Using MS-SQL server with pHp on Linux

I’m a big fan of Microsoft’s SQL Server database but I also do a lot of coding in php, and Linux is my favourite platform for that. So, how best to mesh those two worlds.

The best step-by-step instruction guide that I have found is this one, below:

http://www.unixodbc.org/doc/FreeTDS.html

I’ve used this instruction set on numerous occasions and it is still possible to get yourself into an unworkable state, however, persistence, and attention to detail, always pays off.

Note: I  have run MS SQL server on Linux since the Linux preview was released in 2016.

Microsoft and FIDO2 support

A couple of interesting articles about Microsoft and FIDO2 out yesterday, and today.

The Verge – You can now sign into a Microsoft Account without a password using a security key

The Register – Microsoft: You looking at me funny? Oh, you just want to sign in

I’m not sure how I feel about this yet, but will continue to monitor and post feedback here.

I’ve used a yubikey to secure my Gmail account for several years now, and I also use one to secure my password vault (more on that later).

As the Register article indicates it could become a challenge for large organizations when users start losing their keys. To be continued …