Configure HTTP Strict Transport Security HSTS htaccess

I configured my site for HTTP Strict Transport Security (HSTS) a while back and being satisfied it was all running OK I figured it was about time I configure my site to be preloaded in popular browsers. When I went to the hstspreload.org website to submit my site I received an interesting message – Unnecessary HSTS header over … Read more

Windows Command Line Pipe To Clipboard

A quick post to cover a nice feature which people may not be aware of – the ability to pipe output from the Windows command line directly into the clipboard. It’s as simple as it sounds, we use the normal pipe function and then use the clip keyword. As an example let us run the … Read more

Linux Get CPU Information

This post is one of those ‘reminder’ types which is to help me remember the various commands able to retrieve the underlying CPU information on a Linux command line. In this instance the commands were executed on the latest version of Ubuntu server, purely because I happen to have a virtual machine with it installed running … Read more

Rename Windows Network Adapter with Powershell

I like my servers configured exactly the way I want – this extends even to minor things like the name of a network adapter interface. I’m slowly rebuilding my lab with the latest versions of ESXi and Microsoft Windows Server 2016. I noticed that my new 2016 servers were creating the network adapter with a … Read more

Supermicro IPMI SSL TLS Certificate Replacement

I’ve been meaning to replace the SSL/TLS certificates on my Supermicro servers IPMI (Intelligent Provisioning Management Interface) consoles. Now that I’ve upgraded the firmware on both units I think it’s about time I sorted the certificates as well. This is something I did at work some time ago and then handed over to our team … Read more

Get Windows NTFS Block Size

Windows systems write blocks of data to underlying storage – the size of these blocks is given various terms, for example – Block size Allocation unit Cluster size The important thing to consider is that this unit of allocation can have an impact on the performance of systems. By default Windows will format a disk … Read more

pfSense SSH Key Authentication

Following on from previous posts about my new pfSense device I’m going to write a quick guide on how to add authorised SSH keys to a user account so one can move away from password based authentication when connecting over Secure Shell (SSH). There are many clients available for SSH connectivity and key generation, I … Read more

New Trend Micro Smart Protection Server Certificate Replacement Option

I finally got round to uploading my instructions on how to replace the self-signed SSL/TLS certificate on Trend Micro Smart Protection Servers (SPS) and now they go and create a menu option to make it easy for everyone to do! Well to be fair the number of requests I got asking me to upload my … Read more

Upgrade Trend Micro Smart Protection Server

I finally got round to upgrading the Trend Micro Smart Protection Server (SPS) appliances in my datacenters. I’ve written about them previously including deployment and how to configure SSL/TLS certificates. I noticed that version 3.1 was available and I hadn’t yet installed so figured now would be a good time.   Firstly if you want … Read more

Trend Micro OfficeScan Disable Automatic Agent Upgrade

I recently upgraded one of our Trend Micro OfficeScan management servers to the latest ‘XG’ (v12) version. Typically once the server side software has been upgraded it automatically begins to push out the new program version to all OfficeScan agents. Sometimes you want this, for example you might just be applying a minor hotfix or … Read more