Friday, November 18, 2016

How to Delete Your Facebook Account

Did you grow up in the 80's and 90's and have a real job?

Are you an internet age baby (90's, 2000's) and have a job and a real life that doesn't revolve around social media. Do you actually TALK to people and use text messages. Well...let's get your life back.

You can delete Facebook and be done with it. If you are going to school, learning something new or important, studying a language, memorizing the Qur'an, writing a novel or planning your trip to a beautiful country where you will be disconnected from the Internet. You can delete your Facebook account.

Get out and talk to people! Volunteer or do something actually valuable with your time.

1. Click this link (You Need to be Logged In):

https://www.facebook.com/help/delete_account 

2. The account will then be deactivated for 14 days (It's not deleted yet).

3. Do no login to Facebook. Delete the Facebook AND Messenger apps from your phone.

4. Resist...resist...fight it!!!

5. Find a hobby, learn a language on Duolingo, get a college degree or do something important.

6. If you spend more than 1 hour of your time on social media and it's not a job your getting paid for, you need some help.....

Thursday, November 3, 2016

15 Top Paying IT Certifications of 2016

What are the Top Paying IT Certifications for 2016?

These are certifications that will get you a job that pays above $100,000 in the US if you have from 3-5 years of experience.

If you have no experience and your fresh out of college (Community College, Bachelor's, Master's or Doctorate Levels) or you are changing career's and are making the jump into IT, you will need a lot of hands-on experience.

You can get a ton of hands-on with a credit card and Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud Platform or Amazon EC2. You need to do the work and complete some projects. What is not well known, is that if you have a portfolio online or a blog that you can show your potential employer during an interview (or email before an interview), they may give you a chance. Another useful resource is recruiters. Recruiters sole purpose in life is to make money. The more people that they can funnel into a company's IT Director, IT Manager or SVP IT person's requirements, the more money they make and the better opportunity for you to learn.

DO NOT CHEAT AND ASK SOMEONE TO DO IT FOR YOU!!!! All you will do is embarrass yourself, and any competent IT Manager, Systems Administrator or Developer will sniff you out in minutes that you do not know what you are doing. It's a pain to deal with, and in the end, you will end up getting fired.

Also, if you're a poor writer, use Grammarly. It's an English grammar editor on steroids and will fix your English. Clear communications in English are critical for non-native English speakers when submitting resumes or a portfolio.

These certifications are broken down into three sections: Security, IT Operations, Project Management, Development. As of this writing, there is no centralized certification for Javascript, Python, HTML5, CSS, or Node.js. There is a flurry of Coding Dojo's and Bootcamp's hitting the street, but do your homework and look at free options before dumping thousands of dollars into learning web application development. Community Colleges, YouTube and free or low-cost options are better than spending $20-50,000 at a 4-year college or university in Computer Science, but let's be clear, you do need some formal education to be competitive in today's market. Do not attend non-accredited schools in your country. If you are in the US, UK or another western country, verify that the community college, college or university is accredited by a regional accreditation body before you sign up and pay $1.00 for classes. Also, if you have no education, start with a  community college first. I graduated from a community college before going onto Master's and Doctorate level education. I found that their training was more rigorous at times over alternative options; plus, you learn with other adult learners, and it's free with a Pell Grant or low cost if your not a citizen. You will do nothing but waste your money if you go to a college without regional accreditation. If you don't have a college degree, you better have at least 3-5 certifications if you want more than $80,000 a year.

If the school is not regionally accredited (without sanctions and ACTIVE) from these official accrediting bodies in the US. DO NOT GO TO THEIR SCHOOL!! http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/Agencies.aspx

For training purposes on operations, use Google Cloud Platform, Azure, or AmazonEC2 (AmazonEC2 is the most mature cloud platform as of this writing). Optionally, for installation configurations, you can use Virtualbox (Linux/Windows/Mac), Parallels, or VMware Workstation for Linux (whatever you can afford). Don't waste time buying physical servers...it's not 1990 ok. Newbie's or people that don't have time sitting there trying to get stuff working on Linux should use Ubuntu.

Enough talking! Here are the certifications!!!

