Focusing on Help Driven Development

I often times write up a never ending While loop in PowerShell to run something every X minutes.  Usually, I do this if I have manually deleted a user from Azure AD and I am waiting for it to synchronize back up: https://gist.github.com/dustindortch/3c2b865f5cbf49248b09e8836d564ec1 When I am done, I just [Ctrl]+[Break], or maybe I insert a … Continue reading Focusing on Help Driven Development

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PowerShell Advanced Functions and Verbose Mode

Advanced Functions have been around for quite a while now and they still aren’t being used ubiquitously. It isn’t just a more complicated function, it is a defined thing. When you use out of the box cmdlets, they come with many common parameters, like Verbose. This is one of the things that Advanced Functions provide, … Continue reading PowerShell Advanced Functions and Verbose Mode

Cost Benefits to Embrace the Cloud

I have begun preparations for the (ISC)2 CCSP (Certified Cloud Security Professional) examination. This would become my second (ISC)2 certification, supplementing my current CISSP and further reinforcing my knowledge as it relates to both the “cloud” and security. I will be reviewing one of the introductory concepts covered in the material relating to the cost/benefits … Continue reading Cost Benefits to Embrace the Cloud

Microsoft Teams PowerShell Module and Insight into the Disappointment

I was just listening to episode 10 of the Office 365 Exposed podcast with Tony Redmond and Paul Robichaux. Tony was reviewing some of the conversation in his somewhat recent blog post, Why the PowerShell Module for Teams is Critically Flawed. We have seen some of the the issues outlined before, particularly with the means … Continue reading Microsoft Teams PowerShell Module and Insight into the Disappointment

The Time for MFA is NOW

During Microsoft Ignite 2017, Microsoft was promoting the #DeathToPasswords hash tag rather aggressively and socializing the problems that exist with passwords. Many of the highlights focus on the ineffectiveness of passwords, policies, and updated guidelines from NIST. One very interesting session involved a demo showing a Password Spray tool. Password Spraying is a nuanced means … Continue reading The Time for MFA is NOW

The Tale of the Stubborn Public Folders

    I had a rather meager set of legacy public folders that I was tasked to migrate to Exchange Online, with the single database weighing in at under 5GB.  What was peculiar was the large number of folders and the percentage that were mail-enabled.  The first set up challenges were cleaning up the folder … Continue reading The Tale of the Stubborn Public Folders

The “Any Benefit” Approach to the Cloud

I have been reading a couple of Cal Newport's books recently, So Good They Can't Ignore You and Deep Work. These have been very popular in the self-improvement and productivity space over the past few years and I can definitely see why as there are many good concepts that can be used to sharpen the … Continue reading The “Any Benefit” Approach to the Cloud