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  • Is the “Do it Yourself” approach to your current database taking up too much of your time? Are you thinking that it may be time to upgrade your 7-year-old MySQL hardware? Amazon RDS has your solution! In this week’s vBlog, Raymond Lacoste provides 5 considerations to make the switch to Amazon Web Services Relational Database Service. (scroll down for video)...

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  • Every few years PMP adjusts, changes and modifies its PMBOK Guide as well as it’s certification exam. In 2018, the Sixth Edition will be released and you’ll want in on the updates! In this week’s vBlog, Ashley Hunt shares the inside scoop on all the changes to PMP’s newest guidebook and how students can better prep for the latest Exam....

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  • We love Meraki products, easy to set up, easy to troubleshoot, easy to monitor, easy to maintain. Even though they are easy, you can still get tripped up.In this week’s vBlog, Raymond Lacoste, shares five things to have a much better, easier Meraki Security Appliance deployment experience.     But first, why use Meraki to begin with?  (If you are...

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  • It’s the final day of the challenge and we are already getting some fantastic feedback from participants about when we will be running this event again! We are hoping very soon with some additional challenges and videos from Mike Vasquez. Big thank you to all of our participants and a reminder to them to finish ALL their tasks by Midnight...

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  •   Thank you so much for all the feedback and response to our 5-Day Challenge! We are in the thick of day 4 for Admins and Managers! Missed you this time? We’d love to have you participate next time for more chances to win prizes and to become a StormWind Network Defender!  http://ow.ly/tGtH30g4XSy For those in the challenge or thinking of...

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  •   As serendipity would have it, one of the hottest questions on Spiceworks today is “What is a good vulnerability network scanning software?” This coincides nicely with the 3rd Day of our Network Defender Challenge that has Admins running vulnerability scans and Managers analyzing vulnerability policies. There a quite a few options out there for paid or free software that scans for missing...

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  • This week the Economic Times ran a fascinating editorial about the mind and behaviors of a hacker referred to as Alok. He has three years experience with a hacker collective on the dark web. He’s secretly wealthy due to the theft and fraud he’s committed as a hacking foot soldier that he can’t share with those close to him. The...

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  • Doug Bassett is StormWind Studios’ Senior Technical Instructor with a focus on Microsoft and securing your network from the scumbags of the IT world. In today’s vblog post, we’ll discuss Microsoft’s new bag of ammunition with 4 new security capabilities and the top 4 ways to lock down your network that Doug teaches in his class. Microsoft’s Windows Defender Exploit...

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  • We’re excited to have all of our Admins and Managers participating in today’s Challenge! Today’s task involves thinking and performing reconnaissance like a hacker. For current participants in the challenge, what did you think of the first task? Was this something you’d thought of before? Missed you this time? We’d love to have you participate next time for more chances...

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  • While most people have heard of the Equifax breach, most people out of the IT community don’t realize it was due to an unsecured open-sourced system. While 99% of cybersecurity hacks occur on Windows operating system, that doesn’t stop hackers from taking any opportunity to break into a system. How does cybersecurity work with an open-sourced operating system? That’s what...

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  • By reading this blog post, you’ve been invited to StormWind Studio’s upcoming QuickCast: 30-minutes to a Less Vulnerable Network with Mike Vasquez. This QuickCast is exclusive to IT professionals.Vulnerability management is an essential element of creating a secure networking environment.  Join Mike Vasquez, Senior Technical Instructor at StormWind Studios, as we discuss vulnerability management a...

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  • Network security password guidelines IT professionals have relied on for years are just plain wrong. You heard us: WRONG! Creating strong, complicated passwords and changing them frequently doesn’t protect organizations against cybersecurity breaches. This practice makes it easier for computers to hack and harder for humans to remember. If your users use irregular capitalization, special character...