###Security###
CompTIA Security+
OSCP Certified Professional
OSWP Wireless Professional
OSCE Certified Expert
OSEE Exploitation Expert
OSWE Web Expert
Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH)
Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP)
Certified Information Security Manager (CISM)
Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH)
SANS GIAC Security Essentials (GSSEC)
Certified SonicWALL Security Administrator (CSSA)
Certified SonicWALL Security Professional (CSSP)
Master Certified SonicWALL Security Administrator (Master CSSA)

###Honorable Mention###
Full Stack Development Certificate: $0.00 USD, FreeCodeCamp - https://www.freecodecamp.com/

###Low-Cost###
FlatIron School ($150 USD Per Month) - https://www.flatironschool.com/programs/online-community-bootcamp/
Pluralsight ($29 USD Per Month / $299 USD Per Year) - https://www.pluralsight.com/

###Development###
Ruby Association Certified Ruby Programmer
Puppet Professional 2016
Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer (MCSD)

###IT Operations (Servers, Cloud, Networking) ###
Certified OpenStack Administrator
Cisco Certified Entry Networking Technician (CCENT)
Cisco Certified Design Associate (CCDA)
Cisco Certified Design Expert (CCDE)
Cisco Certified Design Professional (CCDP)
Cisco Certified Architect (CCAr)
Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert (CCIE)
Commvault Certified Professional
Commvault Certified Engineer
Commvault Certified Master
Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert (MCSE)
Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist: Administering and Deploying SCCM
Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA)
Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA): Office365
Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA): Linux on Azure
Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA): SQL 2016
Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA): SQL 2012/2014
Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA): Windows Server 2012
Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA): Windows Server 2016
MCSD: Azure Solutions Architect
Citrix Certified Professional - Virtualization (CCP-V)
Cisco Certified Networking Professional (CCNP) Security
Linux Foundation Certified System Administrator (LFCS)
Linux Foundation Certified Engineer (LFCE)
Red Hat Certified System Administrator (RHCSA)
Red Hat Certified Engineer (RHCE)
Red Hat Certified Architect (RHCA)
Red Hat Certified Virtualization Administrator (RHCVA)
Red Hat Certified JBoss® Developer (RHCJD)
Red Hat Certified JBoss Administrator (RHCJA)
ITIL® v3 Foundation
Nutanix Platform Professional (NPP)
Nutanix Support Specialist (NSS)
Nutanix Platform Expert (NPX)
VMware Certified Professional 5 - Data Center Virtualization (VCP5-DCV)
VMware Certified Professional 6 - Data Center Virtualization (VCP5-DCV)
VMware Certified Associate (VCA)
VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
VMware Certified Advanced Professional (VCAP)
VMware Certified Implementation Expert (VCIX)
VMware Certified Design Expert (VCDX)
AWS Certified Solutions Architect - Associate
Certified Information Security Manager (CISM)
AWS Certification
AWS Certified Solutions Architect - Associate
AWS Certified Solutions Architect - Professional
AWS Certified Developer - Associate
AWS Certified SysOps Administrator - Associate
AWS Certified DevOps Engineer - Professional
(ISC)2 Certified Secure Software Lifecycle Professional (CSSLP)
Google Certified Professional - Cloud Architect
Google Certified Professional - Data Engineer
Google Certified Professional - G Suite Administrator
Dell Certified Professional (Server, Storage, Networking)
Veeam Certified Engineer (VMCE) v9
Veeam Certified Engineer Engineer - Advanced: Design & Optimization (VMCE-A: D&O)
Veeam Certified Architect (VMCA)
VCE Certified Converged Infrastructure Associate
VCE Design Engineer (VCE-CIDE)
VCE Master Design Engineer (VCE-CIMDE)
VCE Implementation Engineer (VCE-CIIE)
VCE Master Implementation Engineer (VCE-CIMIE)
VCE Administration Engineer (VCE-CIAE)
VCE Master Administration Engineer (VCE-CIMAE)
Citrix Certified Associate - Virtualization (CCA-V)
Citrix Certified Professional - Virtualization (CCP-V)
Citrix Certified Expert - Virtualization (CCE-V)
Citrix Certified Professional – Networking (CCP-N)
Citrix Certified Associate – Networking (CCA-N)
Citrix Certified Professional – Mobility (CCP-M)

###Project Management###
CAPM (Certified Associate in Project Management)
PgMP (Program Management Professional)
PfMP (Portfolio Management Professional)
PMI-SP (PMI Scheduling Professional)
PMI-RMP (PMI Risk Management Professional)
PMI-ACP (PMI Agile Certified Practitioner)
Six Sigma Green Belt

Lastly, for developers, do not go out and spend thousand's of dollars on a laptop. You can convert any Chromebook to a Linux machine or you can use a Chromebook with Crouton. If your doing Windows development you will need a Windows 10 laptop. Apple Mac's are good if you really have the money for it, but if your just learning, don't waist the money trying to be cool. Learn first.

