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Windows Server Staging Procedure

Geek Stuff, Networking, Security, Servers June 26th, 2008

My apologies for the long delay in getting this out. This is a sanitized version of my Server Staging Checklist for Windows 2000/2003 servers. I use this as a guide when staging new servers to prevent missing those little detail tweaks. The original document was developed as part of a comprehensive set of policies and procedures at my former company to promote standard server builds throughout my line of business. I used our corporate server groups document as a basis and modified and added to it to suit our environment. You may have different requirements in your organization, but hopefully it will serve as a foundation for you.

Let us know your thoughts and suggestions about the document through feedback here on the blog or email the show at Feedback [at] MindOfRoot.com.

Windows Server Staging Procedure

Secure Delete

Automation, Desktops, General Interest, Scripting, Security October 29th, 2007

I caught this one recently on an episode of CyberSpeak (10/15 show)…..

There are a lot of “secure” file deletion applications out there, but these two look quick and simple and can be used on-the-fly from a thumb drive or automated in a script.

SDelete from Sysinternals/Microsoft

Cipher (included with Windows 2000 and above)

Assuming you do the right thing and migrate all of your confidential data to an encrypted TrueCrypt volume, what do you do with the old copies of the data? You can securely erase the data using these tools so that the only recoverable copy is in your encrypted volume.

Some systems use a data interchange folder to integrate two disparate systems. One system will drop an export file in the directory and the other system will import the file from the directory. I’ve seen POS systems integrate to credit card processing systems in this manner. With this tool, you can script a cron job to regularly securely delete the interchange files in the directory.

Just another layer of security to consider.

Episode 15 – Now With Teflon!

Geek Stuff, General Interest, Patches, Podcast, Rants, Security, SPAM, Wiki September 5th, 2007

Recorded: September 4, 2007

Your Hosts: Keith Albright, Rich Niemeier, Ted Miller, and Steve Murawski

 

Show Length: 1:50:33
Ted returns this week for a regular format show. We discuss some recent news items; Microsoft shuts down AutoPatcher, SpamHaus gets a legal reprieve, and Sony introduces rootkit 2.0. Rich discusses the appropriateness of companies editing their Wikipedia articles and a look into the future of video on the Internet. Steve discusses employees Cyberslacking habits and the effect on companies. We end with our website picks and as usual, we hope you enjoy.

A reminder for Podcamp Philly. Keith will definitely be there on Saturday and possibly Sunday. Drop him a note at Keith [at] acoupleofadmins.com if you want to meet up for lunch.
Links mentioned in this show:

Other podcasts mentioned in this show:

Valid Syntax

See the full show notes here.

Website Picks:

Steve’s Pick: www.diigo.com

Keith’s Pick: www.digibarn.com

Rich’s Pick: www.livecdlist.com

Ted’s Pick (By Rich): www.flock.com

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Episode 11 – Digital Data Preservation

Geek Stuff, General Interest, Security August 8th, 2007

Recorded: August 7, 2007
Your Hosts: Keith Albright, Rich Niemeier, Ted Miller, and Otto Kopeczky
Show Length: 1:34:52

This marks the first of ‘Special Topics’ episodes. As we discussed in previous shows, we’ve removed the ‘Main Topic’ section of the show and put it out on it’s own as a round-table discussion. If this works, we are hoping to release a new episode each week alternating between the regular show format and these special topic round-tables.

As for this episode, we previously kicked around tidbits on preserving your digital data safely and securely and decided to do an in-depth discussion. We are joined by Otto Kopeczky, a friend of Ted’s, to add some new viewpoints on the matter. We cover the various types of medias, the myths and realities surrounding their longevity as an archival medium, and some best practices to help preserve your digital data.

Here is a brief outline:

Media Deterioration

  • Best practices
  • Different Types of media (CD, USB, HDD, etc)
  • Life Expectancies for each type
  • Media variations (eg. CD-R lasts longer than CD-RW)
  • Factors: Humidity, temperature, sunlight exposure, pressure

Technical Obsolescence of media

  • Not just physical media, data format as well
  • JPG vs. BMP, MP3 vs. WMV, etc.
  • Open vs. proprietary

Links mentioned in this show:

Please see the show notes for all links and reference materials. Too many to list.

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Bourne Rocks

Geek Stuff, General Interest, Security, Vendors August 3rd, 2007

  

I just got back from the Juniper Networks event; The Bourne Ultimatum was awesome.  If you like the series, then you will definitely like this one.  I listened to an interview with Matt Damon on the way to the event and he promised it had more action scenes than the previous two and he wasn’t kidding.

