How to tie your cloud storage services together

How can you tie your cloud storage services together?   It’s actually easy if you use MultCloud.   MultCloud ties together all of the most popular cloud storage services so you can upload files to multiple sites through a single sign-on.

Completely FREE app for home and commercial use.
Single login for multiple cloud accounts.
Add unlimited accounts such as Dropbox, Box, OneDrive, etc

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Add Cloud

Signing up is easy and free.   Once you sign in, you can connect your cloud services and use the power of MultCloud to Upload or Download files from a central dashboard.

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The Ultimate Toolkit for IT Professionals – GE Geek Toolkit

I discovered GE Geek through Rick at What’s On My PC.  GE Geek is a resource like no other.  The time and dedication to linking and uploading the thousands of resources at GE Geek is commendable.

The best feature by far is GE Geek’s Toolkit that contains 1.7 gigabytes of tools that every IT pro needs.

“A complete collection of over 300 Portable Freeware Tech Related
programs, all accessible from one Menu Launcher Utility. There’s
even a program to update all the essential programs automatically,
all contained on a USB/Flash drive for travel.” ~GE Geek

Here’s a short list of the categories -

Apps to Install
App Updates
App Uninstallers
BackUps
Benchmarking
Compression
Configurations
Diagnostics
Drivers
FTP Tools
Internet
Maintenance
Malware Removal
Multimedia
Network Tools
Recovery
Remote Tools
Repair Tools 1
Repair Tools 2
Scripts
Search
Security
System Information
System Tools
Tweaking Tools
Windows Services Defaults
Windows 7 Tools
Windows 7 Troubleshooting
Windows 7 / 8 Shortcuts
Dozens more
getoolkit 

 

Here’s a Snapshot of his Site. You have to visit the site to get an understanding of how this has to be one of the best sites on the web for IT Professionals.   Link

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An introduction to Big Data – RackSpace’s CloudU MOOC

CloudU

Several years ago we introduced you to CloudU. A perfect introduction to how the ‘cloud’ works.  CloudU by RackSpace now has a MOOC (Mass Open Online Course) that introduces you to Big Data.

According to Wikipedia, Big Data is a term used to describe a collection of data sets so large and complex that it becomes difficult to process using on-hand database management tools or traditional data processing applications. Thats a great definition but its only one. This topic is too big to base this learning series on one definition so we asked the brightest minds in academia and the cloud industry the same question, “What is Big Data”? We are confident you will enjoy their insights and take away a broader perspective on big data.       Sign up, it’s free (Link)

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“After contacting Rackspace so that my students could benefit from the cloud university curriculum as a supplement.   I was met with open arms and personally talked with Greg Alfaro, Michael Ferranti and Ben Kepes either by phone or email.   Here’s a quote from Ben. - “CloudU is an excellent resource for anyone wanting to learn about Cloud Computing. As an instructor of information technology, the certificate provides a great learning tool for the planning, deployment and logistics behind cloud computing.”    ~ Ben Kepes

Excellent site to understand deployment

Need a step by step tutorial on Sysprep, ImageX or other Windows’ deployment methods?  Me, Myself and IT has excellent step by step tutorials on these different methods.

Getting started using Windows Deployment

Create a Windows PE USB    (Includes Dropbox download)

Capture an image using ImageX

Apply a WIM using ImageX

How to build an UnAttended Answer File

Adding drivers

Preparing and Using Sysprep

Experiments with Sysprep

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MySQL Wworkbench – manage your MySQL installation

If you are a beginner or an expert, MySQL Workbench is a must have if you have installed MySQL.  The community edition allows you to Start/Stop your MySQL instance, write queries, monitor performance and has dozens of other features.

With MySQL, the my.conf file normally found in Linux installs is the my.ini file.  This configuration file can be found under the ProgramData folder (you have to show hidden files in Windows Explorer to see it).   This file can be configured using MySQL Workbench.   If you get an error connecting to it, go to the server instance and navigate to the my.ini file.   This is a common error when reading the configuration file.

WorkBench Status

Other features -

SQL Editor – SQL Code Completion, SQL Code Formatter, SQL Syntax Highlighting, SQL Code Generation, SQL History, SQL Snippets, Server-Stop/Start, Server Status, Performance and more.

WorkBench One

 

 

150 FREE Microsoft eBooks – largest collection ever

150 FREE Microsoft eBooks – largest collection ever

Thanks to Jonathan for remembering to email me the latest Microsoft Blog link about free ebooks.

