Archive for July, 2012

Career Management – Look within July 24th, 2012

Vinod Kumar

One of the hot topics searched to reach my blogs seem to be on Career Management and I figured out there aren’t many blogs on this very subject that I have written explicitly. There are blogs around personal development and that is how far it gets. The first step for me in any career management is to look within yourself of your own strengths and weaknesses before taking a call on how you want your future to be. These look like profound statements but there is so much simplicity to the whole concept – trust me.

Stand up and Own your mistakes

We all are bound to make mistakes, the problem lies in not making mistakes but trying to cover up the mistakes. Even businesses make mistakes and the faster they react to the mistake and take corrective actions – the better it is. Look at the businesses around and see how they react to these mistakes – take it as an experience and do course corrections or do they find ways to blame. That is how the dynamics work. On a personal note – stand up and take responsibilities and analyze why it did happen logically – not emotionally. You will move places and you will be adored by your people around you.

Get your guide

Everyone needs help and getting a right mentor to help you navigate your career is critical. Find this suitable person within the organization or even outside who has an unbiased opinion to share and who is willing to listen and give you constructive feedbacks.

Track your accomplishments

If you have gone through couple of performance reviews in your organization, you are now aware how hard it is to track what you achieved over the past 1 year – forget your complete career :). Mark the accomplishments that build a personal brand for yourself. What matters to the businesses are how measurable these are, how they benefit the business and finally shows how you went beyond your role in delivering the accomplishments.

Find your strengths

Most of the people managers or reviews revolves around what your weakness are. Even though I subscribe to the school that knowing your weakness is important, it is not important to work on your weakness in the expense of your strengths.

Manage your time

Too many tasks in your calendar and not having enough time for you means there is something missing – you need to rehash and get organized. In this era, there will always be work more than the time you have got. Manage a simple to-do list and organize time for yourself, projects, personal time, family time etc. Everything needs a slice and so will your career. If you need to go from A –> B in your career there are competencies you need to build and these need to be factored.

Career management and company priorities are different

Be cognizant of the fact that you decide your career. The fundamental reasons why you might want to do this are – Companies think in achieving their objectives and look for people that fit the position they have. It has ideally nothing to do with your aspirations and career management needs. If they coincide, well you got lucky and it is an accident.

Understand that companies can fire / layoff anyone anytime, companies get sold to another company / acquired, companies reorganize (ReOrg) their people to fit their requirements. So keep an open mind on your career options and path.

Life is tough and in this journey get used to enjoying your work !!!

Conclusions

In this world of corporations, know why you work for the place where you work. This has to be answered by you. Look at your resume and try to answer some of the critical questions of why did you make career changes, what were the motivations and did you make a conscious informed decision when you moved from one place to another.

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System Center 2012 Resources to bookmark–Part II July 23rd, 2012

Vinod Kumar

The number of links and resources outlined in the first post around System Center 2012 were getting really big. It had resources for System Center 2012 General, System Center Advisor, System Center Configuration Manager 2012 etc. Adding more to that list will make that post really bloat up. Hence this blog is to add more interesting resources (DPM, End Point Protection and Operations Manager) that are still part of the System Center family that need a mention. Again to reiterate, Top-level link for System Center 2012 is: http://www.microsoft.com/systemcenter.

UPDATE: To view the Part III of the links and resources on System Center 2012.

Microsoft Virtual Academy

Virtual Academy for System Center Suite on Data Protection Manager:

SCCM 2012 End Point Protection

Edge Show 7 – Operationalize Security with System Center Endpoint Protection 2012

Edge Show 10 – Office Productivity on any Device

Consumerization of IT Jump Start

  1. Keynote – Enabling the Consumerization of IT
  2. End-to-End Security & Access
  3. User Centric Application Delivery
  4. Mobile Device Management
  5. Productive with Office 365
  6. Information Protection
  7. Cloud Security and Management with Windows InTune
  8. Desktop Virtualization

