Check Windows Services statuses using Powershell

PowerShell is a great and essential “scripting” (the scripting is just one of the many things this language can do) tool. It not only helps save you time, it also provides greater flexibility to execute repeated tasks manually or via scheduled tasks. Almost all Windows roles and features ship with PowerShell cmdlets. Once of the most common tasks, specially on server machines, is to check regularly the status of a specific service. Read More …

Securing RDP Connections using TLS certificates

Remote Desktop has been the must as remote administration tool for many IT professionals and sadly many even expose it to the internet leading to brutefoce attacks and Man in the Middle attacks in the past (and even during this period). Using TLS certificates can improve the security and the default access method to critical systems, even if those systems are reached only on internal business LAN environments. Read More …

Take Files/Folders Ownership (Microsoft Windows)

Many organizations with a Microsoft Windows environment rely on NTFS as the main file system for their storage devices that contain sensitive data. It is the easiest way for users to work with files. In order to implement a least-privilege model, which is a best practice for system security, IT security specialists and system administrators configure NTFS access control lists (ACLs) by adding access control entries (ACEs) on NTFS file servers. Read More …

VMware ESX – Shared Disk Between VMs

In VMware virtualization environments (as a rule in clustering scenarios) it may be necessary to share the same disk (vmdk or RMD) between 2 (or more) virtual machines (VMs) on VMWare ESXi. The most optimal way is to use the vmdk disk physically located on the shared storage or locally on the ESXi host and this can be done following some specific configurations to be able to access data between different VMs on the same storage. Read More …

Linux – Disabling a webcam or USB ports

Disabling the access to a specific USB device or storage by terminal, in Linux Ubuntu, can be quite useful sometimes, so here is a specific article: disabling a webcam or USB ports, on Linux. Read More …