20 Jul

How to Get Your Firm’s Contacts on Your Phone

Your firm likely has a CRM or a plain old Rolodex to hold your client contact information. Meanwhile, your coworkers’ contact information lives in Active Directory, the contact list that Outlook uses. Some organizations are content with this system. Others want to combine the two. To have employee information close at hand, they transfer contacts Read more…

03 Jul

Why Keep Networking Firmware Up to Date?

Troubleshooting intermittent internet outages I recently ran into an issue at a client that underscored the importance of keeping networking firmware current. We had replaced a single, aging Cisco ASA Firewall with redundant Internet connections and a High Availability pair of new Cisco ASA Firewalls. In order to split the incoming Internet connections to the Read more…

26 Jun

Citrix XenApp and XenDesktop 7.0 to 7.13 End of Life

In June 2013, XenDesktop 7.0 introduced the long-awaited consolidation of XenApp 6.5 (used exclusively to deliver server-based desktops and applications) and XenDesktop 5.5 (used exclusively to deliver VDI desktops), providing customers with the flexibility to deliver a variety of resources from a common access and management framework. Since then, version 7.x has seen a steady Read more…

26 Jun

Citrix XenApp 6.5 End of Life: An Approach to Upgrading If You’re Not On Windows 10 Yet

Ah, how to bid farewell to an old friend? Citrix XenApp 6.5 has been a reliable workhorse since its release in 2011, but the time has come to say goodbye as it reaches End of Life on June 30, 2018. For most Kraft Kennedy clients, XenApp complements a physical Windows desktop deployment. Most firms that Read more…

19 Jun

June Exchange Updates Include Important Changes for Legacy Versions and Planned Upgrades

Microsoft released the June 2018 quarterly Exchange updates today. In addition to fixing reported issues and adding functionality, the installation packages “include important changes to the pre-requisites required to install Exchange Server.” These are important changes to note, especially if you are planning an upgrade to Exchange 2016 or Exchange Online. This release includes updates Read more…

19 Jun

Check Your Local Administrator Account’s Status with Microsoft LAPS

In the past, Kraft Kennedy has blogged about using Microsoft LAPS (Local Administrator Password Solution) as a tool to “mitigate the risk of a Pass the Hash (PtH) credential replay attack, in which a malicious entity obtains a random user’s password hash and attempts to log on using the hash instead of entering the plaintext Read more…

12 Jun

As Windows 7 Approaches End-of-Life, Security Problems Await

December 31, 2019 may seem far away. But if you are still running Windows 7, it is quickly approaching and there is much to do before that date, which marks the official end-of-life for the operating system. What Happens If I Do Nothing? First, you will no longer receive security patches. If your firm is on Read more…

06 Jun

Microsoft Surface Pro with LTE Now Available

Microsoft has added an even more mobile version of the Surface to its already strong lineup with the Surface Pro with LTE model. Designed from the ground up, the Surface Pro LTE does not use third-party modules or external cards that often result in mixed results or force the manufacturer to build around the device. Read more…

24 May

Here’s What’s New in the Windows 10 Spring Creator’s Update

The Spring Creator’s update was finally released on April 30. Formerly called Windows 10 1803 and expected on April 10, the new version was allegedly postponed due to Microsoft’s last-minute discovery of a significant bug. Whatever turmoil occurred behind the scenes to cause the delay, this version officially succeeds Windows 10 1709, which will reach Read more…

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