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Product Management 2014 conference

December 5th, 2014 | Posted by sharon in Miscellaneous - (0 Comments)
Product Managers Conference

Product Managers Conference

This week I took apart in the annual conference of Product Manager called Product Excellence. This is the second time the conference takes place and it may have more work to improve. The conference was full of lectures which meant to bring few daily topic of product management to the front of the stage (I listed the ones which I most enjoyed from):

  • Product Pricing Strategies and Optimization
  • Market Research Using Social Networks
  • How to Plan a Functionality of a “Kind of” Features
  • How to preserve growth Over Time
  • Product Management at Startups
  • Products Soft Attributes Management
  • Creating Relationships with Your Customers

and more…

So, there were about 700~ people, product managers who came to learn and develop their skills, It was a pleasure to see the growing community of product managers in Israel. I think I took few new tools to my toolbox and I hope to use them as soon a possible.

It’s just a week after a major security breach has been found in Active Directory Secure Channel mechanism (MS14-066, CVE-2014-6321) , and now, one more is joining the party –

More could be read in a post I uploaded to my company blog – Vulnerability in Kerberos Allow Elevation of Privilege

 

Update (8/12/14):

PoC is available for that vulnerability, it documented here.

The python script file could be downloaded here under the title “Python Kerberos Exploitation Kit”.

Few days ago, I had to upload some massive amount of files to my OneDrive. Cut & Paste into the relevant folder and… “See you later”.
Few days have passed and I saw that the OneDrive icon on the taskbar is still syncing \ uploading (10M of 895M). Only 10M in few days?
Tried to restart the network adapter and even the computer. Nothing helped so I had to google\bing for any help.
It turns out that there are a lot of unresolved posts out there for windows 8.1 users with the same problem – OneDrive is uploading\syncing slowly, too slowly.
None of the proposed solution helped, until I found some helpful suggestion which fixed it:

  1. Stop Sync All Folders (right click on the OneDrive icon in the taskbar and click pause syncing)
  2. Close\kill the below process by task manager:
    o groove.exe
    o msosync.exe
    o msouc.exe
    o winword.exe
    o excel.exe
    o powerpnt.exe
  3. Start cmd with “Run As Administrator
  4. At the cmd window, delete the Office file cache:
    o Type “cd %USERPROFILE%\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Office\15.0\” (Type ‘Y’ when asked to…)
    o Type “rmdir OfficeFileCache /s
  5. Resume syncing by right click on the OneDrive icon in the taskbar and click resume syncing

The symptom for that plug is putting a lot of \ big size files in one phase.

I “wrote” a short batch who kill and remove the cache folder, just pause and start back the OneDrive syncing:

tskill groove.exe
tskill msosync.exe
tskill msouc.exe
tskill winword.exe
tskill excel.exe
tskill powerpnt.exe
cd %USERPROFILE%\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Office\15.0\
rmdir OfficeFileCache /s

Hope it will help you.

 

20/11 Update:

I found a KB titled “OneDrive issues in Windows 8.1 and Windows RT 8.1” which can be helpful. One of the symptoms described is “OneDrive may freeze when it is uploading files” which can be the issue.

I’m an old fashion when it comes to my daily tasks list. I still use a notebook instead of OneNote or any other famous applications out there.

In my opinion, Dedicated hard-copy written text brings more attention with it as compared to any another excel\note which available in my computer\smartphone. But still… that’s my own opinion.

TODO List

Today’s post is about my “self-developed algorithm” for generating a TO-DO list. How it works?

The range for Urgency and Importance is from [lowest] 1 to 5 [highest] (1,2,3,4,5) and for Ease of implementation is [hardest] 1 to 3 [easiest].

Range for Urgency and Importance:

  • 1 = Not urgent\important
  • 5 = Very urgent\important

Range for Ease of implementation:

  • 1 = Hard
  • 2 =Medium
  • 3 = Very easy

After we understood the ranges we’ll build the TO-DO matrix like this:

Task Urgency Importance Ease of implementation Total
- - - - -
- - - - -

Write down your daily tasks and set the score (by the range) for each column and work by the following formula : Urgency * Importance + Ease of implementation = Total

Sort the results while the highest total score is your first to-do task and the lowest is the last one…

For example:

Task Urgency Importance Ease of implementation Total
Send an update mail 5 5 2 27
Read an article 1 3 2 5
Read mail from my boss 1 1 3 4
Clean my mailbox 1 4 2 6

So, this is how my TO-DO list will look like:

  1. Send an update mail (5*5+2)
  2. Clean my mailbox (1*4+2)
  3. Read an article (1*3+2)
  4. Read mail from my boss (1*1+3)

 

Hope you find it helpful.

