Windows PC SCAM help via Microsoft Canada


Even though I moved to the “Mother Ship” here in Redmond back in January – I still get emails, texts, Tweets and Facebook Updates about someone who has had a relative / friend who has unfortunately been scammed by some FRICKIN’ A** Holes social engineering their way into their PC. The “technicians from Microsoft” are slick, say the right things, play on the fear of the individual and their lack of knowledge about technology and inevitably convinces them to either:

  • sign up for a security service that makes their system more infected and has their data and machine held hostage for regular payments
  • allows them to install malware on their system thinking that it is some sort of anti-virus
  • harvests information for identity theft and credit card scams / skimming
  • takes control of their email / social accounts to impersonate them online and scam their friends as well

It just goes on and on. It’s very infuriating and frustrating hearing about it and can be quite difficult to help them out remotely – I’d rather drive to their home and fix it personally out of principal – but that just won’t work.

What can YOU do about it? Well – first step in solving the problem is INFORMING yourself and ALL OF YOUR CONTACTS – friends, relatives, play-group friends, kids ball teams / hockey teams – just get this information out there.

The number ONE law of computer security (paraphrasing here) is “if a bad guy can persuade you to run his/her program on your computer, it’s not your computer anymore”.  This applies if you allow others to socially engineer you into installing software yourself or allowing them to remote into your system.

My friends back at Microsoft Canada have had a go at creating an InfoGraphic to help get the information out as well as what to do if you have been scammed. Feel Free to Download it, share it out, post it up on Facebook – tweet it – whatever you like – just get the word out!


TechEd 2012 Countdown–Certification News T-6

Part of this new gig at Microsoft at Corp is helping out drum up information and excitement around big scale events like TechEd.  My partner in crime Joey Snow and I record these TechEd Countdown shows and publish them once a week.  It’s a hoot! This time we have Melissa Bathum from Microsoft Learning (MCT Readiness and certification) joining us to talk about certification benefits and offers at TechEd NA.

Dynamic Access Control in Windows Server 2012 demo

I sit down with Josh Heller once again to talk about the coolness that is Dynamic Access Control in Windows Server 2012. Think of when you have the generic Access Denied Error 5 that comes up for your users – usually resulting in a whack of support calls and queries.  Now you can use attributes in AD, meta-data in your documents and auto-classification of files to simplify all your Access Issues.

This is some seriously cool stuff!

Powershell V3 interview with Don Jones

I thought I’d post up some of the interviews I did at MMS in Las Vegas the other week. Don Jones – PowerShell guru at the 17th level and I sit and talk about PowerShell V3. He shares some things that are really cool as well as some nuggets you might not be aware of.

Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2012 interview

I sit down and chat with Michael Niehaus about all the goodness that is in the new release of the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2012. I use it all the time for lab machine deployment or quickly re-deploying systems from USB sticks.  He talks about Driver Injection and the options you have to keep that monster under control.

Direct Access in Windows Server 2012 Demo

I thought I’d post up some of the interviews I did at MMS in Las Vegas the other week. It was a lot of fun getting them done!

I chat with the man – Josh Heller about some frickin cool Direct Access technologies in Windows Server 2012. I live and die by remote access, since I am on the road a lot and I am stoked about what the new Direct Access story is with Windows 8. Guess what? Easier to deploy, scalable and no longer UAG dependent!

Service Templates in SCVMM 2012 interview

I thought I’d post up some of the interviews I did at MMS in Las Vegas the other week. It was a lot of fun getting them done!

I chat with Stephen Barrons about Service Templates, what then heck they do and how they are different the simple machine templates in SCVMM 2012.  Turns out they are actually quite useful and should be in the toolkit for all Virtualization Administrators using SCVMM 2012 in your environments.  Oh – they are also Multi-Hypervisor aware and can play nicely with VMWare and Citrix besides working with Hyper-V only.

Windows Server 8 Hands On Labs

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(Or this could be called Windows Server 2012 Hands On Labs as well I guess. )

While I was off in Las Vegas for Microsoft Management Summit – I happened to notice that something sneaked on to the Windows Server TechCenter page on TechNet.