Monday, October 10, 2016

Cybersecurity Training for Less than $300!!

Ok. Since the IT Market is going in the following avenues and you plan on staying in IT and making more than US $100,000 a year. You need to practice. Also, one of the joys of learning and staying in IT is the ability to resolve the problem everyone learning on the cheap has to do. Even though I can likely buy a fancy schmancy $600 or $1500 laptop. I like to keep it inexpensive and cheap and actually focus on learning.

Tools:
1. Chromebook (US $100-$500). CPU's are what jumps the cost. Stick with Intel CPU's.
2. RAM from Amazon (Prime get's it to the house quicker)
3. Crouton (with -e encryption: https://github.com/dnschneid/crouton)
4. Kali-Rolling / Ubuntu (Depending on if you need VirtualBox to run Window$)

1. Put your Chromebook into Developer Mode (ESC+Restart Key+Power Button)
2. CTRL+D
3. CTRL+D, Machine will wipe into Developer Mode
4. Connect to your wireless and log back in (recreate your profile by enabling your sync)
5. Launch a Terminal Shell (CTRL+ALT+T)
6. Shell
7. Download "Crouton" from https://github.com/dnschneid/crouton
8. Pick your distribution (Debian, Kali or Ubuntu). You can use -r to change the distribution.
    (Example: sudo -e sh ~/Downloads/crouton -r kali-rolling)


9. If your doing Cybersecurity training, your going to need Kali-Rolling and Pluralsight Online Training (https://www.pluralsight.com/). If you already have a Bachelor's or Master's Degree. Don't waist your time getting another degree at a university. Learn hands-on, pass some certification exams and then start applying for jobs. University programs are pretty good, but like I said, this is the cheap and quick way to jump into the field if your already in IT or flipping into IT. Certifications and hands-on experience is what will get you through a technical interview or technical phone screen. Degree's help, but I can't count how many people I have by-passed because they didn't know anything hands-on or weren't skilled.

However, a college degree is actually important. Don't let anyone tell you different, but if you can't afford it, you have to do something else. Also, you don't need to spend US $5000, $10,000 or dear goodness...$50,000 US getting a college degree. You can attend a US Department of Education Accredited Online School like University of The People: http://www.uopeople.edu/ where tuition is free and all that you pay for is exams and whatever ancillary expenses are necessary. If you have math or other area's of academic weakness you can use Khan Academy: https://www.khanacademy.org/ . The only one that can stop you from learning is you.

10. Choose your desktop type (sh /Downloads/crouton -t list) this will show you what environments you cant to pick. I prefer gnome to unity. As usual with all things administrative. You have to run via "sudo"

sudo sh ~/Downloads/crouton -t gnome


11. sudo startgnome


12. Optionally, if you want it encrypted and want to throw the whole kitchen sink at it...just copy and paste the following command (NOTE: Xenial is Ubuntu 16.04.1):

sudo sh -e ~/Downloads/crouton -r xenial -t unity-desktop,gtk-extra,cli-extra,extension,keyboard,xbmc,chrome -e

Note: If you have an issue, use another desktop type and run the command with -u (don't forget your passphrase or your done...)

sudo sh -e ~/Download/crouton -r xenial -t unity,keyboard,xbmc,chrome -u -e

FYI. If you don't like Unity use another desktop like Gnome or some other desktop. Personally, I like Budgie or Kali Linux. Budgie: https://github.com/solus-project/budgie-desktop. If you are new to Linux...Kali will make you an Internet warrior!! Kali+YouTube+Blogs+Pluralsight...equals lighting and thunder!!! Ok....this Chipotle is making me sleepy...so delicious. Anyway...screenshot below!



More Crouton Information? It was created by a Google Employee.

More? Sheesh...go here already...http://www.howtogeek.com/210047/how-to-manage-the-crouton-linux-system-on-your-chromebook/

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Lockdown Adobe Reader Document Cloud

Do you have a template and no volume license? Do not install the bulk junk for Adobe. It will not only drive your users/family insane. It will just lead to people calling you with a bunch of unnecessary questions.

