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Microsoft Includes Windows 10 Anniversary Edition Update Version 1607

By Armen Gharibian, Desktop & Applications Architect Microsoft has included the Windows 10 Anniversary Edition (version 1607) update in this month’s Patch Tuesday cycle. Please be advised, this version should be tested thoroughly before being deployed in your environment. Do not forget to download and update your Group Policy ADM/ADMX files for version 1607 here. […]

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Upgrading to iOS Version 9.3.5 — Why It’s So Important

By Michael Trantas, Senior Solutions Architect Apple recently released iOS version 9.3.5 and everyone should be updating – now. This update patches three specific vulnerabilities – CVE-2016-4655, CVE-2016-4656 and CVE-2016-4657. This trio of vulnerabilities, known as “Trident” can deliver and install Pegasus – malware that creates a backdoor, allowing an attacker a persistent presence on […]

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Critical Zero-Day Vulnerability in Flash Player

by Mark Farish, Senior Systems Engineer Adobe Systems has released a security advisory for a critical zero-day vulnerability (CVE-2016-4171) that exists in Flash Player 21.0.0.242 and earlier versions, relevant on Windows, Macintosh, Chrome and Linux operating systems. Adobe plans to address the vulnerability in a security update, which Adobe expects to have available on June 16, […]

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Support for Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Has Officially Ended

by Mike Trantas, Senior Solutions Architect   April 12th, 2016 came and went without much fanfare. What you may not realize is that Microsoft’s mainstream support for SQL Server 2005 has officially ended. If your company currently uses SQL server 2005 in its environment, now is the time to discuss an upgrade and understand what […]

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Daylight Savings Time & VDI Issues

by Jamie Engelhard, Chief Technology Officer   With the Daylight Savings Time change this past weekend, Helient has been fielding a number of calls from clients experiencing issues with VDI machine registration, session disconnects, and group policy failures. Whether using Citrix Provisioning Services, Citrix Machine Creation Services, or VMware View Linked Clones, non-persistent machines revert […]

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Spear Phishing: What Is It and How to Protect Yourself

by Mark Farish, Senior Systems Engineer What is Spear phishing (or email spoofing)? Emails that are deceptive – ones that visibly look like they are coming from an individual or a company but realistically are not. This malicious act of sending an email with a forged “from” address. The emails are made to appear as […]

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Important Notice About .NET Framework 4.6.1 And Microsoft Exchange Server Compatibility

By Mark Farish, Senior Systems Engineer Microsoft recently issued a notice that .NET Framework 4.6.1 is available and is a recommended update in Windows Update. However, this version of .NET Framework is not compatible with any supported versions of Exchange Server. It is important that environments running Microsoft Exchange avoid installing .NET Framework 4.6.1, or […]

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Bill Anstock Joins Helient Systems LLC

Helient Systems is pleased to announce that Bill Anstock has joined the company as a Senior Account Executive. A former Workshare Strategic Account Executive, Bill will focus on business development and building a strategic sales team to fuel Helient’s continued growth. “Everyone at Helient is very excited that Bill has joined our team”, said Steve […]

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ESXi 5.5Update 3b (Build 3248547) Disables SSLv3 — Older Versions of vCenter Server Can’t Reconnect Host

Author:  Michael Trantas, Senior Solutions Architect The patch for ESXi 5.5 Update 3b / build 3248547 disables SSLV3 to remediate the POODLE SSL vulnerability but it can also cause connectivity issues when using older versions of vCenter server (5.5U3 and below). If this patch is applied to vSphere ESXi prior to updating vCenter to 5.5U3b, this […]

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Microsoft Hotfix – Windows Server 2012 (R2) and iSCSI Connectivity

Author:  Will Fulmer, Chief Engineering Officer An important Microsoft Hotfix was recently released to address the potential for data corruption after iSCSI sessions or paths recover in Windows Server 2012 R2 or Windows Server 2012. This hotfix is intended to address this potential for data corruption. – https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/3102997. Please test and apply this within your environment or contact […]

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