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How to Create an EC2 Instance with Python

In this article, we'll take a look at how Python can be used by System Administrators to automate the management of Amazon Web Services (AWS) Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) infrastructure. You'll learn how to set up the Python scripting environment for first use, and how to enable yourself as a user to create Python scripts to launch virtual machine instances in AWS EC2 as per specific … [Read more...]

How Parallels RAS Enhances Microsoft RDS

Introduction In 2001, Microsoft® introduced the RDP protocol, a proprietary protocol that allowed users to access an operating system’s desktop remotely. Since then, Microsoft has come a long way, developing the Microsoft Remote Desktop Services (RDS) to facilitate remote desktop access. Formerly known as Terminal Services, Microsoft RDS consists of several tools and services that allow businesses … [Read more...]

Video: How To Scan For—and Lock Down—Open Ports with WhatsUp PortScanner

Foot-printing your environment is the first step to identifying ways in which intruders can penetrate your network. Thankfully, we offer a free utility that helps with precisely this task! In this Snip, Anthony Howell shows you how to use Ipswitch's WhatsUp PortScanner to scan a host machine for open ports, then he'll show you how to harden your system using the host's firewall. … [Read more...]

How to Choose a Network Configuration Management Tool

Network teams have a lot on their plate. No one’s disputing that. Today, network admins are provided with a wide range of network management tools that can make their job just a bit easier. That said, it’s not as easy as just picking out a solution and crossing your fingers in hopes that it works for any given network environment. … [Read more...]

Working with the New MOVEit Transfer REST API Endpoints

One of the excellent features of the new MOVEit Transfer 2018 product is the introduction of RESTful (REST) APIs. If you're not familiar with REST APIs, it boils down to an industry-standard way of accessing applications or services over HTTP/S. … [Read more...]

Automate Multi-Platform Machine Image Builds with Packer

The majority of organizations are not going to use one specific provider to host their systems. Whether it be VMware on-premises, Azure in the cloud, AWS, or Hyper-V, most will be operating on more than one. … [Read more...]

Automate Multi-Platform Machine Image Builds with Packer

The majority of organizations are not going to use one specific provider to host their systems. Whether it be VMware on-premises, Azure in the cloud, AWS, or Hyper-V, most will be operating on more than one. … [Read more...]

How to Restrict Access to a RD Session Host Desktop for Particular Users

How to Restrict Access to a RD Session Host Desktop for Particular Users  There are certain deployment scenarios that require connection restrictions on the end-user side. For example imagine you are using a RD Session Host to publish data for your employees but you want to restrict the access to a specific user, let’s say a new employee. In this case you can leave all the server … [Read more...]

Are you a little hasty with the Send button? Avoid costly mistakes with Deferred Delivery!

Let’s face it. We all make mistakes. At one time or another, most of us have gotten a little hasty with the Send button when composing an email, and sent it to the wrong Frank Thomas, accidentally CC’d the customer in an inter-office communication, or realized the email was probably not such a good idea in the first place. These examples can be quite embarrassing, but other mistakes can result in … [Read more...]

How to white label Parallels Client

Why White Label Parallels Client?  When using Parallels® Remote Application Server (RAS), connecting to remote resources through the Parallels HTML5 Client or Parallels Client for Windows is a convenient solution for many organizations that offer their services to end users.  In many cases, it’s practical to separate users by groups (HR, developers, Q&A, etc.) and provide them with the … [Read more...]