washington state Office of CyberSecurity, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the National Cyber Security Alliance.

 Agenda for Tuesday, October 4 (all times listed are PDT):

8:30 to 9:30 a.m. Opening comments
 9:30 to 10 a.m. Department of Homeland Security
 10 to 10:20 a.m. Microsoft Digital Crimes Unit presentation
 10:20 to 10:25 a.m. National Cyber Security Alliance remarks
 10:25 to 10:30 a.m. Washington State CIO Michael Cockrill
 10:45 to 12:30 p.m. Drones, autonomous vehicles and consumer privacy panel
 12:45 to 1:50 p.m. Panel Discussion: Developing the Cybersecurity Workforce

Microsoft Security Updates – WIN7 and WIN8 removal tool for Free WIN10 offer

On SEPTEMBER 20, 2016 a “non-security” important update was offered that provides removal software tools related to the Windows 10 free upgrade offer


This update removes the Get Windows 10 app and other software related to the Windows 10 free upgrade offer that expired on July 29, 2016. For a complete list of the software removed by this Windows Update, see the update replacement information. You can find answers to frequently asked questions about upgrading to Windows 10 at the Windows 10 Q&A page.

How to obtain this update

Method 1: Windows Update — This update is available on Windows Update. For more information about how to run Windows Update, see How to get an update through Windows Update.

Method 2: Microsoft Download Center — The following files are available for download from the Microsoft Download Center:

Applies to: Windows 8.1, Windows 8.1 Pro, Windows 8.1 Enterprise, Windows 7 Service Pack 1, Windows 7 Ultimate, Windows 7 Professional, Windows 7 Home Premium, Windows 7 Home Basic, Windows 7 Starter

Microsoft Security Updates – SEPTEMBER 2016

Below are key resources documenting this recent monthly Microsoft Patch Tuesday release:




Well it’s Microsoft Patch Tuesday, again, and that must mean we are girding our systems against another round of security vulnerabilities. This month Microsoft has released fourteen (14) bulletins covering fifty (50) security vulnerabilities. There are seven bulletins in the set whose severity is considered “Critical”. These “Critical” bulletins affect Internet Explorer, Microsoft Edge, Microsoft Graphics Component, Microsoft Exchange Server, Microsoft Office, OLE Automation for VBScript Scripting Engine, and the Adobe Flash Player. The remaining seven bulletins impact products such as Silverlight, Windows, Windows Kernel, Windows Lock Screen, Windows Secure Kernel Mode, Windows SMBv1 Server, and the Microsoft Windows PDF Library.

July 2016 update rollup for Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2


“The July 2016 update rollup includes some new improvements and fixes, including the improvements from June 2016 update rollupKB3161606 and May 2016 update rollup KB3156418 for the Windows 8.1 and 2012 R2 platform. We recommend that you apply this update rollup as part of your regular maintenance routines. Before you install this update, check out the Prerequisites and Restart requirement sections.”

OpenSSL Releases Security Updates

OpenSSL Releases Security Updates

OpenSSL has released security updates to address vulnerabilities in previous versions. Exploitation of some of these vulnerabilities may allow a remote attacker to cause a denial-of-service condition.

Available updates include:

  • OpenSSL 1.1.0b for 1.1.0 users
  • OpenSSL 1.0.2j for 1.0.2i users
  • OpenSSL 1.0.1u for 1.0.1 users *

Users and administrators are encouraged to review the OpenSSL Security Advisory and apply the necessary updates.

Locky ransomware changed. now a .odin extension

What looks like a new Ransomware is really just “Locky” with a new extension.

Locky ransomware changed. now a .odin extension

Security Update for Windows SMB Server (3164038)

This is an important update.

Security Update for Windows SMB Server (3164038)

This security update resolves a vulnerability in Microsoft Windows. The vulnerability could allow elevation of privilege if an attacker logs on to the system and runs a specially crafted application.

This security update is rated Important for all supported releases of Microsoft Windows. For more information, see the Affected Software and Vulnerability Severity Ratings section.

The security update addresses the vulnerability by correcting how Windows Server Message Block (SMB) Server handles credential forwarding requests. For more information about the vulnerability, see theVulnerability Information section.

For more information about this update, see Microsoft Knowledge Base Article 3164038.

Windows Server 2016 launches

The launch of Windows Server 2016 has been announced at Ignite – https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/hybridcloud/2016/09/26/announcing-the-launch-of-windows-server-2016/


Evaluations can be downloaded from the link in the above post.


Soon be time to re-build the test lab

Windows Server 2016 and System Center 2016 Launched today at Ignite!

Here’s a great list that was shared with some of us earlier today by Rob Hindman with Microsoft. A BIG thank you Rob for getting all these links together in one document!

We are delighted to announce that today we launched Windows Server 2016 and System Center 2016 as announced at the Ignite conference in Atlanta !!!!

Evaluation bits, which are valid for 180 days, are available for download now…

Windows Server 2016: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/evalcenter/evaluate-windows-server-2016?i=1

System Center 2016: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/evalcenter/evaluate-system-center-2016

  • Note that we recommend installing zero-day patches, specifically KB3192366 for S2D clusters, from Windows Update using Settings | Update & security | Check online for updates from Microsoft Update as soon as practical.
  • Windows Server 2016 and System Center 2016 are on the October 2016 Price List.
  • Windows Server 2016 and System Center 2016 will be Generally Available in mid-October, meaning that VL versions will be available at that time.