EBoooks link

Given the amount my readers enjoy these posts and these free resources, I am sharing another post this year with over 130 more FREE eBooks, Step-By-Steps, Resource Guides, etc., for your enjoyment. Plus I’m also including links to the free eBooks I shared in the past so you have all of them here in one single post, making this my single largest collection EVER (Almost 300 total)! Please enjoy these FREE eBooks and resources, and be sure to pass this along to your friends, colleagues, peers, and others who you think would benefit from and enjoy them. After all, wouldn’t it be fun if we could surpass the 1,000,000 download mark within just one week again? ~Eric Ligman, Microsoft

 

 

The Winners of the Excellence in Action Award for Outstanding Career Technical Education

Today, six programs were recognized as “Excellence in Action” award winners, representing the best Career Technical Education (CTE) has to offer. These programs of study were selected based on their uniquely inventive and effective approaches to stimulating student learning, raising student achievement, offering extensive work-based learning experiences, and increasing student postsecondary and career prospects, as described in Reflect, Transform, Lead: A New Vision for Career Technical Education.

The inaugural Excellence in Action winners are:

NASDCTEc Executive Director Kimberly Green said, “These Excellence in Action award winners are incredibly successful – graduating their students at above average rates, building strong business and community partnerships and setting a course to increase students’ attainment of postsecondary credits and degrees and industry-recognized credentials. These high-quality programs of study are leading the way, improving both the practice and perception of CTE.”

The National Association of State Directors of Career Technical Education Consortium (NASDCTEc) honored the award recipients at the 2014 Achieving Excellence in Career Technical Education: The National Career Clusters Institute.

Two-page, printable profiles of each winner, detailing their unique strengths and justification for their selection are available at the newly-launched NASDCTEc/NCTEF website. For further updates from the Achieving Excellence Institute, including a recap of the award ceremony, visit the CTE: Learning that Works Blog.

- See more at: http://www.careertech.org/announcing-winners-excellence-action-award-outstanding-career-technical-education#sthash.PSO1lK1t.dpuf

 

 

Announcing the Winners of the Excellence in Action Award for Outstanding Career Technical Education.

Create a roaming profile – Windows 7, 8, Server 2008 R2

Don’t forget, the fastest hard drive without IPv6 ….check your network info here

Attached are guides on creating a roaming profile with Windows 7 and Server 2008 r2.

(Thanks to Mr. Ledlow for creating these)

Guides are in PDF
Step One Create a User on the Domain

Step Two Creating a Folder on the Domain

Step Three Creating the Profile

Step Four Join the Domain

A roaming profile allows the domain user to login and keep their preferences regardless of where they login.

See our review of Windows 8 and see how you can run 90% of your programs, virtualize other operating systems, use your network and more.

Also go and Tweak your wireless!!

 

RichardKok  Reset a Roaming Profile

Other info

http://www.grouppolicy.biz/2010/08/best-practice-roaming-profiles-and-folder-redirection-a-k-a-user-virtualization/

http://blogs.technet.com/b/askds/archive/2008/06/17/user-profile-policies-in-windows-server-2008-and-windows-vista.aspx

http://blogs.technet.com/b/askds/archive/2008/06/30/automatic-creation-of-user-folders-for-home-roaming-profile-and-redirected-folders.aspx

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/555046

Free-Windows Server 2012 R2 Technet Document -7970 pages

Want to know how to be an administrator of Windows Server 2012 R2?  This 7900+ page document has everything you want to know about Microsoft’s latest server.  Included in this massive manual is-

  • Technical Scenarios
  • Install and Deploy Windows Server
  • Migrate Roles and Features to Windows Server
  • Secure Windows Server
  • Manage Privacy in Windows Server
  • Support and Troubleshoot Windows Server
  • Server Roles and Technologies
  • Management and Tools for Windows Server

Download Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2 and Windows Server 2012 TechNet Library Documentation here.  111 mb

Microsoft also offers free virtual labs (Virtual Microsoft Server from your browser).  Coupled with this 7900+ page manual, this is an excellent resource to learn Windows Server 2012.

If you want to print this, it will take approximately 16 reams of paper and 3.25 high capacity laser toner cartridges.  Of course once you print it, you’ll have your first 32″ wide book.

Did you really complete your Windows installation?

While we cannot cover every scenario there is, this is a general setup of  a Windows 7 or 8 computer.

