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Fields: Azure Active Directory – Intro and Resources

Our professor in disguise and leading analyst Alex Fields (Success Computer Consulting, Minneapolis, MN) is back with the real deal: Azure Active Directory. This is a very important segment as Azure is quickly emerging as a trending topic for 2020 for Managed Services Providers (MSPs). We start waaayyyy back 20+ years ago with old fashioned Active Directory (spoiler alert: Harry flashes his Active Directory Planning and Design book on the screen LOL). We then fast forward the movie to Azure Active directory with a brief definition followed by a couple best practices.

Liberman: It’s SHOWTIME! Fall Conferences

One of the hardest working folks in the SMB MSP community, contributor Joshua Liberman talks about the Fall conference line-up including The Channel Company’s Exchange event (that is primarily hosted), ASCII (Toronto), ChannelPro (San Jose) and others. Liberman talks attendee demographics including Women in Technology (WIT). A must watch!

Ohlhorst: Education is the Key to Success in Tech!

This month, contributor Frank Ohlhorst brings value by discussing how revamped industry certifications are again adding value for stakeholders. He touches on Cisco, CompTIA and even Microsoft revamped “MCSE” and successor certifications. The biggest changes in certification are occurring in the cybersecurity realm (hint: MSSP). We also discuss the value of graduate school in our space. The central question is “to learn or not to learn.” Watch!

Fields: “Round the Horn – House Moves and Shared Mailboxes


Our monthly check-in with contributor Alex Fields (Minneapolis, MN) focuses on Shared Mailboxes. Fields thinks that a lot of people use shared mailboxex improperly. For example – a real “gap” is the use of shared mailboxes on mobile devices. Multiple people and single multifactor authentication is one of the risk factors. Also – shared mailboxes tend to use dumb passwords (watch to find why).

Hendrickson: The Education Debate – Certification v. Grad School

This month, Lisa Hendrickson (CallThatGirl) provides an update on her reinvention journey. In a prior segment, we spoke with Lisa about life changes as she returned to her home region to attend graduate school and put more sills in her portfolio (always wise). Bottom line – graduate school isn’t necessarily the perfect fit for now so she’s surfaced a great conversation about industry certifications as an alternative pathway.

Dwight Texas Tango and the MSP Attack Vector

Ken “The Virus Doctor” Dwight from Houston Texas double-clicks into something we’ve discussed before – the bad guys are targeting MSPs as a channel to a customer portfolio. Dwight offers little known facts about the Texas MSP who was targeted and 22-cities were impacted with a ransomware scenario. You can also gain more visibility into this matter in a recent CRN article.