Microsoft Management Summit (MMS) 2012

  • Endpoint Protection 2012: Overview
  • End-to-End Integrated Management with System Center 2012 and Forefront
  • Day-to-Day Client and Security Management on Configuration Manager 2012

How Do I:

  1. Getting started with Endpoint Protection for System Center Configuration Manager
    2012
  2. Antimalware (Endpoint Protection) policy management for System Center
    Configuration Manager 2012
  3. Endpoint Protection Dashboard and Monitoring for System Center Configuration Manager
    2012
  4. Endpoint Protections Alerts and Notifications for System Center Configuration Manager 2012
  5. Auto Deployment Rules and SUM for System Center Configuration Manager 2012
  6. Endpoint Protection Client Deployment for System Center Configuration Manager 2012

Videos and Webcasts

System Center Operations Manager & Data Protection Manager 2012 Highlights at TechEd

Should I Upgrade to SCOM 2012?

Prepare Yourself to Move to SCOM 2012

Operations Manager 2012: Overview, Setup and Configuration

Installing and Configuring System Center 2012 – Operations Manager

System Center Operations Manager 2012 Application Monitoring

TechNet Edge Show – Managing & Monitoring the Fabric with System Center 2012

Talk TechNet with Keith Combs and Matt Hester – Episode 28: “The OpsMgr Unleashed” Authors on Operations Manager 2012

How Microsoft Deployed System Center 2012 – Operations Manager

How Microsoft IT Planned and Architected its Private Cloud Infrastructure

Private Cloud Jump Start

  1. Introduction to the Microsoft Private Cloud with System Center 2012
  2. Configure & Deploy Infrastructure Components
  3. Configure & Deploy the Private Cloud Infrastructure
  4. Configure & Deploy Service Delivery & Automation
  5. Configure & Deploy Application Management
  6. Monitor & Operate Infrastructure Components
  7. Monitor & Operate the Private Cloud Infrastructure
  8. Monitor & Operate Service Delivery & Automation
  9. Monitor & Operate Application Management

Private Cloud Demo Extravaganza:

  1. Deploy Bare Metal Servers to Hyper-V with System Center 2012
  2. Multiple Hypervisors for Cloud Resources & Adding ESX Servers with System Center 2012
  3. Add Resources to a Failover Cluster with System Center 2012
  4. Service Template Creation & Deployment with System Center 2012
  5. Standardized Service Updating with System Center 2012
  6. Monitor Network Devices with System Center 2012
  7. Monitor and Automatically Resolve Issues in the Fabric with System Center 2012
  8. Create an Orchestrator Runbook and Integrate with Service Manager with System Center 2012
  9. Create Self-Service Request Offerings using the Service Catalog with System Center 2012
  10. Deliver Self-Service Request Offerings using the Service Catalog with System Center 2012
  11. Gain Insight & Visibility through Service Manager Reporting with System Center 2012
  12. Enabling Performance Monitoring with System Center 2012
  13. Creating an Application Performance Monitoring Dashboard with System Center 2012
  14. Deep Application Diagnostics & Insight with System Center 2012
  15. Managing Applications Across Private & Public Clouds with System Center 2012
  16. Managing Application Resources Across Private & Public Clouds with System Center 2012
  17. Self-Service Application Deployment with System Center 2012

Podcasts

TechNet Radio Community Corner: Microsoft MVP Islam Gomaa on System Center 2012 Data Protection Manager

Jason Buffington and Matt Hester Discuss System Center Data Protection Manager

Talk TechNet with Keith Combs and Matt Hester – Episode 30: Jason Buffington on DPM

Protecting Your Private Cloud with DPM

Getting started with Endpoint Protection for System Center Configuration Manager
2012

Antimalware (Endpoint Protection) policy management for System Center Configuration Manager 2012

Endpoint Protection Dashboard and Monitoring for System Center Configuration Manager 2012

Endpoint Protections Alerts and Notifications for System Center Configuration Manager 2012

Auto Deployment Rules and SUM for System Center Configuration Manager 2012

Endpoint Protection Client Deployment for System Center Configuration Manager 2012

