29 Apr

Identity Synchronization to Azure Active Directory – Is It Secret? Is It Safe?

The Security of Identity Synchronization to Azure Active Directory

The Security of Identity Synchronization to Azure Active Directory One of the biggest concerns many businesses have when it comes to expanding to the cloud is, rightfully so, security. And while there are many components to cloud security, one that gets more than its share of scrutiny is identity and password synchronization. On the surface, Read more…

27 Apr

MBAM and Bitlocker Pre-Provisioning During OSD


MBAM (Microsoft Bitlocker Administration and Monitoring) is a fantastic tool for managing your Bitlocker Recovery Keys and your TPM Passwords. There is, however, an issue when using MBAM to manage these items if you are using Bitlocker Pre-Provisioning during Operating System Deployment (OSD). The issue stems from the Pre-Provisioning taking ownership of the TPM chip and not Read more…

22 Apr

Saving The Day With Disaster Recovery Solutions


Having been with Kraft Kennedy for over 17 years, I’ve seen my fair share of disasters. I’ve had to deal with large scale disasters like Superstorm Sandy and I’ve handled many small ones, such as hardware failure, which are much more common. More and more organizations are implementing Disaster Recovery solutions. However, if you ask them if they’ve ever had to Read more…

19 Apr

Project Communication (and Herding Cats!) – Part 1


Have you been involved with a project and no one knows what’s going on? Is the right hand not talking to the left hand? Is everyone talking about what needs to be done, but nothing is getting done? Is everyone in the same meeting, but no one remembers what the meeting is for? Does this Read more…

05 Apr

Microsoft Surface Pro Warranties Explained

Warranties can be confusing.  Kraft Kennedy’s Purchasing Group has spent a lot of time navigating them for our clients. Below is a breakdown of a complex warranty system that we know well, that of the Surface Pro. With the release of the Surface Pro 4, Microsoft officially renamed its extended accidental support to “Microsoft Complete for Business.” This program applies Read more…

22 Mar

USMT OSDMigrateAdditionalCaptureOptions Task Sequence Variable


Microsoft’s User State Migration Toolkit (USMT) is a fantastic free tool. It can, however, be a little daunting when you first start trying to use it.  It’s relatively easy to run the migration manually, but once you start adding it into an MDT/SCCM Task Sequence it gets quite a bit more complicated. I first ran into Read more…

17 Mar

VMware vSphere Pricing and Packaging Changes

VMware recently announced changes to the vSphere product line, including discontinuation of some products and pricing increases for others. Highlights include the following: End of availability effective June 30, 2016 vSphere Enterprise vSphere with Operations Management Standard vSphere with Operations Management Enterprise Price changes effective April 1, 2016 (all prices suggested MSRP) vSphere with Operations Read more…

17 Mar

Citrix License Server Vulnerability

Citrix recently identified a vulnerability in License Server versions prior to (released 2/17/16) that could allow a remote, unauthenticated attacker to crash the License Server and potentially execute arbitrary code, though the attacker would likely need to be on the local network since License Server is typically not directly exposed to the Internet. That Read more…

14 Mar

How to Add an Image to Your iPhone E-mail Signature (iOS 9)

****UPDATE – Please note that this process has changed with the release of iOS 9.3 and no longer works as indicated below.   By default, the iPhone sends email using plain-text format, which does not support images (thus no images in signatures). Luckily, the last time we had to set this up we captured screenshots Read more…

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