Hands On Labs are now LIVE on the site!

Yup – you too can play in a sandbox of a pre-configured Windows Server 2012 environment via an RDP client. I have been using them internally for a while now, but now they are public for you to use!  Oh – and a hint – if you prefer your lab manuals in a hard copy format – you can save a copy of the lab manual for printing.

Here’s the complete list of 12!

  • Active Directory Deployment and Management Enhancements
    In this lab, you will learn how to deploy Active Directory Domain Controllers with Windows Server “8”. You will deploy domain controllers using the new Server Manager, as well as deploying remote domain controllers using Windows PowerShell. You will be able to explore the new Active Directory Management tool and use its PowerShell History Viewer.
  • Configuring a Highly Available iSCSI Target
    In this lab, you will learn how Windows Server “8” can provide storage remotely to any machine. You will build clusters using shared storage and build iSCSI high-availability instances–observing highly available application communication during cluster failover.
  • Configuring Hyper-V over Highly Available SMB Storage
    In this lab, you will learn how to configure a file server cluster to support running Hyper-V virtual machines from SMB file shares. You will create the file share, configure delegation, and then create a new VM on SMB storage.
  • Implementing Storage Pools and Storage Spaces
    In this lab, you will work with the new storage spaces technology in Windows Server “8”. You will first create new storage pools and virtual disks, and then you will work with those virtual disks in both Server Manager and Control Panel.
  • Introduction to Windows PowerShell Fundamentals
    Windows PowerShell is a command-line shell and scripting language that helps you achieve greater control and productivity. Using a new admin-focused scripting language, more than 230 standard command-line tools, and consistent syntax and utilities, Windows PowerShell enables you to more easily control system administration and accelerate automation.
  • What’s New in Windows PowerShell 3.0
    In this lab, you will explore some of the new features and functionality in Windows PowerShell 3.0 to enable you to more easily control system administration and accelerate automation.
  • Managing Branch Offices
    In this lab, you will learn how the branch office scenario has been improved in Windows Server “8” including new branch cache enhancements.
  • Managing Network Infrastructure
    In this lab, you will explore new network management capabilities in Windows Server “8”. You will learn how to implement Network Teaming as well as how to implement DHCP failover. Finally, explore new Windows PowerShell cmdlets for network management.
  • Managing Your Network Infrastructure with IP Address Management
    Network management is core to running a business, yet the tools that IT professionals need can be too costly or not available from Microsoft. With Windows Server “8”, we change that with the introduction of IP Address Management (IPAM).
  • Managing Windows Server “8” with Server Manager and Windows PowerShell 3.0
    In this lab, you will learn how the Server Manager and Windows PowerShell framework in Windows Server “8” delivers an enhanced, multi-server management experience. You will learn to perform tasks such as multi-server management. You will also explore new Windows PowerShell capabilities including new cmdlets and the Windows PowerShell gateway.
  • Online Backup Service
    In this lab, you will use Windows Server Backup to back up your critical data to Windows Azure. This lab will teach you the entire set of workflows around backing up and recovering your data to Windows Azure.
  • Using Dynamic Access Control to Automatically and Centrally Secure Data
    In this lab, you will explore Dynamic Access Control in Windows Server “8”. You will learn how to create Central Access Policies, explore the new Access Denied Remediation features, as well as learn how to use the audit capabilities built into Dynamic Access Control.

MMS 2012–Day 0 montage Las Vegas

Part of my role as a Technology Evangelist has me out at events and connecting with the attendees and interviewing speakers, partners and community members. I’m here at the Microsoft Management Summit 2012 (MMS) in Las Vegas and the Edge team decided we should have some fun with the traditional “montage” of stuff leading up to the kickoff keynote of MMS.

It was a lot of fun shooting and putting this one together. Check out the various SnapShots from day “0” I grabbed with the trusty Nikon.

Looking forward to some interviews today AND most importantly – THE KEYNOTES! Don’t Worry – if you are not here – you can watch them LIVE from wherever you are. The Keynotes are LIVE STREAMED with connection details on how to watch them from here (