Talk TechNet with Keith Combs and Matt Hester – Episode 28: “The OpsMgr Unleashed” Authors on Operations Manager 2012

IT Time – Inside Microsoft IT – Using System Center 2012 Operations Manager to Manage Your Applications

Inside Microsoft IT – An Overview of System Center 2012 Operations Manager

Virtual Lab Insider: Infrastructure and Application Performance Monitoring with System Center 2012

Articles/Documentation

System Center 2012 – Data Protection Manager

  1. Getting Started with System Center 2012 – Data Protection Manager
  2. Planning a DPM Deployment
  3. Deploying DPM
  4. Upgrading to System Center 2012 – Data Protection Manager
  5. Operations Guide
  6. DPM Cmdlet Help
  7. Troubleshooting Guide
  8. DPM Error Codes
  9. Privacy Statement

System Center Integration Pack for System Center 2012 Data Protection Manager

  • System Center 2012 Data Protection Manager Activities

Endpoint Protection

  • System Center 2012 Endpoint Protection Privacy Statement
  • Information and Support for System Center 2012 Endpoint Protection
  • Endpoint Protection Client Help
    • Why do I need antivirus and antispyware software?
    • Getting started
    • Scanning for viruses, spyware, and other potentially unwanted software
    • What’s real-time protection?
    • How do I know that Endpoint Protection is running on my computer?
    • What are virus and spyware definitions?
    • How do I remove or restore items quarantined by Endpoint Protection?
    • What is the Microsoft Active Protection Service Community?
    • Troubleshooting
    • Glossary

Endpoint Protection in Configuration Manager

  • Introduction to Endpoint Protection in Configuration Manager
  • Planning for Endpoint Protection in Configuration Manager
  • Configuring Endpoint Protection in Configuration Manager
  • Operations and Maintenance for Endpoint Protection in Configuration Manager
  • Security and Privacy for Endpoint Protection in Configuration Manager
  • Technical Reference for Endpoint Protection in Configuration Manager

 

Protecting Identity in the Cloud

Operations Manager

  • System Center 2012 – Operations Manager Cmdlet Reference
  • Operations Manager Cmdlets for UNIX and Linux

Virtual Labs

System Center 2012 Configuration Manager: Endpoint Protection RC

System Center 2012 Operations Manager: Infrastructure and Application Performance Monitoring

Wiki Links

System Center 2012 Operations Manager Survival Guide

Management Pack Authoring in Operations Manager

Visio Management Pack Designer for System Center 2012 – Operations Manager

Visual Studio Authoring Extensions for System Center 2012 – Operations Manager

Visual Studio Authoring Extensions – Visual Studio Features

Visual Studio Authoring Extensions – Example Management Pack

Configuring pseudo Elevation for UNIX and Linux Monitoring with System Center 2012 – Operations Manager

Troubleshooting UNIX/Linux Agent Discovery in System Center 2012 – Operations Manager

Useful Websites

System Center 2012 Cloud and Datacenter Management

www.dataprotectionbible.com

System Center: Data Protection Manager Engineering Team Blog

System Center 2012 Endpoint Protection

Server & Cloud Blog

System Center Team Blog

System Center 2012 Application Management

Jimmy Harper’s Operations Manager Blog

Kevin Holman’s System Center Blog

System Center: Operations Manager Engineering Blog

I hope that these links and resources will be a good bookmark for you to use later. Please feel free to share the same around !!!

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Management behaviors I consider taboo July 19th, 2012

Vinod Kumar

It’s fine to celebrate success but it is more important to heed the lessons of failure. – Bill Gates

In the corporate world we meet a number of people, each with different traits. We have already discussed about Managers VS Leaders, in this blog I wanted to call out my 5 traits I feel are management behaviors that needs to be avoided inside an organizations. I know you will want to add atleast another half dozen more to this list and please keep them coming over the comments.

1. Avoiding Feedback

Feedbacks have a negative mindshare for employees and many times in the minds of managers too. It is this that makes employees be without feedbacks and subsequently without praise or raise :). Trust is always built if true and timely constructive feedbacks are given and I find this critical missing in many.

