Tag Archives: security

Microsoft Office Security – Disable Macros

Executable code embedded within Office documents continues to be a popular way to deliver malware. Office, by default, opens files downloaded from the internet in a safe way, that prompts the user to first enable editing, and then again to … Continue reading

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What is Cyber Essentials?

Cyber Essentials Cyber Essentials (CE) is a UK government scheme that organisations can (and in some cases, must) use to certify a basic level of both IT security awareness and cyber-health. It’s mostly interested in technical controls to mitigate specific, … Continue reading

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Meltdown and Spectre – My update experiences on Windows

I’m intending to keep adding to this post as I find out new things and update more devices. This is primarily to aid me in tracking things I’ve done, what’s changed, and what’s still to do. Hopefully others might find … Continue reading

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No more excuses, sort out your IT management basics!

I am fed up. This is a bit of a rant, but with good reason: companies and services that I and all of us pay good money for are not being managed properly. I say: Enough, no more excuses. The … Continue reading

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Remove Forefront Client Security by force

I was recently trying to upgrade the Antivirus software on some servers from Forefront Client Security to System Center Endpoint Protection 2012 R2. On most servers it worked fine. However on a few I was unable to remove some of … Continue reading

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PowerShell: Quick way to tell if a particular hotfix is installed – local and remote

A colleague just asked me if there was a quick and easy way to find out if a hotfix was installed on a Windows machine. The answer is “yes, use PowerShell”. Get-HotFix will list all the hotfixes installed on the computer. You … Continue reading

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VMware vSphere Security

What a can of worms this topic seems to be. I suspect it’s mostly because of the stepping on toes that VMware environments cause to medium-to-large size organisations, i.e. those that are big enough to have separate network and server … Continue reading

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Forefront Client Security not updating on Windows 2000

Had an old Windows 2000 server that Forefront Client Security (client version 1.5.1996.0) would not update on. FCS uses the Windows Update mechanism to get its new definitions. In the WindowsUpdate.log file (C:\WINNT\WindowsUpdate.log) there were the following messages: 2012-02-20 12:01:04:192 1116 1da4 Misc Validating signature for C:\WINNT\SoftwareDistribution\Download\5ce69a27b6ba11fec19bdd99bd4253e2\46f6584123f31fb0f353dba7c2c1b97b9a1e4ffb: … Continue reading

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Remote Desktop – The Local Security Authority cannot be contacted

On trying to make a Remote Desktop connection from a Windows 7 PC to another Windows 7 PC I received the following error: Remote Desktop Connection An authentication error has occurred. The Local Security Authority cannot be contacted Remote computer: … Continue reading

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Install Windows Updates Command

Found this: WuInstall Does the job nicely, and still works on Server 2008 R2.

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