  • Check all drivers under the Device Manager
    Get the latest drivers for performance
  • Optimize Network Card Configuration– Disable all but flow control
  • Disable NTLM if connecting to older NAS or SANS devices
  • Disable LLMNR - improves network performance and connections to SQL
  • Load Banner if you have a business (legal banner at computer start)
  • Load all Windows updates
  • Run Cleanup of Service Packs after Service Pack updates are installed
    (Information here or DISM /online /cleanup-Image /spsuperseded at a command prompt)
  • Load Microsoft Hotfix 90 patches if Windows 7
    • This enterprise hotfix is for WebDAV, DFSN client, Folder Redirection, Offline Files and Folders, SMB client, Redirected Drive Buffering Subsystem, Multiple UNC Provider, SMB Service, TCP protocol components (Network Performance), processing of Group Policies, Group Policy preferences, helps to reduce network load and domain load, WMI and more.
  • Hard drive cache on if not SSD Drive
    (Device Manager – double click and make sure checkboxes under policies are checked)
  • TRIM enabled if SSD and disable defrag if SSD
  • Load Defraggler or Auslogics defrag (Third party defrag program) if non SSD
  • USB Power Management off – Device Manager
  • Adjust other Power Management as necessary
  • Printer installation
  • Check to see if your BIOS supports AHCI -(if so, boot into Windows, modify the registry, then change the BIOS to AHCI) – more information
  • Office installation – Always select custom during installation and select all features – complete installation
  • Set Homepage in your Browser
  • Install Adobe Reader
  • Install Flash
  • Install Java
  • Install CCleaner
  • Cryptolocker protection
  • Install Anti-virus software (Microsoft Security Essentials)
  • Install Anti-malware protection (SuperAntispyware or Malwarebytes)
  • Rename computer and put in workgroup or domain as necessary
  • Enable the Administrator’s account
  • Edit the Hosts and LMHOSTS file under C:\Windows\system32\drivers\etc as necessary
    Type in server IP and NetBIOS name (speeds up name resolution if local DNS is not available)

Note: This does NOT contain all of the information you may need when in a business environment.

MySQL Upgrade in Windows

Dawn and I faced a MySQL Upgrade for our Moodle LMS site and delayed as long as we could.   Unlike traditional upgrades of Microsoft SQL, we couldn’t simply click a setup file and the upgrade would replace files and services  as needed.

Here’s the easiest process we found to upgrade MySQL

  1. Stop the existing MySQL service in Services
  2. Make sure you have a backup  of you MySQL database
  3. Open a command prompt (as administrator)
  4. change to the MySQL directory and type mysqld –remove  (to remove the service under services) you can also remove it by using the SC Delete MySQL command.
    1. In the Service manager you should see that the service is removed.
  5. Uninstall MySQL under the Programs and Features menu
  6. Delete all folders under programdata and program files that are related to MySQL
  7. Reboot
  8. Make sure the latest .NET Framework is installed
  9. Download and run the MySQL Community package  Link
  10. Perform a new install
  11. Use the Server type:  Server  (Production deployments)
  12. Make sure your data directories are specified during the installation
  13. Use the same root password you had on the old installation
  14. Add  admin users as necessary
  15. Restore your files if necessary (backups) with MySQL Workbench Link
  16. Complete the install
  17. Make sure the service is running

Note: Always make a backup before trying to update the database.

 

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Tablet or Laptop for college?

Tablet or Laptop for college?

As high school students take the summer off and begin to prepare for college, we are often asked what technology students should get for college.   Here’s our answer.  Both – maybe.  Why?

Laptops provide an adequate screen size and can be used for long periods of study.  With a larger screen size than tablets, laptops can help with periods of preparing papers, presentations and just multitask better.   Add a 17+ inch monitor to your laptop and extend your screen to bring up the internet during research.  This allows you to keep your paper up or material up on your laptop screen while researching on the other.   So why not a desktop?  You can get a desktop – however will you need portability?

With Microsoft Windows, chances are you’ll find whatever freeware or software you’ll need and it’ll more than likely have a higher compatibility than other operating systems.   What about an Apple laptop?   They are fine.  Make sure you have parallels loaded and there aren’t any compatibility issues with classes that you have.

For portability, a tablet can quickly take notes, use Microsoft Office (Free for iPad and Android devices) or maybe use apps that are offered in your class.   These devices have a longer battery life, power up quickly and are perfect for class to class operations.

So can’t I just use a smartphone for this?  Absolutely.  Tablets tend to be trendy, expensive for what you truly get- but on the other hand, they can help.   The choice is yours and this may be based on the type of classes that you sign up for.  Which tablet?  This becomes a complex question but with Apple Store, Google Play or a Microsoft Surface, you can generally find an app for your tablet.

Remember to use synchronization and iCloud or OneDrive to hold non sensitive documents so they will always be available for your laptop, tablet and/or phone.  Guard your flash drives and have at least a 16 or 32 gb drive.

Protect your asset with device tracking from Apple, Google Apps or Prey Project.  Always load anti-virus, get your updates and never leave your device unattended.

Here’s the final answer.  You should get a laptop and decide if you need a tablet or if your smartphone will do.  Dollar for dollar, you’ll get a ton more storage with a laptop and with Google Chrome loaded as a browser, you’ll be surprised at the Apps you can loaded in chrome (hundreds).  Thousand of freeware software and true computing power give laptops the edge.  With multiple USB, HDMI, Wireless or Wired Network, a tablet again doesn’t compare.

Research your classes and remember the likelihood that you’ll change majors is almost a given.