Announcing the launch of Windows Server 2016, Erin Chapple: https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/hybridcloud/2016/09/26/announcing-the-launch-of-windows-server-2016/

Microsoft Web site for Server 2016:  https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/cloud-platform/windows-server

Here are some great Windows Server 2016 videos that have already been posted to YouTube. More are coming:

  • Software Defined Networking is a huge step forward in how you configure, manage and secure your network. Check out Greg Cusanza talking about the build in load balancer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5q3sEQN4GSM

How to See List of Wireless Network Profiles in Windows 10

When you connect to a new wireless network, Windows will create a profile for the wireless network. A wireless (Wi-Fi) network profile contains the SSID (network name), password key, and security information to be able to connect to a wireless network.

This tutorial will show you how to view a list of all wireless network profiles configured on the system in Windows 10.

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How to Enable or Disable Check for Windows Updates in Windows 10

Microsoft has made it easier for Windows Update to keep Windows 10 updated by automatically downloading and installing the latest features and improvements, drivers, and hotfixes released by Microsoft—and with fewer interruptions and restarts when you’re using your PC the most. The latest updates will automatically download and install when they’re available. (Unless you’re on a metered connection, then updates won’t download until you manually check for updates.)

Microsoft releases important updates every second Tuesday once a month, known as Patch Tuesday. However, updates could be released at any time.

Windows 10 will automatically check for new Windows Updates at the time you have set in automatic maintenance.

You can select to also receive updates for other Microsoft products like Office in Windows Update.

Occasionally, your PC may need to restart to finish installing the updates. You can set active hours to let Windows know when you’re usually using your PC to help prevent inconvenient restarts. When a restart is scheduled, you can use a custom restart time to temporarily override active hours and schedule a custom time to finish installing the current update(s).

Starting in Windows 10 Insider Preview build 14931, a new policy is available that allows you to remove access to scan Windows Update.

This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable to manually check for updates in Windows Update for all users in Windows 10.

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How fast does ransomware run?


Spotted this online….

Starting at execution, here are the times it took for the following ransomware samples to encrypt the files and notify me with a ransom screen:


  • Chimera: 18 seconds
  • Petya: 27 seconds
  • TeslaCrypt 4.0: 28 seconds
  • CTB-Locker: 45 seconds
  • TeslaCrypt 3.0: 45 seconds
  • Virlock: 3 minutes 21 seconds
  • CryptoWall: 16 minutes

Fix for when Windows 7 is stuck at “checking for updates”

It works a treat:


Starting a PowerShell windows as a Domain Admin

If you run as a limited user on your own desktop, as you should, it’s useful to keep a separate PowerShell window open as the Domain Administrator. I give that window a nice dark red background so I know instantly that I’m in a powerful window and to be appropriately careful. But how can I actually start a window as a different account, and using Run As Administrator? Ah, so glad you asked.

$AdminCred = Get-Credential -UserName "TreyResearchdomainadmin" `
                            -Message "Enter your password for the DomainAdmin account:" 
Start-Process PowerShell.exe -Credential $AdminCred `
                             -ArgumentList "Start-Process PowerShell.exe -Verb RunAs" `

Save this as “Start-myAdmin.ps1” or equivalent and it’s always available. The nice thing about using Start-Process with the NoNewWindow parameter is that it doesn’t leave a spare window open. Try it. It will make it just that much easier to run as a limited user with no administrative rights, even on your own workstation. And really, when you have the power to be a domain admin, you really, really, really shouldn’t run any other way.

Remove the Www.9o0gle.com Browser Hijacker (Removal Guide)

What is 9o0gle.com Browser Hijacker?

The 9o0gle.com Browser Hijacker is a browser hijacker from the Adware/ShortcutHijacker family that changes the home page of your installed browsers to www.9o0gle.com. It does this by modifying the shortcuts for all of your installed browsers, so that if you click on them, they will automatically open the 9o0gle.com home page.


Apple iOS 10 – Thirty key changes and advanced tips slide show

PC Magazine shares key changes and advanced user tips associated with the Apple iOS 10 O/S update recently in an informative slide show update: 


Apple’s iOS 10, it should be noted, isn’t having the smoothest of rollouts, much like it did with iOS 8 a couple years ago.  There are some reports of bricked iPhones, or at the very least updates that malfunction and require iTunes to complete the update. In PC Labs, our analysts updated five iPhones to iOS 10 and it worked great—on four of them. So you may want to give it a couple of weeks before you make the full install. If you’re ready to make the leap, check out How to Get iOS 10.

How to Automatically Create System Restore Point on Schedule in Windows 10

System Restore uses a feature called system protection that regularly creates and saves information about your PC’s drivers, programs, registry, system files, and settings as restore points.

Windows automatically creates restore points just before significant system events, such as the installation of desktop apps and new Windows Updates, if the last restore point is older than seven days and if no other restore points were created in the previous seven days. You can also create restore points manually at any time.

This tutorial will show you how to create an elevated task to automatically create a system restore point on schedule in Windows 10.

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