2. Respect and know your people

Organizations have loads of talent in the form of people. It is these people that propel the organizations forward. There is no excuse for not knowing your people and knowing the individuality and strengths of each. The last thing management need to think is to look at people and run like a factory !!!

3. Avoiding Conflicts

As much as it is about people, workplace conflicts are unavoidable and the management must be geared to face it, recognize it and most importantly solve it. Keeping this away will make the teams performance come down.

4. Short term thinking

Not all decisions have to be long term, but being myopic in all the decisions will be a big downfall. Short term decisions can help reduce expenses but what will suffer in quality, morale of employees. These trade-offs need to be thought through and weighed properly.

5. Missing Humility

Any manager looking at employees as a means to move up in their ladder are going to miss the trust of their employees. Once in this state, there is no way amazing things can be achieved as a team. A selfish behavior will place a lid on performance and the possibility of meaningful work goes down the drain.

These are some traits that come on top of my mind. What do you think are traits that are a taboo? Some more that come to my mind are Cynicism, unnecessary meetings, not recognizing employee ideas etc.

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Don’t get stuck, keep moving in life July 11th, 2012

Vinod Kumar

“Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending.” — Maria Robinson

Everyone goes through tough times and there is always something that we are behind to achieve. Life can be hard and throwing bricks at us – what really matters is how we handle them and get over it quickly. One of the things that I keep telling people is to get over the negative thoughts and move on with life. Personally, this post is dedicated to those who have heard me make this statement.

There has been a tradition that I post something motivational over my Twitter ID / Facebook page every single day to start and it surely has been a trend I have had for close to 2+ years now. Tough but I have been consistent in that at least if not over my blogs :). In this post, I have taken many of those wonderful motivational quotes and compiled them into this blog post for you. Hope you like them.

Quotes Collection – Think positive and keep moving:

  1. Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened. – Dr. Seuss
  2. Today is the first day of the rest of your life.
  3. Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving.- Albert Einstein
  4. Life is not about waiting for the storms to pass… It’s about learning how to dance in the rain. – Vivian Greene
  5. With the new day comes new strength and new thoughts. – Eleanor Roosevelt
  6. Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending. – Maria Robinson
  7. People have a hard time letting go of their suffering. Out of a fear of the unknown, they prefer suffering that is familiar. – Thich Nhat Hanh
  8. When the going gets tough, the tough get going.
  9. Do not worry if you feel low; the sun has a sinking spell every night, but rises again all right the next morning.
  10. You can fall, but you can rise also. – Angelique Kidjo
  11. Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, I will try again tomorrow. – Mary Anne Radmacher
  12. Goals give you more than a reason to get up in the morning; they are an incentive to keep you going all day. – Harvey Mackay
  13. We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things, because we’re curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths. – Walt Disney
  14. Keeping baggage from the past will leave no room for happiness in the future. -Wayne L. Misner
  15. Often the thought of pain is actually worse that the pain itself. – Greg Behrendt
  16. You are responsible for your life. You can’t keep blaming somebody else for your dysfunction. Life is really about moving on. – Oprah Winfrey
  17. Life only demands from you the strength you possess. – Dag Hammarskjold
  18. Whatever is bringing you down, get rid of it. Because you’ll find that when you’re free . . . your true self comes out. – Tina Turner
  19. If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude. – Maya Angelou
  20. Things do not change; we change. – Henry David Thoreau
  21. We can not become what we need to by remaining what we are. – Oprah Winfrey
  22. Courage is not the absence of fear, but simply moving on with dignity despite that fear. – Pat Riley
  23. You can never cross the ocean unless you have the courage to lose sight of the shore. – Christopher Columbus
  24. Every exit is an entry somewhere. – Tom Stoppard
  25. Never regret. If it’s good, it’s wonderful. If it’s bad, it’s experience. – Victoria Holt
  26. Sometimes the hardest part isn’t letting go but rather learning to start over. -Nicole Sobon
  27. When one door closes, another opens; but we often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door that we do not see the one which has opened for us. – Alexander Graham Bell
  28. It’s never too late to be who you might have been. – George Eliot
  29. A bend in the road is not the end of the road … unless you fail to make the turn.
  30. Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried something new. – Albert Einstein
  31. By forgiving and choosing to move on, one takes the power back to morph it into positive energy. – Eugenia Tripputi
  32. Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else; you are the one who gets burned. – Buddha
  33. The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong. – Mohandas Gandhi
  34. Don’t cry over spilled milk. – Proverb
  35. Many of us crucify ourselves between two thieves – regret for the past and fear of the future. – Fulton Oursler
  36. Some of us think holding on makes us strong; but sometimes it is letting go. – Hermann Hesse
  37. Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards. – Kierkegaard
  38. The past always looks better than it was because it isn’t here. – Finley Peter Dunne
  39. If you really love something set it free. If it comes back it’s yours, if not it wasn’t meant to be. – Author Unknown
  40. And perhaps there is a limit to the grieving that the human heart can do. As when one adds salt to a tumbler of water, there comes a point where simply no more will be absorbed. – Sarah Waters

