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Information on Microsoft Azure and Heartbleed

The Heartbleed vulnerability in OpenSSL (CVE-2014-0160) has received a significant amount of attention recently. While the discovered issue is specific to OpenSSL, many customers are wondering whether this affects Microsoft’s offerings, specifically Microsoft Azure. Microsoft Account and Microsoft Azure, along with most Microsoft Services, were not impacted by the OpenSSL vulnerability. Windows’ implementation of SSL/TLS was also not impacted.

//learn/ – Global Community Webcast Event

//learn/ is a collaborative effort by Microsoft and Microsoft MVPs to help our developers across the globe to build Windows Platform Apps. Learn from our MVPs as they deliver informative sessions, in your local language (see below for language tracks), on the latest topics and start building your app today!

MVA – Microsoft Virtual Academy

Successful technologists never stop learning and great technology never stops evolving. Microsoft Virtual Academy (MVA) offers online Microsoft training delivered by experts to help technologists continually learn, with hundreds of courses, in 11 different languages. Our mission is to help developers, knowledgeable IT professionals and advanced students learn the latest technology, build their skills, and advance their careers. MVA is free of charge, and the entire service is hosted on Windows Azure.

 
In other words, free training courses by experts and members of the products team as short videos or slide presentations. So if you do not know about Microsoft Virtual Academy, you have to. And if you already knew about, you’d probably still have something to learn on it; so, go! Now!

Check-PasswordExpiration

Because ‘Password never expires’ is a really bad option for an administrator…
For those who use their Active Directory account (the administrative one…) to connect to remote server roles through an MMC, this script can be very useful. Indeed, it allows you to be notified by email one week before the expiration of the password (by default, configurable).
Because if you do not connect directly to any server, you will never have the information about the expiration of your password, only a message stating that your account is restricted, but whitout telling you why.

ISESteroids – ISE editor add-on

ISESteroids™ is a truly revolutionary new add-on for the Windows PowerShell ISE editor.

You love the PowerShell ISE editor because it is lightweight and fast? But you are missing a lot of professional features? Then ISESteroids is perfect for you!

No need to install additional software. No Administrator privileges needed. Simply load ISESteroids™, and your ISE editor is supercharged.

Get-VMsByClusterNode

Here’s a very simple but usefull function to have a view on which Virtual Machine is currently running (or not, there a State column!) on which node of a MSCS failover cluster.

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