1. Download Adobe Reader: https://get.adobe.com/reader/ 

2. Don't install the junk toolbar, etc. (Install Chrome if your in the real world!)

3. Hack the registry...If you don't know what your doing...you likely shouldn't be doing this. If you do, hey...have at it!

Adobe Document Cloud Registry Edits

Copy this link if your worried about clicking on links.

http://www.adobe.com/devnet-docs/acrobatetk/tools/PrefRef/Windows/Workflows.html?zoom_highlight=web+services#Servicesintegration(DC)

You have to disable what is important to you and your business/organization/school.

1. Disable all of the options that you do not want your user's to have access to use or see. Disable every single option below for people to only open .PDF files and that's it.






.

Good bye...3rd party junk!!!


Wednesday, July 13, 2016

How to Install Windows 7 or 10 Using VMware PVSCSI Drivers

Ok. So... installing VMware PVSCSI Adapters on a VM is a pain in the neck if you don't know how to do it. So...I want to save people some time. I figured out this is the fastest and less complicated process to get this done. These VM's are good for anything that requires speed.

Thanks Carl for your blog for VMware View! http://www.carlstalhood.com/vmware-horizon-7/

1. Reference VMware KB article: https://kb.vmware.com/selfservice/microsites/search.do?language=en_US&cmd=displayKC&externalId=1010398

1a. The trick is to use 2 CD/DVD drives!!






1b. Add your second (2nd) CD/DVD!!


2. Create your VM. Make sure that your CD/DVD IDE is 0:0 or it won't boot to Windows. 
VMware Tools .ISO file should be 0:1.


3. DO NOT use the VMware Tools that comes with the ESXi host installation. Use the Latest VMware Tools. As of this blog entry. The latest VMware Tools release is 10.0.9. This is the Official Location for VMware Tools. Do not download it from anywhere else. https://packages.vmware.com/tools/releases/index.html 


4. Boot the VM and boot into Windows. This works for either Windows 7 or Windows 10.


5. Select Custom. Don't be dumb and upgrade an image for VMware View or Images. Start over and do it from scratch. You're waiting for a headache to come if you do an upgrade. Plus, it's just plain old lazy.


6. You won't see any drives listed because the PVSCSI driver is not loaded into the VM yet.


7. Browse for the driver. Select the VMware Tools DVD and drill down the the release.



8. Remember to use the right architecture for your VMware Tools. If it's x86 or x64. 



9. This is key and vital. You have to make sure that the NEXT button is not greyed out. As long as you followed the steps above it won't be greyed out. If it's greyed out. You did something wrong. Go back and do it over.


10. Go get some juice! It's going to take a little while.


11. If you doing a VMware Horizon View VM or Citrix XenDesktop. Use Carl's blog. It's very good!! 

VMware Horizon View: http://www.carlstalhood.com/vmware-horizon-7/
Citrix XenDesktop: http://www.carlstalhood.com/xaxd/




Tuesday, April 19, 2016

How to Fix a Nutanix CVM being Stuck in Maintenance Mode

How to Fix a Nutanix CVM being Stuck in Maintenance Mode

1. ssh into the Nutanix cluster VM

2. cluster status

2. ncli host list (This will give you the host ID)

################
    Id                        : 9911991c-1111-093y-11yb-blahblah88::61810
    Uuid                      : 5blahblabla99-5227-43d9-ae05-243hahadummy
    Name                      : NTNX-SERIAL-X
    IPMI Address              : 10.10.3.3
    Controller VM Address     : 10.10.2.2
    Hypervisor Address        : 10.10.1.1
    Host Status               : NORMAL
    Oplog Disk Size           : 428.02 GiB (459,587,190,986 bytes) (0.7%)
    Under Maintenance Mode    : false (Hypervisor upgrade)
    Metadata store status     : Metadata store enabled on the node
    Node Position             : Node physical position can't be displayed for this model. Please refer to Prism UI for this information.
    Node Serial (UUID)        : VENDORSERIAL
    Block Serial (Model)      : VENDORSERIAL (NODE MODEL)
###############

3. ncli host edit id=9911991c-1111-093y-11yb-blahblah88::61810::61810 enable-maintenance-mode="false"

4. cluster status

5...sing...dance...rejoice and scream BOOYAH!!!! WARNING: Happy dancing in cubicle or workspace is Highly Recommended and preferred.