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Pay the Piper – Software Licensing and Audits

Once upon a Wikipedia safari, I found myself sucked into the article on the Pied Piper of Hamelin. I read that contrary to popular belief, the expression “pay the piper” actually comes not from the Pied Piper, but from the phrase “He who pays the piper calls the tune.” You learn something new every day, I thought to myself. You see, over the years, I have advised employers, clients, and contemporaries that when it comes to software licensing, it is best to “pay the piper.” It was an expression I learned as a kid in the Boston area. Keep reading…

Get Microsoft Windows 8.1 installation media (ISO) for offline update or fresh installation

I just found something I thought I should pass along. Sure, it’s only for the desktop OS, but many if not all of us in this line of work use one. (If you don’t use Windows, or don’t support your own workstation, maybe sharing the info can gain you some brownie points with folks who do.) It was not readily apparent in my searching the web, either: Microsoft has made Windows 8.1 (or 8.1 Pro) installation bits available for download for you and me– and yes, you can install from that media using your retail Windows 8 or Windows 8 Pro Product Key.

Not so long ago, one would have had to install Windows 8, then get online for hours to patch it and then upgrade to Windows 8.1. For me, this got in the way of having what I like to call a “gold copy” of a system build. IMO, being networked for so long increases risk exposure, reduces trustworthiness, and otherwise tarnishes the golden-ness of a system build image. What about doing a Windows 8.1 offline update? Keep reading…

How to get Linux hosts with DHCP IP addresses to show up in Microsoft DNS automatically

This blog post outlines a little trick we use to get Linux-based hosts on a network to show up in Microsoft-based DNS… automagically. This self-registration with DNS usually “just works” in a homogeneous Windows network (famous last words!)– so many folks take it for granted until they need something from the Linux ecosystem. Without setting this up, your options are either A) refer to said machines by IP address only, or B) manually add their hostnames and IPs into DNS, and manually keep those records updated. Keep reading…

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