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VMs and Containers in Windows Server 2016

Windows Server 2016 will still have the familiar Hyper-V virtualization, but it will add a new way of compartmentalizing applications: containers. Even more confusingly, it will have not just one but two styles of containers – Docker-style containers and Hyper-V-based Windows Server containers. What’s the difference?

Migration plans just didn’t gel as expected? Still can’t find a good reason to justify a switch? Perhaps there’s just no budget for it right now…

Whatever the reason, your organization missed Microsoft’s July 14 end-of-support deadline (EOS) for Windows Server 2003 (WS 2003) despite the dire warnings that have been playing out in the media these past few months.

You are not alone and there’s no need for alarm.

The warnings have been issued; the time is at hand. As of July 14, 2015, Microsoft ceased support of Windows Server 2003 and Small Business Server 2003 operating systems. That means no more technical support, no more content updates, no more protection from any new security threats and, for many organizations, no way to pass compliance audits.

Information technology in the healthcare sector has always possessed an added layer of complexity due to industry-specific regulations such as HIPAA and the HITECH Act.

What most people find stunning and yet are almost always unaware of is that Microsoft has limited the operating systems of Windows 7, 8, Server 2008, Server 2012 and others.


You’ve likely heard the news. Windows Server 2003 is going the way of the dinosaurs. In a more recent biological reference, the operating system is going the way of the bufo periglenes, better known as the golden toadWhat happened to the bufo periglenes, you may ask?

TeslaCrypt File Decryption

Every once in a while, my phone rings and it’s Chicken Little on the other end.   This time the sky really was falling, because apparently one of Chicken’s staff got infected with the latest ransomware which had encrypted all of the company’s Microsoft FileShare servers.   Fortunately, the month before I had talked Chicken into spinning up a new Windows server at dinCloud and replicating his Microsoft FileShare servers to the Cloud using Microsoft’s free tool: Distributed File System (DFS).

Cloud Security

New age technologies have been the game changers in this fast moving world. One of the key technologies to gain momentum in the past decade has been cloud. Usage of cloud has proved to be a boon, especially for the services industry. Cloud based SaaS, PaaS, and IaaS have become the new order of the day as they provide a cost advantage to the companies in comparison to using traditional methods. This has fuelled the growth of cloud technology to a larger extent. But, every technology has its own set of pros and cons

There are many definitions or interpretations on the types of clouds, and then the actual types as well. Take for example, Public Cloud. This generally refers to a service like AWS or Azure. These are large, public utility type services. You sign up on a ‘credit card’ and you are on your own to figure things out. These clouds are massive, just like the companies that built them. Thus, each organization’s control or influence over these clouds is limited at best. 


Domain Name System (DNS) is what resolves a name like to an IP.  Websites, VOIP phones, and many mission critical systems rely upon DNS.  Knowing this, hackers frequently target these systems using "denial of service" techniques which are often compounded by employing a distributed set of malware compromised PC's worldwide to attack with,  controlled by large "botnets" as the command/control mechanism.  Unleashed against you and your business, this becomes a serious threat!


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