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April 6, 2020

Networking

page head info for MS SMB1 Product Clearinghouse web page

SMB1: The Zombie Protocol That WILL NOT DIE

SMB, or server message block, is a simple and easy-to-implement networking protocol. The first version, SMB1, has been around since 1983. It’s now outdated, insecure, and unsuited for modern network use. But it just keeps chuggin’ along anway.

Hyper-V logo

Hyper-V Server Unlimited Eval

The latest version of Hyper-V Server (2019) is now available as an unlimited eval. That means you can use it forever, for free. Good stuff!

Landing page blurg for 5G tablet

5G: More Myth Than Reality

After seeing an advertisement for a 5G tablet from Samsung, I wonder how much 5G coverage is actually available right now (January 2020). The answer: not much.

Toolkit item: FileZilla

Once upon a time, it was nearly impossible to work on websites without using FTP. This is no longer true, but when you need Internet file transfer capability, the free, Open Source program FileZilla is the way to go.

Toolkit Item: 8GadgetPack

Supposedly, Windows Gadgets came in with Vista and went with Windows 7. Even before Windows 8 came along, MS decided to retire Windows Gadgets in 2011 (see this Spiceworks Community post that quotes the MS info from the time). This post states that the decision lets the company “focus support on the much richer set

Intial Win10 RDP session window

Recent Updates May Block RDP Access to Hyper-V VMs

A certain few users have discovered that RDP connections to Hyper-V VMs work only once. If the connection is broken, one of the machines sleeps, or something similar, they are unable to use RDP to get back into the VM. Shutdown/restart of the VM is required to regain access.

XPS 2720 GbE Interface Fails

Just yesterday, I sat down at my 5-year-old Dell XPS 2720 to install an Insider Preview Fast + Skip upgrade, and noticed the Wi-Fi icon sitting in the notification area. “Hmmm” I said to myself “I thought I had a Cat5 cable plugged in.” I did indeed, but the status lights on the unit’s built-in

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