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  • Amazon Web Services (AWS) is the world’s largest, most robust cloud computing platform with over 70 offerings, a million of customers, $10 billion in annual revenue, and 40% of the cloud computing market share. AWS operates in 44 availability zones, 16 geographic regions, and serves customers like Reddit and Dropbox. While all the tech stats are exciting for IT, the...

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  • VMworld 2017 was a few weeks ago, but we got the opportunity to catch up with Vince Rightley, Senior Certified VMware instructor, about his experience at the event. A little background on Vince. He has over 30 years of experience in IT and almost 10 years experience as a Certified VMware Instructor. To say he’s a VMware expert is an...

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  • Did you know Americans hold about 11 million meetings per day and of those, 85% of all meetings require remote attendees to join digitally? This is one of the reasons why it’s so important for admins to understand the ins and outs of the Cisco Unified Communications Manager, also known as CUCM or Call Manager. Understanding changes to this system...

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  • Being in IT can be terrifying. From security issues to demanding users, it’s all in a day’s work for admins. Now, what do you do when you have a company of monsters? Literally, live in the sewer monsters. The Late Late Show with James Corden shows what happens when a user mistakenly calls IT instead of I.T. And it’s exactly the thing...

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  • Ashley Hunt, Senior StormWind Studios PMP instructor, received her shiny, new PMBOK© 6th Edition and Agile Practice Guide in the mail and she’s got A LOT to tell our fans. As we’ve been announcing this is the first change in the PMBOK© since 2012, and will affect PMP© earners from here-on-out! The new edition was released yesterday after much anticipation from...

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  • “This [course] is going to harden our system, because one of the big problems that we run into, is any time that we’re looking at threats, we forget the number one threat to our company, which is internal employees.” With the average cost of a data breach in 2016 was $3.62 million according to an IBM study, cybersecurity should be...

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  • We are on the final countdown until the new PMBOK© 6 Guide is released. September 6th, 2017 is coming fast and our fireworks are on back order. Bummer. As everyone in the project management industry gears up, many students are left wondering where this announcement leaves them. How does the PMBOK© 6 change affect me? What if I’m planning to...

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  • On August 25th, 2017, StormWind Studios was quoted in a leading higher education publication regarding the implications of signed changes to the GI Bill. The Inside Higher Ed published a piece that discussed the current barriers to employment for veterans and how the new “Forever” GI Bill will address these challenges. This new bill was signed into a law by...

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  • At the beginning of this month, VMware announced a new resource center to help users with the vSphere 6.5 upgrade. They call it “vSphere Central” and we call it cool new free toys to play with! VMware is providing all this content to help users better understand what vSphere is, what it can do, and how to upgrade from version...

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  • Wireless access points are the bread and butter for most IT department, but these latest use cases are anything but. While most people use their WPA to access cat videos without an ethernet cable, Schlegel Villages is using them to save lives. This long-term care and retirement community management company is building a network of over 1,500 APs, 16 controllers, and 50...

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  • As of today, the newest Project Management Body of Knowledge Guide (PMBOK Guide v6) will be released on September 6th, 2017. This is breaking news in the PM and IT industry since these the last edition was released in 2012 and any changes will affect 2018 students looking to take their PMP certification. According to the Project Management Institute, “The PMBOK...

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  • A new emergent tech trend is about to hit that will affect how consumer Wi-Fi APs are managed. Within the next year, millions of consumers could have multiple access points in their home. Considering most consumers have an ongoing battle with one router, this is a change from the norm. This trend began in January when Comcast announced that it...

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  • If you’re just getting started with IT operations, DNS and NSLookUp should be your best friend. DNS so that you can use the internet and NSLookup so you can fix whatever is broken with your internet connection. That’s why in one of our recent classes, we discussed how to use NSLookUp to get a clearer picture to diagnose your DNS. (This...

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  • A few weeks ago, I delivered a webcast all about how Agile methodology and PM is changing IT for the better. This is something I’m passionate about and teach in my PMP courses. A big thank you to our attendees for your feedback on this event! The comments have been so encouraging and overwhelming from attendees that we’ve decided to...

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