December 2014

Securely allocating GUIDs in PowerShell Desired State Configuration Pull Mode

Nicholas Dille recently posted a good blog on GUID management in PowerShell Desired State Configuration. In that blog, he goes through several approaches to GUID management and talks about the pros and cons of each.

When you are deciding how …

Michał Górny: pshs — the awesome file sharing tool

For a long time I lacked a proper tool to quickly share a few files for a short time. The tools I was able to find either required some setup, installing client counterparts or sending my files to a third-party …

Gilles Dartiguelongue: Gnome 3.14

Gnome 3.14 ebuilds started hitting the tree a couple of days ago. Move is now complete and Gnome 3.14 was unmasked a couple of minutes ago. Besides the usual bumps, we worked on adding complete Wayland support. If you are …

Sven Vermeulen: Added UEFI instructions to AMD64/x86 handbooks

I just finished up adding some UEFI instructions to the Gentoo handbooks for AMD64 and x86 (I don’t know how many systems are still using x86 instead of the AMD64 one, and if those support UEFI, but the instructions are …

Alexys Jacob: Gentoo Linux PXE builder

Due to a bad hardware failure a few weeks ago at work, I had to rebuild a good part of our PXE stack and I ended up once again looking for the steps to build a PXE-ready Gentoo initramfs.…

Sebastian Pipping: (German) Wir brauchen Hilfe! Stand Gentoo e.V. Dezember 2014

Vorwort und Rückblick

Der Fördervereich Gentoo e.V. besteht seit 2003. Ende 2009 wurde er fast aufgelöst. Die Auflösung wurde damals durch Findung von zwei neuen Vorstands-Vorsitzenden — Robert Buchholz und Sebastian Pipping, beide Mitglied seit Oktober 2009 — …

Hanno Böck: Don’t update NTP – stop using it

Clocktl;dr Several severe vulnerabilities have been found in the time setting software NTP. The Network Time Protocol is not secure anyway due to the lack of a secure authentication mechanism. Better use tlsdate.

Today several severe vulnerabilities in the NTP

Azure Active Directory, now with Group Claims and Application Roles!

Howdy folks, Today I'm pleased to announce the preview release of two new features of the Azure AD authorization platform: group claims and application roles. As of Monday (12/15), 5565 third party and custom LOB applications (note: this number…(read

Another Holiday Present From the PowerShell Team – DSC Reskit Wave 9

Here’s a holiday gift from the PowerShell team – the DSC Resource Kit wave 9. You can find it right here.

This wave has something for everyone, we hope. There are 34 new DSC resources across 13 modules! We …

Video: Configuring, Verifying, and Removing Active Directory Delegations (Part 1)

This is the first video in three-part series demonstrating the process of configuring, verifying, and removing Active Directory Delegations.…

Anthony Basile: Lilblue Linux: release 20141212. dlclose() is a problem.

I pushed out another version of Lilblue Linux a few days ago but I don’t feel as good about this release as previous ones.  If you haven’t been following my posts, Lilblue is a fully featured amd64, hardened, XFCE4 desktop …

Tower of Power – December 2014 Update

You may remember Jeffrey posting about the "Tower of Power" in 2008: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/powershell/archive/2008/03/27/tower-of-power-part-2.aspx.

For curiosity, I was just doing a little investigation on the number of PowerShell books available, and the number has grown somewhat. I did some web …

How to Configure S/MIME in Office 365

S/MIME in Office 365

S/MIME (Secure/Multipurpose Internet Mail Extensions) is a standard for public key encryption and digital signing of MIME data. Configuring S/MIME in Office 365 is a slightly different procedure than configuring S/MIME on-premises. This blog is for …

Azure AD Connect: One simple, fast, lightweight tool to connect Active Directory and Azure Active Directory

Howdy folks, Back in August I posted a blog announcing the beta release of Azure AD Connect. Since then we have received a lot of feedback and made improvements in AAD Connect and AAD Sync, including multi forest support and …

Sven Vermeulen: Handbooks moved

Yesterday the move of the Gentoo Wiki for the Gentoo handbooks (whose most important part are the installation instructions for the various supported architectures) has been concluded, with a last-minute addition being the one-page views so that users who want …

Sven Vermeulen: Gentoo Handbooks almost moved to wiki

Content-wise, the move is done. I’ve done a few checks on the content to see if the structure still holds, translations are enabled on all pages, the use of partitions is sufficiently consistent for each architecture, and so on. The …

Andreas K. Hüttel: Gentoo mailing lists down

Since yesterday the host running all Gentoo mailing lists is down. So far there is no information yet available on the nature of the problem. Please check the Gentoo Infrastructure status page, http://infra-status.gentoo.org/, for updates.

[Edit: All fixed.]

This …

PowerShell Job Debugging

This is the third of a series of blogs discussing the new PowerShell 5.0 script debugging features.  These new features are available through the PowerShell 5.0 preview, which is part of the WMF (Windows Management Foundation) 5.0 preview that you …

Wrapping up the year with a boat load of Azure AD news!

Howdy folks It's been quite a year here for us on the Azure AD team. We now have over 4 million organizations using Azure AD and as of yesterday, we've just completed our 1 TRILLIONTH authentication. And with the general …

WMF 5.0 Preview: Defining “experimental designs” and “stable designs”

Over the recent releases of Windows Management Framework 5.0 Preview (find the latest here), we’ve distributed some new functionality and heard some wonderful feedback. As we improve on these features and as more users start to use Windows Management …

Gentoo Monthly Newsletter: Gentoo Monthly Newsletter: November 2014

Gentoo News

Council News

The Gentoo Council addressed a few miscellaneous matters this month.

The first concerned tinderbox reports to bugs. There was a bit of a back-and-forth in bugzilla with a  dispute over whether bugs generated from tinderbox runs …

Sven Vermeulen: Sometimes I forget how important communication is

Free software (and documentation) developers don’t always have all the time they want. Instead, they grab whatever time they have to do what they believe is the most productive – be it documentation editing, programming, updating ebuilds, SELinux policy improvements …

Secure Sharing: Collaboration without Compromise (Part 3)

In this Part 3, we’ll talk about how those with whom you share data can deliberately or inadvertently compromise the information after it leaves your hands, and some solutions for helping to prevent that.…

Exchange releases: December 2014

Editor's Note: Updates added below for important information related to Exchange Server 2010 SP3 Update Rollup 8.

The Exchange team is announcing today a number of releases. Today’s releases include updates for Exchange Server 2013, 2010, and 2007. The …

Sebastian Pipping: Playing Xiangqi with xboard

Introduction

Out of the box, xboard is expecting you to play western chess. It does support Xiangqi, but the default setup uses ugly western pieces and western square fields rather than lines:

You can make it look more traditional …

Remi Cardona: Gentoo, btrfs arrays and systemd: a public service announcement

This week, I upgraded my media center/filer and after a reboot (new kernel), systemd was blocking on my btrfs mount. It’s a 3-partition RAID1 array (until upstream says RAID5 is safe). Systemd was somehow waiting on it, with the infamous …

Improved Privacy for Azure AD MFA and Password Reset Phone Numbers

Howdy folks, Over the past few months, as more and more of you use the Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) and Self Service Password Reset (SSPR) capabilities of Azure AD Premium, you've requested and option to let employees keep the mobile phone…(…

Windows 10 – Privacy and Security Features at a Glance (Part 1)

This first article of our two part article series will look at the expected security features of Windows 10…