Quick post of an old fashioned vbs script I’ve just finished to adapt to my needs (it is written in a rusty way, I know), the script based on origin script by “Scripting Guy blog”.
The following adapted script generates CSV file with all Active Directory attributes and some useful (what I was need) information about (is it a single\multi value ? dataType, system only attribute ? and if its a liked attribute).
This information is needed from time to time when dealing with Active Directory code. the script has simple configuration:

‘###### Configuration ######
RootDCInfo = “DC=YourDomain,DC=lab”            ‘Forest root domain
TargetFile = “c:\temp\attributes.csv”                      ‘CSV File location
‘###### Configuration ######

 

Active Directory

 

After configuring it to your relevant environment you will be ready to go – ListAttr Script

As always, have fun ! :)

Yesterday, we had Liraz Barak (NTLM restriction) and Martin Schvartzman (PS Remoting ) presentations, so… Attached :

NTLM restriction by Liraz Barak

PS Remoting (+ scripts) by Martin Schvartzman

i would like to thank them both.

Update:
In addition to the presentation by Martin from previous week, I’ve found a great tutorial for Installation of Web Based PowerShell, the post written by Anil Erduran and posted on Team blog of MCS @ Middle East and Africa (and yes, I know its from 2012 !)

Sorry about the delay, attached the links to the recent user group meetings presentations:

DSC in PowerShell 4.0 (+ scripts) by Martin Schvartzman

Pass-the-Hash What is it & What to do about it by Benny Lakunishok

Dump Analyzing by Dinor Geler

Software Defined Storage by Moti Bani

Top 10 PowerShell mistakes and traps to avoid by Martin Schvartzman

Extending Monitoring to Unix/Linux Environments by Yaniv Shmulevich

 

Well, I’m a VP Product now.

June 13th, 2014 | Posted by sharon in Miscellaneous - (2 Comments)

After years,  I took a pause from the Management & Orchestration world and took myself back to my origins – Active Directory’s world !

My new position is a VP Product in a small successful start-up called Semperis. our products deals with Active Directory Recovery – object \ granular recovery, change auditing and forest recovery too.

Product Manager

“Look mom, I’m VP Product” (image source: mindtheproduct)

I’ll keep posting from time to time about different things from my new world (Product Management & Active Directory).

Meanwhile, have fun ! :)

When using the last version of Silverlight and you navigate to the Service Manager Self Service Portal (SharePoint with Silverlight based WebPart) – it won’t work with Internet Explorer 9 !. the Silverlight WebPart keep asking for downloading the last version of Silverlight and the screen is blank. after checking all the permissions and updated to the last version, the problem still existed !!!

So, how to solve ?

  1. Lunch the site with IE 32bit
  2. Add the portal address to the computability view address
  3. Add the site to local intranet\trusted sites and click the “custom level” button, there please change the following options:
  4. Allow ActiveX filtering – set to Disabled
  5. Only allow approved domain to use AcitveX without prompt
  6. Restart the browser.

That’s it. now it will work :)

On the 5/2/14 Microsoft has introduce the System Center 2012 R2 Techday,  the day started with high brief of the new features of R2 (By Debora Manor), after that a lectures about New Monitoring operations with Operations Manager 2012 R2 (by Yaniv Smulevici), Extend your skills with System Center Configuration Manager 2012 R2  (by Kobi Levi), IasS & PaaS private Cloud with Azure Pack (By Memi Lavi) and Service Management Automation (SMA) with Orchestrator & Azure Pack (By me – Sharon Abarbanel).

Sharon Abarbanel

My lecture focused on two main capabilities of Orchestrator and it’s integration with Azure Pack, the 1st one was the new feature called Service Management Automation (SMA) and the second was the Automation by integrating Service Manager Self Service Portal with Orchestrator (I know its not new feature but I feel its not getting the right promotion here in IL).

So I reviewed the new things and updates in Orchestrator R2 and started focusing in the SMA and its architecture and capabilities…

For the SMA part I split the demonstration to four parts:

  1. 1st SMA Runbook created an Azure Pack’s user (locally)
  2. 2nd SMA Runbook invoked Orchestrator Runbook which created the same user in AD
  3. 3rd SMA Runbook called these both runbooks to show I call nested runbooks.
  4. Demo of hooking SMA runbooks by VM automation triggering (SPF was configured)

For the Service Manager integration, I have triggered an Orchestarto’s runbook by SCSM Self Service Portal form (based on SharePoint).

Well… that’s it :)