Oh yeah, and there was some talk about firewalls and network products somewhere in there as well.  Actually, the coolest thing was Juniper giving away three SSG5 firewall appliances with wireless.  Your talking about a $500 security appliance.  It was a nice change from the usual MP3/Digital Camera giveaway.  Unfortunately, I did not win one…..oh well, maybe next time.

Thanks to Allan Sumerfield at Juniper for the invite to the event.

Episode 10 – Losin’ My Religion

Career, Certifications, Geek Stuff, General Interest, Networking, Podcast, Security, Vendors August 1st, 2007

Recorded: July 31, 2007
Your Hosts: Keith Albright, Rich Niemeier, and Ted Miller
Show Length: 1:29:40

This week we cover a variety of news and other topics; We have a brief discussion on technology vendor salespeople, Instant Messaging to interview job candidates, and a new fiber-optic cable. Ted informs us of the deadly threat lurking in our laser printers. As usual, we end with our website picks and we hope you enjoy.
NOTE: I think we finally nailed the sound quality. Let us know what you think.
Links mentioned in this show:

Other podcasts mentioned in this show:

Technorama

PaulDotCom Security Weekly

See the full show notes here.

Website Picks:

Keith’s Pick: Youlicit.com
Rich’s Pick: Free Church Music
Ted’s Pick: Etsy.com


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Episode 9 – The Triumvirate

Feedback, Networking, OLPC, Podcast, Security, Wiki July 24th, 2007

Recorded: July 17, 2007
Your Hosts: Keith Albright, Rich Niemeier, and Ted Miller
Show Length: 1:26:26

Rich and I welcome new participant Ted Miller to the show. We discuss the history of the computer virus, hardware vendor network management offerings, an Active Directory utility and a handy little wiki. As usual, we end with our website picks and we hope you enjoy.
NOTE: Apologies for the low background noise. We tested the new equipment extensively, but never had this problem in previous test recordings. Rich was also battling a poor hotel Internet connection, so Skype kept throwing us some curves.

Links mentioned in this show:

Other podcasts mentioned in this show:

The PePe Show

See the full show notes here.

Website Picks:

Keith’s Pick: espgame.org
Rich’s Pick: nliteos.com
Ted’s Pick: timeanddate.com

Rich’s bonus pick: supercocktails.com

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Episode 8 – Legacy Devices

Geek Stuff, Podcast, Rants, Security, Servers, SPAM, Vendors July 6th, 2007

Recorded: July 5, 2007
Your Hosts: Keith Albright and Rich Niemeier
Show Length: 1:47:02

Rich and I discuss legacy devices and the problems encountered when trying to replace them. It extends our discussion from last episode on the conflicting viewpoints between the business leaders and the IT organization. News items on VoIP regulations and contact-less payment methods. Rich starts exploring Network Access Control (NAC) while I rebuild all of my mail security servers. A new resource for portable apps for your USB drive. We finish off with a couple of website picks and a musical finale courtesy of Pantless Knights Productions.
As usual, we hope you enjoy.

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Other podcasts mentioned in this show:

Full Show Notes

Website Picks:

Keith’s Pick: MacorPC.org
Rich’s Pick: Slide.com

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Episode 6 – Extreme Jobs

Feedback, Geek Stuff, Podcast, Rants, Security, Vendors June 8th, 2007

Recorded: June 7, 2007
Your Hosts: Keith Albright and Rich Niemeier
Show Length: 1:28:00

Rich and I discuss an article on extreme jobs and how IT workers fall into this category. We discuss a couple recent news items related to Wi-Fi and security as well as Dell’s recent legal troubles. Rich experiments with his Blackberry as a tethered modem while I rant about email etiquette. A couple of utilities and our website picks rounds out the episode.

As usual, we hope you enjoy.

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Website Picks:

Keith’s Pick: My Best FM

Rich’s Pick: Trunk Monkey

Rich’s Makeup Pick: E-How

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Episode 5 – Digital Evidence

Feedback, OLPC, Patches, Podcast, Security May 30th, 2007

Recorded: May 5, 2007
Your Hosts: Keith Albright and Rich Niemeier
Show Length: 1:20:48

Rich discuss the recent changes to the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure and how it affects IT. Collection of digital evidence and compliance with discovery orders are discussed. Real live listener feedback and a brief discussion on choosing and changing a password. Take a listen and we hope you enjoy.

Thanks everyone.

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Website Picks:

Keith’s Pick: Computer History Museum

Rich’s Pick: Wikipedia

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