Computer architecture

Exchange – High Memory Utilization

Back pressure is a system resource monitoring feature of the Microsoft Exchange Transport service that exists on Microsoft Exchange 2013 Mailbox servers and Edge Transport servers. What this means is that the Exchange server monitors key resources, such as hard drive space and memory, and under pressure, can take action to prevent service unavailability. While this can prevent system resources from being completely exhausted, back pressure can cause service degradation. The Exchange server tries to process existing messages before accepting…

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Exchange 2013 – Failed to detect the BitLocker state for EDS log drive ‘C:\’

BitLocker is a feature in Windows Server 2012 (and newer) for encrypting the hard drive. Most organizations are not required to encrypt the data on the server hard drives and to my experience, very few organizations choose to do so unless they are forced to do so. Therefore, to the surprise of many of us, the Windows Event Log starts filling up with BitLocker related messages on the Exchange 2013 servers after installing Cumulative Update 7 (CU7) for Exchange Server…

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Even Jack Sparrow can have a copy of Windows

How do you combat software theft? Give it away for free. Microsoft recently announced that anyone in China who has a copy of the Windows 7 Operating System (and up), legitimate or illegitimate, will be able to upgrade for free to the new Windows 10 version. The estimated number of users, who would be able to take the advantage of this offer, would be in the hundreds of millions! Why would Microsoft do such a crazy thing as giving their…

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How much debt does your IT department owe?

The future is here…. Accumulating IT Debt This is a story about IT debt, and it begins with the recent request by the Chinese government asking all foreign companies to disclose the source code for their software (http://g3t.ca/tCIB7P http://g3t.ca/740LW7) According to the Chinese, these rules should ‘only’ affect software and hardware meant for the financial sector. Their given reasons are that the financial sector is so very important for China and they wish to: a) make sure there is no…

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IBM is betting big on Watson

There were two news stories from IBM in regards to Watson last week. The first one was about a partnership between IBM and Twitter. The news release is full of great promises – Analytics Services on Cloud, which should deliver cognitive services in the palm of your hand; predictive analytics; visualization. Between Twitter and Watson, you’ll be able to keep the pulse on the planet. Unleashing Watson’s mind on the endless stream of Tweets, reminds me of a quote from…

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RIP Nokia

Welcome to this week’s Technology Updates, a vibrant mix of hot topics and future trends. The future is here…. RIP Nokia? Microsoft is killing Nokia. The brand that is. Microsoft announced that it is changing the phone name from Nokia Lumia to Microsoft Lumia. Rebranding will take some time, but with this move, it is evident that the brand is dead. Nokia was the synonym for mobile phones. However, not many people know that the company was named after village…

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Hit hard by Shellshock? Why you should really be worried.

Welcome to this week’s Technology Updates, a vibrant mix of hot topics and future trends. The future is here. We’ve got hit by Shellshock You might have heard by now about a new problem in the computer world – Shellshock. I’ll spare you the technical details. The one thing you should know is that this bug was discovered in a part of the Linux operating system. Linux, the free version of Unix, with numerous variations in distribution, is embedded in…

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