Left Dropbox / Came back to Dropbox

17 Feb 2014
February 17, 2014

Dropbox logoI know I’m not alone when it comes to concerns about Dropbox and privacy/security. Last year there were a few “issues” in the press. Then the Dropbox app on my phone updated and wanted access to my contacts? “Pfft, nuts to that – time to check options!” said I. I have a large amount of free storage thanks to years of their referral program so I had to keep storage in mind. A free 2 GB account wasn’t going to cut it.

(and yes, let’s not forget that when you’re getting a product for free you are most likely the real product in that equation)

https://www.microsoft.com/global/en-us/news/PublishingImages/HomePage/hero/logo_onedrive2014_hero.jpgSkyDrive (soon to be OneDrive) is online storage that I’m already using. I have a personal account with a bunch of free “early adopter” storage but I also have a work account that I have on all my machines for key work stuff. That includes shared OneNote notebooks and such. Works great and I have never had an issue with it.

But. I once looked into running multiple SkyDrive clients on the same machine and it sure didn’t look like it would be worth the hassle. (has that changed?).

imageFinally,I recalled Box. When I bought my tablet last fall it came with a 50 GB subscription to Box storage. Well there you go – a nice storage upgrade and the price is right. I went looking for a Windows client.

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First real facelift for this site in many years. First time I purchased a theme too. So far I rather dig it — and it looks nice on my phone as well. Building up a list of future articles. Could this be the revival?

Multi-Factor Authentication for Office 365

12 Feb 2014
February 12, 2014

Today we’re adding Multi-Factor Authentication for Office 365 to Office 365 Midsize Business, Enterprise plans, Academic plans, Nonprofit plans, and standalone Office 365 plans, including Exchange Online and SharePoint Online. This will allow organizations with these subscriptions to enable multi-factor authentication for their Office 365 users without requiring any additional purchase or subscription.

(This is a “link post” — the title links to the original article)

AWS: Check Drive’s Removal Policy

22 Dec 2013
December 22, 2013

This might be something that everyone else knows, but I was quite surprised the other day and thought I would share.

AWS Disk PropertiesI had just added some new EBS volumes to a new SQL Server database EC2 instance in AWS. See, I like to add 2 or 4 higher IOPS drives to database servers and then use the OS to put them in a RAID 0 stripe(s) for data files (and TempDB if I don’t have an ephemeral SSD handy. But perhaps that’s a post for another day…).

While configuring these new drives into an array I somewhat inadvertently ended up in the Properties dialog for one of the drives. Since I was there, I thought I would check things out.

The drive’s Removal policy was, by default, “Quick Removal.” This doesn’t strike me as the key to ultimate performance! This is how you treat external USB drives.

I checked the other 3 drives and determine that 3 out of the 4 I had just added were Quick and the one was “Better performance.” I then spot checked a handful of other instances and found similar results. Needless to say, I set them all to “Better” and then carried on.

But now I’m curious: Why were they defaulting to “Quick removal”. Yet, why weren’t ALL sharing that default?

Anyways, something to watch for when provisioning a new Windows server. Seems that this would apply to any virtualization platform, not just AWS.