There are a ton of quotes to get added here, but I just loved this video from “Rocky (Balboa) – Its All about how hard you get hit and move forward” (watch it from 01:01)

I think this clip had something in it that makes you feel, what do we do when we get hit really hard? Do we get bogged down and stay down or do we get up, look at the path ahead and move on? Always reaching down somewhere deep inside our inner strength and to pull up the courage that lifts us back on our feet to keep moving forward is the critical piece.

Learning from failure and having regret are two separate things in my opinion. Regret is an emotion; a feeling of disappointment along with a modest amount of shame or guilt. But to look back at a circumstance and figure out what went wrong gives you some very important experience that will be useful for future. Don’t get stuck is all I had to stay here again. Again, Moving on and giving up are also different things and not to be mixed up !!!

We have to move on from so many things throughout life. We don’t know when and with what, but we must move on. BTW, Moving on does not mean goodbye. These things we move on from may come back to us later in life, in different forms.

I hope this compilation of quotes and views motivate you for a read in the future too. Do tell me which of the above lines touched you more than the others? What other topics you would like to see in the future?

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Forefront Endpoint Protection Resources to bookmark July 9th, 2012

Vinod Kumar

In continuation to various other links and resources posted on this blog, here is bunch of Forefront related links and resources that you might find useful. The Anti-Virus component of FEP is also more advanced and is based on the Microsoft Security Essentials, providing better support for rootkit detection, host intrusion prevention, and cloud based threat analysis.

The high level site to access is: http://www.microsoft.com/fep

Training Links

Featured Videos

  1. Forefront Endpoint Protection 2010
  2. Top 5 Reasons to Move to Forefront Endpoint Protection 2010
  3. Forefront Endpoint Protection: New Protection Feature Demos
  4. Understanding the Convergence of Security and Management
  5. Forefront Endpoint Protection 2010 Demos and Interview
  6. Protecting your Infrastructure with Microsoft Forefront Endpoint Protection 2010
  7. How to Create a Policy with Microsoft Forefront Endpoint Protection 2010
  8. Forefront Endpoint Protection 2010: Simplified Policy Management Demo
  9. How to Deploy the Microsoft Forefront Endpoint Protection Client to a Computer
  10. How to Run a Quick Scan with Microsoft Forefront Endpoint Protection 2010
  11. How to Update Antimalware Definitions with Microsoft Forefront Endpoint Protection 2010 using WSUS

Microsoft Forefront Virtual Event (TechNet Edge)

