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Author: Brett Fernicola

Lenovo “Superfish” Adware, Frankly I’m not Surprised

Lenovo “Superfish” Adware, Frankly I’m not Surprised

Gone are the days of PC manufacturers taking pride in not just the hardware they ship, but the configuration and setup of the Operating System. I remember reading PC Magazine way back when drooling over benchmarks that the new Micron Pentium MMX 200 tower was a split second faster than the Dell Pentium MMX 200. Back then manufacturers would try to squeeze every little drop of performance out of their boxes to compete for king of the hill. Now we…

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How to Secure a Default IIS Site & Enable Windows Authentication

How to Secure a Default IIS Site & Enable Windows Authentication

A lot of the applications I work with, even the ones I help design here at STEALTHbits Technologies, leverage native MS IIS for the purpose of publishing reports. By default, when you create a new IIS website it’s typically open to everyone with anonymous access enabled – meaning anyone can access and view the data being hosted by that site. Obviously, this is a security concern for most people and I’m often asked by clients and colleagues how does one…

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Windows 2012 Server Tech Tip

Windows 2012 Server Tech Tip

If you’re like me, you probably leverage Windows Server as your primary desktop OS. Recently, I ran into an issue with 2012R2 that had me scratching my head for a while. The basic issue was no matter what I tried, every time I added the feature Desktop Experience it magically disappeared on reboot. So, let’s analyze why I even needed this feature and what the simple fix was. Hopefully, this info will help someone down the line.People often wonder why…

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VMs and Firewalls

VMs and Firewalls

I’m often asked by fellow engineers why they can’t seem to communicate or even ping their newly created VM lab on their personal workstation or laptop. There are few MS caveats that play into the problem and a few easy steps to make everything work. For my demonstration, this BLOG is going to be catering to a user who is leveraging VMWare Workstation and created a host-only virtual network for the purpose of having a private lab. The common issue…

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Active Directory Auditing and 3rd Party Backup Software

Active Directory Auditing and 3rd Party Backup Software

Having managed Active Directory and built solutions for the management of AD itself for many years, I’ve been asked by countless customers for my take on Active Directory Recovery solutions – Which is the best? What’s the best way to do it? Do you really need a 3rd party tool to do it right? AD recovery software can be a very risky proposition. Generally speaking, I believe it to be a violation of best practices to perform recoveries on Active…

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