High CPU Usage from Microsoft.Online.Reporting.MonitoringAgent.Startup – Azure AD Connect

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Yesterday we received a rash of high CPU utilization alerts from a server we monitor. Logging onto the server, we found performance to be painfully slow, we also had several complaints from end users who were experiencing similar slowness when using network applications. We quickly found the Microsoft.Online.Reporting.MonitoringAgent.Startup Process was using anywhere from 75%-90% of the CPU resources. The Microsoft.Online.Reporting.MonitoringAgent.Startup process is part of Azure AD Connect and runs from the Azure AD Connect Health Sync Monitoring Service. Troubleshooting Microsoft.Online.Reporting.MonitoringAgent.Startup We first stopped the Azure AD Connect Health Sync Monitoring Service, …

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Spectre and Meltdown

Spectre and Meltdown: What You Need To Know

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It seems to happen more and more frequently, a new vulnerability is publicized and everyone rushes to patch their computers and devices. This time, it’s two different, but very closely related, vulnerabilities, Spectre and Meltdown. Normally these vulnerabilities are software based. A bug in Internet Explorer, a back door in Microsoft Office, an exploit in Adobe Flash. Today we’re looking at something quite a bit different, Hardware Vulnerabilities. What Is Spectre and Meltdown? On January 3rd, 2018 several researchers, including Google’s Project Zero team, found that a design used in …

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Banks Technology Services Featured Among Cyber Security Experts

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Banks Technology Services was recently featured on IT Security Central’s panel of Cyber Security Experts. The panel discussed the best ways to protect against Malware infections. Take a look at the article here: How to Protect Against Malware Infections: The Top Experts Speak    

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6 Ways To Keep Your Children Safe Online

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It’s a jungle out there. Every parent has heard horror stories about the dangers of the internet. So, how do we keep children safe online? How do you balance the good and the bad of the internet and make sure your children stay safe. The internet can provide endless learning, exploration, and entertainment for your children. Unfortunately it can also lead to dark and dangerous places and situations for children. We have six tips that should prevent your children from finding themselves in unfortunate situations online. Like most things when …

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Part 9 of 9 - Conclusion

How To Secure Your SMB Network – Part 9 of 9 – Conclusion

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Welcome to How To Secure Your SMB Network! This is part 9 of a 9 part series that discusses our approach to Network Security and how we secure client networks. As you will see there are many facets that go into creating a secure network. Think of it as puzzle with each piece playing an important role. The days of installing Norton Anti-Virus on your computer and thinking you are safe are over. Conclusion The layered approach that Banks Technology Services uses to secure our client’s networks was  developed over …

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Part 8 of 9 - Administrative Rights

How To Secure Your SMB Network – Part 8 of 9 – Administrative Rights

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Welcome to How To Secure Your SMB Network! This is part 8 of a 9 part series that discusses our approach to Network Security and how we secure client networks. As you will see there are many facets that go into creating a secure network. Think of it as puzzle with each piece playing an important role. The days of installing Norton Anti-Virus on your computer and thinking you are safe are over. What Are Local Administrative Rights Local Administrative Rights give you full access to a computer. This allows …

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Part 7 of 9 - Patching

How To Secure Your SMB Network – Part 7 of 9 – Patching

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Welcome to How To Secure Your SMB Network! This is part 7 of an 9 part series that discusses our approach to Network Security and how we secure client networks. As you will see there are many facets that go into creating a secure network. Think of it as puzzle with each piece playing an important role. The days of installing Norton Anti-Virus on your computer and thinking you are safe are over. What Is Patching Patching is the process of approving and installing updates to the software and operating …

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How To Setup Email Signature In Office 365

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How To Setup Email Signature In Office 365 Good morning folks. On today’s BanksTechTip, I’m going to show you how to set up your email signature in Office 365. Today, we’re going to set up an email signature in Office 365. So as you can see here, we’re on our Office 365 dashboard. So I’m going to click on the mail icon and we’ll open up the Outlook app. First we’re gonna go to the upper right-hand corner and click on the “Settings” wheel, and from here we’re going to …

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Part 6 of 9 - Endpoint Security

How To Secure Your SMB Network – Part 6 of 9 – Endpoint Security

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Welcome to How To Secure Your SMB Network! This is part 6 of a 9 part series that discusses our approach to Network Security and how we secure client networks. As you will see there are many facets that go into creating a secure network. Think of it as puzzle with each piece playing an important role. The days of installing Norton Anti-Virus on your computer and thinking you are safe are over. What is Endpoint Security Think of Endpoint Security Software as the last line of defense in our …

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Is Microsoft Forcing Users To Upgrade To Windows 10-

Is Microsoft Forcing Users To Upgrade To Windows 10?

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Are you receiving an error message stating, “Your PC uses a processor that is designed for the latest version of Windows…”? Recently Microsoft has taken steps to block Windows Updates from installing on computers with certain Processors that are running Windows 7 or Windows 8.X. The processors affected are 7th generation Intel i3, i5, and i7 along with Ryzan processors from AMD and the 8996 processor from Qualcomm. These are not older processors that are being phased out; that might be understandable. These are current generation mainstream processors. If you …

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