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Verifying your SSL Certificate is secure

By James Kahn / January 17, 2014 /

Setting up SSL correctly is not as simple as it looks. The basics: install the certificate and check it works. But out of the box, it might not work in all browsers, and your server might not be as secure as you think. Qualys SSL Labs is a great (free) tool to check that your…

System configuration, hold the sauce

By Idea 11 Consulting / November 21, 2013 /

Let’s dive into building systems that build themselves. Sound complicated? It’s not. And making the switch can unlock some huge efficiency and flexibility improvements in your environment. Too much secret sauce Traditionally you build a system by gathering the recommended specifications from your software vendor or dev team, perform some sizing and then install your…

The Consumerisation of Enterprise IT Part 2: Information Security

By James Kahn / May 13, 2011 /

With the ongoing consumerisation of Enterpise IT, increasingly users need to access corporate information systems from any device, anywhere. Traditionally, IT has used heavy-handed techniques that involve locking the information down in one form or another. This is difficult – and in some cases not possible – with the consumerisation of IT. This introduces a…

Configuring virtual desktops

By Idea 11 Consulting / April 18, 2011 /

Since the introduction of Windows 2000, IT departments have used group policies to control and configure workstations. A corporate workstation build will typically contain the operating system, service packs and hotfixes and core applications common to all user groups – Microsoft Office, Adobe Reader, and the like. Whilst some configuration of the base build is…

The Consumerisation of Enterprise IT Part 1

By James Kahn / March 30, 2011 /

Yesterday there was an article in the Australian about Suncorp allowing staff to BYO their own computers and tablets. This isn’t an anomaly – it’s part of a growing trend within corporate IT. There is more focus on end user experience and less on rigid control. Enterprise IT is being consumerised. Executives are buying iPads…

The easiest way to create a bootable USB flash drive for MDT

By Idea 11 Consulting / February 21, 2011 /

The Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT) is an excellent – and free – tool for automated desktop and server builds. We use it all the time. Sometimes, for whatever reason, installing a PXE server or using a boot CD ISO isn’t desirable. Using a boot USB flash drive is the best bet in these situations. The…