Back to the Future: The ‘Bot’ Revolution

For those who remember dialing in to the internet @ 56k with a PSTN modem will also recall that in the late 90’s and early 2000’s one of the popular social uses for the internet for many people were chat rooms. Many will remember the breath of chat room service providers; everything ranging from MSN, Yahoo, ICQ, AOL and IRC (still…

A Skeleton Key of Unknown Strength

Very detailed article from Dan Kaminsky who is a well-known security researcher, black hat speaker and has special interests in DNS security. This article discusses the recent glibc vulnerability (CVE-2015-7547) and some of the possible attack vectors including mitigation strategies. I particularly share the view in the last couple of paragraphs where Dan talks about the importance on how we as…

Changing the default container/OU path for Active Directory Users or Computers objects

Ever wanted to change the default container that a new user object or computer object is provisioned/created in Active Directory?

Enabling DHCP Role on Windows Server 2012 with Essentials Experience Enabled

This post is filed as learnings from the field as a reference for anyone else that runs into this problem. Scenario: You have a Windows Server 2012 R2 installation that you enable the Windows Server Essentials Experience Role on (SMB feature set). Typically we turn this role on for Windows Server Essentials installations as a…

Example of why technology journalists frustrate me

Technology writers frustrate me at the best of times and this post from what I would consider a some-what reputable source should have done better. Editors take note, don’t let these rubbish articles see the light of day.

Windows Server 2016 – New Features & Innovations: What you should pay attention too

As predicted, this year has been another big one for Microsoft. I think this will be a continual trend moving into the future as the company aligns more and more of its product release cycles together and we see release cycles becoming shorter. Most notable to date has been the release of the Windows 10 operating system. Everyone I…

System Center Endpoint Protection Client reporting issues after installing KB3025417 on Windows 8.1

I though this recent article posted on the SCCM Team’s blog might be worth sharing. I decided to copy the article and modified it slightly with credit to the original author below. Several customers have reported that the System Center 2012 Endpoint Protection (SCEP) client stops reporting any status to System Center 2012 Configuration Manager sites when the following update is installed…

Understanding the importance of Containerisation and Docker

For those who have worked with open-source technologies for some time would know that containerisation of apps and services is not a new concept. I was first introduced to the concept of virtual containers when Parallels formally known as ‘SWsoft’ and now called ‘Odin’ first released a product called Virtuozzo which provided a virtualisation technology that enabled operating system virtualisation. This was a platform…

Changing User Principal Names (UPN) with Azure Active Directory Sync Tool (DirSync)

In this post I want to document the process to make changes to a user’s UPN value when synchronising a federated domain from an on-premises Active Directory to Azure Active Directory used by Office 365. Problem Summary: You want to update the user principal name (UPN) of an on-premises Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS) user…

What is the Update KB3035583 you might ask?

We all get confused by some of the non-specific information Microsoft puts out on the knowledge base when it comes to documenting patches issued through its Windows Update service. Sometimes the generalisations made on security fixes for privately reported vulnerabilities are made on purpose. This is to keep some integrity on the actually attack vector patched or so that particular technical…

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