My Take on Windows Server 2012 Licensing FAQ

Here's the licensing summary and the long official licensing FAQ, but I've tried to summarize the important stuff. I find the new licensing much easier to understand then ever before. I issue no guarantees on my ability to correctly read a Microsoft licensing document: Server 2012 only has two editions…

TechEd North America 2012: What You Missed

Windows 8, Windows Server 2012, System Center 2012, Visual Studio 2012, Windows Azure updates, and more. TechEd is about “what’s next” for Microsoft System Admins (they call us IT Pros) and Developers. It’s the biggest U.S. Microsoft conference every summer and has over 600 sessions in 5…

MMS 2012: What You Missed

My post at 4sysops.com, a great Windows Admin resource.…

Why Is IIS Host Name Greyed On Site Binding Using Wildcard SSL?

Likely because your SSL Certificate Friendly Name is the field used for IIS to determine if it's a Wildcard. If your Common Name is *.domain.com and in the IIS Edit Site Binding the SSL certificate drop down shows just domain.com then that's your issue. Good news is you…

RDP Exploit is Coming - Patch All Windows Now

I'm posting this info to do "my part" to ensure the word gets out on this Windows OS Internet-exploitable vulnerability.  I can count on one hand the times I've had to care this much about a Windows patch in the last 15 years.  Please read and react. This has the…

Current Project: Winsitter.com

This blog has seen less action over the last year due to my activities related to a personal obsession of mine: Creating a web startup to help keep Windows Servers up and running on autopilot. As a consulting engineer for various small and large organizations, I can say it is…