  1. Business Ready Security Solutions: Microsoft Forefront Virtual Server (1 of 10)
  2. Forefront Threat Management Gateway 2010: Microsoft Forefront Virtual Event (Part 2 of 10)
  3. Forefront Threat Management Gateway 2010: Microsoft Forefront Virtual Server (Part 3 of 10)
  4. Forefront Unified Access Gateway 2010: Microsoft Forefront Virtual Event (Part 4 of 10)
  5. Forefront Endpoint Protection 2010: Microsoft Forefront Virtual Event (Part 5 of 10)
  6. Forefront Protection 2010 for Exchange: Microsoft Forefront Virtual Event (Part 6 of 10)
  7. Forefront Online Protection for Exchange: Microsoft Forefront Virtual Event (Part 7 of 10)
  8. AD RMS + Exchange: Microsoft Forefront Virtual Event (Part 8 of 10)
  9. Forefront Protection 2010 for SharePoint: Microsoft Forefront Virtual Event (Part 9 of 10)
  10. Forefront Identity Manager 2010: Microsoft Forefront Virtual Event (Part 10 of 10)

Forefront Endpoint Protection 2010 (TechNet)

  • What’s New in FEP 2010 Update Rollup 1
  • Release Notes
  • Overview
  • System Requirements
  • Getting Started
  • Planning and Architecture
  • Performance and Scalability
  • Server Installation
  • Client Deployment
  • Operations
  • Troubleshooting
  • Technical Reference

System Center 2012 Endpoint Protection

What’s new in Forefront Endpoint Protection 2012?

Endpoint Protection (TechNet)

  • System Center 2012 Endpoint Protection Privacy Statement
  • Information and Support for System Center 2012 Endpoint Protection
  • Endpoint Protection Client Help
  • Why do I need antivirus and antispyware software?
  • Getting started
  • Scanning for viruses, spyware, and other potentially unwanted software
  • What’s real-time protection?
  • How do I know that Endpoint Protection is running on my computer?
  • What are virus and spyware definitions?
  • How do I remove or restore items quarantined by Endpoint Protection?
  • What is the Microsoft Active Protection Service Community?
  • Troubleshooting
  • Glossary

Endpoint Protection in Configuration Manager

  • Introduction to Endpoint Protection in Configuration Manager
  • Planning for Endpoint Protection in Configuration Manager
  • Configuring Endpoint Protection in Configuration Manager
  • Operations and Maintenance for Endpoint Protection in Configuration Manager
  • Security and Privacy for Endpoint Protection in Configuration Manager
  • Technical Reference for Endpoint Protection in Configuration Manager

Forefront Webcasts/Podcasts

Security and Anti-Malware Management with Forefront Endpoint Protection 2010

Forefront Endpoint Protection 2010: Features and Protection Technologies

Forefront Endpoint Protection 2010 and System Center Configuration Manager

Forefront Forums

It is a place where questions can be asked/answered, where you can review conversations on relevant topics by other administrators, and where you can interact with other IT professionals.

Forefront Endpoint Protection

Forefront Endpoint Protection 2010 Support

Downloads

Administrators can download both FEP 2010 as well as the FEP 2010 Security Management Pack for use with System Center Operations Manager (SCOM).

Forefront Endpoint Protection 2010 Downloads

System Center 2012 Client Management and Security Solutions

Useful Blogs

Some of the blogs worth bookmark are:

Forefront Endpoint Security Blog (from the Microsoft engineering team)

Forefront Team Blog

Forefront Classroom Training

Course 50509A: Implementing Forefront Endpoint Protection 2010 (2-day instructor led)

  • After completing this course, students will be able to:
  • Articulate the value proposition and key features of FEP 2010.
  • Understand the protection technologies built into the FEP client to protect desktops, laptops and servers from malicious code threats.
  • Understand the fundamental concepts of System Center Configuration Manager 2007.
  • Understand the FEP server components and how they are integrated into a System Center Configuration Manager 2007 infrastructure.
  • Understand how to manage FEP client policy and definition updates.
  • Understand the FEP client architecture and how the client can be deployed across an organization.
  • Understand the various options for monitoring, alerting and reporting on the health and malware activity of FEP clients.
  • Understand how FEP can leverage System Center Operations Manager 2007 to provide real-time monitoring of high value endpoints.

Feel free to add additional resources if I have missed here.

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